After spending some wonderful time in beautiful hill station in Mcleodganj we headed to another beautiful hill station Palampur, which is about 40 km from Mcleodganj. The drive from mesmerizing hills of Mcleodganj to Palampur was again wonderful and refreshing.
Palampur at 4000 feet above sea level is a tiny, unspoiled hamlet nestled amongst pine trees. If you don’t like facing mad rush during your trip you should go to Palampur. Palampur’s must visit includes monasteries, rivers, waterfalls, tea gardens, forests ; which are off the tourist circuit and flanked by the mighty Dhauladhar mountains. Palampur is surrounded from all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Boasting of lush green cover consisting of pine forests and tea plantations along with pleasant climate and stunning views of snow clad Dhauladhar ranges.
We stayed in ‘Tea Bud’, a beautiful guest house, run by HPTC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation). The guest house is situated in serene environment surrounded by tea gardens. Since we wanted a peaceful stay , we chose this hill station, for our next two days stay.
Palampur is an interesting vacation option for summers. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. Walking through the roads covered on both sides by tea gardens is a wonderful experience. An interesting fact about tea gardens here is that in every tea garden, a factory is also located nearby and the workers of these factories are on request would be happy to give a free demonstration of the making of tea right from the processing of leaves to the final product.
Apart from beautiful tea gardens one can also visit
Tashi Jong Monastery which is 15 km away from Palampur . This monastery is one of the schools of Kagyu tradition. The monastery complex houses the main temple, the stupa of Khamtrul Rinpoche, and the Yamantak Retreat Center which is restricted to the general public.
Shiva Temple, The temple is praised for featuring architectural designs resembling to that of the Jagannatha Temple in Puri.
Neugal Khad also known as Bundla Chasm is situated at a distance of 2 km, it is a favorite picnic spot in Palampur. The 300 m wide stream adorns the place
How to reach Palampur
By train : he nearest railway station to Palampur is Pathankot, located at a distance of 120 km. Rom Pathankot one can easily get bus or taxi to reach Palampur.
By air: Located at a distance of 40 km, Gaggal is the nearest airport to reach Palampur. From there taxis and cabs are easily available to move in and around the city.
By road: The Grand Trunk Road connects Delhi with Palampur via Ambala city and Una. The stretch is 476 km long. There are bus service, private cabs and taxis available for hire.