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Hotel Taragarh Palace
[ A Heritage Hotel ]
P.O. Taragarh Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India
Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India


Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Taragarh is a picturesque residential estate nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The property belongs to the royal family of the erstwhile Princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is now open to public as a professionally managed Heritage Hotel, registered with the Govt. Of India. ENJOY!

Formerly known as Alhilal (land of the crescent moon) ,Taragarh Palace, was built in the early 1930s as a summer resorts. It was bought by the royal family of Jammu & Kashmir in 1951 for the dowager Maharani who lived there for several years. It is now run as a hotel by the present royal family.

In 1931, the 27 year old Nawab of Bahawalpur built large European-style summer residence for himself up in the cool Himalayan jungle of Kangra district . He laid out lush gardens, built a glass pleasure pavilion and a mosque and christened his country palace Al Hilal ( The Crescent Moon )

Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Taragarh offers 26 rooms and airconditioned suites.

  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Multicusine Imperial Dinning Hall
  • Swimming Pool ( April - Oct)
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Carom
  • Bridge table
  • Conference facilities
  • Horse Riding
  • Fitness Centre
  • Professional Ayurvedic Massages ( by Sansha Health Centre)

Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Places to visit in and aroun Taragarh, Kangra Valley:

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, Founded by: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo 
Before H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche passed away in 1980, he had on several occasions requested Tenzin Palmo to start a nunnery. She understood the importance of this and remembers when in 1993, the Lamas of the Khampagar monastery in Himachal Pradesh,India In January 2000 the first nuns arrived and in 2001 the construction of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery began and is now, with the ongoing construction of the traditional Temple, nearing completion.

Hotel Taragarh Palace, Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur: (11kms) Palampur, at 1219 meter is a quite un spoilt town, situated on a little plateau with the dramatic Neugal chasm of the Bundla stream cutting across at one edge, surrounded by green tea states with forests of pine and Deodhar on the higher slopes.

Tashijong Monastery: (3kms) where you could see the Tibetan Carpet Weaving factory, Thanka Paintings and wooden carvings. You could also meet the young incarnated Guruji.

Mcleodgunj, Upper Dharamsala: (65kms), often called little Lhasa, at 1,770m this is a residence of the Dalai Lama and this is a settlement of Tibetan Buddhist who sought refuge here in the year 1960 following their exile from Tibet.

Sherabling Monastery : Originally located in Kham, Eastern Tibet, the Sherab Ling Monastery has been rebuild near the town of Bir, according to principles of the ancient science of geomancy.

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala : Norbulingka was established to preserve and teach the ancient Tibetan arts. The shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven. Here one can watch the wooden carvings and embroidery being done. The nunnery close to the institute is a place where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy

St Johns' Church : (68kms), is located in the forest grove midway between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleodgunj

Triund: Triund is a popular picnic spot at an height of 2827 m. The area is on the foothills of Dhauladhar range and is 17-kms from Dharamsala.

Kangra Art Museum, Dharamshala: Kangra Valley’s arts crafts and artifacts dating back to the 5th century.

Hang Gliding, Billiing: This takes place at Billing (35kms), A beacon for the hang gliders the world over. In the month of May / June a tented colony is set up and organized by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation to facilitate the hang gliders. This site is considered as one of the finest sites for hang gliding in the world.

Kangra Fort, Kangra: (55kms) the most important fort of the region has enclosed high ramparts with a parameter of about 4kms. Built about 1000 years ago on the confluence of the Banganga and Manjhi rivers.

Bir, Dirru Sakya Monastery : The centre belongs to the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism which was founded in 1073 by the great Tibetan Master Khon Konchok Gyalpo. The Sakya lineage has been a stable force that has greatly enhanced and preserved, in a pure form, the teachings of the Buddha. The head of their lineage is His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, a great Spiritual Master.

His Eminences Gyalsay Rinpoche and Dungyud Rinpoche are the joint Spiritual Heads of Sakya Tharpa Ling.

Barot (1830m): 67-km by road from Taragarh, and covering 12-km by the haulage trolley, Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activity. The reservoir of the power project is located here, and there is a Trout Breeding Centre, making it a wonderful place of angling.

Losel Doll Museum, Dharamshala : It displays minutely executed replicas of intricately crafted traditional costumes. Beautifully crafted and minutely executed, the 140 characters in the Losel Doll Museum's collection depict regional, ritual, religious, official and theatrical costumes of Tibet and capture various aspects of Tibetan society. Great effort has been made to ensure accuracy of form and material authenticity.

Masroor Rock temple: Fifteen richly carved monolithic rock temples sculpted in the splendid style of the Kailash temple at Ellora, and dating back to the 8th century are to be found at Masrur, just 15 km south of Kangra. Images of Ram , Sita and Lakshman can be found in the sanctum of the main temple.

Andretta Potteries: (17kms), You could visit Andretta the charming village, once the home of the famous painter Sardar Shobha Singh and playwright Norah Richards. You could actually see the works of Sardar Shobha Singh. It is now transferred into a center for varied artistic activities. Pottery lessons could be had here at cost.

Billing to Rajgundha day trek: Very nice walk where you will come nomads called "Gaddis" and "Gujjars" passing by with their sheep/goats and singing songs or playing the flute. Lot of bird / wildlife is seen including the snow pheasant, the barking deer and others. Walk along the ridge to reach Rajgundha in about 3 hours time from Billing where you drive up via Bir.

Dzongsar Institute : The original Dzongsar Shedra was started by Khyentse Chokyi Lodrö in 1908 at Dzongsar Dege District, in Kham, Tibet (now Sichuan China). In 1985, the new fledgling institute moved to a more suitable site at Bir in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh

Uttrala : 20 kms away you could visit Binwa Power Project site, a picturesque picnic spot with a water fall. It is a 45 minute scenic drive from Taragarh and on request we can provide packed lunch or tea for the guests.

By road Taragarh is around 540 kms, there are two approachable road that could be undertaken by you one of the routes that you could take is via Una and other is via Bilaspur Mandi , Usually it would be advisable to  take the Route via Una.
The routing via Una is Delhi ---Chandigarh ---Rupnagar (ropar) ---Kiratpur---Anandpur-Sahib- Nangal Una---Ambala---Pragpur---Dheragopipur---Ranital----Kangra---Nagrota---Palampur (11kms)---Taragarh.
The other routing is Delhi ---Chandigarh ---Rupnagar (Ropar)---Kiratpur---Bilaspur---Sundernagar-Mandi---Jogindernagar---Baijnath---Taragarh.