Those who are looking forward to celebrations full of high-on-adrenaline activities, paragliding in Bir Billing has to be a must-experience inclusion in your adventure travel bucket list.Best Time To Visit: NovemberOther Things To Do: Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory, Tibetan Colony, Camping and trekking in Bir Billing Valley. 3. A Road Trip To Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
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.
Khir Ganga Ghat
Baijnath might be famous for its Shiva Temple, but the most beautiful place in Baijnath is Khir Ganga Ghat. Khir Ganga Ghat is just in few steps away from the Baijnath Temple. It is located in the bank of the river Binwa. The panoramic view of the Dhauladhar Range makes the view even more pleasing. A perfect place to sit and enjoy the music of nature. You could sit down and spend hours just seeing the beauty of Binwa river. The peace in the valley, the music of the river, the view of Dhauladhar Range and the scenic beauty of the place can't let you leave the place. We spent almost an hour there, do lots and lots of fun and experience the scenic beauty of Khir Ganga Ghatand Binwa river.
Palampur Railway Station
Palampur Himachal railway station is a small railway station. The station lies on UNESCO World Heritage Site Kangra Valley Railway. Palampur Himachal railway station is located at an altitude of 1,119 meters above mean sea level. The station is surrounded by beautiful pine forest and high mountains. There is still some time for train to arrive so think lets capture some memories in camera.
Tashi Jong Khampagar Monastery
Tashi Jong, a serene and divine place, can be reached from Palampur. Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery is situated about 15kms from Palampur. The monastery is located in Tashi Jong village, which is a small rural area. Home to the Drugpa Kagyu tradition of Buddhism, this monastery is one of the schools of Kagyu tradition. A beautiful & vibrant colored monastery, with a meditation hall, one just wants to sit there and enjoy the peace. One can find some Chinese food stuff there. The monastery complex houses the main temple, the stupa of Khamtrul Rinpoche, and the Yamantak Retreat Center which is restricted to the general public. Several manifestation of Buddha has also been placed in the monastery including the Buddha Shakyamuni. Tashi Jong is an excellent craft emporium, where Tibetan artifacts are available.
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.
Hotel Highland Regency
This time we welcome by a cloudy morning and there is a stunning view of mountains from our room. Today is our last day in Palampur and we heard so mush about Kangra valley toy train so we decided to return by toy train. So we ready up and ordered breakfast and start packing up, because we created a lot mess in the room.
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.
Zostel Bir, though a bit expensive, has a lot to offer. The Staff is amazingly helpful and provide you with all the information you need about the place. The rooms are amazingly done and so is the shack and the common area. It offers a complete hostel experience and I will suggest a stay at Zostel if going in a group.
RS Sarovar Portico
RS Sarovar Portico is the first branded hotel in town. Built in contemporary design, offering magnificent views of the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Rs Sarovar Portico have a stunning multi-cuisine revolving restaurant on it's 7th floor Cloud 7. A multi-cuisine revolving restaurant on the 7th floor offering a wide spread and sumptuous buffet during lunch & dinner. But the best part about Cloud 7 restaurant is the stunning views of the Dhauladhar mountain. The revolving speed of Cloud 7 is really slow and you can experience the magnificent scenic beauty of Palampur. For the discerning foodie, Cloud 7 also a menu of authentic local dishes alongside world cuisine. The restaurant’s live kitchen from 7.00hrs to 23:00hrs allows an experience of a unique culinary journey. The 360 Degree Bar at the RS Sarovar Portico is the perfect space to unwind after a day’s adventure. Each drink here is served in beautiful crystal-clear glass giving a fine drinking experience. We enjoy the buffet. The is really yummy & nice.After this adventurous and stunning day we really need some rest, so we headed towards our hotel. But wants to sleep when you are in such a place where every single second is an adventure, so we connect our speaker with our phone and tune up the volume lots of dance lots of drinks and endless talk, well we areBest Friends.
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.
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.
Palampur is called the Tea Capital of northern India. Tea plantations on both sides of the road when you drive through Palampur are mesmerising. The tea produced is known as Kangra Tea. The various stages of processing of tea leaves can be seen by visiting the Palampur Tea Factory.
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.
A inventively created home stay by a New Zealander. Set amongst dense foliage in the artist's colony of Andretta against a backdrop of jungle & bamboo groves of the Shivalik Hills. The home stay is too green, with flora growing since years and the blueberries are a shoulder's distance away. The rooms have an attached balcony and the room is equipped with all the modern amenities. http://www.mirageandretta.com/
If you wanna treat yourself well, head out to Seclude Resort at Nagri. It is 12 kms away from Palampur, Himachal. The ride to the resort is a visual treat. And if it was snowing on the mountains, you are in for a view. Snow Capped Dhauladhar Range and add the beautiful flora, the serenity will pacify your soul. Seclude is a well ideated home stay. Brimming with greenery, a truly home like experience. Cottages are named on the colors. Our Cottage was called "Yellow". A recommended stay for every one visiting that side of the country. http://www.seclude.in/testimonials.html
The most iconic of all is the Choukling Monastery. The monastery is a massive compound that serves as a complex for stupas, temples, monks' quarters and a three-year retreat centre. Choukling was established in the 1960s following the exile of Tibetans escaping the Chinese invasion. It is situated in the Bir Tibetan Colony and is easily reached on foot.
Deer Park Institute
Don't leave Bir without visiting the Deer Park Institute. It is a centre established by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in March 2006 under the patronage of the Dalai Lama for study of classical Indian wisdom traditions. The centre has several practices, such as creatively reusing plastic material, and volunteering to teach children of the community, and is a popular tourist attraction in the Kangra Valley.
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.