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A scenic place filled with abundant natural beauty; Palampur is located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is extensively recognized for its tea production and is known as tea capital of northwest Indiaâ€. It is bounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests.
The amazing blend of serene vegetation and clear water provides the city an exquisite look. Being located at the convergence of the plains and the hills, the location shows the disparity by the plains on one side and the imposing snow covered hills on the other. Palampur travel guide is full of references to the mesmerizing places and serene spots. A nature lover can draw immense pleasure by soaking in the serene and soothing environment here along with the physical beauty and revel in the outdoor activities like gliding and trekking during the trip.
A scenic hamlet Chauntra situated at an altitude of 4250 feet became a Tibetan rehabilitation center in the 1990s. Today the panoramic village features exquisite Buddhist monasteries interspersed with tea plantations. A large Institute of Tibetans is also there that works for rehabilitation of children and youth.
Tea Gardens #2
Tea Gardens are among the chief attractions of the hill-tow, due to which it is also referred as 'Tea Capital of Northwest India'. The hill station has lush tea gardens sprawling over vast acres of land. Tea plantation was introduced in the region during the middle of the 19th century by Dr. Jameson, Superintendent Botanical Gardens, North-West Frontier Province.Due to this, Palampur progressed as tea plantation site and found a place in the international map by 1883 when 'Kangra Tea' became renowned. Several regions in and around Palampur have tea plantations. . Tea of the region is marketed under the brand names such as Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar and Malhar. All the brands are named after ragas of Indian classical music.
Church of St. John #3
The beautiful Church of St. John can be visited to view the breathtakingly beautiful views and see the splendid architecture of the Church. Set amidst the verdant greens, it is set in the low rise. It was damaged and then in 1929 was reconstructed and few memorial tables can still be seen in the complex.
Baijnath Shiva temple #4
Baijnath Temple, located at a distance of 16 km from Palampur is one of the chief attractions of the region. This temple was established in 1204 A.D by regional merchants, named Ahuka and Manyuka. Since establishment, the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is continuously in construction.Highlights of the shrine are the inscriptions on the porch of the temple that indicates a shrine of Lord Shiva's existence before the construction of the temple.
Chamunda Devi #5
Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the prime religious centres, which is also counted among 51 Shakti Peethas and is located at a distance of 10 km to the west of Palampur. The shrine dedicated to Goddesses Durga or Chamunda, provides an ideal ambiance for meditation and seeking blessing of the Goddess. Homage at the shrine is believed to provide spiritual peace for the ancestors of devotees.
Kangra Fort #6
Kangra Fort located in proximity to the destination is the major testimony of the years of yore. The fort also known as the Nagar Kot is constructed on the confluence of the Rivers; Banganga and Manjhi. There is a small courtyard enclosed between two gates to enter the fort, which is known as Patak or Ranjit Singh Gate. It also features an inscription dating back to Sikh period.
Placed on the hillock of 350 feet above sea level, the monument was built by Bhuma Chand.
Saurabh Van Vihar #7
Saurabh Van Vihar is a beautiful garden in the Palampur town, named after valiant Army officer, Captain Saurabh Kalia. The garden managed by the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department is situated in proximity to Neugal.
Tashi Jong Monastery #8
Tashi Jong Monastery is one of the famous attractions of the region. Curved roofs mounted with red-golden colour ornamentation portray prayer flags. The monastery is more of a community than a religious centre of Buddhists. Tashi Jong complex have provided refuge to several Tibetans. It is frequented by the peace seekers and Buddhist pilgrims all the year round.
One of the highlights of the complex is the monastery, which has decorated walls depicting Tibetan culture and traditions.