Surrounded by pine forests and tea gardens, Palampur is a beautiful hill station located only 35 kms from Dharamshala, known for its pine scented air and pleasant climate. Palampur’s streams, brooks and other water bodies do justice to its name that’s derived from the word “pulum”, meaning “abundant water”. Palampur is also famous for temples and many other attractions. If you are planning a trip to Dharmshala, we give you four such attractions in Palampur that you can’t afford to miss. Read on.
1. Dhauladhar National Park
The scenery of a quaint little market town might have fascinated all of us since childhood. Those pictures of small markets, tiny houses, bordering hills and lush green valleys filled pages of our art books. As time came to visit such a postcard like hamlet with our own eyes, we made our way to Palampur, a small bustling market town situated around 35 km southeast of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Though Palampur looks bustling with markets and people, yet its undulating tea plantations and rice paddies spread their aromatic essence to mould people with freshness and tranquility. The best time to visit the national park is between April to June and November to February.
2. Chamunda Devi
Chamunda Devi Temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas is around 15 km from Dharamsala. It is one of the most revered religious places that’s frequented by several devotees every year. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga (also known as Chamunda Devi) and the walls of the temple depict scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. It’s easy to reach the temple as it is located only 28 kms away from the airport at Gaggal, and around 30 kms from the nearest railway station. For those planning to visit the temple, winter is the best time of the year.
3. Tea Gardens
Palampur is known as the Tea Capital of Northwest India. Introduced by Dr. Jameson in the 19th century, the tea gardens in Palampur are famous for their tea that is sold with different names like Bahar, Darbari and Bageshwari. These tea gardens cover a large area on the hillsides and are owned both by private owners and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. When travelling between Dharamshala and Palampur, one can see vast tree plantations with the beautiful Dhauladhar Mountain Range in the backdrop.
4. Baijnath Shiva Temple
The history of Baijnath Shiva Temple, one of the most beautiful temples in the KAngra Valley, dates back to 1204 A.D. The temple was founded by two local merchants Manyuka and Ahuka who dedicated the temple to Lord Shiva. Located at a distance of 18 Kms from the town, the structure of the temple is based on the Nagara style of temples. The most amazing thing about this architectural marvel is that it resembles the Jagannath temple in Puri.
Where to Stay?
If you are planning a trip to Himachal, and are confused between choosing a hotel in Palampur and Dharamshala, book your stay at a place that provides easy access to both. A place such as Rakkh Resort. The resort has six hill cottages and nine mountain cottages packed with modern amenities such as insulation, WiFi, and around-the clock room service to make sure you enjoy a comfortable and unforgettable stay. To find out more, or make a booking, fill out our contact form or simply call +91 189 425-2036.