Palampur is a fascinating spot in the Kangra Valley, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests. 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 high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain covered for most part of the year.
How To Reach
By Air : The nearest airport is Gaggal in Kangra, which is located at a distance of 37 km from Palampur. Private taxi or bus ply regularly from airport to the city.
By Rail : Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railhead, located at a distance of 115 km from Palampur. Palampur is also connected by a narrow gauge railway line, Jogindernagar located at a distance of 5 km.
By Road : Palampur is connected by good network of roads. The Himachal Road Transport Corporation runs its buses that cover major cities of state. From Delhi, Palampur is located at a distance of 545 km on a stretch of 10 hour drive.
Palampur – Tea Capital of North India
Places of Interest in Palampur
Neugal Khad (2 km) A famous picnic spot, Neugal Khad gives panoramic view of the mountain ranges that overlooks this beautiful landscape. Especially during the rainy season, the roaring noise of the forest produces excellent effects in the surroundings. Neugal Khad is a perfect getaway from the hectic and busy schedule of daily life.
Bundla Stream (2 km) A perfect destination located few miles away from Palampur, Bundla stream could be reached by a long walk through the lovely surroundings of lush green forests and mountains. The beauty of the stream can be best viewed at the time of monsoons, when high streams of Bundla drags stones and boulders in its stride making loud noise like a continuous thunder.
Andretta (13 km) Andretta, a tiny village 14 km south of Palampur, is to artist in the present
Gopalpur (13 km) Known for the Dhauladhar National Park, Gopalpur also has a mini zoo, that attracts many tourists for the glimpse of rare species like black bear and several types of deer like goral and sambhar.
The township is picturesque having a vast natural ‘chaugan’ (flat ground)and grassy plain surrounded by the trees where traditional annual fair of holi is held for four days. A sainik school is located here. The temple of Gauri Shankar has life size statues of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati in Ashatadhathu. A real wealth of paintings lies in the Narbadeshwar temple in the town.Hardly any inch of the space has been left anadorned. The town has also the temple of Lord Ganesha and Laxmi Narayan. Appropriately, the town was once a major trade center and known for the craftsmanship of the jewelers
Hand/Para-gliding Travel to Palampur for one of the most adventurous activities called hand/para-gliding. Bir and Billing are two main cities located near Palampur at a distance of 28 and 42 km respectively. Surrounded by lush green tea gardens, Bir serves as a landing ground for the hand gliders. The town of Billing can also be travelled for hand/para-gliding experience.
Trekking Tourists can travel to Palampur for the memorable trekking experience, that covers some of the best treks like Sanghar Pass to Bharmour via Holi and from Baijnath over the Jalsu Pass to Bharmour. The best season for trekking is post-monsoon between mid-September to mid-October.
Shopping in Palampur
There are many things to buy from Palampur, especially the Kangra tea is world famous. Apart from tea, there are Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, woollens, thangka paintings on display. Tourists can get one of these items as a token of remembrance of Palampur.