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Shimla:

Before independence, Shimla was the most important British hill station and in summer season it became the summer capital. The name Shimla derives after the Himalayan Goddess Shamla a synonym of Kali. It was first "discovered" by the British in 1819, but it was not until 1822 that the first permanent house was erected and not until many years later that Shimla became the summer capital.

Attractions:

Himachal State Museum, Jakhu Hills and Temple, Institute of advance study, Tara Devi Temple, Himachal State museum, Kamnadevi Temple, The Ridge, Lakkad Bazaar, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Annandale, Wildflower hall, Mashobra, Fagu view point, Kufri snow point, Chail Palace are places worth visiting.

How to Reach-

By Rail: Nearest broad-gauge railhead is at Kalka. Chandigarh is another alternative option.

By Road: Delhi: 343 kms, Chandigarh: 83 kms.

By Air: Nearest Airport is Jubarbhatti-23 kms. and is linked to Chandigarh, Kullu and Delhi.

Manali:

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It's also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the PirPanjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul&Spiti district as well as Leh.It is a popular tourist destination and serves as the gateway to Lahaul&Spiti district as well as Leh.

Attractions:

Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery, Jagatsukh, VashishtKund, Kothi, Naggar Castle, Rahla Falls, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran and Jalori Pass Treks.

How to Reach-

By Rail: Nearest station are Chandigarh 320 kms. and Jogindarnagar 180 kms.

Road: Delhi: 611 kms, Shimla 267 kms.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie Town was named after Lord Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.

Dalhousie is a gateway to the ancient Chamba Hill State, now Chamba District of the state of Himachal Pradesh of India. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest-running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Chamba is the hub of this culture. Bharmour, the ancient capital of this kingdom, is home to the Gaddi and Gujjar tribes. It has 84 ancient temples dating from the 7th–10th centuries AD.

In western Himachal Pradesh, it covers an area of about 14 square kms and built on five hills. The town’s height varies between 1525m and 2378m, and is surrounded by varied vegetation. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains are also visible from this enchanting town.

Attractions:

Laxmi Narayan Temple Complex, Hari Rai Temple, The Chowgan, Rangmahal, St. Andrew’s church, AkhandChandi Palace.

By Rail: Nearest railhead is Pathankot 80 kms.

By Road: Delhi 485 kmsChamba 52 kms.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The ThekchenChöling Temple Complex is a spiritual centre for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts.One of the main attractions of Dharamshala is Triund hill. Jewel of Dharamshala, Triund is a one-day trek at the upper reaches of McLeod Ganj, about 9 km from McLeod Ganj.

Attractions:

War memorial, Kangra Art museum, Kunal Pathri, Mcleodganj, Dal Lake.

y Rail: Kangra Mandir Railway Station is nearest 22 kms.

By Road: Shimla -317 kms. Manali – 260 kms. Delhi-526 kms.

Karnataka: Coorg
Coorg:

Coorg in Karnataka in South India is a beautiful hill resort. 260kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Coorg, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Coorg or Kodagu(originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. It is beautiful hill country most of which is between 3000 and 4000 feet high. The tallest mountain peak is around 6000 feet high. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is famous for coffee plantations. The coffee estates here produce some of the world's best coffee.Several Kodavas (as the people from Coorg are often called) have actively served in the Indian army and the "Coorg Regiment" is among the most decorated.

Attractions:

Harangi&Kudige, NisargaDhama, Dubare Forest, Bhagamandala, Talacavery, Brahmagiri, Fort Madikeri, Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwar Temple, Iruppu Falls.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport is Bangalore- 260kms.

By Rail: Nearest railhead is Bangalore and Mysore.

By Road: Bangalore- 260kms, Mysore- 120kms, Mangalore- 136kms, Tellicherry&Cannanore- 113kms.

Kashmir: Srinagar - Sonmarg - Pahalgam - Gulmarg
Srinagar:

Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is famous for its gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.

Srinagar (1,768 meters) is at north of Delhi via Pathankot, and Jammu. It is on both the sides of River Jhelum and is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, which includes Jammu. Vale of Kashmir, Kishtwar, Ladakh & Zanskar ranges.

The God has graced this city with such a beauty, which is often compared to Venice. Walk down Sonwar or Residency Road and you’ll see half-timbered houses and brick churches surrounded by magnolia trees in the garden. Enter a houseboat and you are instantly transported to another world.

