90 Hill Stations in Himalayas For A Weekend Trip in 2020

Hill Stations in Himalayas

Shimla, Dharamshala, Manali, Chail, Kasol, Kullu, Kufri, Khajjiar, Mcleodganj, Kasauli, Mandi, Tirthan Valley, Palampur, Bir, Mashobra, Chamba, Chaukori, Kausani, Khirsu, Harsil, Binsar, Sanasar, Bhalukpong, Pasighat, Mirik, Aritar, and many more.

Transporting you into a state of euphoria, hill stations in Himalayas possess some of the most enchanting places to visit. The chilly and pleasant weather of these places offer you a state of pure bliss enhancing the beauty of these hill stations making your experience worth remembering.

Hill stations including Shimla and Manali will take you on a spectacular adventure with a fusion of splendid beauty and thrilling activities. Chail, Kasaul and Kufri on the other hand make for a perfect vacation with surreal views and gorgeous landscapes. Some of the freezing hill stations are yet the best like Auli and Mussoorie letting you indulge in exhilarating adventure sports.

Srinagar on the other hand is nothing less than a mystical land of magic draped in white and soaked in breathtaking views with an aura of tranquility. Plan a trip to these amazing hill stations if you are looking for a perfect getaway escaping the chaos and tension of everyday life.

Here is a list of hill stations in Himalayas:

Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla

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Among the most popular hill stations in India, Shimla holds a distinct place owing to its unique charm. Located at a distance of 342 km from the national capital, Delhi, Shimla is a great choice for a weekend getaway from Delhi and Chandigarh since there are so many places to visit in Shimla. Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, and all it possesses and all it offers helps it easily justify its reputation and position as the capital city of a beautiful state, widely known for adventure activities and natural wonders. Laden with beautiful, dense forests of Pine, Oak, and Deodar, Shimla is refreshing in its very existence. 

The picturesqueness of this beautiful hill station makes it an apt destination for photographers looking for perfect frames and nature enthusiasts who want explore the nature in its pristine form. It is quite interesting that despite being home to a large population, the biosphere of Shimla is still in an excellent form. Shimla exhibits a very relaxing mood to those who visit it in search of tranquility.

Due to the plenty of activity options available here, Shimla is emerging as a popular destination for offbeat travel as well. People from all over India and beyond visit Shimla to experience an adventure which makes it a major hotspot for adventure activities in northern India. It is also home to some beautiful places with spectacular views, and some truly magnificent specimens of architecture can be found in Shimla.

Shimla houses some beautiful Hindu temples, located at apt locations, offering spectacular views of the beautiful hill station and the nearby hills with a thick covering of green forests. Some of the most revered temples in Shimla are Jakhoo Temple, Tara Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, etc. These temples are located at short distances from the city center, so if you prefer, you can trek up to these temples through the woods. Shimla has a plethora of interesting places to visit and explore. As Shimla once served as the Summer Capital of British India, some captivating buildings with brilliant neo-Gothic architecture exist here.

Some of the most remarkable ones among those are the Institute of Advance Learning, Gorton Castle, Bantony Castle, and Christ Church. You can spend an evening shopping from the Mall Road and enjoying some interesting cultural activities on the Ridge. Splendid views of the city can be enjoyed and captured in your camera from the Ridge after sunset. Shimla also has also some interesting places in store for wildlife lovers. Himalayan Bird Park is a delight for wildlife lovers, exhibiting some exotic and native unique bird species. Another great option for nature lovers and photographers in Shimla is Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary.

Shimla is not the kind of place that would ever let you feel bored while you are there since there are many interesting things to do in Shimla. Small things feel extraordinary in its beautiful setting. Be it a lazy walk on the Mall Road or shopping low-cost wooden articles and woolen clothes from Lakkar Bazar; be it picking one of the many restaurants serving toothsome food or trying pastries at bakery shops on the Mall Road, everything has a ‘feel good’ factor about it here. Moreover, the popularity of Shimla as a travel destination for an offbeat experience is on the rise. Earlier, Shimla was more popular among people travelling with families as a summer getaway, but with the popularisation of adventure activities, it is earning a reputation among adventure lovers.

Due to its proximity from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, people from these cities prefer to travel to Shimla to indulge into adventure activities over travelling to destinations farther than it. Among the most popular activities in Shimla are camping, trekking, ice skating, paragliding, river rafting and heli skiing. If you want to experience light and easy activities in Shimla, there are some nice easy trek options here that take you to amazing spots through lush green Pine and Oak forests. And, if you crave thrill, Shimla is surrounded by some prominent Himalayan mountain ranges which is the reason why there are some breathtaking trails for trekking in and around Shimla. You can also experience the unique fun of ice skating here. Mountain biking can also be enjoyed in Shimla if you are up for something different.

Being the capital city of Himachal, there are abundant stay options in Shimla. You can find a good accommodation at a ridiculously low price and you can also find luxury hotels and resorts at scenic locations. Furthermore, there are some excellent campsites in Shimla where you can enjoy camping in the woods under a beautiful starlit sky. So, it does not matter whether you are a budget traveller or you prefer extravaganza; if you want to just relax in a comfortable accommodation laced with all modern amenities or you want an outdoor camping experience, Shimla has the most appropriate options to offer.

Shimla looks beautiful during all the seasons and can be visited during any time of the year. However, if you are interested in indulging in activities like camping, trekking and rafting in Shimla, the best time to visit is between March to June when the climate is pleasant. Most tourists visit Shimla during summer to find refuge in the cold hills of Shimla. But, visiting Shimla during winters is altogether a different experience. It is an ideal destination to spend a cold, lazy vacation at. If you get lucky, you may get to witness snowfall here between December to February, which is an experience, the memories of which you will always want to keep intact.

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Dharamshala

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Experience a serene vacation exploring the exquisiteness of nature with a vacation in the picturesque Dharamshala. Situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level, Dharamshala lies on the scenic stretch of land of Kangra Valley making tourists spellbound for its spectacular beauty. Often cited as the ‘Little Lhasa of India’, Dharamshala is popularly known as the holy residence of the exiled Tibetan monk Dalai Lama.

With the backdrop of the breathtaking Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamshala is the one of the most tranquil destinations which you will find in North India, the perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and culture. Surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees and the snow capped peaks which decorate the landscape, the quaint city is visited by thousands of tourists to beat the summer blues and explore the best places to visit in Dharamshala.

The city of Dharamshala is divided into two parts, the lower division is the Dharamsala town whereas the upper division is known as Mcleodganj. Blessed with spectacular scenes of nature, the calm and serene hill stations proudly boasts strong Buddhist influences with many quaint old monasteries located here. There are a lot of other attractions in Dharamshala like the charming St. John Church, headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dal Lake, etc. that draws tourists from different parts of the country.

Dharamshala remains a distinct tourist destination in India attracting large crowds not only nationally but also internationally who come here to discover the striking Tibetan hub in India. For most ardent travelers, Dharamshala is a popular name on their travel wish lists due to its magnificent beauty and charming splendor of the landscape. So start packing up your bags and go to Dharamshala to behold one of the most scenic hill stations in India. If you are still wondering what makes it so charming, then check out the best places to visit in Dharamshala that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

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Manali

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Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, Manali has an abundance of spectacular valleys filled with forests of oak, fir, deodar and pine. It is a full package of nature, food, adventure sports and ancient heritages. Splashing river Beas flows proudly amidst the valley. A lot of gushing waterfalls like Jogni falls and Rahala fall flush out of haphazardly placed rocks. You can also catch sights of sprawling meadows, terraced farming and fruit orchards. All these sights adds up to making the town look breathtakingly beautiful. 

Manali also shares a piece of history, giving it ancient heritages which has splendid architecture and stunning views. Religious devotees come here to pay their tribute to the temples like Hadimba, Manu and Shiv temple. Whereas history lovers go to old forts like Naggar and Kuthar. These places have remarkable architecture against the backdrop of mountains which is worth a visit. 

Having said enough about the terrains of Manali, it is a hub for adventure sports. The location gives a wide range of adventurous activities like paragliding, camping, trekking and river rafting to feed the adrenaline hunger of the adventure seekers. It also has rustic villages and backcountries, which calls for the hippie experiences. Places like Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are often visited by these junkies. Backpackers love to visit here to get the plateful meal of thrill, nature, wildlife and tranquillity. 

All this grace makes up Manali for a romantic honeymoon with a subtle blend of adventure. Newly wedded couples choose this place to begin the new life of their love amidst the fresh meadows and white streams of water. Striding around the mall road at night is also a very pleasing option where they together can try on distinct local cuisines. However, the regional cuisines are majorly influenced by Punjabi and Tibetan tadka, but that ends up making it tastier. Mall road also leaves options for buying unique stuff like singing bowl, woollen clothing, Dorje, prayer wheels and other souvenirs. These lit roads at night and gleaming valleys in the morning give picture-perfect backdrops for their honeymoon photos. Even photography enthusiasts can capture these frames along with flora and fauna of the city.

Manali is no less than a box full of an array of sweets. You can dig in it and collect as many gems as you want. And by gems, it means ‘memories’. Wait no longer and pack all that you need for a fun-filled trip. Grab your laptop to book your tickets and head off to this lovely place to have some experiences to cherish throughout your life.

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Chail

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Erstwhile summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is an alluring hill station that lies about 63 km from Shimla. Nestled in the Himachal Pradesh’s Shivalik region, Chail basically is spread across the three hillocks - Sadh Tiba, Pandewa and Rajgarh. It is spread over an area covering 72 acres of land and overlooks the canyon of River Satluj. Chail enjoys a pleasant weather all round the year and is thus visited not just by the tourists but also the locals. Further, it also brings forth scenic and elegant views of the enclosing country side. Overlooking both Shimla and Kasauli, Chail used to be a sleepy little mountain village that underwent a transformation in the year 1893.    

Chail along with Shimla and Kufri, is also known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful hill station that is free from the massive crowds that throng Shimla and consequently allows the travelers to relish the charm and the beauty of the place in its relative peace.

The lush green outfields, dense cover of deodar and pine trees and the stunning views of the mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty, makes Chile one of the most significant tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh.


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Kasol

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When it comes to finding a destination that is beautiful, serene, adventurous and available through the year, in Kasol India has already found its favorite spot to travel to. Kasol shot to fame for a plethora of reasons, the prime being the kind of serene beauty that surrounds the city lying in the Parvati Valley as well as the activities you can do here. This quaint little town in Himachal Pradesh is situated on the banks of the Parvati River and has maintained a level of pristine beauty through the years, the kind that attracts people not just from India, but also from many different corners of the world.

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, is very well known in the travel community for being a haven for backpackers and budget travelers. Replete with experiences that will take away the heart of a lot of travelers, Kasol is more than just a destination. It can easily be proclaimed to be a whole adventure in itself. with a wide number of places to visit in Kasol, it can be called as an ultimate destination. The reason for that is the many adventures that a traveler experiences, be it physical, visual, spiritual, and in some cases, life-changing. Really a small town in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is not just a hotspot for backpacking adventures or a destination set amidst green hills. It is a hub for people looking to just get away from their regular office lives and take to the Himalayas for an experience of a lifetime.

