Hill Stations

northern-hills

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is named after the British Governor – General of the 19th Century Lord Dalhousie. The town’s height varies between 1525m and 2378m and is surrounded by varied vegetation. Dalhousie has charming colonial architecture, including some beautiful Churches. The spectacular snow-covered Dhauladhar Mountains are also visible from this enchanting town.

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Kullu

The Valley of Gods, as the Kullu Valley has come to be known, is perhaps the most delightful region in the Western Himalayas. Situated on the banks of the river Beas, Kullu town, the headquarters of the district, serves as a nerve centre of the valley and is the starting place foe a number of treks.

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Manali

Manali is the Northern end of the Kullu Valley and is the main resort in the area. Surrounded by towering peaks at arm length, Manali’s major asset is it’s proximity to the snowline, never more than few hours drive from the town nestling at comfortable 2020 meters. It is the centre of the flourishing orchard industry a popular honeymoon destination and trailhead for numerous treks.

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Shimla

In the days before independence, Shimla was the most important British Hill Station, and was the summer capital of British India. The British in 1819 A.D. first discovered Shimla, but it was not until 1822 A.D. that the first permanent house was erected and not until many years later that Shimla became the summer capital Dwelling on a panoramic location, the hilly town is surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks.

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Nainital

Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace, blessed with scenic natural resources. Dotted with lakes, Nanital has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District’ of India. Mr. P. Barron, a European merchant and an enthusiastic hunter founded “NANITAL”. Moved by the beauty of the sparkling lake he wrote:”It is by far the best site I have witnessed in the course of a 1,500 miles trek in the Himalayas”.

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Mussoorie

The queen of hill stations is about 89 km from Haridwar and the salubrious climate and deep woods make it an ideal hill station. The hill station of Mussoorie came into being around the 1830′s. What began as a small settlement grew into a large station to turn into a hill station of today overlooking the sprawling Doon Valley and the city of Dehradun.

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling conjures visions of serenity, of vibrant green hills steeped in splendour, a land of breathtaking beauty crowned by the majestic Himalayas. The blanket of a brilliant azure sky dappled with specks of clouds,compellingly confounds Darjeeling the QUEEN OF HILL STATIONS.

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Kalimpong

This is a beautiful hill town in North Bengal, which can be reached from either Siliguri or Darjeeling. KALIMPONG – means Kings’s Ministers strong hold – a Bhutaneese word. Situated at an altitude of 1250 meters, it enjoys temperature climate throughout the year. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under big Darjeeling relaxed holiday, against the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga.

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Kurseong

It is the peace, serenity and the healthy climate that attracted many a great person to this place. Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranath Tagore were composed in Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learnt that Mark Twain spent some time in Kurseong in 1885.

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Sikkim

Sikkim has the unique distinction of being bounded by three sovereign nations, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and China’s Tibet in the north. It also shares it’s southern border with the state of West Bengal. The river Tista is the lifeline of Sikkim and it originates from Lake Cholamu.

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Shillong

Perched at an altitude of 1,496 m, this lesser known hill station is also called the “Scotland of the East”. Towering pines and gurgling mountain streams, awesome waterfalls that go by the name of Elephant, Crinoline, sweet falls and the twin Bishop and Beadon. Then there are lakes and gorges and caverns that all combine to make Shillong a tourist’s delight.

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Assam

In the heart of Assam, located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, this park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, partners and bears and thousands of birds. With Open Country covered mostly with elephant grass, Kaziranga gives visitors a chance to see the fauna at fairly close quarters.

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