Hill Stations of India
Hill stations are popular as
resorts among both Indians and foreign toursts, providing
a relaxing and salubrious retreat from the heat of the plains.
The Northern Himalayas houses some of the
most beautiful sights to be found not only in India but in
the whole world. Most of the hill stations in these parts were
developed during the Raj era
which left a distinct mark on them. The Kullu-Manali valley
is a gorgeous valley formed by the Beas river and framed by awe
Shimla was the most important British 'Hill Station" and the
"Summer Capital" of India and now famous travel destination of India. The
town has a strong English flavour, with stately colonial buildings
and a quaint British Raj atmosphere. Mussorie a
mountain-resort town, dotted over the largely by slopes of
the Himalayas. Mussorie has snow in the winter, though not
enough for skiing. The Kumaon Hills
have been long known for their idyllic beauty-huge mountains.
Here are some of the most beautiful resorts in north India
and Nainital is one of them.
Nainital, literally means the abode of the eye-goddess. Sail
boats skim across its waters, and there is an air of abundant
leisure here. Jammu the winter
capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is perched like a guard on the
first sloping ridge. Darjeeling, is the most organised hill
resort in eastern Indian.
It has attracted generations of visitors to sample the joys of
cool, healthy & gracious living. Located at the tip of the upper
Palanimalai Hill, Kodaikanal is a Beautiful Hill Station in the South India.
Ooty, the queen of Hill Stations is in the Nilgiri mountain ranges. Coonoor is
a hill station 13 km from Ooty, and has a mild climate which makes it a
charming and more homely Hill Station.
There follows a brief description
of some location of both the well known and the less well-known hill
Darjeeling is situated in the northern part of the
state of West Bengal in India about 600 km north of Calcutta. Darjeeling is
famous for its tea which still commands very high prices all over the world. It
is also a popular hill station, 7000 feet high in the majestic grandeur of the
himalayas with fabulous views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjungha (the highest
and the 3rd highest peaks in the world respectively).
Kodi as it is locally known is centered around a lake and terraced fields
and is set in the Pali hills in southern Tamil Nadu. Besides being an ideal
getaway from the heat and dust of the plains due to the pleasant climate the
altitude affords, it is also for those who get their thrills from taking an
occasional trek in the sholas that teem with bio-diversity.
(Udhagamandalam), the "Queen of hill stations" is the capital of Nilgiri
district. It is one of the Best tourist resorts and is called as "Blue
Mountains". It is a land of dreams and a picturesque hill station. It is
situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills
in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters, the highest peak
being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters. This famous hill station is at the
junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, three southern states of
Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and
gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and
Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the
Dehradun Surrounded on the east by river Ganga, on the
west by Yamuna, the Doon Valley is a most picturesque region at the foothills
of the panoramic Shivalik ranges.