Palampur (1250 m), just 35 Km from Kangra & 40 km from Dharamsala, is a quiet town situated on a plateau with the backdrop of the dramatic Neugal chasm and the Bundla stream cutting across on one edge. Surrounded by green tea estates and forests of pine and deodar. Palampur has several interesting trails for travellers to trek. Some of these paths leading to the hills are often used by Gaddis – the nomadic shepherds of the area. With a number of interesting areas in the vicinity, angling in the river Bundla, or hang gliding and paragliding at Billing-Bir 35 Kms away. The rivulets, Streams and the brooks are all full of life here. The height, the water and the cool breeze have given Palampur a climate fit to grow tea. So Tea gardens abound here adding beauty to already beautiful landscape. Palampur is an inviting destination for travellers - old and young.
Palampur is a fascinating green hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India but tea is just one aspect that makes Palampur a special interest place. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate.
Palamapur - hill station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but it also known for its colonial architecture and temples. One can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Dhauladhar range and the slopes of the Kangra valley from Palampur. Palampur and places around it are popular for adventure sports like hang-gliding and trekking.
This city is the Trigarta of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jalandhara. The town has derived its name from the local word "PULUM", meaning lots of water. Countless streams and brooks criss-cross the landscape and to this place and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice fields. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19th century and Palampur became a focus for the planters. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur. The combination of greenery and water gives Palampur a distinctive look. Palampur is at the confluence of the plains and the hills and so the scenery shows the contrast the plains on one side and the majestic snow covered hills on the other side. Behind this town stands high ranges of Dhauladhar mountains, whose tops remain snow covered for most part of the year.
Palampur houses two very important institutions - Agriculture University and CSIR Complex. The sprawling campus of the University offers insight into the research and development done in the field of agriculture.