By : Isha Sharma
Pragpur which stands for its historical, cultural and religious importance is located in the most exquisite Kangra valley.
Pragpur is standing at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level. The village has preserved its heritage. Artistic havelis and buildings with remarkable Italian finish are scattered in the midst of alluring mud-plastered and slate-roofed houses which lie along cobbled stone paved streets. Considering the untouched heritage of the place, Government of Himachal Pradesh in December 1997 titled it as ‘Heritage village’.
View of Pragpur village
The village makes people to take a sneak peak in the traditions of the past. There are few prominent places in Pragpur which one must visit.
Most popular is Taal – a pond situated in the center of the village. Many heritage structures are placed around Taal like Radha Krishna Temple, Naun (dated around 1864), Nehar Bhawan (almost 250 years old) and Dhunichand Bhardial Serai (village inn).
Taal – the village pond
Another significant structure is Judge’s Court, traced in Indo-European style. The visionary behind this magnificent structure was Justice Sir Jai Lal. The mansion is now run by Mr. Vijay Lal as a heritage hotel. It stands in a 12 acre fantastic orchards full of mango, plum, citrus fruits, lychee and other exotic trees like cardamom, cloves and camphor.
Other visiting places are Butail Niwas, which is a very unique building and more than 100 years old. Lala Rerumal Haveli, built in 1931 comprises of a mughal style garden, pleasure terrace and a large water reservoir. An ancient Shakti temple is a must visit as it has inscriptions in largely antiquated Tankry script and Atiyalas.
Lohri and wrestling festival (held in the month of September) is always celebrated with great enthusiasm.
The residents of the area are warm and generous. The place offers number of opportunities for nature walks, bird watching, fishing, cycling, trekking or just relaxing.
Pragpur serves to be the perfect location for village tourism. The area is visitable all year round, but making a visit in spring is somehow different as at that moment the area can be seen lightened up with blossoms all around.