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Historical Background

WelcomHeritage Judge's Court is a 300 year old ancestral cottage in the medieval hamlet of Pragpur, at an elevation of 2000 ft. in the Kangra Valley of the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It has been restored with painstaking attention to original techniques but with the introduction of modern plumbing and lighting. Alongside this ancestral cottage is a large country manor designed in the Indo-European tradition - set amidst 12 acres of orchards overlooking the Dauladhar Mountains - built in 1918 by Bhandhari Ram for his son, Justice Sir Jai Lal. The property was therefore commonly referred to as Judge Sahib Ki Kothi and the name of The WelcomHeritage Judge's Court stuck.

The village of Pragpur was classified as a heritage zone in 1997 and for good reason - caught in a charming time wrap, there is little to mark the advent of the modern age in the aspect of the unchanged shops, mud-plastered slate-roofed houses, ornamental tank and the cobbled streets leading to the village courtyard of this seeming medieval village.

Brief Description

WelcomHeritage Judge's Court is regarded as one of India's finest country hotels, set in a heritage village on the edge of the Himalyan Mountains. It is a large splendid Country Manor designed in the Indo-European tradition. The buildings stand in a 12-acre orchards consisting of mango, lychee, plum, citrus and exotic trees like camphor, clove and cardamom. Judge's Court's elegant accommodation comprises of 10 Double Rooms, 3 of which are suites inclusive of the cottage in the ancestral courtyard.

It substantially grows its own fruit, vegetables, wheat, maize and oil seeds. All efforts are made towards creating environment. Milk is from an owned dairy on the premises. Water is exclusively piped from an ancestral mountain spring. Preserves are from the "green" produce of the orchard.