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Saurabh Kalia Van Vihar, Palampur

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35 km from Kangra, is a quiet town situated on a plateau with the backdrop of the dramatic Neugal chasm and the Bundla stream cutting across on one edge. Surrounded by green tea estates and forests of pine and deodar, Palampur has several interesting trekking trails. Some of these paths leading to the hills are often used by Gaddis – the nomadic shepherds of the area. With a number of interesting areas in the vicinity, angling in the river Bundla, paragliding at Bir-Billing 35 km away.

Language: Hindi, Punjabi, English are understood and spoken by the people engaged in tourism trade.
Temperature: In winter the temperature get quite low and summers are hot and pleasant.
Clothing: Cotton clothes in Summer and heavy woolens in winter.
Where to stay: Palampur has accommodation to suit most types of budgets and tastes. HPTDC guest houses provide a comfortable stay at reasonable prices. Details are available from local tourist offices

By Road: Transport Buses from Dharamsala, Kangra, Kullu and Shimla.
By Rail: Pathankot-Jogindernagar narrow gauge railway line.
By Air: Gaggal Airport at 40 Km.
How To Get Around: Local buses operate regularly. Taxis are also available
Places to visitKm
Saurabh Van Vihar4
Baijnath Shiv Temple16
Chamunda Devi Temple25
Jwalamukhi Temple60
Kangra Fort40
Neugal Khad03
Taragarh Palace Hotel11
  1. Enjoy at the picnic sheds and movie at the open air theatre and discover variety of health care with 151 species of medicinal herbs at Saurabh Van Vihar.
  2. Have a romantic viewing of Dhauladhar Range at Neugal Khud.
  3. Go bird watching and get a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley from the Maharana Pratap Sagar.
  4. Indulge in still water sports at the Maharana Pratap Sagar.
  5. Enjoy para-gliding and other aero- sports at Bir and Billing.
Shivratri Fair
Every year thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath to enjoy the colorful fair and festivities.
Paragliding Event
Every year in Oct/Nov Paragliding Event is organised in Bir-Billing.
STD Code1975
Tourist Information Centre, Shimla0177-2654589, 2654589, 2832498
Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shimla0177-2625924, 2625864, 2625511
Fax:0177-2625864, 2625864
HPTDC’s Marketing Office, Shimla0177-2652561/2658302
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Shiv Temple Baijnath, Kangra

Noted for an ancient temple built in 804 AD. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva, its tall shikhara, carved in stone, stands out in the background of snow-capped peaks of the Dhauldhar ranges. The Linga enshrined in its sanctum is one of the 12 jyotirlinga’s in the country. Every year during the Shivratri fair, thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath to enjoy the colorful fair and festivities.

Bir and Billing
Sheltered by the mountains and surrounded by tea gardens, Bir (35km), serves as a playground for para-gliders and is well known for its Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan handicrafts. One of the best aero sports sites in the world and a venue of the world para-gliding tournament. Billing is 14 km from Bir. With the mountain ranges serving as an amphitheater, Bir-Billing offers great opportunities for high altitude and cross-country para-gliding for a stretch of over 200 km.

Paragliding at Bir-Billing
Jwala Mata Temple Complex

This popular place of pilgrimage is accessible from Kangra (35km) as well as Dharamshala (53km). The ancient temple is built against a wooded spur, has a dome that was gilded by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Pilgrims consider an eternally burning flame emanating from a hollow rock in the sanctum to be a manifestation of the goddess Devi. The temple comes alive with Navratra colorful ones and colourful fairs during March-April and September-October every year. Himachal Tourism’s ‘Hotel Jwalaji’ is available at Jwalamukhi.

There is a Shiva temple at Kathgarh. It is 90 km from Dharamshala via Nurpur-Indaura. The temple enshrines a human size linga, which is vertically split into two parts. The distance between these two parts keeps increasing and decreasing from time to time.  The bigger part is worshipped as Shiva and the smaller part as Parvati. One of the myths about the pillar is that when Lord Vishnu and Brahma were engaged in a battle to settle the issue of hierarchical supremacy, Lord Shiva intervened in the shape of a fire pillar and made the warring gods see reason. It is believed that the pillar of Kathgarh is the same pillar of fire.

Shivaling at Kathgarh
Saurabh Van Vihar, Palampur

Situated close to Palampur, is the dramatic Bundla chasm where the river spills through the gorge in splendid fury during the monsoons. The ‘Saurabh Kalia Van Vihar’ is another  interesting place worth a visit.

Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
The temple of Kaleshwar Mahadev is 10 km from Pragpur and 18 km from Nadaun on the banks of the river Beas. It is famous for the sacred Panchtirthi waters. Pilgrims take a holy dip on the day of Baisakhi (13 April) in Panchtirthi and the nearby river Beas. Local lore traces the origins of this temple complex to the exile of Pandavas, an episode from the ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata.
The charming village (13km) once home to the famous painter Sardar Sobha Singh and playwright Norah Richards, is now a center for varied artistic activities. Well known for pottery, Andretta must be visited by all those with an interest in the arts.