Hey guys! Welcome back here… today I am going to talk to you about ‘Naggar Castle’. If you are following my blog you may know that I was travelling to Naggar lately and it is a beautiful place. Though Naggar is beautiful in every corner, the place that left me in awe is the Naggar Castle. So, today I am going share with you my experience of visiting that enchanting castle situated in the hills.
Naggar castle was built by Raja Sidh Singh nearly 500 years ago and the architecture of the place profoundly highlights its ancient glory. The castle is made of stone and wood and the design is remarkable, it is created on the lines of British architecture and seems inspired by the mountains. If you are a lover of history and heritage, Naggar castle may take to back in that era, the fitting staircase, the fireplaces and the open spaces all will leave a mark on you. While I was roaming around in the castle, I was deeply engrossed in noticing everything about it.
It does not have a magnificent entrance but while entering you may realize the beauty of the place. Once you enter, you will see a board of the Naggar Castle and a little detail about it. On moving ahead you will observe small temples built with stone inside the castle and they give a very royal feel. After these small temples, you have to cross a hall and then you will enter the most spectacular place in the castle- the courtyard.
Trust me, that courtyard is a unique feature of Naggar Castle that makes it different from all other forts and castles. The courtyard gives you a direct view of the mountains, it looks as if the mountains are standing right in front of you. For me, it was an amazing experience being present at that place which has a completely different aura with so much to explore and embrace.
When you move upstairs from the courtyard, you will observe small rooms, where the kings and queens might have lived. As the Naggar Castle is now under Himachal Pradesh Tourism, the rooms are re-furnished and can be booked for stays. I wonder how lovely it would be waking up to that sight of mountains! The whole view from the balcony in front of the rooms is breathtaking. I was there on a cloudy day, so I have witnessed the place in the best of its beauty. I hope when you visit, it will be the same.
Coming to the food now, Naggar Castle has a restaurant situated upstairs from the courtyard. And it has balcony sitting, which is beauty in itself. While I sat down there to have my food, I felt royal myself. It was like having my meal at an exotic place and being served all the royal cuisines in the middle of the mountains, I don’t think I can express it in words. The food there is delicious; you can get the traditional Himalayan cuisine or try out a few different kind of dishes. The specialty of the place is trout fish which they prepare with traditional cooking methods. Overall, it is worth spending sometime at the restaurant.
There is also a basement area in the castle, where a museum is created to showcase age old paintings and traditional equipments. All history lovers would love seeing that. Overall, Naggar Castle in itself is a must-visit destination which can satisfy every traveler’s greed for finding out a unique and beautiful place.
I had a superb time enjoying Naggar Castle and hope you also do the same very soon. Let me know when you are planning to visit Naggar Castle.