A visit to Himachal would be incomplete without seeing Palampur, a lovely place set against the beautiful Dhauladhar Ranges, and if you are looking for places to visit in Palampur, you have landed at the right spot. From gorgeous little hamlets to temples of Maa Durga, from Tibetan monasteries to art galleries – there is something for everyone in Palampur. 

The Van Vihar that offers huge expanse for your toddlers to play in, the Shiva temple that has a fascinating story behind it, the Jakhni Mata temple perched at the top of a mountain – family holidays are easy as a breeze in Palampur. Those of you traveling with friends can indulge in truly unique experiences ranging from pottery classes to participating in Tibetan workshops. A place to relax for weary travelers and a fun getaway with friends – Palampur is ideal for both.


Here is a holistic list of tourist places in Palampur:

Andretta Pottery

The list of places to visit in Palampur would be incomplete without the mention of the humble Andretta Pottery. A quaint little property in the heart of the village, the place is a bit lost in its surroundings and easy to miss. But art lovers and pottery enthusiasts throng to the place alike for its humble appearances. 

Offering services ranging from the terracotta museum, hands-on pottery making for tourists, and a pottery shop – you will find yourself wondering where the time went at Andretta.

Distance from the bus stand: 13 kilometer

Timings: 10 Am to 5 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees
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Saurabh Van Vihar

Named after an Indian army officer, the Van Vihar is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Palampur. An ideal spot for the nature lover in you, Van Vihar offers gorgeous views of the magnificent, snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range. 

An overall great place to holiday with your family, the park features lush gardens for taking a leisurely stroll in the pollution free environs. Moreover, there is a small lake and you can go boating there!

Distance from the bus stand: 5 km

Timings: 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: 20 INR per person
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Neugal Khad

3-4 kilometers from Palampur is the Neugal Khad – a wide stream of water popular among tourists for family picnics and day outings. The site also features a beautiful black iron bridge. Set against the high mountains of Dhauladhar, the Neugal Khad along with the bridge is ideal for photography enthusiasts to click Instagram worthy pictures. 

Close to the steam is the Neugal Park featuring little eateries and quaint cafes where you can sit outside and enjoy snacks while taking in the majestic views around you.

Distance from the bus stand: 3-4 kilometers

Timings: no timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees
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Naam Art Gallery

Featuring a collection of European artworks, the Naam Art Gallery is one of the most interesting places to visit in Palampur. The gallery showcases paintings from a number of legendary artists and a variety of painting forms ranging from watercolors to acrylics. 

A captivating place for art lovers, the gallery is also popular among photography enthusiasts for its gorgeous interiors and bewitching contemporary art pieces. Some of the paintings are also focused on Himachal lifestyle and culture.

Distance from the bus stand: 10 kilometer

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: 10 INR per person
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Tea Gardens

Palampur is famous for its tea gardens, so much so that it is known as Tea Capital of North India. The lush gardens are peppered throughout the town and make for a wonderful and memorable afternoon stroll. The green tea plants will leave you transported to another heavenly world and the aroma of the leaves is truly a drug to tea lovers. 

Photography lovers can click away with abandon at the gardens and their beautiful backdrop. For the curious, the gardens also provide a detailed view of the tea making process.

Distance from the bus stand: 5.7 kilometer

Timings: 10 Am to 5 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees
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Norbulingka Institute

An important cultural heritage site for Tibetans, the Norbulingka Institute is dedicated to passing on the Tibetan culture and historical importance to the future generations. Experience seekers and curious souls will be at home here – every corner of the institute is replete with unique stories and adventures. 

Witness the stories of the employees to gain a perspective on Tibetan culture, buy beautiful clothes and home accessories made with Tibetan art styles or participate in one of the workshops to get a more hands-on approach.

Distance from the bus stand: 29.6 kilometer

Timings: 9 AM TO 5.30 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: INR 20 per person for Tibetans, INR 50 for tourists
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Tashi Jong Monastery

Located just 15 kilometers away from the district, Tashi Jong Monastery is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Palampur. The building sits against lush green hills and no matter what way you look, the Himalayan mountains disappearing into the clouds will leave you breathless. 

