Billing and Bir have been called a heaven for the gliders. While Billing is where you land on, Bir at 2600m is where you fly off in to the wind drifts! This paragliding site is perfect from March till early June when the cool winds set to take you high. Paragliding in the Kangra Valley region of Himachal can be one unique experience which someone with a love for adventure should not miss out on!
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.
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
Although it had rained during the last whole day, the morning was completely different for us. We were greeted by bright and sunny day inviting us for the thrilling experience. So we ready up, finish the breakfast, we put all the necessarily things in the, and car as soon as possible we and hit the accelerator in search of a new heaven on earth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 well built, accessible and clean monastery that is built from Japanese funds. You can sit with the monks during their prayer time and witness the grand monastery. Around 500 monks live there and study various courses of Tantric studies. A place to experience Tibetan Culture at its best.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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