India’s most heavenly hill stations which one must visit once in their life time
India is a land, surrounded by mountains and rivers. It is often called as the land of hill stations. The hills of India are home to famous hill stations, landscapes, natural beauty and wide range of flora and fauna. Here are few of the finest and most beautiful hill stations across India, that attracts a good number of tourists from all over the world.
Tawang, the land of Monpasis is a district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at a height of 10,000 ft from the sea level. Tawang is known for its phenomenal natural beauty, which attracts as well as fascinates every tourist and that makes it one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Tawang is surrounded by Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the southwest and Kameng in the east. Tawang is also known for Buddhist influences and has one of the biggest monasteries of India. The ideal time to visit Tawang is in the months of December and January, when the landscape of Tawang turns completely into a new look, during snowfall.
Kullu and Manali
Kullu is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Largi. The valley is very famous for its beauty and its majestic hills covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. On the other hand, Manali in the Beas River Valley is a hill station nestled in the mountains near the northern end of the Kullu Valley.
Dehradun is beautifully nestled between two of India’s mightiest rivers – the Ganges in the east and the Yamuna in the west. Located in the Doon Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is famous for its picturesque landscape and for pleasant climate. It is considered as one of the well known hill stations in India. Dehradun is well connected with a few of the other popular Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital and Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Char Dham. Dehradun hosts training institutions of national importance such as the Indian Military Academy.
Darjeeling and Gangtok
At an average elevation of 6,710 ft, Darjeeling is one of the popular hill stations, that attracts tourist in large numbers. It is famous for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an altitude of 5,800 feet. Known for the mild climate throughout the year, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim’s tourism industry.
Ooty town is a municipality and the district capital of the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. This famous hill station is located in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 meters. This beautiful hill station is connected to the rest of India by road and rail. Its historic sites and natural beauty attract tourists to a large extent.
Shillong, the ‘Scotland of the East’ is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district. It is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level. Rolling hills around town reminded the European settlers of Scotland, for which it is known as the Scotland of the East. Shillong is also often called as ‘India’s Rock Capital’ due to its inhabitants’ great passion for music. It is one of the popular hill stations of North-East India.
Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most fascinating hill stations across India. Once the summer capital of British India, it is surrounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the southeast, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. Shimla is home to a number of colleges and research institutions as well as multiple temples and palaces. Shimla hosts the mountain biking race, MTB Himalaya, which is regarded as the biggest event of its kind in South Asia.