10 Hill Stations near Nainital : 2020 Updated

Hill Stations near Nainital

Mukteshwar, Bhowali, Kausani, Bhimtal, Haridwar, Kumaon, Ranikhet, Almora, Pithoragarh, Sitla.

While Nainital is a wonderful hill-station of its own, there are several other lesser-known, but equally beautiful hill stations near Nainital which are ideal for a day trip or a short vacation with your loved ones. Some hill stations such as Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Haridwar, Bhowali, and Pithoragarh are also important religious sites where people go to offer their prayers in the many temples and pilgrimage centres there. however, the most attractive feature about these hill stations is their incredible natural beauty.

From places like Kausani, Kumaon, Ranikhet, Almora, and Sitla, you can check out vast expanses of green fields and lakes and snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas decorating the horizon. These are also relatively secluded places if you are looking for a peaceful vacation away from the crowd of tourists

Here is a list of hill stations near Nainital:

01

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar, a village in Nainital district is situated at an altitude of 2171 m above sea level. It is about 51 kilometres from Nainital and is known for its serene and sensational views. The village gets its name from a 350-year-old temple of Lord Shiva.

Mukteshwar is a pleasant tourist destination for its heavenly surroundings, an abundance of nature's bounty, bird watching, and being able to witness the surreal sunrise and sunset.

Highlights:
-A trip to Stila, Nathuakhan and Peora (hill station),
-The archaic Mukteshwar temple; close to it are, the Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, Chauli ki Jali, the view of the Nandi Devi peaks,
-The Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bhalu Gaad waterfalls, Shopping at Kimora shop, Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Mountain climbing and Rappelling.

Best time to visit:
Between March-May or September - December.

02

Bhowali

Bhowali
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This quaint hill station sits at an altitude of 1706 m above sea level and is covered with snowy mountains and thick forests. It is at the border of Nainital and is mere eleven kilometres away. Bhowali is the top exporters of best quality fruits like apples, strawberries, plums, peaches and apricots.

This town is surrounded by pristine lakes, farms, ripening orchards and fragrant tea-estates, one of them is the Shyamkhet tea garden, making it a picturesque tourist destination. The place is not only beautiful but also has the famous Golu Devta temple and the Folk Cultural Museum as places of interest.

Highlights:
-Kainchi dham; a temple and ashram of Neeb Karori Maharaj,
-Ramgarh; famous for its orchards is a fruitful experience,
-Sattal and Bhimtal lakes for boat rides or solely for the view.
-Cheena peak is the highest point towards Nainital, presenting a stunning view of the Naini lake, Shyamkhet tea garden, Golu Devta temple and Folk Cultural Museum.

Best time to visit:
Is between February - April or September - October.

03

Kausani

Kausani
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Kausani is a pleasant village and a hill station, perched at 1890 m above sea level, a part of Bageshwar district in Uttrakhand. The town has a 300km full panoramic view of the snow-covered alpine peaks, Trisul, Nanda Devi and Pannchulli of the Himalayas.

An ideal spot for winters due to its annual snowfall, Kausani is soon becoming a popular weekend getaway and honeymoon destination. The Bourg covered in natural beauty is no less than a paradise and was given 
the name 'Switzerland of India' by Mahatma Gandhi during his stay here.

Highlights:
-Baijnath Temple,
-Someshwar temple,
-Bageshwar temple are the sacred sites.
Laxmi Ashram, Ananta Shakti Ashram is for the spirituality seekers. Sumitranandan Pant Museum (named after the famous Hindi poet) and the Stargate Observatory for art and space enthusiasts, Trekking in Pinnat, the Kausani tea-estate and the local shopping markets selling handicrafts and shawls to keep you warm.

Best time to visit:
Is between April - June or September - November.

04

Bhimtal

Bhimtal

Bhimtal, a town in Nainital district is 1370 m above sea level. It was named after Bhima from Mahabharat and is 22 km from Nainital. The tourism here is primarily for its famous Bhimtal lake which has a littoral island in the centre.

It is a town with a view since it is surrounded by hills, in the lap of nature. The high altitude location is another reason for an adrenaline rush with all the adventure sports being offered as part of the experience. The lakes here make boating and fishing for another fun activity. You can also set a camp under a starry sky and gaze at the shimmering night sky.

Highlights:
-Garud Tal, NaukuchiaTal,
-Sattal lake,
-Hidima Parbat,
-Victoria dam,
-Bhimeshwar Mahadev temple,
-Adventure sports like paragliding,
-Mountain biking and dirt bike riding; treks and hikes,
-The Harela Mela, a local harvest festival and shopping for local goods.

Best Time to Visit:
Is between March - June or September - December.

05

Haridwar

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The ancient city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand has been a major Hindu pilgrimage site for centuries. Located where the sacred River Ganga emerges from the base of the Himalayas, it’s considered one of the 7 Sapta Puri. The Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years, is also celebrated here. The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture and offers the best tourist places in Haridwar. Being one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar often bustles with devotees. It propitious location near the holy River Ganga has made it gain more popularity.

With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual centre and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors. Here is the list of best 12 places that one must see in this holy city.

