Palampur is a lovely hill station of Himachal Pradesh in the Kangra Valley. The unspoiled beauty and charming surroundings entices visitors. The plateau of Palampur at 1219 metres above sea level is sited in the midst of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar Range, bordered by tea gardens and terraced paddy fields, forests of pine and deodar and lush tree plantations. Palampur is derived from the word ‘pulum’ which means abundant water. The hill station is famous for its mild climate and salubrious environs. Palampur is ideal for tourist seeking to relax in the blissful environs. Plan a getaway with our travel guide.
Palampur was once-upon-a-time part of the local Sikh Kingdom but later it came under the British rule. The hill town got its name ‘Palampur’ when an Englishman, Dr. Jameson who was the Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced the tea bush from Almora in 1849. The tea bush flourished in the salubrious environs and the town became well known. Tea estate owners flocked to the town for experimenting. Since then, the Kangra tea of the hill town has been known internationally acclaimed. From the obscure settlement in the hills, Palampur has now come up as popular tourist getaway.
Tourist Attractions in Palampur
Palampur is not just known for its scenic beauty, there are many tourist attraction in the hill town. Temples, tea estates, national park, historical sites, there are plentiful things to explore.
The Baijnath Shiva temple is one of the most noteworthy monuments of the Kangra valley. The revered site lure devotes from all parts of India. The ancient name of this town was 'Kirgrama' and the temple got its name from the form of Shiva Vaidyanatha, the divine healer. There is fine sculpture pf Ravana, who is said to have worshipped Shiva at this spot and granted immortality. Baijnath is one of the 'Twelve Jyotirlingams'. Every year during Shivratri, it is the time of a well-attended fair.
Dhauladhar National Park
Dhauladhar National Park is a popular tourist attraction site welcoming animal enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is spread over 12.5 hectares of verdant topography at the height of 1200 metres above sea level, the place is one of the must visit attractions in Palampur. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar Mountain ranges and the green valley. While the park is the chief attraction amongst wildlife lovers and photographers, Gopalpur Zoo is a preferred by children and leisure travelers. Species native to the mountains and animals like leopards, black bears, angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, sambhar, red fox and wild deers can be spotted.
Known as the “Nagar Kot”, Kangra Fort is situated on the convergence of the Rivers Banganga and Manjhi. The two entrance gates of the Fort have a beautiful courtyard in between them. It is presently preserved by Archaeological department. Spend time among the ruins of the marvelous architecture.
The Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the most revered religious centres in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. It is one among the 51 Shakti Peethas all over the world. The temple is dedicated to the wrathful form of Goddess Durga i.e. Chamunda Devi. The temple walls are decorated and painted with scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The temple is located in an absolutely serene location in the hills.
The Neugal Khad is a wide stream of water, a popular picnic spot in Palampur. The spectacular view of the Dhauladhar range from here is worth your time. The stream of water is in its optimum magnificence in the rainy season thought the gurgling water flows all the year round. Near the water stream, Himachal Tourism has built a park with cafes offering delicious food and scenic views. It is a famous picnic spot, ideal to escape from busy life.
One of the main attractions in the region of Palampur is the Tea gardens. Introduced initially by Dr. Jameson in the mid-19th century with a tea bush planted from Almora. Palampur tea gardens are known as 'Tea Capital of Northwest India'. The tea grown here is famous and is available in the market with different names like Bageshwari, Darbari and Bahar.
Bundla stream is a magnificent natural beauty. The wide chasm is more than 100 metres, swelling up and rising madly in monsoons. The flow during rains is ferocious, the waters take stones and boulders along with it making an incessant thunderous noise. Visitors can go on a lovely walk to the stream through scenic beauty.
Andreta is the home of the famous artist, late Sardar Shobha Singh and late play writer Norah Richards. Site opposite to an excellent view of the Dhauladhar Range, explore the environs. Pay a visit to Shobha Singh's Art Gallery.
Places to Visit around Palampur
There are numerous attractive places to visit around Palampur.
Bir and Billing
Bir and Billing is known as the ‘Paragliding capital of the world’. It is also famous for its Buddhist monasteries tracing its origins in Tibet. Paragliding pilots use Bir as the launch site and Billing as their landing site. Both these hill towns are enclosed by tea gardens and an arena of hills. Adventures are the major lure to visit, as this is one of the best aero-sports sites in the country. Adventure enthusiasts have an arena of 200 km for high altitude and cross country flying. The fine Tibetan handicraft produced here are equally charming.
How to Reach
Palampur is located at an easily accessible location of Himachal Pradesh. The hill town can be reached by air, rail and road routes.
The nearest airport to Palampur is Gaggal airport located 50 km away. Daily flights from Delhi are available for the airport. From the air terminal taxis, state owned buses and private vehicles will take you on the route.
The nearest railway station is Pathankot 95 km from Palampur. A narrow gauge railway line between Pathankot and Jogindernagar passes through Kangra. A narrow gauge rail line passes just 5 km from the town.
Palampur just like the entire state of Himachal Pradesh is linked by roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has frequent running buses covering the whole state. There is huge network of HRTC to cater the needs of the people. There are air-conditioned, deluxe and other passenger options.
Best time to visit
Palampur enjoys a mild temperate climate around the year and can be visited anytime. However, the best time to visit would be in the summer from March to June. The daytime temperature rise maximum to mid-30 degrees Celsius but the nights are pleasant. In July and August, the monsoon season would be the time to avoid planning a visit. September and till early December, the weather starts getting cold with the temperature dropping into the single digits. Snow grace the upper regions of the hills in the cold season.