Palampur is a hill station and a municipal council in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is the tea capital of northwest India, surrounded by pine forests and flanked by the Dhauladhar ranges. The town derives its name from the local word palum, meaning lots of water. 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 a beautiful hill station located in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, about 35 km from Dharamsala. It gets its its name from pulum meaning ‘abundant water’. Unsurprisingly, the region has innumerable streams and brooks and the water bodies are a huge boon for the tea plantations. The Palampur Tea Cooperative factory, some 1.5 km south of the bus station on the Kangra road, offers a 20-minute tour taking you through the tea making process, is a major attraction here.
In addition to its tea plantations, Palampur also offers tourists a chance to practice some adventure sports, serving as the starting point for several treks including to Dharamsala and Kangra. The famous Baijnath-Manali trek passes through the town. Summers (between May and October) is the best time to trek in Palampur.
Situated 35 km from Palampur, Bir is a popular center for paragliding activities and along with Billing, that serves as the landing spot, is referred to as the ‘Paragliding capital of India’.