While religion plays an important role in Haridwar – many visitors are pilgrims and devotees – there’s more to this holy city. The cuisine is excellent and food lovers eager to try authentic Indian fare will find their palates satiated many times over. Travelers in search of yoga ashrams and centers hoping to improve their physical and mental health won’t be left wanting either. If you’re eager to experience the tourist places in Haridwar, read on to know the best time to visit, how to get here and where to stay.

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06

Kumaon

Kumaon
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A plethora of exquisite scenery surrounds Kumaon, River Kali runs through, the Kailash-Mansarovar forming an exceptional backdrop and Chamoli and Pauri districts of Garhwal. The Kumaon region has abundant natural beauty, flora and fauna, pristine lakes, and snow-clad mountains which extends from the Gangetic plains of Uttarakhand right up to Tibet.

The name of the place was derived from "Kurmancha" meaning the land of the Kurmavatar (Lord Vishnu's tortoise incarnation).

Highlights:
-Nainital,
-Ranikhet,
-Mukteshwar,
-Almora,
-Champawat,
-Pithoragarh,
-Munsiyari, Abbott Mount, Kausani, Lohaghat, Bhimtal, Jim Corbett, Sattal. Fair and festivals worth attending; Uttarayani Mela, Shravan Mela,
-Fair at Gananath, Dwarahat fair during Baisakhi and Nanda Devi Mela.
In addition to that, travellers can also savour a host of other activities, such as trekking, camping, paragliding, fishing, golfing and more.

Best time to visit:
-Between March-May or October - December,
-If you want to experience snowfall then January - February.

07

Ranikhet

Ranikhet
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Ranikhet, a small hill station is renowned for its views of the mountain giants, the Himalayas Nanda Devi. The place has a prominent sacred site, the Jhula Devi Temple. There is another notable spot, the Gandhi Kuti, the hut Mahatma Gandhi stayed in during his visit.

Legends has it that Queen Padmini was so smitten by the place's natural opulence that King Sudhardev built a palace here and named the place Ranikhet, which translates to 'Queen's meadow'. A euphoric land with lush green meadows, extensive fruit orchards and soaring pine forests, Ranikhet has plenty to offer.

Highlights:
For an ethereal experience, you have Katarmal Sun Temple, Dwarahat shrine.
-Nearby is the Vishambhar Shiva Temple and Dunagiri Temple, Jhula Devi Temple and Haidakhan Babaji Temple.
-The Chaubatia Gardens for a walk through orchards, Ashiyana park and Upat Golf course for the scenic beauty. Bhalu Dam, Majkhali, a small hamlet, Naukuchiatal lake are places for some fun activities.

Best time to visit:
Between March - June or September - February.

08

Almora

Almora
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Almora is a cantonment town at about 1811 m above the sea level. The little hamlet is located at the ridge of the Kumaon Hills of the Himalayas, Almora is profusely rich in cultural heritage, magnificent wildlife, and intoxicating views of the Himalayas. At the apex of Almora, you get the view of the Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks. An excellent place for your next hilly getaway.

Almora is one of the jewels in the crown of Uttarakhand,
The Centuries-old Almora temples are a remarkable example of architecture that will take you back in time. Along with some unique and fun activities, you will have the time of your life.

Highlights:
-For the view and the scenery; Zero Point, Bright End Corner, Martola, Simtola, Kasar Devi and Dwarahat Village. For spirituality and tranquillity; Jageshwar Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple and Nanda Devi Temple.
-For wildlife and history; Deer Park, Lakhudiyar, Kalimath, Govind Balla Pant Museum and Kumaon Regiment Centre Museum.
The places here are also host to several exciting activities.

Best time to visit:
Between April - June or September - November.

09

Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh, a town 1514 m above sea level, is nuzzled between the Soar valley in the inner Himalayan region. It is also fondly known as the "little Kashmir" for its serenity and dense forests.

Parts of the district are consistently covered in snow and is a splendid haven, perfect for a snowball fight or that snow angel. Pithoragarh holds historical significance during the regime of the Chand Kings of Kumaon. It has various religious tourist attractions and mind-blowing scenery.

Highlights:
-Jolingkong lake, Anchherital lake, Pithoragarh Fort, London fort are top attractions,
-Kapileshwar Mahadev temple, Dhwaj temple, Haat Kalika temple, Mostamanu temple are the religious spots,
-Didihat hills, Kafni glacier, Chandak hill, Maharaja Park for adventure sports and the view and Askot Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of snow leopards in particular among other animals and birds.

Best Time to Visit:
Is between April – November.

10

Sitla

 Sitla
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It is a prominent tourist spot, 5 kilometres from Mukeshwar. This hill station is spread across 39 acres on Sitla Estate, covered in oak and pine trees, orchards and beautiful architecture. This village in the mountains is mystical with its panoramic view of the Himalayas. Nainital is about an hour away from here.

A perfect getaway from city life, things here are calm and soothing. The realm is excellent for trekking or a stroll; and birding opportunities. You can also try fruit picking in the vast orchards.

Highlights:
-A trip to Mukeshwar, Nathuakhan and Peora (hill station) visit The archaic Mukteshwar temple,
-Close to it are, the Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, Chauli ki Jali, the view of the Nandi Devi peaks, the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bhalu Gaad waterfalls, Shopping at Kimora shop, --------Trekking, Camping, Paragliding, Mountain climbing and Rappelling can also be done.

Best time to visit:
Is between March-May or September - December.

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