Experiential Himachal Break(6 Nights)

Chandigarh, Palampur, Pragpur, Chandigarh

for Off-Beat Traveller, Experiential Traveller

Holiday Overview

Judges Court Pragpur
View from the Tea Plantations (Nivalink Trip Dated - 27 March 2006)
Palampur Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 27 March 2006)

This is a popular winter itinerary for guests looking to explore off-beat and experiential elements of Himachal Pradesh at Palampur and Pragpur.


Palampur(3) - Pragpur(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Palampur. Drive around Palampur
  • Day-2 Temple visits and Sightseeing around Palampur
  • Day-3 Dharamsala excursion / Nature walks / village visit etc.
  • Day-4 Palampur - Pragpur
  • Day-5 Adventure / Excursions / walks / temple visits around the area.
  • Day-6 Maharana Pratap Sagar excursion or village walk or trekking
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Palampur - Bundla Stream (1.50 kms), Neugal Khad (2.00 kms), Tashi Jong Monastery (5.00 kms), Baijnath (18.00 kms), Chamunda Devi Temple (20.00 kms), Vajreshvari Temple (38.00 kms), Kangra Fort (41.00 kms)

Pragpur - Chintpurni Temple (19.00 kms), Jwalamukhi Temple (20.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chandigarh Departure - Chandigarh
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

To ease access difficulties and maintain overall leisurely pace of itinerary, guests can add one or two night at Ropar (Bharatgarh Fort).

  • Chandigarh to Palampur -250 kms (6 hrs)
  • Palampur to Pragpur -86 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pragpur to Chandigarh -180 kms (4 hrs)

Chandigarh - Palampur(3) - Pragpur(3) - Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Palampur. Drive around Palampur Arrive at Palampur. Time permitting drive around the tea plantations, riverside and Himalayan views (on a clear day).

Day-2 Temple visits and Sightseeing around Palampur  Visit like Baijnath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Tashi Jong Monastery, Neugal Khad, Bundla Stream etc. These are all situated within 20 kms radius of Palampur.

Day-3 Dharamsala excursion / Nature walks / village visit etc. Excursion to Dharamsala and Mcloedgunj (35 kms). Visit Norbulingka Institute, a must visit for any visitor to Dharamsala for a Tibetan cultural heritage experience. Time permitting, visit war memorial at Dharamsala, that commemorates martyrs of the area. Visit Mcleodgunj (8 kms) for the Dalai Lama Monastery, Tibetan street market and Bhagshu Nath (3 kms from Mcleodgunj) Shiva Temple. Guests also have an option to opt for Nature walks / village visit etc. instead of the Dharamsala excursion.

Day-4 Palampur - Pragpur Proceed to Pragpur (100 kms - 2.5 hrs) enroute visit Vajreshvari (Kangra), Kangra Fort, Jawalamukhi Temple and Chintpurni temple. Pragpur is a designated heritage village known for its crafts and heritage character. Pragpur has held onto the essence of an earlier era - unchanged shops, cobbled streets, ornamental village tank, mud plastered and slate roofed houses. A walk around the village is recommended.

Day-5 Adventure / Excursions / walks / temple visits around the area. Guests have a large platter of option to choose from based on area of interest. There are several trekking options around the area (half day soft treks). There are number of walks (Half day) that allows guests to explore the surroundings. There are number of interesting small temples that are full of character and views and worth a visit.

Day-6 Maharana Pratap Sagar excursion or village walk or trekking Guests looking for a bit of adventure can do an excursion to Maharana Pratap Sagar (20 kms) where watersports such as water-skiing, surfing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing etc are available. Guests otherwise have options to pursue what could not be done the previous day. Guests with interest in heritage and archeology also have an option of visiting Masroor Rock cut temples (Full day excursion).

Day-7 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Palampur :

  • Bundla Stream - Bundla Stream is one of the several pleasant walks around the Palampur town. Bundla becomes a large waterfall during monsoon. The stream otherwise is a thin streak running over stony ground.

  • Neugal Khad - Neugal Khad is located around 2 kms from the main town and serves as an ideal picnic spot. Also called as Bundla Chasm, there is a 300 mt wide stream where tourists can enjoy picnicking. The spot also offers scenic views of the Dhauladhar ranges.

  • Tashi Jong Monastery - Tashi Jong monastery was built in 1969 by Drukpa Kagyu lineage on 37 acres of land.

  • Baijnath - 20 km from Joginder Nagar enroute to Palampur is this exquisite temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaidyanath (The healer). The original temple was built in 804 A.D.

  • Chamunda Devi Temple - Just 24 km from Kangra and 15 km from Dharamshala is the famous temple of goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda Nandikeshwar Dham). The temple complex offers view of Dhauladhar, the Baner Khad and Dadh. A vast running water pool houses the statues of Lord Shiva and Saraswati. A trek of about 16 km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda

  • Vajreshvari Temple - Heart of Old Kangra Town is Vrajeshwari Temple, one of the Shaktipeetha temples and visited alongwith Chintpurni and Jwalamukhi Temple as a part of Devi temples.

  • Kangra Fort - The Kangra Fort was built by the Royal family of Kangra (The Katoch Dynasty). It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and one of the oldest dated fort in India. Also near to old Kangra is the famous Jayanti Mata temple on a hill top. A lso close to entrance is a small museum which exhibits the history of Kangra fort. Adjoining the Fort is the Maharaja Sansar Chand Katoch Museum run by the Royal Family of Kangra. The Museum also provides audio guides for the fort and the museum and has a cafeteria.

Pragpur :

  • Chintpurni Temple - Chintpurni Temple is a major Shaktipeetha Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Here the Goddess is worshipped in the form of a stone lingam.

  • Jwalamukhi Temple - A unique temple with no idol where devotees worship eternally burning and shining blue flame worshipped as a manifestation of the goddess. It is considered one of the Shaktipeetha Temples.

Destination Overview

Chandigarh - Chandigarh is a major business centre and hub for Software, IT and ITES companies. Chandigarh is a tourist destination being a transit point for guests on Delhi - Manali route and an access point to visit neighboring hills of Himachal Pradesh and hill station of Shimla.

Palampur - Palampur also known as the 'Tea Capital of North India,' is a popular hill station. Palampur is rich in historic temples and forts and known for its spectacular himalayan views.

Pragpur - Pragpur, India’s first heritage village lies in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. The famous Kangra School of painting has its base here in this village.

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  • Chandigarh to Palampur -250 kms (6 hrs)
  • Palampur to Pragpur -86 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pragpur to Chandigarh -180 kms (4 hrs)

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  • Chandigarh to Palampur -250 kms (6 hrs)
  • Palampur to Pragpur -86 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pragpur to Chandigarh -180 kms (4 hrs)

Expert Speak

This is an itinerary recommended for mature travellers looking for more homely and more off-the-beaten-track option. This itinerary for those looking at easy placed exploration of the area avoiding at most times touristy and crowded areas.

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