The reason why Kasol is famous amongst such a crowd of travelers is that it caters to everyone. Be it the ones arriving for trekking, camping, rafting, sightseeing, parties, or seeking spiritual awakening, Kasol never disappoints anyone. Starting from the beginning, Kasol is a heaven for the trekking enthusiasts and adventure buffs.

Starting from Kheerganga, Kasol has made this meadow high in the Himalayas their favorite destinations. A 12 km trek that leads through forests of Oak and Rhododendron, trekking on this trail in Parvati Valley is one of the best things to do in Kasol and is one of the favorites too. Beginning from Kasol, the trek passes from Barshaini and Rudra Nag waterfalls, it ends high up on Kheerganga which is a hotspot for campers. Kheerganga is also a location of one of the many hot springs in Kasol with water coming from the earth’s crust naturally warmed up. Popularly known as the Parvati Kund, it is a great spot to relax on top of Kheerganga after a long day of trekking in Kasol. From Kheerganga, the way can either take you back to Kasol or on a majestic detour to the village of Tosh. Nestled in a side valley to the Parvati Valley, and situated in the banks of a small rivulet of the same name, Tosh is an offbeat trekking adventure and a quiet small town. Lesser known and almost uncrowded, the scenes from Tosh of the Dhauladhar range of Himalayas are the best that you can get anywhere in Kasol. Also famous in Tosh are the many small cafes catering to the small tourist crowd that chooses to visit this offbeat green vista of a village.

Another trekking adventure that leads from Kasol is to the secretive village of Malana. The small village in the Himalayas is situated amidst the towering giants of Chanderkhani and Deo Tibba, and is famous for various reasons, the prime one being the self-isolation of the people of the village. This secretive nature, and the fact that Malana is the gateway to the famous Magic Valley is what brings a large crowd of people to take on the trek and pay this majestic little town a visit. The whole experience soothes the eyes and soul of the travelers who take on the Malana and Magic Valley trek and arrive in this green heaven.

And another day hike from Kasol, which is short yet highly adventurous is the trek to Chalal. Situated by the roaring Parvati River in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, Chalal is also called the Little Amsterdam and for every reason. This place is well-known in the world for the crazy trance and PSYtrance parties that happen here from time to time. But one of the greater reasons for the fame of this tranquil small town is the presence of the River Parvati and the kind of beauty that it brings to the whole place.

And speaking of the River Parvati in Kasol, India, there is no denying the fact that the soothing stream is a landmark of this town in itself. It is the river that created the valley and hence, everything beautiful in Kasol is owed to the presence of Parvati in the region. The sometimes roaring sometimes gurgling river is a great place to just sit back, relax and marvel at the beauty of nature around. Parvati River also makes for a great spot to camp near, on the banks of it, to be precise.

And speaking of camping, Kasol, India has many great spots to enjoy staying out in the lap of nature and under the billions of stars in the night sky that you can see loads and loads of because of the fact that this place is untouched by the modern curses and is still in its pristine state. Some of the best spots for camping in Kasol include the name of Kheerganga. A chance to camp in the meadow seems to be a great option as you will be waking up to one of the best sunrises ever over Kheerganga. Apart from this, Tosh proves to be another great place to set up camp and get an exquisite hilltop view of the entire region as you sit near a bonfire. Malana, in its secluded and cut-off state, is also a gateway to one of the best camping sites in the Himalayas, known as the Magic Valley. And for an offbeat experience of camping amidst towering mountains of the Himalayas and a place where the inhabitants do not keep themselves reserved from talking to outsiders, Grahan will prove to be a great retreat. The trail to Grahan walks beside the river Parvati in Kasol, with the village lying in the midst of towering green hills and a view of the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar range.

Apart from the adventurous face of Kasol, there is also a spiritual side to this town. And one of the greatest spots of religious importance here is Manikaran. The region built around a cluster of natural hot springs, Manikaran is of great religious significance to the Sikhs and Hindus. The Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara is said to belong to the era of the founder of the Belief, the first religious leader of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak. He is believed to have come here with a disciple, and to cook their food for a public kitchen called ‘Langar’, he asked the disciple to remove a stone. From under the stone came a hot spring, which still resides in Manikaran Sahib and is considered very sacred. People from all over come to cook the offerings to their God in these springs before consuming, and even take a dip in these waters to wash off their sins. The piety of this place is of the utmost level for the believers of Sikhs.

Another legend relates the place with the Hindu Gods, Vishnu, and Parvati. Parvati lost a gem or ‘Mani’ in the torrential waters below, and the story that followed gave this place its name, Manikaran. Also, it is believed that Lord Shiva’s legendary anger is what gave birth to the hot springs in the area. With many temples dotting the place all over, Manikaran is a must visit, especially because it falls on the way to Kullu and Manali.

Speaking of these regions in the valley, Kullu and Manali can be called as the cultural capital of the state. With such close proximity to Kasol, the name of the small town is many a time collectively called along with the other two. Their presence nearby has boosted tourism in the area even more. And that has given a speed boost to the emergence of a number of cafes, guesthouses, and homestays in the area, so the tourists arriving here will feel all in their comfort zone, meeting and greeting other like-minded backpackers arriving in this quaint destination from several corners of the country, sometimes even the world.

Kasol tourism has done everything to ensure that when someone arrives in this city, they feel safe and sound, alongside the conquering feeling of adventure and the serene feeling of calm taking over their self. And so a trip to Kasol will sure be the best budget tour with a fulfilling feeling that you will ever take. Read this guide for all the information you will need for motivating and planning a trip to Kasol.

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Kullu

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Kullu is a resort town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located on the banks of Beas River. It is the capital town of Kullu district. It is a town through which the famous Beas River flows. It is home to the most beautiful landscapes like the very famous Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, and Chandrataal Lake. Located at a distance of approximately 500 km from the national capital, Delhi, Kullu is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations and holds an important place among the popular hill stations in India. Its proximity and good road connectivity with major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh make it an ideal weekend getaway for people seeking a sweet escape from the bustle of these cities. A distance of 208 km lies between Kullu and the state capital, Shimla. 

Kullu has an altitude of 1279 m which makes it an ideal hill station with an ideal climate that is neither hot nor extremely cold. Most tourists prefer to travel here during summers to escape the scorching heat of the plains and take refuge in the cold hills of Kullu with refreshing, untainted air. Though in order to enjoy snowfall in Kullu, December and January are the best months to visit it when the snow-blanketed Kullu is a sight you can call unforgettable. Whether you want to breathe in some quietness, want to get adventurous and taste the thrill or admire the craftsmanship of God, Kullu is a perfect place to come to with desires and return with experiences and memories. The hills of Kullu are covered with pine and deodar trees, adding a vivid green to the picturesqueness of the place; whereas, the sound of the flowing Beas River adds sweet rhythm to the atmosphere. The hills, the forest and the river in Kullu collectively make it God’s perfect imagination and a blessing to the humankind.

Kullu is an abode of adventure enthusiasts due to the various adventure activities that can be indulged in here and the surrounding regions in the form of trekking, river rafting, and camping among many others. Other adventure activities like paragliding and skiing can also be enjoyed here. Also, Kullu has some of the best treks not just in Himachal, but in the country, ranging from easy to difficult; from short treks to long expeditions. Whatever your preferences are, Kullu has the right treks for you that take you to landscapes with indescribable sort of beauty. Among the most exciting treks, one can take here are Hampta Pass Trek, Chanderkhani Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, and Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek. The best of Kullu can truly be explored on these treks that take you through thick forests and large meadows while the Beas River flows alongside. Kullu has some of the most scenic camping sites that exist in Himachal. Owing to its beautiful landscape where you can see the blue water of Beas River flowing smoothly with magnificent, lush green hills in the backdrop, Kullu makes for a good option for photographers. Photography-lovers visit Kullu in search of picture-perfect frames and they find them here easily. The scenic beauty of the town is not worth being captured just in the cameras, but in the hearts as well – like a beautiful memory etched in one’s memory lane. Once you have been to Kullu, it is hard to take this town off of your mind.

Kullu boasts of some unique tourist attractions including old Hindu temples and nature escapes. One of the best tourist attractions in Kullu is The Great Himalayan National Park, spread over an area of 1171 sq km within numerous species of flora and fauna. It was established in 1984 with an objective to protect the nature and wildlife in this region from undue human interference and is a place worth at least one visit. Kullu is replete with some prominent Hindu temples that attract pilgrims and people keen on knowing and understanding its culture in great numbers. Among the most famous religious sites located in Kullu are Hidimba Devi Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, and Bijli Mahadev Temple that receive huge footfall of both tourists and devotees. Besides, there are some exceptionally good places in Kullu district around Kullu town like Manikaran and Kasol that can be easily visited to check some stunning views that will leave you hypnotized.

To make your stay in Kullu comfortable and pleasant, the town has some incredible stay options ranging from budget hotels to luxury resorts offering world-class amenities. Stunning views of the surrounding hills and the divine Beas River come coupled with these options. Due to the wide range of stay options that are available here, it is no hassle to find a good one in Kullu that suits your needs and matches your budget.  

Though Kullu can be visited during any season of the year, the best season to explore the best of the valley is summer season when the climate is quite pleasant. During winters, if you get lucky, you can witness the very famous snowfall of Kullu that paints the green hills white. However, the temperature during winters goes down to as low as -1 degree Celsius. It rains heavily here during the monsoon, so it is recommended to avoid a monsoon plan in Kullu unless you enjoy staying bolted in a room, looking outside at the pouring rain from the window.


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Kufri

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Kufri is a hill station located in the south of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level and about 13 km from Shimla. If you are in search of some fun and adventure, come to Kufri to enjoy trekking, hiking, and many more adventure sports and activities.

During winters, you can try out skiing and tobogganing. You can come to Kufri to explore its nature parks and splendid picturesque landscape. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Shimla over the years due to it’s beauty and plenty of things to do and see.

Best time to visit - April to June during summers.

Highlights - With beautiful landscapes and loads of adventure sports and activities on offer, Kufri has eventually made a name of its own.
The must-see places and things to do in Kufri are:
-Exploring the landscape on horseback
-Trekking and hiking from Kufri to Mahasu Peak,
-Himalayan Nature Park.

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Khajjiar

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Known as 'mini-Switzerland of India,' Khajjiar is one of the most sought after hill stations in Himalayas. Khajjiar is a small town or hill station located near Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The hill station is at an altitude of 1981 m above sea level. It is known for its beautiful landscape, peaceful environment and not to forget the adventure sports.

The beauty and splendid surroundings of the place have not only influenced the Mughals and other rulers but also has drawn tourists within India and abroad. Apart from this, Khajjiar is also famous for its nine hole golf course and plenty of temples.

Best time to visit - You can plan your trip to Khajjiar throughout the year.

