Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Hill Stations in India

Hill stations in India are a perfect vacation option for those who want to shoo-away their big-city blues. Located at heights ranging from 600 meters above sea level to 3500 meters above sea level. Most of India‘s hill stations or resorts are heads and shoulders above other tourist centres. What is most unique about these Indian hill stations is the fact. That they are confined to India-a colonial India contribution. These resorts, popularly known as Hill Stations in India, provide. A welcome break from everyday life’s chores and bring us closer to nature.

Jammu Kashmir

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Jammu Kashmir is the first Himalayan state of India, but it’s not another hill land of India. In fact three regions’ foothill plains; Cashmir’s lakes and blue valleys rising up to alpine passes; Ladakh‘s high altitude plains; and the beautiful mountains beyond those passes. Moving one to poetry is enough. Among the most attractive parts of this Indian state are the opportunities for adventure. That can be divided into trekking, mountaineering and Trans Himalayan

Kashmir is one of the most beautiful and popular tourist regions in India and has been one of the great Moghul emperors since. It’s probably most famous for the houseboats on picturesque Dal Lake you’ve not really been to Kashmir until you’ve stayed on one -but there’s a lot more to the Kashmir Valley than just lazing on board.

There are a number of interesting mosques, temples and forts around the capital, Srinagar, and, of course, the beautiful Moghul Gardens-laid out in formal patterns hundreds of years ago and as beautiful as it is today. But to really enjoy Kashmir, you have to get away from Srinagar, to the hill stations around the valley. Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg are all delightful in themselves, but they also serve as the jump-off points for the many trekking opportunities offered by Kashmir.

Climate Of Jammu & Kashmir

The climate is one of the opposites: while in summertime the heat builds up to breaking point in the foothills, people of Ladakh and Kashmir wait for the snow to melt.on the high passes. Jammu will be a much more pleasant destination from October onwards. However, the best time to enjoy vale of Kashmir and the adventures of the Ladakh region is between the months of May and September.

Culture Of Jammu & Kashmir

Most are Muslims living in the Kashmir Valley; the closest links, culturally and ethnically, are with people in the Gilgit District’s northwestern highlands in the Pakistani sector. While the Jammu region is dominated by Hindus. Trans-Himalayan Buddhism mainly influences Ladakh. Sanskrit influences the Kashmiri language and belongs to the Indo-Aryan language Dardic branch also spoken by Gilgit’s hill tribes. The great majority of the population resides in the lower reaches of the valley.

Kashmir’s ancient caves and temples reveal a strong connection at the beginning of the Christian era with Indian culture. At one time the classical dances of the south are believed to have been practised. These arts survived in folk forms only and were performed mainly at ceremonies of marriage. The popular Hafiza dance performed by Kashmiri women to the accompaniment of Sufiana Kalam was later replaced by the Bacha Nagma, performed by young boys dressed as women. The Bandh Jashna or the “festival of clowns”, a 300- to the 400-year-old genre of Kashmiri folk theatre performed in village squares, satirizes social situations through dance, music and clowning.

Adventure Sports in Jammu and Kashmir

In the summer season, Kashmir offers a series of a little less rigorous adventure sports, such as Water Skiing, on Srinagar’s Dal and Nagin Lakes, a popular part-time in the valley. Water trekking is calculated to please anyone in a boat who wants to explore the valley. A gondola, locally known as Shikara, takes visitors along a five-day route along the valley’s rivers and lakes. Enjoy camping along the way for nights. Another delightful water sport in Kashmir is trout fishing and the fishing season lasts throughout the summer.

What can make an expedition for mountaineering, an adventure that you could never forget? If it’s done on the glaciers that are still craving to be explored. The Himalayan range offers some of the most stringent challenges that you can ever face in mountaineering. The glaciers of Ladakh and Kashmir regions can test one’s survival to the fittest and most testing of them allis the Siachen glacier, known as the largest glacier outside the Polar Regions.

 Jammu

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

The Duggar land has innumerable temples and shrines and is also Jai Maa Vaishno dev known as the “the City of Temples”. Jammu where the past still has a living presence was one ruled by the great Emperor Ashoka who introduces Buddhism in the region. In the 2nd century, religion flourished under the rule of Kushan. But however, from many centuries, Hinduism is the dominant religion of the region. It is believed that in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the picturesque river Tawi flowing alongside, stands the land where Raja Jambu Lochan went on a hunt. While crossing the River Tapi, he saw one incident which left him speechless.

He saw a deer and a tiger that stood side by side drinking water from the same tank. He was shocked after seeing this unusual sight of life and had decided to build a city in this soil. Where no living creature bore enmity against another. Jammu is a very famous tourist destination in India because it is a home of most popular and ancient Hindu shrines. Today the temple of Bahu Mata also known as Maha Kali is the presiding deity of Jammu second to Mata Vaishno Devi. The other major tourist destination is Dargah of Peer Budhan Ali Shah, Ragunath Temple Complex and many more must-see.

Tourist Places to Visit in Jammu

Ranbir Canal
Ranbir Canal is situated approximately 02 km away from the heart of the city. A small garden along the Ranbir Canal is very famous because it serves as a perfect cool picnic spot during the summers. The water of the canal Jai Maa Vaishno remains icy cold throughout the year because it flows down from the hills. Its banks serve as good viewpoints and pathways.

Bahu Fort
One of the oldest fort and popular tourist sightseeing place in the city of Jammu is Bahu fort which is situated. On the rock face of the left bank of river Tapi. It was built over 3,000 years ago by King Bahulcohan. The surrounding of the fort is extensive gardens known as Bagh-e-Bahu. After that Dogra rulers capture the fort which had renovated and rebuilt the fort. Inside the fort, there is a Goddess Durga Temple.

