Top 10 Hill Stations Around Delhi

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The capital city of India, New Delhi is fortunate to be located in the vicnity of hills. Though the hilly terrains are not very near, but they are not very far either. Tourists desirous of visiting hills in the summer or winter months for breezy air or some hope of snowfall, have a lot of options for the places of visits.

The Top 10 Hill Stations Near Delhi

A distance of 200 to 400 kms is not a great distance nowadays since road conditions and the quality of vehicles have improved a lot. People in and around Delhi visit hill stations to enjoy more and more by road routes, primarily. Top 10 hill Stations near Delhi will give an idea of your proposed visits there. So, here is the list of Top 10 Hill Stations Near Delhi. Chose out of them.

1. Shimla:

Simla is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla was earlier declared as the summer capital of British India,  It is the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the hilly regions of the state. The Mall is the main shopping street of Shimla. It has many restaurants, clubs, banks, bars, post offices and tourist offices. The Gaiety Theatre is situated there.  Situated on the Ridge, Christ Church is the second oldest church in Northern India. It has a very majestic appearance and inside there are stained glass windows which represent faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility.

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Shimla– the best destination of hills (Pic: www.theholidayindia.com)

About 2 km from Shimla, at a height of 8,000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the hill is an old temple of Lord Hanuman, which is the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors. A 108 feet (33 metre) statue of Lord Hanuman, a Hindu deity, at 8,500 feet (2,591 metres) above sea level, is single statue to stand at the highest altitude among several other masterpieces in the world. Located 8 km from the city centre, this army cantonment is near Totu, an important suburb of Shimla city.  The museum, which was opened in 1974, has tried to protect hill-out and the cultural wealth of the state. There is a collection of miniature Pahari paintings, sculptures, bronzes wood-carvings and also costumes, textiles and jewellery of the region.

Indian Institute of Advanced Study is housed at the former Viceregal Lodge, built in 1884–88. Sankat Mochan is a very famous Lord Hanuman temple which is located in Shimla. Junga is near Tehsi, 26 km from Shimla. Ii is a former royal retreat of the princely state of Keonthal. 13 km from Shimla, site of the annual Sipi fair in June.  About 16 km from Shimla at a height of 8,600 ft, Kufri is the local winter sports centre, and has a small zoo.

2. Manali:

Manali is one of the known tourist destinations in India which is 270Kms away from Shimla.  Manali is popular hill station in summers as well as winters. In summers people come to spend their summer vacations and in winters they come to see snow capped mountains. Lot of treks also starts from here for eg. Chandrakhani Pass trek and Beas Kund trek. One can reach Ladakh from here via Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Rohtang pass is the main attraction near Manali.

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Manali– the hills of Himachal Pradesh (Pic: www.holidaytravel.co)

Surrounded by beautiful hills and forests, the Manali has attracted the world and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali.

Manali also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting etc. Alongwith adventurous activities, Manali also is also known for a number of temples which all tourists and devotees love to visit. It includes the Raghunath temple and Jagannathi Devith Temple being one of the important ones. Hadimba Temple, a 14th century temple is famous for its antique architecture and religious values is also located here. Manali is also used as the base town for the Manali-Leh highway. Leh is around 479 km from here. Lahaul and Spiti district can also be accessed from here during the summers using the same highway.

3. Nainital:

Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina  on the north, Deopatha on the west, and Ayarpatha  on the south.

Nainital lake

Nainital– the amazing hills of Uttarakhand (Pic: www.vikramvintagen.com)

Naina Devi Temple where the deity Shakti is the venerated with emotions and rituals. St John in Wilderness is a church, set up in 1844 just when the city was getting developed as a English preserve, has now become a place of paying respect to one more religious faith. Sita Bani Temple is link with the event of Sita, wife of Ramayan, going inside the earth after giving sons to King Ram. Hanuman Garhi is dedicated to the aide and devotee of King Ram- Hanuman, the temple is built on a hill by a local saint, 3 Km away from Nainital.

