Taragarh is a picturesque residential estate nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The property belongs to the royal family of the erstwhile Princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is now open to the public as a professionally managed Heritage Hotel. Formerly known as Alhilal (land of the crescent moon), Taragarh Palace was built in the early 1930s as a summer resorts.
It was bought by the royal family of Jammu & Kashmir in 1951 for the Dowager Maharani who lived there for several years. It is now run as a hotel by the present royal family.
In 1931, the 27-year-old Nawab of Bahawalpur built large European-style summer residence for himself up in the cool Himalayan jungle 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).