Beautiful Palampur(An attractive place of tourists & heart of Himachalis)

Birth of Palampur:

•The geographical collision of Australasian land mass with main land of Asia gave rise to the Great Himalayas.
•Over a period of time many ranges came us in the ‘Great Himalayas’ vis-à-vis KarakoramRange, Pir Panjal Range and the Shivaliks.
•In Shivaliks lies a beautiful landscape we all know as –Kangra Valley. With ‘Dhauladhar Ranges surrounding this scenic valley lies a place named as innocuously as its reputation –PALAMPUR

Meaning of Palampur:

•Palam means water in local language and Pur symbolizes it is a local place. Thus Palampur gets it’s name as the place is literally source of crystal clear and pure earth water.
•With it’s numerous brooks (chasma) and roaring ‘Neugal Khad’ (a 1000 feet high chasma and torrential ‘Bundle’ stream, Palampur is an international attraction!

Description of Palampur:

•Palampur nestles in a dark green shelter of an awesome snow crowned spectacle that is known as DhaulaDhar mountain ranges, at a height of 4,000 feet.
•It is a verdant valley in the rather wide lap of it' mighty neighbour, the Dhauladhar.
•It is also known as the Kangra valley, a place of many historical upheavals. While Kangra town itself is better known as an historical entity, it is Palampur that attracts tourists who wish to see life beyond Shimla or Nainital.
•As the clouds hit and rise over the mighty DhaulaDhar, they wash Palampur clean with rain. Stray clouds enter this quaint British tea town, often wrapping the pretty bungalows and cottages which dot the landscape.
•From a distance the impression is of a huge green golf course, albeit somewhat darker, with pretty little golf huts that complete the perfect picture. Also, Palampur is God-sent for those who like long walks, for the town seems to spread endlessly all around.
•Little paths through the undulating greens of tea gardens makes the walk easy, long and delightful, something like a stroll through an endless, well landscaped golf course.

Mountains that surround Palampur:

•Dhauladhar Mountains are quite apart from any other in the Himalayas. Unlike the Pir Panjal or the Great Himalayan range, Dhauladhars are dark granite ranges with rock faces so sharply cut that they fail to contain the snow. As a result the snow is seen in streaks with only the caps crowned.
•By creating the Dhauladhars, the mother nature has killed two birds with one stone : halting an easy access beyond Palampur, and stopping rain clouds that are then forced to rise, washing the tea gardens clean and adding that magical aroma and fragrance of freshly washed earth.

Activities at Palampur:
•The British organized tea plantation and that has now turned into legacy for the locales.
•Tourism is one of the mainstay industries in the region.
•Palampur is a place to indulge in soliloquy. It is a place that makes you whistle spontaneously and is clear definition of one of those places where anyone would like to live.

People at Palampur:
•Besides the tourists, you will come across smiling and radiant tea pickers who dot the landscape.
•The cosmopolitan appeal of Palampur is enhanced by the residents who have inherited a British legacy and now occupy their pretty houses with large gardens filled with Hydrangea in sylvan isolated surroundings. They are either Anglo Indians or retired Army officers with a western outlook, as well as attire.
•One also comes across pretty Gurkhatea pickers with their baskets tied around their foreheads.

Climate and Weather Conditions:
•The climate and weather that seems to change almost every hour and this adds a lot to the brazen beauty of the place.
•It is a place of many sub-seasons within each season, resplendent in its various hues and colours that seem to change throughout the day.

Around Palampur:

•Around Palampur are several places worth visiting. Andretta is aplace where Mrs. Norah Richards, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, started rural theatre.
•There is the Sobha Singh Art Gallery with painting themes of Sohni -Mehiwal (the Punjabi lovers), Omar Khayyamand Heer Ranjha.
•Al Hilal, an erstwhile military bastion of Maharajah Ranjit Singh of Kashmir. Dr Karan Singh now runs the place, which has been converted to Palace Motel and is managed by his son.

Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Set on the rising slopes of Kangra Valley before they merge with the Dauladhar ranges. But tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special resort. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The town has derived its name from the local word "pulum', meaning lots of water. Palampur was a part of the local Sikh kingdom and later on came under the British rule.
The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands the high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains, whose peaks remain, covered for most part of the year. Situated in and about the middle of the Kangra Valley, it is convenient base to explore the surroundings.
Location

Palampur is a fascinating hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. It is surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar Ranges. The hill resort of Palampur is derived from a local word “Pulum” which means abundance of water. As the name suggest the Palampur hill station has abundance of water and has close vicinity with the mountains that endowed it with a pleasant weather. It is also renowned as the tea capital of northwest India. Situated at an altitude of 1,249 m above the sea level Palampur is at the confluence of Plains and hills and thus its shows a marvelous contrast of plains on one side and the majestic snow covered mountains on the other side.

Sight Seeing

The hill station of Palampur is not only famous for its tea gardens but is also renowned for its Colonial architecture and temples. There are various places of interest in and around Palampur that the visitors can see on a sightseeing trip to Palampur. The major attractions include Andretta a charming village sprawling at the plains of Kangra Valley was once the home of Sir Sobha Singh and play write Ms Norah Richards. It is now become a centre for various artistic activities is just 13 Km away from Palampur. Baijnath is one of the remarkable temples of the Beas Valley is situated 23 miles east of Nagarkot. Bir and Billing are the major attractions for the adventure lovers. Bir serves as a landing ground for hang and Para gliders and is renowned for its Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan artifacts. Billing is 14 Km from Bir which offers an opportunities for high altitude and cross country flying more than 200 Km. Neughal Khad situated close to the temple of Bundelmata is 30 m wide gorge through which the Neughal stream flows is also among the must visit sites on a tour to hill station Palampur.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport to Palampur is Gaggal in Kangra, which is 37 km away.

By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Pathankot, which is 115 km from Palampur. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Moranda at a distance of 4 km.

By Road: Palampur is well connected by surface network with major towns of Himachal Pradesh and nearby cities.

Himachal Pradesh is also known as Dev Bhoomi.There are more than 2000 Temples in Himachal Pradesh scattered across the length and breadth of the state.Himachal Pradesh is known for its natural beauty, hill stations and tourism places in India......

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Sunny Sharma