What strikes one when he thinks of visiting any hill station in India? Well here are certain prominent thoughts- nature, beauty, landscape, but also a mad rush, too much crowd, and subsequently no peace. Well if you don’t like facing the latter then you should go to Palampur. Palampur is a hill station in the Kangra Valley in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded on all sides by tea gardens and pine forests before they merge with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur is the tea capital of northwest India. Boasting of lush green cover consisting of pine forests and tea plantations along with pleasant climate and stunning views of snow clad Dhauladhar ranges, Palampur is an interesting vacation option for summers. Abundance of water and proximity to the mountains has endowed it with mild climate.
Palampur is a very well connected hill station making the undertaken journey easier. Spice Jet and Air India run daily flights from New Delhi to Kangra Airport (Gaggal Airport), which is just 40 km from Palampur. However, owing to unfavorable weather conditions, as it rains in this hill station the year around, it is advisable to travel by road or rail. Palampur is connected by rail from Pathankot. Approximate distance from Pathankot to Palampur is 112 km. The journey takes about 6–8 hours. The Kangra valley toy train also operates in the town. Palampur is well connected by road to all major cities and towns in and around the state. Tickets can be booked online from HRTC website.