Palampur Tourism, Palampur Travel Guide, Palampur Tours

About Palampur

Palampur is a beautiful tourist spot situated in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh of India at an altitude of 1219 m above sea level.  Palampur is at the confluence of the plains and the hills and so the scenery of the town mesmerizes the tourists with the beauty of plains on one side and the majestic snow covered hills on the other side. The scenic town with a healthy climate is surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests.  Palampur is known as the tea capital of northwest India and a rapidly developing city of Himachal which is now being developed as a large tourist centre also. Tourism in Palmapur offers breathtaking Dhauladhar Mountain Range, whose tops remain covered with snow for most of the year. Major tourist attractions of Palmapur are breath taking view of Dhauladhar Mountain Range, old temples, world famous artist Shobha Singh's Art Gallery, tea gardens, a trek to bundla stream (which falls from 100 meters height), Para gliding areas and easy access to snow line. Palampur houses two very important institutions - Agriculture University and CSIR (Cenral Scientific Research Institute) Complex. The upper areas of Palampur experience heavy snowfall and thereby providing plenty of opportunity for tourists to get themselves indulged in winter sports activities. 

Tourism in Palampur is a different experience as Palampur is different from all the Tourist Places of Himachal. It is a suitable place for honeymoon couples; this scenic place is also visited for enjoying summer holidays and winter sports activities. There are good hotels for tourists to stay.

History of Palampur

History of Palampur is not very much clear; there isn’t enough recorded history of Palampur. It is said that Palampur town of Kangra valley was one of the leading hill states known as Trigarta in the ancient time. It was once a part of the Jalandhar kingdom. Palampur gets its name from Pulum which means abundant water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur. The town of Palampur came into existence in 1849 when Dr. Jameson, Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced the tea bush from Almora and started its cultivation in Palampur. Following the successful plantation, the town became a focus of the European tea estate owners; they started extensive tea plantations in the town.

The city was visited by the first prime minister of independent India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1941 when Palampur was under the rule of British India. After independence, Palampur developed rapidly and became famous as a tea capital of North India. In 1947, Shobha Singh moved from Punjab to Andreta and developed his art gallery. He painted world famous art pieces related to Punjabi culture and shot into prominence as an artist and as a director. A Military station got established at a strategic location of the town. Agriculture University got established, besides the establishment of Indian Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (I.C.S.I.R.) Complex (IHBT).  Since then, it is a popular hill station not only because of its scenic beauty but also for the beautiful temples and buildings built in the Colonial period. Palampur includes small places like Ghuggar, Aima, Ram chowk, Parour, Arla, Maranda, Rajpur, Bundla, Kandi, Kulani and Chandpur.

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