Palampur is a very popular hill station in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the foothills of the Dhauladhar range of The Himalayas. The town is surrounded by lush green pine forests and evergreen deodar cedar trees. The name “Palampur” is derived from a local word palum which means “abundant water”. The combination of greenery, snowclad mountains and water gives Palampur a distinctive look.
Palampur is very famous for its tea gardens and called the Tea Capital of North India. The tea gardens spread across a large area of the town. These are one of the main attractions for tourists. The large varieties of tea plant can be seen in the gardens. The mesmerizing sights of the tea gardens and the greenery as far as the eye can see gives the true sense of being close to the nature. The main occupation of the people of Palampur is farming, which is why the impeccable paddy field are seen everywhere in the town. Palampur is also known as the Green Valley of Himachal Pradesh because of all the plantations.
The environment here is very quiet and calm. Walking through the woods gives you the feel of heaven. People can enjoy their time here appreciating the nature or go for
something more fun and adventurous like trekking, paragliding, rafting or camping, etc.
There are many things to see in Palampur. It is not special just because of its aromatic tea gardens but also because of the colonial-era architecture, beautiful temples. It is perfect destination for those wishing a respite from the summer in the northern plains of India.
There are many places in Palampur that can be enjoyed with friends, family or even alone. Some of them are:
Neugal Khad a beautiful place to visit in Palampur. This place is popular as a place for picnic and sightseeing. There is also a rustic iron bridge over the stream, which evokes a sense of nostalgia. The exuberance and chattering sound of the stream and the sight of the high mountains of the Dhauladhar Range makes for a treat to the eyes. The Khad is one of the most charming tourist attractions of Palampur. The bridge on the stream is an ideal location for photography. There is another park near the stream and is called Neugal Park. It features small eateries and cafes where you can munch on snacks while savouring the majestic views all around.
BUNDLA TEA ESTATE
This tea estate in Palampur, which covers Bundla, Aima and Lohna panchayats, falls on the road between Neugal Café and main Palampur town. The lush green tea gardens are at its best in the monsoon. People can be seen plucking tea from April till October. The old Bundla Tea Estate complex, which is over 200 years old can be seen from the road.
SOURABH VAN VIHAR
Sourabh Van Vihar is one of the most popular places to see in Palampur. It is named after an Indian army officer Captain Saurabh Kalia and is an ideal spot for nature lovers. From here you can get some gorgeous views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar Mountain Range. It is a nice place for holidaying with family. You can also enjoy zipline here.
This temple is 7 kms from main town of Palampur. You can easily reach here by car or taxi. The route passes through beautiful tea gardens of Palampur and the rivulets. At the
end of the road, you can see the doorstep of the temple dedicated to goddess Durga. The landscape and scenery are awesome from here. The views of mountains and the Palampur town are amazing. This place is good to visit along with group or family members.
THE SOLITUDE CAMP
Free from city noise, technology, and other modern interference, The Solitude Camp is an undisturbed and peaceful place in the foothills of the majestic Dhauladhar Mountains. The Solitude Camp is around 7 km from Palampur towards the old Vindhyavasini temple road. The place is situated near the Neugal stream and has a nearby waterfall and amazing views of the Dhauladhar mountains. The place also offers tourism activities like trekking, River crossing and rock climbing on request.
THE SOLITUDE CAMP
Located in one of the most scenic places for a temple, this temple in Kangra is also difficult to visit. It demands an arduous trek to reach the temple. Yet, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Palampur. However, once you get
to it, the view from the top will enchant your senses. The toil is really worth the view that you can get from the temple. There is a viewpoint near the temple, which offers an excellent view of the gorgeous Kangra Valley, the elegant Dhauladhar Mountain Range, and the sleepy and small little hamlets scattered around the district. The temple itself has both religious and cultural value for Hindus. But more than a religious sport, it is a tourist destination and one of the best places to see in Palampur, Himachal. The temple is open from 5:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night, daily.
BIRNI DEVI TEMPLE
Just close to Jakhni temple, the Birni Devi temple is the highest point of Palampur. The car journey ends at Jakhni mata temple and trek to Birni mata starts. This is one of the easiest treks. You can do this trek with young children and “not so old” parents. The locals have homes on the way and they can guide your way across the forest to reach the Birni top. It’ll take at least 3 hours to reach Birni Devi temple. From the temple of Birni Devi you can see the entire Palampur town and the beautiful Kangra valley. Dhauladhar mountain series is the closest to feel from here at Birni Devi. It snows here in winters.
This zoological park, officially known as Dhauladhar Nature Park, developed by H.P government, is a good place for animal lovers and children. The park has a wide range of animals such as lion, leopard, bear, porcupine.
CHAMUNDA DEVI TEMPLE
The Chamunda Devi Temple in Palampur is one of the most significant places to see in Palampur. Located on the banks of Baner River in Kangra, it is one of the most important holy shrines for Hindus. It is situated at a distance of about 10 kilometres from Palampur. It is an ancient temple dating back to about the 16-century, and one of the major tourist attractions of Palampur. The presiding deity is Chamunda Devi, a reincarnation of Maa Durga. It is also described as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’.
Though the architecture of the temple is nothing extraordinary, it has a divine aura that appeals to its devotees. The main shrine is visible from the entry point and is adorned by images of Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav on two sides. The Goddess, here, is draped in rich garments.
The humble Andretta Pottery is one of the must visit places in Palampur. Your tour may be incomplete without going through the art of traditional pottery making in Andretta Pottery. It is a sleepy little area in the midst of a village. Many tourists miss the place since it is somewhat mingled with their surroundings. However, it is a must visit place for pottery enthusiasts and art lovers. Here you would come across a range of stuff in the terracotta museum. You can also get to watch pottery making hands on. There is also a pottery shop where you can find some ancient pottery. The pottery is open from 10:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the evening.
SOBHA SINGH’S ART GALLERY
This gallery showcases some of the most charming and original works of art by the famed artist – Sobha Singh. There are beautiful sculptures and paintings in the gallery. You can see photographs and artefacts related to the artist and also shop for souvenirs like books, mugs, etc. at the adjacent handicraft shop. The gallery is very popular with the locals and tourists because of its cultural and artistic value.
AGOJAR MAHADEV TEMPLE
About 15 km from Palampur Agojar Mahadev temple is situated at Agojar Village near Panchrukhi. It is famous for its spring water which has medicinal quality. People come here to take the holy bath in Agojar which cures many skin problems.
TASHI JONG MONASTERY
This is a Buddhist Monastery situated at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Kangra District. It is one of the most charming places to see in Palampur. Located against the lush green hills, the monastery evokes a sense of respect and humility. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Palampur. The monastery is ornamented with carvings on wood, Buddha statues, and paintings. Here, you can buy beautiful Tibetan handicrafts from the craft emporium.
The Shiva temple at Baijnath is one of the most remarkable monuments of the Kangra valley. Ancient name of this town was ‘Kirgrama’. Baijnath got its name from Shiva
Vaidyanatha. The temple consists of an ‘Adytum’ surrounded by a spire of the usual conical shape with a ‘Mandap’ covered with a low, pyramid-shaped roof. The ‘Adytum’ contains the Lingam. There is fine sculpture work associated with Ravana, who worshipped Shiva at this spot and gained immortality. Shivratri of Baijnath is a well-attended fair.