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Palampur – Kangra (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Palampur is a hill station situated in the foot hills of Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Palampur is famous for tea gardens and its pleasant climate throughout the year. Because of its proximity to Dhauladhar mountain ranges a lot of water streams flowing from mountains to plains pass through Palampur. Palampur is surrounded by tea gardens, pine trees and water streams, and the combination of all these gives a beautiful and distinctive look to Palampur.

Palampur is at the end of valley merging into the hills so the scenery shows plains on one side and the snow covered hills on the other side. Behind Palampur stands high ranges of Dhauladhar Mountains whose top remain snow-covered for most of the year.

Location Map:

Palampur-Map

Road Map

What type of travelers should visit?

Family, Honeymoon, Solo, Adventure, Spirtual, Religious, Art Lover, Nature Lover, Health Wellness

Why one must visit Palampur?

  • Palampur and adjoining places offer wide range of interests and amenities to almost all categories of travelers.
  • If you love to see and play with the fresh water flowing from the mountains, Palampur is place for you. A lot of fresh water streams coming from the Dhauladhar Mountains passes through Palampur. The most popular among tourists is Neugal Khad.
  • Popular tourist destination Dharamsala is 35 KMs from Palampur.
  • Not far ago the unexplored and now one of the hot spot tourist destination Barot is 70 KMs from Palampur.
  • World’s highest Para Gliding site Bir Billing is 40 KMs from Palampur. If you love the adventure activities then you can try the gliding at world’s highest take off site.
  • Famous Hindu Temples are at small distance from Palampur. Shiv Temple in Baijnath 15 KMs, Chamunda Devi Temple 17 KMs, Brijeshwari Temple Kangra 40 KMs, Jawalamukhi Temple 70 KMs, Chintpurni Temple 90 KMs.
  • The Capital of Tibetan Government in Exile and the residence of spiritual guru Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala is 50 KMs.
  • If you want to have Spiritual, Meditation and Yoga classes, then there are good numbers of options available in Palampur, Dharamsala and Bir Billing.
  • For art loving people, Andretta is the best place to visit. Andretta is a village and artists’ colony. It’s situated 11 KMs from Palampur.
  • For adventure travelers there are several treks going to Dhauladhar mountain ranges. These treks vary from small to longer ones. Some can be completed in a day and others may require weeks’ time.
  • There are some thrilling off-road sections near Palampur for adventure roadies.

Stay and eatery options:

Palampur has all sorts of accommodations available for all travelers.

  • If you want to experience the local culture and food, and want to stay with locals, there are several home stay and resort options available in all budgets. In these accommodation options you will get the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine cooked at home, experience the local culture and the hospitality provided by the property owners.
  • Palampur has all sorts of hotels available from budget to luxury.
  • There are some good restaurants in Palampur. Location of restaurants here is equally important as their food. Some of the restaurants here with open seating arrangements and water stream/lake nearby are more popular among tourists.

Local attractions:

  • Kandi Bridge Bundla
  • Saurabh Van Vihar
  • Neugal Café
  • Jakhani Mata Temple
  • Old Vindhyavasni Temple
  • Trek To Birni Mata Temple
  • Village of Andretta
  • Dhauladhar Nature Park

Weather:

Palampur remains pleasant from March to April (14-19 degree Centigrade) and gradually becomes moderately hot during May-June ( 24-25 degree Centigrade). Monsoon arrives by mid July and usually lasts upto September. Nearly 65% of the annual rainfall (250 cm) occurs during these three months. October marks the beginning of Autumn and weather remains sunny, cool and fresh till November (15-19 degree Centigrade). Winter sets in from December and lasts upto February (10-12 degree Centigrade)

For current weather conditions you can also refer to

http://www.accuweather.com/en/in/palampur/198333/weather-forecast/198333

How to reach Palampur:

Palampur is well connected by all means of travel. It’s situated in Pathankot – Mandi National Highway.

By Air: The closest airport to Palampur is Dharamshala airport (known as Gaggal). Dharamsala airport is 40 KMs from Palampur and there are direct flights from Delhi to Gaggal. Please be advised that in winters and rainy season Delhi – Gaggal flights are often canceled at the last minute due to weather and other issues. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens.

By Train:
There are 2 options if you prefer trains:
1-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then bus/taxi to Palampur (5-6 hrs)
2-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then narrow gauge train onwards to Palampur. Delhi – Pathankot (550 kms , 10 hrs) + Pathankot – Palampur (110 kms , 6-7 hrs)

By Bus: Delhi to Palampur is about 10-12 hours journey. Daily Volvo and other bus services by Himachal Roadways are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Palampur. Day and night both services are available but people prefer to overnight.

From Dharamshala: There are buses between Dharamshala to Palampur on regular intervals. Usually it takes 1-2 hours from Dharamshala to Palampur on bus.

