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Jun 7, 2010


Nurpur is famous for an old fort and a temple of Brij Raj. Nurpur acquired its name in 1672, when Jahangir, the Mughal Emperor named it after his wife Nurjahan. Built in the late 16th century by Raja Basu the Nurpur Fort is massive and sprawling. It spreads across a long flat plateau forming the western end of the ridge and bears signs of great architectural designs. The fort overlooks the Jabhar Khud, a tributary of the Chakki rivulet and the vast valley formed by it. Earlier name of Nurpur was Dhameri, later changed to Nurpur after Empress Nur Jahan who took a fancy to the beautiful valley. Inside, the palace walls, though crumbling, have deep niches, decorative arches and the faint signs of some paintings. The northwest walls of the fort have some deeply carved panels showing animals. Particularly graceful are the bulls in their various actions like pulling a cart, or walking in a file; there are also figures of men, women, children, the kings, gods and goddesses and birds. The overall impact of the fort is one of awe and wonder.

The famous Brij Maharaj temple, inside the fort complex, is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it has a beautiful black stone idol of the Lord. It was brought from Rajasthan during Raja Jagat Singh’s reign. The walls are decorated with exquisite paintings from Indian mythology

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Kotla is a small hill town situated on the Pathankot- Dharamshala road, in Himachal Pradesh, India, Asia. It is about 45 km from Pathankot and the same distance from Dharamshala. It has a beautiful hill stream cutting through the town. Across the stream is a 100 year old bridge connecting the two portions of the town. The construction work on new bridge is also in full swing. The town is famous for its Bagula Mukhi temple, the old fort and a number of other religious places. The Dehar Khad stream is an all season stream with fresh water coming from higher Chamba ranges. The beauty of the river is that it is having water mill, the anicient water run Gharat which is used to make flour from grains. There is another unit making local ice cream with cooling machine run by river water flow. There is one beautiful fish tank situated about 5Km from here in village Solda, which is quite an interesting and must see other interesting places near here there is a beautiful Tibetan Monastery with excellent carvings and big statue of lord Buddha. Just 1Km on the Dharamshala road is Ram Tirath Ashram, further 1Km and there is beautiful Hanuman Mandir on road side. About 3 km from the Kotla town is fimous Trilokinath temple, famous for its natural cave with shiv lingam. The temple is also having a beautiful stream byK its side.

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