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Mountain Hill Station destination of India
East India
Kalimpong, West Bengal More about the cityHotels in Kalimpong
At Kalimpong, Buddhism rubs shoulders with Hinduism and Christianity. Gompas, unusual churches, temples, monks and missionaries coexist in a genial society. The quaint bustling bazaar is a shoppers delight. The picture postcard countryside around Kalimpong has vast tracts of forests around Lava and Lolegaon. It includes the wild and protected Neora National Park, reaching up to the 3,152-m. high Rachela trijunction between Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal. T....
Darjeeling, West Bengal More about the cityHotels in Darjeeling
Moving up the hills one is greeted by smiling tea gardens, changing to firs, pines and fast moving torrents, while around 4,000 types of flowering plants and 300 varieties of ferns, including the rare tree fern. Beyond the town itself, modern elegant and sophistacated, lies nature in the raw in hills, valleys and forest, unbroken and untamed.
Kurseong, West Bengal More about the cityHotels in Kurseong
Kurseong is a beautiful town set in the hills some 50 odd km from Siliguri and 30 km from Darjeeling. Trekking trails abound in the vicinity and the untouched beauty around pervades the senses. Thankfully Kurseong has escaped the onslaught of development and remains essentially a little Himalayan village that time forgot.
Gangtok, Sikkim More about the cityHotels in Gangtok
Gangtok is situated in the lower Himalayas at an altitude of 1,780 metres (5,480 feet), in southeast Sikkim. The town lies on one side of a hill, with``The Ridg``, a promenade housing the governor`s residence at one end and the palace, situated at an altitude of about 6,000 feet (1,828 m), at the other. The city overlooks the Ranikhola in the valley below. Most of the roads are steep, with the buildings built on compacted ground alongside them. The peaks o....
North India
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Palampur
The Kangra valley, of which Palampur (1249 m) is a major station, was the `Trigarta of old. It was one of the leading hill states and was once a part of the kingdom of Jalandhara. In local parlance, the world for `lots of water is `pulum, this is what has given Palampur its name and it is water that has given the valley so much of its character. Countless streams and brooks criss - cross the landscape and in their intricate mesh, hold tea gardens and rice ....
Manali, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Manali
The Kullu valley has an ancient town in its lap called Manali. Surrounded by towering peaks at an arm length, Manali’s major asset is its proximity to the snowline. It is a flourishing orchard industry, a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks as well as a great countryside ideal for adventure sport lovers. Manali literally means the Home of Manu. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was....
Dehradun, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Dehradun
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital of Uttaranchal. It is one of the most beautiful resorts in the sub mountain tracks of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words "dera" meaning camp and " dun" meaning valley.Said to be one of the oldest cities in India, it is believed that Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. During the 17th and 1....
Bhimtal, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Bhimtal
Bhimtal, situated at a distance of 22 kms from Nainital, is named after one of the Pandav brothers called Bhim. The largest lake in the district of Nainital, Bhimtal is 1701 meters by 265 meters, 265 meters longer than Naini Lake. The lake known for its magnificent majesty is situated at an altitude of 1371.6 meters above sea level. Bhimtal has an island, to the north-east side, which is an exquisite gem in the middle of the lake. It is situated within the....
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Dalhousie
It is name after the British Governor - General of the l9th century, Lord Dalhousie. The towns height varies between 1,525 m and 2,378m, and it is surrounded by varied vegetation - pines, dodders, oaks and flowering rhododendron. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful churches. Its location presents panoramic views of the plains - and like a long silverline, the river Ravi twists and turns below Dalhousie. The spectacular sn....
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Shimla
The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.
The gifts of nature in terms of beauty and bounty al....
Mussoorie, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Mussoorie
Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations. In 1820 Captain Young from the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made this place his residence. This marked the foundation of a hill station called Mussoorie. The name, Mussoorie, is derived from plants of Mussoorie which were found in abundance here. After its discovery, this hill station gradually devel....
