Escape From The Chaos To One Of These 15 Hill Stations In Uttarakhand Polka Café 27-09-2017 Srishti Gurung
What’s better than visiting Uttarakhand, when it comes to finding an escape from the maddening city lifestyle? Apart from being known for its shrines and scenic beauty, the state has also been bestowed with a number of gorgeous hill stations, where time ceases to exist in the tranquility of nature and where the mind finds its peace.
Besides, people especially flee to these places to find respite from the soaring temperatures, and hence. these getaways are gaining popularity. Read on, to have a glimpse of some of these scenic hill stations and get packing!
© Club Mahindra Resorts WordPress Mussoorie Elegantly embraced in the Himalayan foothills and offering majestic views, Mussoorie has been one of the most popular tourist destinations of all time. Be it the thrilling adventure activities, breathtaking views from specific viewpoints, long romantic walks or a day spent shopping at the market – this hill station features something beautiful for everyone.
Attractions: Landour, Gun Hill Viewpoint, Mussoorie Lake, Lal Tibba, Cloud’s End, Sir George Everest House, Company Bagh, Jwalaji and Nag Devta Temples, Tibetan Temple, Camel’s Back Road, Jama Masjid, Union and Christ Churches, Jawahar Aquarium and Lake Mist.
Activities: Hiking, trekking, horse riding, camping, mountain biking, skating, boating and paragliding.
Check-in options: JW Marriott Mussoorie, Walnut Grove Resort and Spa, Rokeby Manor, Hotel Padmini Nivas, Fortune The Savoy and The Amber could be some of your choices.
© Prasanna Holidays Nainital Situated around the glistening waters of the Naina Lake, this Lake District is enriched with forests of oak, deodar and pine. Traces of the colonial era can be seen adding much charm to this quaint little town.
You could set out on a refreshing walk through the woods, boat across the lake, indulge in some camping or meditate in the silence amidst nature, a trip to Nainital is in every way worthwhile.
Attractions: Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Naukuchiatal Lake, Astronomical Observatory, Naina Devi Temple, Eco Cave Gardens, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, High Altitude Zoo, Gurney House, Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Kilbury and Pangot Bird Sanctuaries, Bhimtal, Hanuman Garhi, Governor’s House and Sat Tal.
Activities: Rock climbing, trekking, adventure camps, horse riding, lake tour, bird-watching, boating, yatching and paragliding.
Check-in options: The Naini Retreat, The Manu Maharani Hotel, Shervani Hilltop, V Resorts Sattal, V Resorts Ramgarh could be your options.
© Indian Roots Lansdowne Britishers were in love with the glory of Uttarakhand and this charming hill town adds to the whole experience.
Such was its magic, that a British cantonment was established right here and the hill station thus came to be known as Lansdowne (named after Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India at that time). Even today, the grandeur of Lansdowne remains unspoilt, and with incredible sightseeing spots to colonial buildings and fun activities, the place has so many attractions to offer!
Attractions: The War Memorial, The Regimental Museum, Bhullatal Lake, Tip-In-Top Viewpoint, St.
John’s and St. Mary’s Church, Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaleshwar Mandir, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple and Kanvashram.
Activities: Trekking, jungle safaris, bird-watching, nature walks, camping and boating.
Check-in options: Kasang Regency Hill Resort, Blue Pine Resort, Fairydale Resort, S.
B. Mount Resort and Lans Castle Hotel.
© Hearty India Auli This paradise for ski-lovers, attracts visitors from all over the world who flock the place during winters, which is the ideal season for snow-skiing.
On the other hand, its pristine surroundings and low temperatures make it an ideal summer retreat and is hence frequented by adventurers and trekkers. When here, gear up to explore the richness of dense forests and orchards and soak in the panoramic views of the peaks like Nanda Devi and Dronagiri.
Attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund and Chenab lakes, Trishul Peak, Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar, Auli Artificial Lake, Saildhar Tapovan, Winter Ski Resort and Joshimath (32kms).
Activities: Hiking, trekking, cable cars and skiing (seasonal).
Check-in options: Devi Darshan Lodge, The Royal Village, Cliff Top Club and GMVN Auli Tourist Bungalow.
© Wikimedia Dhanaulti This place makes it into the wishlist of many people, as it offers a serene escapade from the hectic city life right to the grazing lands and beautiful forests.
That’s not all! Apart from the picturesque environment, Dhanaulti also presents to you, the opportunity to indulge in adrenaline pumping activities, thereby making it a great vacation package.
Attractions: Eco Park, Surkanda Devi Temple, Potato Farm, Thangdhar, Joranda and Barehipani falls, Dashavatar Temple, Chanderi, Deogarh Fort, Pradhanpat viewpoint and Matatila Dam.
