Palampur is the
tea capital of northwest India. Set on the rising slopes of
Kangra Valley before they merge with the Dauladhar ranges. But
tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special resort.
Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed
it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the
local word "pulum', meaning lots of water. Palampur was a
part of the local Sikh kingdom and later on came under the
enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to
have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and
beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural
loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind
this town stands the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains,
whose peaks remain, covered for most part of the year.
Situated in and about the middle of the Kangra Valley, it is
convenient base to explore the surroundings.
station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and
paddy fields but it also known for its colonial architecture
and temples. Palampur and places around it are popular for
adventure sports like hang-gliding and trekking.
Neughal Khad: Close
to the temple of Bundelmata temple, is this 300-metre-wide
chasm through which the Neugal stream flows.
charming village, spread below thethickly wooded hill and
sprawling plains of the Kangra Valley was once the home of the
famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and the playwright Ms Norah
Richards. Now Andretta is a centre for various artistic
activities such as pottery and is just 13-km away from
13-km away from the town, Gopalpur consists of a mini zoo.
for it's ancient temple, which was built in 804 A.D. and
dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanatha. Its tall shikhara carved in
stone is framed by the imposing snow capped peaks of
Dhauladhars. The linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the
12 jyotirlingas in the country. Every year during the
Shivratri fair, thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath for
the colourful fair and festivities. It is 16-km from Palampur
and 56-km from Dharamsala.
Devi: The famous temple dedicated to the goddess Chamunda
is 25-kms away from Plampur
and Yatri Niwas here provides an excellent accommodation for
Temple of Bundelmata:
Walk through tea gardens and
open fields or drive to reach this temple built about five
Billing: Sheltered by the mountains and surrounded by tea
gardens, Bir serves as a landing ground for hang & para
gliders as well as known for it's Buddhist monasteries and
Tibetan handicrafts. One of the best aero-sports sites in the
world, Billing is 14-km from Bir. The mountain ranges set like
an amphitheatre, offer opportunities for high altitude and
cross-country flying for more than 200-km.
Tea Factory: The
cooperative society tea factory provides an insight to the
processing of Kangra Tea.
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.