The monastery itself is a sight to behold – decorated with wooden carvings, paintings, and Buddha statues. For the shoppers in you, the temple also features a craft emporium where you can buy beautiful Tibetan handicrafts.

Distance from the bus stand: 15 kilometers

Timings: 15 kilometers

Entry fees: no entry fees
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Sobha Singh’s Art Gallery

Spend a memorable half an hour at this property housing intriguing original artwork of the famous artist Sobha Singh. The displayed artwork includes beautiful paintings, sculptures, and canvases. For the true fans, the gallery provides access to his studio too. 

Besides, you can admire artifacts and photographs related to the legendary artist and shop for souvenirs like mugs and books at the handicraft shop located on the premises. The gallery holds a special place in the hearts of the Punjabi community for its artistic and cultural value.

Distance from the bus stand: 13 kilometer

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday to Sunday

Entry fees: INR 10 for Indians, INR 100 for foreigners
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Chamunda Devi Temple

One of the most famous tourist places in Palampur, the Chamunda Devi temple is a significant religious and spiritual center of attraction among Indians and foreigners alike. The temple is dedicated to Chamunda, one of the forms of Durga Maa. 

Nestled in the silvery snow-capped hills of Kangra district, the temple is thronging with tourists throughout the year. Plan a trip with your family to this holy place and get the blessings of Maa.

Distance from the bus stand: 22.5 kilometer

Timings: 6-12 AM and 1 to 9 PM in winters, 5-12 AM and 1-10 PM in summers

Entry fees: no entry fees
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Jakhni Mata Temple

Perched at the highest point of Chandanpur in Kangra, the climb to this exotic temple may be arduous and physically demanding, but the view at the top makes it extremely worth the sweat. The vantage point offers spectacular views of the Dhauladhar mountain range, the gorgeous valley of Kangra and the quaint little hamlets sprinkled all over the district.

The temple has cultural and religious values among the Hindu community and is an ideal tourist destination for families exploring Himachal.

Distance from the bus stand: 11.2 km

Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM, all days of the week

Entry fees: no entry fees
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People Also Ask About Palampur

  1. What are the best things to do in Palampur?

    1. Go Paragliding: Located a little outside Palampur, the Paragliding adventures at Bir are one of the biggest crowd-pullers in Himachal Pradesh. The guided activity takes you across the scenic ranges, offering a stunning view of the horizons.
    2. Explore the tea plantations: One of Palampur’s biggest attractions, the tea plantations here offer a delightful insight into the tea-making process. Tea lovers can also enjoy a taste of the local brew.
    3. Try your hand at pottery: Located on the outskirts of Palampur, the little artsy village of Andretta is known for its hand made pots. Tourists can also try their hand at the craft, guided by the skillful artisans here.
    4. Have a picnic by the Neugal Khad: A clearwater stream flowing through Palampur, the banks of Neugal Khad offers a stunning location for outdoor picnic. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges, the pebbled paths and crystal waters make for an excellent outing.

  2. What are the best places to visit in Palampur for couples?

    1. Saurabh Van Vihar: Offering a serene retreat, Saurabh Van Vihar boasts of lush, green lawns ideally suited for a romantic stroll with a loved one. The scenic nature park also features a lake, where guests can enjoy boating in pairs.
    2. Neugal Park: Set by the Neugal Khad, this riverfront park offers majestic views of the crystal lake waters. The park also has numerous cafes and eateries, ensuring a leisurely evening.
    3. Wah Tea Estate: One of Palampur’s best-known attractions, the Wah Tea Estate offers scenic tours through the plantations’ tea and herb gardens. The Lodge at the plantation offers delightful treats made out of local produce.
    4. Al-Hilal: A popular vantage point in Palampur, Al-Hilal offers a tranquil yet stunning view of the surrounding mountains.  The scenic viewpoint also boasts of stunning sunset and sunrise views, best enjoyed with a loved one.

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