Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.
This wood and slate house with deep verandahs and welcoming rooms is a true labour of love. Built using local materials and design, it is situated in an open valley, amid acres of rice and wheat fields, and watched over by the majestic Dhauladhar mountain range.

Each room has large windows from where the view changes from season to season, day to day, hour to hour. During the monsoons, the shimmering green of newly sprouting rice is reflected in the water in which they are planted. Spring brings rippling fields of golden wheat, ready to be harvested. For most of the year, the mountains are luminous white, the snow shining where it is lit by the sun. The mountains disappear on cloudy days, just peeking now and then through the mist, only to appear in their full grandeur, almost magically, after a downpour. In the evenings one can actually listen to the sounds of silence, magnified by chirping of crickets and cicadas, and watch fireflies dance against the backdrop of a clear, starlit sky.


Four bedrooms with attached bathrooms, Each with running hot cold water, Fully catered - all meals available on order, 25 kms from Dharamshala, Places to visit- Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Charmunda Devi.

The tea gardens in and around town are great for taking those long walks you have been promising yourself.

You can do quite a bit of it at Palampur! You simply must buy the delicate Kangra tea at Bharmour or the many factory outlets just outside Palampur. Other good buys are Tibetan handicrafts, carpets, woollens, thangka paintings and prints.


Holi is celebrated with great gusto in Palampur. A festival of color, Holi has special significance in this district. A day before Holi, the women make up baskets of small twig from the kamal tree, lined with thread, jaggery and pots of colored water. at night little ''holikas'' (bonfire) are lit all over the town. Next day before they commence playing Holi these baskets are offered to elderly men of the town.


For adventure lovers, Palampur offers sufficient opportunities. You have options to undertake trekking, paragliding, hang gliding and fishing. Trek routes from Palampur are interesting and lead to destinations like Holi, Dharamshala and Manali. Anglers can try their luck out between the months of March to June or September to October. Mahasheer are found in and around Dehra Gopipur, Nadaun and Pong Dam.

Palampur has old forts and temples such as the five century’s old Temple of Bundlamata and the Chamundadevi Temple. The Kangra valley’s distinctive art style survives in the lovely little village of Andretta, 14 km south of Palampur.

The Baijnath Temple is about 16 km from Palampur. It is said that Ravana built this temple to worship Lord Shiva. It is beautiful and its amazing monuments are worth seeing.

The Dhauladhar National Park at Gopalpur , 13 km from Palampur has a mini zoo with black bear, leopard, lion, red fox and several types of deer such as goral and sambar.

Neughal Khad, a 305 meters wide abyss that drops over a 100 meters to the Bundla stream. The stream is a thin streak running over stony ground far below the cliff. During the monsoon season, it swells and rages - madly over the entire width of the chasm taking stones and boulders along with it and makes loud roaring noise like thunder. Neugal Khad offers a fine view of the Dhauladhar range.

Nearby Places

Taragarh, an idyllic retreat 12 km from Palampur, is set amidst picturesque tea estates at the foot of the Dhauladhars. You can ride up on mountain bikes to the little Tibetan village of Tashijong Gompa known for its thangka paintings, carpet weaving and block printing.

There are a few cafes in this little hill station. Try the Pizzicato café - they make the most sumptuous dark chocolate pastry and with fat free yogurt to boot!

Palampur Attractions

Neughal Khad
Around 2 km away from the town is this 300 m wide chasm from where the Neugal stream passes. The place is a popular picnic spot with Dhauladhar range rising just ahead. Quiet close by is the famous five centuries old, Bundlamata Temple. You can sit in Himachal Tourism cafe here and enjoy the wonderful view of the high rising peaks and gushing stream while sipping a cup of tea or coffee.


Bandla Tea Estate covers an area of 4 kms and has a modern tea factory where you can see how tea is processed.


A small village around 13 km away from Palampur, Andretta was the home of two famous artists - painter Sardar Sobha Singh and the playwright Ms Norah Richards. Today, the village offers a pleasant retreat specially for artists or art lovers. There is the mud bamboo house of Norah Richards which has been converted into an open air theatre. Every year students from Punjab University come here to stage plays on her birthday. The Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society is the perfect place if you wish to pick up some pottery. There is also a terracota museum that exhibits pottery from various parts of India. The Shobha Singh Art gallery is also an attraction here.


Situated at a distance of 13 km from Palampur, Gopalpur has a mini zoo as its main attraction.

Tashijong Monastery
This monastery is located around 12 km from Palampur and has Taragarh in its close vicinity. The monastery is amongst those that were built after the Dalai Lama made Mc Leodganj his home. You can purchase carpets, Buddhist tangkha paintings and other Tibetan craft from here.

Chamunda Devi Temple

The Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the most important one in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at a distance of around 25 km from Palampur and is believed to be around 700 years old. The main temple is dedicated to Chamunda Devi while a smaller shrine honors Lord Shiva. The highlights of the temple are the artistic carvings on the lintel, pillars and the ceiling. A platform in front of the temple shaded by two peepul tree provides shelter to the coming devotees. The temple is currently under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.

Bir and Billing

Bir is around 29 km away from Palampur and is known as the paragliding capital of the country. Bordered by tea gardens and low hills, it also has four Buddhist monasteries worth visiting. Most prominent among these are Choling. You can also pick up Tibetan handicrafts from Bir. The village of Billing is 14 km ahead and has a spot ( a cliff) from where paragliders take off. However, you must remember that Billing is not suitable for hang gliding fresher. Moreover, there are neither courses offered nor any equipment available here.
Tariff 2013 - 2014
Room Rs.2900/- Per Couple
Includes : Breakfast.
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