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Rural Tourism in India














WHAT IS RURAL TOURISM?
Rural tourism allows travelers to visit areas outside of urban areas. Options include hiking and biking, visiting community museums and buying crafts.

WHO TOOK PART?
More than a dozen participants were active participants and reported from the following countries: Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Greece, Mexico, Norway, United States and Uruguay.




















Indian Rural Tourism is the coming together of India’s Spiritual, Cultural, Heritage and Leisure on a platter for the deserving traveller. Making it a spectacular way to discover India’s deep-rooted culture in rural villages, hamlets and smaller towns. Rural India is extremely simple and hospitable, experience this firsthand and you are sure to make some new friends living in the heart of this vibrant peninsular.
Each village has its own distinctive performing arts, rituals, festivals and different styles of worshipping their local deities. Fulcrum offers travellers a unique reality holiday experience, by giving its travellers an opportunity to discover rural India’s fairs, dance and arts forms. Until a few years ago, the future of many rare rural arts forms was threatened. It’s audience moved over to larger entertainment media like television and cinema and due to this lack of patronage folk artistes and artisans were forced to take on other occupations. In efforts to revive these disappearing art forms, rural tourism has become a boon for them. Rural tourism has brought rural India a wider global audience. Tourist visiting village fairs and festivals interact and learn from these village artisans firsthand. Hobby tourism is a great concept, which is a part of our inbound rural tour. You could choose and learn any rural art form: terracotta, pottery, basket weaving etc. with an array of orientation courses to choose from. You could even adopt struggling art forms through registered craft revival agencies.
Few visitors get to experience the day-to-day beauty of rural India. We believe the time has come to step off the well-worn tourist trails and head into the heart of India, allowing you the chance to witness firsthand the life that the vast majority of Indians live.

A herd of buffalo wander back from the fields, a blue jays dart overhead, smoke rises from the cooking fires and the aromatic smell of spices flood the air. Women in brightly coloured saris carry water from the well and children play on the path. It’s that magical time when dusk settles in a thousand villages across the subcontinent and the night creeps in.

The Indians have a word for it, Godhuli… ‘the homecoming’. In these lesser-travelled areas there is a richness of life that, in terms of memorable experiences, is guaranteed to rival the opulence of Golden Triangle. On this tour you will travel in open-topped vintage jeeps and become totally immersed in the rural life, staying in many beautiful and interesting places, witnessing and take part in the life of the farmer and other local craftsmen. It is a trip on which you will rarely see another westerner that will get into your soul and stay with you forever.

In our opinion, our India trips – where we steer our clients off the main tourist circuits and into the rural regions of the subcontinent, to interact directly with local people – is responsible travel at its most immediate and effective.

Rural tourism has become quite admired since the last few years. When we talk about rural tourism in Indian then everyone can say that India is very obvious and well known for rural tourism. There are lots of rural hotels, rural forts etc.
These rural places are famous for rural tourism because they create rural environments by their rural settings. People whether they are Indian or foreign enjoy rural tourism in India by participating in or experiencing activities, events or attractions at these rural places.
People of any category can take pleasure in rural tourism at rural places because these areas also have luxury accommodation.
Rural tourism in India can be regarded as part of both "rural development" and "sustainable development".
To get with global trends, India should shift its focus to promote rural tourism. In India since most tourist sites are located at rural centers, the trend towards an increase rural tourism in India.

We stay with local families, visit local industries (learn to milk a buffalo, make a sari, cook a meal) and call on local organisation to learn more about the problems of the region and how we might help. Not only does this allow local people and visitors to interact and learn about each others culture, it ensures that the revenue generated by tourism goes directly to local communities

Tour Highlights

1.Village excursions
2. Rural sightseeing
3. Rural livelihood and rural vocations
4. Performances of rural folk dance and art
5. Meet rural village priests, rural artisans, weavers, potters, mat weavers, mat makers 6.Village folk songs
7.Rural festivals
8.Rural village fairs


Food & Accommodation

1.Live in a traditional house turned hotel
2.Traditional cuisine vegetarian fare of the region’s specialties served in traditional banana leaves
 3.Picnic at mango grooves

Innovate Your Rural Tour

1.Learn basic Indian arts/ dance/ pottery/ earthenware (makes great souvenirs and they  are also microwave friendly)
2. Learn South Indian cuisine
 3.Spend the day at the sea fishing or work on a paddy field!


