Taragarh Palace, Palampur, a Royal Stay with Kids

If you have been following my articles, you know I belong to Himachal Pradesh. So when my husband decided to take a small holiday to the pristine Palampur, I was in the car before he said ‘go’. Yes, it is a 8-9 hours drive from Delhi, so you can halt in chandigarh overnight. Or leave early and enjoy an extra night at the lovely green abode. Well we did that, also because of the property we were staying at – The Taragarh Palace Hotel Palampur.

Built by the Nawab of Bahaalpur in 1937, the Taragarh Palace Hotel Palampur was formerly known as Al-hilal or The land of the crescent moon. It was built and used by the erstwhile Royal family of Badalpur as their European styled summer residence. And now belongs to the Royal family of J&K and is maintained as a resort. Built over more than 15 acres of land, with a breadth-taking view of the snow clad Dhauladhars, it is a Royal retreat that is truly kid-friendly.

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Nearest Airport: Gaggal, 25 kms away
Nearest Railway Station: Amb Andaura, 67 kms
Remember if you are driving down to Palampur, aim to reach before sunset. The last stretch to Palampur can get little deserted and you don/t want to be stranded with the kids.
Rooms: So there is a old wing and a new wing but they are roughy the same. They have large rooms, with a beautiful view of the snow-clad dhauladhars and their sprawling green gardens. If you are travelling with the elders and really small kids, ask for a room at the lower floor, or ask for their cottage.
Service: It was friendly and good by the standards of hill-resorts in India. The staff was willing to adjust the kid’s food to their liking and even offered dishes that were not their on the buffet.

Food: The breakfast and dinner buffets spreads are not large, but there is something for everyone. Their meat dishes were good and so were the sweet dishes.
Activities: The resort offers hosts of activities like :

Signature Fireside Gazebo Dinner
Mountain-top Jeep Safaris
Paragliding and a tons of day excursions.
Cultural show
Spa- seems to be a new addition, as it was not there when we went some 2 yrs back.
There is swimming pool too for the kids to enjoy, in the evening though it can get cold for them.

The good: Location is very close to the tea-gardens, so you can literal walk out with kids and enter one.
Sprawling gardens with really old flora and fauna make for great nature walks
People are friendly.

The bad: The children’s play area was unkept, the swings had dangerous edges.
Their parking space is very limited, so if you take your vehicle out, you can return to a jam-packed one.
Monkey Menace is for real too.
Around the Hotel: Taragarh Palace Palampur has some beautiful destinations to explore at very shot distances

we loved our visit to:
Andretta: a small quaint village that has a pottery school for the kids to try. You can even buy some stuff of your house and the drive is beautiful.

Sobha Singh Memorial in Andretta again: Sobha Singh, the painter famous for his Sohni Mahiwal painting belonged to this part of the world. And his house has been converted into a memorial where you can see his paintings and soak-in glimpses of his lifestyle.

Baijnath Temple: The famous and iconic temple of lord Shiva makes for a big tourist attraction. The kids loved to walk around and enjoyed the small market around it.

Palampur itself is a beautiful town, known for its moderate temperature, and fertile land and horticulture. Once you reach there you can add a lot of other activities including visits to Chamunda Mandir, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj. Fishing trips, picnics and nature walk to the streams. And staying in Taragarh ensures, you will have a cozy, little place to return and rejuvenate yourself, every evening.

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Charu Chhitwal

Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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