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Travel: Top 10 Offbeat Hill Stations in India
Whether it’s a stress buster with your family, a romantic getaway, or just a trip for the weekend, taking a trip to a high altitude location called a ‘hill station‘ in India is always a great idea! During their hot, dry summers, it is a relief to just chill and relax at a cool and stunning location.
But going to common and already famous hill stations can get a little crowded and boring. The vast space and diversity in the country offers some offbeat destinations. Some of them still remain undiscovered and hence offer privacy and endless beauty. Here, we give you top 10 among these hill stations for the perfect vacation you deserve.
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Located in the Northwestern part of the state, visiting here will require for you to get an Inner Line Permit. This district is at a height of 10,000 feet from sea level. Waterfalls, monasteries, hot water springs, Buddhist scriptures and clear blue lakes, all form part of the tourist visits in Tawang. The festival of Torgya happens annually here.
- Jiya, Himachal Pradesh
Jiya is a small village in the Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is breathtaking; it is calm and it is surrounded by Dhauladhar mountain peaks on all sides. From here, you can visit in Himachal Pradesh, the nearby Jiya temple, Macleodganj, monasteries and the Shobha Singh art gallery.
- Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
A mountain pass in Pune, this quaint location is a part of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. This is one of the best places for monsoon treks. It is located 130 kilometers from the bustling city of Mumbai. There are plenty of flora and fauna to look around and this place has become quite famous due to its sightings of flamingoes.
- Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Situated in the Eastern Ghats, this hill station is part of the Shevaroy ranges. It still remains undiscovered by commercialization, giving you a chance to spend some quiet time here. Some places to visit in Yercaud and around are the Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Lady’s Seat, Kiliyur Waterfall, Silk Farm, Rose Garden and you can even trek on its slopes.
- Barot, Himachal Pradesh
The true and rare beauty of Himachal Pradesh is tucked away in a valley near the town of Mandi. Barot is a small village originally formed due to the Shanan Hydel Project, which supplies the water of Uhl River to Jogindernagar. Barot is mainly known for its trout fish farm. You can have a unique experience of house stay here, visit the Dev Pashakot, the local deity’s temple and see the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Tehri, Uttarakhand
The modern-day town of New Tehri was formed after Old Tehri submerged. Tehri lake is well known for watersports like kayaking, cruise boating, speed boating and diving. Here, you can see the Khatling Glacier, the temple of Kedar, the Palace of the Tehri Raja and visit the local Baurari and Kulna markets.
- Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Called the ‘Para gliding capital of India’, these two towns have gained fame for their adventure sport activities. The town of Bir is the takeoff site of paragliding and the town of Billing is the landing site. From here, you can visit in Bir, the beautiful ‘Artist’s village’ Andretta, Chokling monastery, Kangra valley and even do some fishing.
- Devikulam, Kerala
Located a mere 5 kilometers from Munnar, this hill station gets its name from Hindu Mythology, according to which Goddess Sita formed the epic Ramayana used to bathe in the lake here. The place is covered with vast tea estates. You can also visit in Devikulam, the Pallivasal Waterfalls, Attala Rock Shelter, Blossom International Park and Mattupetty Dam, an Indo-Swiss undertaking.
- Igatpuri, Maharashtra
This hill station is located in Nashik in the Western Ghats. The hill station is frequented for its Vipassana International Academy for meditation. Due to its scenic beauty and lush green lands, a lot of outdoor scenes for Bollywood movies are shot here. Tourist places of Igatpuri include Arthur Lake, Amruteshwar Temple, Tringalwadi Fort and Vaitarna Dam.
- Haflong, Assam
Halflong is one of the must visit destinations of Assam, as it is the sole hill station of state. A lot of tribal groups like Dimasa, Kuki and Gorkha reside here. Silchar is the nearest city from here. Places to visit here are Haflong Lake, Jatinga Bird Observatory, Fianpui Garden and you can even trek here.
Calm, serene, peaceful, offbeat and picturesque are all major attractive qualities, common to all these hill stations in beautiful India. Which among these will be your next destination for a holiday or travel this year?
Rohit loves exploring, travelling and spending quality time in peaceful surroundings, and what better than a cool and windy hill station? Read more of his explorations on TransIndiaTravels.com.
Would you like to read further posts about India? Check out Top Reasons To Go On A Yoga Retreat In India.
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