Palampur in Himachal Pradesh is a hidden paradise for adventure lovers and for the couple who want to enjoy a peaceful time. Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, is at a distance of 450 Km from Delhi. Historically, this modern-day popular town of Himachal was part of the Sikh Kingdom, which was the hub of commerce and trade in the colonial period as well.
Why Palampur is famous
This town of Palampur is getting popular in modern times for tourists and adventure lovers because of its beautiful location. You can find many mansions and castles in the architectural style of the colonial era. Palampur is also famous for its serene beauty and calmness with close proximity to other famous hill stations like Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. Because of this very reason, you can enjoy rafting, trekking, skydiving, paragliding, and temple visits. Buddhist culture can be felt closely by visiting monasteries located in nearby locations.
Best Time to visit Palampur
This peaceful station has calm and quite favorable weather throughout the year, making it easy to travel here anytime. The summer season from March to June will offer you adorable views of nature with beauty at its peak. You can plan your trip to this location in winter from November to February and can experience freezing cold at night. While the monsoons receive mild rainfall, winters are at times frigid with temperatures falling to sub-zero levels. Hence, the best time to take a trip to Palampur is at the onset of the Summer season between March and June.
How to Reach Palampur
Palampur is frequently traveled by tourists and it is acting as a weekend destination for people in North India. Located at a distance of just 250 Km from Chandigarh makes it easily accessible. Tourists usually adopt a road network to reach here as connectivity by rail and air is not so favorable.
By Road to Palampur
As located nearby to the main cities and hill stations like Chandigarh, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala, Kangra in Himachal, there is regular bus service to and from Palampur to these cities. You can easily get Volvo and state transport buses from the capital city of Delhi as well which passes through Chandigarh. You can reach here at the cost of around 500 to 1000 by deluxe buses and can enjoy your luxury time.
alternatively, you can drive up to Palampur by your personal vehicle or hired one easily. Taxis can be hired from Delhi and Chandigarh at convenient prices.
By Train to Palampur
You can reach here by train taking a joyful ride on the Toy Train which runs on a regular basis from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. While to reach Pathankot you have to catch a broad gauge railway from any metro city like Delhi or Chandigarh. The nearest broad gauge railway station is in Pathankot at a distance of 120 km away from Palampur and the nearest narrow gauge railway station is in Maranda which is 5 km away. Buses and taxis can be easily hired from both stations to reach the location.
For more information about train timings, you can contact @ 0186-2230175 to Station Superintendent at Pathankot Railway Station.
By Flight to Palampur
The nearest airport to Palampur is Gaggal Aiport situated at Dharamshala, which is around 35 Km from Palampur. Gaggal Airport is well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by Air on a regular basis with the services offered by Air India and SpiceJet Airways. The schedule for flights keeps on changing depending on prevailing weather at Dharamshala so it’s better to check prior to boarding.
Things to do at Palampur
Palampur with a calm and beautiful environment to offer for you throughout the year also has many things to do to enjoy.
Saurabh Van Vihar
This Vihar as the name indicates is a nature park that was built in the memory of Brave Soldier Captain Saurabh Kalia. Captain made his supreme sacrifice for the motherland during the Kargil war while being held as a prisoner of war by the Pakistan Army. Kargil located in the beautiful Laddakh region acts as a defending boundary for the nation. This park is built on the banks of the beautiful destination of Neugel Khad in Kwat which is fed by the melting snow around the area. This park is built over an area of 13 Kilometers and situated at a distance of just 4 Km from Palampur.
Being home to the various birds and plants while beautiful Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop make it a perfect weekend destination. People having an attraction for nature love finds it a place for their enjoyment. Also, the park is famous among the family and children for picnics and can enjoy boating, photography, and Bird watching there. This park remains open from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, all days of the week with a nominal entry fee of 20 INR per person.
Naam Art Gallery
If you are an art lover then you will not find any other best place than the Naam Art Gallery to explore the beauty of art. The gallery contains many beautiful paintings designed and painted by various legends. You can witness local culture and tradition through the paintings available here. This art gallery is located in Dharamshala town which is very nearby to Palampur and it acts as a booster for the photographers in creating awesome portraits.
This gallery contains the beautiful paintings of Elsbeth Buschman (watercolors and acrylics) and Alfred W. Hallett (oil paintings). The gallery remains open from 10 AM to 7 PM on all days, with an entry fee of only 10 Rs. You can also purchase any painting showcased here by paying the amount printed on the tag.
Palampur Tea Gardens
Palampur town is also known as the Tea Capital of North India because of its beautiful Tea Gardens. These tea gardens can be clicked in the frames by photographers.
The tea produced here i.e Kangra tea is of superior quality and mostly gets exported to foreign countries. The concept of tea introduced by the Britishers here in the 19th century and since then the town is famous for its quality of tea it produces.
You can also visit Palampur Co-operative Tea Factory Limited, which is located downhill from Palampur and can explore the complete manufacturing and commercial process of tea production. Visit this factory can be scheduled at any time between 10 AM to 5 PM without any entry fees.
