Activities in Palampur

The captivating hill station of Palampur, in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, is known for being the tea capital of northwest India. At Palampur you will find yourself surrounded by lush greenery and abundant rivers and streams, against the backdrop of the majestic Dhauladhar ranges decked with snow, and a very pleasant climate that will draw you in, and make you never want to leave.

And when it comes to tourist attractions, Palampur has more than enough to offer. Just a walk around Palampur will let you enjoy its beautiful colonial architecture. The tea factory, St John’s Church, Bundla waterfall, Neogal Park are interesting places to visit. The village of Andretta, 13 km from Palampur is known for its pottery. The town of Baijnath, 16 km away is famous for its Shiva temple, and the Tibetan monastery at Tashijong, is 12 km away. Adventure seekers will find trek routes leading out of Palampur and into the Dhauladhar mountains. The towns of Bir and Billing have gained international reputation as paragliding sites. Dharamshala and Mc Leod Ganj are also popular tourist places near Palampur.

Things to do in Palampur?

JEEP SAFARI: HILL GODDESS’ TEMPLE

Location: Palampur | Duration - 3 Hours | Slots: 9:00am & 2:00pm | Operates Daily

Experience a scenic mountain drive in an open jeep. Enjoy the local sites along the way - tea gardens, waterfalls, a scenic and historic old temple, birds and stunning views of the Dhauladhar mountain range at 6100 feet! This trip is everything you come to the mountains for.

₹2,700 per person - Tea & Snacks (2-3 Hrs)

₹3,500 per person - Picnic Veg Lunch (3-4 Hrs)

HOUSTAN HIKE

Location: Palampur | Duration - 3-4 Hours | Slots: 7:00am & 11:00am | Grade: Moderate | Operates Daily

It’s early in the morning. There’s a nip in the air. Up a steep path, one of Exsul’s shepherd-turned-guides, leads the way up, towards Hostan, one of many peaks that make up the Dhauladhar mountain range. The Houstan hike (approximately 2.5 - 3km) is the perfect way to start your day with views of the Dhauladhar mountains and the Kangra Valley. Enjoy tea with a local farmer, and magnificent views of Palampur from traditional Gaddi mountain huts.

₹1,500 per person

GARHI HIKE

Location: Palampur | Duration - 6-8 Hours | Slots: 7:00am - 2:00/4:00pm |Grade: Moderate | Operates Daily

The GARHI hike (approximately 14km) is the perfect activity to spend a day outdoors in the lap of nature and to breathe in the essence of the Kangra valley. We walk through jungle trails of thick pine, cedar and rhododendron rarely used by urban tourists, to reach the uninhabited village of GARHI with its traditional mud houses made in the “GADDI” style of architecture

₹2,600 per person - Day Hike

₹3,500 per person - Overnight (2 Days)

BUNDLA CHASM HIKE

Location: Palampur | Duration - 1-3 Hours | Slots: 9:00am & 11:00am | Grade: Moderate | Operates Daily

The Bundla Chasm Hike (approximately 3km) is the perfect activity to spend a day in the great outdoors and breathe in the essence of the Kangra valley. We walk along the river trails , go through thick pine forests and take in breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar mountain range.

₹1,280 per person

TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FIRESIDE DINNER

Location: Palampur | Duration - 3-4 Hours | Slots: 6:00pm - 10:00pm | Operates Daily

The most authentic traditional village experience in all of Himachal. You’ll experience a magical village nestled in the hills, a traditional village home lit up with lanterns, a beautiful sunset, folk music, an open bonfire and an authentic Himachali dining experience. Our traditional Himachali Dham menu may include Starters: Vegetable Cutlet & Vegetable Soup Main Course: Rajmah, Teliye Mah,Curry, Pahari Muttor Paneer & Mix Vegetable Non-Veg: Khatta Meat & Chicken Dessert: Mittha (Himachali Traditional Sweet Dish) Alcohol upon request for additional cost

₹3,950 per person

VILLAGE WALKS

Location: Palampur | Duration - 3-4 Hours | Slots: 9:00am & 4:00pm | Grade: Easy | Operates Daily

A village walk in Exsul’s backyard is a true cultural experience. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of Palampur and the surrounding mountains as well as experience traditional village life .The Village of DHRED is home to many Exsul employees which lends to a very up front and personal experience as you stroll through the village made of traditional mud houses overlooking the beautiful Kangra Valley. A perfect photo op for amazing sunrise/sunset pics!

₹2700 per person | Tea & Snacks | 2-3 Hours

₹3500 per person | Picnic Veg Lunch| 3-4 Hours

RIVERSIDE PICNIC

Location: Palampur | Duration - 2-4 Hours | Slots: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Grade: Easy | Operates Daily

The GARHI hike (approximately 14km) is the perfect activity to spend a day outdoors in the lap of nature and to breathe in the essence of the Kangra valley. We walk through jungle trails of thick pine, cedar and rhododendron rarely used by urban tourists, to reach the uninhabited village of GARHI with its traditional mud houses made in the “GADDI” style of architecture.

