A tour of Himachal Pradesh is incomplete without visiting Palampur. Palampur is a beautiful place set against the alluring Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. The nearest place of tourist attraction is Dharamshala located at a distance of about 35 kilometres from here. That makes Palampur an integral part of the enchanting Himachal Pradesh tourism circuit. There is so much to see and so many places to visit in Palampur that you need to plan your stay here for a few days. Otherwise, your visit to Palampur will be incomplete and inconsequential.
There is everything here sleepy and elegant hamlets, serene temples, quaint monasteries, alluring peaks, enchanting valleys, charming acres of rice cultivation, tea plantations, art galleries, and much more. The wide variety of destinations and tourist attractions make it imperative that you chalk out your itinerary step by step and get ready to go.
The tea gardens of Palampur are a major draw for tourists. In fact, the area is known as the Tea Capital of North India. Vast areas of green foliage resulting out of a variety of tea plants are peppered throughout the town. They are a treat to the eyes of the visitors. Here, you can also go through the details of tea processing. If you love tea, this is one of the important places to see in Palampur. Strolling through the gardens and enjoying the sight of tea plants and the piece of nature beyond the garden is a mood-uplifting experience for anybody. It is a heaven for photographers. For the curious, the gardens also provide a detailed view of the tea making process. You can visit the gardens from 10:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the evening daily.
The Chamunda Devi Temple in Palampur is one of the most significant places to see in Palampur. Located on the banks of Baner River in Kangra, it is one of the most important holy shrines for Hindus. It is situated at a distance of about 10 kilometers from Palampur. It is an ancient temple dating back to about the 16-century, and one of the major tourist attractions of Palampur. The presiding deity is Chamunda Devi, a reincarnation of Maa Durga. It is also described as ‘Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham’.
Though the architecture of the temple is nothing extraordinary, it has a divine aura that appeals to its devotees. The main shrine is visible from the entry point and is adorned by images of Lord Hanuman and Lord Bhairav on two sides. The Goddess, here, is draped in rich garments.
You can visit the deity from 6:00 in the morning to 12:00 at noon and again from 1:00 in the afternoon to 9:00 at night. However, during summer the darshan starts from 5:00 am and ends at 10:00 pm with just one-hour shut down from 12:00 noon to 1:00 in the afternoon.
This is a Buddhist Monastery situated at a distance of about 15 kilometers from Kangra District. It is one of the most charming places to see in Palampur. Located against the lush green hills, the monastery evokes a sense of respect and humility. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Palampur. The monastery is ornamented with carvings on wood, Buddha statues, and paintings. Here, you can buy beautiful Tibetan handicrafts from the craft emporium.
Neugal Khad is the name given to a beautiful place with a wide stream of water located about 3 to 4 kilometers away from Palampur. This place is popular with tourists as a place for picnic and sightseeing. There is also a rustic iron bridge over the stream, which evokes a sense of nostalgia. The exuberance and chattering sound of the stream and the sight of the high mountains of the Dhauladhar Range makes for a treat to the eyes. The Khad is one of the most charming tourist attractions of Palampur. The bridge on the stream is an ideal location for photography. There is another park near the stream and is called Neugal Park. It features small eateries and cafes where you can munch on snacks while savouring the majestic views all around.
The Norbulingka Institute in Palampur is one of the top places to see in Palampur. It is a heritage site and a building for Tibetans. The institute is dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture for posterity. You can go through the narrative of employees of the institute so that you gain a perspective on Tibetan culture. You can also buy beautiful Tibetan clothes as well as home accessories from the workshops around the institute.
The institute is open from 9:00 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening, daily. Indians and Tibetans have to pay INR 20 per person while foreigners have to pay INR 50 per person as entrance fee.
Sourabh Van Vihar is one of the most popular places to see in Palampur. It is named after an Indian army officer and is an ideal spot for nature lovers. From here you can get some gorgeous viewsof the snow-capped Dhauladhar Mountain Range. It is a nice place for holidaying with family. There is a park featuring a plush green garden. There is also a lake where you can go boating. The park is open from 9:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening, daily and you have to pay INR 20 as entry fee per person.
The St. John’s Church is a Raj-era relic of Palampur located in a serene spot of Mcleodganj, among the lush green deodar forests. The ensemble of its architectural beauty, beautiful design, and the surrounding natural vibe is a sight to behold and soak in. The church is dedicated to one of the British Viceroys and it attracts tourists from all over the world, not only for its natural appeal but also for its architectural beauty. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Palampur.
