A quiet little town situated against the backdrop of the Neugal chasm, Palampur is one of the best-known places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Boasting of vast tea plantations, the quaint little town sits on a plateau, and commands an excellent panoramic view of the Kangra Valley.Owing to the number of streams that make its way through Palampur, such as the Bundle and the Nuegal Khad, the town derives its name from ‘palum’, the local word for water.
Dotted with a number of lakes, the town of Palampur is best known for its rolling green tea estates. With thick forests of pines and deodars dotting the place, this picturesque town boasts of a traditional Himachali beauty.
Dhauladhar National Park is the biggest National Park of Palampur.
Blessed with a rich natural flora and fauna, the National Park houses a vibrant collection of endemic species, making it a popular tourist spot among wildlife enthusiasts. The rustic beauty of the town is also displayed through its magnificently crafted temples, such as the Shiva Temple or the Vindhyavasini Temple at Baijnath.
Owing to the aero-adventure opportunities available here, Palampur is one of the ideal places to visit in Himachal for adventure enthusiasts. The Bir-Billing area near Palampur is a popular destination for paragliding, trekking as well as a number of other aero-sports.
There are a number of different trekking trails available in Palampur, and most of these trails are suitable for beginners. The town is also known for its vibrant fests and fairs, such as the Shivratri Fair in Baijnath, or the Holi fair which takes place in the month of March.
Influenced by the monsoons, the summers in Palampur, between April to August, remain fairly warm, with the temperature towards the higher side. Winters here are cool and pleasant, and do not experience subzero temperatures. The monsoon months between July and September experience extremely heavy rainfall, although the town remains relatively arid throughout the rest of the year.