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Palampur - 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 derives its name from the Himachali word ‘pulum’ meaning abundance of water.

Tourist Places In And Around Palampur

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 snowy Dhauladhar Mountains make the place a tourist haven.

Palampur Weather

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 drop down to -2° C with snowfall.

How To Reach Palampur

Gaggal, also known as the Dharamsala-Kangra Airport is the nearest airport to Palampur, situated at a distance of 40 km. This airport is directly connected to major cities of 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.

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How to Reach Palampur

  • By Road
    Palampur is easily accessible by road. Both Private and State Transport Buses can be availed from the major cities like Mandi, Dharamsala and Pathankot. Public bus fare for reaching this place is less than INR 2 per kilometre.
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  • By Train
    The nearest narrow gauge railhead to Palampur is Maranda, situated at a distance of 2 km. The nearest broad gauge railway station to Palampur is Pathankot, which is around 120 km from the city. Both these railway stations are connected to major cities of India.
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  • By Air
    Dharamsala airport, also known as Gaggal, is the nearest air base to Palampur. It is situated at a distance of 40 km from Palampur. This airbase is connected to the major cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Travelers can easily avail taxi rides from Gaggal to Palampur, which cost around INR 750. International travellers can avail connecting flights to Palampur from Delhi, which is located at a distance of 508 km. Tourist taxi charge around INR 10000 for a trip from Delhi to Palampur.
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