Naggar lies 550 km north of Delhi, the capital of India, in the State of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the Kullu Valley between the towns of Kullu and Manali. This is the heart of the Western Himalayas, in the Pin Parjal Ranges. The Rohtang Pass (5500 meters), 70 km north of Naggar, forms the gateway to the high desert of the Tibetan Plateau. The Beas River, which runs through this beautiful valley, rises in the Rohtang Pass. As Naggar is elevated at 1760 meters, it offers stunning views of the high mountain passes, steep forested hillsides, river torrents and gorges, isolated villages, fertile riverbanks and snowy peaks of the Himalayan Ranges.
This extremely picturesque lovely little village has managed to retain its unique cultural heritage. It has recently been selected as one of the few Heritage Villages in India. Naggar was once the capital of an ancient Rajput Kingdom, hence the unique Naggar Castle. Built in the 16th Century, it is now testimony of the ancient heritage of Naggar.
Hindu Temples, thousands of years old, lie scattered around including the grey sandstone temples of Shiva-Shakti, Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. Besides these, you can admire the pagoda shaped shrines of goddesses Tripura Sundri and Chamunda.
It is no wonder that artists such as the eccentric Russian painter and philosopher Prof. Nicholas Roerich chose this traditional and peaceful Hindu village as his retreat. Here, he produced some of his finest work that is still on display in his Estate.
How to Reach Us
Address: Roerich Marg, between Naggar Castle (250 meters) and Nicholas Roerich Art Gallery and right opposite Tripura Sundri Temple.
Postal address: Ragini Cottages, Vinod and Nadia Kaistha, Roerich Marg, 175130 Naggar, Kullu, H.P, India
By Air from Delhi (Air India) or from Chandigarh
By Road 550 km from Delhi (Taxi/train to Chandigarh/bus)
If arriving by bus, one should alight in Patlikuhl, a small town located between Kullu and Manali on the N.H. From Patlikuhl, it’s a 7 km drive up (taxi or rickshaw) to Naggar Castle and another 150 meters higher up to Ragini Cottages.
Directions for several breathtaking walks given on the spot.