Hill stations are the most sought after vacation spots in India, for their amazing weather, tranquil surrounding and beautiful landscape. However, massive footfall during the vacation season makes these places too crowded and far from relaxing and peaceful. Therefore this holiday season, let’s explore the lesser known places which are not yet exploited and can prove to be the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. These lesser known hill stations are equally beautiful and are like untouched jewels of the Indian terrain.
Listed below are 5 lesser explored hill stations of India, which offer peace and calm while giving respite from the hot Indian summer.
Araku Valley: Situated at a distance of 750kms from Hyderabad is Aruka Valley. It is actually a group of five unfathomable valleys. This mystic hill station is very close to Orissa border and situated around 3200 ft above the sea level. This pastoral beauty boasts of a rich landscape and is famous for its coffee plantation. The journey to Araku itself is breathtaking with around 46 tunnels and various bridges that greet the tourists to this mesmerizing place. One can unwind and have a peaceful time at this hill station.
Chopta: Chopta is located between Gopeshwar – Ukhimath and is at an altitude of about 2900m. This is one of the most charming places in the Garhwal region, this blissful hill station offers magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges and neighboring areas; and is surrounded by alpine vegetation, rhododendrons and orchids. The major attractions here are Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Gopeshwar, Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary, Tungnath Shiva Temple and Ukhimath, which is 31Kms away.
Coonoor: Coonoor is a picturesque hill station in the Nilgiris, engulfed by tea plantations, located at a height of about 1800m above the sealevel. The beauty of Coonoor lies in its pleasant climate and lush green tea plantation and eucalyptus trees. The major attractions in and around Coonoor are Sim’s park, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock and Kotagiri, famous for its Coffee plantation, Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak; and Elk Falls. Coonoor is easily accessible by roads and well connected by Mettupalayam and Ooty.
Matheran: A peaceful environment and tranquility is what makes Matheran different from all the others hill stations of the world. One gets to experience an unpolluted and unspoiled environment as vehicles are banned in this marvelous hill station. One gets a feel of an era hundreds years ago, with no cars and horns. With no exhaust smoke around, one gets to inhale clean air Matheran is well connected by train, which runs from Pune to a town called Neral. After that one can take a ride of a toy train that wind slowly thorough the Western Ghats before reaching the station.
Dhanaulti: Known as a woody paradise, Dhanaulti lies between Mussoorie and Chamba. This picturesque hill station is at a distance of 24km from Mussoorie and 29 from Chamba; at a height of 2286m above the sea level. . Its beauty lies in its serene environment and vast alpine forests of Rhododendron, Oak and Deodar. Dhanaulti is the starting point for trekkers who are looking to explore snow-clad Himalayas. The main attractions here are ECO-Park, Surkanda Devi Temple and Himalayan Weavers, famous for making hand-woven handloom products with natural dyes and wools. If one wants to get a rejuvenating and relaxing experience, Dhanaulti is the ideal place to be. Dhanaulti is easily accessible and well connected via roads from Delhi and Dehradun.