Highlights - Khajjiar is rightly called the 'mini Switzerland of India' because of the splendid landscape and nice weather.
Apart from this you can also see a few spots in the hill station and try you few adventure activities are:
-Adventure activities like trekking, paragliding and etc.
-Khajjiar Lake
-Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
-Lord Shiva Statue
-Golden Devi Temple
-Tibetan Handicrafts Center
-Himachal Pradesh State Handicrafts Center.

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Mcleodganj

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Housed in the Kangra district and at the suburbs of the town of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of recent times. Because of being occupied by a lot many of Tibetans who moved here after China’s invasion of their homeland, Mcleodganj is also sometimes referred to as the Little Lhasa. It is also noteworthy the exiled government of Tibet is also based in Mcleodganj only.

Speaking of Mcleodganj tourism, this quaint little town some 3 km away from Dharamshala is visited by thousands of tourists every year. People come here for various reasons like spirituality, volunteer programs, Himalayan experiences and adventures, and for much other sightseeing, photo and excursion opportunities in this religious small town cum hill station in the Himalayas.

The town of Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is famous especially and foremostly for being a spiritual getaway and pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The reason behind that is it is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of the Buddhists, Lama Tenzin Gyatso, who came here in the year of 1960 after his exile from Tibet. Dalai Lama established Tibet Government in exile here at Dharamshala and made the quaint little town of Mcleodganj as his permanent residence.

The presence of His Holiness in town attracts a lot of tourists and pilgrims to the town. Mcleodganj is also one of the best places to see the real lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists and monks from up close. One of the reasons this place is called Little Lhasa is because the people have built this place in the image of their previous abode. And it is possible to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama on the occasions that he is in town and one of the many Buddhist festivals celebrated in the town.

Apart from this, Mcleodganj is considered by many to be an adventurous hub, especially in terms of trekking in Mcleodganj. Home to one of the most beautiful, scenic and exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek, Mcleodganj is the base camp for reaching the summit of the famous hill. Starting from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj, the 9 km trek leads the trekker through forests of Oak, Deodar, and Rhododendron before opening up to one of the best sceneries that you will find in the Himalayas.

And as the elevation rises, the picturesque hills and valleys become clearer, giving it all a serene touch. Upon reaching the top of Triund, one can see far off hills of the Dhauladhar mountain range that look to be so close that you could touch them if you only extended your hand. The exciting trek has become such a favorite of the community that one can even call it the poster boy of Mcleodganj tourism. And speaking of mountain ranges, Mcleodganj lies in the Dhauladhar range, with the highest peak of the range Hanuman ka Tibba lying just behind the town. The 5,639m giant stands tall and like a guard in the backdrop which is a sight to behold from everywhere in the hill station.

And with such beauty and spirituality, sightseeing in Mcleodganj is something that will never bore a person visiting here. Apart from Triund, some of the places to visit in Mcleodganj include the name of the famous Bhagsunath temple. Attached to a wonderful legend, the medieval era temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is famous for a waterfall that flows right through the temple. The majestic cascading waterfall, called the Bhagsunag falls, forms a pool at the base which is considered to be sacred amongst the devotees and dip in the cold water brings about a different feeling of spiritual in the people.

Another famous tourist spot in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is Kareri Lake. Filled with the melting snow of the Dhauladhar ranges, this lake at the base of the Minkiani Pass is the perfect combination of offbeat trekking and scenic beauty in the middle of snow-capped peaks. Alongside the experience of trekking to this calm and serene lake is the added experience of camping by its side and in a scenic meadow right under the Minkiani Pass.

Speaking of which, the Minkiani Pass is another great place to see when in Mcleodganj. You can simply extend your trek to Kareri Lake to conquer the summit of this serene pass lying at an amazing height of 14,000ft above sea level. The view that one gets of the nearby ranges makes you feel like you are walking on the clouds. A great place to take pictures, Minkiani Pass trek is considered to be somewhere in between easy and moderate in difficulty and makes it worth facing the trek at the end.

And one of the most important places in Mcleodganj is the Namgyal Monastery. The place is actually a personal monastery for the 14th Dalai Lama and relates to the very second Religious teacher of the Buddhist belief, dating back to the mid 16th century. Originally in Lhasa, the monastery was entirely relocated to Mcleodganj in the uprising of 1959 and is now the home to the Dalai Lama. It is also the largest Tibetan Temple outside of Tibet. Apart from being a beautiful monastery, Namgyal is also center for education, called the Namgyal Tantric College, where the arts of Kalachakra, Vajrakilaya and many other such Tantric practices are taught to the future Namgyal Monks.

With such beauty, spirituality, adventure, and serenity, Mcleodganj is truly one of the best places to visit in the Himalayas. In fact, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, and many areas around it are experiences that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. So let the adventure unfurl as you take on the spellbinding journey through this amazing hill station of the Kangra District and in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountains.

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Kasauli

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Kasauli is a beautiful, picturesque town and cantonment, situated in the district of Solan, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Even though there are a lot of unique attractions in Kasauli, it is primarily known for its scenic beauty and serenity. This town is accessible both from Chandigarh, which is 65km away and Shimla, which is 77km away from Kasauli.

The most convenient way to travel to Kasauli is by train since it is a railway junction itself. The Kalka Mail, which is one of the most important trains in the country connecting cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Amritsar, is a great way to reach Kasauli, as the town is a mere 40 km away from the town of Kalka in Haryana. If one wants to reach by air, then Chandigarh Airport is the nearest airport from where you can easily hire cars or avail buses to take you to Kasauli. Buses are also frequently available from Delhi and Chandigarh, making trips to Kasauli easy and convenient.

Despite Kasauli being a small town, it has many spectacular places to visit, which has made it a popular tourist destination. The main attractions of Kasauli are Manki Point (a Hanuman Temple), the Gilbert Trail on Kachcha Road, Sunset Point, the Gurkha Fort, Baba Balak Nath Temple Christ’s Church, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, and the Central Research Library which is famous for its virological research and studies in the fields of immunology.

Since the town is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it experiences moderately cool to humid climate throughout the year. Therefore, the best time to visit this beautiful town is from March to June, and again during September, October and November. The town has several comfortable hotels and lodges that range from moderately priced to luxury accommodations, depending on the budget and requirement of the visitors.

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Mandi

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The princely state of Mandi is located within the Union of India. With Bilaspur as its capital, the state is as expansive as approximately 232,598 kilometers which reduced to approximately 1,139 square kilometres after the division was made. The state of Mandi is home to two large towns and approximately 3,625 villages. Filled with beautiful hills and simplistic atmosphere, it is a perfect weekend getaway for all those looking to get away from their bustling city life for a while.

There is much historic importance that this place signifies. Stories suggest that during the period of 1290 when the Rana of Banglaor succeeded the Siokot state, he was the first that can be credited for naming Mandi as the new capital of the Northern region. It was only later in the year 1954 that Mandi was incorporated into the state of Himachal Pradesh as the Mandi district.

Tourism industry is thriving in this city, as well. While the location is expansive by nature, there are numerous hotels, restaurants and resorts that embark upon this beautiful holiday destination for tourists and visitors to have a comfortable time in.


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Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley is located in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh. Located just 3 km from the entrance to the Great Himalayan National Park, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Himalayas. This is the land of mystic beauty and offers several adventure activities.

It will offer beautiful landscapes along with some fun-filled adventure sports. Tirthan valley is known for trout fishing and so attracts foreigners. It is thus one of the famous attractions for tourists not only in India but all over the world.

Best time to visit - March and June.

Highlights -
Some of the must-see and must do things that you should not miss here are:
-River Crossing
-Trek inside the Great Himalayan National Park
-Sightseeing at Jalori Pass
-Kirloskar Lake
-Waterfalls.

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Palampur

Palampur

Palampur is a popular tourist destination in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. With picturesque surroundings,and tea gardens, it is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Northern India. The hill station is famous for Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory.

Palampur is one of the highest hill stations in Himalayas based at an altitude of 2250 m and located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. Palampur boasts of vast lush green fields, majestic mountains, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. You will find a waterfall flowing into the Bundla Chasm.

Best time to visit - March and June.

Highlights - Palampur boasts of vast lush green fields, tea gardens, majestic mountains, and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
It has quite a few must-see spots around, they are:
-Tashi Jong Monastery
-Tea Gardens of Palampur
-Saurabh Van Vihar
-Neugal Khad
-Baijnath Temple
-Andretta Pottery
-Shopping
-Chamunda Devi Temple.

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Bir - Billing

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Nestled amongst the aesthetic natural bounties, Bir is a small village in Himachal Pradesh which is also known as the paragliding capital of India. A place so pristine, this village adds extra glitters and jitters to the beauty of Himachal. Bir is located at an elevation of 5,000 feet amidst the serene landscapes, snow-capped hills, and artistic temples. Home to a Tibetan colony, this place holds a rich culture featuring the Deer Park Institute, a centre for Indian tradition wisdom patronage by Dalai Lama, widening the horizons of your knowledge about traditions. 

Not just a visual treat, Bir is famous for enthralling activities including trekking, paragliding, mountain biking, and hand gliding, giving you savour the adrenaline rush you’ve been looking for. For the ones looking for a thrill-filled vacation to challenge your inner adventurer, Bir won’t disappoint you at all. Bir has something for everyone; head to the Bir Road market to quench your shopping cravings, leisure walk along the lake, enjoy few hours at the Himalayan Film school, explore the cafes that serve divine local Tibetan dishes, and watch the tranquilising sight as the sun sets in the sky gleaming with different hues. 

The summer season of Bir, starting from April to June, turns this beautiful land into heaven as the snow melts making the weather pleasant. This is considered the best time for paragliding bringing flocks of people from all over the globe. Magnifying the elegance of Bir, the monsoon showers flourish the flora and fauna of the place turning the place into heaven. The light to heavy showers make it an offseason for paragliding, therefore, if you want to explore Bir and indulge in activities other than paragliding then this season is perfectly fine.

The temperature in winters, starting from December to March, drop down to sub-zero as it starts to snow in the upper regions covering it in 5-6 feet ice sheet. If you wish to winter trek then you can visit Bir in this season, but make sure you are well prepared.

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Mashobra

Mashobra

Mashobra is the quieter version of Shimla. This hill station in Himalayas boasts of beautiful landscapes, green fields, and serene surroundings. It is a perfect choice for a peaceful weekend getaway with your friends and family. Mashobra is known for Craignano, Mahasu peak, and Wallflower hotels.

You can travel Mashobra both by car and railways. Shimla is the nearest airport, so if you want to travel by flight, you can drop by Shimla. Within Mashobra you can hire cabs to move from one place to the other.Mashobra has 6-7 must see spots which are mentioned below.

Best time to visit - April to June.

Highlights -
The spots that you must explore here are:
-Reserve Forest Sanctuary
-Craignano
-Wildflower Hall Hotel
-Jakhu Temple
-Mahasu Peak and Fair
-Tattapani
-Kufri
-Chadwick Falls.

