History of Palampur
The Kangra valley was the Trigarta of old, where the Palampur town is situated. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the Jalandhar kingdom. The Palampur gets its name from 'Pulum' which means the abundant water. Countless streams and brooks criss-cross the landscape and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice paddies. The town of Palampur came into being when Dr. Jameson, Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced the tea bush from Almora in 1849. The bush thrived and so did the town which became a focus of the European tea estate owners. Since then the Kangra tea of Palampur has been known internationally. The first prime minister of independent India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited Palampur in 1941 when it was still British India. There is a Nehru Chowk in Palampur to commemorate this event.

Palampur also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India,' is a popular hill station because it is not only known for its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period. Here a nature lover can enjoy a quiet stroll while feasting his eyes on the natural beauty and an outdoor lover with a taste for adventure can enjoy hand gliding and trekking during the holiday. It has something for all tastes, which makes it an ideal holiday resort for many. Hill Resort in India offers online booking for accommodation and tour/travel packages to this beautiful hill resort. Palampur includes small places like Ghuggar,Aima,Ram chowk, Parour, Arla, Maranda, Rajpur, Bundla, Kandi, Kulani and Chandpur.
Places of Interest
Tea Gardens
Palampur has undoubtedly among the most beautiful Tea gardens in the country. The flavour rich Kangra tea is the produce of these tea gardens. The tea factory is just a km from the Hotel where one can witness the processing of tea. The leisurely walks through shaded, eternally trimmed, lush dark green Tea Gardens is a very refreshing experience.
Pine Forests
There are numerous Pine forests and meadows around Palampur where one can enjoy lovely walks.
St. John Church Palampur
St. John Church Palampur is an eye-catching church that is built on a low rise. St. John Church Palampur was renovated in 1929. The splendid Church attracts number of visitors every day.
Neugal River
A snow fed beautiful Neugal river flows at one side of the town (about 3 km) There is the awe inspiring Bundla Chasm which falls over the 100 mtrs to the bundla stream in the neugal river. It is roaring in the monsoon season and is very thrilling and a real feast to the eyes. A park dedicated & developed to first martyr of the Kargil war, Amar shaheed, Saurav Kalia, runs along the Neugal river is a rare & natural picnic spot.
Saurabh Van Vihar
In order to enable the visitors to enjoy the nature & make them aware of the importance of nature & environment, a nature park namely "Saurabh Van Vihar" at Palampur over 13 hectare area has been established. It is located on the right bank of Neugal Khad near Kandi bridge in the lap of Dhauladhar ranges, in village Kwat, 4 km from Palampur town.
Palampur provides an excellent year-round trekking opportunities. It serves as an appropriate base for trans-Dhauladhar routes exiting into Chamba, Manali or Lahaul Valley. Soft, medium or hard options of same-day to two-week duration are possible, depending on season.
The Valley with its varied and abundant water resources is very suited for the sport of angling. Numerous rivers and streams and man-made reservoirs spanning a wide topographical spectrum allow sports persons a year-round indulgence amidst very scenic surroundings. Mahseer and Trouts are most favoured for sports. Mahseer can be fished at Neugal, Binwa, Baner khads, River Beas and on the lake of Pong Dam (now named Maharana Pratap Sagar, that spreads over 91 Sq.miles). Trouts are found at Barot.
Tashi Jong Monastery
Tashi Jong Monastery, 12 Kms from Palampur is a Tibetan monastery and colony. One can also find Tibetan carpets and Thangka paintings here.
The Baijnath Shiv Temple
The Baijnath Shiv Temple, 15 Kms from Palampur, built in 804 AD, is a splendid example of classical Indian ancient architecture. Situated at the banks of Binwa river, this temple of Lord Shiva – revered as Vaidyanath. The Linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country. King Ravana is believed to have prayed to Lord Shiva for the boon of immortality at this place, is a major draw of pilgrims and visitors all year round.
Bir, about 10 kms ahead of Baijnath is a landing sight of Para Sailors and Hang Gliders. There is a beautiful Tibetan monastery and Tibetan handicrafts centre. Billing, 12 kms up in the hills from Bir is declared one of the best sight for Paragliding in the world. Paragliding tournaments are held every year at this place. It is also a unique picnic spot.
Andretta (15 Kms): famous English Playwright, Nora Richards and renowned Painter Sant Sobha Singh was so taken in by the enchanting beauty of this place that they decided to settle down here for the rest of their life. An Art gallery displays the original painting of S. Sobha Singh. There is also a pottery and crafts centre at Andretta.
Barot is a picnic spot and tourist location in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The road to Broat branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highways and from Jogindernagar the distance is 40 km. If one is lucky enough one can use the trolley up from Jogindernagar which, apart from the thrill, knocks the distance down to 12 km. Through terraced fields and thick cedar forests, the track rises to Jhatingri, an enchanting spot atop the hill.
The Chamunda Devi Temple
The Chamunda Devi temple, 18 Km from Palampur, dates back to the story of the goddess Ambika who was harassed by two demons, Chanda and Munda. Enraged, Ambika knit her brows and from their folds emerged a terrifying form of the goddess Kali who slew the demons. Pleased, Ambika declared that Kali would now be worshipped here as ‘Chamunda’ and she is said to have the power to grant boons.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
The Brajeshwari Devi temple in Kangra, 35 Kms from Palampur, The ancient city of kangra is famous for its temple of Brajeshwari Devi. It is one of the ‘Shaktipeeth’ where the breasts of the Goddess Sati is believed to have fallen. The temple was of such legendary wealth that it was plundered by successive invaders – Mahmud Ghazni, Firoz tughlaq, Timur the Lame etc. Emperor Akbar have presented gold umbrella to the temple. Held in high esteem by worshippers of “Shakti” the supreme power of God, it draws pilgrims from all parts of India and abroad.
Jawalamukhi Temple
An important pilgrimage of Kangra Valley centered around a temple built over a rock through the cracks of which a sacred flame emanates. Known as Jwalaji, the temple is a prominent Shakti peeth of the country.
Pong Dam
Maharana Pratap Sagar, also known as Pong Dam Reservoir or Pong Dam Lake was created in 1975 building the highest earth fill dam in India on the Beas River in the wetland zone of the Shivalik Hills of the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in India. This lake sanctuary is a big attraction for migratory ducks from Siberian region during winter. One can see thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shah Nehar barrage and Pongdam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience.
Dharamshala and Mcleodganj
35 Kms away, Dharamshala is a district headquarter of Kangra district. Another 15 Kms from Dharamshala is Mcleodganj where the world renowned spiritual leader of Tibet – His holiness The Dalai Lama lives with his followers. The place is now known as “Little Lhasa in India”. The Buddhist Monastery at Mcleodganj is worth a visit – very close to the residence of his Holiness The Dalai Lama. The Tibetan institute of performing arts and a handicrafts centre is also worth a visit.
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