Palampur also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India,' is a popular hill station because it is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period.
Here a nature lover can enjoy a quiet stroll while feasting his eyes on the natural beauty and an outdoor lover with a taste for adventure can enjoy hand gliding and trekking during the holiday.
It has something for all tastes, which makes it an ideal holiday resort for many. Hill Resort in India offers online booking for accommodation and tour/travel packages to this beautiful hill resort.
Palampur is at a height of 1,220 meters above sea level and is situated in the Kangra valley, close to the Dhauladhar Range. It is in the northwestern region of Himachal Pradesh, in north India and is only 30kms from the popular hill station of Dharamshala.
At Palampur you can buy souvenirs and local handicrafts for your friends back home. You can buy fresh tealeaves, local handiwork, Tibetan carpets and winter clothing.
Palampur-How to Reach
The closest railway station is at Maranda, that is at a distance of 2 km from Palampur. The main bus station is south of Main Bazaar.
There are frequent buses from Palampur to Dharamshala, Mandi and Pathankot. You can also hire cab or taxi to reach Palampur.
The Kangra valley of which Palampur (1249 m) is a major station, was the 'Trigarta' of old.
It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jalandhara. In local Parlance, the word for lots of water is 'pulum'. This is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character.
Countless streams and brooks criss-crosses the landscape and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice paddies. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19th century and Palampur became a focus, for the planters.
Kangra tea, with its center at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then to further bless the area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically from the earth, just beyond Palampur. The town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts and scores of picturesque hamlets. Earlier Palampur was a part of the local Sikh Kingdom but later it came under the British. The Hill station gets its name from 'Pulum' meaning abundant water.
Palampur is the ideal hill resort for you if you enjoy trekking and Paragliding. There are several trek routes that one can trek on, one important one being over Sanghar Pass to Bharmaur via Holi.
If you really love adventure sports, then 28kms from Palampur is a center for the adventure sports of hand/paragliding.
There you can have the adventurous time that you adrenaline junkies really wish for in a holiday. The twon of billing which is 42km from Palampur is also famous for hang-gliding.
There are many places around Palampur, such as the village of Andrettaa, which is 13kms away and is a great place to check out the local handicrafts, including pottery, which it is quite famous for.
Another place you can take a tour to, is the Sujanpur Tira, which is 42kms from Palampur. It is known for its forts and ancient temples. Another place you can tour is Baijnath, which is 16kms from Palampur and is famous for the Shiva temple, which is definitely worth a closer look.
There is also a mini zoo, which is at Gopalpur, about 13km from Palmpur. If you with children then you would really enjoy the visit.
Also the Chamunda Devi temple, situated at a distance of 13kms from Palampur. About 12 km away from Palampur is Tashijong, there you can visit the Tibetan monastery. It also showcases Tibetan art and handicrafts.
Transport Information By Air
The airport at Gaggal (Kangra) is 37 km from Palampur. By Rail
The broad gauge railway reaches Pathankot which is 115 km from Palampur and the narrow gauge railway comes right upto Moranda, 4 km from the town. Taxis and buses are available at both places. By Road
Palampur is 545 km from Delhi. Climate Conditions
In winter, the temperature can drop below freezing point when heavy woollens are required. During summer the climate is mild and light woollens/cottons are recommended Best time to visit
Palampur has a mild climate and can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Palampur is between March to June and mid-September to November..
Palampur-Sites to Visit
While on your tour to Palampur, you can check out lots of fine specimens of colonial architecture.
You may also take a guided tour of the tea factory, to learn more about the processing and the method used to make the favorite drink of many.
St. John's church is another important landmark of Palampur.
If you are willing to take a little walk, then you can head to the Bundla Chasm, where there is a beautiful waterfall.
If you want to visit a great vantage point, then you can go to Neogal Park whish is at a distance of 1 km from Palampur, which offers a breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar Range.
There are other various places you can visit while on your tour to Palampur, besides taking a stroll of the beautiful surrounding and the wooded areas close to Palampur.