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Triund (Kangra , Himachal Pradesh, India)

Triund is a most popular, fascinating and easy trek destination nestled in the mighty Dhauladhar mountains of Kangra Valley , Himachal Pradesh India. Located at an altitude of aprox 2800 mtrs above sea level, you get an outstanding view of the Kangra valley and Dharamshala below.Once you reach the small bugyaal (meadow) at the top you are spell bound and get the complete, semi-circle view of Dhauladhar mountains from here. A small temple of Sri Kunal Pathri Devi is also located at the triund meadow which adds to the beauty of this place even more. Triund also acts as a base camp for trekkers going over to Chamba via Indrahaar Pass (4300 mtrs).

Triund is very popular with both Indian and foreign tourist who often takes a day hike to Triund hill and relax in the lap of Dhauladhar mountains. Either you can go for a picnic or day hike or you can stay overnight in camps at Triund. There is a Forest Rest House at Triund with 5-6 rooms and can be booked for stay from Divisional Forest Officer at Dharamsala. Kindly be advised that there is no running water/electricity at Triund. You’ll either have to carry water and emergency light(if planning to stay overnight) with you or rely on local temporary shops setup at Triund during season. Getting bookings in Forest Rest House could be cumbersome process hence you can either opt to pitch in your own tents or get in contact with a local vendor at Mc Leod Ganj to get tents on rent. An overnight stay at Triund is highly recommended as on a clear night / full moon the view is just mesmerizing.

As all good things come at a price and so is Triund; to get the views you’ll have to trek aprox 9 kms .However once at the top, all your fatigue will go away and you will be lost in the beauty of Dhauladhar range. The Triund trek starts from McLeod Ganj main square and can be covered easily in 5 to 6 hrs.

I’ve listed down the way to Triund below –

From McLeod Ganj main market , follow the road which has a popular restaurant named Clay Oven and you need to reach Dharamkot (3 kms , 45 mins) and then to Galu Devi temple (2 kms , 30 mins).You can either reach till Galu Devi on foot or hire a cab from Mc Leod Ganj. You can also hire an Auto Rikshaw till Dharamkot (Auto Rickshaw will not go beyond Dharamkot due to poor road conditions) and start your trek from Dharamkot. There are small shops at Dharamkot and Gallu Devi to get quick snacks. You can enjoy beautiful view of Bhagsunag and Kareri village from Galu Devi temple from here.

There is another trail from Bhagsu Nag village which will take you to Gallu devi temple and the route is much short but a steep uphill task. Avoid this trail if you can.

From Galu Devi you can start following a single trek going upwards. On the way you will come across two shops. One is Magic View Cafė owned by Sh. Joginder Sharma since 1984 and another is Best View Café owned by Sh. Hemraj since 1998.Continue your journey on the single trail and just below the base of Triund hill you will find another tea café. From here a steep uphill climb for 30 mins and you reach the top at Triund hill meadow. An humble request to all ; Love nature , Be Responsible and do not litter.

Ideal Season to trek Triund

Triund trek is open since April end till late October for all travellers. Starting late November till April Triund is covered under heaps of snow and it becomes difficult to reach till the meadow. For more adventure seekers March end or early December is the best time to trek to Triund as the view with snow all around is magical. Check in Mc Leod ganj if it is possible to trek till Triund during Winter season (Nov end till April)

Trek Map
Triund-Map

Road Map

Altitude

Aprox 2800 mtrs

Number of Days (Delhi to Delhi)

Minimum 3-4 Days

How to get there:

Dharamshala is well connected by all means of travel.Mc LeodGanj is 12 kms from Dharamshala.You can either take a bus or a shared taxi till Mc Leodganj.

By Air: There is an airport in Dharamshala (also known as Gaggal) and it’s situated 15 KMs from main town. There are direct flights from Delhi to Dharamshala. Please be advised that in winters and rainy season Delhi – flights to Dharamshala are often canceled at the last minute due to weather and other issues. It will be better to have an alternative plan ready just in case this happens.

By Train:
There are 2 options if you prefer trains:
1-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then bus/taxi to Dharamshala (3-4 hrs)
2-Train from Delhi to Pathankot/ Chakki Bank and then narrow gauge train onwards to Kangra and then taxi or bus to Dharamshala. Delhi – Pathankot (550 kms , 10 hrs) + Pathankot – Kangra (75 kms , 5-6 hrs) + Kangra – Dharamshala (30 minutes)

By Bus: Delhi to Dharamshala is about 10-12 hours journey. Daily Volvo and other bus services by Himachal Roadways and private service providers are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate or Majnu Ka Tilla in Delhi to Dharamshala/Mcleod Ganj. Day and night both services are available but people prefer to travel overnight.