Palampur, A small yet beautiful hill station, is a famous weekend getaway in Himalayan hills. Home to some of the lip licking greenery, the place preferably is known for its beautiful Tea Gardens among the travelers to Himachal Pradesh. Popular as a weekend roaming station for local residents, the visitor from outside areas, combine this place along with their visit to Manali and Dharamshala. The place can be visited on your way from Manali to Dharamshala. The place offers you a sneak peek into the Beautiful tea gardens and perennial beauty of Dhauladhar ranges which surrounds the place.

About Palampur

Surrounded by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhaulahdhar ranges, Palampur is the tea capital of Northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special place of interest in Himachal Pradesh. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate. The Town has derived its name from the local word Palum meaning lots of water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur. The combination of greenery and water gives Palampur distinctive look. Palampur is at the confluence of the plains and the hills and so the scenery shows the contrast: plains on one side and the majestic snow covered hills on the other side.

Things to Do in Palampur and Places to visit in Palampur

Like any other hill station, Palampur is full of places and Activities. Its always refreshing to visit Palampur however most of the visitors visit this place while on their travel to Dharmshala. All the sight seeing places in Palampur can be reached or visited during your travel to Dharamshala.  Following are some of the places to visit in Palampur and Things to do in Palampur.

Palampur Tea Gardens

As soon as you name Palampur, the first thought will come to your mind is Tea Gardens. Palampur is fondly known as Tea Capital of Northwest India. Palampur is blessed with Lush Green Gradens in plenty and one can enjoy a lot admiring the vast tea plantations. The beauty of these lush green tea gardens in Palampur is enhanced by Dhauladhar ranges in the backdrop. One can also see the tea making process in Tea Factory.

Saurabh Van Vihar

Saurabh Van Vihar is nothing but a park. A park with lot of significance. The park is dedicated to Captain Saurabh Kalia who sacrificed his life for Country in Kargil War. Park has become a popular picnic spot. Beautiful park is home to many varieties of plants and trees in addition to various bird species. One can enjoy boating, bird-watching or a walk in the park.

Neugel Cafe

Neugal Cafe is a restaurant cum picnic spot run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism. The place is combination of awesome views and food. A cup of hot tea on the banks of river with a view on Dhauladhar ranges is a deadly combination. On can enjoy steering at the mighty mountains while sipping his / her cup of tea. The cafe also has some delicious food options. The place is visited by most visitors on their visit to Palampur. 

Shobha Art Gallery

he art gallery dedicated to the Painter, Shobha Singh. Shobha Art gallery is approx 12 KMs from Palampur. It has become a popular tourist destination in Palampur. The art gallery possesses some of the finest art work of veteran painter. It includes the beautiful paintings of Shaheed Bhagat Singh etc. The place holds great significance to Sikh Community.

Gopalpur Zoo

Another popular family getaway in Palampur en-route to Dharamshala is in a village called Gopalpur. The Zoo is spread over 13 hectares. It consists of some of the unique species of Birds and Animals in addition to the dense forest. One can lean a lot about the wildlife because of the information available in the zoo. The place, Gopalpur, has also gained popularity in tourist places in Palampur because of Budhist Monasteries.