Attractions:

Nagin Lake, Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens: Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Nehru Garden, Char Chinar, Floating Gardens, CheshmaSahai, Shankaracharya Temple.

How to Reach-

By Air: Srinagar is well connected from Delhi, Jammu and Leh.

By Rail: Nearest railhead Jammu-305 kms.

By Road: Delhi -900 kms, Jammu- 305 kms.

Sonmarg

Sonmarg is a hill station in Ganderbal district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmirat an altitude of 2740 meters, – Leh Highway. The town lies in the heart of a beautiful valley carved by the river Sindh, the meadow of gold strewn with the loveliest of alpine flowers and surrounded by towering mountains. Here at Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year and Sonmarg is known as Gateway of Ladakh.

Attractions:

Thajiwas Glacier, Gadsar Lake, Satsar Lake.

How to Reach-

Srinagar 84 kms by road

Pahalgam

Pahalgam is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu &amo; Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination and hill station.

Pahalgam (2740 meters) is heralded by gushing, silvery streams of ice – water and by densely wooded mountains. As the road winds along, Pahalgam appears around the corner against a background of mountains and glistering glaciers with streams rushing past. Pahalgam is the starting point for many trekking trails, such as to the Kolohoi Glacier, Amarnath, Zanskar and Kargil.Pahalgam (2740 meters) is heralded by gushing, silvery streams of ice – water and by densely wooded mountains. As the road winds along, Pahalgam appears around the corner against a background of mountains and glistering glaciers with streams rushing past. Pahalgam is the starting point for many trekking trails, such as to the Kolohoi Glacier, Amarnath, Zanskar and Kargil.

Attractions:

Awantipura-Mattan -Eshumukam Cave, Golf Course, Lidder River, Baisaran.

How t How to Reach-

Srinagar 96 kms by road.

Gulmarg

Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in the Baramula district of the Indian occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas.

The large meadow of Gulmarg is on southwest of Srinagar at 2650 meters. The name means meadow of flowers and in spring it is just that. Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course, which is highest in the world and skiing during the winter season. This is also an excellent trekking base. In winter, it is used to be India’s premier skiing resort.

Places of Interest:

Gondola ride to Apharwat (cable car), Khilanmarg, skiing, horse riding. Splendor of nature and Snowy Mountains.

How to Reach-

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Kerala: Munnar - Vyithri
Munnar

Munnar is nature lover’s paradise and situated in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiritahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.

Attractions:

Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park, Kannan Devan Hills.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport Kochi- 130 kms by road.

By Rail: Nearest rail head Kochi- 130 kms.

By Road: Kochi- 130 kms.

Vythiri

Vythiri is a small town and tourist destination located in the Wayanad district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the three Taluks in the district with the other two being Mananthavady and SultanBathery.Tucked away at the north-eastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300 m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations. Mist capped mountains and breathtaking scenery dominate other tourist attractions.

Attractions:

Vythiri: National Park.

How to Reach-

100 kms.(5 hours) Kozhikode.

Madhya Pradesh: Pachmarhi
Attractions:

Apsara Valley, Rajat Pratap Fall, Duchess Fall, Sunder Kund, Saunder's Pool, Mahadeo Hills, Chhota Mahadeo, Chauragarh, JataShanker Caves.

How to Reach-

By Air: The nearest airport is Bhopal- 195 kms.

By Rail: Pipariya- 47 kms on the Mumbai-Howrah mainline, via Allahabad, is a convenient railhead.

By Road: There are bus services from Bhopal, Hoshangabad, and Nagpur. Taxis are available from Pipariya.

Meghalaya: Shillong
Shillong

Shillong is a hill station in northeast India state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.

Shillong the capital of Meghalaya which was planned by the British as a hill resort and remain summer retreat of the British, the beautifully kept golf course and several English country cottages testify to another influence besides the local one. Beautiful lakes and falls, hillside cottages, a large university, and the popular Bara Bazar are quaint aspects of this town. The place, the people and the climate all combine to create an atmosphere to make Shillong an ideal holiday resort throughout the year. Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on earth is only 56 kms away from Shillong.

Attractions:

Ward Lake, Botanical Garden, Museum, Lady Hydari Park, Crinoline Falls, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Elephanta Falls, Iewduh Bara Bazar, Beadon Falls, Shillong Golf Course, Polo Grounds, Umian Lake.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport Guwahati-129 kms.

