Quiet, low-key Palampur generally flies under the tourist radar. However, as other towns in the Kangra Valley gain popularity, remote workers in search of solitude are heading to this slice of nature amid tea gardens and mustard fields. Less than an hour away, the tiny village of Bir is best known as a paragliding destination, but it is also seeing an influx of long-term travelers planning workcations. Remote working facilities can mainly be found at a range of accommodations. Surrounded by mountains and greenery, quiet Peakhavn has work desks and WiFi. GoStops hostel offers both indoor and outdoor common areas with sweeping views of the Dhauladhar mountains. Barefoot Bir has good WiFi in their coworking space and a cafe where you can meet other travelers. Run by a paragliding outfitter, The Hangar offers a chic, minimalistic coworking lounge.
You’ll find a clutch of cafes and small restaurants offering varied global fare and light snacks. Book-lined Cliffy’s Cafe is a charming spot with a garden, where you can plug in for the day while sipping on endless cups of tea. For your sweet fix, Frozen Moon offers baked treats and ice cream in a cozy setting.
In Bir, Silver Linings is conveniently placed in a paragliding landing site, so you can have pie and coffee with the views. For wood-fired pizzas, head next door to Gliders. Avva’s overlooks rolling fields and offers hearty South Indian staples like crispy dosas and pillowy idlis. For a taste of traditional Himachali food, The Northern Cafe cooks up local vegetarian and chicken curries.
The outdoors is the greatest gift of working from the mountains. Sunlit picnics by the clear Neugal Khad stream near Palampur. Paragliding across the mountaintops of Bir. Long walks in pine forests and tea estates. For something different, you can also head to the artists’ village of Andretta, where you can learn how to work with clay at their pottery studio. The 12th-century Baijnath Temple is also worth a visit for its intricately carved stone façade.
Malavika is an India-based writer passionate about travel, wildlife, and the outdoors. Follow her travels @malavikab on Instagram.
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