Many a times, when we plan a trip, the destination is usually a place which is a mainstream tourist setting. We are too lazy to make an effort to dig deeper into the country’s rich treasures and seek out the places unknown or even visit the places too familiar. One of the best ways to get past this is to make a list and with determination and some luck, visit every place in it. Read the article “Not so Mainstream but MUST Visit Mountain Destinations in India“. In this article, we will take a look at few of the places in India, which are above 1000 feet from sea level and yet, are a nature’s wonder.
1. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Height above Sea Level : 7000 feet
Known for its remarkable tea and more than a century old railway system of toy trains, Darjeeling is a hill station with impeccable atmosphere. The people here are friendly and the place is vivacious throughout the year. There is a lot to do in this little town, ranging from shopping for ornate handicrafts to trying out the North-Eastern delicacies and definitely, enjoying the panorama that this city has to offer.
Reaching there : Bagdogra is the closest airport and Siliguri is the closest railway station. There are chartered vehicles available from there to take you to the town.
2. Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh)
Height above Sea Level : 4100 feet (Lower Dharamshala) to 6500 feet (Upper Dharamshala)
Placed elegantly in the belly of the Himalayas, this gorgeous town is quiet and quite possibly why you must visit it. With spectacular valleys and rivers passing through them, trekking in the region becomes a pleasant experience. Apart from the nature, you can also soak in the rich Tibetan culture and benefit from the peaceful nature of the people here. Also, do not miss out on the McLeod Ganj suburb, which is also the residence of the Dalai Lama.
Reaching there : There are trains running from Delhi to Pathankot and Chakki Bank. Once there, a hour ride separates you from Dharamsala.
3. Khandala and Lonavala (Maharashtra)
Height above Sea Level : 2040 feet
We have all heard the line “aati kya Khandala?” In that famous song, but have you ever wondered why exactly it is so well known? Well, the answer lies in its astonishing vistas of the valleys. The two towns not that far apart, offer a commanding view of the majestic Western Ghats. The best time to visit these would be during monsoon, when they verdant meadows are at its very finest. Karla caves, Bhushi Dam, Rajmachi point are some of the few places which one can visit here.
Reaching there : Both the towns are well connected by train and roads to Mumbai and Pune.
4. Leh (Jammu and Kashmir)
Height above Sea Level : 11500 feet
Picturesque moors and meadows, breathtaking lakes and valleys and beautiful Tibetan settlements – these three characteristics of Leh make it worth the effort you put in getting here. Buddhism is the main religion here, as a result of which this place is filled with numerous monasteries. The most popular attraction here is the Shanti Stupa – which holds the relics of Buddha himself. Other places to visit here are the Leh Palace, Magnetic hill, Siachen Glacier and Hemis gompha.
Reaching there : Roadways and airways are the only two possible options. Leh-Manali highway and National highway 1D are the two roads to take.
5. Bangalore (Karnataka)
Height above Sea Level : 3000 feet
You might have heard about the weather of Bangalore being comparatively cool throughout the year. The reason for this is the fact that the city is placed at an elevation of around 3000 feet. This metropolitan city is the perfect amalgamation of cultural and modern life. Bangalore is a perfect paradise for anyone who seeks to shop, eat, party, soak in the tradition or even enjoy the spectacular nature.
Getting there: Bangalore is well connected by roadways, railways and airways to the country.
This is a Guest Post by Chirag Dubey.