The life in a metro city is on the run,full of fatigue and countless oodles of stress. The escapade comes fromventuring a nearby hill station. A visit to the rejuvenating locationsobviously fortifies the much-needed recharge to the mind and the body.
Delhi is fortunately geographically locatednear the enchanting beauty of Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh. Even coolmountains of Kashmir are at a striking distance. The distance stretch of 500 KM( approx ) from Delhi offers various excursion options for the scenic beauty ofa number of Hill stations. These Hill stations are comfortably accessible bydiverse way of communication like Car, Bus, train & flight. Let us throwsome light on prominent Hill stations nearby Delhi. 1.Mussoorie- is one of the most popular Hill stationin Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. An obvious and advantageous reason beingthe proximity to Delhi.
Mussoorie is in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayanrange with an altitude of 1885 meter. Mussoorie offers a fabulous view of Doonvalley and the Himalayan ranges. Places of attraction in Mussoorie: Mall Road, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, LakeMist, Bhatta Falls, Nahata Estate, Nag Devta Temple, Happy Valley How to reach Mussoorie: It is 279 km from Delhi by road. The stateroadway 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 toMussoorie is 32 km and it takes approx 1.5 hours from Dehradun to reachMussoorie by road.
Time to visit Mussoorie: April- May- June are the months of a peakseason. For those interested in the chilly weather can visit in the winters.The communication may be temporarily interrupted by snow from Mid December toFebruary because of snowfall, however, it is a good time to enjoy the snow.
August and September are avoidable because of heavy rain and higher possibilityof the disruption of the general services. 2.Shimla- is a capital of Himachal Pradesh and alsoone of the most popular hill station of Himachal. Shimla maintains its colonialcharm 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 Shimlaoriginated 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 Queenof Hills. 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. TheHimachal roadway bus takes a time of 11 and half hours for Delhi to Shimlajourney. The enjoyable Kalka Shimla Railway, a narrow gauge track, is listed inthe Guinness Book of Records for the steepest rise in altitude. It is also aglorious part of World heritage site. The journey in the toy train ( Kalka toShimla ) is considered to be a breathtaking experience.
Shimla Airport issituated at Jubbarhatti, 23 km from the city. Time to visit Shimla: March to June is a peak season as thetemperature is pleasant. October to February is another popular season forventuresome folks and adventure sports. July to Mid September span isavoidable.
3.Manali: popularly known as the Valley of Gods.Manali is one of the most beautiful Hill station in Himachal at an altitude of2050 meter. This mesmerizing Hill station is situated near the end of Kulluvalley and beautifully spread at the banks of river Beas.
Manali has lots tooffer Snow clad mountains, adventures sports, waterfalls and other mind-blowinglush surroundings. Places of attraction in Manali: Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, NaggarCastle, Bhrigu Lake, ManiKaran, Solang valley ( adventure sports ), RohtangPass ( 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. Incase of taking Train/Flight, one can reach Chandigarh and continue further roadjourney to Manali. Time to visit Manali: December end to January is a perfect timeto visit Manali to cherish the snowfall. Rest months are good to enjoy thewinters and as usual rainy July- August to be avoided.
4.Nainital: is a popular Hill station located in Uttarakhand at Kumaonfoothills 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, eyesfrom 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. Busesand Volvos operate on day to day basis. The nearest railway station isKathgodham, which is 34 km from Nainital. Time to visit Nainital: September to November & April to June. 5.
Dharamshala: is an amazing Hill station in Kangradistrict of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of 1475 meter.Dharamshala is also declared as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is18 KM from Kangra.
Places of attraction in Dharamshala: Chamunda Temple, Dal Lake, Triund TrekkingPoint, Dalailama Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, How to reach Dharamshala: The Distance of Delhi to Dharamshala byroad is 520 km. It is well connected by buses. The nearest station isPathankot, which is 85 km away. The nearest airport is at Gaggal, about 13kilometers away from Dharamshala Time to visit Dharamshala: September to December and Mid March to MidJuly. 6.Landsdowne: like Shimla was developed by British.It is a small hill town in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. It is apleasant place for enjoying the beauty of nature and trekking.
It is situatedat an altitude of 1706 meter above sky level & nestled by Oak trees andPine forest. Places of attraction in Landsdowne: Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, Gauri Kund,Garhwal Regimental Museum, St. Mary’s Church, St. John’s Church, Durga DeviTemple, How to reach Landsdowne: One of the nearest Hill station from Delhiwith a distance of 250 km.
The nearest station is Kotdwar, which is at 44 kmfrom Landsdowne. The nearest airport is Dehradun at 152 km, however, the betterroute is the road route. Time to visit Landsdowne: Sharadotsav Festival during the autumn isalso a good time to visit Lansdowne. March to June is a peak season andDecember to February are good to enjoy winters. 7.Auli: is known as a Switzerland of India. It issituated at height of 3049 M above sea level. This Hill station located inUttarakhand is a popular skiing and snow sports location in our country.
Thebest part of Auli is the longest cable car in Asia with a length of4 km, whichconnects it to the holy town of Joshimath, and it is the only way to reachAuli. One can have a beautiful view of snow-clad Trishul Peak & Nada DeviPeak. Places of attraction in Auli: Auli Artificial Lake (world’s highestman-made lake), Vishnu Prayag, Gorson Bugyal, Kuari Pass, Joshimath, Badrinath,Tapovan, How to reach Auli: The nearest airport is Dehradun, about 270km from Auli. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, 250 far from Auli.
Thedistance from Delhi is 506 km with last 4 km on the ropeway. Time to visit Auli: The prime attraction is snow skiing and theperfect time span is November to March. 8.Ranikhet: surrounded by Himalayan mountain range,it is a popular Hill station situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It isfamous for lush green surroundings and extensive view of Himalayas. Places of attraction in Ranikhet: Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, ChitaiTemple, Jageshwar, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Baijnath, Katarmal Sun Temple How to reach Ranikhet: Delhi to Ranikhet distance is 350 km, whichis 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.