the 27 year old Nawab of Bahawalpur built a large European-style
summer residence for himself up in the cool Himalayan jungles of
Kangra district. He laid out lush gardens, built a glass pleasure
pavilion and a mosque and christened his country palace Al Hilal
(The Crescent Moon).
decided to settle in Pakistan and the grand property went to the
Punjab government. Maharani Tara Devi of Kashmir, who had been
raised in the Kangra Valley, approached the Punjab government for
the evacuee property and finally acquired it in 1950. The glass
pleasure pavilion was converted into a temple and the new home was
renamed Taragarh. The Maharani moved between her Jammu palace and
Taragarh. In 1971, Dr. Karan Singh, Maharani Tara Devi's only son,
decided to convert his property into a hotel.
Palace is situated on a 15 acre forested estate surrounded by tea
gardens in the Kangra valley, one of the most scenic and unexplored
areas of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a height of 1000 metres
Taragarh Palace is at the foot of the Dhauladhar mountains offering
a magnificent view of the snow capped peaks.