Discovered In :
Altitude : 1220m
Attractions : Neughal Khad, Andretta, Tea Factory
Kufri, Naldera Etc..
Best Time To Visit :
March to June and Mid-September to November.
Palampur is the tea capital of northwest
India. Set on the rising slopes of Kangra Valley
before they merge with the Dhauladhar 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
The place 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
This hill 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
Andretta: The charming village, spread below the
thickly 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
Baijnath: Noted 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.
Bir and 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.
Chamunda Devi: The famous temple dedicated to the
goddess Chamunda is 25-kms away from Plampur and Yatri Niwas here
provides an excellent accommodation for the visitors.
Gopalpur: Situated 13-km away from the town,
Gopalpur consists of a mini zoo.
Tea Factory: The cooperative society tea factory
provides an insight to the processing of Kangra Tea.
Temple of Bundelmata: Walk through tea gardens and
open fields or drive to reach this temple built about five
Al-Hilal: A few kilometers 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
Trekking: Several trek routes
lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar
Mountains towards the town of Chamba. Treks of 5-8 days
duration are viable from May to October. Some of the
interesting treks from Palampur include Palampur to Holi
over the Shingar pass, 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: 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.
Rail: Palampur does not have an airport or
railway station. The nearest railway station is at Maranda,
which is 2-km from Palampur and on the narrow-gauge line
between Pathankot and Joginder Nagar. The main bus station
is located 1-km south of the main Bazaar. There is frequent
bus service from Palampur to Dharamshala, Mandi, and
Pathankot. Travelers can also make use of taxis to travel to
these towns from Palampur.
Several trek routes lead out of Chail up to the Choor peak
and to Simla. During winters, skiing is possible at Narkanda.
The Giri river at Gaura, 29 km away, is ideal for fishing -