The mountains are calling, and they can barely wait. Get ready for an exhilarating time with a variety of adventurous activities you can choose from.
And if you thought the mountains and valleys were all about the thrills, are you in for a surprise or what?
Spare some time to truly appreciate the gorgeous landscape for what it is. The air is the freshest you’ll breathe, the views truly magnificent.
Soar up high into the sky. Gaze down upon stunning vistas of the Dhauladhar mountain range below. Feel the rush! Go tandem paragliding with an experienced pilot who holds an international tandem paragliding licence. It is an exhilarating yet perfectly safe way to get a bird’s eye view of the Himalayas.
Once you’ve come back to earth again, explore the Sherbling Monastery and the Baijnath Temple, which hold a deep spiritual significance in the local community. Enjoy a tasty snack at a local café before heading back to the Araiya Palampur.
Tandem Paragliding Only:
Tandem Paragliding + Local Sightseeing & Snacks:
Cool and refreshing, the early morning air is filled with the scent of pine needles and the twitter of birds. Hike up a gorgeous mountain trail towards Houstan, one of the many peaks that makes up the Dhauladhar Range. Soak up the mountain sunshine and gorgeous views of the Kangra Valley and the Dhauldhar Range. This 2.5-3 km hike is the perfect way to start the day. Stop in at a local farm for a cup of home-brewed tea in a traditional Gaddi mountain hut, before you descend back to the Araiya Palampur where a delicious breakfast awaits.
₹ 3,400 pp – 3-4 hours
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.
₹5040 per person with video clip | Min flying time -10 mins | Max flying time - 20 mins including local sightseeing and tea/snacks
Spend a day outdoors and imbibe the stunning natural beauty of the Kangra Valley. Thick forests of pine, cedar and rhododendron line this 14 km trail that leads to Garhi, a charming hamlet nestled deep in the mountains. Rooted in tradition, this village is made up entirely of quaint gaddi style homes that are inhabited by the local community. After working up an appetite, return to the Araiya Palampur for a delicious meal and a relaxing evening.
Day Sack - 15 to 20 Liters | Hiking Shoes & Socks | T-Shirt and Pants | Sun Glasses | Cap | Sunscreen | Camera
Take off on an exhilarating ride through the tea gardens and the pine forests. Ride the dirt trails in an ATV, as you wind through the plantation. Liven it up even further with a paintball tournament or a round of archery. Strap on your helmets and lace up your boots as you get ready for a wild ride!
A blazing bonfire, flickering lanterns, and folk music are the perfect accompaniments to a glorious sunset over the Himalayas. Dine on a meal of local specialties that are typical to Kangra Cuisine. Dig into delicacies such as Tehli Mah and Pahadi Muttor Paneer. The stunning natural environs juxtaposed against a traditional village setting creates an evening that is simply breathtaking.
₹ 3,950 per person - 3-4 hours
Immerse yourself in the ethnic culture and customs of the Kangra Valley. Take a walk to the neighbouring village of Dhred, where you will not only take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountain range, but also enjoy interacting with local residents and gaining first-hand knowledge about village life in the Himalayas.
Brilliant sunshine, fresh mountain air, and the water running at your feet is the ideal setting for a gorgeous picnic in the countryside. Drive though tiny hamlets, cut through rushing streams and lose yourself in the beauty of the landscape. Take a stroll through the woods and enjoy a delicious picnic prepared specially for you by the chefs at the Araiya Palampur. If you like, you can also combine this experience with a village walk in Dhred, a neighbouring hamlet.
Andretta is a village with a long history of art, craft and design. It is well-known for it’s pottery studio and the beautiful craftsmanship of it’s artisans. Visit this quaint and charming community, and discover its fascinating history. Learn more about the craft and bring home a unique souvenir.
Immerse yourself in the nature and culture of the Kangra Valley. Visit a local pottery studio and sip on a delicious Rhododendron mocktail, as you experience the art of creating something out of clay yourself, as you take a turn at the potter’s wheel. Your potter will guide you through the finer nuances of the craft. Enjoy a delicious snack and then head out into the countryside for a lovely walk along the Bundla Chasm. The rushing river, birdsong and mountain landscapes will soothe your soul.
₹ 2,840 per person - 3 hours
The lush tea-gardens are a big part of Palampur’s heritage. Take a tour of the Wah tea garden, a family-owned estate. Learn about the various elements and traditions that go into the process of growing, plucking and roasting the tea-leaves. Enjoy a refreshing cuppa with home-made organic snacks.
Drive to the nearby town of McLeodganj, which is a 1.5 hour drive through the mountains from Palampur. This is one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism in India. Visit the temple of the Dalai Lama and take a walk around the Kora. Make a wish as you spin the prayer wheel and place your prayer flags over the Kora. Finish off your visit with a trip to the local market, and a delicious meal of Tibetan treats at a local café. Head back through the mountains to the Araiya Palampur just in time for a lovely dinner.
₹ 1,350 pp – 6-8 hours
Snow-fed waters rush over the pebbles, as you blaze a trail through the pine forests and verdant mountain landscape. The Bundla Chasm Hike is approximately 3 km long, and exposes you to the jaw-dropping beauty of this mountain landscape. Return to the Araiya Palampur to rest and relax.
Hiking Shoes and Socks | T-Shirt and Pants | Sun Glasses | Cap | Sun- screen | Camera
Take a gorgeous drive over the mountainous landscape in a jeep, as you head up to visit the Hill Goddess’ Temple. Discover some of the best-kept secrets of Palampur en route, such as lush tea-gardens, cascading waterfalls, ancient temples, sweet bird-song and more!
You’ll be awe-struck by stunning views of the Dhauladhar Range at every turn. Return to the Araiya Palampur to relax and unwind after a lovely day exploring the mountains.
The tea-gardens of Palampur are intrinsic to the destination’s beauty and heritage. Enjoy a 4X4 ride through the tea gardens in an open jeep. Drive along trails that border lush tea bushes, and discover how the tea is plucked and processed. Enjoy a delicious picnic amid the tea-gardens, and interact with the owner of the estate, whose family has been in the tea business for generations.