Palampur Himachal Pradesh

Palampur is a beautiful tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. This place is known for its offbeat places and hidden treks. Palampur is a small village settled in the northwest region of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is referred to as the “Tea Capital of North India”, It’s known for its tea gardens like the Cooperative Tea Factory, which also processes the leaves.

However, the mountain town is much beyond its Tea gardens and is a place that has somehow managed to save itself from accessible tourism, making it the ideal place to explore Himachal of its rich culture. Like the famous destination of the state, Palampur also reflects the surreal beauty of nature which is commonly known for its emerged green plantations enclosed by the gigantic ranges of Dhauladhar mountains.

A waterfall drops into a stream at Bundle Chasm. Saurabh Van Vihar nature park has picnic spots, bird life, and views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range. A forested trail leads northeast to the hilltop Birni Devi Temple, with mountain views.

Palampur serves as a perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and surge into the beauty of the place. This small town is home to various ancient temples and lush green tea plantations too. A road trip to Palampur Himachal Pradesh in the Kangra Valley will take you the scenic drive from the city of Kangra to the beautiful city of Palampur.

On the way accompanies you will see the beautiful snow-covered Dhauladhar range with the pine trees forests and green fields adding to the array of colors and vistas. If you are fond of tea, then definitely visit the tea gardens at least once in your life to know how the tea grows and gets plucked.

Tour details

  • Best time to visit March, April, May & June
  • Ideal Duration from Delhi 3-4 Days
  • Minimum Budget INR 5000
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Best Places To Visit In Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Vast tea gardens are seen throughout Palampur, also known as the tea capital of North India. This plantation, which is spread over several acres of land is the major means of employment for the people of Palampur. Lush gardens and the surroundings of Dhauladhar Range add to the charm of Palampur.

On the way to McLeod Ganj from Palampur lies the Church of St. John in the Wilderness on the right side of the road, just 1.5 km before McLeod Ganj. It is one of the major attractions in the region and remains flocked by visitors to view the amazing, attractive views and the marvelous style of the church. The Church of St. John was rebuilt in 1929.

 Named after an Indian army officer, the Van Vihar is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Palampur. This area is most popular for being the habitat of over 151 species of flora and fauna. The children’s park, picnic sheds, OAT, Bamboosetum, and the Tiger Hill Bridge in the park are great ways to spend your time. Apart from nature walks, boating, birdwatching, and bouldering can be enjoyed here.

Bundlamata Temple is situated a short distance of 2 km from Palampur in a small village, Bundla.This temple is considered one of the oldest temples in the city and the most sacred site in the region. The temple is nestled amid swanky, emerald-pink tea gardens and lurching hillsides, which intensify its beauty.

The river flows over pearly white pebbles and is a great picnic spot. The sparkling water that flows in this 300-meter-wide stream is an eye-catching tourist location for getting the best clicks of your vacation. Just sit back and relive the beauty of the landscape. The bridge spanning the river is unique and there are walking bridges, lakes, and jungle parks in this area.

Wah Tea Estate is the ancestral tea garden of the Prakash family. The estate itself is sprawling and looks beautiful.

Al-Hilal is well known as a popular tourist destination that provides beautiful sights of snow-flanked Dhauladhar ranges.Singh.There is a guest house and Taragarh Fort located close to this place.

Since there is no worry about the cold waves or the rainfall, take a walk in the Andretta market, a small town in this alluring city. This place represents the best pottery and crafts that you can witness in making and taking back home.

Dhauladhar National Park, is an animal zoo, that is Blessed with rich flora and fauna, this park is a home to different types of deer, red fox, sambhar, Asiatic lion, angora rabbits, black bears, and leopards. It is also known as Gopalpur Zoo and is a prominent tourist attraction in the city of Palampur.

Palampur, Kangra is one of the top Tourist Attractions in Palampur, which is located in Tashi Jong village. The main feature of the monastery is that it appears to be more like a community than a religious center. It is a very quiet and serene location.

Kangra Valley is a river valley situated in the Western Himalayas. One can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the Dhauladhar range and the hills of the Kangra valley from Palampur.

Baijnath Temple is a revered temple in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. The main attraction of Baijnath is the ancient Baijnath Temple, a temple of Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple is beautiful. There are inscriptions in the temple that suggest that a structure existed in the area before the current structure was built. 

The monastery has shrine halls, a monastic college, a school, a library, a museum, an exhibition hall, and a dispensary, and all of these are nestled deep inside the pine forest. A giant stupa at this spot holds much momentum, and this monastery is home to serenity and tranquility.

Naam Art Gallery is one of the popular sightseeing attractions and a captivating place for art lovers. The gallery is also popular among photography enthusiasts for its gorgeous interiors and bewitching contemporary art pieces.

The Norbulingka Institute is a center for practicing and fostering Tibetan art and crafts.  Norbulingka Institute is named after ‘Norbulingka Jewel Garden’ in Tibet, the summer palace of the 14th Dalai Lama. With a spirit of tranquility, it is a peaceful retreat with lush gardens and amazingly long streams.

