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Tourism is one of the key areas which can strengthen socio-­economic activities besides attracting tourists to the land of enchanting beauty-Himachal Pradesh.

Naggar Valley, has many villages with rural setting.Lifestyles, cultures, beliefs of the region are worth taking a look at.

The heritage village of Naggar is situated in the Beas valley of Kullu District in the Western Himalaya, on the left bank of the river. Standing majestically at a height of 1851 meters , the village, surrounded by Deodar trees, provides a picturesque view of snow-clad mountains on the north and the glitening Beas river powering its way deep down. Naggar is renowned for its impressive cultural heritage, a rich architectural style using local materials and skills, and an extensive handicraft range. There are centuries old temples that bear traditional stone and wood carvings…not forgetting the enduring artefacts in the Roerich Art Gallery. There are also several options for treks and adventure sports for enthusiasts.

Halaan village located at height of 2200 mts is habitat to one of the oldest cultures. The houses, religious and cultural practices, customs, costumes are  carried forward from the ancient times, and still retain the rich heritage. 

Local Culture Cuisine: Rice, Red rice (Local Jhattu rice), Rajmah, Karhi, Pulses, Khichri, Siddu Dress: Women - Woolen clothing Pattu that covers the entire body from neck to feet. Head gear is a scarf (dhattu) that covers the hair. Traditional foot wear (pule) is made of coarse plant fibers, a piece of cloth is tied around the waist. Jewellery includes heavy silver necklace (mohur) that extends down the belly, ear pieces of silver or gold and bangles. Men - The traditional gear is the Kuluvi cap, Chola (woolen frock type upper clothing that runs down to the knees), Kurta and Payjami. Foot wear is made of coarse plant fiber.

Language: Kuluvi (resembles Hindi). 

Fairs and Festivals:Naggar fair is held at the amphitheater site, extending up to the Tripura Sundari temple and upto the road in front of the Government school Naggar. The four-day the month of April. Local people put up shops to sell their produce, close relatives and friends come visiting, dance and merry making takes place. Fairs in Sarsai (Jabaarhi Mela) and Halaan fagli celebrations during feb-march months are celebrated with joy and fervour.

Art & Craft  The traditional building architecture of Naggar
is unique, Timber bonded style of Western Himalayas with alternate courses of dry stone and deodar or spruce wood beams. More than a dozen ancient temples of the Shikhara and Pagoda styles adorn the village. Temples have intricate stone and wood-carvings with faces of deities in metal. Wood and metal craft is still alive in the village with master craftsmen passing on the skills to successive generations. Woolen handicrafts like Shawls, stoles, socks and pattu, woven with hand in traditional patterns are souvenirs that tourists take back home. The village assumes international importance for the Roerich Art Gallery, located here. Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, who made his mark as an artist and explorer, scientist and poet, author and a co-educator, collector and an archaeologist, thinker and a philosopher had made Naggar his home where he passed away in December, 1947. A large number of his works in paintings still adore the walls of the museum.

Places to See Naggar was once the capital of the kingdom of Kullu. Naggar Castle, believed to have been built by Raja Sidh Singh in early 16th Century was used as Royal residence and was the state Headquarters of the kingdom till the middle of the 17th Century. It is presently, converted into a Tourism Department Hotel. Like the Castle, the traditional building architecture of Naggar is unique, Timber bonded style of Western Himalayas with alternate courses of dry stone and deodar or spruce wood beams. More than a dozen ancient temples of the Shikhara and Pagoda styles adorn the village. Temples have intricate stone and wood-carvings with faces of deities in metal. Wood and metal craft is still alive in the village with master craftsmen passing on the skills to successive generations. Woolen handicrafts like Shawls, stoles, socks and pattu, woven with hand in traditional patterns are souvenirs that tourists take back home. Adventure sport lovers like trekkers, para-gliders, skiers and river rafters generally make Naggar their base camp as all these activities are closely located. The village assumes international importance for the Roerich Art Gallery, located here. Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, who made his mark as an artist and explorer, scientist and poet, author and a co-educator, collector and an archaeologist, thinker and a philosopher had made Naggar his home where he passed away in December, 1947. A large number of his works in paintings still adore the walls of the museum. Seasonally, tourists can relish apple, kiwi, pear, peach, plum and apricot fruits fresh from the orchards. One can also take a tranquilizing walk into the silent woods. Being in Naggar is being close to nature in its purest form.

  • Ancient temples of Shikhar and Pagoda styles, having stone carved sculptures of deities on the exterior walls.
    Roerich Art Gallery.
    Breathtaking views of Beas river.
    Naggar is a hub of adventure tourism activities like trekking, paragliding, river rafting and skiing.
    Unique building architecture, with timber-bonded style of Western Himalayas, and alternate courses of dry stone and deodar or spruce wood beams
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