Top things to do in Kangra Valley

Top Choice Hindu 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 carving…
Top Choice Bar in Palampur

18Sixty

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 year…
Top Choice Hindu 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 (Cambodia…
Buddhist Monastery in Palampur

Tashijong

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 hal…
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 by …
Cafe in Bir & Billing

June16

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 rang…
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 often …
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 monast…
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 erstwh…