Places to Visit in Palampur:Palampur is mostly preferred by travellers from Delhi, New Delhi. The go to destination for types of travellers, be it family, kids and couples, Palampur is, however, mostly preferred by Couple, Group. The best season or months to visit places in Palampur are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. There are 17 tourist places in Palampur, which can be explored by travellers. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or night, as suitable for travellers. Sightseeing in Palampur can be done by travellers, which will take half a day or one day, but to see all sightseeing places, travellers need to stay in Palampur for 2 days to 3 days.
Chamunda Devi (Temple)
Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the prime religious centres, which is also counted among 51 Shakti Peethas and is located at a distance of 10 km to the west of Palampur. The shrine dedicated to Goddesses Durga or Chamunda, provides an ideal ambiance for meditation and seeking blessing of the Goddess. Homage at the shrine is believed to provide spiritual peace for the ancestors of devotees.
The beautiful shrine in the midst of mountains, rivers and forests’ is believed to be dating back to 700 years. Goddess Chamunda, a manifestation of Goddess Durga is kept under cover due to it’s religious significance. Chamunda Devi Temple complex features a Kund (a pond), which is believed to have sacred water.
Besides, there is a cave-like scoop on the back side of the sanctum which represents Shivalingam. Paintings of several Gods and Goddesses located in the temple complex draws attention of the tourists.
Along with the religious centre there is a river stream flowing known as Ban Ganga. In addition, there is an ayurvedic dispensary, library and a Sanskrit college located around the temple.
The Library in the complex of this temple has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts, astrology books, Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads.
Tea Gardens (Tea estate)
Tea Gardens are among the chief attractions of the hill-tow, due to which it is also referred as ‘Tea Capital of Northwest India’. The hill station has lush tea gardens sprawling over vast acres of land. Tea plantation was introduced in the region during the middle of the 19th century by Dr. Jameson, Superintendent Botanical Gardens, North-West Frontier Province.
Due to this, Palampur progressed as tea plantation site and found a place in the international map by 1883 when ‘Kangra Tea’ became renowned. Several regions in and around Palampur have tea plantations. . Tea of the region is marketed under the brand names such as Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar and Malhar. All the brands are named after ragas of Indian classical music.
Baijnath Shiva temple
Baijnath Temple, located at a distance of 16 km from Palampur is one of the chief attractions of the region. This temple was established in 1204 A.D by regional merchants, named Ahuka and Manyuka. Since establishment, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is continuously in construction.
Highlights of the shrine are the inscriptions on the porch of the temple that indicates a shrine of Lord Shiva’s existence before the construction of the temple. The current structure of the temple is a fine illustration of medieval north Indian temple architecture, known as Nagara style of temples.
In the sanctum of the temple, Svayambhu form of Shivalinga is enshrined. Besides, a tall curvilinear Shikhara is mounted on the sanctum. A vestibule entrance of the shrine leads to a large square Mandapa, which features two massive balconies.
Images of several Gods and Goddesses are carved on the outer walls of the shrine. Moreover, outer doorway is beautifully decorated with images of deities and religious inscriptions.
Along with that, there is a small porch resting on four pillars in front of the Mandapa and an idol of Nandi preceding the pillars is established in a small pillared shrine.
Saurabh Van Vihar
Saurabh Van Vihar is a beautiful garden in the Palampur town, named after valiant Army officer, Captain Saurabh Kalia. The garden managed by the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department is situated in proximity to Neugal. .
There are over 151 species of herbs along with medicinal plants in the complex. Saurabh Van Vihar is spread over an area of 35 acres, which houses Picnic Sheds, Children Park, Water streams, Health trails, Open Air Theatre, Bamboosetum and Tiger Hill Bridge.
Tashi Jong Monastery
Timings – Opening & Closing: Monday – Friday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM – 7.00 PM
Tashi Jong Monastery is one of the famous attractions of the region. Curved roofs mounted with red-golden colour ornamentation portray prayer flags.
The monastery is more of a community than a religious centre of Buddhists. Tashi Jong complex have provided refuge to several Tibetans. It is frequented by the peace seekers and Buddhist pilgrims all the year round.
One of the highlights of the complex is the monastery, which has decorated walls depicting Tibetan culture and traditions. There is a thick loom like stupa in the monastery, which is a fine example of craftsmanship.
In addition, the monastery also houses a wide suite of exquisite Tibetan artefacts, paintings and articles at the craft emporium. Monastery complex comprises of gardens and restaurants along with craft emporium.
Nevgal Khad is one of the popular attractions of Palampur, located at a distance of approximately 2 km from the main town. The location is popularly known as Bundla Chasm.
In addition, there is a stream 300 metres wide flowing through the region that besides being a picnic spot also offers scenic view of the snow covered Dhauladhar ranges. Stream surroundings become serene during monsoons.