Peer Baba
Peer Baba, the dargah of Muslim saint peer Budhan Ali Shah is situated in the backside of Civil Airport. Irrespective of the caste and religion, a large number of Hindu and Sikh Devotes comes here every Thursday to offer prayers and respect to the legendary saint. The last and tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was a close friend of the saint. It was believed that the saint died at the age of 500 years by supporting his life entirely on milk.

Mubarak Mandi Palace

Ranbireshwar TempleMubarak Mandi Palace was formerly the residence of the erstwhile rulers of Jammu. It is a complete fusion of Rajasthani, Mughal and Baroque European styles. The construction of all the buildings was rounded up to 150 but the oldest building dated back to 1824. The artisans who constructed the building is surely admirable. Because one is sure impressed by the architectural skills that have been displayed. The palace’s Pink Hall has now been transformed into a museum known as the Museum of Dogra Art. It houses the different Hill Schools ‘ beautiful miniature painting. But, the most stunning segment inside the palace complex is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), must-visit.

Ranbireshwar Temple
Ranbireshwar Temple is the biggest Shiva Temple in north India and is one of the important and ancient shrines located on the Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat in Jammu. The temple was constructed by MaharajRanbir Singh in 1833 A.D. The Temple has a central Lingam constructed out of black stone, measuring 8 feet in height which is the Peer Khohbiggest Lingam in India.

Peer Khoh
Peer Khoh is a cave shrine also known as Jamawant Cave which is located. On the Circular Road above River Tapi, 3.5 Kms. North-East from the heart of the town. There is a natural Shiva Lingam in the cave, which is not known for its antiquity or its cause. It is believed that the caves also gives underground way to other caves and shrines even outside of the country.

Excursion Tours in Jammu

Katra City

Katra is a small town which is just 50 km away from Jammu and it serves as the base camp for people who come here to visit the famous shrine of Vaishnodeviji situated in the Trikuta hills. The Shrine is 16 Kms from Katra and is easily approachable on foot-path. The devotes who are not so much Adventure at Patnitopphysically fit can take house or Pichu to reach the shrine. Every year nearly 4 million people pass through Katra on their way to Vaishnodeviji. There are many Tourist Bungalows, Yatrika and a number of private hotels where accommodation for tourist is easily available.

Patnitop City

Patnitop is a famous hill resort situated on a beautiful plateau at an altitude of 2024 meters. It is well connected by Jammu Srinagar highway. Its beauty can not describe in words because it was enveloped by thickly wooded forests, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. Especially during winters, Patnitop is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow. Patnitop is also famous for their large number of Huts and Tourist Bungalows, all managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board.

Mansar Lake

Mansar lake is a beautiful lake covered by hills and forest which is located 62 km from Jammu. The adventure activity like boating is also available Mansar Lake on the spot. A food and crafts festival is organized here annually in Baisakhi by J&K Tourism. Accommodation near Mansar lake is the Tourist Bungalow and huts built by J&K TDC.

Ooty

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Hill Stations in India

Ooty or Ootacamund the hill resort of Tamil Nadu, is located in Nilgiri Mountain ranges. Set at an altitude of 7,216 feet above sea level, Ooty covers an area of 30.67 Sq Km. The Hill resort of Ooty lies amidst four Ooty Lake hills namely Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill. One of the most popular hill resorts of Southern India, Ooty is situated near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

The moods of the hill resort change with the different season, but the varied moods are equally hospitable to the visitor. That’s why Ooty is the only hill station in the country which attracts a large number of visitors in all seasons. Ooty is also famous as the ‘All-seasons-hill resort’ and the’ Queen of hill stations.’ Nestled amidst the hills, at a point where the Eastern Ghats meets the Western Ghats, Ooty spreads along a beautiful plateau.

Today these tea estates are not only producing tea but also adding beauty to the hill resort. The main industry of Ooty is oil extraction from the Eucalyptus trees and also from Lemongrass, Geranium, Clove and Camphor. The hill station organizes several festivals, like the Tea and Tourism Festival, Makar Pongal and Flower Show. The Tea and Tourism Festival, held in the month of January, in which one can learn more and more about the favourite drink, tea.

Makar Pongal is celebrated in the month of January, while the Flower Show is held in May at the Botanical Gardens Ooty or Ootacamund. The hill resort of Tamil Nadu is located in Nilgiri Mountain ranges. Set at an altitude of 7,216 feet above sea level, Ooty covers an area of 30.67 Sq Km.

Hill Resort of Ooty

The Hill resort of Ooty lies amidst of four Ooty Lake !!! high hills namely Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill. One of the most popular hill resorts of Southern India, Ooty is situated near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. The moods of the hill resort change with the different season, but the varied moods are equally hospitable to the visitor. That’s why Ooty is the only hill station in the country which attracts a large number of visitors in all seasons. Ooty is also famous as the ‘All-seasons-hill resort’ and the’ Queen of hill stations.’ Nestled amidst the hills, at a point where the Eastern Ghats meets the Western Ghats, Ooty spreads along a beautiful plateau.

The main industry of Ooty is oil extraction from the Eucalyptus trees and also from Lemongrass, Geranium, Clove and Camphor. The hill station organizes several festivals, like the Tea and Tourism Festival, Makar Pongal and Flower Show. The Tea and Tourism Festival, held in the month of January, in which one can learn more and more about the favourite drink, tea. Makar Pongal is celebrated in the month of January, while the Flower Show is held in May at the Botanical Gardens.

Places to visit Ooty

Botanical Gardens – Located at a distance of 2 km from the town centre, the Government Botanical Gardens were founded in1847. The beautiful gardens spread over an area of 22 hectares. The gardens have Botanical Gardens Ooty !!!more than 650 plants species, that includes a fossil of a tree, approximately 20 million years old. A garden is a perfect place for nature-loving persons, who want to walk among greenery along with watching rare ferns and shrubs closely.

Ooty Lake – The 2.5 Km long lake was built in1825. One can go for boating on the lake or one can enjoy fishing by taking fishing permission.