Also known as Bir Billing, is a bewitching and breath-taking beauty treasure. Bir-Billing is a paragliding destination in the heart of the Himalayas, near the famous tourist destination of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most famous destinations for adventure sports.  Bir is also famous for its Tibetan colony and various Buddhist monasteries, which are worth visiting.

 Dharamshala is a very beautiful town near Palampur, which is situated around a distance of 480  km from Palampur. Dharamshala is widely popular and well known to be home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj are famous for various attractions such as cricket stadiums, food, Tibetan culture, nightlife, Bhagsu waterfall, Dharamshala village, and many beautiful treks such as the Triund trek, Karari Lake trek, and Dal Lake trek.

Spread out over the western region of the state, Kangra is a district in Himachal Pradesh with Dharamshala as the administrative headquarters. In the shadow of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges, the valley is also one of the most diverse and picturesque ones.

Mcleodganj is situated at a distance of 123 km from Dalhousie. McLeodganj provides you with beautiful mountain views, vibrant cafes full of dishes from all around the world, unique Tibetan culture, and a  market full of local arts and handicrafts. It also serves as a starting point for some of the best treks in the Himalayas such as Kareri Lake, Indrahar Pass, Snowline, and the easy and famous Triund Trek.

Located at a height of 2842 m above sea level, Triund is a famous camping ground on the trekking spot to Indrahar Pass. With breathtaking views of the Kangra valley and the snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges, it is also very picturesque and takes 4-5 hours to reach the top. The trek can easily be covered over a weekend.

Jwalamukhi Temple, also known as Jwalaji, is one of the Shakti Peethas.The temple is situated overlooking the Dhauladhar range and set amidst undulating hills. According to Hindu mythology, when Lord Vishnu cut through the corpse of Sati, her tongue fell off the corpse in this area. This is believed to be the first ever temple built by the Pandavas and the Pandavas are regarded to having visited this sacred place. Many tourists come here to attend prayers and to enjoy scenic views against the backdrop of this temple.

Here Are Some of the Most Popular Palampur Tour Packages

Top Activities In Palampur

The Borasu Pass Trek is a great way to explore the cultures of the Himalayas of Garhwal and Kinnaur both.

Lamkhaga pass trek is a 90-kilometer-long trail, passing through the remotest valleys of Kinnaur (lower and upper Baspa) and Garhwal

Kimilay Pass, also known as Khamiloga Pass, connects Baspa Valley with the Garhwal region of the Himalayas.

Charang Ghati Pass is one of the most strenuous treks in the Kinnaur and Spiti valley regions. It is located at an altitude of 5242 m, and the trek is 60 km long.

Where To Stay In Palampur

How To Reach Palampur

Via Air

The nearest airport to Palampur is the Gaggal airport, which is situated at a distance of around 40 km from Palampur. You get regular flights from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Kullu. From Gaggal airport you can take a private taxi to reach Palampur.

Via Train

The nearest railway station to Palampur is Pathankot railway station. It is at a distance of around 90 km from Palampur. Trains from Bhatinda, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hatia, Udhampur, Jammu, etc. run regularly to Pathankot. A number of buses and taxis are available from Pathankot to Palampur.

Via Road

Palampur is well-connected with all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh State-run bus connectivity makes it easy to reach Palampur. State-owned buses ply regularly from Pathankot, Mandi, Dharamshala, etc. to Palampur. HRTC buses are also connected from Delhi to Palampur by road. You can also hire private taxis and cabs to reach your destination.

Best Time To Visit Palampur

Palampur, in Himachal Pradesh, is known for its sweeping gorgeousness. This hill station in Himachal has an all-embracing climate throughout the year. Nonetheless, every traveler always seeks better than the best, and therefore, it has been observed that the time between March and June and September and November experiences a peak season. During these months, Palampur is at its best, as different flowers and trees are in full bloom. Also, wildlife is twice as visible as it is in any other season. This is the time when tourists flock to the place in large numbers. Palampur has various adventure activities to play a part in. Thus, it is best to fix camp here in summers and early winters. And if you are fond of snow, then from November to February, snowfall is a common sight during these months.

F&Q’s Palampur

Palampur also referred to as the “Tea Capital of North India”, It’s known for its tea gardens like the Cooperative Tea Factory, which also processes the leaves and colonial-era architecture, and beautiful temples.

From November to February, snowfall is a common sight during these months.

By Air. Gaggal airport in Dharamsala is the closest airport at a distance of 40 km.

By Train. Pathankot is the nearest railway station, at a distance of around 120 km.

By Road. Palampur is well connected to most neighboring regions and major places in Himachal Pradesh by road.

Assuming that you are coming from Delhi, a minimum of 5-6 days is enough to explore Palampur and the neighborhood around it. However, if you have less time, you can do away with 3-4 days as well.

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