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Andretta Pottery

The list of places to visit in Palampur would be incomplete without the mention of the humble Andretta Pottery. A quaint little property in the heart of the village, the place is a bit lost in its surroundings and easy to miss. But art lovers and pottery enthusiasts throng to the place alike for its humble appearances. 

Offering services ranging from the terracotta museum, hands-on pottery making for tourists, and a pottery shop – you will find yourself wondering where the time went at Andretta.

Distance from the bus stand: 13 kilometer

Timings: 10 Am to 5 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees

St. John’s Church

Tucked away in the lush green deodar forests of Mcleodganj, St. John’s Church is a masterpiece in terms of architectural layout and ultramodern design. Dedicated to one of the viceroys of India, the church attracts architectural students and nature lovers alike. 

The neo-Gothic layout and lovely glass stained windows against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains makes for a unique amalgamation of nature and modernity. Visit the church for a wonderful, one of a kind experience.

Distance from the bus stand: 8 km

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees

Saurabh Van Vihar

Named after an Indian army officer, the Van Vihar is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Palampur. An ideal spot for the nature lover in you, Van Vihar offers gorgeous views of the magnificent, snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range. 

An overall great place to holiday with your family, the park features lush gardens for taking a leisurely stroll in the pollution free environs. Moreover, there is a small lake and you can go boating there!

Distance from the bus stand: 5 km

Timings: 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: 20 INR per person

Baijnath Temple

Nestled in the majestic Himalayas, just 51 kilometers from Kangra, the famous Shiv temple is considered a holy site both by locals and tourists. The temple is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Dhauladhar range and offers spectacular views of various little mountain streams. 

The virgin environs and the bells ringing with the wind make for an otherworldly experience – you will feel as if you have been transported to another universe of spirituality and serenity.

Distance from the bus stand: 17.9 km

Timings:  6 AM to 9 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees

Neugal Khad

3-4 kilometers from Palampur is the Neugal Khad – a wide stream of water popular among tourists for family picnics and day outings. The site also features a beautiful black iron bridge. Set against the high mountains of Dhauladhar, the Neugal Khad along with the bridge is ideal for photography enthusiasts to click Instagram worthy pictures. 

Close to the steam is the Neugal Park featuring little eateries and quaint cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy snacks while taking in the majestic views around you.

Distance from the bus stand: 3-4 kilometers

Timings: no timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees

Naam Art Gallery

Featuring a collection of European artworks, the Naam Art Gallery is one of the most interesting places to visit in Palampur. The gallery showcases paintings from a number of legendary artists and a variety of painting forms ranging from watercolors to acrylics. 

A captivating place for art lovers, the gallery is also popular among photography enthusiasts for its gorgeous interiors and bewitching contemporary art pieces. Some of the paintings are also focused on Himachal lifestyle and culture.

Distance from the bus stand: 10 kilometer

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: 10 INR per person

Tea Gardens

Palampur is famous for its tea gardens, so much so that it is known as Tea Capital of North India. The lush gardens are peppered throughout the town and make for a wonderful and memorable afternoon stroll. The green tea plants will leave you transported to another heavenly world and the aroma of the leaves is truly a drug to tea lovers. 

Photography lovers can click away with abandon at the gardens and their beautiful backdrop. For the curious, the gardens also provide a detailed view of the tea making process.

Distance from the bus stand: 5.7 kilometer

Timings: 10 Am to 5 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees

Norbulingka Institute

An important cultural heritage site for Tibetans, the Norbulingka Institute is dedicated to passing on the Tibetan culture and historical importance to the future generations. Experience seekers and curious souls will be at home here – every corner of the institute is replete with unique stories and adventures. 

Witness the stories of the employees to gain a perspective on Tibetan culture, buy beautiful clothes and home accessories made with Tibetan art styles or participate in one of the workshops to get a more hands-on approach.

Distance from the bus stand: 29.6 kilometer

Timings: 9 AM TO 5.30 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: INR 20 per person for Tibetans, INR 50 for tourists

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