Palampur is one of the finest hill station located in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Palampur is covered by tea gardens and pine forests from all sides which merge later on with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is known as the tea capital of India. It is a favourite among tourists for its hilly landscape and for its options of adventure sports like Para-gliding, mount climbing or rock-climbing.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget hotels in Palampur. Some of them are Anupam Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Snow Crest Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Anand Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and Silver Oak Mountain Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1500).
The official language of Palampur is Hindi. Other languages spoken here are Kangri, Garhwali, and English.
The important festivals of Palampur are Holi in March, Dusshera in October and Diwali in November every year.
Places of Interest
Some places of tourist attraction in Palampur are Chamunda Devi Temple (20 km), Bundla Stream (2 km), Saurabh Van Vihar (4 km), and Baijnath (12 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to reach Palampur is the Gaggal Airport in Kangra (40 km).
Palampur is connected by railway route through Pathankot. Maranda Railway station (3 km) is the nearest station.
The major nearby cities that are connected by road to Palampur are Chandigarh, Delhi, Kangra, and Dharamshala. There is a facility of AC buses, deluxe buses or Semi-Deluxe buses from private travel operators like Yak Travels or Sharma Travels which operate on everyday in Palampur. One can book tickets in advance or online or from private operators. Online bus booking in India is one of the most preferred ways of getting bus tickets to various popular places in India.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is known as the hub of India’s tourism sector. It is also among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India. Shimla is famous for its apples, natural beauty and architectural buildings. The city has a large number of temples and palaces. Shimla was declared the summer capital of India during British rule.
Places to Stay
Shimla offers a wide variety of options for budget travelers near the main bus stand like Hotel Gulmarg Residency – 3km (Tariff – Rs. 1200-1500), Dreamland Hotel – 2.8km (Tariff – Rs. 600-800), Rajdoot Hotel – 0.2km (Tariff – Rs. 800-1100) and Samrat Regency Hotel - 0.4km (Tariff – Rs. 900-1200).
The Summer Festival held in the month of May is a cultural function with performances. Ruhru Fair, held in April on the banks of river Pabbar is a religious and cultural fair. The Winter Sports festical, running between months December and February, experiences ice skating and ice hockey. The famour MTB (mountain biking festival) is held in Shimla each year.
Tha official language of Shimla is Hindi.
Places to Visit
Jakhoo Hill, highest peak there, offers a great view of Shimla is 2km from main bus station. The Tara Devi Temple, located on top of a hill is 11km from main bus station. Shimla State Museum is located 5km away from the main bus station.
How to Get There
The Jubbarhatti Airport is located 23km from Shimla.
Trains operate from Shimla Railway Station to Kalka and connecting trains can be taken from there onwards.
The Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation operates buses from all cities in the state to Shimla. City Land Travels and Laxmi Holidays are some of the major bus operators here. Booking bus tickets online is the easiest mode of getting your tickets.