Dodabetta Peak

– Located 10 km from Ooty, this is the highest point in the district. Standing at a height of 2,623 meters, the peak is the best viewpoint offers a picturesque view of the surrounding valley. One can even see the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

Lamb’s Rock – The vantage point is just 9 km from Coonoor. The point is perfect for taking pictures and Great Archaeological Mahabalipuram Temple !!!also a wonderful picnic spot. It is known for the spectacular views of the plains of Coimbatore and the tea estates in the nearby areas.

Kodanadu’s View Point – The viewpoint lies 16 km from Kotagiri, is situated on the eastern edge of the Nilgiri Mountain range. The viewpoint offers a splendour view of the Moyar river and the tea estates. The clock-tower stands here, that offers a breathtaking view of the Rangasamy peak.

Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of 67 km from Ooty. The Wildlife Sanctuary has the richness of various flora and fauna and it provides shelter to several endangered species. It houses tigers, leopards, elephants, giant squirrels, sambhar, chital, barking deer and flying squirrels. One can also see many kinds of birds that include colourful parakeets, black woodpecker, Malabar trogon and crested hawk-eagle.

Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Kotagiri – The Hill stations in India is located at 28 Kms east of Ooty. Kotagiri is the oldest of the three Hill Stations in India in the Nilgris, but not much popular as other two Ooty and Coonoor. This hill resort is famous for its pleasant weather and tea estates.

Kalhatty Waterfalls – The waterfalls are located at a distance of about 13 km from Ooty. The 100 feet high beautiful waterfalls lies on the Kalhatty slopes. The Kalhatty-Masinagudi slopes house many wild species, including panthers, sambhar, bison and wild buffaloes.

Coonoor – The famous hill station is just 17 km from Ooty. The hill station stands at an altitude of 1839 meters, is renowned for its beautiful picnic spots and picturesque surroundings.

Best Time To Visit

The hill resort remains pleasant all through the year, so one can visit this place any time in the year. But the ideal time to visit Ooty is from February to May and September to November. If one visits the place in summers he must pack a jacket along with other clothes to avoid shower or drizzle. In winters one should carry winter wear or woollen clothing.

How to Reach Ooty

Ooty is not directly connected by Air or Rail link. But good motorable roads connect Ooty with major towns of the country.

Air – Coimbatore (89 Kms) is the nearest Airport from Ooty, the flights of Indian Airlines connects Coimbatore with Chennai(535 Kms), Mumbai (1320 km), Calicut (78 Kms), and Madurai (325 Kms).

Rail – The Narrow Guage train services connect Ooty with Mettupalayam, which is connected via Chennai and Coimbatore to major cities in India.

Road – The roads connect Ooty to Chennai (535Kms), Bombay (1320 Kms), Coimbatore (89 Kms), Coonoor (19 Kms), Bangalore(290 km), Calicut (178 Kms), Kotagiri (29 Kms), Madumalai (64Kms), Mysore (160 Kms), Tiruchirapally (302 Kms) and Trivandrum (498 Kms).

Rishikesh

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Rishikesh is an entrance place to the self-important Himalayas of Garhwal and four chief Hindu pilgrimage hub of Garhwal, which grasp massive significance in the spiritual existence of religious supporters of the faith. These four places who jointly consist of a Char Dham are known as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. To do Char Dham yatra is supposed to be a necessity for all the Hindus at least one time in their life. Rishikesh is also measured as the Yoga Capital of the world. As Rishikesh is located in the footsteps of Himalayas, so there is pleasing climate all through the year. Rishikesh is 238 km far from Delhi and is 25 km above the Ganges from Haridwar.

Places to visit Rishikesh

Triveni Ghat:- In Rishikesh Triveni Ghat is located in the middle of the town and is the most famous bathing Trayambakeshwar Temple Rishikesh ghat in Rishikesh. The ghat is perfect for a bath in the sacred waters of the Ganga, with its contemporary descriptions of Hindu divinity and pallid grimy beach. In the evening the grand arati ceremony with lamps is significance watching for the pilgrimage feeling.
Bharat Mandir – Bharat Mandir is also in Rishikesh located near the Triveni Ghat and supposed to be the oldest shrine in Rishikesh. The temple’s supervene divinity is a black stone Vishnu, which is supposed to have been sacred by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century when he stayed in Rishikesh.

Lakshman Jhula – In Rishikesh, It is the hanging Irom bridge and constructed above the Ganges. It is named after the Laxman, brother of Lord Rama. On both, the side of Lakshman Jhula temples is there. You can take pleasure in the fantastic environment and the cool gentle wind over the Ganges while passing the River from the Ananda Spa Himalaya Rishikesh bridge. You can also acquire boat travel and sight the suspension bridge from the boat at the same time as nourishing the fish in the river.

Swarg Ashram

In Rishikesh, The Swarg Ashram ( Heavenly Adobe) is a good-looking place located in the charming environment at the bottom of the Himalayas lying on the left bank of the Ganges flanked by Rishikesh and Laxman Jhula. It is this place wherefrom eras the famed Yogis and Rishis have been performing the Tapasya. Some of the significant temples consisted in Sawarg Ashram are Kali Kumbliwale established by Swami Vishudhananda, Parmarth Niketan with bulky figures of gods and goddesses and the Gita Bhavan with its Ayurvedic dispensary and supermarkets promoting spiritual books and cotton Khadi.

FAMOUS EXCURSIONS FROM RISHIKESH

Haridwar Temple
Haridwar has situated approximately 24 km from Rishikesh in the north state of Uttaranchal. It is one of the holiest pilgrimage places for the people belongs to Hinduism. Haridwar is also known as the “Gateway to the Gods” because of its geographical location which is believed to be the place where God left their footprints. It is also an important city as it serves as a gateway to other three important and holiest places i.e. Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Every evening thousands of people gather on the ghats of river Ganga to attain the grand aarti ceremony. Tourist can be easily reached Haridwar by Superfast Shatabdi train which runs daily from Delhi Railway station and is also well connected by road to other cities of North Indian State. The major places to visit in Haridwar is Hari-ki-Padi, Chandi Devi and ghats near Ganga river.