Traditional houses turned boutique hotels in India
These former ancestral homes of aristocrat / landlord families are today thriving heritage hotels. All the houses listed have modern amenities and in house laundry, housekeeping and a full fledged vegetarian kitchen serving continental cuisine also. Ideal For: Couples | Family | Pilgrimage and Rural Tourism Travelers…

The Bangala, Karaikudi
Visit, Heritage Boutique Hotel, The Bangala Karaikudi
75-year-old colonial influenced bungalow in Karaikudi is today a hotspot for genuine Chettinad cuisine.

Sterling Swamimalai, Kumbakonam
Visit, heritage Hotel Sterling Swamimalai
100-year-old house turned heritage hotel in Swamimalai, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. Request for tariff & availability

Serenity at Kanam Estate
Visit, Serenity, Kanam Estate, Kerala
Request for tariff & availability


Suggested Rural Tourism Itineraries

  1)  Day 01 Delhi - Chittorgarh.
Visit the Old Town and wander from the Red Fort, through the narrow alleyways, to the Jama Masjid Mosque. Overnight train to Chittorgarh

Day 02Chittorgarh – Athana Fort.
 Visit small villages as we drive through green terrain to a village with a lots of rural activities and old world charm. We stay at the Athana Fort with the Royal Family

Day 03 Athana – Bijaipur.
 We visit a hand block printing village where they still use centuries old techniques. We stop at Pangarh for a swim, where there is a 5th century BC sun worshiping temple, and the villagers still hunt fish using spears. We stay at Castle Bijaipur, a 16th century fort run by a charming family.





Day 04 Bijaipur.
Tour the surrounding villages and meet many of the local people. We have lunch at a Shiva temple and pilgrimage place. Afternoon free for horse riding, cycling, massage, swimming, table tennis, volleyball etc.

Day 05 Bijaipur.
We visit the village of the milkman tribe, spending the day learning about their culture and helping to turn the milk into lassi. Traditional lunch served on a banana leaf plate. We attend an opium ceremony in the afternoon

Day 06 Bijaipur – Bundi.
 We travel towards Bundi, stopping at 1000 year old temples of the Maurya Dynasty, crossing the biggest sandstone mining area in India and visiting prehistoric cave paintings and Bijoliya, where most of the town is still live inside the 18th century fortress walls.


Day 07 Bundi.
 Bundi is very small city still untouched by modernisation and famous for its bangle makers and brass pottery. We visit Keshoraipatan, a pilgrimage town for the local people.

Day 08 Bundi - Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary.
 We stop at Kaithoon, famous for its handloom saris then travel south towards Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary where we will be spending the next two nights in large cottage tents, located on the banks of River Parban.

Day 09 Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary.
Visit small villages, meeting local people and have traditional Indian lunch at a local family’s house. In the evening we will go on a game drive around the sanctuary where we will hope to spot blackbucks and the rare Godawan, or great Indian Bustard.

Day 10 Sorsan Wildlife Sanctuary - Jhalawar.
 We visit the Jain temples at Chandkheri and lunch at the famous Gagron Fort. Jhalrapatan, more than 800 years old has some beautiful temples and a market. Right outside the city walls are the famous temples of Chandrabhaga. We then move to Jhalawar and check into the residence of the His Highness of Jhalawar.

Day 11 Jhalawar – Barnagar.
We continue south by river steamer and jeep towards Ahilya. We have lunch at Deepakhera, at the local royal families’ fortress and explore the village with the ruler and his sons. From here we drive to Kolvi, famous for its Buddhist complex cut into the rocks. We check into Fort Amla; the village of Amla is a government heritage village.

Day 12 Barnagar.
Tour villages and NGO activities with the owner of Fort Amla

Day 13 Barnagar - Ahilya.
Travel to Ujjain, the city of Mahakaal then to Maheshwar, a pilgrimage centre famous for its temple architecture. We spend the evening at the ghats of Maheshwar observing the arti – or puja – as the local people and enjoying the chantings and prayers and placing the candles to drift along the river. We stay two nights at the amazing Fort Ahilya, situated right on the banks of the river

Day 14 Ahilya.
All day to relax at this gorgeous location. Optional day trips to local handloom manufacturers and villages set on the riverbanks travelling by boats.

