Lying in the vicinity of Kangra, Nagrota Bagwan is a small city in Himachal Pradesh. It is a Tehsil and a municipal committee of the district of Kangra. With a small population, Nagrota Bagwan has an agrarian economy. Major part of the population is engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. The city is widely known for its large production of sub tropical fruits. The cold climate of the region is suitable for cultivation of citrus fruits like apples and mangoes.
Physical Location of Nagrota Bagwan
The beautiful geographical location of Nagrota Bagwan makes it a favorite place for tourists. It lies near the foothills of the Himalayas. As the city stands at a high altitude of 846 meters above sea level, it enjoys cold weather even in summers. Nagrota Bagwan is located in the center of two eminent temples of Chamunda ji and Kangra Devi Ji. The villages that surround the small city are Bhuner, Baldhar, Mumta, Hatwas and Ghorab. Tehsil Dharamshala lies to the north of Nagrota Bagwan and Bhawarna Tehsil lies to the east. The city is well connected to the neighboring cities like Dalhousie, Chamba, Dharamsala and Hamirpur by a good network of roadways and railways.
Facts and Figures:
Latitude - 32°03'N Longitude - 076°05'E Area - 25997 hectares
Topography of Nagrota Bagwan
The region has an uneven topography with undulating landforms. Most of the region is mountainous with shallow soil that is embedded with pebbles, stones and gravel. However, some areas in the lower parts of the valleys have abundant alluvial deposits. The fine soil particles are deficient in nitrogen and phosphorous but rich in organic matter. As the soil is rich in clay, lime, iron, and carbon, it is best suited for cultivation of vegetables, rice and wheat. Nagrota Bagwan is regarded as the traditional vegetable growing region of Kangra. Moreover, the region has abundant water resources.
Mineral Resources in Nagrota Bagwan
The types of rocks found in the region are clay, shale, limestone and sandstones. Granite rocks are also found in the lower hilly areas. Limestone, granite and clay deposits are utilized for commercial purposes.
Forests in Nagrota Bagwan
The region of Nagrota Bagwan has several sub-tropical forests. Approximately 44.76% of the total area of Nagrota Bagwan is covered with these hill forests. They are characterized by broad-leaved plants like Khair, Kachnar, Tun, Beul and Siris. Bamboo is mainly found in the lower hilly areas. These forests provide timber, firewood, fodder and several raw materials for industries. Various kinds of herbs or medicinal plants are also found in abundance in this region. These herbs are used for making ayurvedic medicines, body oils and other herbal products.
Sub Tropical Climate in Nagrota Bagwan
The city enjoys sub tropical climate. The weather is generally cold throughout the year. The summers are not warm but cool. Summer temperature during the daytime ranges between 8 °C and 29°C. The winters are quite chilly. As Nagrota Bagwan lies near the Himalayan ranges, it experiences very cold waves in winters. These cold winds bring some rain to the region in winters. The monsoon commences from early June. The region receives heavy showers between June and September.