By Rail: Nearest Railhead is Guwahati- 103 kms.

By Road: Guwahati-103 kms, Calcutta-1184 kms, Kaziranga-294 km, Siliguri-578 kms, Manas-273 kms.

Rajasthan: Mount Abu
Mount Abu

Mount Abu is a hill station in western India’s Rajasthan state, near the Gujarat border. Set on a high rocky plateau in the Aravalli Range and surrounded by forest, it offers a relatively cool climate and views over the arid plains below. In the centre of town, Nakki Lake is a popular spot for boating. Close by are the centuries-old Dilwara Temples, ornately carved from white marble and of great spiritual importance.

The only hill resort of Rajasthan, crowning at the highest peak of the Aravali hills at altitude of 1220 meters. It is not the only one of the prettiest hill stations in the country, but also a major Rajput Centre. Mt. Abu was dedicated to Lord Shiva before it became Jain pilgrimage center. The biggest draws for Mt. Abu are Dilwara Temples. The hill boasts of a rich vegetation and thick forest. It stands out like an oasis in arid environs.

Attractions:

Dilwara Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, Guru Shikhar, Sunset point, Nakki Lake, etc.

How to Reach-

By Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur, 185 Kms.

By Rail: Nearest station is Abu Road, from here trains to Bombay, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad.

By Road: Udaipur 185 Kms, Ahmedabad 222 Kms, Jodhpur 326 Kms.

Sikkim: Gangtok - Lachung
Sikkim

Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s.

Gangtok the 'Lofty Hill' or the 'hill made flat' to build Gangtok Monastery in 1716. Cradled in the manifold splendors of nature, deep within the snow-clad Himalayas is Sikkim's capital - Gangtok. Overlooking the city is the hill Lukshyma, ' the mother of pearl ' citadel of magic mountain, Khang-chen-dzodnga. Gangtok offers a hospitable base to explore the varied wonders of this highland its picturesque valleys, monasteries, mountain, lakes and trekking trails.

Attractions:

Deer Park, Enchey Ancient Monastery, Government Cottage Industries Institute, Orchid Sanctuary, Research Institute OfTibetlogy, Tashi View Point, Tsuklakhang.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra.

By Rail: Nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri 126kms and Siliguri 111 kms.

By Road: Bagdogra 124 kms, New Jalpaiguri 126 kms. Siliguri 111 kms, Kalimpong 72 kms, Darjeeling 110 kms.

Lachung

Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It's divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards. Nearby, the Yumthang Valley's Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary protects many species of rhododendron. The valley is also known for its waterfalls, pine forests and hot springs.

One of the most exquisite valleys in Sikkim, Lachung is resplendent with snow-capped mountains, breathtaking waterfall and all that nature can offer. Its on the North of Sikkim highway - a highway which can boast of being one with the most beautiful surrounding. Lachung is situated at height of 8610 ft. Blessed by the goddess of nature. The most picturesque village of Sikkim, where the time stands still. Take one and half hour drive to Yumthang situated at a height of 11,800 ft, gets covered with rhododendron flowers with riot of colours bursting on each other.

Attractions:

Yumthang flower valley, mountain trekking and village tour.

How to Reach-

By Air: nearest airport is Bagdogra.

By Rail: railhead is New Jalpaiguri 250 Kms.

By Road: Gangtok 124 Kms, Bagdogra 250 Kms.

Tamilnadu: Ooty - Kodaikanal
Ooty

Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. Surrounded by trees, central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with pleasure boats. On the slopes of nearby Elk Hill, the Rose Garden is home to over 2,000 varieties of roses. The Government Botanical Garden, created in the 19th century, features ferns, orchids and a prehistoric, fossilized tree.

Known as the queen of hills and the most popular hill station in the South India. It is located in the Nilgiri hills at 2286 meter above sea level. With its rolling lawns and salubrious climate it became the important hill station in South India and the summer capital of the former Madras presidency. Ooty still has the touch of the Raj about it, with its cottages and pretty gardens and stone churches that stands among the groves of pine. Old summer palaces of maharajas are now hotels and set in their beautiful parks.

Attractions:

Dodabetta Peak, Ooty lake, Kitty Valley View, Coonoor, Dolphins Nose, Lambs Rock, St. Catherine’s Fall and Laws Fall.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport is Coimbatore- 90kms.

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Coimbatore.

