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Haripur, Kangra Overview

Haripur is situated in the Kangra district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Haripur and GulerĀ are twin townships carrying the heritage of Guler Riyasat and are separated by a river which makes wetland sites and home to a large number of migratory birds in winters because of marshes and the presence of irrigated private land. Guler is situated on the other side of the town having a narrow gauge railway station connected from Pathankot station to Jogindernagar station. Haripur was founded in the year 1464, and it is the ancient place where the Pahari Paintings known as the Kangra miniature paintings originated. The town also known as the cradle of Kangra School of Paintings came to a downfall at the end of the 19th century. Haripur comprises of old fort and water springs which are worth visiting.

According to legends, Raja Hari Chand of Kangra went hunting along with his fellow mates but then got separated from them and fell in a well. Everybody searched for him, but when they could not find him, the king was declared as dead. After they returned to Kangra, his wives burned themselves and became sati and Karan Chand, who was his younger brother, was given the throne. Hari Chand was trapped in the well for 22 days after which he was rescued by a passerby. Hari Chand did not regain control over his kingdom but instead set up a new kingdom known as Haripur named after himself. Haripur is a beautiful place with a lot of history attached to it. Located amidst the scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh, it undoubtedly offers a getaway from the busy lives of the city.

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History of Haripur

Guler state which was founded in the year 1405 was a historical princely state. In 1813, it was taken over by Punjab. The state was popularly known as the cradle of Kangra paintings. The earlier phase of Kangra Kalam was the Guler painting. Hindu artists trained in the Mughal style of painting were taken into the kingdom of the Raja of Guler in the middle of the eighteenth century. A style of painting was then developed by them which gave out a spiritual feeling. All the colours of the dawn and that of the rainbow were said to be present on the palette of the Guler artists.

On the hills of Haripur, there is a ruined fort which was built by Raja Hari Chand, which is the second fort built by him after Kangra (Nagarkot) Fort. The caves and some temples built by the king are still there, of great heritage and cultural importance, left at the mercy of the elements which are damaging them like the damaged road of the area in the periphery.

Best Time To Visit Haripur

The place has relatively high temperature and precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. The ideal time to pay a visit to Haripur is from mid-Jun to late October when the climate is pleasant and worth enjoying.

Tips For Visiting Haripur

1. Do not eat from the roadside vendors. Drink bottled water and carry prescribed medications along. Do not overeat when travelling to high altitudes.
2. Keep woollen clothing, torch, stick, water, mosquito repellent etc. along. Carry thermos as well.
4. Do not stand near the cliff on the bank of the river. Also, do not step into the river for clicking photographs.
5. Carry sunscreen lotion, socks and rubber-soled shoes.

How To Reach Haripur

Haripur is located on the Nurpur-Jwalamukhi road, between Nagrota Suriyan and Balta in the Kangra District. The place is located around 8 km east of Mangwal, 4 km north of Balta and 18 km south of Yol.

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