Palampur (1260m) is a major station in the Kangra Valley. It is a pleasant little town with beautiful snow-views, surrounded by old British tea plantations and thriving on horticulture. In local parlance, the word for lots of water is 'pulum'. This is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams and brooks crisscross the landscape. The town came into being when the tea bush was introduced in the 19th century and Palampur became a focus for the planters. Kangra Tea, with its centre at Palampur, has been internationally acclaimed since then.