Palampur Tour Package


Overview

State: Himachal Pradesh
Distance: 535 Km NW of Delhi
By Road: 11 hrs
By Rail: 9hrs 30min + 3hrs by road
Location:Amid tea gardens in the far east of Kangra Valley, 34 Km from Dharamsala
Route: NH1 to Ambala via Karnal; NH22 to Zirakpur via Bassi; NH21 to Mandi via Chandigarh, Kiratpur, Swarghat and Bilaspur; NH20 to Palampur via Drang, Jogindernagar and Baijnath

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  • When to go Palampur

    Palampur is best in summer

Palampur is a fascinating spot in the Kangra Valley, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests. The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain covered for most part of the year. This place is being developed as large tourist centre. A ropeway and an amusement park is also on the to be established here. An Agricultural University is already functioning and some tea factories are also coming up. There are also some pleasant walks around the town. A short walk from here takes one to the awe inspiring Bundla chasm which falls over a 100mts. to the Bundla stream. The stream is a thin streak running over stony ground far below the cliff. During the monsoon seasons, it swells and rages - madly over the entire width of the chasm taking stones and boulders along with it and makes loud roaring noise like thunder. Palampur houses two very important institutions - Agriculture University and CSIR Complex.

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  • Tourist Attraction of Palampur

    Tea Factory (1.5 km): At the very start of town, the tea factory of the co-operative society, offers an insight to the processing of Kangra tea.

    Church of St. John in the Wilderness (200 m) : This attractive church , very close to the hotel and surrounded by poinsettias, is built on a low rise. This was reconstructed in 1929 and has several memorial tables.

    Temple of Bunslamata (2 km): One can walk through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this historical temple which was originally built about five centuries ago.

    Neugal Khad: Close to the temple of Bundlamata, is this 300m wide chasm, through which the Bundla stream flows. Immediately ahead are the Dhauladhar mountain.

    Gopalpur (1200mt.) 10 km from Palampur is Gopalpur where the Forest Department has set up a zoo called Dhauldhar Nature Park

    Chamunda Devi (18 km) : Legend has it that two demons. Chand and Mund tried to harass the goddess Ambika. Enraged, Ambika knitted her brows and from their folds emerged a terrifying from of Kali, who slew the demons. Pleased, Ambika declared that Kali would now be worshipped here as `Chamunda'. Himachal Tourism also runs a `Yatri Niwas' at this sacred place.

    Andretta (13 km): The Artist's Village - Some places in the world are made for inspiration. Kangra Valley, with its spectacular backdrop of the mighty Dhauladhar, the Milky Mountains, has forever been known to attract artists, the Kangra school of miniature painting being just one notable example. What Kangra was to art some 200 years ago. Andretta, a tiny village 14 km south of Palampur, is to artist in the present century. Nestling amongst the rolling plains of Kangra Valley, with a wide panorama of snowy mountams its constant backdrop, Andretta has attracted artists of many hues. The village was brought to prominence by Ms. Norah Richards, the famous writer and dramatist. Known popularly as the `Nani of Punjabi Drama', Ms. Richards' writings exhibited her deep sensibility to life and people around her. Equally well known, and as sensitively marked, was her contemporary Sir Sobha Singh. Honored with the title of Padma Shri, Sobha Singh's paintings perhaps show the influence of the Kangra school, especially in the use of colours and their shades.

    Sujanpur Tira: 42 km from Palampur situated on the banks of foaming Beas, the historical town Sujanpur Tira (Tira mean palace) was built by Raja Sandra Chand, who had ascended to the throne when only ten years of age. The Tira Palace was the winter residence of Sansar Chand and the Alampur palace on the other side of the Beas was his summer resort.

    The township is picturesque having a vast natural 'chaugan' (flat ground)and grassy plain surrounded by the trees where traditional annual fair of holi is held for four days. A sainik school is located here. The temple of Gauri Shankar has life size statues of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati in Ashatadhathu. A real wealth of paintings lies in the Narbadeshwar temple in the town.Hardly any inch of the space has been left anadorned. The town has also the temple of Lord Ganesha and Laxmi Narayan. Appropriately, the town was once a major trade center and known for the craftmanship of the jwellers

    Baijnath Temple: One of the most remarkable monuments of the Kangra valley is the temple of Baijnath. Baijnath is situated East of Dharamsala on the main road that leads from the Dharmsala to Mandi. Baijnath is in reality the appellation of the chief temple dedicated to Siva Vaidyanatha ("Lord of Physicians") by which the town itself has become known. The original name of the town was Kiragrama. This we learn from the two extensive Sarada inscriptions incised on stone slabs, which in elegant and florid Sanskrit verse give the history of the foundation of a temple, by two local merchants. "There is in Trigarata," we read in the inscription, "the pleasant village of Kiragrama, the home of numerous virtues where the river called Binduka, leaping from the lap of the mountain, with glittering wide-waves resembling playing-balls, merrily plays, like a bright maiden in the first bloom of youth. That village is protected by the strong-armed Rajanaka Lakshmana." The river Binduka, so well described by the poet, is the modern Binwa, a tributary of the Beas. The date of the inscription is expressed both in the Saptarshi and in the Saka eras. Cunningham first read the Saka date as 726, corresponding with A.D. 804. The true date, however, must be the Saka year 1126 corresponding with A.D .1204.
  • Adventure Activities in Palampur

    Hand/Para-Gliding at Palampur
    Travel to Palampur for one of the most adventurous activities called hand/para-gliding. Bir and Billing are two main cities located near Palampur at a distance of 28 and 42 km respectively. Surrounded by lush green tea gardens, Bir serves as a landing ground for the hand gliders. The town of Billing can also be travelled for hand/para-gliding experience.

    Trekking at Palampur
    Tourists can travel to Palampur for the memorable trekking experience, that covers some of the best treks like Sanghar Pass to Bharmour via Holi and from Baijnath over the Jalsu Pass to Bharmour. The best season for trekking is post-monsoon between mid-September to mid-October.

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