Rishikesh, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Rishikesh
Rishikesh represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttar Pradesh. It abounds in natural splendour. The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples on the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. It is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practised penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanq....
Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Khajjiar
Also called Indias Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960 m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes. The snow line rests above these woods and in the centre of the glade, is a small lake fed by streams that traverse the green carpet. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajjinag. Within the temple are life-size wooden images of the five Pandava brothers.
Nainital, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Nainital
The largest hill settlement in the Kumaon region of Himalayas is the lake town of Nainital. A dramatic climb of 1,300 meters over a 40 km route from the railhead at Kathgodam takes the visitor through winding river valleys, alongside terraced farms, lush green alpine forests and over mountain ridges, right up to Nainital.
Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Parwanoo
Along the National Highway No 22, as one cross the state border of Haryana into Himachal, there comes the town of Parwanoo. A couple of decades ago, this was a sleepy little village but today, it is a pulsating industrial town.
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Kasauli
77-km from Shimla and 35-km from Kalka, at 1,927m, Kasauli is a quaint little town that seems to exist in a time wrap of an era that reminds one of the 19th century. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by cobbled paths, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. Mixed forests of chir-pine, Himalayan oak and huge horse chestnuts surround Kasauli. Its narrow road slithers up and down the hillsides and of....
Kufri, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Kufri
With its glorious views of forested slopes and tall ranges iced in a covering of perpetual snow, Kufri will keep you spellbound by its enchanting beauty. Also known as "The Switzerland of the East,” the refreshing atmosphere with its exotic flora and fauna will inspire and rejuvenate you. Kufri is situated at a height of about 2500m above sea level. It is 16 km on NH 22 is this small town known for skiing during winter. Once just a kufer or pond, Kufri to....
Fagu, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Fagu
Fagu is a vantage point with a panoramic view of ranges and valleys. It serves as a good base for exploring the nearby countryside which is flooded with orchards and forests.
Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Mashobra
The cedar covered slopes of Mashobra are a welcome getaway from the congested roads of Shimla town. Streams of cool water and temples make it a picture perfect destination. Even though it is being recognized only recently as a hill retreat it finds mention in Edward J. Bucks book Shimla past and present. It was here that the famous Shimla Agreement of 1972 was signed. Mashobra popularity grew by leaps and bounds among the jaded British high society, as Ind....
Solan, Himachal Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Solan
Solan is named after the Goddess Shoolini. Himachal Pradesh India is also known as the "mushroom city of India" because of the mushroom centre situated at Chambaghat. It is situated in Solan District. Solan town is easily accessible by road as well as train. It is 68 kilometers from Chandigarh (2 hours journey by bus), and one can hire a taxi from there or take the train. However, be warned that you have to change to another train at Kalka (44 Km away) as....
South India
Ooty, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Ooty
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres. The history of Ooty goes back to about 800 years when it was ruled by the Hoysalas. Though much is not known of its earl....
Munnar, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Munnar
A visitor to Munnar will be greeted by sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, great trekking and much more. The holiday facilities available here make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town whose plantations have been taken over by Tata Tea.
Idukki, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Idukki
Idukki, the unspoiled natural queen of Kerala is a tourist paradise. Idukki is the most gifted district of Kerala. With high ranges of altitude varying from 2500 feet above sea level, Idukki is the district where forest and wild life abound. About 1500 Sq.Km. of its area is reserved forest, much of which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. This forest area house wild life like, tigers, deer, Indian bisons and monkeys. Streams, valleys and hills combin....
Kottayam, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Kottayam
Kottayam, among the state’s more mountainous districts, provides some of Kerala’s finest natural scenes, sandwiched as it is between serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. Much of this beauty is laid out in all its glory along the road which winds from Kottayam to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady through plantations of rubber, tea, coffee, and pepper.
