The seven mountain ranges in India is home to world’s some of the most beautiful hills stations. Sylvan surroundings coupled with the unique flora and fauna sets each hills station different from the other one. So, let’s explore the most popular hills stations in India.
The mention of this hills station conjures up the image of a cute toy train jostling its way across the tea plantations very. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this quaint little hills station boasts of colonial charm and spell bounding sunrise and sunsets over the Kanchenjung range. There are few places that one cannot afford to miss are.
- Happy Valley Tea Garden- A visit to Darjeeling is incomplete without a tour of this picturesque tea garden. This tea estate gives a firsthand experience of tea manufacturing, and it is worth the effort and time.
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institute- This is considered to be one of the oldest mountaineering institutes of India.
- Mahakal temple- This religious temple, known for its worship of the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishu and Maheshwar, is symbolic of the religious unity as one would find both Buddhist monks and Hindu priests offering prayers side by side.
- Ghoom Monastery- Established by a Mongolian monk in 1875, this monastery holds a special place in Darjeeling. One has to really visit the monastery and soak in the spirit of tranquility.
Situated in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a popular hill station nestled in the foothills of the Aravalis. Deriving its name from Arbudaranya, a place mentioned in the Puranas, this is the only hills station in Rajasthan, located at an altitude of 4,003 ft. Some of the most popular landmarks of this place are
- Nakki lake- This is considered to be the largest artificial lake. The picturesque setting is backed by an interesting tale from the folklore. According to the tale, a sage had dug this lake with his nails overnight for his lady love.
- Jain Dilwara Temples- Built by Vastupal Tejpal in somewhere between 11th to 13th century AD, the group of five temples testify to the brilliant use of marble and are the citadel of Jain spirituality.
- Guru Shikhar- Deemed as the highest point in Rajasthan, the Guru Shikhar point is located at 5,676 feet above the sea level. The temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, adorns this hill point and is considered to be sacred.
Nestled at an altitude of 6000 ft, Munnar is one of the most sought after hills station in the Western ghats. Tea plantations and rich wildlife add to the scenic beauty of this place. Some of the major attractions of this place are:
- Mattupetty Dam- This man made water reservoir, flanked by the hills, offers an idyllic setting to enjoy nature at its best. It is said to one of the most popular waterholes frequently graced by the elephant herds from the nearing wildlife sanctuary.
- Echo point- As the name suggests, this place is known for the echo. One can scream at the top his voice and then hear the echo.
- Rajamalai- This is national park, located 15 kms from Munnar, is a natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered species.
- Tea Museum- Located at the Nullatanni estate, this tea museum is one of its kind that showcases the processing of tea in the century old tea plantation in India.
The queen of hills stations, Shimla, still holds the fervor and the charm of the British raj. Located in the foothills of North West Himalayas, this hill station has been beckoning people from far and wide more than a decade. Some of the most important places that one must not miss in Shimla are:
- Christ Church- Built by the British in 1857, this is one of the oldest church in the north India and the most popular landmark of Shimla.
- George Castle- The spirit of this place reminiscences that of the British colonial rule and that of the Scindia rulers. This place is known for its classy hunting lodges and palaces.
- Jakhoo Temple- At a height of 8ooo ft, lies the Jakhoo temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Considered as the highest peak, the Jakhu hill offers a spectacular view of the snow capped Shivalik range.
- The Ridge of Shimla- It is an open area from where one can catch a glimpse of the enigmatic mountain ranges of the Himalayas.
With a host of charming hill stations worth exploring in India, planning your itinerary around them can provide a wholesome travel experience.