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Shoghi

Shoghi

Just 13 km away from Shimla, Shogi is a small hill station rich in natural beauty and has an abundance of flora and fauna. Other than that, there are several old temples and fun-filled adventure activities in store for you. This small town offers famous fruit made products.

The weather is soothing throughout the year, and the hill station also boasts of quality lodging facilities and yummy food. All this helps in rejuvenating your mind, and contributes to make your vacation a memorable one. Shogi can be reached both by train, road and flight and has a good number of public taxis for local transport.

Best time to visit - March to June.

Highlights - Shogi is known for its natural beauty and adventure activities. Adventure seekers flock there all over the year.
Some of the must-see places to visit here are:
-Kandaghat
-Trekking, Hiking, and Camping
-Tara Devi Temple
-Hanuman Temple
-Shopping in Shoghi
-Jakhoo Hills
-Kali Temple
-Bird Watching
-Indian Institute of Advanced Studies.

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie

Based in the Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the most popular hill stations in Himalayas. Dalhousie is at an altitude of 1970 m above sea level which makes it weather comfortable to stay. It is a well-known travel spot in Himachal Pradesh and a paradise for all travelers.

You will come across pine trees, green fields with flowers blooming, rivers, and majestic mountains when here. You are sure to enjoy some of the most spectacular sightings in the world. The weather here is such that you can visit any time of the year. But again, summers are most likely when you should travel. Winters can always be tricky to visit hill stations.

Best time to visit - All time of the year.

Highlights - Dalhousie offers several tourist spots and some interesting adventure activities that you must not miss during the tour.
Let's discuss them here:
-Trip to Khajjiar
-Satdhara Falls
-Panchpula
-Explore the Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary
-Dainkund Peak
-River crossing and rafting
-Bakrota Hills
-Subhash Baoli
-Shopping galore in Dalhousie
-St. John's Church.

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Spiti Valley

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Tucked away in an inviting blanket of earthly glory, Spiti is a heavenly gateway for those seeking solitude in the bliss of nature. Lahaul Spiti tourism attracts thousands of people every year towards its fascinating beauty and unadulterated environment. Spiti is bordered in the northern side by Ladakh, Tibet in the East, Kinnaur in the South-East and Kullu valley in the North.

This majestic cold desert valley in Himachal Pradesh is replete with pine forests, green meadows, beautiful monasteries and inhabited villages that will leave you totally awe-stuck. Situated at an altitude of around 12,500 ft above the sea level the barren mountains over here change their hues every second and it is definitely a sight to behold. The tiny villages over here under the shadow of huge mountains have a population of around 35 to 200 people. This sparsely inhabited land is a slice of paradise for all those who’re yearning to cut off from the intoxicating city life.

Wherever you go, you’ll witness beautiful Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags fluttering in the air and a large number of monks praying with their prayer wheels. You can also have fascinating glimpse of Dhadkan and Chandratal lake here. The awe inspiring passes like Kunzum and Barchala Pass will further take you at the top of the world with its immense altitude.

The visitors can choose to go on a nature trail over here to encounter rare avian species and jaw-dropping beauty of nature. Take part in adventurous activities like hiking, rappelling and camping here. Step out of the confines of your mundane life and hop on to enjoy some shutter shooting in the arms of nature at the wonderland of Spiti.

Spiti is a cold desert valley and hence it experiences extreme cold temperature during all seasons. But summer is definitely a bit pleasant than the other seasons as the temperature gradually rises up to 0-15 degrees Celsius during Summer. Winters in Spiti is extremely spine-chilling and people avoid visiting this wonderland during this season. Monsoon too is frequented by heavy rainfall and landslides and hence the people refrain from visiting Spiti during monsoon.

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Narkanda

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Holding a treasure of scenic beauty within its domain, Narkanda is a picturesque town located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Lying 60 km ahead of Shimla city, Narkanda attracts hordes of tourists throughout the year. Set at an altitude of 2706 metres, this town is blessed with a peaceful ambience and perennial greenery. The presence of apple and cherry orchards dotting its verdant hills add to its visual appeal, making it a favourite among landscape photographers.

The major places of interest in Narkanda include a scenic lake called Tanni Jubbar Lake and a revered Hindu temple, Hatu Mata Mandir. There also are a few vantage spots which are visited by photography enthusiasts to capture the essence of Himachal Pradesh in picture frames. In addition to these fairly exciting spots for sightseers and vacationers, Narkanda is also a perfect choice for adventure seekers. Whether you are enthusiastic about trekking or skiing, this town has great opportunities for you to satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you. A vacation in Narkanda provides trekking enthusiasts with an opportunity to scale the second highest peak in Shimla district, Hatu Peak, boasting an elevation of 3400 metres.

Every season brings different shades of beauty to Narkanda, changing its aura completely. Thus, the town can be visited throughout the year. Due to frequent spells of snowfall in the winter season, the town remains covered under plush blankets of white snow and looks surreal. During the season, the minimum temperature drops down to as low as -8 degree Celsius at night. Whereas, during other times of the year, the dense forests of pine, oak, rhododendron and deodar add a vibrant appeal to its hilly landscape. The temperatures in summers are pleasantly cold, adding romantic vibes to the atmosphere.  All in all, with plenty of exhilarating adventure opportunities, sightseeing spots, lush greenery and luxury holiday resorts, Narkanda is the perfect choice for your next vacation in the mountains. 

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Kinnaur

Kinnaur

Known as the "Land of God," Kinnaur is one the most serene and beautiful hill stations. The splendid landscape, coupled with fast-flowing Sutlej, Baspa, and Spiti River, draws the attention of tourists, backpackers, hikers, and trekkers from all over the world.

You will come across both Hinduism and Buddhism as the two major religions here. This hill station is located in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh and is about 235 km away from Shimla. Its altitude ranges from 2320 m to 6816 m above sea level. So, plan your trip accordingly while visiting Kinnaur.

Best time to visit - April to October.

Highlights -
Here we will guide you through some of the major tourist spots here and some activities that you can do:
-Reckong Peo
-Kalpa
-Sarahan
-Nako
-Ribba
-Trekking
-Kothi
-Moorang
-Lippa
-Namgya
-Nichar.

Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

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Nainital

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Nainital, the hill resort town in the district of the same name, derives its name from the emerald, glassy, eye-shaped lake (tal) which the town is built around. The British Sugar trader, P. Baron, founded the town in the year 1841 and thank God that he did! There could not be a better getaway spot from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The moment you enter Nainital district, you step into a new, parallel world. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the transition to scenic splendour of the likes of the place is a treat to the senses, a characteristic balming bliss of an experience that one can only understand through live experience.

No wonder then that the Kumaon Himalayas are regarded as “devbhoomi” ( land of the Gods), a divine manifestation of the most intricate natural laws, working for millennia, to carve out the perfect cradle in the arms of the lofty peaks, who remain standing as sentinels, offering solace and inspiring awe in humanity. Nainital’s appeal comes across as no less than a dreamscape. The British elites had used the location as a retreat during the harsh summers of the Indian mainland once upon a time, and the tradition remains alive for native Indians, as well as our foreign guests to this day.

With the changing climatic patterns ushering in harsher summers, Nainital as an easily accessible and highly affordable getaway vacation spot appears as no less than a prayer answered. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple, St John in Wilderness, Hanuman Garhi for the pious ones, Mall road market,Tibetan market for the spendthrift ones, Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Jim Corbett National Park, Snow Viewpoint for the nature and adventure lovers, Nainital has a very inclusive agenda in terms of provisions - there is something for everyone.

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Mussoorie

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We do not need to describe Mussoorie because great author Ruskin Bond has already done that in his immortal novels and short stories. He used this amazing town and the tourist places in Mussorie as the backdrop of his stories and the natural beauty of this town has created many landmarks in the field of “nature’s romanticism.”
If you are in love with nature’s romanticism and follow literature for that then the enchanting beauty of Mussoorie is your wonderland waiting for you. Sir Sachin Tendulkar, the demigod of the cricketing world loves this place as his regular hideout in a great climate and pleasant city.

Located at the height of almost 1900 meters from the sea levels this landscape of nature has become a paradise for the tourists with a passage of time. This advantage point of nature has a history dating back to
19th century when the officers of ruling East India Company developed it as a holiday paradise in the hills. Located at the distance of 40 Kilometers from the state capital of Indian state of Uttranchal, Dehradun, Mussoorie also won this moniker of being the “queen of the hill stations.” More than 15 attractions full of nature, religion and culture are at your disposal when you are planning a stay in Mussoorie Resorts. This hill station also serves as a gateway to the glaciers of Yamunotri and Gangotri and we can consider it as an ideal place to spend summer vacations.

The year of 1991 brought this town into the spotlight because of certain cultural events and movements of political celebrities. We can term this phase as the beginning of the modern history of "Mussoorie the tourism Destination." Now this hill station has become a modern town where nature and modern day amenities are developing a new eco-system of fun, frolic, and entertainment for all age groups and honeymoon couples in particular. With
passage of time, Mussoorie has also become an educational hub because of the presence of some premium educational institutes and convent schools. The presence of these tourist places in Mussoorie also added a youthful spirit in the ambiance of this hill station.

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Dehradun

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When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


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Auli

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Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. It has rightly derived its name Auli - meaning meadows, from the characteristics of its topography. The hill station is located on slopes and has far stretching meadows that look stunning to the eyes. Auli is fondly referred to as a place where nature comes alive in all its glory and splendour. It is rich in natural resources and offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding hills.

The hill station has a plethora of wildflowers and trees like deodars, oaks, coniferous and pine forests. The slopes here that are as high as 9000 feet above sea level offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks; like that of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. 
There are a number of attractions here at the hill station. The most famous one amongst tourists is the ropeway.

It is the highest and the longest one not just in India but the whole of Asia and it offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Auli’s artificial lake is another attraction which is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Similarly, Chattrakund and Chenab lake are also two other lakes worth visiting in Auli. 
Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India which explains how well the activity can truly be enjoyed here.

The winter months offer this thrilling experience and invite enthusiasts from across the globe. Other activities in Auli include trekking to nearby hills like Guarso and Kwani Bugyal. There is also a great scope for camping in and around Auli.  
The cherry on top is the weather in Auli. The hill station being located on a slope is high in altitude but is also surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and oaks. This controls the pace of the wind blowing here and thus, giving Auli a pleasant environment.

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Kanatal

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Located in Uttarakhand, to the north of India, Kanatal is a hill station frequented for its pristine beauty and adventure activities. The scenic destination is in close proximity to major tourist destinations like Delhi, Mussoorie, Chamba, and Rishikesh, which makes Kanatal the perfect weekend getaway for locals and tourists alike! Given that the town is perched at a height of 8500 feet above sea level and is resplendent with the magnificent Himalayas and deep valleys, it is undoubtedly a piece of paradise for photographers and nature lovers. But that’s not all there is to Kanatal. 

