Uttarakhand, very appropriately referred to as ‘The Land of Gods’ is an epitome of serenity and splendour. With lush green mountains harbouring little houses, clear lakes, snow capped mountains and extensive spaces of pine trees which add to the scenic beauty, it is also a destination for adventure sports like rock climbing, paragliding, rafting, skiing etc. Hence, it is the perfect destination for a getaway as it encompasses a balance between tranquillity and amusement. Here are the top 5 hill stations in Uttarakhand you must check out:
Mussoorie – a hill station in Dehradun, is rightly called the ‘Queen of the hills’. Perched at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, the destination is bestowed with the awe-inspiring views of the green wide Doon Valley and the snow enveloped Shiwalik ranges. The hill station serves as a gateway to Gangotri and Yamunotri. It comprises of numerous temples, falls and lakes. It is an abode of trekking trails. The quiet charm and rich history Mussoorie possesses will leave you spellbound. The beauty of Mussoorie washes over you carrying away all your city blues.
Nestled in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is also known as ‘The City of Lakes‘ for being a haven for around 60 lakes. Ramgarh, Bhimtal, Almora, Ranikhet are the nearby places which are worth visiting. Being a perfect boating site, you can always spot all kinds of crowds taking evening boat rides in the lakes. Raj Bhawan, built by the British as a residence for the Governor has exquisite architecture and a stunning garden. With thriving green mountains enclosing the city, it is a perfect retreat destination from a bustling life for a lazy holiday.
Being a Cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is one of the best maintained hill stations. Its’ isolation and tranquillity unlike the crowded cities gives it a unique charm. Trekking, bird watching, paddling etc. are very popular here. The place is also embellished with picturesque buildings of British colonial architecture apart from the varied vegetation comprising of oak, pine and fir trees. Every year, Sharadotsav or the Festival of Autumn is organized at this hill station during autumn season. Hence, Lansdowne, though one of the lesser known hill stations in India would jolt you with its quiet beauty.
A solace for solitude seekers, Kausani embraces you in its freshness and composure. The wide panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli is the reason for popularity of Kausani. A sight of the soaring mountains and their alignment fills you with hope and optimism. Anashakti Ashram is a place of importance where Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have extended his stay owing to the splendour of scenic beauty. Mahatma Gandhi also called the district of Kausani ‘The Switzerland of India’.
Acclaimed for being one of the best skiing slopes in the world, Auli is the perfect skiing destination in Uttarakhand. Set amidst snow clad mountains and deodar and oak vegetation, this grand destination is one of the highest and longest ropeways in Asia. The gentle snowfall every year adds to the magical charm of the place. Every year, an annual skiing festival is conducted luring large numbers of winter sports enthusiasts from various parts of the country.
Uttarakhand in its elevated existence possesses a calmness which unwinds you. It is impossible not to feel rejuvenated while basking amid lofty pine trees, crystal clear lakes and appealing landscapes. Whether you are a honeymoon couple eager to kindle your romance, an overworked employee looking for a run away or a group of young adventure seekers, Uttarakhand has in store a sort of invigoration for everybody.