Dehradun Travel

Dehradun which is also known as a Doon Valley is one of the oldest city in India. Hills & Himalaya Monastery Dehradun hill station and also the capital of Uttaranchal Pradesh. The city is believed to have been founded by Guru Dronacharya (as per the Hindu Epic of Mahabharata). The city is visited by a large number of international as well as domestic tourists every year. Its location is the main factor that’s ways even during summers, it is not so much warm. The major attraction in Dehradun are Malsi Deer Park, Robber’s Cave, Lakshman Siddh Temple,

Chila Wild Life Sanctuary

Chila Wildlife Sanctuary is just 21 km away from Rishikesh. It is a part of Rajaji National Park spread over an area of 240 Sq Km. Annually thousands of foreign as well as domestic people visit the sanctuary because it is like a haven for wildlife lovers. It has 23 species of mammals and 315 fauna species include elephants, spotted deer, stag deer, blue bull, wild boar, fox, porcupine, jungle fowls and peacocks. Besides these, migratory birds are also seen on the river Ganga. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from 15 November to 15 June.

Best time to visit Rishikesh

Elephant Safari National Corbett Park March to April – River rafting is the best time for adventure lovers and Yoga Meditation also.
May to June – Long treks to pilgrimage places like Yamnotri, Gangotri and Badrinath are open in-between month.
July to September – Valley of Flowers and Hemkund trek/ Pilgrimage to Chardham
October – 15th November – River Rafting, Camping on the beaches along the river, Pilgrimage, Yoga and meditation
15th November to February – River rafting, Wildlife Safaris in Rajaji & Corbett National park, Yoga and meditation.

How to reach Rishikesh

By Air:

The hilly town of Rishikesh is located in the Garhwal region of Uttaranchal. There is no airport in the Reach by Kingfisher Airlines India town. But Jolly Grant’s nearest airport in Dehradun, the state’s capital city. Rishikesh is just 35kms away from the airport.

By Road:

Rishikesh is connected by an extensive network of roads to other cities in Uttaranchal and India, namely: Haridwar, Agra,

By Rail:

The nearest railhead from Rishikesh is Haridwar. Haridwar is a major railway station in the region. Many express, mail and tourist trains link Haridwar to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad and so on.
Chandigarh, Dehradun, Delhi and Nainital.

Manali

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Hill Stations in India Manali is located on the banks of the Beas, near the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley, at an altitude of 2050 m. It is the most important holiday destination throughout the valley. It is necessary to see and experience the raw magnificence of the natural beauty of Manali, to be believed. Proud, snow-clad mountains, dense forests, emerald valleys, exotic flowers, gurgling streams meandering through meadows, it is sheer magic. Manali means “Home of Manu”. Manali has derived its name from the name of a mythological character, Manu who is supposed to have survived when the whole world was drowned in flood. Then he came to Manali to recreate human life. This Manali area is sacred, therefore, and Hindus treat the temples here as a pilgrimage.

The Hills ‘ Adventurous Zeal.

Manali is known for skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking adventure sports. In short, Manali-the true “Gods Valley”-is an ideal place for those looking for both adventure and comfort.

people of Manali

Hill stations in India are the Kullu is in brightly patterned buttons, Tibetan women wearing ankle-length rainbow-striped pinafores, Nepali porters, Buddhist monks, and even the odd party of Zanskaris, swathed in fusty woollen gotchas, muddled Together with Indian and Western souvenir-hunting tourists, all add up to Manali’s welcoming hub

Hadimba Temple

This temple, with a finely wrought four – tiered pagoda roof, dating back to 1553, is built around a natural cave, which enshrines the footprints of the goddess Hadimba. Hadimbawas the wife of Bhima, one of the five great Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata, and later became the patron goddess of the Kulu royal family.

Manu Temple – The Manalsu River flows near the Hadimba temple, which culminates in the main river of the Beas. The original village of Manali, which houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu, is across the Manalsu River. Manali is named after Manu himself, who is said to have been living here.

Monasteries–Manali also houses three recently built Tibetan monasteries.

Arjun Gufa

Five km from Manali near the village of Prini is the Arjun Gufa, Arjuna’s cave. Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, is believed to have performed his penance here.

Vashisht – Three km from Manali is the village of Vashisht, which is renowned for its hot sulphur springs. The village is also the site of some old temples dedicated to Vashisht, the great sage, and Lord Rama. The sulfur baths of the Himachal Tourism are just beyond these shrines.
Jagatsukh – Jagatsukh, the former capital of Kulu, houses temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Sandhya Gayatri.

Solang Valley Manali

Solang Valley – Around 14 km from Manali, is the Solang valley, that boasts of the glacier nearest to the resort. Replete with a terrific picnic – spots, the amazing ski slopes here are full of hectic activity, come January – February.

Rohtang Pass

It is 51 km from Manali to Rohtang Pass. Located at 3980 meters above sea level, the Pass once served as a crucial trade route and remains the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti districts. The Pass is open every year from June to November and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Just beyond the Pass is the Sonapani Glacier and the twin peak of Gayman. Also accessible from the Rohtang Pass is the Beas Kund, the source of the Beas River, a holy site for Hindus, as the sage Vyas is said to have meditated on this spot.

Shopping

Shawls, local tweeds, caps, rugs (‘names’), footwear, fresh fruit, natural oils (olive and almond), silver jewellery, pullovers, metal craft, woollen jackets and bamboo products.

Manali Temperature

Climate Max-Min
Summer 25° 12°
Winter 14° 3°

Clothing


The weather changes rapidly. Hence light woollen in summer and heavy woollen in winter are advisable.

How to Reach Manali

By Air

Bhuntar (50 km) is the nearest airport.

