The Definitive Guide to Hill Stations Near Delhi

by admin on May 19, 2011

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Delhi is lovely city but can get infuriating at times. The boring daily routine, the constant cacophony of noise, the sweltering heart and the chaos can sometimes get to you. However there is no reason to despair since there is some cool relief and solace you can find in hill stations around Delhi.   So if you are planning to escape the superheated air of Delhi into the cool and beautiful hill stations near delhi, then you have come to the right place. This blog post details some awesome hill stations near delhi where you can chillax, enjoy nature and watch time slow down just a bit at a weekend getaway of your choice.

Manali

Kullu Manali Photo

Majestic Manali - Pic by vineet_timble

Situated at a height of 6398 feet, Manali is located at the end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh.  Being a very popular tourist attraction, it remains a place where the sights will stay on in your memory for a long time. Dotted with high snow capped peaks, it gives you some awesome views of the Himalayas.  Manali is also sometimes called as the Switzerland of India owing to its similarities with the Swiss landscape. Manali is a place which has something for every type of tourist and is sure to enthrall your senses to the fullest. Also with a bundle of hotels in Manali, accommodation is never a problem

Places to Visit in Manali

Rohtang Pass Photos

Chilly and Windy Rohtang Pass - Pic by Balaji.B

Depending on what you are looking for, there is a long list of places to visit in Manali.  If you want to experience unforgettable scenery then you must take the trip to Rohtang Pass which is located at a height of 13,054 Feet ( woho that’s high! ). Combined with cold mountain air whizzing past you, and sipping on some nice warm tea, it seems almost like a dream. Tip: Do bear in mind though cabs do charge pretty exorbitant prices so a good idea would be to take a car rental service from Delhi or take your own car. Also remember to pack in those warm clothes so that the locals don’t swindle you into buying a hideous coat which will make you look like an Inuit.

Hadimba Temple Kullu Manali Photos

The Hadimba Temple - Pic by eenar_6

If you are spiritually inclined then give a visit to the Hadimba Temple. Built over a huge rock, it is lovely looking temple which was built to worship Hadimba Devi.  It’s a good place for some photo ops since there is dense greenery that surrounds it.
Tip: Here you can get your photos clicked with a rabbit and in local dress

Solang valley – also known as snow point, this lush green valley offers picture perfect views of Manali and the surrounding mountains. This is the perfect place for thrill seekers as para gliding is offered here

 

Solang Valley Photos

Para-gliding at Solang Valley

Other than that, there are plenty of places to visit in Manali like, the Naggar Fort, Vashisht Hot water springs, Rahala falls and Monastaries. If you are bitten by the adventure bug, Manali is the perfect foil with activities like Paragliding (at Solang valley), Water Rafting, Rappelling (a must try!), Rock Climbing, trekking, mountain biking and lots more.  If you are a shopaholic, Manali’s has lots of shops selling local handicrafts, interesting knick nacks and not so interesting Chinese gadgets (stay away!).  And if you are a foodie, do try the fresh and mouth watering Himalayan Trout fish (finger licking guaranteed)

All in all Manali although a touch crowded, offers something for every type of traveler. It’s the one of the perfect places to visit near Delhi since it gives you a heady mix of awesome scenery, cool climate, great food, and an adventure seekers delight.  A must visit if you haven’t ever seen snow and place that keeps you coming back for more.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie Photo

The Road to Mussoorie

This easy to misspell hill station with its lovely lush green hills and awesome climate is one of the better and well known hill stations near Delhi.  With a regal view of the Himalayan range (on a clear sky) and it’s dreamy landscape, it provides the Delhiite an ideal retreat from the capital’s heat noise and pollution.  Scenic views of the Doon valley combined with the fairlytale like landscape are compelling reasons why you should visit Mussoorie.  As usual, accommodation is taken care of with a plethora of hotels in Mussoorie

Places to visit in Mussoorie

Kempty falls Mussoorie

Kempty falls Mussoorie

This wonderful hill station near Delhi is dotted with a bundle of places to see. Top on your list should be the Kempty falls where although you might be greeted with crowds, this perennial waterfall is worth a visit ( or a bath ).

Jawahar Aquarium is a fishy place (pun intended) to visit where you can come face to face with a nice collection of fishes. This attraction is also pretty cheap as Rs 15 so check it out.

Eco Park Dhanaulti is about 28 kms from Mussoorie are two eco parks which are essentially forest area converted to parks for their bio diversity. You can walk along the cool forest trails and feel at one with nature. This is a must visit for all environment lovers with its dreamy and misty environs.
Cable Car Ride at Gun Hill

Gun Hill cable Car Mussoorie

Gun Hill cable Car Mussoorie

If you have never ridden a cable car then this is a must do.  Located at a short distance from mall road, this cable car ride takes you to the top of Gun Hill. On this hill, there is a powerful telescope with the help of which you can see the majestic Gangotri glacier and the Himalayan range on a clear day.  Add to it the numerous photo ops and you have a must visit place.