By Road: connected by major destinations of Southern India.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5k Lake Road path around the shore.

Set among the gently sloping Palani hills is the charming retreat of Kodaikanal also known as the princess of hill stations. This is one of India’s most beautiful hill stations frequented by tourists in large numbers right through the ear. The hill town is renowned for its education institutions of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is Kurinji flower, which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill plantation of fruits and plums are well known for their freshness and taste.

Attractions:

Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Croakers Walk, Green Valley View, Telescope Houses, Pillar Rocks, KurinjiAndavar Temple, Silver Cascade and Bear Shola Falls.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport is Madurai- 120kms.

By Rail: The nearest major railway station is Madurai and Kodai Road.

By Road: Well connected by major destinations of Southern India.

Uttar Pradesh: Nainital - Ranikhet - Almora - Kausani
Nainital

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. A cable car runs to Snow View observation point (at 2,270m), with vistas over the town and mountains including Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand’s highest peak.

Nainital is very much a green and pleasant land that immediately appealed to the homesick Britishers, who were reminded of the Cumbrian Lake District. This is certainly one of the most pleasant hill stations to visit and there are many interesting walks through the forests to points with superb views of the Himalayas. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini. But there are few other lakes around Nainital which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini lake.

Attractions:

Naini Lake, Khurpatal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal and Sattal, St-John’s Church, Hanumangarh& Observatory, Vantage point for snow view.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest railhead is Kathgodam-35 kms, well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, and Agra.

By Rail: Delhi – 322 kms, Lucknow - 401 kms, Bariely -141 kms, Corbett 128 kms.

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the home for the Military Hospital, Kumaon Regiment and Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army.

North of Nainital and at an altitude of 1869 meters, this peaceful hill station offers excellent views of the snowcapped Himalayas including Nanda Devi (7817 meters). Unrivalled for panoramic views it offers added attraction of ancient temples, pretty picnic spots and quiet strolls, exciting treks of Kausani and Dunagiri. Ranikhet is a delightful place to spend some time.

Attractions:

Golf Course, Jhula Devi Temple, and Orchards at Chaubatia.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest railhead at Kathgodam-84 kms.

By Rail: Kathgodam-84 kms. Nainital-59 kms. Delhi-361 kms.

Almora

Almora is a municipal board and a cantonment town in the Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Almora district.

The picturesque hill station, at an altitude of 1650 meters, is one of the few not created by the British. Some 400 years ago it was the capital of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. Its 67 kms from Nainital is famous for its exquisite temples and rich medley of fairs and festivals. Almora also offers the visitor healthy selection of treks which combine the pleasure of sightseeing with spirit of adventure the treks to Binsar 30 kms, and Jageshwar- 34 kms.

Attractions:

Udyot-Chandeshwar or Nanda Devi temple, Temple of Goll and Bhairab, Trekking Points.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest railhead is Kathgodam-90 kms, well connected to all major cities.

By Rail: Nanital-67 kms. Pithorgarh-122 kms. Delhi-381 kms.

Kausani

Nestling amongst thick, dense pine forests, atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range. Kausani is known for Himalayan snow-capped peaks standing in a stately row of over 300 kms, of majestic glory. The glory of snow covered peaks Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot when the Sunrays turn them into crimson and gold at sunrise and sunset can bedazzle any viewer by its scenic grandeur and beauty.

Attractions:

Dwarka Ghat 55 temples, Durga Temple, Jhula Devi, Binsar Mahadev, Majkhali, Sitalakhet, Gold Crouse, Fishing.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest railhead is Kathgodam124 kms.

By Rail: Almora-53 kms, Ranikhet-79 kms, Nainital-120 kms. Delhi -410 kms.

West Bengal: Darjeeling
Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in India's West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It's famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

Popularly known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' Darjeeling is at the height of 2042 meters, offering magnificent view of Himalayan panorama including the Kanchenjunga peak. Tiger hill top, offering a breathtaking view of sunrise over Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Ropeway, a 2 kms-long journey between Darjeeling and Takvar, with fantastic overview of hills, undulating valleys and tea gardens.

Attractions:

Lloyd Botanical Gardens, Natural History Museum, Dhirdham Temple, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Buddhist monastery.

How to Reach-

By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra connects Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati.

By Rail: Nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri, Toy train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

By Road: Bagdogra 90 kms, New Jalpaiguri 90 kms, Gangtok 110 kms.