The hill station offers some wonderful sightseeing, like the historic Surkanda Devi Temple which weaves with it a tale of Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. A trek to this beautiful attraction is a must, especially when it snows and the hill station is a vision in white! The Kodia Forest and the Eco Park are must-visits too, especially if you enjoy lounging in the lap of Mother Nature and are an animal enthusiast. You’re sure to spot some wild boars and goral here. When making your way around the town, don’t forget to stop by and admire the allure of the Tehri Lake too.  

If you’re looking for exciting activities, Kanatal is the place to be. Right from the local Tehri Lake which offers boating on its calm waters amidst lush greenery, to New Tehri which is home to an unmissable jet-skiing experience, Kanatal has a host of adventures to look forward to. Most tourists flock here to experience pleasant camping trips, bird watching and star-gazing, and trekking to picturesque destinations. A short distance away is Shivpuri, popular for river rafting.

The mystical magic of Kanatal is truly witnessed at the onset of winter when the festival of Dussehra coincides with the snowfall. The celebrations are worth being a part of, and the chilly weather makes for an exemplary holiday experience!

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Chamba

Chamba

Chamba is located in Himachal Pradesh at an elevation of 996 m above sea level on the banks of the river Ravi. Chamba is one of the most beautiful, historically, and culturally rich hill stations in the Himalayas. So it is rightly called the "The Land of Kingdoms and Monasteries." You will come across various ancient temples and caves which date back to ancient history.

Other than that, you can enjoy the sight of Pir Panjal, Zanskar, and Dhauladhar Ranges in the background of a picturesque town. The weather is moderate during summers, you can travel during monsoons or winters if you love rain, cold and chilly weather. Local transport is not an issue due the availability of a good number of cabs. One can reach this place via flight, train and road as well.

Best time to visit - March to June.

Highlights - Chamba has many spots on offer which you can experience and enjoy.
Let's share them here:
-Chamera Lake
-Manimahesh Lake
-Lakshmi Narayan Temple
-Himachal Emporium
-Hari Raya Temple
-Chaugan.

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Dhanaulti

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Dhanaulti is a sleepy, little town that sits on the Chamba-Mussoorie road, at a staggering height of 2,250 metres above sea level. Dhanaulti’s elevation  means that you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayas from almost any point and the weather remains pleasantly cool at almost all times. The landscape of the place is defined by virgin forests with towering trees of deodars, oaks and rhododendrons. A short walk away from the town centre is sure to lead you to quaint meadows, dense jungles and gurgling streams.

Albeit small, Dhanaulti has a strong cultural presence and you will be able to spot locals wearing traditional clothings and headgear. Here, you can enjoy traditional garhwali food and buy local hand-made goods and souvenirs. The place is also dotted with several temples and forts that date back to different eras in history and are a great way of finding more about the Dhanaulti and its place in the pages of history. Dhanaulti is dotted with several resorts and camping sites which offer a plethora of accommodation options. When here, you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the forest from the window of a luxury resort or choose to sleep under the stars in a tent.

There are several places that offer adventure activities that take you skywalking through the peaks, trekking in the forests, climbing mountain faces and sledding down slopes! You can also try your hand at ziplining, biking or rappelling!  If you are not much of an adventure enthusiast, you can spend your time in Dhanaulti enjoying spa treatments, playing golf, reading books while lazing on a hammock or taking leisurely strolls through jungle roads. Dhanaulti also has potato farms that stretch for miles where you can go horse riding!  Apart from these, the apple orchards at Dhanaulti grow a variety of apples and you can spend an entire day walking through these orchards, apple-picking and enjoying delicious apple-based recipes.

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Lansdowne

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Thick oak forests, mesmerizing hills, and spellbinding views, there are numerous places to visit in Lansdowne which will take you a step closer to nature. A quaint hill station which is perched at an elevation of 1700 meters, Lansdowne brings to you a potpourri of attractions and memorable experiences. From trekking the treacherous trails of Lover’s Lane and exploring the vibrant streets of Lansdowne Main Market to visiting the holy shrines of Jwalpa Devi and Durga Devi Temple, there are multitude of ways by which you can quench your wanderlust in this snow-clogged beauty.

A town situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is well-known for its pine timberlands and rich history of Garhwal rifles. Apart from this, it has also enjoyed an undisputed attention of nature buffs for its exotic wildlife. Its close proximity to the Jim Corbett National Park makes it an ideal site for bird watching and nature walks. Here you can also get to see some of the beautiful wild creatures including tiger,sambhar, barking deer,hog deer, and porcupines. Hence, if you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand, don’t forget to pay a visit to these key tourist places in Lansdowne.

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Chaukori

Chaukori

It is based in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Chaukori is at 2010 m above sea level and located south of Tibet. Chaukori is a quiet hill station in the Western Himalayas and the natural beauty of the place is such that you will feel as if in heaven.

The place is also quiet and serene, which makes it free from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tea gardens will leave you aromatic, and the lush green fields make you feel mesmerized.

Best time to visit - All time of the year.

Highlights -
The hill station offers you an abundance of spots to see, let's take a look at them here:
-An abundance of temples and pilgrimages like Dhaulinag, Kalinag, Feninag, and so on.
-Tea Gardens
-Nature Walks
-Photography
-Village Tourism.

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Almora

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If you want a perfect refuge from your hectic busy life, head towards Almora. A picturesque hill station in the lap of nature with lush greenery in the divinely beautiful state of Uttarakhand, yes, it is Almora. Situated in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, Almora takes pride in its natural beauty. Also known as the Town of Temples, a famous Hindu Temple is situated in the heart of the town, called Nanda Devi.

The beautiful places that you should pay a visit in Almora are temples like Nanda Devi temple, Patal Devi temple, Maa Dunaguri temple, etc., and few other astounding sites. You can hire a taxi for sight-seeing.

Almora has a lot of hotels and resorts where you can stay comfortably. A few of them are Hotel Bhagwati Palace, Khim’s Guest House, Binsar Resort, Khali Estate, etc. If you are a foodie and wondering what and where to eat, there are some really great restaurants offering finger licking foods and some suggestions for you are Lali’s Inn and Restaurant, Kasar Rainbow Restaurant, Essence of Nature, Dolma Restaurant, etc. You should definitely try singauri, ginger tea and choklate in Almora.

If you love shopping, you should definitely visit the street side markets in Almora. The Chowk Bazaar sells some premier quality angora wool garments. Copperwares are also sold there. Another market where you will get a lot of good things to take home is the Lal Bagh Market.

The nearby tourist destinations that you can visit from Almora are Kathgodam, Nainital, Chaukori, Binsar, Kausani, Ranikhet, Saltakhet, Bageshwar, etc.


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Valley of Flowers Trek
Amongst all the exhilarating trekking in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
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Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

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Kausani

Kausani

Kausani is one of those hill stations in Himalayas, which is a popular honeymoon and tourist destination. You can enjoy the panoramic sightings of the Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchuli Peaks. Kausani also offers you picturesque views of Pine Forest, creeks, lush green fields, and trekking trails like the Adi Kailash Trek, Base Kausani Trek, and many more.

Kausani is located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand at about 51 km from Almora. The hill station is set at an altitude of 1890 m. If you are a first-time traveler, you might be confused about which spots to visit in Kausani!

Best time to visit - April to June and October to February.

Highlights - If you are a first-time traveler, you might be confused about which spots to visit in Kausani!
So, let's share a number of tourist spots and things to do here which may help you while planning a trip here:
-Rudradhari Falls and Caves
-Gwaldam
-Pinnath trekking
-Baijnath Temple
-Kausani Tea Estate
-Shopping
-Someshwar Lord Shiva Temple
-Anashakti Ashram
-Sumitranandan Pant Museum
-Stargate Observatory.

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Khirsu

Khirsu

This hill village is located at a distance of 11 km from Pauri at an altitude of 1700 m. You will find lush green fields and orchards. Khirsu is an offbeat destination yet a popular choice among nature lovers and adventure seekers with wide spreads of deodar and oak trees, placed at an altitude of about 1800 meters.

You can visit the majestic temple of Ghandiyal Devi and enjoy the calmness of this place. You can try out amazing local cuisine such as aloo ke gutke, gahat, chainsoo and kaapa. You can come with both family, friends and partner to enjoy this place.

Best time to visit - Throughout the year.

Highlights - Khirsu is an offbeat destination in Uttarakhand with its peaceful environment and splendid beauty.
It has many things to offer to tourists, which are:
-Tasty Garhwali and Kumaoni dishes
-Ulkha Giri & Pauri Garhwal
-Nature trails.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is in Uttaranchal, set on the Kumaon slopes. It offers visitors an encompassing view of the Himalayan pinnacle. It is also called the Queen's farm and was developed by the Britishers. Ranikhet has scenic natural beauty and helps freshen your senses up to the core.

The hill station is also the headquarters of the popular Indian regiment called the Kumaon Regiment. Try some yummy North Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, European and Asian cuisines once you are here. Local transport is good here with availability of jeeps, cabs and buses.

Best time to visit - March to June in Summers.

Highlights:
-Chaubatia Orchards,
-Jhula Devi Temple,
-Majhhali, Golf Course,
-Bhalu Dam etc.
Visit these to come close to the age of old traditions in the country.

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Kedarnath

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Kedarnath etymologically translates to ‘Lord of the Field.’ It is a dainty town in Uttarakhand and is an ancient pilgrimage site. It is popular for the Kedarnath Temple, and according to mythology, it was built by the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata.

The temperature in Kedarnath varies from -2 to 28 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit this hill-station is either from May – June or September – October. If you are a pilgrim going to the site of Kedarnath Temple, then avoid visiting the temple during winters (November – March). Due to the decrease in temperature and heavy snowfall, the temple stays shut during this period. Since monsoons (July – August) come with the hindrance of landslides, visits to Kedarnath are avoided during this time as well.

If you are visiting the Kedarnath temple, then you must visit the Bhairavnath Temple, located at a distance of 500 meters from there. The temple enshrines an incarnation of Lord Shiva, Lord Bhairav. Perched atop a hill, it offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges with mesmerizing beauty.

Apart from the Kedarnath Temple, there are several other tourist attractions in Kedarnath. One such attraction is Vasuki Tal, a lake built at an altitude of 4135 meters. It requires a moderate to difficult trekking experience and is a haven for trekkers.

You must have heard of the Adwaita philosophy propounded by Sri Shankaracharya. Kedarnath has another historical shrine known as the Shankaracharya Samadhi. It is said that Sri Shankaracharya attained Nirvana at the age of 32 at this place.

Sonprayag here is known to be the place where Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. It is also the confluence of the rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and frosty trees, Sonprayag is a cultural-historical site of attraction. Do keep in mind that Kedarnath is mostly cold throughout the year, so pack warm clothes.

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Bhimtal

Bhimtal

The hills of Bhimtal are located 23 km ahead of the hills of Lake Nainital and is its offbeat version. It is surrounded by dense forests, oaks, pines, shrubs. You can find a few temples and an island-like area in the middle of the lake. The place is located at 1370m above sea level and is very less crowded and offers a tranquil atmosphere.

