Whether it’s Shimla or Kulu-Manali in the Himalayan range or the Western Ghats gliding all the way down to south, India is blessed with nature’s bounty. Most of these hill-stations are set amidst pine scented forests and picturesque surroundings, we promise, the views are visual delight. So, how about a quick getaway exploring the off-beat destinations? We provide you with top six hill-stations of India, you shouldn’t miss…
‘Offbeat’ Hill-stations of IndiaJanuary 27, 2014 402 0 0
Where: Near Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Best Time to Visit: Dhanaulti is pleasant in the summer months of May, June, July and August
Lesser known facts: Dhanaulti is a beautiful misty hill station in the Garhwal range. Compared to the bustling town of Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is blissfully secluded and serene. It lies on a ridge at an elevation of 2286m amidst deep forests of deodar, oak, conifer, rhododendron and flame of the forest.
Must Visit: Eco-Park, Surkanda Devi Temple, Government Potato Farm, Himalayan Weavers, Barehipani and Joranda falls and Kanatal.
Where: Tamil Nadu
Best Time to Visit: October to May
Lesser known facts: It is popular tourist stop because of its impressive views of the lush green Nilgiri hills. Also known for its tea plantations as the environment is conducive to growing exceptionally aromatic tea. The impressive views of wildflowers are another favourite thing experience in Coonoor, as is bird watching.
Must Visit: The Pasteur Institute, Pomological Station,Droog Fort,Lamb’s Rock ,Lamb’s Rock ,Dolphin’s Nose, Kotagiri, Sim’s Park
Best Time to Visit: December to February
Lesser known facts: Chopta, a lesser known destination is a picture perfect hill station located at the Himalayan range of Uttrakhand. It is believed that, one can cite marvelous view of peaks like Himalayan, Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. Located at an altitude of 2680mts, the hill station comprises of a variety of flora and fauna. It is believed that the morning of the town are full of energy and cool and the day is much more happening with the splash of the beautiful sun rays. The place is known for its winter time snow, when people can enjoy the joy of trekking in snow.
Must Visit: Tungnath Temple, Chandrashilla, Madhmaheshwar,Deoria Tal, Kalimath
Where: Tamil Nadu
Best Time to Visit: October to June
Lesser known facts: Yercaud is known for its plantations majorly of coffee, orange, jackfruit, guava, cardamom and black pepper. Apart from sightseeing tourists, one can opt for trekking around Yercaud, and if visiting during the month of May, the Summer Festival is a must see which is a spectacle consisting of fairs, boat races, flower and dog shows. Yercaud also has a few historical sites for those who find history fascinating. With vast serene valleys and picturesque landscape, Yercaud has many attractions in store for the tourists. From temples to caves to water falls to exquisite view of the valley from the hill top, there is something about Yercaud that puts a smile on people’s faces.
Must Visit: Big Lake, Bear’s Cave, Lady’s Seat, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat, Arthur’s Seat, Anna Park, Botanical Garden, Montfort School, Servarayan Temple, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple and Tipperary View Point.
Where: Andhra Pradesh
Best Time to Visit: March to October
Lesser known facts: Anantagiri is a breathtakingly beautiful resort sheltered in the lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats. It is considered to be a perfect head off to get away from the blistering summer months. Ananthagiri is perched at an altitude where the panoramic vista unfolds stunning viewpoints.
Must Visit: Ananthapadmanabha swamy temple, Araku Valley,Borra Caves,Ramakrishna Beach, Dolphin’s Nose and Sri Venkateswara Konda
Best Time to Visit: October to June
Lesser known facts: Chikhaldara is known for its beautiful lakes, waterfalls and wildlife, the hill station of Chikhaldara is located in Amravati district of Maharashtra. The sole hill resort in the Vidarbha region is the only coffee-growing area in Maharashtra. It abounds in wildlife because of its close proximity to the famous Melghat Tiger Project which has 82 tigers.
Must Visit: Hurricane Point, Prospect Point, and Devi Point. Other interesting excursions include Gavilgad and Narnala Fort, the Pandit Nehru Botanical Gardens, the Tribal Museum and the Semadoh Lake.
These beautiful hill stations not only transport you to a different time-zone, but it also captures your heart and soul with their beauty. Experience the luxury and beauty both, at the same time.
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