There is a pretty place on Planet Earth known with the name of Palampur. The tea gardens and pine forests surround this small town which is situated in Kangra Valley. There is pine scented air present in the air which promises curative properties. The town has high ranges of Dhauladhar at its background.
Owing to its natural ambience, cool surroundings and pure air, this place has been thronged by tourists from across the world. Also with the presence of tea gardens around, there is a different aroma emanating in the air which woos tourists to this place.
Now let’s discuss the four important tourist places which should never be missed when you are in town:
1. Bir and Beelling
Situated at a 35-km stretch from the town, this village is known due to the presence of Buddhist monasteries. It’s a perfect place to land for paragliders. While Bir is surrounded by tea gardens and has an amphitheatre, Billing is known to be the best aero sports site in India. Bir is also known for producing fine Tibetan handicrafts.
Situated at 16-km. from Palampur, there is an ancient Shiva temple at Baijnath which is the most renowned and remarkable monuments in the Kangra Valley. Baijnath’s name is derived from Shiva Vaidyanatha. The sculpturing is exquisite here. It is associated with Ravana, who, according to the legends, worshipped Shiva here and gained immortality. It’s one among the ‘Twelve Jyotirlingams’. It has been constructed in 13th century. And the credit for the construction goes to two merchants, named, Ahuka and Manyuka. The temple has Shiva being commemorated in the form of Vaidyanath. According to local people, the water in the temple has medicinal properties and hence is famous among devotees.
3. Neugal Khad
Situated at a distance of 2 km. from town, this site provides you with a beautiful view of the Dhauladhar range. You could see it roaring in rains and gurgling throughout the year. A favorite picnic spot, it is an ideal place to escape from your busy life. You could see the snow-clad mountains from this place. Basically it is a wide stream of water also called dubbed as Bundla Chasm. This place also has another attraction in the form of iron. Bridge.
4. Tea Gardens
If you are interested to explore the tea capital of north India, you should visit Palampur. The gardens are beautiful and you will love the lush green beauty surrounding this place. What makes this place different from others is the fact that you can see the actual tea making process at the Palampur Tea Corporative.
These tea gardens cover a large area on hillsides. The tea plantation in Palampur was introduced by Dr. Jameson. While a few gardens are privately owned, the others are “demonstration plots” managed by different organizations such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. There are big tea plantation estates seen on the road to Dharamshala owned by Palampur Co-operative Tea Factory. The abundance of tea plantation has made Palampur the Tea capital. There is lush greenery and gorgeous Dhauladhar Mountain Range exists at the backdrop adding more to the beauty of Palampur.
Palampur, hence, is a perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. There is a special aroma and fragrance in the air which will woo you with all its medicinal properties. The landscape is pretty and weather is awesome. You can brand this place as one of the top spots for tea tourism where you will love watching the live process of tea making.