This summer, give this tealicious hill station a chance; Palampur!
General information & history of Palampur
Known around the world as the “Tea capital of North India”, Palampur is a small hill station in the northwestern part of Himachal Pradesh and is situated in the Kangra valley.
Palampur got its tea fame when an Englishman named Dr. Jameson introduced tea bushes in the year 1849 and slowly the town became the hub of European tea estate owners. Palampur’s tea is world famous, added to the fact that this small town boasts of lush greenery and hills all around.
Major Attractions of Palampur
Baijnath temple is located 14 kilometers from Palampur and is famous as it beholds one of the twelve jyotirlingas. This Shiva temple is the main attraction which attracts devotees and tourists alike!
Located at Palampur which goes towards Bundla, is a water stream which is known to rage in the monsoon season enough to take boulders and stone along the 100 meter fall with noise which matches up to thunder!! A simply majestic sight to behold if one visits this hill station during the monsoons!
Chamunda Devi Temple
A 700 year old temple, located 25 km away from Palampur is dedicated to Chamunda Devi and is an architecture lovers and devotee’s paradise with the serene environment and the artistic carvings the temple walls has to offer!
Located about 2 kilometers away from Palampur is this 300 meter wide water stream is a nature lover’s paradise with the Dhaulandhar range just starting from above!
In case one is an adventure freak, Pong Dam is just their calling! This dam in the Kangra district is known to have a lot of water sports ranging from rowing, water skiing and sailing and et al. With the prevalence of numerous birds and animal around, this place can also be clubbed as a wildlife sanctuary and just adjoining to the dam is also known as the Pong Lake Sanctuary.
Saurabh Van Vihar
Situated at the right bank of Neghul Khad in the lap of Dhauladhar range is a nature park known as “Saurabh Van Vihar” which is a famous tourist spot equipped with open air theater, children’s park, picnic sheds, tiger hill bridge, innumerous trees, both medicinal and other wise at the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar range mountains.
The tea gardens of Palampur is a must watch as this is the reason why Palampur came into the public knowledge. Lush tea shrubs and greenery all over makes this hill station a complete paradise.
Bir & Billing
29 kilometers away from Palampur, Bir is known as the paragliding capital of India! Billing is the village 14 kilometers ahead of Bir from where the paragliders actually start their trips from! Nearby are some Buddhist monasteries that enthrall one with their beauty too.
An ancient shrine, this one is believed to have been constructed about five centuries ago and is visited by tourists to check its unique rituals and architecture.
A zoo located in the outskirts of the town, this one is famous for the sightings of Himalayan black bear, Sambar, angora rabbits, Asiatic Lions and et al!
Accommodation & Transportation
One of the major tourist attractions in Himachal, Palampur is full of hotels which are close to the tourist destinations or facing lush green gardens.
How to travel to Palampur?
Private cars and public transportation is also affordable and can be used as required.
The planned city is an easy reach by air with an airport located just 25 km away from the town. Nearest railway station is 2 kilometers away at Maranda.
You may travel even by car or bus in Palampur which has well connected roads. One can take buses from Dharamshala, Pathankot and Mandi to reach the place.
This green hill station where the smell of brewing tea is mesmerizing, can you afford skipping a visit to Palampur?