Do the popular hill stations Dharamshala, Manali and Shimla not attract you anymore? Do you want to travel such a destination with your friends or family where every age group can find some good moments of happiness and togetherness? Do you want to travel a destination which remains open all the year around for tourists? Then “Palampur” is the answer for all your questions.
Palampur is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Palampur name has been derived from the word “pulum” in local language which means “lots of water”. Palampur has many streams and rivulets which originate from the different galciers of beautiful Dhauladhar mountain range. The combination of water, greenery and snow-covered mountains give Palampur a distinctive look. Palampur was developed at the times of British India as a hill station. It is a peaceful place. The climate in Palampur is pleasant throughout the year. It is known for the beautiful scenery, pine and cedar trees and for tea gardens.
Palampur – A Worth Visiting Place
Palampur is a worth visiting place as it offers a lot of interests and pleasantness. It has beautiful landscapes, snow-covered mountains of Dhauladhar Range of outer Himalaya, tea gardens, camping-trekking options, fishing, famous temples, toy train, Buddhist monasteries etc. So you can visit this place as a solo traveler, nature lover, with family, for honeymoon, art lover and for adventure, spiritual and religious trip. Palampur has all types of accommodations available. Palampur is well connected by all means of travel (Road/Train/Air).
Best Places to Visit in and Around Palampur
The list of best places to visit in Palampur are:
Saurabh Van Vihar & Bundla Stream:
Saurabh Van vihar is a nature park. It is dedicated to Captain Saurabh Kalia. It is 4 Kilometer from Palampur bus stand. Saurabh Van Vihar is spread in around 13 KM area. The park is situated on the bank of Neugal Khad. It is a perfect for recreation, sightseeing, different varieties of plants, trees and boating.
Sharing a picture of mine, clicked on October 2012. I am at Neugal Khad.
Tea Gardens: Watching tea gardens is a very pleasant experience. There are number of tea gardens available at Palampur. Those gardens were set up by the British. Their is a tea factory also nearby which can be visited to see the process of tea making and purchasing the fresh tea.
Bundla Mata Temple: Bundla Mata temple is an ancient temple located in Bundla village. It is located around 3 kilometres away from the main market. You can visit Bundla Mata temple with Jakhni temple in one single trip.
Jakhni Temple: Jakhni temple is dedicated to Devi Latti Jakhni. The temple is situated about 7 kms from Bundla Mata temple and 5 kms from Palampur. The best thing is that it is at 1670m altitude, so you can enjoy the beautiful scenes from here.
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.
Vindhyavasini Temple: 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 is 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.
Baijnath Temple: The world famous temple Baijnath is just 17 Kilometer from Palampur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the popular temples in Himachal Pradesh. In this temple both, Lord Shiva and Demon King Ravan are worshipped. So, a visit to this unique jyotirlinga temple is a must on your trip to Palampur.
Have a look on the picture below. It was taken on my daughter’s birthday in 2018 at Baijnath temple.
One more picture taken at Baijnath temple
Bir Billing: Don’t miss Bir Billing if you are coming to Palampur. Bir Billing is known for Paragliding. It is the best paragliding site in India. If you want to enjoy paragliding in Palampur, you have to come to Bir Billing.
You can also enjoy snow fall in Bir Billing at Palampur at winters. See the picture of my cousins enjoying snow fall at Billing.
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.
Andretta Artistic Village: The Andretta village is just 13 KM from Palampur and it has 3 must watch places.
- Andretta Pottery: It is the oldest pottery in India and considered the top place to learn pottery in India. Know more about Andretta pottery: http://andrettapottery.in/Pottery.html
- Norah Richards Home: Norah Richards was an Irish born actress and theatre practitioner. She came to India in 1911 with her husband Mr. Philip Ernest Richards. She got appointed as Professor of English in the Dyal Singh College of Lahore. In 1920, Mrs. Richards got widowed and after five years shs settle in Kangra Valley; first at Banuri and later at Andretta. Her old and traditional mud house is beautiful and worth visiting.
3. Sobha Singh Art Gallery: Sobha Singh Art Gallery is situated in Andretta village. It is an important art centre and holds great value in Punjab’s heritage. The timings for visiting the art gallery are from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm all through the week.
Official website of Sobha Singh is: http://www.sobhasinghartist.com/
Dhauladhar Nature Park: Dhauladhar National Park is a zoo located about 30 mins ride from Palampur. It is situated in the lap of Dhauladhar mountain ranges. It is worth visiting if you are on a family trip with kids.
Bhaybhanjini Garh Mata Temple, Paror: Just 13 KM from Palmapur this temple is situated at the top of a hill and blessed with natural beauty. An ancient fort is also there in the temple premise . The view of the Dhauladhar mountain range is beautiful and the place is peaceful and good for a family picnic and photography.
Chamunda Devi Temple: The temple is dedicated to Mata Chamunda and is around 18 KM from Palampur.
Brijeshwari Temple: Vajreshwari Mata Mandir also known as Kangra Devi Mandir. It is dedicated to goddess Vajreshwari.
