15 December 2020


History of Palampur

Palampur is the tea capital of North India. This hill station is not only known for its numerous tea gardens and paddy fields but is also known for its colonial architecture and temples. One can enjoy the pristine scenic beauty of the Dhauladhar ranges and the slopes of the Kangra valley from our resort in Palampur.

Palampur and the places around it are popular for adventure sports like hang gliding and trekking.

snow near our resort in Himachal

Location - Palampur is located in the northwestern part of the state of Himachal Pradesh, in the northern region of India. It is situated in the Kangra valley, near the Dhauladhar ranges. It is located at an altitude of one thousand two hundred and twenty meters above sea level. Palampur is at a distance of thirty kilometers from Dharamshala. The weather in Palampur is moderate. Summers (from April to June) are mild and winters (from November to February) are cold but pleasant. Palampur also experiences southwestern monsoon rains in the time from July to September.

History - Palampur got its name from the word Polum which means abundant water. It was earlier part of the local Sikh Kingdom of Jalandhar but later came under British rule during the Colonial era. The town came into being when Dr. Jameson, Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced the tea bush from Almora in 1849. The bush thrived and so did the town which became a focus of the European tea estate owners with an exception of the famous (former) Wah Tea Estate which was owned by Nawab Muhammad Hayat Khan and his descendants, until 1947. Since then, the Kangra tea of Palampur has been known quite well internationally. The first prime minister of independent India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru visited Palampur in 1941 when it was still British India. There is a Nehru Chowk in Palampur to commemorate this event.

Snow near our resort in Himachal

History of Palampur in the Pre - Independence era - During the second half of the nineteenth century, with the success of tea estates in the Palampur area, the original settlement in Palampur started developing. In 1888, it was made a tehsil headquarter, by shifting the same from Bhawarna. The tea estate owners impressed upon the administration to bring infrastructure like St. Paul's Senior Secondary School, Palampur, colleges and hospital. It also became a center of laborers engaged in the plucking of tea leaves and packing, transportation and marketing thereof. The earthquake of 1905 left a trail of destruction. Therefore, building style, projections, and building material had to be modified. The tehsil complex, school, and church towards T-Bud Hotel were built during the British Period. Consequent upon laying of the railway line for the hydro electric project at Joginder Nagar in the year 1927 and the installation of the railway station and staff quarters, construction activity grew fast. An increase in the employment, led to investment in the area, whereby multifarious development including roads took place.

History of Palampur in the Post - Independence era - In 1947, Sobha Singh, a well known contemporary painter moved from Punjab to Andretta and developed his art gallery. He painted art pieces related to Punjabi culture and shot into prominence as an artist. After 1946, the regional linkages of town started improving. A military station was established at Holta, a strategic location of the town. The CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University was established in which Dhauladhar Hostel was inaugurated on 15 March 1985 which proved to be the stepping stone of the university's success, besides the establishment of Indian Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Complex (Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology).

How to reach Palampur 

By Air - SpiceJet and Air India are operating daily flights from New Delhi to Kangra Airport) which is just 40 km from Palampur. Air India has started direct flight from Chandigarh International Airport to Kangra Airport from October 2019.

By Rail - Palampur is connected by the narrow gauge Kangra Valley Railway, Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. The railway station is named Palampur (Himachal). It is situated at Maranda, which lies nearly four kilometers from the bus stand.

By Road - Palampur is well connected by road to all major cities and towns in and around the state. Pathankot to Mandi National Highway one hundred and fifty four which was formerly the National Highway number twenty. is the major highway that passes through Palampur. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) is the best way to travel plying air conditioned, deluxe and semi deluxe buses from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh.

Snow Capped Mountains in Himachal Pradesh

Tourism of Palampur

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. Rakkh resort in Palampur is one of the premier resorts that people visiting Palampur choose to stay at. 

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. Of course, our resort in Palampur also has its own array of cuisines that you can indulge in when staying here! 

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