Palampur, at a height of 1219 mts., is a main spot in the beautiful valley surrounded by tea gardens and pine trees. The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine scented air is said to have curative properties. The scenery presents a sublime and beautiful contrast- the plain presents a picture of rural loveliness and repose, while the hills are majestic. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain covered for most part of the year. This place is being developed as large tourist centre. A ropeway and an amusement park is also on the to be established here. An Agricultural University is already functioning and some tea factories are also coming up.
There are also some pleasant walks around the town. A short walk from here takes one to the awe inspiring Bundla chasm which falls over a 100mts. to the Bundla stream. The stream is a thin streak running over stony ground far below the cliff. During the monsoon seasons, it swells and rages - madly over the entire width of the chasm taking stones and boulders along with it and makes loud roaring noise like thunder.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Spread over an area of 4 kms, the estate has a modern tea factory.
Home of the famous artist, SOBHA SINGH and late play-writer. Ms. NORA RICHARDS. There are beautiful paintings worth seeing in their private houses. It affords an excellent view of Dhauladhar range.
The famous temple dedicated to the goddess Chamunda is 25 kms.
VAIDYANATH TEMPLE AT BAIJNATH
Baijnath is a pilgrimage centre of the Hindus in Kangra District. Here one finds the oldest existing Shiva temple in the country, believed to have been originally built by the Pandavas close to the Binwa Khad. Built by Raja Sansar Chand in 1204 AD, the Baijnath temple is situated at a distance of 36 km east of Kangra. Located on the stretch of Mandi - Palampur road, the temple of Lord Shiva is famous for the Linga (embodiment of Shiva).
The Baijnath temple was originally named as Kirangama and changed to Baijnath after dedicating the temple to Lord Shiva (Hindu Deity). Apart from the main deity, the temple houses the images of Goddess Chamunda, Surya (the Sun God), Kartikeya (son of Lord Shiva) and a massive structure of Nandi (Carrier of Lord Shiva). One of the 12 Jyotirlingas are also located in the sanctum of the temple. The temple holds many faith and belief in it. It is believed that, the 'Lord of Physicians' Shiva frees people from all kinds of ailments and diseases. Another interesting fact of the temple lies in its water, the water of the temple premises is considered to have curative and medicinal properties. Due to these factual reasons, the temple still witness huge number of devotees every year. The famous 'Shivratri' festival is also celebrated during the month of March and tourists throng to this place to get blessings from Lord Shiva (Hindu Deity)
The temple is constructed in the Nagri style of architecture. The roof of the temple is in the shape of pyramid with 2.5 sq meter from inside and almost covering the area of 5.5 sq meter from outside the temple premises. The conical shaped dome (Mandap) of the temple gets support from the four artistic big pillars. The temple is a unique example of Kangra architect.
BIR & BILLING:
Bir, surrounded by tea gardens and an amphitheater of low hills, is an ideal landing around for para- gliders. Bir has Buddhist Monasteries that are worth visiting. Fine Tibetan handi craft are also produced here. Billing, up in the hills 14 kms. from Bir with an arena of 200 kms. for high altitude and cross country flying, is one of the best aerosports sites in the country.
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