Paragpur - The Destination
architecture, cobbled streets, ornamental village
tank, mud plastered and slate roofed houses—this
is what the Heritage Village of Pragpur
is made up of.
Located in Himachal's most panoramic areas,
Kangra, Pragpur might just be the mystic land.
It lies in the shade of the Dhauladhar mountains
or the White Ranges as they are called.
Founded about 3 centuries ago, Pragpur is like
a little, neat settlement. Its name means Country
of Pollens after all
the flowers that blossom here in wild
Pragpur is also the home of the famous Kangra
School of painting. Many of Himachal's forts,
palaces and residences are privately owned,
and therefore the discretion of their use naturally
rests with their owners.
Pragpur is abounding in history. It is also
ideal for eco tourism, which is being promoted
with the strong involvement of the local community.
In Pragpur, as you wander through the half-deserted
lanes watching ornamental arches, you can almost
waft into an easy tranquility. It's a peek
into a world long past, but which you can deliciously
relive for a while. In addition, relish some
of the seasonal fruits straight from the orchards
of Pragpur as you enjoy your holiday.
|Paragpur - Facts
at a Glance
|| Himachal Pradesh
C to 32 C (Summer)
16 C to 25 C (Winter)
||October - Mid April
History of Paragpur
village was set up over 300 years ago.
The Kangra region in Himachal Pradesh
is full of myth and folklore about the
times when the Pandavas in exile wandered
about in this land. Historically too,
it had always been an important kingdom.
The area of Pragpur was part of the Principality
Its chief, in the late 16th or early 17th
century, charged a band of learned men,
led by a Kuthiala Sood, to find a suitable
place to commemorate Princess 'Prag' of
his royal lineage. Gradually the people
of the Sood community, who were doing
well in various fields built huge havelis
in the village. The Soods are a special
community laying claim to being Agnivanshis
(born of a sacred fire). There are references
to them in ancient Hindu texts like the
Rig Veda. At the time when Simla was the
summer capital of the British Raj, the
Soods from around Pragpur owned more than
half of Pragpur, and continue to be the
prevailing community even today.