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Hill Stations of India

India, a land so vast and diverse in culture, heritage, language and people is bestowed with an equally rich and vast treasure of natural beauty. The British must be given credit for developing most of India's hill stations. They did to escape the blistering heat of the long Indian summer. Towering and as if blessing this land is the world's youngest and largest East to West mountain chain, known as the Himalayas Stretching some 2560 Kilometers in an arc across the top of the Indian subcontinent.

The picturesque Hill stations are popular providing a relaxing and salubrious retreat from the heat and dust of the plains. Not only they offer relief from the heat and dust of the plains, their beautiful green surroundings, solitude, salubrious weather and spectacular views makes them ideal holiday spots offering quick relief from the hustle and bustle of city life. India has seven principal mountain ranges and the most important amongst them are the Himalayas.  Most are well connected by rail and road and offer some beautiful retreats to stay in.

Andhra Pradesh Arunachal Pradesh Assam

Ananthagiri Hills: Located 60kms away from Vizag. Driving through picturesque coffee plantations the road to Anantagiri is enveloped with mango groves, waterfalls. Train travel is also an exhilarating experience as lush landscapes of forest afford a memorable spectacle.

Araku Valley: Located 115km away from Vizag. This place lures people with pleasant weather, hills and valleys. The area of the valley is roughly 36-km and the altitude is between 600 and 900m above the sea level.

Horsley Hills: Located 144km away from Tirupathi. It is situated at an altitude of 1,265 m, which makes this place delightfully cool, with a max summer temperature of 32°C, and minimum of 20°C. the shady slopes found in this are wooded with luxurious vegetation.


Araku Valley

Along: Located 125km away from Pasighat. Set in a wide open valley where the Sipu river merges with Siyom against the backdrop of hills covered with snow during winters, it presents a panoramic view tot he delight of visitors. Along by night with hundreds of electric lights flickering and glowing over the broad valley looks like a wonderland from the top of the hills.

Pasighat: Pasighat and its surrounding areas abound in natural beauty and the place has rightly been called as a photographers delight. The mighty Brahmaputra River, called the "Siang" here transcends down from Tibet and gives its name to the district. It flows through the entire length of the area until it descends down into the plains of Assam south of Pasighat town, where it meets Dihang and Lohit and becomes the Brahmaputra.


Pasighat

Haflong: Located 84km away from North of Silchar, Assam. It is the name of variety of orchids, one of them being the rare Blue Vanda. Haflong Lake, situated in the heart of the hill station is a picturesque area. The Jatinga village unravel the mystery of the flocks of little migratory birds crashing to death on still dark nights.

Best Time To Visit: Aug - Nov

Umrongso/ Umrongshu: It is located at the borders of Assam and Meghalaya, 112-km away from Haflong. This hill station is blessed with the natural backdrop of North Cacher Hills region. For the sake of enjoying this alluring journey, one should travel from Haflong Hill to Umrangshu and from their via Jowai to Shillong hill. Near Umrangsu, there is a hot water spring (Garampani) which is believed to possess medicinal properties.


Haflong

Himachal Pradesh

Chamba: Situated at the height of 996m. above sea level on the south bank of the Ravi River. The valley is noted for the magnificence of it's scenery-touching the fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.

Kullu: Located at an altitude of 1220m. and by the banks of the shining river Beas. The 'Silver Valley' has nature's treasures that lie carelessly scattered as flowers on the high meadows. The town of Kullu has long been a centre of faith.


Chamba

Manali: Situated at an altitude of 2,050m. The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali's major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers.

Dalhousie: This hill station spreads over five low-level hills at the western edge of the Dhauladhar range, just east of the Ravi River. The pine-covered slopes around it are intersected with paths and treks, which are ideal for short undemanding walks.


Manali

Dharamsala: Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar mountains, Dharamsala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley.  Dharamsala is a busy bazaar town and has established itself as the travellers base camp, who come to explore the nearby mountains.

Shimla: Situated at an altitude of 2,159m. Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era create an aura, which is very different from other hill stations.


Kullu Valley

Jammu & Kashmir

Karnataka

Gulmarg: The valley of Gulmarg, a large meadow about 3sq.kms in area, stands at 2,730 meters, 56km south west of Srinagar. The name means 'Meadow Of Flowers' and in the spring it's just that, a rolling meadow dotted with countless colourful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Nots and Buttercups. The valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide. All around are snow-capped mountains, and on a clear day one can see all the way to Nanga Parbat is one direction and Srinagar is another. It's a popular day trip from Srinagar to Gulmarg.

Best Time To Visit: In Summer - May to September In Winter - Nov to February

Pahalgam: At an altitude of 2,130m and about 95-km from Srinagar and is the most popular in the Kashmir valley. Since it is rather lower than Gulmarg the nighttime temperatures do not drop so low and it has the further advantage of the beautiful Lidder River running right through the town.

Best Time To Visit: In Summer-May To September In Winter-Nov To Feb.

Patnitop: With all its beauty at a hill station, it is a charming plateau at 2,024m. Picturesquely situated at a high altitude, there are good bridle paths passing through wooded lanes and fascinating scenery. There are three ice-cold freshwater springs in the area, which are said to have medicinal properties.

Best Time To Visit: Summer: May To June Autumn: September To October Winter: December To March

Srinagar: The capital of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the state, Srinagar (1,730m) is famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens. The city itself is quite unlike most other large Indian cities for here you are much more in Central Asia than on the sub continent.

