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Palampur Tourism - Tea Capital of the Northwest
Palampur, a hill town situated in the Kangra valley, is renowned for its magnificent landscapes and serene atmosphere. Dense forests of pine and deodar and crystal clear streams add to the charm of the place. The place is ideal for spending a quality vacation as it is unlike any commercial tourist spot. Resting at an altitude of 1220 m above sea level, this place is a treat for nature and art lovers. The place is derives its name from the Himachali word ‘pulum’ meaning abundance of water.
This town was discovered in the 19th century, when the British decided to set-up tea bushes on the slopes of the place. Palampur is, thus, also known as the Tea County of the state which exports the tea under various brands. Small towns, terraced paddy fields, temples, villages, colonial bungalows, and snow enveloped Dhauladhar Mountains make the place a tourist haven.
Travelers can visit Palampur all year round as the temperature of the place remains moderate. In summers the temperature of the place ranges between 15° C to 29° C, which is ideal for sightseeing and exploration. Palampur receives heavy rainfall during the Monsoon season; therefore, tourists should be prepared with rain gear. The winter season here begins from the month of November. During this time the temperature of the place may go drop down to -2° C and snowfall may also occur.
Gaggal, also known as Dharamsala-Kangra Airport is the nearest to Palampur, situated at a distance of 40 km. This airport is directly connected to major cities; Delhi and Mumbai. Travellers who wish to reach Palampur by rail can avail trains till Maranda, a narrow gauge railhead, while Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge rail head situated at a distance of 120 km from the town. In addition to this Palampur is easily accessible via road. Travelers can avail private or state owned buses from Mandi, Pathankot, and Dharmshala.