Saurabh Van Vihar
This is a nature park dedicated to the Captain of Indian army named Saurabh Kalla who lost his life in the year 1999 during the Kargil War. He is also said to have had to tolerate a lot of torture by the Pakistani army for over 20 days. The park is a symbol of honour for all the brave hearts who had to lay their lives in wars to protect their countries. This park is known for the lovely greenery, shady trees and a lot of variety in terms of flora and fauna. Bird Watching is also an important activity to be enjoyed in this park. Overall, this park is one of the most popular tourist attraction of Palampur.
A place of scenic beauty in the Palampur area, there are walking bridges, lakes and jungle parks in this area. The Saurabh Van Vihar is a major attraction here and this place is somewhat adventurous too. Come with a car only if you know how to drive well as the terrain is sloping. You can also enjoy some camping if you plan to stay here at night too.
Birni Devi Temple
Birni Devi Temple is a popular shrine in Palampur. There is a trek to the Birni Mata temple from Bundla which winds through thick oak and rhododendron forests. The car journey ends at jakhani mata temple and trek to birni mata starts. This is one of the easiest treks which you can do easily. The locals have homes on the way and they can guide your way across the forest to reach the birni top. Perched on a hill, the temple overlooks the majestic Kangra Valley and offers a panoramic view of Dhauladhar range. The entire Palampur can be seen from here and with the help of a binocular, Baijnath town is also visible from here.
Jakhni Mata Mandir Road
Jakhni Mata Temple- is a temple at nature's paradise. Dedicated to Devi Latti Jakhni, the Jakhni Mata Temple is situated at the topmost point of Chandpur village. The Jakhni Mata Temple is at 5 kms from Palampur. The temple is located at a vantage point, from where the view of the Dhauladhar range is simply spectacular. To get a nice view of the valley, go behind the temple so that you will see an awesome view of the valley and small villages.
Being the ‘Tea Capital of North India’, one of the prime tourist destinations are the lush and abundant tea gardens of this city. The town of Palampur gets its name from ‘Pulum’ which means ‘abundant water’. The region with its innumerable streams and brooks flowing automatically makes it a boon for tea plantations. Historically it was established as a town by Dr. Jameson who introduced tea plantation in the hill station, and the town grew as a famous centre for tea plantation within no time. What’s even more fascinating is that in every tea garden, a factory is also located nearby and the workers of these factories are evermore excited to give a free demonstration of the making of tea right from the processing of leaves to the final product.
Keep aside your Darjeeling and Assam Tea as it is now time for the very fragrant Kangra tea. The name is such because the tea leaves used are all grown on the lush meadows of the Kangra Valley and especially the small town of Palampur. Palampur is rightly known as the 'Tea Capital of North India'. Every side you look at here will be filled with lovely green tea plants. These are properly trimmed and are broken at places with canopies formed with large trees providing the tea plants with a little shade. The tea from here is fermented till it is brown and the look of it is quite different from other varieties you usually taste. These are a beautiful honey- gold in colour and have a milder flavour comparatively. The Darjeeling and Assam varieties are no doubt the best but the Kangra Variety is also not to be ignored. Sadly, this variety is still not popular everywhere compared to other varieties but you should definitely explore the aroma once you are here.
The Market in Palampur is one of the most upscale markets in the Kangra Distric. Numerous shopping complexes have mushroomed during the last decade and showrooms of internationally renowned brands have come up. The market has numerous shops where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, stationery, electrical appliances and almost anything that you may require. There are numerous restaurants serving a myriad of fare including Chinese, Continental, Indian and so on. There are a few places where you can taste authentic local food too. Also some hotels and dhabas serve the traditional Kangri Dham which is confined to this particular part of the world. In Palampur, you can shop for Tibetan handicrafts, Thangka paintings, carpets, woolens as well as some Kangra tea.After lots and lots of shopping we really got hungry and if you really to much hungry there is a good place for you in Palampur, RS Sarovar Portico.
Andretta Artists' VIllage
Situated on the State Highway or SH- 17 of Sugghar, this is a very popular restaurant. Chinese is most recommended here and you should really taste it. The chef is very warm and welcoming and he will always keep your request of serving you with a customized meal also. The soups and lunch served here are the specialties. Aerial view from this restaurant looks awesome too and this is yet another thing to look out for.
If you just want good food then, this is the place. This is not a pretentious place with a classy ambience, but what it does well is what it is there for - food. The tourist might become a bit skeptical seeing the place from outside, but once you go in and taste that lip-smacking food, all the doubts go away. And, the best part is that this small place is slowly gaining popularity so much so that it’s difficult to find a place and might require waiting. But the food makes it worth it. It specialises in Indo Chinese cuisine and the prices are exceptionally cheap.