Adventurous Hill Stations in INDIA
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Chamba-The most versed deity
Chamba: Chamba valley is a picture-perfect hill station in Himachal. There are many mystical and historical past connected to the valley. It is dotted by many temples most of them dedicated to Lord Narayan “the most versed deity” in Hinduism.
Chamera Lake: Tranquility is just a by product of visiting Chamera Lake, as the tourists rave about how they can’t get enough of the beauty. The lake and the dam are complementary to each other and add to the view.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple: Now you may mistake Chamba to be a run of the mill getaway destination with temples and lakes, and you may wish to steer clear of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, but we would advise you the opposite.
Manimahesh Lake: Manimahesh lake is a lake abode to Lord Shiva as per Hindu mythology. It is also known as Dal lake. It is situated in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. It is at the hight of 4080m.
Himachal Emporium, Rang Mahal: Handicraft lovers, rejoice! The Himachal Emporium, housed in Raja Umed Singh’s Rang Mahal in Surara Mohalla, is the haven of all things handmade. The emporium timings ate 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.
Hariraya Temple: India is known for the beauty it attributes to everything we have ever constructed. One of these aesthetic marvels can be found in the Hariraya Temple in Chamba.
How to reach:
The nearest railway station is at Pathankot, about 120 kms from Chamba. Buses and Cabs are very easily available from Pathankot to Chamba. Alternatively, you can take train till Chandigarh or till New Delhi and then take a bus or a cab.
Lansdowne: This beautiful and quiet town of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand is a perfect place to spend a vacation. Lansdowne is a destination where one can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Dotted with pine tree forest.
Bhulla Lake: One of the most favorite picnic spots among locals and tourists, Bhulla lake is a well maintained serene lake made and maintained by Indian Army. Bhulla lake is loved for it’s tranquil atmosphere as it is not much populate and there are ample boating facilities available here.
Jungle Safari: If you would like to explore the wilderness of Lansdowne, many tour operators organize jungle safaris into the heart of the forests where you can catch a glimpse of Himalayan wild animals in their natural habitat.
Bhim Pakora: Bhim Pakora can be reached after a 2km trek downhill on a rough path and the place is quite surprising as there are two big stones one above the other in perfect balance and while the stone can be moved with a finger it never falls down.
Tip N Top: Tip N Top, also known as tiffin top, is a small hilltop viewpoint located 1.5 km from the main city of Garhwal. This is the best place to watch complete skyline, Shivalik range, panoramic Garhwal hills with majestic Himalayan range.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple: Located atop a hill at 2092 meters, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is believed to be one of the ancient holy sites or SiddhaPitas dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Mahashivarathri festival draws a huge crowd from across the country.
How to reach:
Mussoorie Express is the best train to reach Kotdwar, the nearest railway station to Lansdowne. Lansdowne is 250 km from Delhi, and 7-8 hrs drive away. It is situated en route Kotdwara – Pauri road, NH 119.
Auli: If there was one word to describe Auli, it would be gorgeous. It is a budding skiing destination in India and is believed to be the best when it comes to its gradient slopes. Along with adventure, the air of Auli is replete with spirituality. According to legends from Hindu mythology, Auli is believed to be the land where Lord Hanuman rested while he was finding Sanjivini Booti.
Skiing in Auli: Auli is a snow covered hill station located at an altitude of 2-3 thousand metres above sea level.The snow dressed slopes of Auli which once offered the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best.
Gurso Bugyal: Perched at an elevation of 3,056m above sea level Gurson Bugyal is a picturesque location from where you can view imposing Himalayas like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron. 3 km trek from Auli will lead you to this scenic location.
Kwani Bugyal: Situated 12 km from Gurso Bugyal at an elevation of 3380m above sea level Kwani Bugyal is a very popular destination with trekkers. It is best to visit Kawani Bugyal from June to September.
View Points: The panoramic view in Auli can be astonishing as it is surrounded by very high peaks including Nanda Devi (7817 m).
Trishul Peak: The three Himalayan mountain peaks of western Kumaun as a whole forms the Trishul peak . It is having a height of 7120m. The Trishul group forms the southwest corner of the ring of peaks which encloses the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.
Joshimath: A prominent pilgrim center among the Hindus, Joshimath hosts several temples. Adi Guru Shankarcharya founded one of the four piths (Centers) for sanyasis here.
How to reach:
Train travel is the most comfortable way to reach Auli. Railway stations closest to Auli are in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar and Dehradun. From these railway stations, travellers can get buses or cabs to Joshimath. From Joshimath, you can take a bus or ride on Asia’s longest cable car ride to Auli.
Kalimpong: Kalimpong is a live example of Colonial Architecture in India. The place is replete with many monasteries and churches. It has a very peaceful and calm atmosphere, where the hustle and bustle is only limited to the local “bazars” (market).
Durpin Dara hill: Offering the panoramic view of the town of Kalimpong, the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta river and its valleys, Durpin Dara Hill also has a golf course and the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery. There is also a famous botanical garden there.
Cactus Nursery: The land of the largest number of commercial flower nurseries Kalimpong nurseries specialize in cultivation of exotic beautiful flowers and export these flowers to different parts of the country.
Deolo Hill: Deolo Hills are located at an elevation of around 2000 m and thus, provide a great panoramic view of Kalimpong. There are also proper view points which are located at the ridge edges for the best view of the sunset and sunrise.
Galingka: Another British Bungalow, Galingka offers spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga peak- the second highest Himalayan peaks.
