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
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
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.
Khad: Close to the
temple of Bundelmata temple, is this 300-metre-wide
chasm through which the Neughal stream flows.
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.
Situated 13-km away
from the town, Gopalpur consists of a mini zoo.
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
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.
through tea gardens and open fields or drive to
reach this temple built about five centuries ago.
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
cooperative society tea factory provides an insight
to the processing of Kangra Tea.
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