8 hill stations near Delhi you surely didn’t know about

| Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 18:46
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8 hill stations near Delhi you surely didn’t know about

Its vacation time and you surely are getting tired of this scorching heat! Aren’t you? Are you bored with regular hill stations where you probably have spent the maximum of your childhood vacations? This probably is one reason you want to stay away from mountains now as you have enough travelled them. Hang on! There are still many places we are certain you did not know about. 

We bring you some of the prettiest hill stations near Delhi, away from the hustle-bustle of the city, which will refresh your holiday this season.

Scroll down, and start packing your bags…

1)    Chindi

Located in the Solan district, 457 km from Delhi, this offbeat destination is hard to get your hands on. It probably was created by God keeping in mind the passion of the backpackers and people who are explorers by heart.

It is a perfect option if you intend to take a break to rejuvenate and relax or probably just be by yourself. Don’t forget to carry your camera as you will surely get a lot to capture here. A notebook will also help to pen down some great moments you would experience. Trek to the nearby village and explore the nature’s beauty as the lesser travelled roads are unquestionably more spiritually elating.

Best time to visit: May to October

2)    Bir

Located 481 km from Delhi, Bir is small hilly village in the west state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the Tehsil (administrative subdivision) of Baijnath and is a noted centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. It is also a home to Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa.

The hill station also has a Bir-Billing area which is popular site for paragliding. It witnesses tourists from both India and the world. The flying season is on from September to October with some flying also being operational in November.

Best time to visit: March to May and October-November

3)    Churwadhar

Located 400 km from Delhi, Churwadhar in Sirmour district is another great option to escape from this boiling weather. 

Approximately 90 km from the ‘then’ ‘queen of hills’, Simla, Churwadhar is a beautiful valley that is open tourists for some quiet time. The small town is relatively an unknown place to the explorers also and has a camping site that people may choose to stay over which is definitely a better idea than staying over a regular guest house in the nearby area. 

If you hit the road a little further, you will be welcomed by the temples of Haripurdhar and the impressive view from the site is definitely beyond words.

Best time to visit: April to October

4)    Kausauni

Located 390 km from Delhi, Kausani is one of the most picturesque hill stations in Uttarakhand. The place is located in Bageshwar district, 52 kms away from Almora. 

Kausani, as visited by few, is often tagged as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India which boasts of thrilling views of Himalayan valley and snow dressed mountains.

This small hill station is situated at an altitude of about 6000 ft. above the sea level and provides a 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks.

Best time to visit: March to June

5)    Prashar Lake

Mandi is small town en route to Manali from Delhi but that is not the place we are talking about. If you could just take a bus from Mandi to Baggi and ask the locals for the directions for Prashar Lake, it would take you to the right place. Trek that area for an experience you would talk for years to come. Located 490 km from Delhi, the lake is again not known to many people and therefore would offer you everything you may need to avoid that ‘commercialization’. 

Best time to visit: April to July and September to November

6)    Shoghi

A small village that lies 13 km before Simla on the Ambala-Simla highway, Shoghi can certainly be called as an offbeat tourist destination near Delhi that promises great scenic beauty and natural landscapes.

The place has now started gaining popularity amongst the corporate for weekend getaways as a large groups visit the place for rejuvenating, relaxing and re-energizing. It is located at a distance of 343 km from Delhi and is a perfect option for a small trip. 

Best time to visit: March to June

7)    Tirthan Valley

Tirthan valley cannot be termed as just another hill stations as it is one of the most breath-taking places in the whole Himachal. Even though it is not a place that you may think about as a weekend getaway due to its distance that is a little more than 500 km from Delhi, it surely is a place you must visit for at least 4-5 days.

Imagine the view of bonfire, music, a beautiful river and stay that is far courteous than five-star brands.

Trout fishing is a famous fun activity here from March onwards, while the temperature after October falls below the freezing point.

Best time to visit: March to October

8)    Pithoragarh 

A small town located in Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is at a distance of 460 km from Delhi. The hill station welcomes people with high snow clad Himalayan mountains, green valley, Alpine forests, beautiful springs and perennial rivers.

The main attraction of the district is Spar Valley which is like a junior form of Kashmir valley.

Best time to visit: April to November

Well, this is our must-visit list. But if you have any place that you have visited and we should mention, you can definitely recommend in the comments section below.

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