Tea Gardens are the prime attraction for the travellers visiting Palampur. Owing to the vast tea gardens of the city, Palampur is popularly known as 'Tea Capital of Northwest India'. Spread over acres of land, these flourishing tea gardens are a source of livelihood for a majority of the locals of the region. Tea plantation was initiated in the middle of the 19th century by Dr. Jameson, the Superintendent of the Botanical Gardens in the North-West Frontier Province, in the region.
Due to the popularity of its tea gardens, Palampur was registered in the international map by 1883. The variety of tea growing in the region, known as ‘Kangra Tea’, became extremely popular. The tea produced in the region has been sold under many renowned brands like Darbari, Bageshwari, Bahar, and Malhar. All these brands have been named after the ragas of Indian music.