If you seek a quiet holiday and wish to take in as many picturesque sights that are possible during your stay, head straight for Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. A small hill station, situated in the Kangra Valley, it is amidst and surrounded by a lot of natural beauty and breath-taking sights.
Spread all over with a lot of tea gardens and pine forests, the place is situated at the meeting point of the plains and the snow-capped mountain ranges of Dhauladhar that have snow at the top most of the year. You have a lot of mountain streams that pass by Palampur and the place being always full of water got its name from the local word ‘pulum’ meaning lots of water.
A tea hub for the North West of India, Palampur is also an ideal spot for nature lovers to feast their eyes on scenic landscapes all around while they move about undisturbed. Those bent on fun-filled activities can take up trekking or enjoy hand gliding.
Close-by Palampur, you also have other places to visit that in total offer you a peace-filled stay of quiet and stress-free environs.
Neugal Cafe at one end of the town is most visited by tourists for being very close and giving a good sight of the snow clad Dhauladhar mountains.
The Sourabh Van Vihar is a forest like park with a lot of greenery and a nice place to rest. Further down about ten to twelve kilometres away you could be at the Dhauladhar Nature Park which refreshes the eyes and the mind with its lush greens and peaceful atmosphere.
Andretta is a homing place for art lovers who can visit this close-by village that was once the abode of the famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and Irish playwright Nora Richards, who is also recognized by Punjab University for her immense contribution to Punjabi Theatre.
For the religious-minded and devout, you have the famous Devi Latti Jakhni Temple atop a hill and from the village of Chandpur where it is situated, the Dhauladhar range seems very close.
You also have the Mata Bandla Devi temple closer to Neugal park which is frequented by a lot of locals and visitors throughout the year.
Other places of note are :
- Bir and Billing – for their Buddhist monastries and Tibetan handicrafts. Billing also is the venue for paragliding because of its altitude
- Chamunda Devi Temple – about fifteen to twenty kilometres away from Palampur that has poeple coming from all over India
- Baijnath having a temple of Lord Shiva and cosidered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingams across India
- Neugal Khad, that has a restaurant and a fine view, generally considered a picnic spot
- Bundla stream that has a wide chasm that causes a loud sound as the water swells and flows through stones and boulders – a marvel of nature observed at close quarters by walking alongside the stream.
- And of course the very nicely spread tea gardens all around.
Close to Delhi and Chandigarh by way of good connectivity through rail and road, it is the destination for quality enjoyment and a relaxing time.
If you have nothing else in mind, plan your stay, fix a budget, and head straight for Palampur.