Uttarakhand Hill Stations
Did you know that Uttarakhand has over 50 hill stations & each one is as attractive as another!
It is also called the queen of hills. The places worth exploring here are Camel’s back road, Company Gardens, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, a small Tibetan temple in Happy Valley, George Everest Park and Benog Hill Trek. Enjoying a night safari and doing night camping in Mussoorie Wildlife (Bird) sanctuary is also a must.
The lush greenery of the city of lakes is what entices all visitors. Your trip to Nainital isn’t complete until you visit Guano Hills, Nanda Devi Temple, Eco Cave Gardens, Tiffin Top, Sher-ka-danda ridge and The Nainital Zoo. Go horseback riding on NAINA peak, enjoy boat ride at the Naini Lake and take the Aerial Lift to the Snow View to make the experience memorable.
It is the place to be if you don’t want to visit any crowded hill stations in North India. Activities like Burma Bridge and Flying Fox will keep you entertained here. You must also visit the Joranda Fall, Barehipani Fall, or the nice walking tracks. The kids will love the variety of swings present in the area.
If you wish to witness the once in a lifetime experience of viewing snow-laden peaks of Chaukhamba and Mt. Kedarnath then you will love visiting Lansdowne. The sunset and sunrise in the arms of nature would surely be loved by you. You can also do bird watching and trekking here. Even amateurs can learn to trek here.
Auli is the best destination for skiing lovers in India. The best slopes are available at Oak forest and Deodar. Trekkers can enjoy trekking at Auli-Kuari Pass trek and Auli to Badrinath. Apart from adventures, the scenic views of the hill station are also breathtaking.
Another great option for skiing and trekking is the northern slants in Chakrata. You must visit the Hano Mahasu Temple and Lakhamandal temple when you arrive at Chakrata. The waterfalls like the Tiger Fall Waterfall are also a sight you will never forget.
Camping, trekking and skiing can also be enjoyed at this small yet wonderful one among the many hill stations in Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by deep forests and wonderful looking meadows that will make you as close to nature as you can expect to be. It’ beauty is so astounding that it’s called the Switzerland of India.
The apple orchids of Harsil are a real treat for eyes as well as your taste buds. Deodar forests, Bhagirathi River and a wide array of flora, fauna and birds make it a jewel for nature lovers. Don’t forget to visit the Gangotri temple and Sattal (it has 7 lakes) when you are at Harsil.
Visit Kausani for the wonderful and peaceful walking trails and treks. You can also enjoy the pine and oak forests on the way and the smell of fresh fruits would soothe your senses. Indulge in trekking and rock climbing here for some adventure. For pure enjoyment, the ashrams, the tea estate, the shawl factory and the waterfalls are the places worth exploring.
If you are looking for the nearest hill station from Delhi that’s peaceful and untouched then a 6-7 hours drive can take you to Kanatal. The places worth your time here are the Surkhanda Temple and the Kodia Jungle. You can also go for Tehri lake water sports, and view some natural springs here.
Munsiyari is a perfect place for bike lovers. Here you can enjoy a bike ride, indulge in trekking, do skiing, try jeep safaries, and enjoy river rafting. The wildlife of the region is also very interesting. You can find rare species like Musk Deer here.
12. Valley of Flowers
Every flower lover would like to visit the Valley of Flowers National Park at least once. The Valley of Flowers can let you see countless exotic flowers including significant flowers like Cobra Lily, Blue Poppy, etc. Apart from flowers, you can also enjoy trekking here. The striking waterfalls, glaciers and jungles present here would also lure you.
Chamba, the land of Lord Shiva is among the perfect hill stations in Uttarakhand for people who are seeking to romance during the monsoon. The beauty of this place would add romance in the air and the low population would make you enjoy the peace that’s hard to find in a big city. You can also enjoy trekking, climbing and camping here.
14. New Tehri
It is the only planned city of Uttarakhand and it stands up to that reputation. When you are exploring the quiet yet modern town, you can’t miss visiting the Tehri lake, the temples, and the ashrams. You will find exceptional peace of mind here.
Rani Khet literally means queens land and you will feel that this hill station is really the ruler among hill stations because of the incredible sceneries it presents to you. It is a trekking paradise for experts as well as newbies. You will love staying at the old stone houses here. Don’t forget to visit the Katarmal temple, Hula Devi Temple, and Binsar Mahadev Temple when you are staying here.
Lush green meadows, pretty orchids and silver streams will make you think of a storybook. Binsar is a place for people seeking solitude and peace. For adventure lovers the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks from Zero point and trekking is awesome. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is also worth your time because it has over 200 species of birds and other wildlife.
Travelers looking to visit the unexplored hill stations in North India can’t find a better option than Dharchula. You can even beat the heat here as the air remains cool even when India is dealing with worst summers. Plan your trip in November and attend the extraordinary Jauljibi International Mela. The deep forests and wildlife such as deer, foxes, leopards, etc. will also attract you here.
Almora is a perfect place for devotees. Here you can find numerous temples like Kasar Devi, Golu Devta, Katramal, Jageshwar and Nanda Devi Temples. When you visit here, you can’t miss the sunset or sunrise at Bright End Corner. Buying angora clothes made from Angora rabbit fur is also a good option. Swami Vivekananda found peace here and so can you.
Bhimtal is also a hub of temples. Here you can explore Gorkhakhal, Kainchi, and Bhowali temples. It also has a Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple which was built by Bhima during the exile of Pandavas. Activities to be enjoyed here are Angling, boating, paddling, and water sports.
Champawat is renowned for its architectural beauty. Temples like Nagnath and Baleshwar Temple are proofs of the excellent architectural beauty of the place. Another is Banasur ka Kila. You must find time to visit Abbott Mount and Advaita Ashrama here. Champawat is 65 percent covered with forests so forest dwellers would never want to leave from here.
Khirsu is the place to be if you wish to enjoy the luxury of nature at affordable prices as it’s a bit more peaceful than other hill stations in Uttarakhand. You can visit the ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta, Pauri, Ulkha Garhi, Deval Garh and Dhari Devi for sightseeing in Khirsu. The wide variety of birds and apple orchards would also fascinate you.
Mukteshwar is nestled between the mighty Himalayas, valleys, and forests. You can enjoy rappelling and rock climbing at the famous Chauli-ki-Jali that’s renowned for its overhanging cliffs. Trek in the mornings and make some memories of all the wonders of nature you witness here. A visit to the local Shiv temple where Shiva killed a demon is a must here.
No matter what your reasons are, the hill stations in Uttarakhand are a perfect place to spend a few stress-free days that rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.