By Rail

Jogindernagar (135 km) is the nearest narrow gauge railhead. Chandigarh (310 km) and Ambala (355 km) are the nearest wide gage railheads.

By Road,

The distance is 585 km from Delhi via Mandi and 270 km from Simla. Luxury buses run by Himachal Tourism regularly fly to Manali from Simla, Chandigarh and Delhi.

Shimla

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Hill Stations in India

Hill stations in India Shimla was the most important British hill resort, prior to India’s Top of Earth Shimla Travel Independence. Independence. It is named after the Kali manifestation of its patron goddess, Shamla Devi. Shimla, at an altitude of 7,267 feet, is inhabited by a crescent-shaped ridge, blessed with ever-cool air and amazing views. It provides superb panoramic sights of the valleys, and the lofty peaks of the great Himalayan range, on both sides. Shimla’s colourful local bazaars are sprawled over the ridge’s southern slopes.

Spread over 12 km along a ridge overlooking terraced hills and crops, Shimla is magnificently robed in dense forests of oak and pine, fur and rhododendron, and it is the best way to travel here on the Kalka slow train. Shimla also is a convenient base for a variety of adventure sports such as Skiing, Trekking, Fishing and Golfing etc

Places to visit in Shimla

Gaiety Theatre This theatre is one of the world’s oldest theatres. It’s in a shopping street. This is often the scene of famous plays.

Himalayan Bird Park-Rare birds are found in this park 1 km from the Mall Road. Models of some endangered species (animals and birds) are also found here.
Himalayan Bird Park Shimla

Viceregal Lodge

This lobby is Shimla’s most beautiful building. It houses some of the oldest articles that would bring us back to British rule.
Jakhu Hill – Shimla’s highest Peak, this is situated 2km from the town. One can have a breathtaking view of Shimla from here. A Hanuman Temple is also found on this peak.

Chadwick Falls-7 km from Shimla, this is the perfect place for a picnic. It is surrounded by waterfalls at 1,586 meters above sea level.

Summer Hill

Another picnic spot 4 km. from Shimla, it is located at 1,851 meters above sea level. It has Goddess Taradevi‘s beautiful temple.

Prospect Hill

Located on this hill is the temple of Goddess Kamna. Sunrise and the moon are spectacular sights from here. You would be brought here by a 15-minute climb from Baluganj. Here’s a State Museum for those interested in Himachal Pradesh’s culture and art.

Kufri -16 km from Shimla, the “Chinese Bungalow” is also called the beautiful Kufri. From February to March, many games are held here. You can ski on its snow-covered slopes in winter and have a ride on the back of the Yak in the summer. Kufri is famous for its natural beauty of the scenery.

Chail Himalaya Temple
Chail – Another scenic spot where the river A semiflows. This adds to its beauty. Here is the world’s highest cricket field. A story goes that the British forbade the Maharaja of Patiala. From going to Shimla because of some differences. Therefore, he laid the foundation for Chail’s town, and since he loved. The cricket game, a particular field was laid. Chail is 45 kilometres from Shimla.

Nalderao-the oldest golf course in India, 22 km from Shimla. The beauty of the pine and deodar is added.
There is a unique attraction of dense forests and apple orchards. The mountains that are snow-capped can hold anyone spell-bound.
Fagu – It is located 2,510 mt. above sea level. Winter is extremely beautiful here.

How to Reach Shimla

By Rail

Shimla is connected to Kalka by an enchanting narrow gauge railway line – where even a quaint rail-car pay
By Road

Chandigarh is 117 km, Manali is 219 km, Chail is 45 km and Delhi is at a distance of 370 km. Luxury coaches and taxis from Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh come to Shimla

KEDARNATH

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Hill Stations in India

Hill Stations in India is the beautiful mountains of majestic Kedarnath range stand one of the famed Jyotilirlingam of LordEnjoy Camping Kedarnath Himalaya Shiva. Located at an altitude of 3,584 meters above the sea level on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is a holy town of Hindus. It is the most remote of all the sites surrounded by some of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in Chardham. The present temple was built back in the 8th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya and stands adjacent to the temple that was built by Pandavas.

According to Hindu Mythology, Pandavas felt guilty of having killed their own brothers in the war of Kurukshetra. As a result, they wanted the blessings of Lord Shiva as redemption. However, Lord Shiva wished to elude them and finally took refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a bull. But since he was followed, he dived into the ground. Leaving behind him a hump on the surface. It is believed that the rest of its body scattered throughout the Garhwal and are worshipped as manifestations.

MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN KEDARNATH

Kedarnath Temple
The Kedarnath temple was built back in the 8th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya and stands adjacent to the temple that was built by Pandavas. The walls of this temple are decorated with the figures of deities and scenes from mythology. This temple comprises of grab’ with the conical lingam and a ‘mandap’ for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old.

Shankaracharya Samadhi
Behind the Kedarnath Temple lies the final resting place or Samadhi of Guru Shankaracharya. According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that at an early age of 32 years after establishing the Char Dham in India, he went for his Samadhi.

EXCURSIONS FROM KEDARNATH

Chorabari (Gandhi Sarover)Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar)
According to Hindu Legends, Gandhi Sarovar is a small lake from where Yudhishthir, you take enjoy camping at Himalaya hills the eldest of the Pandavas is believed to have moved to heaven. The floating ice on the sparkling waters is an amazing sight that attracts tourists from all over the country and abroad.

Vasuki Tal
Located approximately 4135 meters above sea level and surrounded by elevated mountains, Vasuki Tal is a picturesque lake offering a magnificent view of the Chaukumbha peaks.

Gaurikund Gaurikund is the main base for trekking to Kedarnath. From Gaurikund, there is a 14 km long stretch after which the pilgrims reach Kedarnath.

Triyuginarayan Temple Triyuginarayan

Triyuginarayan, 5 km trek from Sonprayag is the mythological place of marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that an eternal flame which is said to have been proved to their marriage burns in front of the temple even today.

