Living in India, home to the second largest population, life can be pretty hectic with new competition emerging from billions of mind increasing the work pressure. Life becomes a rat race for survival, someone always trying to outrun the other. In this made run to make a mark, we just lose ourselves cutting not slack and under appreciating what we have. The only get-away is a trip hill station. But considering the population of India, you will find people here as well, making it another crowded place, where you want to escape from. Here is a list of few hill stations that are unique in some way or the other, less crowded and will also not upset your bank balance.
My personal favourite, highly recommended for all the bikers, adventures Freaks and strong hearted people. Tawang rests in Arunachal Pradesh and is a road less traveled due to its extreme cold weather. This hill station is known for the thrill and living on edge quite literally as it shares its borders with China. It is here that historic 1952 Indo-China war took place. It has Asia’s largest Buddhist monastery situated in the calm and magical atmosphere. The good vibrations from Monasteries will make you feel the Trance towards calmness and peace. The roads and scenery are beautiful like the stories of Franz Kafka, every-time you go through, you will have a different experience. The natural water bodies are spellbinding which include Nuranang waterfall, Madhuri Lake, PT. TSO lake, Sela pass, Tawang war memorial and Jaswant Grah which are the most visited places here.
TIP: Plan your trip to Tawang when are physically fit.
Situated in the State of Maharashtra, this place is a complete package in itself. It has something to offer to each and every visitor. This place is home to historical places, beautiful scenery, inspirational points, adventure activities, religious temples and the very famous Mapro Manufacturing farm. This hill station has places to visit which are not only enchanting, but they inspire even a non-poetic person to say something beautiful. The advantage of mountainous terrain adds extra points in its overall charm. Most of the tourist spots have an interesting history about their name, for example, the Arthur Point which is named after Sir Arthur, Who would sit there for hours staring at the Savitri river moaning the tragic loss of his wife and daughter beauty until his death.
Trekking to magnificent waterfalls with curvy roads is thrilling. Mountain climbing is worth the effort when you relax under the waterfalls shower. The Spiritual Travelers can find themselves admiring the amazing temples. Kids and foodies should definitely visit the Mapro Farm where they show the story of how strawberry came to India and how strawberry farming is done and how they use strawberry to make their famous ‘Mapro Syrup’. Food option available will definitely not disappoint you as the quality and quantity are extremely good. I still remember the cheese pizza I had.
TIP: Try sitting at one of the points for long and see if they name it after you :p
If you don’t have a week off and still want to go out and chill, Matheran is the ideal place as it is a small hill station of India and you can cover it in a one-day trip. Hey, don’t underestimate its small size as this place is unique in its own way. Unlike any other hill stations, Matheran is the only automobile-free hill station in India. The trekkers and fitness enthusiast must visit this because the roads are free from the constant bustling of automobile and honking, the path is rough and raw unadulterated. Once you reach the mountaintop, walking almost 18 km, you will be enchanted with mountains draped in the lush green forest. Few places worth visiting include Karnala Fort, Point echo, Charlotte Lake, Alexender Point, Monkey Point.
TIP: Try going by bike to enhance your experience, keep your favourite road trip ready and do not sleep through the journey as the journey itself is special.
In the lap of Sikkim, Pelling is one of those places which are not in the limelight yet never misses to amaze you. Pelling is the land of the amazing waterfalls, Enchanting forest, colourful and mesmerizing water bodies. Pelling offers vast experience in one trip to the hill station, covering from adventure to history. It has something to share with all the seekers. Pelling is well connected with roadways, and you can have a view of the Kanchenjunga mountain range from your cosy accommodation. Pelling has adventure activities which include trekking to mountain ranges, waterfalls, and lyrical rivers.
Some of the famous waterfalls include Kanchenjunga waterfall and Sangay waterfall. The air will gently brush against your body. Buddhist monasteries have been well maintained, even the ancient Buddhist artifacts, paintings, scriptures are meticulously kept. Sewaro Rock Garden is one of the famous picnic spots for families to have a Gala time. Singshore bridge, the second largest suspension bridge is a must for its simplicity and beauty. The historical site of Rabdentse ruins will tell you the story of their glory days.
Standing proudly, this hill region is a getaway in the south which is yet to be explored. Yelagiri is mostly inhabited by tribal living in villages. People live a simple life farming, breeding, and selling the homemade products. Reaching Yelagiri is simple as it is well connected with the roadways. You can try trekking to the Jalgamapari waterfall, Uphill, and Swami malai mountain.
The view is serene as you gaze across the wide land of forest covers artistically decorating with small patches of water bodies and painting the sky blue. Yelagiri is famous for its Astronomical Observatory by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and has many telescopes for stargazing including India’s largest optical telescope. You will be intrigued to find Murugan temple dedicated to Lord Murugan in every village. People looking for inspiration should visit Nilavoor lake which is beautiful and an ideal place for boating, resting inspiriting and relaxing.
TIP: Try the local products especially the honey.
Surrounded by dense forest, tribal population, this majestic hill station is located in Himachal Pradesh. This hill station is not only famous for its tea across India, but also for the Tibetan culture. Snow clad mountains boast the beauty of Dharamshala. There is a strong influence of the Tibetan culture as the Tibetan in exile is living here. Places to visit here include Kangra Fort, Rock temple of Masrus which tell you the stories of its glorious days.
The Name Dharmshala loosely translates to pilgrimage resting place. True to its name, you will get a sense of ease, and calmness like you are just a step away from spirituality, wishing to make this your home forever. The architecture monasteries, heaven touching mountains, the playful weather, will make you forget everything. If you are looking for some action, do try trekking and visit the water bodies like Dal Lake. Cultural explorers will find themselves falling in love with the Kangra Fort, Kangra art museum, Namgyal monastery, McLoedGanj and Dalai Lama Temple very satisfying.
TIP: visit the local market for the Handi-works as you will find something very unique and distinct.