Palampur is a charming hill station located in the Kangra Valley surrounded mostly by the pine forests and tea gardens. Due to presence of numerous brooks and streams, the city is named as Palampur. The meaning of 'Pulum' is the world for 'lots of water'. This popular tourist destination houses an Agricultural University, CSIR Complex and some tea factories.

Palampur lies on National Highway No.20, approximately 40 km away from Kangra Town. it is about 35 km away from Dharamshala, 16 km away from Baijnath, about 40 km from Joginder Nagar, nearly 176 km from Dalhousie and about 235 km from Shimla. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 50 km away from Palampur. The closest broad gauge railway station is at Pathankot, about 95 km away from Kangra. Palampur is well-connected to other cities by regular bus service run by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation.

Palampur is dotted with countless tourist attractions. The Shiva Temple at Baijnath, one of the sacred 'Twelve Jyotirlingams' in India, is one of the most significant monuments. It is located at the distance of about 16 km from Palampur. This temple has an 'Adytum' surrounded by the conical shaped spire and 'Mandap' covered with the pyramid shaped roof. This temple is famous for Shivratri fair. Chamunda Devi Temple is another holy temple near Palampur. It lies about 17 km away from the town. This beautiful temple is frequently visited by number of devotees from all over the world. It is believed that Devi Chamunda killed the evils namely Chand and Mund at this place. Other holy temples nearby Palampur are Brijeshwari Temple, Bundla Mata Mandir and Jaghni Mata Temple.

Situated about 2 km away from the town of Palampur, Neugal Khad is a wonderful picnic spot. It gives a great relaxation from the busy life. One can have a breath-taking view of the Dhauladhar range from this spot. Bundla Stream is another amazing tourist spot located near Palampur. One can enjoy a thrilling walk from Palampur to Bundla.

Andretta is the place that you should not miss in your Palampur visit. This Artist's Village lies at the distance of about 13 km from Palampur. The Kangra Valley with its spectacular Dhauladhar and milky mountains fascinates the artists. Nestled among the rolling plains of Kangra valley, Andretta has been attracting the artists from all over the world. The village came into limelight because of Ms Norah Richards, the popular dramatist and writer. Andretta houses the S. Sobha Singh Painting Gallery.

Positioned at the distance of about 42 km from Palampur, Sujanpur Tira is a famous historical town constructed by Raja Sandra Chand. This picturesque township has a natural 'chaugan' and lush green plains surrounded by the trees. The town houses various sacred temples including Temple of Gauri Shankar, the Narbadeshwar Temple, temples of Laxmi Narayan and Lord Ganesha. There is also a Sainik School in the city.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/06