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Yercaud
Often called “the poor man’s Ooty”, Yercaud is by far one of the cheapest hill stations in India. But the label ‘cheap’ would be quite insulting taking into consideration Yercauds natural beauty. Yercaud is known for its Coffee Plantations and Orange orchards.
Yelagiri hills, TamilNadu More about the cityHotels in Yelagiri hills
If you want to enjoy that rare experience of doing nothing at all, just laying back and enjoying the greatness of nature, then Yelagiri is the place for you. It retains its pristine form, and thankfully, there is not much to see except nature at her best, in varying shades of green. The atmosphere is calm, with zero pollution, the pace is slow and it is an ideal getaway to unwind from the stresses and strains of city life. Most of the mobiles do not work h....
Madikeri, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Madikeri
Coorg is situated on the Western Ghats of Karnataka in South India. For the adventurous at heart, it is an absolute treat. There are trekking, golfing and angling (Mahaseer too!) options available. Religious trips abound on Hindu and Buddhist circuits. Family getaways can be easily arranged. You can also relax your body and mind with special Ayurvedic massages. Coorg is also as trendy and happening as its close neighbor Bangalore.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. It is a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for the tourists.
West India
Lonavala, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Lonavala
Lonavala is an important hill station in the state of Maharashtra. It is popularly known as the jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains. Lonavala is set amongst the sylvan hills of the Western Ghats and is a popular gateway from Mumbai and Pune. It also serves as a starting point for tourists interested in visiting the famous, ancient Buddhist rock cut caves of Bhaja and Karla, which are located near this hill station. It also has an important Yoga center near it,....
Khandala, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Khandala
Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India, about three kilometers from Lonavala. Khandala is one of the important hill stations in the state of Maharashtra and is the pride of the Sahyadri Mountains. Khandala is endowed with abundant natural beauty and like Lonavala, it also provides a popular gateway from the hustle and bustle of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The picturesque green surroundings of this pretty hill stat....
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Mahabaleshwar
Mahabaleshwar is situated in the middle of the Sahyadris, south of Pune. It is regarded as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra and lies at an altitude of 1372 m. The tourists are enthralled by its exotic greenery, beautiful gardens, & breath-taking scenery. Once, it was the summer capital of Bombay Presidency during the British rule. Numerous majestic mansions built during the British days still stand as monuments of the Raj. Mahabaleshwar is the....
Panchgani, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Panchgani
Panchgani is a hill station in Satara District, Maharashtra, situated at an altitude of 1,334 m. It lies just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar and got its name from the five hills around it. On one side from Mahabaleshwar to Panchgani one can find the Krishna River flowing through the farms, ravines, and hamlets. On the other side there are the coastal plains. From the time of the British, the air of Panchgani, with its high level of oxygen, has been famous fo....
Alwar, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Alwar
Paradoxically, Alwar is both the oldest and the newest of the Rajput Kingdoms of Rajasthan. On the one hand, it traces its traditions back to the Kingdom of Viratnagar that flourished here around 1500 B.C., then known as Matsya Desh, where the pandavs, the mighty heroes of the great epic, The Mahabharata, are said to have spent the last year of their 13 year exile, on the other, it was carved out of territories wrested from the Mughals by Maharaja Pratap S....
Satara, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Satara
On Pune-Panaji Road 57.3 km away lays Satara, the district head-quarters, and old capital of Sahu Maharaj, grandson of Shiva-ji, from 1707 to 1749. This historical place is worth visiting. Various temples and a fort are there at Satara.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Mount Abu
It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarters of the resident to Rajputana.
Matheran, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Matheran
Matheran is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees that sprawls languidly at an altitude of 800 m. The journey involves an adventurous two-hour ascent in a toy train, with food and drink vendors and monkeys jumping on and off as the valley glides by sedately. Alternatively, a tough 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding car drive can get you there just as well. Matheran’s cliffs, with incredibly steep drops to the plains below, creat....