The natural reservoir of water, the lake is the life, bread and butter of the hill city as intermingled as it is with tourism of Nainital. Naina Peak  is also referred to as China Peak, the beauty is as marvelous as majestic Himalayas could allow it to be. Trekking to the summit of the peak is worthy of all the efforts it requires of the tourist. Snow View Point  is another place to admire Nature with eyes, it showcases peaks Trishul, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Cable car and motorable road, both are fine options to enjoy this experience.

Lakes:  Sattal (Saat Tal), Khurpa Tal, Bhim Tal, Naukuchiatal, are some of the lakes that are never missed for various opportunities varying from boating to parasailing and not to mention photographing.Other places in the list could be Kunjkharak, Guano Hills, Thandi sarak, Pangoot, etc

Eco Cave Garden  is also an attraction which is located in the Mallital town, this natural park is a comparatively latest addition in Nainital travel package.

4. Mussoorie:

A hill station  in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand. It is located about 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north from the New Delhi. This hill station is situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. Being at an average altitude of 1,880 metres, Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort.

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Mussorrie– the queen of hills (Pic: www.makemydeal.org)

Nahata Estate is the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, The view of snow-clad mountains is exhilarating. GunHill Second highest point of Mussoorie, at an altitude of 2024m. Kempty Falls The Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. This place is located nearly 1364 meters above sea level. Lake Mist About 5 km before Kempty Falls on the Mussoorie-Kempty road is a good picnic spot with accommodation and restaurant facilities; boating is also available. With the Kempty river flowing through it, Lake Mist has many small waterfalls made by the river.

Municipal Garden is a picnic spot having a garden and an artificial mini lake with paddle boating facility.  A newly developed picnic spot build by City Board & Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority, is situated at 6 km on Mussoorie-Dehradun road having a facility of pedaled boats. It offers a view of Doon Valley and nearby villages. Jharipani Fall Located at 8.5 km from Mussoorie on Mussoorie-Jharipani road. One can go by local bus or car up to Jharipani from where the fall is about 1.5 km on foot. Mossy Fall The fall is surrounded by a dense forest and is 7 km from Mussoorie. One can go there via Barlowganj or Balahisar.

Nag Devta Temple An ancient temple dedicated to Snake God Lord Shiva and is situated on Cart Mackenzie Road about 6 km from Mussoorie on the way to Dehradun. Vehicles can go right up to the temple. This place provides an enchanting view of Mussoorie and the Doon Valley. Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill) Situated at an altitude of 2240 m, this temple is 9 km west of Mussoorie. It is situated on the top of Benog Tibba (Hill) and contains an old idol of Goddess Durga. There is a view of the Aglar River valley. It cannot be accessed by vehicle although a motor road goes most of the way from Mussoorie.

5. Ranikhet:

A hill station and cantonment town in Almora district of Uttarakhand is also the home for the Military Hospital, Kumaon Regiment (KRC) and Naga Regiment. The city of Ranikhet is located at an altitude of 1,869 metres above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas. A 9-hole course Ranikhet Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located 5 kilometres (3 mi) from main Ranikhet City. Ranikhet Golf Course is making it one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet. Ashiyana Park is situated in the midst of Ranikhet town. The Park is specially designed & developed for children on jungle theme by Ranikhet Cantt.

Ranikhet

Ranikhet– the lovely hill station. (Pic: www.mouthshut.com)

Mankameshwar Temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan (Ground), constructed by the Kumaon regiment. Opposite the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl factory. There is another jewel added to the beauty of town “Rani Jheel”. Located nearby Nar Singh Stadium, beneath the Veer Naari Awas it gives the visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the ride of Boats.   The artistic structure of the Binsar Mahadev Temple and its deity Lord Shiva both adds positive vibes to our mind and soul. A beautiful stream flowing close to the Binsar Mahadev Temple adds amazementto the natural beauteousness of this sacred place. Binsar Mahadev Temple is situated amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees. Apart from the temple an ashram, Binsar Mahadev also has lovely cedar forest surroundings.

Situated 4 km from Ranikhet, Haidakhan Temple (Hairakhan Temple or Chilianaula) is dedicated to Lord Shiva made by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from Haidakhan Temple. Bhalu Dam or Baludham is an artificial small lake blessed with natural bounteousness, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is marvelous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The views of the massive Himalayan peaks are enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnicking.