Teesta River Rafting: Teesta River with its green surroundings is the best choice for Rafting in Kalimpong. The rafting trips is Teesta river starts mostly at Melli Bridge and culminate at Geilkhola in Kalimpong. Get ready for the excitement and roller coaster rapids on the Teesta River exploring the mesmerizing beauty of North East region of India.
How to reach:
From Siliguri the distance to Kalimpong is 65kms (2.5 hours drive) and from Bagdogra airport 75kms (2 hours 45 minutes drive).
Tawang: Tawang lies in the state of Arunanchal Pradesh. It has India’s biggest Tibetan Monastery, and is a holy place for the Buddhism Pilgrimage.
Tawang War Memorial: A 40 feet colorful structure, the War Memorial is dedicated to all the martyrs of the Sino-India War of 1962. Lying in the bosom of the beautiful peaks of Himalayas, this memorial overlooks the scenic Tawang-Chu valley.
Sela Pass & Lake: One of the most breathtaking places in the Himalayan vista, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the Sela Lake is as heavenly as heavenly gets.
Bap Teng Kang: Located en route Tawang to Zeminthang, this is a beautiful waterfall 100 feet in height. Even at 80km from Tawang, this astounding natural beauty is a great point of attraction for locals and tourists alike.
P.T Tso Lake: Located almost 25km from Tawang town, this immensely picturesque locale is a perfect tourist site. Excellent for picnic, depending on the weather.
Gorichen Peak: Gorichen Peak is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh and it is located between Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 22,500 feet above sea level.
How to reach:
The railway station in Guwahati, which is located around 485 km from Tawang is well-connected with all the major cities of India. One can take a cab or bus to reach Bhalukpong and proceed to Tawang from there.
Mirik- The Wonderland in West Bengal
Mirik: Jeweled with tea estates and orange orchards, Mirik is one of the mesmerizing hill stations in West Bengal. It is a place of remarkable natural beauty and the grandeur.
The Mirik Lake: The most prominent place in Mirik, The Sumendu Lake is beautiful, calm and yet invigorating. The lake also has an 80 foot bridge running over it for people who don’t wish to walk around it.
Pashupati Nagar: A very interesting market, about 15 km away from Mirik is the Pashupati Nagar Market. The market is at the Indo Nepalese border and half of it lies in the neighboring country.
Orange Orchards: Another unique and offbeat offering of Mirik are the numerous plantations spread across the cities. The orange orchids are one of the most beautiful plantations you will ever see.
Bunkulung: A very elusive and unexplored place, Bunkulung is literally the agricultural hub of Mirik. The place cannot be accessed on foot. You will need to hire a cab, but a few minutes in the car and you will see yourself in the most authentic hillside village there is.
Bokar Monastery: The seat of the Venerable Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, the monastery belongs to the Kagyud order. The Monastery is one of the few in India that have retained its traditional beliefs and environment from the very beginning.
Rameetay Dhara: Like every hill station, Mirik too has a beautiful viewpoint for you to spend at dawn or dusk. The stunning view with Kanchenjunga on the backdrop and the valley at the bottom, will take you aback.
Mirik Tea Gardens: Going to a place in Darjeeling and not seeing a tea estate will leave you trip incomplete. Mirik is full of valley covered in tea bushes. Almost throughout the year, you can see workers picking ripe leaves or watering the bushes.
Devi Stan: Devi Stan is one of the most revered temples of Mirik. It houses idols of Goddess Singla Devi, Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Goddess Kali. The Temple is a few minutes walk from the Sumendu lake and another few minutes away from Bokar Monastery.
How to reach:
The best way of travelling to Mirik is by bus, which runs regularly from all the major towns in West Bengal. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport and the nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. From both the places, taxis can be hired to reach Mirik.
Khandala: It is one of the hill stations in Maharashtra that has attracted many tourists. It is very well connected to the cities of Pune and Mumbai. There are many beautiful caves, mountains and waterfalls that when mixed with the greenery of the hill station is one vista that anyone cannot afford to miss.
Rajmachi Fort: Midway between Lonavala and Khandala is a fort by the name of Rajmachi Fort.
Visapur Fort: Surrounded by a huge plateau, is a historical fort, land marking the lush green and dreamy mountains of Khandala.
Lohagad Fort: Lohagad Fort is a popular historic structure perched over the top of an impressive hill near Malavali.
Bedsa caves: Bhedsa caves are one of the oldest caves of Maharashtra, dating back to 60 BC. These are situated on a sloppy hilly location.
Kune Waterfalls: The beautiful Kune Waterfalls are the 14th highest in the country. This one is an interesting three tiered waterfall having a total height of 200m.
Tiger’s Leap: This is a popular tourist point, leaving tourists in awe with the wondrous view from over 650m. The echo point is a major fascination. During the monsoon, the waterfall here, also attracts many.
Shooting Point: A view point, by the name of Shooting Point is frequented by tourists wishing to catch an aerial view of the Rajmachi Fort and the valley below.
Reversing Station: This site was once used by the railway department. Now a secluded area, it is a great place to enjoy the scenery.
Lion’s Point: This is a cliff located between Bhushi Dam and Amby Valley. Tourists can also get an aerial view of the Tungarli Lake and Dam from here.
Shrivardhan Fort: Located in Rajmachi Village, which lies in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, this fort has an elevation of about 900m and was once used as a watchtower for the Sahyadri Region. It is close to the Manoranjan Fort. Constructed in Maratha style, a cave of the Buddhist period is further down.
How to reach:
The closest domestic airport is in Pune, 66 km from this beautiful place. Lonavala is the nearest railway station to Khandala which is connected to Pune and Mumbai by regular local trains. You can also travel by bus, admiring the beauty of the western ghats from other cities located in Maharashtra.