Behind the town stand the high ranges of the incredible Dhauladhar mountains which are also known as the white hills of snow when translated from Hindi, whose top peaks remain covered with snow for most of the year. This place is being developed as a large tourist centre. A ropeway and an amusement park are on the way to be established here. An agricultural university is also functioning nearby. An Ayurvedic hospital and one more Ayurvedic medical college in Paprola is about ten kilometers away. Some tea factories are also in operation here. Kangra valley is known for its tea gardens. On the outskirts of Palampur, Neugal stream is a thin stream running over stony ground far below the cliff. There is a trek to Bundla Falls which cascades from a height of hundred meters. A recreational spot, called Saurabh Van Vihar, in Bundla, gets its name from Capt. Saurabh Kalia who hails from Palampur. Several trek routes lead out of Palampur, particularly over the Dhauladhar Mountains towards the districts of Chamba and Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Some important treks are over the Sanghar pass to Bharmour via Holi, the Thamsar Pass which lies at four thousand seven hundred and forty seven metres above MSL from Billing to Manali via Bara Bhangal, over the Jalsu pass from Baijnath to Bharmour, and the forest trek from Mcleodganj to Triund
. A four day trek will lead the traveler to Holi, via Wari La. 28 km from Palampur is Billing, near Bir, an important centre for paragliding. Paraglider pilots often land near Palampur after cross country flights starting from Billing. Palampur has numerous Buddhist monasteries as well.
Palampur is a rapidly developing city of Himachal Pradesh with plenty of accommodations. The Rakkh resort in Palampur
is one of the premier resorts that people visiting Palampur choose to stay at. The upper areas of Palampur experience heavy snowfall and thereby providing plenty of opportunity for tourists to get themselves indulged in winter sports activities or enjoy a stroll through the tea gardens. Palampur has emerged as one of the favourite places for movie shooting lately. Directors like Imtiaz Ali and Lawrence D'Souza have shot movies here. A ropeway has been proposed across the Neugal river which will further attract tourists.
Palampur is at the center of all major tourist attractions, with Dharamshala on one side and Baijnath
and Manali on the other. One can easily find good and affordable places to stay in the town. You can find hotels, home stays, villas and cottages at very competitive prices. There are also a good number of restaurants in the main market serving a variety of cuisines.