Many of us love the mountains. And one Himalayan trip is planned every year like a ritual. But if you have already explored the trodden paths in Himachal Pradesh, then it is time to explore the lesser known treasures. And one such place is Palampur.
With not many tourists around, Palampur is preserved in its natural beauty in the Kangra valley. Surrounded by tea gardens, pine forests and the Dhauladhar range in the distance, it is a perfect setting to enjoy the Himalayas.
Palampur got its name from ‘palum’, meaning ‘plenty of water’. And when you are there, you will know it is a most appropriate name. Many little streams and brooks crisscross the place. They flow down from the mountains, play their little games in Palampur, before gurgling down towards the plains. Situated exactly between the mountains and plains, Palampur is the perfect place to enjoy these little streams.
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You can take walks on the pebbled path along the rivulets. Or spread out a cosy picnic, and enjoy hours of relaxation. The friendly locals, with their Pahari culture, add to the charm of the place.
You can explore the local farmer’s market, and take a hike to the many rustic villages around Palampur, like Dhraman. You can also take a bus to the Tashi Jong monastery. This village boasts of being the first smoke-free village in the country.
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You can also try your hand at pottery and other local crafts at the Andretta Village, 13 km from Palampur. Many acclaimed artists like painter Sobha Singh, potter Gurcharan Singh, Navjot Randhwa and many others have found their way to Andretta.
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You can also spend some time with the tea pickers in the estates that surround Palampur. If you visit a tea estate on the way between Dhraman and Palampur, you can a great panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range against the undulating tea garden.
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You can reach Palampur from Amritsar or Chandigarh by road. These two towns are well connected to the rest of India by air or rail. You can visit Palampur at any time of the year.
So, if you love the Himalayan charm, plan a trip to the undisturbed beauty that is Palampur.
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