After 7 hours of road travel from Chandigarh to Palampur, we were finally ready for a day stop before we headed to our final destinition i.e., Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj is based in the foot hills of the magnificent Dhauladhar Mountain Range and is the current base of the Tibetan Spiritual leader, Dalai Lama who took refuge in India after conflict with Chinese authorities in Tibet.
Palampur is 2 hours away from Mcleodganj and is another hill station worth exploring. Every house in this bustling town can boast about the beautiful backdrop of the stunning Dhauladhar Range. Just walking around the streets of this town is a beautiful experience as humongous ancient deodar and pine tress line the narrow hilly streets and green tea gardens can be seen everywhere. The ancient houses with wood work is another treat to see.
|A hilly road in Palampur|
|An old house|
|A view of the beautiful trees and mountains|
|Green fields , wild roses and mountains in the backdrop|
|An old house with slated roof|
1. Local market : great place to pick up locally made Organic Kangra tea or woollens
2. The Taragarh Palace : it is located a bit on the outskirts but the drive to the palace is beautiful and gives a feel of the Royal luxuries. The palace belongs to Maharani (Queen)Tara devi. The palace has been converted into a hotel and rooms are available for stay.
|The royal dining hall at Taragarh Palace|
|Portrait of one of the Royal ladies|
3. Neugal Park: This is a small park with a cafe and a beautiful view of the mountains
4. Saurabh Van Vihar: another park with a lake and a beautiful view of the mountains. This park is dedicated to a local martyr, Captain Saurabh Kalia (1976 – 1999). He was a brave officer of the Indian Army who lost his life as prisoner of war, while fighting for his country against the Pakistan army during the Kargil war.
5. Drive down to the Neugal river or Beas river and enjoy waddling it water.
6 . Norah Richards house: the remains of the mud house and theatre of a European lady , Norah Richards, who decided to settle in this beautiful town have been preserved and are open for visitors to see. She was a theatre artist and a writer.
|Norah Richards mud house|
|Norah Richards theatre|
|Insides of the mud house|
Lastly, a photo of the guest house I stayed in... We stayed in the of new wing but the interesting part is that the old wing is a 100 years old and was built by the British during their colonisation of the area. A church and a cemetery were located close by.
New wing of the guest house
|Old wing of the guest house (over a 100 years old)|