Palampur in Himachal Pradesh

Palampur known as ‘Tea Capital of North India.’ since 19th century is a popular hill station situated in Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is not only known for its scenic beauty, calmness and tea gardens but also famous for its colonial architecture and temples Behind this town stands the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains, whose peaks remain, covered for most part of the year.

Palampur has derived its name from the local word “pulum’, which means lots of water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur.

How to Reach Palampur (Himachal Pradesh)

By Air : Nearest airport is Gaggal airport located 50 km.

By Rail : Closest broad gauge railhead is Pathankot 95 km from Kangra. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar passes via Kangra. Most adjacent railhead is at a distance of 5 km.

By Road : Almost each and every part of the state is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation is running its buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people.

Best Time to Visit Palampur

Summers i.e. March – July. The days are warm with temperatures between 22 °C to 35 °C. Nights are slightly colder.

Tourist Attraction in Palampur

Temple of Bundelmata

This temple is built about five centuries ago. Approach to Temple is walking through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this

Palampur – Neugal Khad

Located about 2 Km from main town. Neugal Khad with wide chasm of more than 300 meters through which the Neugal stream flows. The approach to the Neugal Khad goes through beautiful tea gardens. Neugal Khad provides a fine view of the Dhauladhar range. Himachal Tourism cafe provides food and a fine view from its restaurant. It is a famous picnic spot .

Saurabh Van Vihar

Saurabh Van Vihar , green park, over 13 hactare area is located on the right bank of Neugal Khad near Kandi bridge in village Kwat, 4 km.

Tea Factory: (1.5 km)

The cooperative society tea factory provides an insight to the processing of Kangra Tea.

Gopalpur

10 km from Palampur is Gopalpur where the Forest Department has set up a zoo called Dhauldhar Nature Park

Bir and Billing

Bir is on Palampur -Mandi highway is known for the Buddhist monasteries Distance from Bir to Billing 14 km , a rock road , is one of the best aero sports sites in the country. This place is the originating point for hang and para gliders. The ariel view of the chamba and kangra valleys are really breathtaking. .Billing has also organized the World Paragliding Championship.

Baijnath

The ancient temple of Shiva (Built in the 9th century AD) at Baijnath is one of the most remarkable monuments of the Kangra valley. Baijnath is one of the ‘Twelve Jyotirlingams’. 16 kms. from Palampur

Andreta

A gallery houses some of his major works. Shobha Singh’s Art Gallery is in Andhretta which is 13 km. from Palampur. The famous artist S. Sobha Singh lived here for several years.. Famous painting of Sohni-Mahiwal, the portraits of Sikh Gurus ,Kangra Dulhan, The Gaddan are great work of Sobha Singh’s.

Al-Hilal

A few kilometres from the city of Palampur is Al-Hilal, a place of unparalleled charm. During the conquests of Kangra by Maharaja Renjit Singh, this place was a military bastion.

Chamunda Temple

Chamunda temple famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham) is located in the village of Dadh , 25 kms from Palampur on the right bank of river Baner Khud. Chronicled in the Durga Sapt-Shati, the story goes that two demons tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from the folds a horrifying from of Kali slew the two demons, Chand and Mund. Delighted, Ambika declared that she (Kali) would now be worshipped here as Chamunda a combination of the demons names. Chamunda Devi temple .

Adventure Sports in Palampur (Himachal Pradesh)

There are several trek routes that one can trek on over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. One important trek is over Sanghar Pass to Bharmaur via Holi. Palampur to Dharamsala via Indrahar Pass and Baijnath to Manali over the Thamsar pass.

Hang/Paragliding:  Twenty-eight kilometers from Palampur is an important center for the adventure sport of hang/paragliding. It also has numerous Buddhist monuments and is famous for its Tibetan handicrafts. The town of Billing, which is 42 km from Palampur and 14 km from Bir, is also an important center for hang-gliding.

Fishing in Palampur : There are ample opportunities for the angler between 1st March to 1st June and 1st September to end of October for Mahaseer fishing in and around Dehra Gopipur, Nadaun and Pong Dam.

Palampur in Himachal Pradesh