Deoria Tal
Sari Village is the last bus terminus on the Chopta-Ukhimath road from where a 2 km walk leads to Lake Deoria. This beautiful lake, located at an altitude of 2348 meters, gives the spectacular reflection of the snow-capped mountains in the water of the lake. If you are a nature lover then this is the right choice.

HOW TO REACH KEDARNATH

By Air
Jet Airways Flight at Kedarnath The nearest airport to Kedarnath is Jolly Grant which is situated at a distance of about 251 km from there.

By Rail
The nearest railhead to Kedarnath is Rishikesh at a distance of 234 km.

By Road
Kedarnath is well approachable by foot or ponies from Gaurikund, which is connected by road to Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwar, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon.

BEST TIME TO VISIT KEDARNATH

The best time to visit Kedarnath is between May-October as during the winter season it gets closed.

Gulmarg Tourism

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Golden Temple Amritsar Gulmarg is located in a state of Jammu & Kashmir and it is 57 km far away from the capital of Srinagar. It is situated at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level and Indo Pakistan border is very near to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a very beautiful hill resort located on a picturesque location surrounded by magical meadows and mountains. Gulmarg is also known as “the meadow of flowers” and since from a long time, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations.

The immense beauty and lovely landscape of Gulmarg make this city much more than a cool hill resort. In winters, the slopes of Gulmarg is completely covered with snow which makes Gulmarg an ideal location for skiing and other winter sports for adventure lovers. There are many adventure activities which have been introduced by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism board in recent years to make this destination a perfect palace for people who love adventure activities.

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS GULMARG

Khilanmarg
Golden Temple Amritsar This smaller valley is just 4 km from Gulmarg bus stop and car park, Khilanmarg is accessible by foot, by pony or in a Dandi. Khilanmarg offers a unique view of the great range of the Himalayas. Especially in the spring season, this small valley looks so beautiful because the whole city is carpeted with flowers.

Alpather Lake
This lake is located at the foot of the twin 4511-meter Apharwat peaks which is 13 km away from Gulmarg. This lake is completely frozen from January starting to mid-June and later also you can see the lumps of ice floating on the surface of the water. For horse riding aficionados, The excursion tour of Alpather Lake makes an exciting day, which starts early morning and ends late evening.

The Ningli Nallah

Alpather Lake Gulmarg !!! This pretty mountain stream which comes from the Alpather Lake has located 8 km from Gulmarg. Flowing from the melting snow and ice on Apharwat, the stream continues flows down the valley below to join the Jhelum River near Sopur. The whole valley is carpeted with grass and it is an ideal place for a picnic. During summertime, one can come here to share the camp side with Gujars – people belong to tribal caste who never stays at one place.

Baba Reshi Shrine / Baba Reshi Ziarat

The shrine was built on the slopes below Gulmarg and you can reach shrine either from Gulmarg or Tangmarg. The Ziarat or a tomb was built on the site where a Muslim saint died in 1480. The shrine has been visited by the thousands of devotees every year regardless of the religion and customs they belong too.

Tour from Gulmarg

Summary City
Golden Temple Amritsar Sonmarg situated at the altitude of 2740 meters above sea level which is 80 km away from Gulmarg. Sonmarg is also known as Meadows of Gold because the yellow flower i.e. crocus is in full bloom during the spring season. It attracts the sense of every visitor because its beauty is beyond human imagination which no one can express or bind in words.

Pahalgam City
Pahalgam is located in the western part of the Jammu and Kashmir state at an altitude of 2130 meters above sea level and it is 150 km far from Gulmarg and takes 4 hrs to drive from Pahalgam to Gulmarg. It is an ideal place for adventure sports lovers as it offers wonderful treks for trekking, slopes for skiing, mountaineering and camping sites. During winter season especially from December to February, it experiences heavy rainfall.

Srinagar Festival
Srinagar is a summer capital of India state Jammu and Kashmir which is located 60 km away from Gulmarg. Offers the spectacular view of the lovely lakes and the houseboat on them which is known as chin Kara. Srinagar is world-famous for its dry food and the traditional handicraft items. The great Mughal emperor Jahangir express the immense beauty in word sentence i.e. if there is a heaven on earth, its’ here, it’s here.

How to Reach Gulmarg

By Road

Gulmarg is well connected by Jammu and Kashmir. Anyone can Reach by Air India reach Gulmarg easily but for that, you should have all India permit for the local vehicle.

By Train

the nearest railway station is Jammu from Jammu you can easily reach Gulmarg.

By Air

Gulmarg is in Baramula District and is 56-km from Srinagar District. The nearest airport is located in the district of Badgam, which is well connected to all the country’s major cities.
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year (November to February for skiing)

Mussoorie

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

This charming hill station, 34 km, is popularly known as the queen of Hill Stations in India It is located at an altitude of 2,500 meters from Dehradun. Above sea-level. The enchanting view of pine-covered hill slopes and snow-capped mountains leave an indelible impression on one’s mind. Modern bungalows, malls and well-laid gardens are enough to attract any tourist on the small hills around the area.

Mussoorie is a great break for tourists and people who want relief from the plains ‘ hot sultry conditions. Nature has gifted all that makes a place beautiful to Mussoorie. Tourists are coming here with the start of summers.

Places to Visit in Mussoorie

Lal Tibba – This is Mussoorie’s highest point. Lal Tibba is located in the area of Landour, Mussorie’s oldest inhabited site.

Gun Hill – Gunhill is the second-highest point in Mussoorie. Every other minute, Gunhill Mussoorie appears to change colours. A different scene appears in front of your eyes every moment. There are a lot of shops on the top of the hill so you can have a picnic here.

Kempty Falls – Kempty Falls is located 13 km from Mussoorie. John Mekinan developed this place after 1835 as a tourist destination.

Nearby Attractions from Mussoorie

Dehradun – located 29 Kms. from Mussoorie, Dehradun is a must-visit the place.

