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Haripur is situated in the Kangra district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Haripur and Guler 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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