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Palampur is a town located in the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for its mountain scenery and tea gardens. This is known as Green Valley of Himachal Pradesh because of it's plantations. It is also called the Tea Capital of north India. The town actually runs through tea gardens. If you want a quiet holiday, then this is the place to come to.

Get in[edit]

You can reach Palampur by bus or by train until Maranda. The town is well connected by bus routes to neighbouring states. A narrow gauge train is also available and it is a fun travel from Pathankot to Maranda (1 km from main town). Currently (Oct 2014) this train is not running up to Palampur because of a breach. However you can check at the enquiry counter at Pathankot when you come. Palampur is 3 km from Maranda.

You can also take a taxi from Pathankot (Rs 2000, sedan, Oct 2014).

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

There is an excellent bus service available from major cities like Delhi (510 km) and Chandigarh (250 km). Himachal Roadways also runs a daily air-conditioned bus service from Delhi to Palampur. HRTC is the best bus to travel from Delhi to Palampur or Vice-versa.

By train[edit]

The nearest broad gauge rail-head is Pathankot(112 km) from where a narrow gauge toy train runs. It is a wonderful experience for those who have ample time (it takes around 7 hrs. from Pathankot to Palampur(Maranda)). Chakki Bank is a station just outside Pathankot that handles a lot of long distance trains arriving from the south and east, as well as Jammu. From here it is possible to take an Auto to Pathankot bus station, and then complete a beautiful 4 hour ride to Palampur on a HRTC bus.

By air[edit]

Kingfisher Red and MDLR airlines [1] are running daily flights from Delhi to Kangra Airport (Dharamsala) which is just 40 km from Palampur. Kingfisher uses a fairly sizeable plane and the baggage limit is 25kg. Flights are prone to climatic conditions and at foggy times of year can be cancelled - plan your trip accordingly. As of April 2012 , there is no airlines flying to Kangra (Dharamsala) Airport

By Taxi[edit]

Taxis can be hired from travel agencies outside Pathankot station.

Local Sightseeing[edit]

As Palampur is a small place, most of the sightseeing can be done on foot. You can hire a car for Rs 700 (oct 2014) to see places within the city.

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The whole town is plush with scenic beauty and tea gardens.

  • Neugal Khad

This is a 300 metre wide channel located about 2 km outside Palampur. There is an old suspension bridge across the channel, from where you can get an excellent view of the Dhauladhars. There is a small cafe next to the parking lot where you can get tea and cookies.

  • Saurabh Van Vihar

This is a beautiful garden located next to the Neugal Khad which is situated just outside the city. It has numerous walks, a pond with boating, lots of medicinal plants and a serene atmosphere. A small restaurant serves basic snacks and lunch.

  • Jakhni Mata Temple- is a temple at nature's paradise 7 km from the Bundla Mata temple (5km from the city). The climb is very steep, so it's better to take a car to go there. To get a nice view of the valley, go behind the temple to their toilet complex. Behind that you will see an awesome view of the valley and small villages.
  • Baijnath Temple is about 16 km from here. It is a historic temple of Lord Shiva and it is there from the reign of pandavas, one will find it amazing. It has beautiful monuments which are worth seeing. It is said that Ravana built this temple to worship Lord Shiva. There is a Yagaya Kund where it is believed that Ravana performed Yagaya to please Lord Shiva.
  • Chamunda Devi Temple is about 17 km from Palampur and is very popular destination for Indian tourists. It is believed that it is a place where Devi Chamuda killed two evils named Chand and Mund. The temple is very beautiful and it is along a river side which adds to its beauty. From the top of a hill it is an awesome view.
  • Naam Art Gallery located at Sidhbari Dharamsala is about 32 km from Palampur .A German painter, Elisabeth Buschmann, who has made the Dharamsala area her home, has now opened an art gallery--"NAAM"-- at Sidhbari village on Dharamsala-Chamunda road to display her paintings.The abstract paintings of Elisabeth displayed in a portion of the gallery illustrate various shades of spirituality that crossed her mind while meditating.A section of the gallery also displays paintings of Alfred W. Hallet.
  • Brijeshwari Temple is another famous temple which is about 35 km from Palampur. It is situated in the heart of Kangra city.
  • BUNDLA MATA MANDIR- is a temple 4 km from the town on the NUEGAL CAFE ROAD. It is a worthseeing place full of of nature's blessings. Aima ( Tikka Aima ) is one of the central place with majority of Posh Palampurian's living over there. Aima is Accomplished by beautiful tea garden's.
  • Virni Mata temple: It is located at the height of 2000-2500 meters above sea level, where one can find unsurpassed creation of God
  • BHARKUDI- is a tourist place worth seeing: it is filled with fountains and caves and there is a temple of Lord Shiva. It is 25 km from Palampur on Andretta Road.
  • Sardar Sobha Singh's art gallery- a great place for art lovers. It is just 12 km away from Palampur and well connected by bus or by train. Sardar Sobha Singh Ji was a world-famous painter. His paintings like Kangari Dulhan, Gaddan, are great.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Buy the local Kangra tea from tea shops which are present at various locations around the town. This is the same tea which is is called 'Green Tea' in cities. Find a nearby factory outlet and walk down to the factory itself which is near the new bus station. It smells very nice and has a very good flavour. You can also buy Bamboo pickle from there.

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There are some restaurants, few best ones are Pizzian Hut, Freak, Lounge, Joy, Taj and Golden Dragon. Pizzian Hut has an organic farm where they source their food from. They run short courses on organic farming (+919625955542). Love their dark chocolate pastry - yummy. You can also go to Neugal Cafe which is the best sightseeing in Palampur. It is a nice place and has a very beautiful view of Dhauladhar range. Freak is a new cool restaurant, spacious, friendly and very clean, serving a variety of western, Indian and Chinese dishes (not far from the bus stand on the main road). The Solitude Camp has nice open riverside restaurant, the food served is amazing with great views of the snow covered Dhauladhar mountains

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Kangra Tea
  • Jhol (Drink made of preserved rice water)

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Yamini
  • Hotel Surbhi
  • Hotel Sawhney
  • Hotel T-Bud
  • Hotel Silver Oak
  • Hotel Highland Regency
  • Sai Gardens
  • Hotel Pines
  • Hotel taragarh Palace
  • The Solitude Camp

Get out[edit]

Dharamshala is another beautiful town about 36 km from Palampur. It is the home of the Dalai Lama and of many Tibetan refugees. The upper part of town where most Tibetans live is called McLeodGanj.

Andretta is about 14 km from Palampur. It is the home of an exceptional artist: Mr. Shobha Singh. His famous work is preserved in an equally beautiful art gallery in this town. It is a place worth visiting for any art-loving person, but is extremely difficult.

Bir is about 25 km from Palampur and is famous for paragliding and hangliding activities. Paragliding lovers from across the world come here for their sport and to participate in the Paragliding World Cup.

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