Also try out Chinese, Mexican and Continental and Indian dishes here. Transport is not an issue here as you can easily move within the city by hiring cabs, taxis or jeeps.  So, plan the next trip to these beautiful hill stations in Himalayas.

Best time to visit - March, September, and December.

Highlights -
The important spots to explore in this hill station are:
-Bhim Lake
-Boating,
-Birding and quality walk,
-Bhimeshwar Temple.

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Chakrata

Chakrata

Chakrata is a hilltown adjacent to Dehradun, located at the height of 2118 m, popular for the beautiful coniferous forest, age-old temples, and caves. Are you looking for activities? Mountain Climbing and camping are the trending reasons to visit this small town. You will come across beautiful Tiger Falls, and the highest peak in this place, the Kharamba Peak.

Along with that the forests of Chakrata houses a variety of wildlife like panthers and spotted deer. As far food is concerned some of the famous restaurants are Dragon Inn & Pushp Restaurant.

Best time to visit - March to June.

Highlights -
The best spots and must do things in Chakrata are as follows:
-Tiger fall
-Kharamba Peak
-Jaunsari tribe
-Yamuna river
-Trekking and hiking.

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Harsil

Harsil

Harsil is one of the highest hill stations in the state of Uttarakhand. Harsil is one of the quietest and peaceful hill stations in Himalayas. You will find Harsil on the banks of the river Bhagirathi in the state of Uttarakhand.

The hill station is at an altitude of 2620 m and falls on the way to Gangotri. Dense pine and deodar forests, the beautiful river Bhagirathi, green landscape, and apple orchards make this place an ideal spot for travelers. You can also try out various fun and adventure activities like trekking and hiking. Summers are the best time to visit this place.

Best time to visit - April and June.

Highlights - You must be wondering what to see and what to do at Harsil. Well, Harsil offers you several options to make your trip a memorable one.
So, let's share a few must-do things and must-see places here:
-Dharali
-Mukhwas Village
-Sattal
-Gangnani
-Gangotri
-Trekking.

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Binsar

Binsar
Located 33 km from Almora in the state of Uttarakhand, is the small hill town of Binsar. Once there, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Himalayan Ranges, which will just blow your mind away! Apart from that, oak, pine, rhododendron, and deodar forests will enhance the beauty of this place. You can also explore the famous wildlife sanctuary here.

This hill station is at an average altitude of 2412 m from sea level. You also can try out kumaoni and continental dishes in a handful
of restaurants here.Within Binsar you can hire jeeps or cabs to move around.

Best time to visit - Almost any time of the year.

Highlights - Binsar is a good option for a traveler who is looking for hills and a quiet and serene place for vacation.
So, let's take a look at the places to see here:
-Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
-Bineshwar Temple
-Zero Point
-Golu Devata Temple.

Hill Stations in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar

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Silk-sunset, certain shades of white, tar on the roads, gloom beyond the oil lamp floating over the lake, ripples in the water, fog on the mirror, garden of the spring, the palace of the fairies, subject of the poems, emptiness in the eyes, absence of words, forever in ordinary things and the old roses on a breeze, where love arrives in memories of forever to liberate us into life – Srinagar! The tourist places in Srinagar offer breathtaking views and mesmerising locations to die for.

Srinagar wakes up with Fajr (pre –dawn prayers) and zikr where life sings winter melodies on nine bridges, connecting the city that smells of heaven on both sides of Jhelum River, a river that passes through the city, meanders through the valley, deepening into the traveler’s paradise – Dal Lake.

The city takes on the morning light mirroring the mountains, when the moon still hangs pale over the tranquil Dal Lake, which ornaments an array of alluring houseboats where the lovers’ find home watching a promise of the snow filling up the woods. The lake’s less urbanized eastern shore is decorated with the Mughal gardens that speaks of history strung out for several kilometers. The subdued fortress and the familiar wooden mosques of the old times makes a mark at the center of the city in this era of remembering all that once existed. Easy wind, downy flake and the promises to keep between the woods and frozen lake, Srinagar awaits for you, to dream within a dream. So, come and explore the best tourist places in Srinagar.

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Gulmarg

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The nearest India can make to being a ski resort is via its pine-fringed Gulmarg. Situated at an elevation of 2730 meters above sea level, it well justifies the Meadow of Flowers tag that it has received. The meadow is given a visual highlight by the 1890s Anglican Church of St Mary’s that sits on a lonely hillock which can be accessed off the dead-end road that links the 1965 neo-colonial style Hotel Highlands Park to the historic Gulmarg Golf Club. However, the key reason to visit Gulmarg is just not the same. You must visit Gulmarg to explore the backing stands of the splendid mature pines traversing you to the elevation of bald Mt Afarwat. To make it to mountain, you can either trek on foot or take help from ponies at a meagre amount of INR 300 per hour. However, the easiest way out is using the two-stage gondola cable car that flutters you to 3747m. The impressive clear day views from the top are worth the ride. During this ride, you’ll encompass Nanga Parbat which is the world’s ninth highest mountain peak located across Pakistan. Booking for this online can help save you from the long queues especially in the peak season of May and June. This service can however be cancelled either due to civil unrest or during bad weather and getting a refund from the organizers can get really annoying then. Base station of Gandola is situated about 1 km west of the bus stand.       

Gulmarg endeavors you with more than 40 choices of accommodation each of them beautiful in their own very way. In the months of July, an average room fare (for a night) will be around INR 2000 for the old looking stays and INR 5000 for newer stays. Prices of the hotels see a drop of 20% in the winter season and a further dramatic drop when there is civil unrest in Srinagar or during the less popular months like September.  


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Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Pahalgam is untouched and amazingly gorgeous for nature lovers and is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The entire town is submerged within the green environment, and the mighty Himalayan range makes the town more alluring. Any traveler will be in a state of awe after  entering the pristine land.

The best place to visit in the hilly area is the 18 hole golf course, which is located encompassing snow-capped surroundings. The visit is going to be a memory for a lifetime. The hill station has a charm of its own, and the ideal time to spend your vacation is from March to November. Well, summer experiences the major influx of tourists, if you are not a crowd lover, wait for October, chilly nights will catch your attraction with a relatively less number of tourists.

Best time to visit - March to November.

Highlights -
The top places to visit in one of the most attractive
 hill stations in Himalayas are:
-Aru Valley
-Betaab Valley
-Mamleshwar Temple
-Chandanwari
-Kolahoi Glacier
-Lidden river.

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Patnitop

Patnitop

Love meadows and landscape views? Patnitop is your ideal travel destination located at the snowclad valleys of Jammu & Kashmir. Moreover, the region is accessorized with liveliness like trekking and skiing along with water springs.

Together, these activities make it one of the most sought after travel destinations, especially for the new-gen. Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, it is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in northern India. A hill station, which is an 'anytime place', is always preferred by tourists. But to have the best experience from the place, September to October is the ideal time. December to March will give you the view of snow and natural beauty.

Best time to visit- September to October.

Highlights -
To experience the most splendid and grand views, do not miss the following places:
-Naag Mandir
-Billoo ki Powri
-Kud Park
-Paragliding.

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Ladakh

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Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, safaris, etc. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.  

Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.


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Sonamarg

Sonamarg

Sonamarg is a small hill town in J&K completely covered by snowy fields, majestic glaciers, along with the serene lake. Sonamarg is situated northeast of Srinagar at an elevation of 2800 km above sea-level. The entire town looks like a meadow of gold.

Lakes like Gangabal, Vishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Kishansar are a must see. The Krishnasar Lake is at a height of 3,801m above sea level, and is a popular tourist spot for travellers. You can reach Sonamarg via air, road and rail. Local transport facility is also good in Sonamarg.

Best time to visit- April and till June.

Highlights - 
It is considered as one of the most serene hill stations in Himalayas.
The top places to visit in Sonamarg are:
-Thajiwas glaciers
-Vishansar lake
-Zoji-La Pass
-Nilagrad River
-Kashmir great lakes trek
-White river floating.

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Jammu

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Situated on the banks of River Tawi, Jammu is a land of serene and beautiful valleys, lakes, and meadows surrounded by majestic snow-clad Himalayas. The Shivalik hill cuts across the area while rivers Tawi, Chenab, and Ravi, flow through this region.

Solitude is served here in its true sense for the urban dwellers. Due to the impeccable beauty of Jammu, it is often referred to as the Gateway to Heaven. You can soak in the tranquil environment in Jammu as you gaze up at the mighty Himalayas shimmering in the downing sun. 

Jammu takes pride in its history full of valor and glory and is home to some of the most magnificent temples. Jammu is thronged by thousands of devotees going to the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, which has been a beacon of faith and fulfillment to millions of devotees.

Besides fulfilling the spiritual needs of its visitors, Jammu caters to their shopping requirements as well. The city’s markets are famous for Kashmiri handicrafts, traditional jewelry, and dry fruits. Though the city is known for temples, its cultural and architectural heritage in the form of palaces and forts is equally worth a mention. There are many places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir that recite the tales of its rich culture, history, and traditions.

Jammu is also home to some of the most beautiful Mughal gardens with vivid floras, fountains, and springs. It is the crowning jewel of the north, which must be visited at least once in your lifetime. Visitors can choose to go on a nature trail to encounter rare avian species or take part in adventure activities like rappelling, trekking or camping.

From the clothes that people wear to the homes they live in, art in Jammu is a way of life. The visit to Jammu is all about the pleasure of five senses, and it opens a window of the Himalayan lifestyle of the discerning traveler. 

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Nubra Valley

This valley is one of the finest expositions of nature’s magnificence. There are very few places on Earth with the same stature as this when it comes to beautiful and varied scenery. Located in the Nubra district about 150km north of Leh, this valley is where the Shylok and Siachan rivers confluence.

At an average altitude of above 10,000ft, this region is a cold desert with vegetation along river beds. The villages of this valley are fertile and with adequate irrigation facilities. The majority of inhabitants here speaks the Nubra language and are Buddhists.

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Pulwama

Pulwama

Pulwama is a mini town located in the northern part of the state, J&K. Within a stretch of 26 km, it is not very far from Srinagar. The town is locally popular with a name called 'Anand of Kashmir', and is filled with apple orchards, beautiful waterfalls, natural springs, and landscapes with scenic beauty.

The ideal time to tour Pulwama would be the summers as winters are low with temperature and roads are usually blocked. Although the town lies in the Himalayan belt, having pleasant weather, the months from April to October is the ideal time span to visit.

Best time to visit - April to October.

Highlights - The town is also popular for adventure junkies.
The best places to visit in Pulwama are:
-Aharbal waterfalls
-Tarsar and marsar lake
-Kungwattan
-Jama Masjid Shopian
-Kounsarnag lake,
-Avantishwar Temple.

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Sanasar

Sanasar

Sanasar is an offbeat travel destination in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The place is named after two local lakes and is based in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. You will find this spot about 20 km away from Patnitop towards the west in the Ramban district.

You can try loads of adventure activities like rock climbing, paragliding, abseiling, and trekking. Over here, you will find a cup-like meadow and huge forests of conifers around it. The place is quiet and offers mind-blowing sights of the landscape and surrounding hills. Thus it is one of the favorite hill stations for tourists.