Best Time To Visit: In Summer: June To Early Nov In Winter: Dec To Feb


Gulmarg              Srinagar

Biligiriranga Betta (B.R.Hills): 120 kms from Mysore and 247 kms from Bangalore, the range of hills is picturesquely situated between the Cauvery and the Tungabhadra rivers. At a height of 5,091 ft above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16kms. Surrounded by deciduous trees, the forests are teeming with wildlife. So if you're looking for a 'cool' time with a little bit of 'wild' excitement thrown in, welcome to B.R. Hills.

Kudremukh: 95kms south-west of Chikmaglur town is the Kudremukh (Horse Face) range. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet 'undiscovered' by tourists, Kudremukh is a secluded hill station, which retains much of its pristine, natural beauty.

Nandi Hills: 60kms north of Bangalore also known as Nandidurga. This 1478m high hill was one of the summer retreats of Tipu Sultan. It is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends. The  Hill is the originating point of many rivers. Forests around hills abound with wild animals.


Kudhremukh

Kerala

Devikulam: Located 16 kms from Munnar, this gorgeous hill station symbolizes nature in her pristine glory. The crisp and cool mountain air heavily laden with the fragrance of wild flowers and rare herbs is any nature lover's paradise.

Topstation: The idyllic hill station is located 32 kms from Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. Perched at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, it is the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. The rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus), the flower that blooms once in 12 years, belongs to this region.


Devikulam

Munnar: Located at an altitude of 1600m above sea level, was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. 

Nelliyampathy: Located at a distance of 52kms from Palakkad, nestling atop the Western Ghats, offer a breathtaking view of the misty mountains and enchanting valleys interspersed with sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom and orange plantations.


Munnar-Boating

Pakshipatalam: Located 7kms at an altitude of 1740m above sea level, north east of Thirunelli Temple in Brahma Giri Hills is a challenging tourist spot offers great site for bird watching. One has to trek 17kms through the wild forests, to reach the hills. 

Ponmudi: The salubrious hill station of Ponmudi is at a distance of 61kms from Trivandrum. Perched at an altitude of over 100 m above sea level on the Western Ghats, the picturesque view of Ponmudi is afford a memorable spectacle and trekking is a passion to the visitors.


Munnar-Hill View

Rajasthan

Sikkim

Mount Abu: The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu huddles among the rocks on a 1,220-m granite table mountain at the far southwestern end of the Aravalli hills. It is built around a lake and is surrounded by forested hills. According to a legend, the place derives its name from Arbuda, a serpent who descended to the spot to rescue Shiva’s bull, Nandi. Besides having all the features of a pleasant hill resort, Mount Abu is also well known for the famous Dilwara temples.


Mount Abu

Gangtok: Gangtok, the "Lofty Hill" or the "Hill made flat to build the Gangtok monastery in 1716". Gangtok is a city, which, till one sees it, one would believe exists only in picture-story books.

An air of enchantment hangs over the city, indeed the whole valley; the mysticism, the stupas, the monasteries reach out as soon as one has crossed the border. While across the hills and valleys comes the sounding of the long trumpets by robed lamas.


View of the Mt. Khangchendzonga

Tamilnadu

Coonoor: Situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity of the Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858m above the sea level. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris and is located just 19kms away from Ooty. Coonoor is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year. The town is physically divided into upper and lower Coonoor.

Ketti: Ketti is famous for having the highest railway station in the country, situated at a height of 7,000 ft, in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India. The weather of Ketti valley is salubrious. Ketti is a wealth of natural beauty reposing in the Wenlock Downs, the Municipal Gardens and Doddabetta Peak, at 2,623 m the highest in the Nilgiris.


Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal: It is located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills. With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station which mesmerises any visitor. Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45sq.km. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste.

Kotagiri: Kotagiri is located 16-km away from Ooty and it is the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an altitude of 1950m, which was once a British hill resort, that dates back to 1819 and is quieter than Ooty. Elk Falls, Kodanad Viewpoint and Catherine Falls are a few places to visit.


Toy Train -Ooty

Udhagamandalam (Ooty): The capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters.

Yercaud: Yercaud is a lesser-known hill station when compared to Ooty and Kodaikanal. Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,920 feet), on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats. The lofty hills are of extraordinary scenic beauty endowed with a salubrious climate. Yercaud is also called "Ooty of the Poor " and is known for Coffee Plantations and Orange Groves.


Yercaud

Uttar Pradesh West Bengal

Mussoorie: It is located at a height of 2,500m in the green Himalayan range. Due to its location and beauty it is considered as the best hill station in the northern region. The name is derived from plants of 'Mussoorie' which were found in abundance here. The modern bungalows, malls and well laid gardens around the area are enough to attract any tourist.

Nainital: A small town in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes. Most of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini.

Pithoragarh: The easternmost hill district  Pithoragarh is often referred as “Miniature Kashmir”. Nestling in a small valley, barely 5km long and 2km wide, the Sore Valley was an important landmark of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. It is situated at an altitude of 1,650 m above sea level.


Naintal

Darjeeling: It is the dream land of the East, it has been a popular hill station since the British period rich in natural beauty and surrounded by lofty mountains and Buddhist monasteries. The real fun in coming to Darjeeling is on the toy train from Siliguri. It takes six to seven hours to cover a distance of 82kms and the slow speed gives you enough time to watch and appreciate the beauty which nature has provided it. This train passes through the Forests, waterfalls, over deep valleys and through the mountains and tunnels.

Mirik: It is 52kms from Siliguri and 55kms from the nearest Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains. Mirik is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations with all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist. This place is 5,800 feet above the sea level and has very thin population of 10,000 people. Mirik has not yet acquired the hustle and bustle of the a regular hill station and is from pollution. Thus the little time spend here is enough to refresh you.


Darjeeling

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