Tired of the same old routine of tending to your constant stream of worries and trying to keep up with the countless pointless rat races? Feeling drained and empty and desperately looking for a break to soothe your nerves? There’s no better cure for the weary mind than a well deserved and well planned vacation in one of the lesser known hill stations, far from the madding crowd. If you are thinking green, peaceful, serene and sparsely populated, think no further than Palampur, a place not many know about and a place so serene that you would be tempted to prolong your preplanned vacation in Himachal
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The picturesque town is also part of the Himalayan ‘Green Valley’, thanks to its famous plantations and tea gardens. The lush surroundings make Palampur an ideal vacation spot for the ones looking for peace of mind rather than excitement during their Palampur vacation in North India
. As is the case with every other town in Himachal Pradesh, the major places of interest in Palampur are mostly temples and places of worship, hence planning a trip for anywhere within two to three days would be ideal. Let your spiritual self free by visiting the Bajnath and Chamunda temples during the first day. The Bajnath Temple, located around sixteen kilometers from the town, is one of the must-see temples in the region. The temple is said to have been built by the demon Ravana to worship Lord Shiva, an act done to please the lord and receive boons for his faith. The famous Yagaya Kund in the temple is said to be the spot where he performed the prayers to praise and appease the lord.
Yet another popular temple in the region is the Chamunda Devi Temple. Located around seventeen kilometers from Palampur and dedicated to the Goddess of the mountain Chamunda, the temple is a beautifully constructed site along the banks of a river. The Brijeshwari Temple is also a famous spot frequented by the tourists and it lies around a distance of thirty five kilometers from Palampur. Spend the second day of your trip by visiting the Virni Mata temple. This very famous temple is located at an altitude of 2500 meters, and the site provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan mountain chain. Other places to visit are the Jaghni Mata temple and the Bharkudi, which is a major tourist attraction with its caves, fountains, and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Remember to take some time off to shop for tea in the market, because the tea from this region is world famous and has a unique and distinctive taste.
Best time to visit
Palampur is a quaint old town located in the foothills of the Himalayas,
your typical peaceful hamlet with run down buildings, breathtaking
mountain scenery and the works. A region far removed from the travails
of the mainland, Palampur is located at an altitude of 1219 meters,
untouched and hardly invaded by thronging tourists or foreigners. The
climate in Palampur is quite similar to that of the other hill stations
in the Himalayan region, the temperatures in summer range from 15 to 29
degrees and the temperature in winter ranges around minus four degrees.
You can visit Palampur at any time of the year, except perhaps during
December or January when it generally is bitterly cold outside. Summers
are generally extremely pleasant and warm; hence this season would be an
ideal time for travel buffs to visit the place.
Palampur can be reached easily by bus as it is well connected to the major cities in northern India. Bus services are provided by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation and air conditioned Volvo buses are also available for slightly elevated prices. Buses are available within the town for travel too. Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge station with a narrow gauge line running from Pathankot to Palampur. The ones among you considering air travel can land at Kangra Airport in Dharamshala, though flights are prone to cancellation due to bad weather. Best way will be to take up packages from Delhi
Hotel Yamini, Hotel Surabhi and Hotel Silver Oak all provide classy accommodation for moderate costs ranging from 1000-1500 INR. An overall estimate for a couple would range around 5000 INR for a weekend trip. So think no more, just pack your bags and step up for a trip that’s bound to cleanse your mind off all worries.