St. Bridget Church It is an old church in Ranikhet town. Located at a distance of 12 km from Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy Himalayas with peaceful surroundings. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet-Almora road. Katarmal is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800 years old. Situated 25 km from Ranikhet this historical temple is an example of intricate sculpturing. Tarikhet is located at a distance of 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Ranikhet is well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta is venerated in the Kumaon region. It is famous for the Gandhi Kuti and the temple of Golu Devta.

Syalikhet is a scenic spot with unparallel beauty situated at a distance of 25 kilometres from Ranikhet. Syalikhet is located in the amidst green forest and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is situated in Syalikhet.

Jhula Devi temple is situated at a distance of 7 kilometres from the town of Ranikhet near Chaubatia. It is said that the dense jungle near the temple was once full of wild animals, leopards and tigers used to attack local villagers. The villagers prayed to Maa Durga for protection, and one day Goddess Durga came in a shephard’s dream and advised him to excavate her idol. This temple was constructed at the spot where the shepherd found Goddess Durga’s idol. Since then pilgrims come to make a wish to Goddess Jhula Devi. And when their wish is fulfilled they come again to thank Jhula Devi Maa by offering a bell to the temple. The popularity of the temple can be realized by number of bells hanging over the temple walls. The temple priests have to timely shift the old bells to a different place to make room for the new bells that are tied everyday. In addition to bells, dried coconut and prasad is offered to the Goddess. This place has a calm environment and a sense of spiritual peace to it. Located in the vicinity of Jhula Devi temple is the Rama Mandir, dedicated to lord Rama.

6. Dehradun:

Dehradun or the Doon Valley is  the capital  of hill state of Uttaranchal on the foothills of the Himalayas located between the river Ganges and the river Yamuna. The city is known for its picturesque landscape and climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, and Auli and the holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit. Located in the Garhwal region, it lies 236 kilometres  New Delhi.

Dehradun

A view of Sahstrdhara in Dehradun (Pic: www.navuttrakhand.com)

Tourist destinations include the Dehradun zoo, Kalanga monument, Chandrabani,himalayan gallary cum regional science centre Guchhupani, Forest Research Institute, Tapovan, Lakshman Siddh Peeth, Tapkeshwar Temple, Santala Devi temple, Mindrolling Monastery, Prakasheshwar Mahadev Temple, Sai Mandir, Central Braille Press and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.

The tourist spots of Dehradun can be grouped into: nature, sports, sanctuary, museums and institutions. The nearby hill stations are well known for their natural beauty, temples for its faith dimensions, sanctuary for animal and bird lovers. Hill stations include Mussoorie, Sahastradhara, Chakrata, and Dakpathar. Famous temples Tapkeshwar, Lakhamandal and Santala Devi are here.

7. Lansdowne:

Earlier named as Kaludanda  after Kalu and Danda Hill in Garhwali, Lansdowne was founded and named after then Viceroy of India (1888-1894), Lord Lansdowne in 1887.

Lansdowne

Lansdowne– The calm hill station (Pic: www.traveldglobe.com)

Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India and is popular since Britishers came to India. Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. It is situated at an altitude of 1,706 mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state.

The War Memorial, at the Parade Ground of the Garhwal Rifles Center, is an attraction for the visitors. However, prior permission from the military authority has to be taken. Places of interest around the city include Tip n Top View Point, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, which is the most visited Hindu Temple in Lansdowne and is flocked by thousands of devotees during the month of Sawan, Santoshi Mata Temple, Regimental Museum (also called the Darwan Singh Sanghralaya), Bhullatal Lake, St. Mary’s Church, and Lover’s lane. The excursions from the city are Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, Bhim Pakora. The Annual ‘Sharadotsava’ (Festival of Autumn) is also organized at this hill station during autumn season. The old cemetery in Kitchner Lines is one of the more mysterious places and some even call it one of the most haunted places in lansdowne. Many war veterans have been laid to rest in the old cemetery and the graves are as old as 150 years.


