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Palampur, famous for tea, temples and adventure sports
Palampur is renowned for its sacred temples that are said to be in existence since the ancient era with all their artistic craftsmanship. The scenic greenery and numerous picnic spots that are located here would relieve you of all your stress and offer you tranquility.
If you are fond of adventurous sports activities like trekking, gliding and skiing, Palampur also has such spots, which makes it an ideal holiday hill station. Palampur is 1,220 meters above the sea level and is situated in the Kangra valley, which is near the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.
Palampur, the name was derived from the word “Pulum” meaning plentiful water. It is said that initially, Palampur was a part of a local Sikh kingdom and was later brought under the British. Even today, exceptional, architectural specimens of the colonial period stand as memorable treasures.
Palampur known for its tea, has numerous factories that process the tea leaves, converting them into usable form and packing them.
Saint John’s Church, a lustrous landmark of Palampur, has a splendid artistic construction style. Bundla Chasm, a spectacular waterfall, located near this church is an awesome feast to the eyes. Another eminent hill station, the Dharamshala is also situated here at 30 kms from Palampur.
The Neogal Park is situated 1 km from Palampur. This park acts as a great vantage point, offering a grand view of the Dhauladhar range. Palampur has scenic woods around it, which makes it a nature’s paradise on its own.
13 kms from Palampur, lies the Andretta village, which is prominent for its hand made craft works like pottery. The Sujanpur Tira is located 42 kms from Palampur and is famous for its ancient forts and temples.
There are a few temples situated around Palampur. Baijnath, the Shiv temple is situated 16 kms from Palampur and has a marvelous architectural design. The Chamunda Devi temple, located 13 kms from Palampur also has great religious importance.
In Gopalpur 13 kms from Palampur, a well maintained zoo surrounded by grand greenery, offers an experience of peace combined with beauty. Tashijong is about 12 kms from Palampur. It is a Tibetan monastery exhibiting Tibetan handicrafts.
For adventure sports like paragliding and hang gliding, a centre is situated 28 kms from Palampur. Twon, another spot 42 kms from Palampur also has facilities to enjoy hang gliding. For a stunning trekking experience, there is the Sanghar Pass to Bharmaur through Holi.
For Shopping, Palampur itself is a vast shopping location. Local handicrafts, wall hangings, pots with beautiful designs, Tibetan carpets, winter clothing and unadulterated fresh tea leaves are among the things for sale.
Palampur can be reached by rail. Maranda railway station is the railhead 2 kms (from Palampur), from where taxis or cabs can be hired to reach Palampur. If you wish to combine your trip with other hill stations near Palampur namely Mandi, Pathankot and Dharamshala, frequent bus services are available from the main bus stand, located to the south of the main bazaar.
If you wish to travel to Palampur, you need not approach any agent by phone. Palampur is a hill resort in India that offers an online booking facility for accommodation and travel package, making you feel at ease.