Activities: Nature walks, trekking, horse riding, camping, mountain biking and rappelling.
Check-in options: Apple Orchard Resort, Samaira Hill Stream Resort, Hotel Drive Inn, Hotel Dhanaulti Heights.
© New Pine, Kausani Kausani Loved for its splendid panorama and being home to many ashrams, Kausani was termed as the “Switzerland of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, who was floored by the magnificence of this hill station. Today, this place has turned into a tourist destination, drawing people who yearn for a getaway from the monotonous urban life.
No wonder, being surrounded by coniferous forests and silent valleys, Kausani is regarded as an ideal resort for nature lovers, adventure seekers, families and honeymooners.
Attractions: Baijnath Temple, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Gandhi Ashram (Anasakti Ashram), Kausani Tea Garden, Lakshmi Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Planets Show and Someshwar.
Activities: Nature walks, tea garden tours, jungle trekking andstar gazing at the Star Gazing Show.
Check-in options: Himalaya Darshan Resort, Heritage Resort Kausani, Krishna Mountview Mountain Resort, Chevron Mountain Villa.
© Tourist Places Blogspot Ranikhet Ranikhet, meaning “Queen’s Meadow”, which sits calmly in Almora’s cantonment area, is a popular destination to keep the scorching summers at bay.
It is one of those mesmerizing hill stations in Uttarakhand, whose splendour has always left its visitors spellbound! Next to the striking sights of the Himalayas, the place also boasts of lush fields, rich flora and fauna and a plethora of attractions that you can look forward to.
Attractions: Tarikhet, Chaubatia Apple Garden, Aashiyana Park, Bhalu Dam, KRC Museum and Memorial, Golf Course, Rani Jheel, Temples like Mankameshwar Temple, Jhula Devi, Hairakhan Dham, Upat and Kalika.
Activities: Rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking, rappelling, golfing and fishing (on prior permission).
Check-in options: Chevron Rosemount, West View, Queen’s Meadow Hotel, Woodsvilla Resort.
© Wkimedia Almora Unlike many others, this salubrious hill station was discovered by Chand Dynasty, rather than the Britishers.
The good thing is that, a lot from the times of yore has remained intact in the town! Whether it is the historical monuments or forts, or the imperial courts or buildings, glimpses of the past cannot go unnoticed. Also, besides the misty mountain views, lush valleys and orchards, you will come across quite a few temples in and around Almora.
Attractions: Katarmal Sun Temple, Bright End Corner, Deer Park, G.B Pant Public Museum, Kalimut, Simtola, Local Markets, Martola, Golu Devta Temple, Lakhuudiyar, Almora Fort, Kasar Devi Temple and Nanda Devi Temple.
Activities: Mountain biking, trekking, jungle walks, historical tour, watching sunrise/sunset at Bright End Corner.
Check-in options: Imperial Heights, Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort, Kasaar Jungle Resort, Elphinstone Himalayan Resort.
© Provided by Polka Café Endowed with dense coniferous forests and an array of Rhododendrons, Chopta is an amazing getaway to plan your next trekking tour to. It is also the base of ‘Tungnath Trekking’. Whether you walk your way through the green meadows and scenic surroundings or opt for an excursion to the temples, the place will offer a trip that is always worth remembering.
Attractions: Gopeshwar, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Tungnath Temple, Chandrashila Peak, Atrimuni Falls, Deoria Tal, Ukhimath (31kms) and Valley of Flowers (172kms).
Activities: Rock climbing, rock crafting, wildlife spotting, rappelling, camping, trekking and skiing.
Check-in options: Magpie Eco Camps Resort, Mayadeep Resort, Alpine Adventure Camp.
© Snow View Travels Mukteshwar Nestled in Nainital, Mukhteshwar has a soothing aura that is accompanied by orchards with plenty of apricot, peach and apple trees. Wrapped in the beauty of the Himalayan range, this place is a respite from the noise and pollution of the cities.
In fact, enthralled by its magic and tranquility, Jim Corbett wrote about this scenic place in his book, “The Man Eaters of Kumaon”!
Attractions: Mukhteshwar Temple, Methodist Church, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Chauli-ki-Jali, The Market and Mukhteshwar Inspection Bungalow.
Activities: Rock climbing, nature walks, rappelling, trekking, Heritage viewing, camping and yoga programs.
Check-in options: Mystic Mukteshwar Lodge, Sonapani Himalayan Village Accomodation, Oak Chalet, Trishul Orchard Resort and The Colonel’s Cottage.
