Palampur is a serene and almost untouched hill station. It is located southeast of Dharamsala, and situated at a plateau at the base of the majestic Dhauladhars. Palampur is bounded by verdant tea gardens, pine and deodar thick forests, and numerous streams and brooks dance through the scenic landscape.
In Palampur, you can indulge in number of recreational activities such as angling, paragliding, and trekking. There are number of well-defined trekking trails that start from Palampur and lead you over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the town of Chamba.
The temple of Bundla Mata, 2 km from Palampur, can be approached by a trek via tea gardens and village fields. Also, you can visit the large Tibetan Monastery, Tashi Dzong, dedicated to Shakyamuni. The Monastery is nearly 12 km from Palampur and houses splendid murals.
A short amble from Palampur leads you to Neugal Park which offers a beautiful view of the pristine surroundings, and a few km away from the park is Bundla chasm that cascades down from a height of over 100 m in the Bundla stream.
Some of the interesting and popular trekking options are: Palampur to Holi over the Shingar pass; Palampur to Dharamsala via Indrahar Pass; and Baijnath to Manali over the Thamsar pass; Palampur to Holi via Waru La; and more.
Exact Location: Palampur is a municipal council in the district of Kangra
Nearest Town: Dharamsala
Distance from Delhi: 540+ km.
How to Reach
Palampur is well connected by road. There are plenty of transport facilities available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dharamsala and Pathankot to reach Palampur. The nearest railway station is at Kangra Mandir (narrow gauge) which is at a distance of 22 km. It is a small station and hence all of the trains do stop at this station. The nearest major rail junction is Pathankot, which is about 112 km away from Palampur. Pathakot is well connected with all the major cities in India.
The nearest airport to Palampur is the Gaggal airport in Kangra valley. The airport is located at a distance of 12 km from Dharamshala and reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Dharamshala. Dharamshala is 40 km away from Palampur.
Best Time to Visit: May to October.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
Baijnath: Baijnath is a picturesque town and a famous pilgrimage center for the followers of Hindu religion. The major attraction here is the ancient Baidyanath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Another spot worth visiting is Tashijong Gompa that is located at a distance of 5 km. The temple is 16 km away from Palampur.
Bundla: This tea estate which spread over an area of 4 km, fully covered with verdant tea gardens. One can also find a suspension bridge constructed over Neugal River which is quite popular among tourists visiting Bundla Tea Estate.
Al-Hilal: This land of crescent moon is now known as Taragarh Palace, and is located 12 km from Palampur. The place is famous for it natural charm, captivating landscape, princely grandeur, and remote mountain resort.
Billing and Bir: Its located 28 km from Palampur and is known for its excellent paragliding facility. Billing is of one of the best paragliding sites in the world, while Bir is known for its Buddhist Monasteries.