About PalampurPalampur is a beautiful hill station that is a principal tourist attraction of the district of Kangra and the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town of Palampur is engulfed with plush tea gardens on one side and laced with the breathtaking snow capped mountains of Dhauladhar ranges on the other side. Palampur can boast about being the “Tea capital” of the Northwest India and is blessed with a pleasant climate as it is amidst an abundance of nature’s blessings in the form of the mountains, pine forests and the water bodies.
History of PalampurThis place has a number of water bodies in the form of streams that trickle down from the mountains and flow into the plains of Palampur, thereby, this place has derived its name from the local word “Pulum” which literary means “Water”. This striking hill station was once a part of the erstwhile Jalandhar kingdom. The existence of the town shot into prominence when one of the Superintendents of Botanical Garden, named Dr. Jameson brought in a tea bush in 1849 from Almora. As the bush grew progressively the town started gaining popularity and caught the attention of the European tea estate owners.
This led to enormous popularity for the Kangra tea. It was in 1941 that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited this town and therefore, a place named Nehru Chowk got constructed to venerate the event in history. In 1946 many important institutions like Council for Scientific & Industrial Research and Institute of Himalyan Bioresource Technology got established.
Geography of PalampurThis place is located on the northwestern part of Himachal Pradesh and is a pride of North India as it is donned with natural beauty due to its proximity to the Dhauladhar mountain range. This region is located at a distance of only 30 kms from another well known hill station named Dharamsala. The height from the sea level is 1220 meters and the geographical co-ordinates are 32.12°N 76.53°E as per latitudinal and longitudinal dimensions.
A very beautiful looking stream named the Neugal stream embellishes this region on the borders. The mountainous terrains of this region provide unconstrained options for the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. The Thamsar Pass via Bara Bhangal, the Jaslu Pass, and the trek through woods and from Mcleodganj to Triund are some of the famous trekking options.
Tourism in PalampurThere are a number of tourist places and beautiful looking resorts in Palampur. This is an ideal destination for a family vacation. Some of the tourist places that surely deserve a visit are the Neugal Khad, Bundlamata Temple, Birni Devi temple, Shiv Temple, Sobha Singh’s art gallery, Andretta Artists Village, Neogal Park, Jakhani Mata temple, Langha Mata, Mercury’s abode, Tashi Jong Buddhist Monastery and many others. Places like Sobha Singh’s art gallery have paintings from the historical era of 1947.
Culture in PalampurAll Indian festivals are celebrated with galore in Palampur. The people of Palampur celebrate a annual Palampur Holi fair in the stadium named after Captain Vikram Batra. During the celebration of Lohri in the month of January, a special dish named “tircholi” that is prepared from peanuts, sugar and roasted rice is made and kids sing local folk songs from house to house, which is known as “Lukdiya”. Another local festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Palampur is the festival of “Sair” that commemorates the devastation caused by floods in the history due to which the local people offer their prayers and harvest to a deity so that she blesses them and keeps them safe.
Food in PalampurThe cuisine of Himachal Pradesh is very much prevalent in the hill station of Palampur. The people of this region are fond of non-vegetarian delicacies and use of a lot of spice like red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, garlic etc. are observed in the cuisine. There is a Punjabi and Tibetan influence in the cuisine of this place.
People are also very fond of momos and noodles and there are a number of cafes that provide noodles, momos and other Tibetan and Chinese snacks to the people of Palampur. The vegetarians also consume a lot of dishes made from kidney beans or Rajma. Yoghurt is also used in a lot of “rajma” preparations. Deserts like Meetha Chawal or Sweet Rice is also very popular in this region.
Therefore, the hill station of Palampur is a beautiful place with rich cultural aesthetics and enormous tourism opportunities, so one should definitely visit this place to explore it to the fullest.
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