Day 15 Ahilya – Indore – Bombay
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2   2)

Day 01: Delhi
The start of your royal tour is by arriving at the capital city of Delhi, for an overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi
Begin with a full day tour of the capital, which has still kept its various shades of ancient and modern Delhi alive.

Day 03: Mandawa
Drive down to Mukund Garh Fort, a heritage hotel of Mandawa in Shekhawati region.

Day 04: Bikaner
After experiencing the traditional way of living, we'll arrive the next day to the city situated in the heart of Thar desert, Bikaner.

Day 05: Jaisalmer
Welcome to the desert city of Jaisalmer, which evokes a pure magic and brilliance of the desert, for an overnight stay.

Day 06: Jaisalmer
Explore the exotic, remote and beautiful city of Jaisalmer, which is also known as a bit of a paradox in itself.

Day 07: Jodhpur
Leave Jaisalmer for Jodhpur whose genius of sculpture comes to life in its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis.

Day 08: Jodhpur
Enjoy the tour of Jodhpur, which stands as a testimony to the royal magnificence.

Day 09: Jaipur
Welcome to the 'Pink city' of Jaipur, surrounded by rugged Aravali hills, crowned with forts and enclosed by embattled walls.

Day 10: Jaipur
Wander through the city of Jaipur, which symbolises the nine divisions of the world and enjoy the elephant ride while exploring the Amber fort.

Day 11: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra
Leave Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri to Agra.

Day 12: Agar - Delhi
Leaving Agra to end the tour at Delhi with an overnight stay.

Day 13: Delhi
Leaving Delhi to return back to your respective destination, treasuring up the sweet memories of North India
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   3) Day 01 :
 Arrive Delhi by international flight
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12.00 Noon.

Day 02 : Delhi - Mandawa
Drive to Mandawa and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Havelies in Shekhawati Region.

Day 03 : Mandawa - Bikaner
Drive to Bikaner and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bikaner.

Day 04 : Bikaner
Morning visit Deshnoke Temple.
Afternoon visit Camel Breeding Farm

Day 05 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Drive to Jaisalmer and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 06 : Jaisalmer
Morning city sightseeing tour.
Afternoon visit Sam Dunes with camel ride.

Day 07 : Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Drive to Jodhpur and on arrival, check-in at the hotel Afternoon sightseeing tour.

Day 08 : Jodhpur - Kumbhalgarh
Drive to Kumbhalgarh and check-in at the hotel Afternoon visit Kumbhalgarh Fort

Day 09 : Kumbhalgarh-Udaipur
Drive to Udaipur visiting enroute Ranakpur temples

Day 10 : Udaipur
Morning city sightseeing tour Afternoon at leisure

Day 11 : Udaipur - Kotah
Drive to Kotah visiting enroute Chittaurgarh On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day 12 : Kotah - Bundi - Ranthambhore
Drive to Ranthambhore visiting en-route Bundi On arrival, check-in at the hotel

Day 13 : Ranthambhore - Jaipur
Morning jeep safari to view the wildlife (Sanctuary remains close from Jul. to Sep.)
Afternoon drive to Jaipur and check-in at the hotel

Day 14 : Jaipur
Morning visit Amer Fort & elephant ride
Afternoon city sightseeing tour

Day 15 : Jaipur - Agra
En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri

Day 16 : Agra - Delhi
Morning city sightseeing tour
Afternoon drive to Delhi for onward flight.



   4)
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at the international airport in Delhi. Transfer to your hotel. Relax.
Overnight at Delhi.

Day 02: Delhi - Mathura - Vrindaban - Agra
Proceed for Agra after breakfast.
Visit Mathura and Vrindaban. Have lunch and proceed to Agra.
Reach Agra in the evening.
Check in at hotel and relax. Overnight at Agra.

Day 03: Agra
After breakfast proceed to visit Taj.
Overnight at Agra.

