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Honey Chitkara Apr 30 2015

Quaint hill stations in India

Jigyasha Prasad Apr 30 2015
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Want to give offbeat places a shot on your next vacation? Your prayers have been answered. Take the road less travelled this summer to these quaint hill stations in India and their equally enchanting quaint corners:

From Kasauli- Kasauli, which owes its name to the Kasool flower, is a picturesque hill town which is best known for its relaxing ambience. However, there are a couple of places near Kasauli such as Barog and Dagshai that invite you to put your feet up and do nothing at all


One of the most beautiful railway stations in India, Barog greets you with vast stretches of pine and deodar forests. If you want an extended break, then this is your destination. You can book yourself at the railway guest house near the station and enjoy the sight of toy trains passing by from your room. In case, this is the destination that you are planing to visit shortly, make sure that you book the tickets well in advance and do a PNR Status check at regular time intervals.

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You can walk to the nearby market and buy fresh fruits and rhododendron juice.


Keep some time at hand to explore Dagshai, a scenic small town with pine groves and a lone church. About an hour’s drive from Kasauli, this one is the best bet for a laidback vacation as there is hardly anything to do here, except enjoy the fresh mountain air.

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From Tawang- Soothing green in summer and pristine white in winter, that is Tawang for the first time visitors. Even though it is a typical border landscapes-beautiful and difficult-it has its share of quaint corners as well.

Ziro Valley- Ziro introduces you to the Subansiri District which is the centre of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a place of hills and forests and breezes, home to the Apa Tani people.

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Breathtakingly beautiful, Ziro Valley is still untouched, unexplored and that adds to its charm! As for accommodation, you can try Ziro Valley Resort, Hotel Blue Pine and Hotel Pine Ridge.

Bomdila- Spread over the southern face of the Bomdila Ridge, the town makes for a convenient stop if driving to Tawang. With a crafts museum, gompas and breathtaking views, Bomdila city has a balmy effect.

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At the end of the ‘bazaar line’ stands Lower Gompa, a beautiful two-storeyed monastery built in traditional Tibetan design. While high above the town, on the ridge, is the Gaden Rabgyaling Monastery, better known as the Upper Gompa.

From Ladakh- For a tourist, the defining experience of Ladakh is in its landscape, largely pristine, beautiful and isolated. There are several lucrative Ladakh-Leh holiday packages that you can avail and relish a comprehensive tour of the region. Visit these nearby places for a surreal experience.

Zanskar Valley

A trip to Zanskar Valley spells unmatched views of the snow-clad mountains and interesting trekking options. Zanskar is still a lesser-known part of Ladakh, familiar mostly to trekkers. Padum is the base for exciting treks and visiting stunning monasteries such as Phugtal or Karsha.

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Around 48 km from Leh, lies the largest of Ladakh’s gompas, Hemis Gompa. Founded in the 1630s under Sengye Namgyal, Hemis is most popular for the annual Hemis Festival, which coincides with the peak tourist season in summer. This year, the 2-day festival will be held on June 26-27 and it would be a great idea if you could plan your vacation around that time!

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From Kozhikode- A typical Keralite seaside city with all the trappings of quaint hill stations in India, Kozhikode boasts of traditional houses with sloping, red-tiled roofs and bright bazaars. Kozhikode still has its share of quietude which you will discover on your trip to these places.


This quiet beach town’s multi-layered history is reflected in the area’s colonial buildings, churches, mosques and lovely temples interspersed with rice fields and coconut groves. A nice option if you don’t want too many people around you even in the peak tourist season. It is quite easy to access the place as there are frequent Mumbai to Kannur trains. Besides covering the distance of Mangalore to Kannur by taxi is indeed one of the best journeys that you will ever embark.

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Just to add, there are a number of lovely beach resorts in Kannur which play perfect hosts for guests.

Pythal Mala

One of the lesser known hill stations of Kerala, Pythal Mala is a nature lover’s delight. Pythal Mala also offers an exciting 6km trek to the top of the hill which is an obvious delight to all the avid trekkers.

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When en route Pythal Mala, you could also make a stop to see the beautiful Kanjirakolly Falls. Oh and don’t forget to taste the excellent masala and lemon teas from the numerous stalls dotting the road!

From Almora- The second largest town of Kumaon, Almora is considered more as a transit point en route to destinations like Binsar, Kausani and Sitlakhet.


Famous for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this quiet town is popular yet unexplored. Situated at an altitude of 2,400 m, Binsar is one of the highest hill stations in the Kumaon Region. So what one wakes up to is a phenomenal 360-degree view of the majestic Himalayas.

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Also, don’t miss visiting theBaneshwar Temple when you are here. Constructed in the 13 BCE during the reign of King Kalyan, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a must-see sight for any visitor.


Set in the expansive deodar forests along Jata Ganga, Jageshwar, said to be one of the most sacred tirthas in the Kumaon region, has a breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

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This small town attracts large number of tourist and pilgrims during the summer months. It lies 3 km off the road from Almora.

The thrill of discovering and exploring a new place is unmatched and that’s why we suggest you to explore and experience these quaint hill stations in India on your next holiday!

Herald Anil Yuhanna May 23 2015
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I would like to visit binsar this summer with family. Pl.guide of d route, stay & places nearby.
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