© Ramblersnaps Chaukori Situated in the district of Pithoragarh and not known to many, this hidden gem of a place is ultimate for breaking free from the frenzied lifestyle of the metropolitan. What makes this hill station unique is that, this place is all about stopping by and admiring the wonders of nature. A getaway to this hill station acts like a soul-soothing therapy.
For those who find it enthralling to spend some quality time in close proximity to nature, this is the perfect place to be.
Attractions: Berinag, Dharamghar, Temples like Mahakali, Mostamanu, Ghunsera, Kapileshwar Mahadev, Jayanti Temple Dhwaj, Patal Bhuvaneshwar (38kms) and Gangolihat (35kms).
Activities: Camping, excursions, exploring local culture, visiting holy places and trekking.
Check-in options: Misty Mountains Resort, Ojaswi Resort, Chestnut Grove Resort and Haridarshan Resort.
© Akshita Gupta Munsiyari In Pithoragarh lies another hill station, Munsiyari, which is a divine treat to nature lovers and trekkers alike. The place lies close to Tibet and is home to nomadic tribes.
Of late, it has become an ideal location for winter sports and trekking excursions have become a much sought-after activity.
Attractions: Dharchula, Madkot, Narayan Ashram, Birthi Falls, Panchchuli Peaks, Thamari Kund, Nanda Devi Temple, Maheshwari Kund and Tribal Heritage Museum.
Activities: White water rafting, camping, trekking, hiking and skiing (seasonal).
Check-in options: Wayfarer Munsiyari resort, Milam Inn, KMVN Tourist Rest House and Vijay Mount View Resort.
© Road Less Travelled Chakrata Well-known for its natural charisma, Chakrata is a secluded area, part of which is within the Army’s Cantonment area. Set amidst picturesque Himalayan hills and waterfalls, this hill station boasts of rich flora and remains untouched by modernization.
When here, do not miss out on the thrilling fun activities that the place offers.
Attractions: Tiger falls, Deoban, Chilmiri neck, Ram Tal horticulture garden, Kalsi, Kanasa and Chintan Haran Mahadev.
Activities: Jungle walks, horse riding, rappelling, river rafting, camping and trekking.
Check-in options: Blue Canvas Resort, Hotel Himalayan Paradise, Hotel Snow View.
© Places To Visit In Uttarakhand Chamba Featuring a perfect blend of striking peaks and wonderful valleys, Chamba (not to be confused with Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba) is the ultimate destination where you can easily forget about your day-to-day anxieties and truly rejuvenate your mind and soul. Sheltered under the abundance of deodar and pine trees, Chamba is at its best – presenting awe-inspiring sights to cherish over a long, long time.
Attractions: Gabbar Singh Negi Memorial, Shri Bageshwar Mahadev, Tehri dam, New Tehri (18kms) and Kanatal (16kms).
Activities: Camping, trekking, bird photography and forest walks.
Check-in options: Classic Hill Top Resort, Signature Crest, Ganga View Resort.
© Mary Budden Estate Binsar Cuddled up in the Kumaon Hills, Binsar has become a much-traveled hill station of late. Apart from its impressive deodar forests, oak trees, orchards and lofty mountains, you will also see a diversity of bird species, fauna and wild flowers.
Apart from these, this place is pure heaven for trekkers.
Attractions: Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Sanctuary Museum, Binsar Zero Point, Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Meditation Centres and Khali Estate.
Activities: Bird-watching, forest walk, wildlife photography, village walk and trekking.
Check-in options: Grand Oak Manor, Binsar Eco Resort, Club Mahindra Binsar Valley, KMVN Tourist Rest House, Mountain Resort Khali Estate.
When To Visit?
Summer: March to June is the peak season as these hill stations offer a respite from the scorching heat of the plains. Also, the weather is favourable for exploring sites or engaging in activities like trekking, rafting, camping etc. Therefore, tourists can be seen flocking these hill stations during summers.
Monsoon: While rainy season does bring forth the risk of landslides, budget travelers often prefer visiting these places during off-season to get good deals on hotels.
Nonetheless, nature blooms at its best around this time, usually from July to September; though heavy rains do act as a spoilsport in carrying out sports and other such activities.
Winter: Post monsoon and at the onset of winters i.e. from October to February, adventurous activities resume. In the coldest months, snow adventures like skiing and snow trekking also start off in some of the hill stations, attracting tourists in large numbers. On the other hand, some people visit these places to simply enjoy the snowfall. The good thing is that you can explore several of these places in a single trip and for this, combined tours and travel packages are also available.
So, which among these hill stations make it to your list of wanderlust?
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