Day 04: Agra - Jaipur
After breakfast drive to beautiful Pink City - Jaipur.
Reach and check in at hotel.
Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 05: Jaipur
Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed for excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort.
Proceed for sightseeing of the city.
Overnight at Jaipur.

Day 06: Jaipur - Pushkar
Proceed for Pushkar after breakfast. Reach Pushkar by noon and relax. Check in at PUSHKAR PALACE.
Visit the mausoleum, Anasagar and Akbar's Palace.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Pushkar - Ranthambhore
Visit the BRAHMA TEMPLE - The only one in the world.

Start early after breakfast for Ranthambhore.
Proceed for the afternoon SAFARI to spot tigers.
Overnight at Ranthambhore.

Day 08: Ranthambhore
Full day (two private safaris) at Ranthambhore.
Overnight at Ranthambhore.

Day 09: Ranthambhore - Kota
Proceed for the morning SAFARI. Breakfast at hotel.
Start for KOTA.
Overnight at Kota.

Day 10: Kota - Bundi - Chittaurgarh
Breakfast at hotel. Start for Bundi.
Proceed to CHITTAURGARH
Overnight at the CASTLE.

Day 11: Bijaipur - Udaipur
Start for Udaipur after breakfast.
Reach and check in at hotel.
Udaipur is the jewel of MEWAR -a kingdom ruled by the Sisodia dynasty for 1200 Years.
Relax in the evening. Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 12: Udaipur
Breakfast at hotel.

Overnight at Udaipur.

Day 13: Udaipur - Kumbalgarh
After breakfast drive to Kumbalgarh.
Reach Kumbalgarh.
Stay overnight at the AODHI HOTEL of KUMBALGARH.

Day 14: Kumbalgarh - Jodhpur
Proceed in the morning after a leisurely breakfast and reach Jodhpur.
Relax in the hotel and visit the museum of UMAID BHAWAN PALACE. Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 15: Jodhpur
Morning go for a village safari in the jeep and have a rare glimpse into the rich culture and true essence of India. Abundant wildlife (game) and memorable moments of the great desert landscape fascinates one while driving along the countryside.

Overnight at Jodhpur.

Day 16: Jodhpur - Jaisalmer
Proceed for Jaisalmer.
Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Jaisalmer.

Day 17: Jaisalmer
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing tour of The Golden City - Jaisalmer. It is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert. Its temple, fort and palaces are all built of yellow stone. The city is a mass of intricately carved buildings, facades and elaborate balconies. Visit the JAISALMER FORT - The oldest living Fort in the world. (This is the highlight of the tour)
See the Patwon-Ki-Havelies, Salim-Singh-Ki-Haveli and Gandhi Sagar Tank. Also visit Barabagh Hill.
Stay overnight at the SWISS TENT CAMP.

Day 18: Safari
Breakfast at the camp.
Start for JHAMBA CAMPS through the desert in the jeeps. Reach in the afternoon and overnight on camp.

Day 19: Safari to Bikaner
Breakfast at the camp. Continue with the safari and reach Bikaner via NAGAUR.
Check in at hotel.
Relax in the evening. Overnight at Bikaner.

Day 20: Bikaner - Mandawa
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Bikaner.
Proceed for Mandawa.
Reach and check in at hotel. Overnight at Mandawa.

Day 21: Mandawa - Delhi
Breakfast at hotel.
Also visit Mahensar and Dundlod meeting the local village chief.
Leave for Delhi. Reach by evening. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 22: Delhi
Breakfast at Delhi. Proceed for a full day tour of Old & New Delhi.
Relax in the evening. Overnight at Delhi.

Day 23: Delhi - Home
Breakfast at hotel. Day free to explore the city and finish last minute shopping.

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East India Rural Tours

Duration : 13 Days / 12 Nights
Destinations Covered : Visit the villages of the Artisans, Farmers & Tribals in Odisha

Day 01
Arrival at Bhubaneshwar. Transfer to hotel.

Day 02
City tour of Bhubaneshwar, covering Temples & Caves. Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 03
Excursion to Nuapatna (Weaving Village), Sadeibarini ( Dokra Metal work village) & Padmakesharpur(Snake Charmers Village). Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 04
Drive to Puri enroute visiting 64yogini village with Bel Metal work village, Pipli Applique work village & Raghurajpur Artisan’s village. Overnight at Puri.