Kangra Fort: It is one of the most famous attraction of Himachal Pradesh. The Kangra Fort is a majestic sample of architecture, which was constructed by the Katoch empire around 4th Century B.C.
At Kangra Fort
Palpung Sherab ling monastery: The monastery is located 18 km away from Palampur in Baijnath. To reach the monastery you can take a bus from Kangra or take a train from Baijnath Paprola Railway Station, which is the nearest railhead.
Tashi Jong Monastery: Just about 10 KMs from Palampur, Tashi Jong Monastery is a must visi.t place. It is a heaven for those who wants to spend their time with family or friends in peaceful environment. The view of the mountains from the monastery is awesome. The premises within a Buddhist colony are very well maintained.
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery: Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery is located at Jandpur-Trahel road, Padhiarkar Village of Palampur. This area is rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture and about 10 KM from Palampur. To know more about this monastery and travel instructions visit it’s official site: tenzinpalmo.com
Mata Ashapuri temple and Vaishno Devi temple:
It is one of the very famous temples in district- Kangra. This temple was built by the Pandavas when they visit Himachal Pradesh during their excile (“Ban-bas”) time period. It is one of the ancient construction of Himachal Pradesh. The distance from Palampur is about 20 KM and the entire route is beautiful as you see many beautiful rivulets and tea gardens on the way. The last 5-6 KM are steepy and after many circle turns in road you reach the top where the road ends just 300 meters below the temple. It is a 10 mins walk up to the temple.
Best Time to Visit Palampur
The best time to visit Palampur is between September to June as there are heavy rains in Palampur between July to mid September.
Mid October to February is the winter season in Palampur and the temperature drops to 0 levels. July is the beginning of Monsoon season in Palampur which lasts till 15th of October. June is the warmest month in Palampur. In this month, temperature remains between 8°C to 30°C. Snow fall time in Palampur is between November to February. Every season has its own charm in terms of natural beauty of Palampur. So You can visit it any time.
Exciting Things to Do in Palampur
- Do paragliding in Bir Billing.
- Explore tea gardens.
- Enjoy toy train ride. The toy train again was set up at the British time. The 164 KM narrow gauge line runs through Palampur and connect the Joginder Nagar town of Himachal to the Pathankot town in Punjab.
- Pay respects to God by visiting Baijnath temple, Jakhni temple, Bundla mata temple, Chamunda devi temple, Kangra temple.
- Know about Tibetan culture at Palpung Sherab ling monastery, Tashi Jong monastery, Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery.
- Shopping at beautiful Palampur market.
- Trekking and camping.
- Enjoy snow capped mountains, dhauladhar ranges in Palampur and enjoy snow fall in winters.
- Enjoy waterfalls & streams.
- Purchase green tea and orthodox black tea fro the tea factory at Palampur.
- Enjoy ‘Kangri dham’ which is traditional food of Himachal Pradesh. You can eat Kangri dham in almost every restaurant of Palampur.
Accomodation in Palampur:
How to Reach Palampur?
As I already said, Palampur is well connected by all means of travel. You can travel by car, train, bus or even by airplane.
Palampur By Road
Palampur is well connected by road to most neighbouring cities and important places in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Road Transport Corporation(HRTC) provides ordinary luxurious range of buses for travelling from Chandigarh, Pathankot, Delhi, etc. to Palampur. If you are travelling from Delhi to Palampur, you can directly reach Palampur by taking a bus from ISBT, Delhi or nearby areas to Palampur. From Delhi you have to pay less than 800 rupees for an ordinary bus. You have to pay around 900 rupees for Deluxe Non AC bus and around 1400 rupees for Himsuta AC volvo, if you are coming from Delhi.
Palampur By Train
If you want to travel by train, you have to take train till Pathankot as it is the nearest railhead at a distance of 120 km. Trains from Jammu, Ahmedabad, Bhatinda, Delhi, Hatia run regularly to Pathankot. And then you can take taxi or bus from Pathankot to reach Palampur.
Palampur By Air
Gaggal airport in Kangra is the nearest airport from Palampur. The distance of Gaggal airport is around 40 km from Palampur. You can take flight to Gaggal from Chandigarh, Delhi and Kullu.
Palampur Distance from Major Cities
- Delhi to Palampur distance is around 488 kms
- Chandigarh to Palampur distance is around 256 kms
- Mumbai to Palampur distance is 1,903 kms
- Jalandhar to Palampur distance is 175 kms
- Amritsar to Palampur distance is around 228 kms
- Jammu to Palampur distance is around 217 kms
- Hyderabad to Palampur distance is around 2,084 kms
- Kolkata to Palampur distance is around 1,993 kms
- Bangalore to Palampur distance is around 2,675 kms
- Noida to Palampur distance is around 520 kms
- Pune to Palampur distance is around 19,30 kms
- Gurgaon to Palampur distance is around 539 kms (approx 9 hrs by road)
So, when are you coming to Palampur?