₹2,700 per person | Tea and Snacks | 2-3 Hours

₹3,500 per person | Picnic Veg Lunch | 3-4 Hours

MCLEODGANJ WALKING TOUR

Location: Mcleodgang | Duration - 6-8 Hours | Slots: 8:00am - 5:00pm | Operates: September - November & January - March (Special requests will be accommodated from April - August)

Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture in the bustling town of McLeodganj - Enjoy a scenic drive with mountain views to Mcleodganj (1.5 hr), tour the Dalai Lama’s Temple and museum, take a walk around the Kora while turning over 400 prayer wheels, place your own prayer flags around the Kora. You can also experience shopping at local Himachali and Tibetan markets, finish your day relaxing and enjoying local Tibetan cuisine overlooking the valley at a local cafe.

₹1350 per person

POTTERY TOUR

Location: Andretta | Duration - 45 mins | Slots: 9:00am - 4:00pm | Operates: Sept to June

Situated between the old Shuahk hills and the towering range of the Dhauladhar Himalaya, the small village of Andretta in the Kangra Valley not only offers a fascinating cultural heritage with magnificent surroundings, but allows you an opportunity to experience world renown pottery.

₹1,350 per person

TEA ESTATE TOUR

Location: Wah Tea Estate | Deogran | Palampur- Panchrukhi Road | Duration - 45 mins | Slots: 8:00am - 5:00pm | Operates: October to June | Tuesday to Sunday

This multi-generation family-owned estate is steeped in traditions and legends. Discover the tranquil beauty of India’s Northern Tea capital in the Kangra Valley. It’s a hands-on tour guided by the family themselves that will allow you to experience the tea making process from start to finish and enjoy tea infused homemade organic snacks in the tea gardens!

₹550 per person

₹1,250 per person | Private tour by third generation Tea Estate owner

POTTERY SESSION & BUNDLA CHASM HIKE

Location: Bundla | Duration - 3 Hours | Slots: 11:00am - 5:00pm | Operates Daily

Sip on a cool, locally sourced, rhododendron mocktail as you overlook the magnificent Dhauladhar range. Feel the pleasure of wet clay rubbing against your palm and fingertips, moulding it into the desired shape as a seasoned potter guides you through the various stages of good old fashioned pottery. Feel refreshed after a cup of the world famous brewed Kangra Tea along with an assortment of completely organic freshly baked cup- cakes. Take a guided hike along the picturesque Bandla Chasm, enjoy riverside views and enjoy the sound of nature. A perfect experience for the solo traveller or a whole family, regardless of age.

₹2,840 per person

TEA ESTATE JEEP SAFARI

Location: Himalayan Brew | Duration - 2-3 Hours | Slots: 8:00am - 3:00pm | Operates Daily

Experience a scenic drive in the world famous tea gardens of Kangra Valley in an open jeep. Discover the tranquil beauty of India’s Northern tea capital. Enjoy the stunning views of the valley while enjoying snacks and beverages in a picturesque meadow overlooking the magnificent Dhauladhar Mountains! Experience the process of tea making from start to finish with a multigenerational tea estate owner while also enjoying an exciting safari ride. A visit to Kangra Valley cannot be complete without this experience.

₹2,700 per person

BIR/BILLING SIGHTSEEING

Location: Bir/Billing | Duration - 3-4 Hours | Slots: 8:00am - 6:00pm | Operates Daily

Ever wondered what it would be like to soar high in the sky and experience a bird’s eye view of the world? Enjoy tandem paragliding at Billing, a two-seater joy ride with an experienced pilot holding an international tandem flying license and an experience of more than 500 hours of flying. You get enough time in the air to marvel at the breathtaking views of the Dhauladhar Range below, feeling the rush throughout. You will finish your afternoon enjoying local sightseeing near Bir like; Sherbling monastery, Baijnath Temple and Tea/snacks at a local café at Bir.

₹2,840 per person

ATV TOURS

Location: Raipur Tea –Estate (Thakurdwara) Palampur | Timing: 10:00am - 6:30pm | Operates Daily

Experience ATV Tours which are designed for complete beginners who are welcome to experience the fun of an ATV ride. Guests can ride then on our off-road track. ATV provide some exhilarating experienceof a tea plantation and trails goes through Tea plantation and Pine forests. Besides they can enjoy Archery shoot and Paintball Shoot. So come tighter your boots and strap up your helmets and lets go for off-roading experience.

Rs. 400/- Per person = 1 Joy ride on Tea Track - RZR / Sportsman 570 + 10 Archery shots + 10 Paintball shots

Rs. 550/-Per person = 1 ATV Tea Track laps – Phoenix 200• 10 Archery shots + 10 Paintball shots

Rs. 1100/- Per person /per couple = 1 ATV Tea Track lap – Sportsman 570 + 15 Paintball shots + 20 Archery shots

Rs. 2200/- Per person * additional pax Rs. 400/- = Half Trail 2.5 Kms Sportsman 570 + 30 Paintball shots + 10 Archery shot

Rs. 3000/- Per person * additional pax Rs. 400/- = Full Trail 3.5 kms. – RZR 570 + 30 Archery shots + 30 Paintball shots

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