Famous Places to Visit in Pathankot
Earlier, known as the capital of the Pathani Rajputs state of Nurpur. Due to its geographical location, Pathankot has the meeting point of three states i.e. Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh. Its scenic location along with the cultural heritage of the Rajputs have made this city a well-frequented tourist spot. The Ravi and Chakki rivers surround the city with the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. Here’s a list of the best places that you can visit in Pathankot.
Dedicated to the Hindu idol Lord Shiva, the cave temples are located on the banks of the river Ravi. It is said that the Pandavas used the caves for staying during their final year in exile. Mukteshwar Temple is situated on the top of a hill and contains a marble Shiva lingam and a copper yoni. Around the Lingam idols of various Hindu deities, like Brahma, Vishnu, Hanuman, Parvati and Ganesha are surrounded.
This places was formerly known as the Dhameri Fort and constructed in the 10th century. Nurpur fort was destroyed by the British army and then by an earthquake in 1905. The fort has the temple inside it called as Brij Raj Swami, which was built in the 16th century and known as the only place where both the idols of Lord Krishna and Meera Bai are worshipped.
Ranjit Sagar Dam
Ranjit Sagar Dam is a part of the hydroelectricity project of the State Government of Punjab and was completed in the year 2001. The dam is also known as the Thien Dam and constructed on the river Ravi. It is one of the excellent picnic spots with its lush green surroundings.
Constructed nearly in the 16th century, Shahpurkandi Fort is one of the famous places in Pathankot. The fort was a strategic military location which now serves as a rest house for the tourists. It is located on the banks of the River Ravi and provides alluring views of the district. Shahpurkandi fort is situated at the confluence of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and Pathankot.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Kathgarh Temple is characterised by an ancient lingam with mystical origins. It is said, Bharat has visited the temple during his search for Lord Rama. Located at the confluence of the Beas and the Chonch River, the temple is built in Roman style architecture.
Jwala Devi Temple recognised as one of the 51 Shaktipiths of India, is located 120 km from Pathankot (nearest broad-gauge railhead) and 34-km. From Kangra, amidst picturesque surroundings. At Jwala Ji, an eternally burning flame that issues from a hollow rock in the sanctum is considered the manifestation of the goddess Devi. Set beside a cliff, Jwala Devi Mandir is built on a wooden platform in the Indo-Sikh style of architecture. Temple attracts a huge number of devotees not only from the entire state but from the country as a whole to see the extraordinary Aarti session performed in the temple at five different timings.
Khajjiar, popularly known as Mini Switzerland of India is located between Dalhousie and Chamba. The place is a small picturesque saucer-shaped plateau surrounded by dense pine and majestic deodar forests. Distances 105 km from Pathankot, Khajjiar is truly breathtaking with a coverage of incredible beauty. The snowfall here is thick enough covering charming little bridges in the frozen streams that make this area look like a little dreamland.
Before moving on to the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, the city has served as a rest stop location. Famous hill stations like Dalhousie, Chamba and Kangra are nearby the town. The attractions mentioned above are a must visit to experience the rich culture and history of Pathankot.