This beautiful spot is famous among the family and children for picnics and nature lovers for its beauty. It is a water stream being fed from the melting snow which attracts tourists and family to it. Located at a distance of just 4 Km from the main town, this spot is also accompanied by another famous Saurabh vihar on its bank for spending some beautiful time.
Nature lovers and photographers can find the best moments for them by having beautiful Himalayan ranges as the backdrop. There is one Neugel cafe maintained by the government to have some time with good snacks. There are no entry fees while it remains open and you can visit here anytime in the day as per your convenience.
As the hill station of Mcleodganj is widely popular among the Tibetan people because of the seat of the current chief lama. So, this area has a significant population of Tibetan people with their temples located in this area as well. This institute also acts as a preserver of culture and tradition for these people and the same knowledge is transferred to the next generation through study here.
This institute is located in the hill station of Mcleodganj, and you can purchase textiles with beautiful Tibetan art printed over them from here. You can also participate in the workshops being conducted by the institute regularly to get deep exposure to the culture.
Beautiful architectural design with fabulous paintings over the walls makes art and photography lovers more curious. The location of this institute with mesmerizing Dhauladhar ranges at the back creates a good view for nature lovers. You can plan your visit to this institute any day between 9 AM to 5.30 PM with a marginal entry fee of Rs 50.
While accessing this beautiful town by Train, you will ride the UNESCO World Heritage site which is Toy Train. This train starts from Pathankot on regular basis and crosses many beautiful waterfalls and rivers before reaching the destination. You can explore nature very closely by riding this toy train at a slow speed and calm environment outside.
Baijnath temple is located in the district headquarter of Kangra town at a distance of just 18 Km from Palampur. Baijnath temple was built in 1204 A.D by two native merchants, Ahuka and Manyuka, who were doting devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as ‘God of Healing’, and this temple has a great significance to all devotees.
The temple can be accessed easily once you reached Kangra, and the water of the temple is believed to be of medicinal properties in curing many illnesses. This temple is one among very few of its type where Lord Shiva and Demon king Raavan is worshipped in the same compound.
Tashi Jong Monastery
Monasteries acts like a temple and school for Buddhism and hence monasteries are regarded as the most sacred place in their culture. Beautiful painting carved over the walls with Himalayan ranges at the backside makes this monastery utmost beautiful for everybody. This monastery is located at a distance of just 16 Km from the Palampur town and the beauty of handicrafts and culture can be explored here.
Sobha Singh’s Art Gallery
Located at a distance of 15 Km from Palampur, this gallery houses much beautiful original work of the famous artist, Shobha Singh. This gallery showcases many paintings, sculptures, and canvases which is the original work of the famous artist. You can visit this gallery from Tuesday to Sunday with entry fees of Rs 10 for Indians and 100 for foreigners within a time frame of 10 AM to 5 PM.
Hotels in Palampur:
There are enough options available for you to reside while planning a trip to Palampur and you can book your stay here. Palampur has enough options to reside and you can book cheap hotels online or offline while payments can be done through all available methods of Plastic money like Credit cards and others. There are many deluxe and luxury hotels also available in close proximity of (within 1 km) where you can choose your stay.
Services Available in Palampur
As this town is visited by many tourists over the years so it has almost all the facilities with it.
1. Mobile network —— yes of most of the operators
2. Bank/ATM —————-yes
3. Hospital —————— No (but Dharamshala has hospitals which are very near to it and easily approachable in an emergency)
4. Pharmacy/Medicals ——Yes
5. Restaurants ————-Yes
6. Bars —————————Yes Liquor shop is also available
7. Automobile/Vehicle Repair ——Yes
8. Courier facility ——Yes
9. Massage & Spa plus Saloons. ——Yes
10. Police Station ——Yes
11. Parking space —– yes at selected locations
12 Fuel Station —– yes,
Marketing in Palampur
The market remains open from 10AM to 9PM mostly and it will take around 3 to 4 hours to explore the market on foot. You can buy Singing bowls, Budhha praying flags, trekking gears, old coins, locally made clothes from the market.
* Local Tibetan Handicraft and art craft designs from Norbulingka Monastery
* Local syle jewelry from Roadside market
* Books on Tibetan culture from a local roadside market
Long Trip can be planned as
Nearby locations to Palampur
* Kangra 35 Km
* Dharamshala 25 Km
* Dalhousie 120 Km
* Khajjiar 145 Km
* Mcleodganj 30 Km
💭💭Worth to mention (please note):-
* Don’t throw Plastic and spoil the beauty of Hill station
* Please left this beauty for our next generation to enjoy as well
* Carry sufficient Cash in hand which will save you from some situations where no card facility exists
* Try to taste local foods wherever you go
* Be polite with serving staff
* If time and your will permit please help locals to collect garbages thrown over there by visitors like us so that we can think to plan same destination again
If at all somebody is thinking about what to do if stuck midway due to any reason from Chandigarh to Destination then let me assure you that there are enough staying options available on road till your destination.
💘💘At the end don’t forget
* To take your Camera + addition batteries + memory cards to allow you to capture memorable moments forever without any glitches.
* Wherever need please hire local guides
* Try to enjoy the time there and don’t just keep clicking images unnecessary.