Nurpur is a small city, which is located in the Kangra district of the Himachal Pradesh. This place rests at an elevation of 643 meters above sea level. Before the independence of India, this place was ruled by the Pathania clan of Rajputs.
It is evident that this Tanwar clan of Chandravanshi Rajputs ruled the region for over 800 years. During that time, the city of Pathankot served as the capital of the region. Earlier Nurpur was known by the name Dhameri but was later named after Queen Noorjahan.
According to folklore, when Queen Noorjahan visited the place, she was mesmerized by its beauty. Therefore, she made the decision of constructing her palace in this region. Raja Jagat Singh Pathania ruled the region during that period, who did not want the interference of Mughals in his domain.
The king therefore spread a rumour that the weather of the place causes Goitre, which was a peculiar disease that was spreading fast in the region. As a result, Queen Noorjahan refrained from the idea of building her palace. Later, King Jagat Singh Pathania renamed the place Nurpur in the year 1622, in honour of queen Noorjahan.
Tourist places in and around Nurpur
Nagni Mata Temple and Brij Raj Swami Temple are two of the noted temples of the region, which are recommended for the tourists. In addition to this, travellers must visit Nurpur Fort, which was built in the 10th century by the rulers of Pathania. Most part of the fort is wrecked, but travellers interested in archaeology would enjoy seeing the architecture of the fort.
Mangoes, oranges, lychee and amla, are some of the prominent fruits found in the region. Poultry farming is one of the major occupations of natives of Nurpur. Apart from this, Silk and Pashmina shawls of Nurpur are also quiet famous among tourists.
How to reach Nurpur
For visiting Nurpur, travellers can take flights till Gaggal Airport, situated in the district of Kangra. The air base of Kangra is connected to the major cities of India such as Amritsar, Chandigarh and Jammu. Nearest railhead for reaching Nurpur is Pathankot railway station, which is about 90 km from Kangra. Moreover, Nurpur can also be reached by bus, which is available from Dharmashala, Palampur, Pathankot, Jammu, Amritsar and Chandigarh.
Best time to visit Nurpur
The weather of the place remains moderate for the most part of the year except during winters. Best time to visit this place is between the months of September and June.