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The better route to reach Lansdowne is from Delhi via Meerut, Bijnore, Najibabad, Kotdwar and on to Lansdowne. It saves about 50 km and the road quality is also good all the way to Kotdwar. One has to take a right turn from NH-119. Lansdowne is 81 km from Pauri and about 250 km from Delhi. It is said that the drive through Blue Pine trees on hills near Lansdowne is a wonderful experience.

8. Kasauli:

Kasauli is a cantonment, located in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. Kasauli Baptist Church is a 1923 brick and wood building situated close to the Sadar Bazzar. Christ Church was previously an Anglican church, inaugurated on 24 July 1853. The church contains Spanish and Italian imported stained glass windows depicting Christ, Mary, Saint Barnabas and Saint Francis. The Parsonage was built in 1850 for priests of the Anglican church. The Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji is located in the Garkhal bazaar near Kasauli.

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Kasauli– the hill station (Pic: www.hotelblisskasauli.com)

Krishna Bhawan Mandir, a Hindu shrine, was located in the middle of the town. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple exhibits blend of European and Indian architecture. The mandir is situated in the town and attracts tourists throughout the year. Krishna Bhawan Mandir was built in the year 1926 during the British regime. Imperial rulers, specialists of grand buildings came together with local craftsmen to construct this beautiful shrine. Keeping in mind the principles of Vastu Shastra, the designers and craftsmen built this religious monument.

The Kasauli Brewery and distillery, founded in the 1820s before the establishment of the Kasauli cantonment, is the oldest extant distillery for ‘scotch whisky’ in Asia. The Kasauli brewery is also known as Mohan Meakin.

The Nahri Temple, devoted to the Goddess Durga and heavenly Lord Shiva, is thought to have been constructed around a hundred and fifty years ago. Also known as ‘Jantar Mantar’ and ‘Choo Mantar Mahadev Temple’, the temple is renowned for its festive celebration of Dushera and Shivratri. The temple boasts of striking idols of goddess Durga and Lord Shiva placed in the chamber of temple. Near this temple, there is century-old bauri which still offers sweet potable water. This temple is known to be visited by hundreds of pilgrims each year to present their prayers to the almighty.

9. Sattal:

Sattal or Sat Tal is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital district in Uttarakhand.  The lakes sit at an altitude of 1370 metres below lush orchards in the Mehragaon valley.

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Sattal–seven freshwater lakes (Pic: www.blogs.allseasonsz.com)

Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. It is home to a few camps being operated mostly by local people catering to tourists looking for outdoor vacations.

Sattal has 500 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects. The flora covers a wide and diverse range of plants ranging from Bryophytes, orchids, rare climbing plants, ferns, lichens, fungi, medicinal herbs and shrubs.

There is a rich butterfly museum built by Frederic Smetacek at Jones Estate, which has over 2500 butterfly and moth specimens and 1100 species of insects that are found in this region. The Sattal Christian Ashram  is situated on the banks of Sattal lakes, on a former tea estate. St. John’s Church is part of this ashram and showcases a mixed colonial architecture. There is also a Sattal Christian Ashram chapel situated nearby. Subhash Dhara is a spectacular natural spring of fresh water arising out of dense oak forest west of Sattal.

 

10. Dharamshala:

Dharamsala is a city in Kangra district  of Himachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarters. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. The Dalai Lama’s residence is also situated in Dharamshala, which is 18 kilometres from Kangra.

Dharmashala-- a Hill Station. in Himachal

Dharmashala– a Hill Station in HP (Pic: www.wandering.co.in)

Dharamshala is a starting point to a number of trekking trails that especially lead trekkers across Dhauladhar into the upper Ravi Valley and Chamba district. En route, trekkers cross through forests of deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron, and pass streams and rivers and wind along vertiginous cliff tracks, and the occasional lake waterfall and glacier.

A 2-km amble takes one to Bhagsu, and then a further 3-km walk will lead the trekkers to Dharamkot. If one wishes to go on a longer walk then he/she can trek 8-km to Triund. The snow line of Ilaqa Got is just a 5-km walk.

 

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