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Nurpur Fort - Pathankot India

Orginally known as Dhameri, 66-km from Dharamsala and 24-km from Pathankot, it was renamed by the Emperor Jehangir, son of the Great Moghul Jalal-Ud-Din Mohammad Akbar. For years, Akbar yearned for a son from the empress Jodha bai, at the advice of his religious mentors, he travelled to the Ziarat of Sheikh Salim Chisti near Fatehpur Sikri and both the Emperor and Empress begged to the be granted a son. Their prayers were answered and the prince was born. He was named after the saint, Nur-ud-Salim, and took the title Jehangir on assuming the throne. Jehangir's eye fell on the beauteous wife of Sher Afghan, the lovely Mehrun-Nissa; the hapless husband was sent to the wars and certain death and Jehargir spent years to win the love of the winsome widow who would have nothing to do with him. She finally relented and the happy monarch named her, first, Nur Mahal, "Light of the palace" and later raised it to Nur Jehan, "Light of the World". The lovely town of Nurpur was named not only after her, following the conquest of the area, but also to reflect the glory of his favourite queen. Here is an old fort built by Raja Basu one thousand years ago. The Nurpur fort is now in its ruins but still has some finely carved reliefs. A ruined Krishna Temple, also finely carved, stands within the fort. Famous for its hand made textiles a great beauty in design, Nurpur also makes 'pashmina' shawls, which are renowned all over the state but, unfortunately little known outside. From Nurpur one can travel straight eastwards to Dharmasala via Kotla.

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