The Kangra valley of which Palampur is a major station, was the “Trigarta” of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jaldhara. In local parlance, the word for ‘lots of water’ is ‘pulum’. This is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19th century – Palampur , became a focus for the planters. Kangra tea, with its centre at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then. To further bless the area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically from the earth beyond Palampur. The town itself has some interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts-and scores of picturesque hamlets.
35 km from Dharamshala is the Palampur town, famous for tea garden, Bundla Valley, lovely walks and trails. Palampur is situated at altitude of 1249 metres which gives this place a pleasant climatic condition. 2 km from Palampur, is the Keugal Khad roaring in the rainy season and tinkling all the year round, affords a fine view of the Dhauladhar range.
How to Reach Palampur
By road :
Direct buses/ taxies are available from Delhi (545 km) via Chandigarh-Nangal-Una-Kangra which is 13-14 hours journey.
By Rail :
Nearest broad gauge Railway station is at Pathankot 115 km away. Frequent bus service is available for Palampur, a five hours journey.
Narrow gauge train (Toy train) running between Pathankot-Joginder Nagar/Baijnath, Paporala passes through Moranda, 4 km from town.
By Air :
Chandigarh 242 Km
Jammu 245 Km
Kulu (Bhuntar) 165 Km
Places to See in Palampur
Tea Factory (1.5 km) :
At the very start of the town, the tes factory of the co-operative society, offers an insight to the processing of Kagra tea.
Church of St.John in the wilderness (200 m) :
This attaractive shursh , very close to the hotel and surrounded by the poinsettias, is built on a low rise. This was reconstructed in 1929 and has several memorial tablets.
Temple of Bundlamata (2 km) :
One walk through tea gardens and open fields or drive to reach this historical temple which was originally built about five canturies ago.
Neugal Khad :
Close to the temple of Bundlamata, is this 300m wide chasm, through which the Bundla stream flows. Immediately ahead are Dahuladhar mountains.
Gopalpur (13 km) :
Lying on Palampur-Dharamshala road, Wildlife Department of H.P. Government has established a zoo at Gopalpur spread over 12.5 hectares of thick forest. Animals which can be seen here include Asiatic lion, Himalayan black bear, leopard, sambar, hog deer, barking deer, red fox, angora rabbits and so-on.
Sujanpur Tira (42 km) :
Built in 1758, the fortress of Tira has the remnants of old halls, palaces and temples. The town of Sujanpur below the fort, has several old temples of which the Narbadeshwar and Murli Manohar are exemplary.
Taragarh Palace (12 km) :
12 km from Palampur is Alhilal (Land of the crescent moon) a heritage property now converted into superb guest establishment on a 15 acre forested estate. Taragarh combines all the charm and beautyof a remote and peaceful mountain resort with the splendour and elegance of princely preserve.
Where to Stay in Palampur
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Taragarh Palace (11km)
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