Hill Stations in India
Coonoor is a fabulous hill station in the Nilgiri hills about 19 km from
Ooty. Coonoor, located at an altitude of 1,856 metres, is the second largesthill
station in the Nilgiri hills.The Sim's Park with all its natural beauty
was constructed in 1874 has unique trees and plants. Facinating and unforgetable
view points for tourist are Lamb's Rock, Dolphin's Nose, Lady Canning's
Seat to name a few.Tourist can avail of the Toy train facility to get a
detailed view of this place.
The name, Darjeeling isderived from the Tibetian word 'Dorje' which means
the precious stone or ecclesiastical sceptre, which is emblematic of the
thunder bolt of Indra, and 'ling' - a place, hence the 'Land of the thunderbolt.'
Located at 6,800 feet above sea level, with picturesque tea plantations
all round, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations in the country.
"Two and a half millennia after the Buddha walked on earth, another
walks in his foot steps." Welcome to Dharamsala, the land of Dalai
Lama, a charming little town with elegant bungalows. Dharamsala enjoys the
unique distinction of being the chosen home of the spiritual and temporal
head of the Tibetan people.
Idukki, with altitudes up to 2500 ft above sea level, is one of the most
beautiful districts of Kerala in India, Idukki is a district whose name
is derived from the Malayalam word 'Idukku' which means a narrow gauge.
Flanked by the Western Ghats in the East, the district has many narrow steep-sided
valleys, giving credence to the name.The High ranges and wooded valleys
are girded by three rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhyar - and their
Khajjiar, located at an altitude of 1960 m, is often called the Switzerland
of India, with its rolling meadows, majestic deodars, bubbly streams, and
the sheer opulence of its natural beauty. The snow - line appears above
its lush woods, and at the very centre of this divine glade, is a lake fed
by countless streams that criss - cross the area.
Khandala, set at a height of 625 mt, located on the western slopes of the
Sahyadri mountain range is a hill station in Maharashtra. Fascinating panoramic
beauty adorns thisplace. Although it is comparatively small as compare to
lonavala but it is equally blessed with natural beauty and bounty. Deep
valley on one side and high hills on the otherside divide Khandala and Lonavala.
Kodai or Kodaikanal is on the southern crest of the Palani hills, about
km fromMadurai, at an altitude of 2100 mt. It is surrounded by wooded
slopes, waterfalls and precipitous rocky outcrops.
The most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either
side of river Beas. Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the
end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater
Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled 'Silver
Valley'. The valley runs north to south of Beas river and is 80 kms. long
and about 2kms wide.
Lonavala is a Hill station in Maharashtra. Also known as the jewel of the
Sahyadri Mountains. This Hill Station is also a popular Health Resort in
the western ranges on the sahyadri,It Is situated on a hieght of 625 mtrs.
above sea level and is a popular gateway from Mumbai and Pune. It also serves
as a startingpoint for tourists interested in visiting the famous, ancient
Buddhist rock cut caves of Bhaja and Karla, which are located near this
Manali means "Home of Manu". Manali has derived it's name from
the name of a mythological character, Manu who is supposed to have survived
when the whole world was drowned in flood. He then came to Manali and recreated
human life.Thus, this area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples
over hereas pilgrimage.
If your tour of India's desert state has left you exhausted and youd
like nothing better than a break from the heat and dust of Rajasthan, Mount
Abu, the hill retreat set in sylvan forestsmay be just the place you need.
Lying due west of Udaipur, about 185 km by road, this is the only hill station
Munnar, a quiet and restful resort at an altitude of 1524 meters 136 km
off Cochin, lies snuggled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills.It
is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and
tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax
in the lap of Mother Nature Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist
filled valleys make it a haven with a cool bracing climate. Part of its
charm lies in the fact that it was opened up out of virgin forests a century
ago by pioneering planters.
Mussoorie, popularly known as the queen of hill stations, is located in
the Garhwal hills near Dehradun. Blessed with immense natural beauty, Mussoorie
derived its name from plants of 'Mussoorie', which were found in abundance
here. Mussoorie is a best hang out for summer-stricken North Indians and
Nainital is a lovely hill-station surrounded by mountains on three sides.
Once this area had many lakes and it was called the 'city of 60 lakes' or
'Chakta', though most have disappeared now. Today, the life of Nainital
revolves around thelake of Naini. But there are few other lakes around Nainital
which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini lake.
Nestled in the brilliant green hills of the Nilgiris, Ooty or Udhagamandalam,
is one of the favourite summer retreats of people in South India.Orchards
of peaches and plums, terraced tea plantations, and eucalyptus, pine and
wattle lining the landscape
a typical hill station in many ways.
Only sixteen kms from Mahabaleshwar, the hillstation of Panchgani is lesser
known to tourists but no less inviting. Swoops around bends with abandon,
offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the
coastal plains on the other.
Some six hours drive from Bhopal, this is a really nice place, especially
in Feb-March. Its a hill station in the Madhya Pradesh and there are plenty
of caves, waterfalls, forests and cave temples.
Cool away in the hill resort of Ranikhet. The sylvan surroundings of Ranikhet
have attracted innumerable people. Together with the vistas of the Himalayas,
ancienttemples, picturesque picnic spots, splendid strolls and the exciting
treks Ranikhet is a popular tourist destination in India.
A quaint little hill train chugs upinto the Shivalik foothills, overdramatic
loops and high arched bridges to the hill resort of Shimla (2130 M) - the
capital of the mountain state of Himachal. Shimla's salubrious climate,
easy accessibility and numerous attractions have made it one of the most
popular hill stations in northern India.
Hill Stations in India