Haridwar Temple Tour

Rishikesh is known as the Tapo Bhumi, the place where gods meditate. Rishikesh is one of the Hindus ‘ most popular pilgrimages. The Ganges leaves the mountains at this place and is preparing to start a long journey through the plains.

Haridwar Gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region is located on the foothills of Shivaliks.

Nag Tibba – 55 km from Mussoorie is a perfect place for trekking. Nag Tibba, as it is called, is Mussoorie’s highest place. It is surrounded by thick dense forests. The actual trekking for Nag Tibba starts some 21 km away from the place. The 34 km journey from Mussoorie is done on Taxi or Bus and the rest is covered on foot. This trek has a charm and fun of its own. 7 km from here there is the forest departments rest house. To stay in the rest house reservations have to be done with Divisional Forest Officer, Mussoorie.

Munnar

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Munnar is a wonderful hill station in South India, famous for its incredible natural beauty. The term Munnar derives from the meaning of three Tamil word Munnu and the meaning of river Aar. Thus three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala join together here. It is well known for lush green tea gardens, thick forests, beautiful lakes, and people that are friendly. Located at an altitude of about 1600 meters above sea level, it was once the summer resort of the British Colonial Government. Expansive tea plantations, picture book towns, mountain scenery, meandering lanes, fascinating greenery and cool refreshing air available here every year attracts different foreign tourists.

Major tourist attractions in Munnar

Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai): this national park is home to Nilgiri Tahr, 45 minutes drive from Munnar.Spreads over an area of 97 square km, this park shelters Atlas Moth, Tigers, Elephants, Langurs, Gaurs and Leopards. The Rajamalai hills turn blue every twelve years by Neelakurinji Flowers.

Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park
The Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in Southern India, towers in majestic pride over the Eravikulam Sanctuary. The slopes of the hills are rich in all kinds of flora and fauna. At an altitude of about 2700 meters, one can enjoy trekking and experience the peaceful mountain atmosphere. If you’re a lover of nature, it’s the best place for you.

Kundala Lake

This beautiful lake is located about 20 kilometres from Munnar, surrounded by lush jungles. Explore this amazing place by hiring a pedal boat that will provide you with a lifetime experience. Also, a popular spot to visit is the Kundala artificial dam.

Famous excursions from Munnar

Mattupetti Dam

10 kilometres from Munnar is a popular picnic spot where one can spend the whole day with pleasure by Mattupetti Dam indulging in activities like boating and horse riding. One can hire a speed boat which is a fantastic idea.

Echo Point
Echo point as the word itself suggests that every loud call made by you from this point is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. It is believed to be a symbol of good luck if you can hear your echo calling back to you three times. It is a popular place in Munnar, and to listen to their echoes, young tourists frequently visit this place.

How to reach Munnar

By Air
Kochi (Cochin) is the nearest airport located at a distance of just 130 km from Munnar. It has an international airport and is well connected through regular flights between major cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

By Rail
The nearest railhead to Munnar is also Cochin and it is well connected to other major cities by means of Reach by Airlines !!!regular and express trains.

By Road
This place is well connected to other major cities by a well-developed network of road transport. Ooty 241 km, Thekkady (Periyar tiger reserve) 112 km, Kodaikanal 180 km, Cochin 130 km. Mysore 400 km.

Best time to visit Munnar
Though Munnar is around the year destination, if you are not willing to travel during the rainy season then the best time to travel Munnar is between September to May.

Coorg

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

Coorg or Kodagu is a beautiful Hill Stations in India situated in the state of Karnataka. Madikeri, the district headquarters of Coorg, situated at a height of 1525 metre above the sea level. Earlier Coorg was known as Kodaimalenadu, which means ‘dense forest on a steep hill.’ Coorg district has many tourist spots of historic, epic and natural importance. Nestled amidst the hills and deep valleys of the beautiful Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the most attractive places in India. Coorg is also referred to as the Scotland of India, because of its misty hills, beautiful towns and mist-covered slopes.

The hill station offers breathtaking views of lush green forest, acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves and the curved streets. Apart from orange and coffee plantation, Coorg is famous for spices, pepper and cardamoms. Madikeri produces almost half of Karnataka’s coffee production. Coorg has three taluks namely Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet. Coorg is famous for the brave Kodava or Coorgi people, who have always stood apart handsome, brave and hospitable. A martial tradition of the Kodava people has given the Indian Army several Generals and Brigadiers. The beautiful and gracefulKodagu women, wear the saree in special variant ways. The people of the district celebrate many festivals. The famous festivals are Kali Podu in September, Huthri in November- December and Dassera.

Places to Visit Coorg

Raja’s Seat Madikeri Fort – Built in the 19th century the fort is situated in the centre of Madikeri. The fort houses a museum, a prison, a chapel and a temple. The fort provides a breathtaking view of Madikeri.

Raja’s Seat – Situated at the top of the Hill stations in India this is a beautiful viewpoint in Coorg. It offers stunning views of the surrounding dense forests. According to legend, the kings of Coorg used to come to this viewpoint to spent their evenings here. One must not forget, to take the spectacular views of the sunset from the hilltop.

Nagarhole National Park – Situated at Coorg, Nagarhole National Park is a Project Tiger reserve, spreads in an area of 640 sq Kms. The park is linked to Bandipur National Park and is covered with thick tropical forest, grassy swamps and several rivers and streams. The National Park provides shelter to a number of Gaur (Indian Bison) tigers, leopards, elephants, sambhar, wild boar, barking deer mongoose, peacock, jungle fowl, spotted deer and many other birds and animals. Both trekking and visiting by private vehicles are allowed Somnathpur Temple through prior-permission.

Talakaveri

Talakaveriis the source of the river Kaveri, situated in the Brahmagiri Hills. A perennial spring lies at a height of 4,500 feet, which is the beginning of this mighty river.

