Nestled in carpets of greenery flanked by the snow-capped Dhauladhar Mountains, time seems to have forgotten the hill station of Palampur. Meaning ‘abundant water,’ its name refers to the many brooks and meandering streams that feed the rolling tea plantations that turn emerald in the streaming sun.
During colonial times, European tea estate owners flocked here to make the most of the perfect climate turning the once sleepy hamlet into a bustling commercial hub. They leave behind decades of cultivated tea fields as pretty as they are numerous, encompassing a number of lofty temples and colourful Buddhist monasteries.
For its visitors, days can be spent enjoying tea tastings and lessons in the art of leaf picking waist-deep in the tea bushes. Away from the plantations, outdoor enthusiasts can bask in beautiful terrain trekking up sky-bracing peaks cradled by endless green-grass meadows. For lighter expeditions, stroll leisurely through verdant rice paddies and break for picnics by the clear-water streams.
Palampur is as remote as it is idyllic. Talk to our Indian team who can incorporate time in this off-grid hill station into an adventurous itinerary.
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