The beautiful stained glass windows of the building, which you can rarely see these days with the beautiful mountains in the horizon have made this place a treat for the eyes. It is indeed a unique combination of traditional and natural. The church is open from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening.
The humble Andretta Pottery is one of the must place to visit in Palampur. Your tour may be incomplete without going through the art of traditional pottery making in Andretta Pottery. It is a sleepy little area in the midst of a village. Many tourists miss the place since it is somewhat mingled with their surroundings. However, it is a must visit place for pottery enthusiasts and art lovers. Here you would come across a range of stuff in the terracotta museum. You can also get to watch pottery making hands on. There is also a pottery shop where you can find some ancient pottery. The pottery is open from 10:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the evening.
The Naam Art Gallery features a variety of European art collections. It is one of the most intriguing places to see in Palampur. The gallery has paintings drawn by various legendary artists on mediums ranging from acrylics to watercolour.
It is a nice place to visit, especially for art lovers. Photography enthusiasts also love this place since the captivating contemporary art pieces and gorgeous interiors of the gallery arouse the senses of photographers. Though the theme of most of the paintings is Europe, there are some of them which depict Himachal culture and lifestyle. The gallery is open from 10:00 in the morning to 7:00 in the evening, daily, and you have to pay INR 10 per person for entering the gallery.
Located in one of the most scenic places for a temple, this temple in Kangra is also difficult to visit. It demands an arduous trek to reach the temple. Yet, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Palampur. However, once you get to it, the view from the top will enchant your senses. The toil is really worth the view that you can get from the temple. There is a viewpoint near the temple, which offers an excellent view of the gorgeous Kangra Valley, the elegant Dhauladhar Mountain Range, and the sleepy and small little hamlets scattered around the district. The temple itself has both religious and cultural value for Hindus. But more than a religious sport, it is a tourist destination and one of the best places to see in Palampur, Himachal. The temple is open from 5:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night, daily.
This gallery showcases some of the most charming and original works of art by the famed artist – Sobha Singh. There are beautiful sculptures and paintings in the gallery. You can see photographs and artefacts related to the artist and also shop for souvenirs like books, mugs, etc. at the adjacent handicraft shop. The gallery is very popular with the locals and tourists because of its cultural and artistic value. It is open from 10:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the evening on all days except Monday. You have to pay a fee of INR 10 to enter the gallery if you are an Indian. For foreigners, the fee is INR 100 per person.
Triund is about 35 kilometres away from Palampur, but those visiting Palampur often visit this place. Nestled in the Dhauladhar Mountains, Triund offers a perfect view of the Kangra Valley on one side and mountains on the other side. It is one of the most popular and enchanting places to see in Palampur. However, to visit Triund you need to trek.
Treks can be arduous, but a trek through the wonderful and tranquil trails of Triund through the wonderful forest of deodar, oak, and rhododendron is also an enjoyable one. In fact, it is also an easy one for the first 5 kilometres. Only the last mile of the leg is arduous. The last mile to Triund is also known as “22 curves” because of the 22 toilsome curves before reaching Triund. However, there are several tea shops on the way. You can take some rest, drink some tea and proceed. There is no reason to hurry; nature is in abundance at every point. You just need to go on along some of the most appealing tracts along quaint mountain faces.
The Triund trek starts at a distance of 41 kilometres from Palampur, at Dharamkot. For the toiling trekkers, the view of the sun setting behind the snow-capped mountains of Triund is invaluable. Spend a night in a tent in Triund and watch hundreds of stars in the clear sky, and you would love to come back every year.
Bir is a picturesque village in the northern part of Joginder Nagar Valley of Himachal Pradesh at a distance of about 30 kilometres from Palampur. Here you can give wings to your dream of flying above enchanting valleys. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Palampur for adventure sports enthusiasts. It is indeed a thrilling experience to be gliding on the thin air at such high altitudes. It is often referred to as the paragliding capital of North India. From up in the air, enjoy a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar Range of Himalayas.
Palampur is the quintessential hill station & one of the most beautiful places to visit in Himachal Pradesh with quaint and deep valleys, enchanting peaks, and more. There are several places to go to in Palampur and several things to enjoy. You just need to stay in a good local and enjoy the natural vibe all around.
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