Palampur (Himachal Pradesh, Himalayan State)
Palampur, situated at the height 1,249m, is having greenery on all sides. The tea gardens are spread over more than 2 thousand hectors as a result it is called 'Tea City' or 'Darjeeling of Himachal.' The British introduced tea plantations in this area, which is known to produce very high quality tea and is sold for a fortune in foreign markets.
NeughalKhad, the major attraction of palampur, is a 1000 feet wide large gorge where the River Bundla becomes a raging torrent during the monsoon.
Andretta (13km) the exquisite village was once the home of Painter Sardar Shobha Singh and dramatist Ms. Nora Richards, is now a centre for varied artistic activities and a base for visiting artists.
Baijnath (16km) is famous for the ancient stone temple of Vaidynath fame Lord Shiva beautiful built in 804 A.D. The temple has Shivlinga, which includes among 12 Shivlingas of the country. There is an idol of Chamunda, Surya dev and Kartikeya inside.
Bir and Billing (35km): Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheatre of low hills, is an ideal landing ground for hang/Para gliders. The Buddhist monasteries at Bir are worth visiting place. Billing, up in the hills, 14km from Bir with an arena of 200km or more for high altitude and cross country flying is one of the best aero sport sites in the world.
Al- Hilal, situated near to Palampur, was once the summer retreat of Dogra rulers of Jammu. The Taragarh Palace at Alhilal is now a splendid hotel.