Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Palampur

Baijnath Temple

Between Palampur and Bir, don't miss a stop in Baijnath, whose uninteresting main-street buildings hide one of Himachal's most exquisite ancient temples. Though small, the 1204 stone structure retains superb...

Top ChoiceBar in Palampur


With lashings of dark wood and wrought iron, Infinitea's classy but welcoming bar is decorated with antique items from the tea estate which was founded in 1860 (hence the name) and won a gold medal in London 26...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Kangra Valley

Masrur Temples

Rare for North India, Masrur's elaborate if severely eroded sandstone sikharas were hewn from living rock between the 8th and 10th centuries. With a passing resemblance to the smaller temples at Angkor Wat...

Buddhist Monastery in Palampur


Founded by lamas from Tibet's important Khampagar Monastery who fled to India in the 1950s, Tashijong is a veritable monastic township, 1km north of the Palampur–Baijnath road. To the left behind the main prayer...

Fort in Kangra

Kangra Fort

At least 1000 years old, Kangra Fort's impregnable stone ramparts impressively buttress a high promontory of land between the Manjhi and Banganga Rivers. Temple and palace buildings within were reduced to rubble...

Cafe in Bir & Billing


Just before the main road curves around to the paragliding landing point, June16 is the cutest of several loveable Bir cafes. Romantically named for the date of the owners' betrothal, there's great coffee and a...

Indian in Palampur

Cloud 7

Upmarket dining in a revolving restaurant which takes two hours to make a full turn. At weekends there's an impressive buffet.

Hindu Temple in Kangra

Brajeshwari Devi Temple

Rebuilt after the 1905 quake, this highly revered temple has a centrepiece that's richly endowed with embossed silverwork. Four large bronze lions stare towards the deity, which is veiled in gold filigree and...

Buddhist Monastery in Bir & Billing

Sherabling Monastery

This sprawling monastic complex's extensive series of buildings and stupas lie semi-hidden in rolling pine woods, halfway along the pretty, narrow lane that winds 14km between Bir and Baijnath. The large main...

Museum in Kangra

Maharaja Sansar Chand Museum

Up a curling road, 200m from Kangra Fort ticket gate, this well-displayed one-room museum exhibits ornate palanquins, pashmina fly-whisks and silver-framed beds, giving fine insights into the lifestyle of the...

Tea Estate in Palampur

Wah Tea Estate

One of the Kangra Valley's oldest tea estates, Wah has been continuously cultivating since 1857. Half-hour visits let you walk through tea and herb gardens, tour the drying, rolling, heating and grading...

Buddhist Monastery in Bir & Billing

Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute

Inaugurated in 2004, the Dzongsar Khyentse Institute is a Tibetan Buddhist college of higher learning catering for devotees of 300 monasteries covering all subtraditions. Some 500 student-monks attend 11-year...

Buddhist Monastery in Palampur

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery

In a serene spot along the delightful little lane that short cuts between Wah Tea Estate and Baijnath, this modern Drukpa-Kagyu nunnery is the base of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, a prominent voice for women's rights...

Factory in Palampur

Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory

This factory, 2km south of Palampur town, processes the leaves from numerous small local tea growers producing 300,000kg of tea for the Kangra and Himalayan brands (enough for 150 million cups of chai). The free...

Viewpoint in Palampur

Birni Devi

From near the Jakhani Temple in Dugh, a good 2.5km walking trail takes you ever upwards to this small, whitewashed shrine whose main attraction is the wide series of views across the valley.

Religious in Palampur

Shivaratri Festival

On the new moon night of the Hindu month of Phalgun, Baijnath Temple is a particular focus for the Shivaratri Festival (