Places of Interest
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.
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.
A snow fed beautiful Neugal river flows at one side of the town(abt 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 saheed, SAURAV KALIA runs along the Neugal river is a rare & natural picnic spot.
Saurav 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 hactare 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.
Tashijong Monastery, 12 Kms from Palampur is a Tibetan monastery and colony. One can also find Tibetan carpets and Thanka paintings here.
Shiv Temple Baijnath
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 Jyothrlingas in the country. King Ravana is believed to have prayed to Lord Shiva for the boon of immoratality at this place, is a major draw of pilgrims and visitors all year round.
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 high ways 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.
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 Shahnahar 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.
Jwalamukhi Devi Temple
An important pilgrimage of Kangra Valley centered around a temple built over a rock through the cracks of which a sacred flame emnates. Known as Jwalaji, the temple is a prominent Shakti peeth of the country.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
The Brajeshwari Devi temple in Kangra, 35 Kms from Palampur, The ancient city of kangra is famous for its temple of Brajeswari 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 tughlak, 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.
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.
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 Lahasa 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.
You could also visit the church of St. John – in – the wilderness, Dal lake, Dharmkot, Bhagsunag.
On the way back from Dharamshala a visit to the Chinmaya Ashram (An ashram and temple with a difference) is very refreshing. Joining the regular prayers is a soul soothing experience.