Haripur Guler

Haripur Guler, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Haripur is a township in Kangra district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Haripur Guler are twin township carrying the heritage of Guler Riyasat.

A river separates the two towns which further makes Pong Reservoir wetland, a Ramsar Wetland Site, home to a large number of migratory birds in winter because of marshes and the presence of irrigated private land.

On the other side of Haripur town, is Guler which has a narrow gauge railway station connected from Pathankot station to Jogindernagar station.

Guler State was a historical princely state in the district Kangra between 1405, when the state was founded, and 1813 when it was annexed by Punjab.

Guler State was famous as the cradle of the Kangra paintings. Guler painting is the early phase of Kangra Kalam.

About the middle of the eighteenth century, some Hindu artists trained in the Mughal style sought the patronage of the Rajas of Guler in the Kangra Valley.

There they developed a style of painting which has a delicacy and a spirituality of feeling. The Guler artists had the colours of the dawn and the rainbow on their palettes.

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.

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