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Palampur - Himchal Pradesh



Spending holidays at Himalayas is always special particularly when the place is selected for honeymoon. With countless destinations in Himachal Pradesh the state serves the beautiful greenery and splendid tourist spots to the world. Palampur is one of them having green hills located close to the Kangra Valley. Palampur is world-known spot of Himachal Pradesh, India having beautiful spots for visitors. The big tea gardens surrounding with pine forests are special thing to watch in Palampur, though the Dhauladhar ranges are also close to the spot having amazing nature beauty attractions.

Maximum tea production is done in Himachal Pradesh because of high hills. Palampur is recognized as tea capital of India, though tea is not only the aspect which makes this place special. However, plenty of water and close mountains with mild weather is also the attraction of the town.

Experts states that the town is named after the world "pulum' which means large quantity of water. The flowing streams from the hills to the land from Palampur are prime attraction of the place. Talking about the greenery it is spread everywhere in the whole state, but Palampur is the green with idealistic look. The beauty of city can be identified as the locations of Palampur are used in countless Bollywood movies.

Development of Palampur:
Before Independence the town was successfully doing the production of tea. In 18th century the town was become the major spot for producing large amount of tea. However, Palampur become Tehsil headquarter in 1888. Later the schools and colleges developed the city with best tourist and education spot. The city hospital of Palampur was the first step towards evolution of the city. Slowly city turned as centre of laborers busy in plucking tea leaves.

After independence the famous artist Sobha Singh moved his gallery from Punjab to Andreta. His major art pieces include Punjabi cultural activities. Later in 1946, the district links of city began improving. Central government established the military station at location. T-Bud Hotel of HTDC (Himachal Tourism Development Corporation) is available for accommodation of visitors.

Attraction in Palampur:
Neugal Cafe: first choice for local tourist is Neugal Cafe. Local people are regularly visiting the spot especially on weekends. This café is positioned on hill from where tourist can view the greenery of the city. The astonishing view of Dhauladhar hills from this café is possible.

Sourabh Van Vihar: next spot is van vihar which is a nice place for nature lovers. Here the green park is special located in the village of Andretta. This dense wooden mount is popular for art gallery. Sobha Singh moved his gallery from Punjab to this location.  

Dhauladhar Nature Park (DNP): another spot is DNP situated at Gopalpur. Tourists have to travel for 12 kms distance from the central part of Palampur to Gopalpur.

Devi Latti Jakhni's Shrine: a temple located on the high hills of Chandpur village. The eye-catching view of Dhauladhar from this shrine is special for visitors.

Mata Bandla Devi's Shrine: temple of Mata Bandla is another tourist spot of Palampur. It is positioned at only distance of 1.5 km from Neugal Park. The highest crowd of Palampur visits this temple so tourist might get some difficulties to take blessings of Mata.

Palampur is not only the tourist place but it also allows the visitors to enjoy the trekking and paragliding feature conducted by local administration. Route from Sanghar to Bharmaur through Holi is also complete of natural beauty spots. People love adventure will definitely enjoy the sports and several events conducted by the administration.

Some other close tourist locations from Palampur are Baijnath, Taragarh and Joginder Nagar which are again full of natural beauty.  

Chamunda Devi Temple is also the big religious temple of India located at only distance of 20 kms from city. People from around the corner of India are reaching Chamunda Devi temple at frequent intervals.

Bir and Billing: one of the famous villages for Buddhist monasteries is located at good distance of 35 km known as Bir and Billing. Para gliders land their glides at this location.

Baijnath: next destination for visitors is Baijnath which is only 16 kms away from central part of city. The Lord Shiva temple is famous at this spot. Earlier the name of this area was Kirgrama.

Few similar religious spots situated near the Palampur city are Neugal Khad (2 kms), Bundla Stream (2 kms), Bundla Tea Estate (2 kms), and Andreta (13 kms).

Attaining to Palampur:
By Air: daily flights to Kangra Airport from New Delhi are available. However, distance between Kangra airport and Palampur town is 40 kms. Climate of Palampur is cold most of the times so visitors might get difficulty of flight cancellation particularly in winter.

By Rail: the narrow gauge railway line of Palampur connects the city to Pathankot which is another beautiful place. Visitors have to travel for 112 kms to reach Palampur from Pathankot. Because of hill areas the train will take around 7 hours to cover the distance. City is also linked through toy train runs from Kangra Valley to Palampur. Closest station of Palampur city is Maranda which is only 3 kms away from city bus stand.

By Road: reaching Palampur through road is best transport. Properly linked through road allow tourist to reach Palampur from several other states of country. HRTC buses are available for Palampur station and that is best option.

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