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Top 4 Hill Stations near Delhi that will Beat the Summer Heat

By Vijay - May 10, 2020
River Parvati

Geographically, Delhi is perfectly placed closer to the mountains resulting in a number of hill stations in its proximity. One can choose from a plethora of options for a two or three-day getaways or a getaway for a long weekend and Who wouldn’t want to get away from the scorching heat of Delhi especially during the summers and visit one of those hill stations near Delhi? I have tried to shortlist the top 4 hill stations near Delhi that offer the best holiday experience and get away from the busy bustling streets of Delhi. These four options are a combination of both mainstream and offbeat places. So why wait, let’s get started.

LANSDOWNE

Temple in Lansdowne
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Originally called Kaludanda(Black hills) due to its appearance, this tiny hill station was founded by Garhwal Rifles regiment under the British rule and is named after the then British viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. It is known as Home of the Garhwal Rifles”. Unlike other hill stations, this one is very well connected and very quiet and unexplored. Considering that this is a cantonment town, it as a lot cleaner and well maintained.

Apart from the glorious sunrise and sunsets, one can enjoy trekking, bird watching, paddling & boating while staying among the mountains. One can also visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple & Bhairav Garhi temples during your stay in Lansdowne. This is a perfect getaway for people staying in the Delhi-NCR region and thus comes up in our list of top 4 hill stations near Delhi and this place is best visited between March and November.

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Kasol

View of Misty mountains in Kasol
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Kasol comes second when we talk about Hill stations near Delhi. This a perfect place in Himachal is a perfect place for backpackers and for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This small village is located on the banks of River Parvati and is also called as the “Amsterdam of India.” If you are a person who would love to do a lot of activities then this is definitely not the place for you.

People come to just relax and chill amongst the mountains but you can always go out for trekking to  Kheerganga, Sar Pass,  Yanker Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. Just adjacent to Kasol is another small village named Malana. People from this village believe that they are direct descendants of Aryan civilization and hence restrict their interaction with outsiders.

Apart from been called the hippie’s paradise, it is also called Mini Israel by tourists as it is flooded with young Israelis and is also the best place to get the feel of their culture. The best place to have food would be the local cafes which offer delicious Israeli food with an amazing view of the mountains. Also, don’t forget to visit the flea market to buy some souvenirs and pendants.

Also Read : Best places to visit in Kasauli, an unexplored and lesser-known gem of Himachal Pradesh

RISHIKESH

View of Laksham Jhula
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Rishikesh is predominantly known as the gateway to Shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangothri, and Yamunotri. This place got to instant famous when the Famous Musical band “The Beatles “ stayed here to meet their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to learn more about the famous transcendental Meditation.

Rishikesh has remained centre for most of the spiritual activities as there are a lot of internationally proclaimed Meditation, yoga & Philosophical centres. People all over the world come to Rishikesh to find peace. This is the very reason why it is called the “Yoga capital of the world” But from the past 10 years this place has been known for a HubSpot for adventure seekers.

Also Read: 10 Amazing Offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand

Testing rapids, Mountains, and thick timberland are here to test your aptitude’s physical and mental quality. Rishikesh has Rafting, outdoors, trekking, Rock climbing, Rappelling, and bungee hopping are celebrated experience exercises which you can appreciate here. In fact rapids here in the River Ganga are classified under Grade 4 thus ensuring that your adrenaline level is always high. End of the day, rest assured that Rishikesh won’t an adventure junkie in you. These are the very few reasons why Rishikesh makes it to the list of Top Hill stations near Delhi

To reach Rishikesh, you can take an overnight bus from Delhi and it would take around 7-8 hrs to reach. Triveni Ghat, Laksham Jhula, Ram Jhula, Neelkant Mahadev temple & Gita Bhawan are top attractions that are not to be missed.

Tip: Don’t miss the early morning and evening prayers offered to River Ganga. This is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness these spiritual prayers.

Also Read: 3-nights 4-days Manali tour – Snowy Surprises At Himachal

Mussoorie

Farm in Mussoorie
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It would be so unfair if we talk about Hill stations near Delhi and don’t talk about Mussorie. Right in front of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, this city stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. Even this hill station was founded by the Britishers and you can see the imprint of Britishers in the architecture of hotels and churches. Called as the Queen of hills stations, this place receives the most number of tourists amongst all the other hill stations.

Mussoorie also hosts the training of officers of the Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Services at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration. While in Mussoorie, do ensure that you visit Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Lal Tibba & the Jharipani Falls. Gun Hill & Lal Tibba give you great panoramic views of the Himalayas and the Kempty Falls & Jharipani Falls are just mind-blowing. You can also get your adrenaline pumping by doing rock climbing, Zip lining, Rappelling, and treks.

Also Read: Things to do in Mussoorie for a wholesome Uttarakhand holiday

Fun Fact: If you are interested in Indian literature and a fan of Ruskin bond who is also known as Indian ‘William Wordsworth’ then try your luck and pay a visit at Cambridge Book Depot, during the weekends between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm. He comes to this place to interact with his fans.

I know for a fact that words cannot justify the beauty of the experience that these Hill stations near Delhi offer. So don’t spend more time thinking and just pack your bags. If you are still unclear about preparing an itinerary to one of these places or don’t have enough time to plan from the scratch, just log on to www.pickyourtrail.com or on Whatsapp for any India packages to any of these Top 4 Hill stations in India. Our travel consultants would get in touch with you and will customize the itinerary as per your wish.

Happy Exploring !!

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