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HIMACHAL TOUR

PALAMPUR

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 1,220m
Places Of Interest: Neughal Khad, Andretta, Tea Factory
Best Time To Visit: March to June and mid-September to November

Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Set on the rising slopes of Kangra Valley before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. But tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special resort. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the local word "pulum', meaning lots of water. Palampur was a part of the local Sikh kingdom and later on came under the British rule.

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 the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains. Situated in and about the middle of the Kangra Valley, it is convenient base to explore the surroundings.

This hill station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but it also known for its colonial architecture and temples. Palampur and places around it are popular for adventure sports like hang-gliding and trekking. 

CITIES

Neughal Khad: Close to the temple of Bundelmata temple, is this 300-metre-wide chasm through which the Neughal stream flows.

Andretta: The charming village, spread below the thickly wooded hill and sprawling plains of the Kangra Valley was once the home of the famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and the playwright Ms Norah Richards. Now Andretta is a centre for various artistic activities such as pottery and is just 13-km away from Palampur.

Gopalpur: Situated 13-km away from the town, Gopalpur consists of a mini zoo.

TEMPLES

Baijnath: Noted for it's ancient temple, which was built in 804 A.D. and dedicated to Shiva Vaidyanatha. Its tall shikhara carved in stone is framed by the imposing snow capped peaks of Dhauladhars. The linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in the country. Every year during the Shivratri fair, thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath for the colourful fair and festivities. It is 16-km from Palampur and 56-km from Dharamsala.  

Chamunda Devi: The famous temple dedicated to the goddess Chamunda is 25-kms away from Palampur and Yatri Niwas here provides an excellent accommodation for the visitors.  

Temple of Bundelmata: Walk through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this temple built about five centuries ago.

OTHERS

Bir and Billing: Sheltered by the mountains and surrounded by tea gardens, Bir serves as a landing ground for hang & para gliders as well as known for it's Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan handicrafts. One of the best aero-sports sites in the world, Billing is 14-km from Bir. The mountain ranges set like an amphitheatre, offer opportunities for high altitude and cross-country flying for more than 200-km.

Tea Factory: The cooperative society tea factory provides an insight to the processing of Kangra Tea.

Al-Hilal: A few kilometres from the city of Palampur is Al-Hilal, a place of unparalleled charm. During the conquests of Kangra by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, this place was a military bastion.


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