Kangra Valley

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Kangra Valley is situated in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a popular tourist destination, with the peak season around March and April.Dharamsala, the headquarters of Kangra district, lies on the southern spur of Dhauladhar in the valley .


The valley is filled with numerous perennial streams, which irrigate the valley. The valley has a general height of 2000 ft. The highest peak on the Dhauladhar range (White Mountain) which marks the boundary between the valley and Chamba, reaches 15,956 ft. The range rises 13,000 ft above the valley. It rises sharply from its low base, with no low hills in between. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 287..

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1905 earthquake

The valley witnessed a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake at 6:19 am April 4, 1905, as a result close to 19,800 people were killed and thousands were injured in the Kangra area. Most buildings in towns of Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala were destroyed Kangra district Official website. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 1, p. 98..


Further reading

  • Hutchinson, J. & J. PH Vogel (1933). History of the Panjab Hill States, Vol. I. 1st edition: Govt. Printing, Punjab, Lahore, 1933. Reprint 2000. Department of Language and Culture, Himachal......
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