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 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 visit||Km|
|Saurabh Van Vihar||4|
|Baijnath Shiv Temple||16|
|Chamunda Devi Temple||25|
|Taragarh Palace Hotel||11|
- 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.
- Have a romantic viewing of Dhauladhar Range at Neugal Khud.
- Go bird watching and get a panoramic view of the Dhauladhar range and Kangra Valley from the Maharana Pratap Sagar.
- Indulge in still water sports at the Maharana Pratap Sagar.
- Enjoy para-gliding and other aero- sports at Bir and Billing.
Every year thousands of pilgrims descend on Baijnath to enjoy the colorful fair and festivities.
Every year in Oct/Nov Paragliding Event is organised in Bir-Billing.
|Tourist Information Centre, Shimla||0177-2654589, 2654589, 2832498|
|Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Shimla||0177-2625924, 2625864, 2625511|
|HPTDC’s Marketing Office, Shimla||0177-2652561/2658302|
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.
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.
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.