In local parlance, the word for lot of water is "pulum". This is what has given Palampur (1249 m) its name and its water has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams criss-cross the landscape and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice fields. To further bless the area with remarkable natural beauty, the Dhauladhar ranges rise dramatically just beyond Palampur. The town itself has interesting colonial architecture and the area around is richly garnished with historical temples and forts and scores of picturesque hamlets.
Situated on the confluence of plains and hills, boasting of lush green cover consisting of pine forests and tea plantations, Palampur is an interesting vacation option for summers. The quiet town is also home to some of the tallest Deodar trees in the country.