Palampur is a hidden paradise for adventure lovers and for the married couples who want to enjoy a peaceful time. It is 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 here in the Palampur. Palampur is also famous for its serene beauty and calmness with proximity to other famous hill stations like Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. You can enjoy rafting, trekking, skydiving, paragliding, and temple visits at this hill station. You can feel the Buddhist culture closely by visiting monasteries located in nearby locations.
Best Time to visit Palampur
This peaceful station has calm and quite favourable 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 cold at night. The monsoons receive mild rainfall, winters are at times frigid with temperatures falling to sub-zero levels. Hence, the best time to visit Palampur is during the Summer season between March and June.
How to Reach Palampur
Palampur is frequently travelled 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 is easily accessible. Tourists usually adopt a road network to reach here as connectivity by rail and air is not so favourable.
Palampur By Road
As Palampur is located nearby to the main cities in the plains and hill stations like Chandigarh, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala, Kangra in Himachal, there is a 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.
Palampur By Train
You can reach here by taking a joyful ride on the Toy Train which runs regularly 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.
Palampur By Flight
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 regularly 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 before boarding.
Things to do at Palampur
Palampur with a calm and beautiful environment to offers you many things to do to enjoy throughout the year. You can go for adventurous activities like trekking, camping and can also enjoy your peaceful stay here in the lap of nature with your loved ones.
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 when being held as a prisoner of war by the Pakistan Army. The location of Kargil is 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 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 and the beautiful Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop make it a perfect weekend destination. People having an attraction for nature love finds a place for their enjoyment here. 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 amazing portraits. This gallery contains the beautiful paintings of Elsbeth Buschman (watercolours 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 captured in 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 was introduced by the Britishers here in the 19th century and since then the town is famous for the quality of tea it produces. You can also visit Palampur Co-operative Tea Factory Limited, which is located downhill from Palampur and can watch 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 a 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 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 in a calm environment outside. If you are planning for a visit to this beautiful hill station then it is recommended to travel once by this toy train.
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 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 best experienced here.
Sobha Singh’s Art Gallery
This art gallery is located at a distance of 15 Km from Palampur, this gallery houses beautiful and the original work of the famous artist, Shobha Singh. This gallery showcases many paintings, sculptures, and canvases of famous artists. 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 nearby (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 that 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,
Shopping in Palampur
The market remains open from 10 AM to 9 PM 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. Additionally, you can purchase the local Tibetan Handicraft and art craft designs from Norbulingka Monastery, Local syle jewellery from the Roadside market, and Books on Tibetan culture from a local roadside market.
You can Plan your Itinerary of Palampur like this
Nearby locations to Palampur
* Kangra 35 Km
* Dharamshala 25 Km
* Dalhousie 120 Km
* Khajjiar 145 Km
* Mcleodganj 30 Km
Small but Effective Tips
⇒ Please adhere to simple but effective travel safety tips.
⇒ While planning trekking, you must go through 6 basic trekking tips.
⇒ Food and other required stuff are priced heavily at the isolated locations, hence it is recommended to carry sufficient stock.
⇒ Carry sufficient water and chocolates along in the trek to keep yourself energetic. Please keep filling your reusable water bottles from the waterfalls and streams you are going to cross during the trek. It will save your pocket and also it will save the environment in another way.
⇒ Don’t litter the place around you while at the peak or during the trekking, it is our moral duty to respect mother nature.
⇒ You must have enough cash available with you as there may be a non-availability of an ATM. Hence you should carry enough cash along with you prior.
⇒ No mobile network is available at the peak
⇒ You must carry a small travel medical kit with you on every trip to make you safe from small infections and allergies.
⇒ Try to have minimal weight in your backpack because a heavy load at the back can cause discomfort while trekking. You can go through a helpful guide to backpack for travel.
⇒Don’t throw Plastic and spoil the beauty of Hill station ( and U know Distilled water, Cold Drink Bottles are the main culprit)
⇒Please left this beauty for our next generation to enjoy as well
⇒Try to taste local foods wherever you go
⇒Be polite with serving staff
⇒If time and your will permit, please help locals collect garbage thrown over there by visitors like us so that we can plan the same destination again.
⇒Hotels can be checked online but if possible please visit Hotel personally and then only proceed for payment (especially in the Offseason). If possible book your hotel using Plastic money like Credit Card or Debit Card.
⇒Check your Hotel room for any suspicious things like a Camera and all as frauds are on the peak so Don’t compromise with your personal safety.
⇒To take your Camera + additional batteries + memory cards to allow you to capture memorable moments forever without any glitches.
⇒Wherever needed please, Hire local Guides.
⇒Try to enjoy the time there and don’t just keep clicking images unnecessarily.