Ensconced by evergreen pine forests and the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountains beyond, Palampur, a much-loved hill station, lies 35 km from Dharamshala. Blessed with a mild climate, temperatures seldom reach above 30°C so it can be visited year-round. A popular hiking spot, visitors can embark on one day to one-week treks. Nestled amidst the picturesque Kangra Valley it is known as the ‘tea capital of the northwest’ after the British introduced the crop in the 19th-century. Palampur is also home to a large Tibetan population, and you will find many Buddhist pilgrimage spots along its tree-lined roads.