As Indian’s bid farewell to the chilly weather and welcome summers, soon start planning weekend get-a-ways with friends and family to hill stations all over the country. Be it Matheran, Mount Abu or Shimla vacationers crave for a chilly and quiet time with their loved ones. Although there are a large number of hill stations, but finding a quiet, less crowded one could be a difficult task. Vacationers usually travel to the famous known hill stations, which are usually overcrowded during summers rather than hilly areas that are less unexplored. This summer season ditch the usual spots and travel to the offbeat hill stations in India.
Top 10 Offbeat Hill Stations in India
Let’s start with one of the most beautiful states in India, Himachal Pradesh.
1) Tirthan Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Located in the depths of Kullu, Tirthan valley is about 500 kms from Manali, when you take a detour from Mandi on the way to Manali. This unexplored place gives complete relaxation, away from the madding crowd and stressful life. Situated on the river Tirthan, the place is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. Vacationers can either pitch tents or live in homestays provided by locals. The best time to visit this adventurous spot is from March – October.
2) Pelling – Sikkim
Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Gangtok are hill stations that are quite famous among vacationers, but one traveling to Sikkim must not miss a chance to visit Pelling. Although this place is quite famous in the north it still remains to be less crowded and unexplored by the majority. This hill station offers panoramic views of Mount Kanchenjunga and snow-capped peaks of Himalayas. Tourist attracts in this place include Rabdentse Palace and Pemayangtse Monastery.
3) Chakrata – Uttarakhand
Located in the lap of mountains, vacationers can easily ditch Mussoorie for this beautifully located hill station. This place is a perfect treat for nature lovers, there are options for trekking, strolling in the forest area and bird watching. During the British Raj, Chakrata was one of the most preferred British retreats offering stunning views of Mother Nature.
4) Palampur – Himachal Pradesh
Vacationers from the north usually visit Mcleodganj, Dharamshala and are surely enough of it! Another retreat to head to is Palampur. This hill station is lesser known and far away from being a tourist spot. But one must visit this place and explore views of the Dhauladhar ranges, visit the tea gardens, and visit the forests in search of various floral species and pine trees.
5) Kalpa – Himachal Pradesh
Remotely located in the Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa is one of the unnoticed hill stations in the country. This place offers stunning views of natural beauty along with the cold desert mountains, apple orchards, green valleys and peaceful vibes. The best way to explore this place and culture of the locals is by living in homestays.
6) Dandeli – Karnataka
A paradise for nature lovers, Dandeli is located in the northern region of Karnataka and is easily accessible from Goa as well as Bangalore. It is a perfect for spotting lush green forests, bird watching, and wildlife. Apart from a retreat for nature lovers, adventure-seeking vacationers can visit this hill station and enjoy various sports like kayaking, river rafting, rappelling and jungle safari.
7) Thekaddy – Kerala
In India, Kerala is considered to the – God’s Own Country. Situated in Kerala, Thekaddy is a home to various wildlife animals and species and known for Periyar national park. One can find exotic wildlife while walking through the lush green forest areas of the national park.
8) Champhai – Mizoram
A home to different tribal groups, Champhai is truly a delight for vacationers all around the country. It is covered by stunning views of Myanmar Hills and also popularly known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’. This place has many tourist attractions including the Tau Luiriver, KungawrhiPuk cave, and the Murlen National park.
9) Auli – Uttarakhand
Located in the ranges of Himalaya, Auli has some stunning views of snow clad mountains, glaciers, and white fresh snow. It is also known for the longest cable car ride in Asia and is a preferred spot for skiing. The hill station is located from 2,519 mts to 3,050 mts above the sea level and is a must visit for vacationers who love to ski or just for the whole experience.
10) Tawang – Arunachal Pradesh
A district in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is located at 10,000 ft above the sea level. During the months of November and December, this hill station gets a completely different look when it’s covered in snow. The famous tourist attractions in this area are the Tawang monastery, Sela pass, Nuranang waterfalls and Shonga-tserlake. Vacationers can even indulge in shopping, hiking, and trekking.
India is the country of charm, mysteries and unexplored destinations. In order to explore them, it is necessary to visit these places and experience its true beauty. So this summer where are you headed to?
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