The life in a metro city is on the run,
full of fatigue and countless oodles of stress. The escapade comes from
venturing a nearby hill station. A visit to the rejuvenating locations
obviously fortifies the much-needed recharge to the mind and the body.
Delhi is fortunately geographically located
near the enchanting beauty of Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh. Even cool
mountains of Kashmir are at a striking distance. The distance stretch of 500 KM
( approx ) from Delhi offers various excursion options for the scenic beauty of
a number of Hill stations. These Hill stations are comfortably accessible by
diverse way of communication like Car, Bus, train & flight. Let us throw
some light on prominent Hill stations nearby Delhi.
Mussoorie- is one of the most popular Hill station
in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. An obvious and advantageous reason being
the proximity to Delhi. Mussoorie is in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan
range with an altitude of 1885 meter. Mussoorie offers a fabulous view of Doon
valley and the Himalayan ranges.
Places of attraction in Mussoorie:
Mall Road, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Lake
Mist, Bhatta Falls, Nahata Estate, Nag Devta Temple, Happy Valley
How to reach Mussoorie:
It is 279 km from Delhi by road. The state
roadway bus takes a minimum time of six and half hour for Delhi to Mussoorie.
The nearest station and the airport are Dehradun. The distance of Dehradun to
Mussoorie is 32 km and it takes approx 1.5 hours from Dehradun to reach
Mussoorie by road.
Time to visit Mussoorie:
April- May- June are the months of a peak
season. For those interested in the chilly weather can visit in the winters.
The communication may be temporarily interrupted by snow from Mid December to
February because of snowfall, however, it is a good time to enjoy the snow.
August and September are avoidable because of heavy rain and higher possibility
of the disruption of the general services.
Shimla- is a capital of Himachal Pradesh and also
one of the most popular hill station of Himachal. Shimla maintains its colonial
charm of the British era since it was developed by the British. Historically,
it enjoyed the status of the summer capital of British India. The name Shimla
originated from the name of Hindu deity Shyamala Devi, an avatar of Goddess Kali.
It is situated at the altitude of 2276 meter and it is popularly known as Queen
Places of attraction in Shimla:
Jakhu Temple, Jakhu ropeway, Christ Church,
The Mall, Tara Devi, Sankat Mochan. Some wonderful nearby places like Kufri,
Mashobra, Tattapani ( for river rafting) & Naldehra
How to reach Shimla:
It is 378 km from Delhi by road. The
Himachal roadway bus takes a time of 11 and half hours for Delhi to Shimla
journey. The enjoyable Kalka Shimla Railway, a narrow gauge track, is listed in
the Guinness Book of Records for the steepest rise in altitude. It is also a
glorious part of World heritage site. The journey in the toy train ( Kalka to
Shimla ) is considered to be a breathtaking experience. Shimla Airport is
situated at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from the city.
Time to visit Shimla:
March to June is a peak season as the
temperature is pleasant. October to February is another popular season for
venturesome folks and adventure sports. July to Mid September span is
Manali: popularly known as the Valley of Gods.
Manali is one of the most beautiful Hill station in Himachal at an altitude of
2050 meter. This mesmerizing Hill station is situated near the end of Kullu
valley and beautifully spread at the banks of river Beas. Manali has lots to
offer Snow clad mountains, adventures sports, waterfalls and other mind-blowing
Places of attraction in Manali:
Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Naggar
Castle, Bhrigu Lake, ManiKaran, Solang valley ( adventure sports ), Rohtang
Pass ( visit to snow clad mountains ) Kullu ( for river rafting).
How to reach Manali:
It is slightly far from Delhi at 545 km.
State roadways and luxurious Volvos are available for Delhi to Manali route. In
case of taking Train/Flight, one can reach Chandigarh and continue further road
journey to Manali.
Time to visit Manali:
December end to January is a perfect time
to visit Manali to cherish the snowfall. Rest months are good to enjoy the
winters and as usual rainy July- August to be avoided.
4.Nainital: is a popular Hill station located in Uttarakhand at Kumaon
foothills of the outer Himalayas. It is also known as a Lake district of India.
Its name is derived from Naini Lake, Naina Devi temple. As per the legend, eyes
from the charred body of Sati formed the Naini Lake.
Places of attraction in Nainital:
Naini Lake, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top,
Snowview point, Naina Devi temple, Sat Tal
How to reach Nainital:
Delhi to Nainital is 300 km by road. Buses
and Volvos operate on day to day basis. The nearest railway station is
Kathgodham, which is 34 km from Nainital.
Time to visit Nainital:
September to November & April to June.
Dharamshala: is an amazing Hill station in Kangra
district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 1475 meter.
Dharamshala is also declared as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is
18 KM from Kangra.
Places of attraction in Dharamshala:
Chamunda Temple, Dal Lake, Triund Trekking
Point, Dalailama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple,
How to reach Dharamshala:
The Distance of Delhi to Dharamshala by
road is 520 km. It is well connected by buses. The nearest station is
Pathankot, which is 85 km away. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13
kilometers away from Dharamshala
Time to visit Dharamshala:
September to December and Mid March to Mid
Landsdowne: like Shimla was developed by British.
It is a small hill town in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is a
pleasant place for enjoying the beauty of nature and trekking. It is situated
at an altitude of 1706 meter above sky level & nestled by Oak trees and
Places of attraction in Landsdowne:
Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, Gauri Kund,
Garhwal Regimental Museum, St. Mary’s Church, St. John’s Church, Durga Devi
How to reach Landsdowne:
One of the nearest Hill station from Delhi
with a distance of 250 km. The nearest station is Kotdwar, which is at 44 km
from Landsdowne. The nearest airport is Dehradun at 152 km, however, the better
route is the road route.
Time to visit Landsdowne:
Sharadotsav Festival during the autumn is
also a good time to visit Lansdowne. March to June is a peak season and
December to February are good to enjoy winters.
Auli: is known as a Switzerland of India. It is
situated at height of 3049 M above sea level. This Hill station located in
Uttarakhand is a popular skiing and snow sports location in our country. The
best part of Auli is the longest cable car in Asia with a length of4 km, which
connects it to the holy town of Joshimath, and it is the only way to reach
Auli. One can have a beautiful view of snow-clad Trishul Peak & Nada Devi
Places of attraction in Auli:
Auli Artificial Lake (world’s highest
man-made lake), Vishnu Prayag, Gorson Bugyal, Kuari Pass, Joshimath, Badrinath,
How to reach Auli:
The nearest airport is Dehradun, about 270
km from Auli. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, 250 far from Auli. The
distance from Delhi is 506 km with last 4 km on the ropeway.
Time to visit Auli:
The prime attraction is snow skiing and the
perfect time span is November to March.
Ranikhet: surrounded by Himalayan mountain range,
it is a popular Hill station situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is
famous for lush green surroundings and extensive view of Himalayas.
Places of attraction in Ranikhet:
Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, Chitai
Temple, Jageshwar, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Baijnath, Katarmal Sun Temple
How to reach Ranikhet:
Delhi to Ranikhet distance is 350 km, which
is well connected by road. The nearest airport is Dehradun, about 151 km away.
Kathgodham is the nearest railway station which is just 43 km away.
Time to visit Ranikhet:
September to December & March to June.