Day 05
Early morning visit of Potters’ village. Excursion to Konark enroute visiting Stone Carvers’ village & Fishermen’ village. Overnight at Puri.

Day 06
City tour of Puri & drive to Bhubaneshwar. Overnight at Bhubaneshwar.

Day 07
Drive to Baliguda. Overnight at Santosh Bhawan Lodge.

Day 08
Visit of Kutia Kondh villages & drive to Rayagada. Overnight at Sai International.

Day 09
Visit of Dongariya Kondh villages & drive to Jeypore. Overnight at Hello Jeypore.

Day 10
Visit of Bonda & Gadaba villages. Overnight at Hello Jeypore.

Day 11
Visit of Paraja villages & market. Overnight at Hello Jeypore.

Day 12
Visit of Dhuruba villages & their market. Drive to Vishakhapatnam.

Day 13
Departure transfer for the onward connection.
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Rural Tourism in Himachal Pradesh – Pragpur, Kangra

Location- Distt Kangra H.P. India   
The area of Garli -Pragpur came within the Jaswan kingdom whose rulers were the cadets of Katoch of the Kangra lineage. Around the 16th" –17th century, bands of marauders started laying waste the pretty and peaceful foothills of the Kangra Valley. Prag Dei, a princess of the royal house of Jaswan, successfully  organized resistance to these marauding bands. To commemorate this princess, an area was selected using ancient Indian shastras (texts) which, it was believed, received the good astral influences of prayers said for thousands of years at nearby shakti (primordial energy) temples of which three" Brajeshwari (Kangra), Chintpurni and Jwalamukhi are famous.  Here, Pragpur was founded and its lay- out carefully planned. Various clans and communities were allotted distinctive living spaces and by and large this continue to date.One of the important communities that settled at Garli-Pragpur and nearby hamlets such as Rakkar, Pir Salui etc. were some of the 52 clans of the hill Soods. Being enterprising, many made their  fortunes at other destinations, especially Simla.  
They, however, did not forget their root.At Pragpur and Garli, they built elegant havelis, mansions and Italianate buildings that are interspersed amongst lovely mud-plastered and slate-roofed houses which lie alongside streets paved with dressed cobbled stone. They also invested in schools, dharamshalas and water systems. In course of time, they settled where their economic interests lay.
Their magnificent buildings - some decaying and crumbling -have largely remained unspoiled, giving Garli-Pragpur a medieval ambience. Recognizing that this unspoiled traditional area could contribute to rural heritage tourism, in December 1997 the Government of Himachal Pradesh notified Pragpur as a Heritage Village and followed this up by making Garli -Pragpur Heritage Zone in 2002. This Heritage Zone has now been  brought under a Special Area Development Authority (SADA) and is integrated with the national wetland -Maharana Pratap Sagar (PongDam)Tourism Development Project.  Located at an elevation of 2000 feet above sea level, Heritage Village Pragpur is ideally suited to explore the Kangra Valley.
The area has several streams that drain into the river Beas -the mythological river Vipasa meaning release from bondage. Many places of historic, religious and cultural importance are within easy reach. In the distance, the Dhauladhar mountains make a stunning backdrop. With its equitable climate, easy access, safe passage and a rich flora and fauna, Pragpur and its surroundings offer an ideal location for Village Tourism.  
     Heritage Zone:- The ambience of the Heritage Zone of Garli -Pragpur is zealously protected by the local residents. In their endeavour that Garli -Pragpur retains its unique character, panchayats preserve their heritage buildings and advise on new construction. Several heritage structures are now being restored using original techniques but with modern facilities to facilitate tourism.



