Palampur is an offbeat destination that is most known for its emerald green tea plantations, gushing streams passing through the plains and the stunning backdrop of the Dhauladhar Range. Nestled away in the north-west region of Himachal Pradesh, the city derives its name from the term ‘Pulum’ which in local language means ‘lots of water.’ Also known as the tea capital of North India, Palampur carries the legacy of being a tea estate since the 18th century, when the British ruled India. The countryside is layered with multiple tea estates, but the oldest and the most famous amongst them is the Bundla Tea Estate Complex which has been around for almost 200 years now.Also Read - Free Train Rides in India: Bhakra Railway Train Has Been Offering Free Rides Since 73 Years
Palampur is sprinkled with eloquent art galleries, paddy fields, and ancient shrines but its the thousand shades of green from the artistic Andretta and Taragarh Palace to the fantastic Sourabh Van Vihar, that are the icing on the cake. This small jungle of Sourabh Van Vihar is home to multiple healthy shrubs that have medicinal value. Also Read - SFJ Claims Responsibility For RPG Attack, Hoisting Khalistan Flags Outside HP Assembly; Threatens Himachal CM
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Other attractions include Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Mata Ashapuri Temple and Jwala Mukhi temple – some of the exuberant places of worship India, that you must visit when in Palampur. The hill station is home to some of the famous artists like the late Sardar Shobha Singh and the late playwright, Norah Richards. Andretta, a small artist colony here exhibits sculptures, paintings, antiquities, and heirlooms that has over the years attracted many noted artists, theatre practitioners, painters and potters.
Palampur is also known as the Mecca for paragliding. The hills here offer a galvanising paragliding expedition which is simply out of the world. Palampur’s flourishing landscape is a delight for trekkers as well. Some of the famous Dhauladhar Range treks like the Baijnath-Manali trek pass through the serene valleys of Palampur. The nearest airport is Gaggal airport (Kangra Airport or Dharamsala-Kangra Airport), located 50km from Palampur.