Dehra is a town situated in Himachal Pradesh, in the Kangra district on the banks of River Beas. Foreign invaders used this town as a base for their expeditions to various hill stations in the area, hence the name Dera, which means ‘camp’ in local parlance.
Places to Stay
Dehra has a number of budget hotels to choose from. Some of them are River View Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), JK Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500), Raj Hotel (Tariff – Rs.500) and Jwalaji Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000).
The official language of Dehra is Hindi. Kangri is also widely spoken.
Buddha Purnima or Vesak is celebrated with much gaiety every May to honor the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. Haryali is another festival that is important to the locals. This festival celebrates rain and involves rituals like the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, as their union is believed to bring fertility to the world.
Places of Interest
The Maharana Pratap Sagar is a popular lake in the area. There are also the nearby heritage villages of Pragpur and Dada Siba, as well as the Kangra Fort that are worth a visit. Dharamsala, with its Budhhist temples and culture and the picturesque Kangra Valley are extremely popular in the tourist circuits.
How to Get There
The Gaggal airport which is located 43 km away is the closest one to Dehra.
The nearest major railway station is Pathankot Railway Station.
Jayanti Transport, New Shivalik Transport Company, Sharma Travels and Dhaloria Travels are some reliable private operators who run daily services to and from Dehra bus stand. Opt for online bus ticket booking to visit all the popular destinations across India.