  PLACES OF INTEREST :-  THE TAAL
Dating before 1868, the Taal or pond forms the core of Pragpur village and serves as a recreational space for young and aged alike. It was constructed by the village brotherhood known as the Nehar Committee, which has records of its meetings since 1864. This body continues to be responsible for the maintenance of this ancient water system.  The Taal is surrounded by many heritage structures -the NEHAR BHAWAN (nearly 250 years old); NAUN (dated around 1864), a drinking water facility by the Nehar Committee; DHUNICHAND BHARDIAL SERAI (village inn) and RADHA KRISHNA MANDIR.
 BUTAIL NIWAS   
This is a unique building. Over a hundred years old, it was built by Lala Buta Mal, a scion of the Chaujjar Sood clan. It includes six identical apartments built for his six sons. These lie around a sunken courtyard. In warmer weather, this courtyard is flooded with water to provide cooling. The water for this has been brought by the Butails from the nearby Nalsuyah Khad and provides drinking water to several villages along the way.  
 NAKKI                                                                                                                               This is the one of the entrances to Heritage Village Pragpur. Since ancient times, the Rerumal family provided a water point for common use, the overflow of which falls into small tanks where the village people bathed and washed.                                                                                        
  THE JUDGE'S COURT
Completed in 1918, this is a splendid country manor designed in Indo- European tradition. The visionary behind this bold structure was Justice Sir Jai Lal. It stands in 12 acres of greens, and is just a short walk from the village core and the Taal. It is now run by the owning family as a heritage hotel.  Other places of interest within Heritage Village Pragpur are LALA RERUMAL HAVELI built in 1931 by a Rais of Pragpur which has a Mughal style garden, pleasure terrace and a large water reservoir; BUTAIL MANDIR; CHAUJJAR MANSION; COURTYARDS of the Sood Clans, an ancient SHAKTi MANDIR bearing inscriptions in the largely obsolete Tankry script; and ATIYALAS or public platforms. The area is inhabited by many crafts people -weavers, basket makers, silversmiths, painters, musicians and tailors etc. The residents of Garli -Pragpur are hospitable. There is always a warm welcome for tourists and the area provides a safe passage.  
Around Pragpur, River Beas with its unspoilt beaches (6 kms). offers a possibility of boating, swimming and angling during season. SERI and Naleti (4 kms) are epitome of pastoral tranquillity. Natural underground seepage feeds both Garli and Pragpur. Lovely country walks radiate from Garli and Pragpur. These include meandering country paths through rolling hills and valleys with gurgling brooks  and a meadow where mint grows wild. Rakkar (6 kms) and Pir , Salui (20 kms) are both old Sood settlements. Other places worth visiting are Kalesar ( 16 kms by road / 6 kms by walk) on the banks of river Beas. It is famous for its panchtirthi waters and parasmani (touchstone).Image Dadasiba Temple
DADA SIBA TEMPLE (22 kms) has beautiful wall paintings and is reached via CHINOR ( 17 kms) that has a temple and water mills. Dangra (2 kms) has an old temple.


 MASROOR (57 kms) is known for its Ellora styled rock-cut temples. PONG DAM (8 kms) is a national wetland and is renowned for its bird life. More than 240 varieties have been identified. Comfortable day excursions are possible to DHARAMSHALA (60 kms), McLEODGAN) (68 kms) -residence of his Holiness Dalai Lama and PALAMPUR (95 kms) with a vista of green tea estates and the artists' complex of Andretta. HARIPUR GULER (27 kms), the cradle of Kangra school of paintings, is nearby. The indomitable KANGRA FORT is easily achievable. For the spiritually inclined, Pragpur offers the ancient altars of worship of BRIJESHWARI (40kms), JWALAMUKHI (25 kms), CHINTPURNI (25 kms) and BAGULAMUKHI (35 kms). The BAJNATH TEMPLE beyond Palampur is amongst the oldest Shiva shrines. Kangra Valley is served by the beautiful narrow gauge train system that runs from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. GULER and RANITAL stations are nearest to Garli-Pragpur (30 kms).

ACTIVITIES
 The beautiful landscape of Pragpur region offers ample opportunities for cycling, trekking, nature walks, bird watching, fishing or simple relaxation. Visits to weavers, silver- smiths, tailors, shoemakers and the Village market can be enchanting.
Kalesar: 6 km from the Judge’s Court. Local lore traces the origins of this temple complex to the exile of the Pandavas, an episode from the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata. By the banks of the river Beas, this has some ancient temples and water pools. It is also quite a scenic spot for picnics.
Radha Krishna Thakurdwara Temple Serai: 01970-245006 and several heritage homes and guest houses.

SEASONS TO VISIT :-All seasons and all year round, especially January and September when the Lohri and Wrestling festivals are celebrated.

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