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Nurpur, Dharamshala

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66 kms. from Dharamshala and 24 kms. from Pathankot, Nurpur is famous for an old Fort and a Temple of Brij Raj dedicated to Lord Krishna. Nurpur is named after the Mughal Empress Nur Jehan. The Nurpur Fort is now in its ruins, but still has some finely carved reliefs. Nurpur is also famous for its fine Pashmina shawls and textiles. It was earlier known as Dhameri. It achieved its peak during the rule of Raja Basu (1580-1613). The remains of his impressive fort can still be seen. Raja Basu's son Suraj Mal rose in rebellion against the Mughal Empreror Jehangir. After the uprising was quelled, the town of Dhameri, was renamed Nurpur after Jehangir's beautiful wife, Nur Jehan.

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