Best time to visit - May to June and September to October.

Highlights -
Some of the top places and must do things that you must see while here are:
-Paragliding
-Wilderness Adventure Camps
-Naag Mandir
-Trekking
-Shank Pal Temple
-Golf course at Sanasar
-Surni Kund
-Rock Climbing
-Abseiling
-Finally, some shopping.

Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple in Kullu is another example of an idyllic sacred place in Himachal Pradesh. The surrounding of the temple is outstanding, covered with mountains and scenic locations. Due to the topographical bliss and spiritual value of this place, the majority of the tourists visit this tourist attraction in Kullu. Also known by the name Mahadei Tirth, this temple is situated on the serene bank of River Beas and it is one of the Kullu famous places.

The temple dates back to 1966. The temple is being taken care of by a trust. It is just 2 km away from Kullu. One can reach this spot by following the hilly roads. The same road will take you to Manali. There is no doubt that you will get smitten by the exclusive views of the lush green forest, hilly slopes, meandering roads, and the view of the river from the temple compound.

If you are looking for utmost peace and spiritual connection then this is the right place to be. This is one of the most sought tourist locations in the state. The temple authority also provides free vegetarian meals to the devotees throughout the year. Embrace the views and worship the Goddess for infinite peace and wellbeing.

Location: Located at a distance of 2 km from the beautiful town of Kullu, right on the way to Manali

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Amarnath

Amarnath

It is an important pilgrimage for religious people in India who worship Lord Shiva. The cave of Amarnath is considered to be heavenly with an enshrined ice shiva linga. The destination is visited by lakhs of tourists every year; they come from all parts of the world; the journey is commonly known as Amarnath Yatra.

The ideal time to visit Amarnath is in between May to September. The summer season has quite a considerable timing where you can enjoy the lush greenery. Talking about the Yatra, it takes place in July and August, which is the perfect time for tourists and pilgrims.

Best time to visit - May to September.

Highlights - The town where Amarnath is located is considered to be a devout place for pilgrims, mostly the Hindus.
The best places to visit in Amarnath are:
-Pahalgam
-Baltal
-Shiva Linga.

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Khilanmarg

Khilanmarg
Perched at an elevation of 2000 feet atop the major attraction of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg, the small valley of Khilanmarg is an absolute delight to the eyes. Surrounded by spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, this place manifests the perfect amalgam of scenic beauty and adventure.

Packed with colorful and fragrant flora in the spring time and facilitating skiing in the winters,  Khilanmarg makes for one of the most ideal offbeat travel places to visit near Jammu. 

Best Time to Visit: May to September and November to February

Distance from Jammu: Khilanmarg is located at an approximate distance of 312.5 kilometers from Jammu

Highlights: Alpather Lake, Ferozepur Nallah, Skiing

Hill Stations in West Bengal

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Darjeeling

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On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers.

And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

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Sandakphu Trek
If we have led you into believing that Darjeeling is purely a touristy place, that is far from the truth. Thanks to the position of Darjeeling in Himalayan foothills, there are a number of excellent trekking trails you can find around the city; Sandakphu being one of the popular ones. It is a moderate level trek that takes you through some extremely scenic landscapes until you finally reach Sandakphu at 11,929 feet.

This is probably the best trek you can undertake in the region if you are an experienced trekker. Sandakphu is the highest peak in West Bengal, so you can imagine the grand views of the grandest Himalayan mountains you can witness from here. Sandakphu Trek is an ultimate dose of thrill and amusement.

Location: Begins at Manebhanjan, West Bengal
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Kurseong

Kurseong

The small hill town is called the 'Land of White Orchids', located adjacent to Darjeeling is famous for waterfalls, churches, temples, and Buddhist gompas. It is very difficult not to love the view of farms, lush green parks in the picturesque setting of snow-clad peaks.

You will come across the British remnants in the churches and various schools here. This small hill-town is a must visit place for tourists who are looking for a peaceful place  unlike the Darjeeling. Thukpa, Noodle Soup and steamed momos are favorite delicacies here.

Best time to visit - April to July.

Highlights -
The best places to visit Kurseong are:
-Tea Gardens
-Eagle's Craig
-Deer Park
-Forest Museum
-Churches
-Ambotia Shiva Mandir.

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Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Kalimpong is another hill station in the state of West Bengal, which is popular for its beautiful panoramic view. You can find stunning Buddhists monasteries and Tibetian crafts in the city. The town is just at a distance of 50 mins from Darjeeling, at the foothills of the Shivalik range.

The ideal time to visit Kalimpong is the Summertime from (March to May), although, all throughout the year, the temperature is pleasant. Apart from the ancient monasteries and age-old churches, the town marks the presence of Bhutanese history. Thus it is one of the attractive tourist spots in eastern India.

Best time to visit - Summertime from March to May.

Highlights - Apart from the ancient monasteries and age-old churches, the town marks the presence of Bhutanese history,
The best places to visit in Kalimpong are:
-Durpin Dara Hill
-Cactus Nursery
-Morgan House
-Deolo Hill
-Galingka
-Jang Dong Paliriffo Brang Gompa.

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Rimbik

Rimbik

Rimbik is a little hamlet in the Singalila National Park region of Darjeeling District. It is a visitor hub for trekkers going to the Singalila National Park area along with visiting Sandakphu. In the recent past, some interest from the unique leisure travelers came up to explore the region leaving behind the popular tourist stops.

Rimbik rests on a cliff over river Rammam, which is passing Sikkim and reaches Bengal. The communities in the neighboring state depend on Rimbik's business & markets for their daily groceries. The ideal time to visit Rimbik is from March to October and November sometimes if the weather allows.

Best time to visit - March to October generally.

Highlights -
The must-see places to visit in Rimbik are:
-Trekking at Gurdung
-Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
-Dhirdham Temple
-Trekking to Darjeeling and many more.

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Siliguri

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A quaint town at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Siliguri is a postcard-perfect amalgamation of urban culture and natural beauty. The picturesque city is endowed with the best of nature, full to the brim with its rolling green tea gardens and the snow-clad Himalayan mountaintops peeking into the horizon at a distance.

Owing to its rich wildlife population, tourism in Siliguri is synonymous with its wildlife safari facilities. The vast Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary, sprawling between the banks of Teesta and Mahananda, is home to a number of species of animals and birds, and also provides its guests ample opportunities for trekking and bird watching. The sanctuary also houses the North Bengal Wild Animals Park, where tourists can avail jeep rides to watch the animals play and be in their natural habitats.

A major tourist attraction in Siliguri is the Salugara Monastery, famous for its 100-feet stupa built by Tibetan Buddhist Monks. The monastery, known as The Great International Tashi Gomang Stupa, is situated only 6 kms away from the main town and houses five major Buddhist relics, making it one of the most popular Buddhist monasteries in the world. Siliguri, however, is not negligent to other faiths. One can also find here the magnificent ISKCON temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, and Kali Mandir which welcomes a number of pilgrims each year.

If one is looking to shop in Siliguri, the Hong Kong market on Hill Cart Road is the place to go. A flea market selling goods at a fairly cheap rate, the Hong Kong market is a popular go-to place for tourists and is thronged by shoppers throughout the year.

The best time to visit Siliguri would be during the winter months between November and February when the weather is fairly cold and outdoor activities such as trekking, safaris, and bird-watching can be enjoyed in a humidity-free atmosphere.

Siliguri is well connected to all nearby cities in West Bengal by road and rail. The Siliguri railway station is the main junction of the town. The Darjeeling-Himalayan toy train, a world-famous attraction, can be availed from Siliguri junction if one desires to travel to Darjeeling from here. The nearest airport to Siliguri is the Bagdogra airport, from whence one may avail buses or cars to reach the place.

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Dooars

Dooars

Dooars is considered to be India's gateway to Bhutan. The name is given by local people to the floodplains of Northeast India around Bhutan. The town comprises several towns as well as districts that include Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Darjeeling.

In the realm of geographical locations, Dooars has great relief, a mighty range of mountains in the Eastern Himalayas, and the backdrop of the thick forests which are rich in Flora and Fauna. It is one of my favorite tourist spots for people of all ages. The ideal time to visit Dooars is between September and May. It is one of the coziest hill stations in Himalayas. It comprises hills and forests which satisfy the taste of hill lovers and forest hunters!

Best time to visit - September and May.

Highlights -
The best places to visit in Dooars are:
-Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
-Sumsing Suntalekhola
-Chapramari Wildlife sanctuary
-Latpanchore, etc.

Tinchuley
A small but beautiful hamlet tucked away from the main city, Tinchuley is known for its tea plantations, fruit orchards, meandering rivers of Teesta and Ranjeet, and awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas. One cannot help but soak in the vibes of the natural beauty that is found in abundance in this village. 

From its misty weather to stunning sunsets and unexplored wild trails to the jungle, Tinchuley is a paradise for nature lovers. There are also other recreational activities, such as camping, trekking, rappelling and mountain climbing. However, if you do not want to do any of those things, you can also chill on a hammock all day long and soak in the healing vibes of the mountain side. 

If you are looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, then Tinchuley is your best option. It is little explored due to its distance from Darjeeling and yet it is one of the best places to see in Darjeeling. 

Location: West Bengal – Sikkim Border

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Timing: 24 hours
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Mirik

Mirik

Mirik is a small hill town in the district of Darjeeling in the Northern West Bengal. The altitude of this place is 1495 m from sea level. Mirik is the beautiful hill town located on the banks of a lake in Northern Bengal. At Mirik, you will find nature at its best.

Temples, beautiful orchids, lush green surroundings, and beautiful landscapes draw tourists here. Mirik is reachable both by road, air and train and you will find three wheelers and cabs to move locally. While in here don't forget to visit the Pashupati Market if you love shopping.

Best time to visit - March, April, October, and November.

Highlights -
Now let's point out a few places and things that you are expected to see and do at Mirik:
-Mirik Lake
-Pashupati Nagar
-Orange Orchards
-Bunkulung
-Bokar Monastery
-Mirik Tea Gardens
-Mirik Church
-Rameetay Dhara
-Devi Stan.

Hill Stations in Sikkim

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Gangtok

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Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

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Aritar

Aritar

Known for its splendid beauty and monasteries, it is one of the most sought after hill stations in Himalayas. Aritar is at an elevation of about 1498 m and lies in the East Sikkim district of the State of Sikkim. The hill station is located on the edge of the Himalayas, and you can reach there within 4 hours driving from Gangtok.

Beautiful green forests and several streams will leave you spellbound. The place is also quiet and free from the hustle and bustle of city life. This ensures a very relaxing, comfortable stay here.

Best time to visit - March to May.

Highlights -
Some of the must-see places to see in Aritar are mentioned here:
-Lampokhari
-Parbateyswar Shivalaya Mandir
-Trekking
-Dak Bunglow
-Nirmal Dham
-Aritar Gumpa
-Finally, Mankhim.

