Nicholas Reorich Art Gallery is one of most visited tourist destinations at Naggar. The famous art gallery, which is located at the Naggar Castle, derived its name from a well known painter, Nicholas Reorich, who came from Russia to India after the Bolshevik revolution in 1947. Various collections of Reorich and his son’s works can be seen in the art gallery.
Situated at a short distance of only 2 km from Naggar, the gallery can easily be reached from there. Reorich’s paintings depict the exotic landscape of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. It also exhibits portraits of well-known Russian painters as well as famous Indian personalities.
The Nicholas Reorich Art Gallery remains open to visitors from 9 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm till 5 pm in the evening. A nominal fees of INR 10 is payable for entrance to the gallery.
Naggar Castle, an ancient royal fort built about 500 years ago, is a popular destination among tourists, located at a short distance of 21 km from Manali. This medieval castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu sometime in 1460 A.D. It once was home to the Raja but was later converted to a hotel in the year 1978.
The structure showcases a beautiful blend of stone and wood in its architecture. Sprawled over 5,400 ft near the Beas river, the castle features a picturesque riverside view. The Reorich gallery, displaying the works of renounced Russian painter, Nicholas Reorich, is an added attraction of the castle. The beauty of the castle lead to it being chosen as a backdrop for a song for a Bollywood blockbuster ‘Jab we Met’.
Jagatipatt Temple is a significant attraction of Naggar, located in the campus of Naggar Castle, an old fort which was transferred to a heritage hotel. According to folklore, gods and goddesses transformed themselves into honey bees and cut a slab of stone from the Bhrigu Tung Peak and brought it to the temple in order to make Naggar a divine place.
Another belief associated with the temple is that the slab of stone, which is placed within the temple now, was cut from Deotiba, the highest peak in the Kullu District. Locals also believe that the deities gather here to protect the people from calamities.
The temple is small and square shaped; enshrining a slab of stone called the “Jagatipatt” measuring 5" in length, 8" in breadth and 6" in height. The wooden structure of the temple exclusively represents the architectural style of Himachal Pradesh.
Beside this, alternate slabs of stones and deodar timbers are used in the temple structure making it earthquake proof. From Naggar, the Jagipatt Temple, which lies in the vicinity, can easily be reached by road.
The Tripura Sundari Temple is a popular tourist destination located at Naggar in Himachal Pradesh. Famous for its pagoda style of architecture, is it a colossal wooden structure with three roofs. Topped with a ‘chhatra’, the overall structure looks like a canopy of pinnacles.
Images and stone statues of various Hindu gods and goddesses such as, Ganesha, the elephant-god, Vishnu, the god of preservation, Brahma, the god of creation, can be seen in the temple. In addition, an idol of Tripura Rakshasa is enshrined there.
Its proximity to the Naggar bus stop makes the temple easily accessible. The temple was built by Raja Yashodhapal a few centuries ago. However, a folklore associated with the temple structure says that a goddess transformed herself into a spider and constructed the temple in the shape of a web.
The month of May is considered ideal for a visit to the temple as the 'Sharhi Jatra', a well-known fair held annually in honour of deities, takes place here.
Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery, situated on the left bank of the Beas river, is a relatively new monastery in the region. It was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2005. The monastery, framed by a green valley, is located at a distance of 10 km from Kullu and can be easily accessed by visitors. This monastery provides an insight into the lifestyle of the Tibetan monks living there.
Gilded paintings of Buddha and ‘Thankas’, Tibetan silk paintings usually depicting Buddha, can be seen on the walls of the monastery. Associated with Lamrin, one of the Buddhist paths to the enlightenment, this monastery has been dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Chamunda Bhagwati Temple, located at the village of Nishala, 4 km from Naggar, is dedicated to Chamunda Bhagwati. The goddess is considered to be one of the seven Matrikas or mother goddesses. She is also known as one of the chief Yoginis, a group of sixty-four or eighty-one tantric goddesses, who are attendants of the warrior goddess Durga.
The name, Chamunda is a combination of Chanda and Munda, two monsters who Chamunda killed. The area where the temple is located is a popular site for Bollywood film shootings because of its picturesque surroundings.
Muralidhar Temple, one of the most popular tourist destinations located at Naggar, is known for its architectural style which is similar to that of the pyramids of Egypt. The temple enshrines idols of the Hindu deity Krishna and his beloved Radha, apart from that of Garuda, a mythical bird-like creature of the Hindu mythology, and Laxminarayana, the Hindu deity, Vishnu, and his consort Laxmi.
Built during the medieval period, the idols of the temple have been receiving royal patronage for a long time.
Naggar is an exotic destination for tourists to go for fishing and angling in the river Tirthan and Beas. Further, Naggar features various fishing locations which include Katrain, Raison, Kasol and Naggar and the river Tirthan.
This river is located in the Saini valley and it features several trek routes also. The visitors can also go for rafting in the river Beas. Fishes like Gurgal, Googly, Natwa, Brown trout and Rainbow trout are local to river Beas.
Naggar located in the Kullu Valley features several trekking routes. Trekking enthusiasts can undertake hikes through the already explored passes connected to various villages in the region. Some of the prominent routes of the place include the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana village, the Jalori Pass to Shimla and the Pin Parvati Pass to Sarahan. These trekking routes are regarded ideal for nature photography and adventure.
Along with scenic natural beauty of blue hills and green valleys, the town of Naggar offers the comfortable option of shopping at reasonable prices. Interested buyers can go for ethnic merchandises of Naggar which include shawls, local tweeds, rugs, foot wear known as ‘pullan’, traditional baskets, natural oil of almond and olives and special Kullu Caps.