Things to do in Mussoorie

Along with these places to visit, there are numerous activities you can do in Musoorie. If you’re in the mood for shopping, then check out the various antiques and handicrafts. If your taste buds need a little love, then check out the “Green the Mall” known for its lip smacking Biriyani.

To sum it up, Musoorie has blossomed into a very beautiful and amazing hill station. Offering you nature at its best, scenic views, cable car rides and a chance to savor mountains at their best, this hill station has many aces up its sleeve. So next time Delhi is too much of bother, just pack those backs and head over to this quaint little hill station near Delhi.

Nainital

Nainital

Beautiful Nainital

Famous because of the Jim Corbet National Park, Nainital is nesled in the midst of towering peaks of the Kumaon Hills. Called “Nainital” because of the lake it has, this hill station is famous for a number of reasons. From boating to interacting and feeding animals in the zoo, Nainital is all that you hope a hill station should be and a whole lot more.  Renowned for its lake, superb views and educational institutions, Nainital is indeed a very lovely holiday destination.  The weather is pleasant all year round with a mildly warm summer temperature and cold winters. Accommodation is freely available with a good number of hotels in Nainital .

Places to see in Nainital

This cute little hill station near Delhi has oodles of places that you can see.  Check out the Snow View (Sher- Ka-Dhanda Ridge) that gives you panoramic views of the awe-inspiring Naina Devi Peak. You can get there using the Aerial Express Ropeway. Also in case you are in the mood for some fun and frolic check out Magic Mountain which has bumping cars and go karting facilities

Tiffin Top located at an elevation of 2290 meters, this place gives you some nice views of the Himalayas. A short trek of 3 kms, it’s easily accessible and is a good place for photo ops. Also it has a few shops in case you want to indulge in a bit of shop therapy. There is a hours ride on offer as well should you be interested to do so.

Naina Lake is located in the heart of seven mountains and is a beautiful stagnant lake from which you can see mountain peaks kissing the sky. Tourist can hire a paddle boat or a yacht which have decently priced hourly rates. We loved boating and think that this is a must do if you go to Nainital.

Apart from these places to visit other places you can check out are the Nanda Devi Temple, St. John in the Wilderness church, Gurney House Jim Corbet Museum and Guano Hills.

Things to do in Nainital

Nainital also has a wide array of things you can do. So in case you are twiddling your thumbs and if you are an animal lover, head over to the Nainital Zoo where you can see animals found in this region.  Along with seeing them, you can also feed them (how sweet is that?). Entry to the zoo is cheap at just Rs25 so we think it’s a great way to while away your time.

In case animals are not really up your alley, you can explore caves found close to the lake which are home to a lot of cave dwelling species. This experience is adventure at its best making you feel like an explorer since some caves a pretty narrow and will make you crawl. However in case you are claustrophobic, avoid this

For the shopaholics, check out the Mall and Barra bazaar. As typical with most hill stations, the usual fare of handicrafts are available along with local jams, shawls etc. For foodies local fare reflects Punjabi cuisine and popular eateries include Woods and Sher-e-Punjab.

In conclusion, we can say that Nainital’s unique location, biodiversity and scenic beauty are reasons why you should put this hill station on your list. Awesome boating around a lake surrounded by mountains is an experience that cannot be described in words. Also its close proximity to the Jim Corbet Park provides the option for a bit of tiger spotting should you have the time. One of the popular hill stations near Delhi, we say vist it the next time you get a long holliday

We hope you like our post on hill stations to visit near Delhi. In case you have a few more hill stations in mind, a travel story you would like to submit to us or just feedback, sound off in the comments section or send us a mail. Until next time, happy travelling!

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  • Ekta Vasundhra

    awesome information…..

  • Abid

    really good information

  • Harish Manral

    aap ne jo bhi kha sab ek dum okay hai mhaan ho aap

  • http://www.facebook.com/mprashar295 Mayank Prashar

    Very helpful! Kya Bhat hai!

  • ankur

    i am planning a tour in last of the march or starting on the april on bikes, please give me some information where i can see snow apart from manali, the duration of my tour will be around one week and and my driving range will be around 800 km from one side.
    thank you
    ankur
    ankursoni9191@gmail.com

  • Website Design

    Indian Beauty Compressed in one blog!! good work Mate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gupmukul Mukul Gupta

    very nice piece of information.. thanks a lot

  • http://www.facebook.com/varun.nanda.336 Varun Nanda

    Have you tried Uttarakhand and Chail anytime. Try them, You’ll love them.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks sagar :)

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