The Judge's Court Heritage Village, Himachal Pradesh
|Heritage Village, 177107, Pragpur, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA.|
Description: The Judge's Court Heritage VillageThe Judge's Court is a Country Manor located in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, at an elevation of 2000 ft. in the Kangra Valley of the North Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. The property is classified as "Heritage". This, in a way, makes it India's first classified Heritage Country Manor with an ambience reminiscent of the turn of the 20th Century.
It has two parts; an ancestral cottage which is over 300 years old, and The Country Manor built by Bhandari Ram for his son, Justice Sir Jai Lal. It has been lovingly restored and offers a rare kind of hospitality, peace, quite and exclusivity.
The Judge's Court grows its own fruit, vegetables, wheat, maize and oil seeds. All efforts are made towards creating an organic environment. Milk is from a dairy on the premises. Water is exclusively piped from an ancestral mountain spring. Preserves are from the "green" produce of the orchard.
The Kangra Valley, where the Village Pragpur is located is full of history. Founded about 3 centuries ago Pragpur has held onto the essence of an earlier era, unchanged shops, cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, mud plastered and slate roofed houses. It is also the home of the famous Kangra school of painting and possibly the world's, (most certainly India's) oldest ruling lineage.
The Pragpur area is special and has a National Reserve with a variety of birds. Near Dharamsala and McLeodganji you can find the seat of The Dalai Lama. There are also several temples, Buddhist attractions, cultural and natural points of interest nearby.
Type of rooms: The Judge's Court Heritage VillageThe Judge's Court's has 13 Double Rooms, 3 of which are located in the Heritage Village Courtyard, a few minutes walk from the Orchard Complex.
6 Suites/Superior Rooms.
Additional information: The Judge's Court Heritage Village
Pragpur offers a host of activities: It has a quaint market where several silversmiths ply their trade and will quickly modify trinkets to satisfy individual taste. The several village weavers will make shawls and blankets to order and tailors will make up dresses overnight.
Easy excursions include visits to Kangra Fort, Dharamsala and Mcleodganj, the seat of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Dada Siba and the river Beas.
Fishing: The Beas River is within 6 kms. and offers the possibility of angling during season (winter to early summer) and offers nice beaches except during monsoon season. The picturesque Kangra valley has several spots that offer Mahaseer River carp. The reservoir of the Maharana Pratap Sagar right up to the town of Dehra has good spots. Nadaun along the river Beas has some good beats, besides Chamba Pattan near Garli (accessible from Nadaun or Jwalamukhi), Amtar (2 km from Nadaun), Harsi Pattan (30 km. from Tira Sujanpur) and Lambagaon (15 km. from Tira Sujanpur).
Water and River Sports: The Maharana Pratap Sagar reservoir in Kangra with its 42 km. length and 2 km. breadth, offers a variety of activities in close collaboration with the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports. Year long activities include swimming, water-skiing, surfing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing and sailing. Three levels of courses are conducted - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
The countryside is ideal for low-level treks and walks. Those interested in nature study and bird watching will get their fill. Picnics and visits to local historical sites and monuments are arranged, and satisfying hours can be spent exploring nearby Garli (lovely old houses in Simla architecture) and Pragpur (cobbled streets and ancestral homes).
Dining: Enjoy their new kithchen and dining facilities. Seasonal fruit is plentiful with citrus from November to January, lychees towards mid June, mangoes in mid July.
Festivals: The Heritage Village Pragpur celebrates several festivals and two very special occasions each year: Lohri - a festival of goodwill and harmony falling on the 13th of January and marking the transit of the sun from the southern to the northern hemisphere. Wrestling - 11th of September.
Number of rooms: 13
Official category: Heritage Property.
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1700's.
Period of closure: Open all year.
Languages spoken: Hindi, English.Smoking policy: Non-smoking property.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, Mastercard, Visa.
Restaurant closed: Open all year, exclusively for guests.
Nearest airport: Gagal (Kangra) - 45 km.