Not so Mainstream but MUST Visit Mountain Destinations in India

When we speak about going to a hill station, the places which come to our mind instantly are Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty and Manali. Read the post “Five Places above 1000 Ft from Sea Level to visit in INDIA“.  But in this massive country, there are hundreds of other places which are just as good as the above few and in fact, are much more peaceful and quiet due to the low tourist density. Let us take a look at six such places in India.

1. Kasol [Himachal Pradesh]

Kasol (Himachal Pradesh) : Source

Kasol (Himachal Pradesh) : Source

Kullu and Manali are famous tourist destinations, but if one is to make an extra effort and travel a bit, they’d find themselves in the village of Kasol, which is truly a treasure in itself. This place is not crowded and the fact that it is so petite makes it even more beautiful. With streams running through, awe-inspiring views of mountains and the sound of nature, this is as close as one can get to attain serenity. If you love to trek and camp, then Kasol is the place for you.

2. Nainital [Uttrakhand]

Nainital (Uttarakhand) : Source

Nainital (Uttarakhand) : Source

A hill station which is set beautifully in the valley of outer Himalayas, Nainital is a small town which is absolutely perfect for a peaceful retreat. It is laid with many schools and libraries, which come together to add to the charm of this place. The characteristic feature of this town is the Naini Lake, which is located in the middle of the town with a pear shape appearance. There are many peak points around the city, which offer a stunning view of the city. An experience which you can’t afford to miss.

3. Panchmari [Madhya Pradesh]

Panchmari (Madhya Pradesh) : Source

Panchmari (Madhya Pradesh) : Source

Placed in the heart of India, this little town of Panchmari is mainly known for its cantonment region, but there is a diverse spectrum of flora and fauna here, which attracts many tourists throughout the year. The various waterfalls like Bee Falls and Silver Falls, and the Pandav Caves are few of the popular attractions in the region. There are a couple of fresh water lakes around the region too, where one can take a scenic boat ride and enjoy the serenity.

4. Mussoorie [Uttrakhand]

Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)

Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) : Source

Located at a distance of 35 km from Dehradun, this little town of Mussoorie is a well established hill station, filled with many lakes and waterfalls. The view of the Himalayas at a distance is simply breathtaking. One can travel in cable cars to high peaks and enjoy the marvelous vista of the Dehradun city, laid at the feet of this beautiful little town. Don’t forget to visit the Sir George Everest’s house, where the remains of the Sir George Everest, after whom the Mt. Everest is named, can be found.

5. Kasauli [Himachal Pradesh]

Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh)

Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh)

We have all heard of Shimla, but just a few hours drive away from this town is the well kept secret of Himachal Pradesh – Kasauli. With moderate climate throughout the year, Kasauli serves as the flawless township, filled with little shops and restaurants. Low population when combined with peaceful atmosphere makes the stay here even more pleasant. The entire town is overshadowed by tall trees, which simply adds to the charm of the place. Do visit the Monkey Point, Gilbert Trail, Christ and Baptist Church when in Kasauli.

6. Kodaikanal [Tamil Nadu]

Kodaikanal (Tamilnadu) : Source

Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu) : Source

Placed at a seven hour drive from Ooty, the picturesque town of Kodaikanal is famous for its pine forests and parks. One can meander through the Bryant Park or Coaker’s Walk and completely lose themselves in the nature while embracing their inner philosophical spirit. There are many points around the city which offer a panoramic view of the village like Dolphin’s nose and Pillar rocks. One can even visit the Solar Observatory to look at the stars and amaze at the nature’s wonder.

This is a Guest Post by Chirag Dubey.

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