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Lachen

Lachen

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km

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Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors

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Lachung

Lachung

Lachung is one of the best tourist hotspots located in North Sikkim with an excellent destination where two tributaries meet. This city is a famous visitor appeal because of numerous falls that gush in the region. The business in Lachung is packed with creations like exquisitely woven carpets and quilts.

Lachung has many must-see spots that will leave you in awe like the Zero Point or Yumthang Valley. The perfect time to visit Lachung is the hot summers and winters avoiding the monsoon period since heavy rainfall restricts outdoor activities.

Best time to visit - Summers.

Highlights -
The best places to visit in the hill station of Lachung are:
-Zero Point
-Lachung Monastery
-Yumthang Valley
-Chungthang
-Seven Sisters Waterfall
-Thangu valley
-Chopta, etc.

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Yuksom

Yuksom

Yuksom is a place of splendid beauty in the Western part of Sikkim. The place offers jaw-dropping sightings and will leave you to be spellbound. Yuksom, a town of historical importance, is located in the West Sikkim district of Sikkim. The altitude of this place is 1780 m above sea level. You will come across lush green surroundings, and loads of adventure activities are on offer here.

It is a famous destination for mountain trekkers as well. And what makes this place further special is the locals and the lovely food. You can visit this place at any time of the year. The weather is pleasant throughout the year.

Best time to visit - March, April, May, and June.

Highlights - Yuksom is an ancient town of historical importance and offers tourists plenty of splendid sightings and also offers adventure activities here.
So, let's take a look at some of the top places to see here below:
-Pelling
-Geyzing
-Pemayangtse Monastery
-Darap village
-Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
-Yangtey
-Goecha La
-Kanchenjunga National Park
-Biksthang
-Rabdentse Ruins
-Legship.

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Pelling

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Pelling is a small town situated in the hills in West Sikkim, 7,200 feet above the sea level. Despite being one of the lesser-known towns in the area, it is slowly gaining attention as a popular tourist destination. 

Pelling is a dream destination for trekkers, nature lovers, bird-watchers and serenity seekers. The city is dotted with heritage structures like ancient monasteries and breath-taking waterfalls like the Kanchenjunga falls, the Rimbi Waterfall and the Changey Waterfall. The Sanga Choeling Monastery and the Pemayangtse Monastery are the two of the main monasteries in the area that one must visit for their heritage and architectural significance when they are in Pelling. 

Pelling is easily accessible from both Gangtok and Darjeeling. It is located at a distance of 131 km from Gangtok and 73.9 km from Darjeeling. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri from where one can hire buses and cars to reach Pelling. You can also hire buses that leave at frequent intervals from Gangtok and Siliguri that pass through Pelling. 

The best time to visit Pelling is between December to May, which consists of winter, spring, and summer. During December, the temperature drops down to -5 degrees Celsius, allowing the tourists to take advantage of the snow and enjoy sports like the snow-skating. The summers are equally vibrant, with temperatures remaining cool throughout the day and different kinds of flowers filling up the valleys in the area. 

The main language spoken here is Sikkimese, but Nepali and Hindi are also spoken fluently by the locals. The cuisine here is mainly north-Eastern and several local shops sell delicacies that are a speciality of this place. The town is well-equipped with multiple hotels and restaurants to ensure a comfortable stay for the tourists. 


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Legship

Legship

Positioned in the middle of unspoiled nature, Legship is a small Sikkimese town offering a rejuvenating experience to the visitors. The town is located on the banks of River Rangit, which makes it a great choice among those who appreciate nature and like to capture the best of it on their cameras. 

Gateway to West Sikkim is another name for Legship. Rangit Dam is one of the top attractions in the town which is frequented by locals and tourists on picnic and outing. The facility of rafting is available for thrill-seekers here. Besides, Lho Khando Sang Pho Cave and Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple are must visit places when you are in Legship.

Location: 23 km from Pelling

Entry Fee: 
No Entry Fee

Timings: 
Open for 24 hours

You can also enjoy several adventure activities in sikkim, which will leave you with a bundle of memories.

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Geyzing

Geyzing

Also spelled as Gylashing, Geyzing is the capital of the West Sikkim district. The place is surrounded by a lot of tourist attractions, making it one of the best places to visit in West Sikkim. Apart from enjoying the essentially Himalayan scenic vistas, you have various monasteries and villages to explore while you are here. 

To add some more excitement to your West Sikkim trip, you can also indulge in trekking here which lets you reach vantage points offering extremely beautiful views of some popular Himalayan peaks. Varsey, Yangtey, and Rabdentse are few of the places of interest near Geyzing.

Location: 122 km from Gangtok

Entry Fee: 
No Entry Fee

Timings: Open for 24 hours

Here's our full guide on the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, which will really help you in planning your trip to arunachal

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Mangan

Mangan

Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

Location
: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km

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Hill Stations in Arunachal Pradesh

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Ziro Valley

Ziro Valley

Ziro is a small old town in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and is home to the ApaTani tribe. Ziro valley is located in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. While you are here, you will come across hills with pine trees towering to the skies on the slopes.

The valley is also famous for its rice fields. Apart from that, mind-blowing sightings are the unique features of this place. Like other hill stations, summers between March to October is your best option to visit this place. Early winters can also be equally enjoyable.

Best time to visit - March to October.

Highlights -
Let's take a look at the list of things to do and some must-see spots in the Ziro Valley below:
-Tarin Fish Farm
-Kile Pakho
-Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
-Meghna Cave Temple
-Trekking
-Shiva Linga
-Pine grove.

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Itanagar

Itanagar

Itanagar is called the land of the rising sun and is covered with snow and lies in Arunachal Pradesh. It is considered as a natural paradise which has very recently opened its doors for the tourists. The heritage and ancient tribal culture were kept low-key, but now tourists can visit and explore.

The genial weather during the entire year makes it one of the best hill stations in the Himalayas for tourist delight. Itanagar shares its borders and attractions with Yupia, whereby two of the beautiful places can be easily covered together. The ideal time to visit Itanagar is from October to April, the weather is very pleasant, and monsoons are better.

Best time to visit - October to April.

Highlights -
The best places to visit in Itanagar are many. They are:
-Ganga Lake
-Ita Fort
-Namdapha Park
-Rupa
-Gompa Buddhist Temple
-Itanagar wildlife sanctuary.

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Bomdila

Bomdila

Nestled among the Himalayas, Bomdila is a beautiful hill station in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Pleasant weather, splendid views, temples, and wildlife makes it one of the favorite tourist destinations  in eastern India. You will come across apple orchards and Buddhist monasteries along with Hindu temples.

Thus, there is a diversity of religion in this place. Bomdila is also famous for its art and craft and good for adventure activities. You can try typical north eastern and tibetan cuisine here. Thukpa, Momos, Noodles, and Soups are really yummy and you must try them once.

Best time to visit - April to October.

Highlights -
Some of the top places to visit in Bomdila are as follows:
-Bomdila Monastery
-Apple Orchards
-Bomdila View Point
-Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary
-Tipi Orchid Reserve
-Upper Gompa
-Lower Gompa
-R.R.Hill.

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Tawang

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Are you looking for an escape into the hilly abode of Arunachal Pradesh? If yes, then Tawang is a perfect pick for you. Situated at an altitude of 3048 meters amidst the mighty Himalayas, Tawang is known for its picturesque landscapes, waterfalls and spiritual significance. Whether you want to soak in the charm of nature or explore the rich heritage of north-east, the town has something for everyone. 

The quaint hill station is also famous for its several Buddhist monasteries which see a massive influx of travellers throughout the year. From the mesmerizing ranges of Gudpi to ethereal Tawang valley and Madhuri Lake, the sightseeing spots in Tawang will spoil you for choices.  One can’t leave this place without hiking the spectacular Gorichen Peak which offers surreal vistas of the town.

Apart from being a hilly abode, Tawang is also home to many glacial lakes including Sangetser and Sela which boast of crystal blue waters. The place is an ideal vacation spot for those who wish to take a break and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the peace seekers visit here to meditate at the Taktsang Gompa, a pilgrimage site surrounded by mountains and coniferous trees.  March to September remains the most preferred time to explore this beautiful hill station. 

However, if you wish to experience some enthralling adventure sports, visit here in the winter months, when there are ample opportunities for skiing. If you are planning your vacation in February and March, don’t forget to attend the festival of Losar which is celebrated in the Tawang monastery.

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Pasighat

Pasighat

It is also called 'Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh' and is known for offering absolutely beautiful landscapes for photography. The beauty of this place is every photographer's delight. Adventure activities like river rafting, fishing, boating and etc. will add excitement to your trip.

You will come across small communities of Pasi and Minyong still living in this part of the world. Also, at an altitude of 155 m above sea level, it is the headquarters of the district of East Siang in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore, Bhalukpong, too, has become a favorite tourist destination as well.

Best time to visit - January, February, March, April, May, and October.

Highlights - When you are at Pasighat, you may be confused as to what to see and do.
So let's share them here to drive away your confusion:
-Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
-Pangin
-Kekar Monying
-Rafting
-Komsing.

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Roing

Roing

Roing is located in Arunachal Pradesh, the easternmost state of India. It comprises snow-peaked mountains, deep gorges, along with turbulent rivers. Roing is considered to be a natural heaven, which has huge mountains and is one of the most interesting places in Arunachal Pradesh.

The best time to visit Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley is the time between March and June. It is one of the most attractive hill stations in North Eastern Himalayas. Many tourists visit this place within India and abroad. Thus it is one of the most sought after tourist spots. There are many things to do and see in Roing, a snapshot of the same is given below.

Highlights -
The best places to visit in Roing are:
-Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary
-Nehru van Udyan
-Hunli
-Bhismaknagar Fort
-Mehao Lake.

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Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong

Hill stations in Himalayas present you with the various facets of nature, which makes your trip one to remember. The hill station lies south of the Himalayas in the district West Kameng of Arunachal Pradesh. This town is at an altitude of 213 m and is separated from Bomdila by 100 km, Tezpur by 52 km and Tipi by 5 km.

Bhalukpong is one such hill station that offers you the beauty of wildlife, picturesque landscape, camping, fishing, trekking, and a wide range of other activities. The sight of the Kameng river flowing through the forests and the town is an absolute treat to watch. Over a period of time, Arunachal Pradesh has become a hub for tourists and adventure seekers. Therefore, Bhalukpong, too, has become a favorite tourist destination as well.

Best time to visit - October to March.

Highlights -
Let's give you an idea about some things to do here:
-Outdoor and adventure activities
-Sessa Orchid Sanctuary
-Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Changlang

Changlang

Boasting numerous tourist attractions to amuse all types of tourists in different ways, Changlang is one of the major districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The district features an elevation range of 200 metres to 4500 metres. 

The popular places to visit here are World War II Cemetery, Lake of No Return, Jongpho-Hate, and Namdapha National Park among many others. Apart from an extensive range of places of interest, the vibrant culture of Changlang will please the explorer in you.

Location: Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: October to May

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