Church of St. John
Andretta Artists’ Village
A must visit in Himachal Pradesh; Andretta Artist Village near Palampur is place of interest for art lovers. Owing its fame to Norah Richards, an Irish writer and Dramatist, this Artist Village is a heritage like no other. The modern Andretta Artist Village is immensely famous for its Norah’s Centre for Arts, Andretta Pottery and Craft Society (they sell earthenware to Fab India in Delhi) Norah’s Mud House and Sir Sobha Singh Art Gallery. Keeping its legacy of art & craft and performing arts, Andretta Artist Village has affixed its position in India as a connoisseur of arts. The Andretta Pottery & Craft Society is owned by Tourism Advice Centre (TAC)
Sherbling, one of the major highlights of Palampur, is popular for colossal Buddhist vicars and monastery. The Buddhist centre amidst the beautiful mountains was abode of Tai Siti Rimpoche, one of the well-known Buddhist preachers.
The large stupa enveloped in the lush green vegetation and woods draw attention of the tourists. Sherbling is visited by solace seekers and Buddhist pilgrims throughout the year. Rimpoche, the head monk, appears every afternoon for blessing his followers with his holy sermons.
Chauntra is a small market town in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India located along National Highway 20 (Updated 154) which connects Pathankot (in Punjab) to Mandi. It is also home to a Tibetan refugee community consisting of a settlement, several monasteries and two schools.It is an important developmental block of Mandi distt. Situated near to Joginder nagar this town is very much suitable for tea growing.
Sobha Singh’s Art Gallery
Sobha Singh’s Art Gallery is one of the prominent attractions of the region that exhibits contrasting work of famous artist: Sobha Singh. Located at a distance of 12 km from Palampur, the gallery is a repository of a vast collection of artwork and paintings.
Sohni-Mahiwal painting dating back to the 1940s is the highlight of this gallery. Along with this art, there is a painting of Sikh Guru and Guru Nanak Dev.. The art gallery features paintings of the Gaddis with Dhauladhars ranges in the backdrop as well.
Jwalamukhi Temple, also known as Jwalaji, is one of the Shakti Peethas. This shrine is located at a distance of 30 km south of Kangra valley and is dedicated to Goddess Jwalamukhi. Goddess Jwalamukhi is also known as Goddess with flaming mouth. This temple features a copper pipe through which natural gas comes out.
There are nine such flames in the sanctum which are named after Goddesses Mahakali, Unpurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Bindhya Basni, Maha Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji Devi. The flames burning continuously can be witnessed erupting from rock-side, without any fuel.
According to the legend it is believed that Sati’s tongue fell at Jwalaji where the goddess manifests as tiny flames. These flames burn flawless blue through fissures present in the age-old rock, located in this temple.
In addition, as per historians Mughal emperor Akbar also visited the shrines so as to test it’s originality. After enlightenment, the emperor became a devotee of the Goddess and presented a Chattra (umbrella) of gold to the goddess. Besides, the water course in this temple premises is said to have been constructed by Akbar in an attempt to extinguish the jets of flames in the temple.
Brajeshwari Devi Temple
Brajeshwari Devi Temple, located in proximity to Palampur is an important religious centre in the region. The shrine is renowned for it’s wealthy status.
This temple was looted by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1009, and the invader built a mosque on the ruins and a garrison was left behind. The regional king repaired the shrine and a replica of the idol was enshrined. The temple having a large repository of gold, silver and diamonds was ransacked again in 1360 by Firoz Tughlaq, which was later restored by Emperor Akbar.
During the earthquake in 1905, the temple was badly damaged. Presently, Brajeshwari Devi Temple is one of the major worship centres in the region.
As per traditions, Pindi of the Goddess is decorated with a layer of butter during the auspicious occasion of Lohri.
Naam Art Gallery
Naam Art Gallery is one of the popular sightseeing attractions, situated at a distance of few kilometres from Palampur. The gallery exhibits works of German painter Elsbeth Buschmann, who visited India in 1980s.
Some of the highlighting works displayed in the gallery include painting in oil and water colours. Besides, there is also a wide collection of contemporary art showcased in the museum.
Al-Hill is a one of the popular scenic spots, situated at a distance of 12 km from Palampur. Meaning a land of crescent moon, the site provides beautiful sight of snow flanked Dhauladhar ranges.
The region served as a military bastion to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which is at present one of the famous tourist spots in the region. There is a guest house and Taragarh Fort located in proximity to this place.
Jakhni Mata Temple
Jakhni mata Temple is one of the popular Hindu Shrines located in the ambit of the township in Kangra district. One of the holiest sites in the region, the temple is believed to have been constructed five centuries ago.
Gopalpur Zoo is one of the chief attractions that draw attention of wildlife enthusiasts. Located at a distance of 13 km from Palampur, this national park is one of the major attractions of the destination.
Tourists visiting the mini zoo situated in the complex can spot animals like leopards, black bears, angora rabbits, Asiatic lion, sambhar, red fox and varieties of deers. It was set up by the wildlife department of Himachal Pradesh Government over an area of 30 acres.