Garli in Himachal Pradesh: Living Heritage of Rural India
Published on September 5, 2020
Author: Madhura Joshi
About Garli: Garli (Paragpur, Himachal Pradesh, India) is village located in Kangra valley from 16th – 17th century. This was the area under Jaswan kingdom. This village is the best example of vernacular architecture, art & craft lovers. With its strategic location on the trading route, this town is blessed with picturesque architectural character. I visited this town in the month of February 2015 with a the group of young architects. This village is still far away from development and successful to kept is Indian village character and social fabric. The community from the village is mainly craftsmen, painters and basket weavers, musicians, tailors.
Artistic map of Garli Heritage Village (www.garli.in)
Architecture of Garli village:
This town is one of the live example of Himachal architecture. The Paragpur and Garli districts are finest examples of the traditional architecture.This town has beautiful mud buildings with slated sloping roof. This town has building typologies from Havelis, schools, hospital, high court to water bodies. Maximum houses are constructed in small size local bricks (Nanak shahi brick). This architecture of Garli represents the influence of British, Mughal, Portuguese, Himachal architecture merge with the local context. In all buildings, we can see a mixture of Rajasthani style windows, Mughal ornamentation, British style chimneys. Most of the buildings are representing the influence of colonial architecture. In many houses, beautiful stained glass works on windows are quite visible. The village has beautiful cobbled stone alleys lined with trees.