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Grand havelis and Himalayan scenery on the Garli village walk

The streets here are cobbled and filled with history, it’s a real treat for those who love heritage and architecture…

By Vijai Lal
Owner of Judge's Court Hotel, Pragpur

Take a scenic walk to Garli, which was a thriving village in the sub-Himalayan region until India’s independence. The streets here are cobbled and filled with history. You can still see its grand havelis and Italianate buildings, as well as traditional Kangra and Rajput houses with mud-plastered walls and slate roofs. For those who love heritage and architecture, it’s a real treat. Most of the buildings have been well looked-after, so you can still enjoy the detailed tiling, towers and stained-glass windows.

Led by one of our guides from Judge’s Court, the walk to Garli takes you through the area’s hills and countryside, surrounded by the backdrop of the Dhauladhar Mountains. Along the way, you’ll learn all about life in the sub-Himalayas and the history of the area, from how Pragpur’s medieval water systems work to stories of local residents and the fortress that was used to defend the area. The trail leads all the way to a hilltop viewpoint where you can spot Judge’s Court in the distance.

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Alfred & Vijai Lal

Mr Vijai Lal travelled extensively and lived all over India before returning to his ancestral home in Pragpur. Together with his wife Rani, Vijai restored Judge’s Court and opened its doors to visitors. The couple love to welcome guests and give them a unique glimpse into Kipling’s India and a history that dates back to the time of the Mahabharat.
Vijai and Rani Lal, Judge's Court