Iruppu Falls – Iruppu waterfalls are situated on the Lakshmanatirtha River. Local people believe that this place possesses the power to clean one’s sins. Thousands of devotees come on the Holy Day of Shivaratri, to bathe in these falls, to clean their sins. There is a temple dedicated to Sri Ram, from where it is a climb up to the falls via the natural forest.

Nearby Attractions

Abbey Falls
Located at a distance of 8 km from Madikeri, the Abbey falls is a famous tourist attraction. The surrounding cardamom and coffee plantations provide the scenic beauty to Abbey Falls. The roar of the falls can be heard from a long distance, while the chirping of birds fills the air with sweet music.

Dubare
This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department lies on the Kushalnagar Siddapur road. Situated at the edge of Dubare forest, on the bank of river Kaveri, the elephants are caught here and is held captive for up to 6 months in large teak wood cages. The domesticated elephants attend various jobs and the mahout offers free elephant rides to eager tourists.

Accessibility
Coorg is not directly connected by Air or Railways, but it is connected to by well-motorable roads.

Air

The nearest airports are Mangalore (125Kms) and Bangalore (250 Kms) from Madikeri.

Rail

Nearest railway stations are Mysore (120Kms), Hassan (125 Kms) and Telicherry(135 Kms).

Road

Coorg is well connected by buses from all over Karnataka as the Mysore – Mangalore high way passes through the town. The distance of important towns from district headquarters Madikeri(Mercara) is Bangalore(260 Kms), Mysore (120 Kms), Mangalore (136 Kms), Cannanore and Tellicherry ( 115 Kms). Regular bus services are available from these places to Madikeri.

Best Time To Visit

The temperature does not vary much at Coorg, hence the climate remains pleasant throughout the year. The temperature shores to 30°C during summers while it goes down to 16 °C in winters. One can visit the hill station any time in the year, but the ideal time to visit the place is October to April. As the climate remains cold, one must carry warm clothes while planning a trip to Coorg.

Kodaikanal

Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

One of the most famous Hill Stations in India has located 120 km from Madurai, in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal is situated at a height of around 2,133 metres and covers an area of 21.45 sq Kms. Set amidst the curves of the green Pali hills, the hill resort mesmerizes the tourists. With its massive rocks, wooded slopes, beautiful waterfalls and a lovely lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station of South India. The fruits and plums of the hill station are famous for their freshness and taste.

The Hill Stations in India is also known for unique flowering plant Kurunji (Strobilanthus Kunthanus), that blossoms once in 12 years. The hill town is equally renowned for its educational institutions of international standard. The Summer Festival takes place every year in Kodaikanal, and they are organized to welcome the visitors also. Cultural programs, adventure sports, boat races, flower and fruit shows are organized during the festival.

Places to Visit Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Trekking – The Hill Stations in India offers small-time trekking. One can take short treks and hikes to nearby tourist spots as well to local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also available, where one can spend a night at a local village.

Great Archaeological Mahabalipuram Temple Kodaikanal Lake – The lake is a magnificent man-made lake, spreads over an area of 16 acres. The star-shaped lake set amidst the lush green surrounding. The boat club is another attraction here, which offers Several Pleasure and racing holiday trips. Boats such as T.T.D.C, boats from Kodai, boats from Carlton can be hired.

Shenbaganur Museum

The museum is located at a distance of 5 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake. Museum houses more than 300 species of orchids and a wide collection of birds. The museum is maintained by Sacred Heart College.

Pillar Rocks

In the hill station, one can see three massive boulders standing vertically side-by-side. The 122 metres high rocks provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Coaker’s Walk

The walk is situated just one Kilometre from the Kodaikanal lake. Coaker’s Walk got its name from Lt.Coaker who prepared the map of Kodai. It runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodaikanal. It offers the best views of the plains.

Kurinji Andavar Temple

Telescope Houses – Two telescope Houses have been put up at Kodaikanal, to enable the visitors to have the stunning view of the valley and the nearby towns.

Kurinji Andavar Temple – The temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, lies at a distance of 3.2 km from the lake. It is possible to get a view of the northern plains and Palani Hills from this temple.

Bear Shola Falls – The waterfall located at a distance of 1.6 Kms from the Kodaikanal lake, is an ideal picnic spot. The picnic spot has picturesque surroundings.

Nearby Attractions :

Berijam Lake – Located at a distance of 21 km from Kodaikanal, the lake is one among the beautiful lakes of South India. Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is star-shaped and is popular for its freshwater. The drinking water from the lake is supplied to Periakalam town. The lake offers a beautiful view of the nearby areas. On the eastern side of the lake, a park is situated called the Bryant Park, the park is famous for its flowers, hybrids and rafts etc. Several kinds of flowers can be seen in a glasshouse. The annual horticultural show is held in May.

Berijam lake Silver Cascade Waterfall – The waterfall, 8 Kms from Kodaikanal is located on the Ghat road. The overflow water of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet high waterfalls.

Dolphin’s Nose – Located at a distance of 8 km from the lake, the flat protruding rock, offers breathtaking views of the valley.

Periyakulam – The town situated around 21 km from Kodaikanal is a favourite picnic spot.

Accessibility

Kodaikanal hill station is not directly connected with Air and Rail routes. The Hill station is only connected through good motorable roads.

» By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai airport (120 Kms) which is connected with major airports Reach by Jet Airways of the country.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations from the hill stations are the Kodai Road Railway Station (80 Kms) and the Palani Railway Station (64 Kms).

By Road

Connected by road with Madurai(120 km), Chennai (520 Kms), Ooty (264 Kms), Trichy (197 Kms), Periyar (119 Kms), Coimbatore (138 Kms) and Kumili (160 Kms). From Madurai, Palani, Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore regular bus services are available. For local transportation, taxis and vans are available.

Best Time To Visit

The climate remains pleasant throughout the year. The temperature falls to around 8.3ºC in winters and rises up to 19.8ºCin summers. Heavy rains occur during October – December. So the best time to visit is from April to June and from September to October.

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