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iXiGOers Apr 16 2013

Which are the popular hill stations in East India?

Kapil Gumasta Apr 16 2013
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The mercury is slowly creeping up, making you reach for the fan switch and eventually the air-conditioning remote. Shedding all those winter layers can sometime still not be enough to beat the heat. Head to these popular destinations in East India and escape the madness of your daily lives while you escape the heat!


Located 659 km north of Kolkata, Mirik is a perfect getaway for a lazy retreat, if you wish to escape the heat this summer. Nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Mirik is a hill station surrounded by acres of tea plantations and the looming mountains creating a stunning backdrop. The Sumendu Lake forms the focal point of all the activities in Mirik. You can try out fishing, angling and boat rides in the lake. Apart from that, pony rides, trekking trips to the village or into the lush forests surrounding the lake, and cosy lakeside picnic lunches are other popular activities enjoyed by the tourists here. There are two temples and Buddhist monasteries near the lake shore. Shopaholics might enjoy the busy atmosphere of the colourful Mirik Bazaar. All said, Mirik has something for everyone.


Famous for producing what is touted as the country's best tea and home to the gorgeous Toy Train that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darjeeling is a beauteous hill station. It is one of India's favourite 'summer vacation' destination, and has been so since the times of the Raj. Luxuriously spread out across majestic mountains and providing a panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas, the place is one of the trump cards of tourism in Kolkata. Revel in the spiritual peace of Buddhist and Hindu temples in Darjeeling, hike up the mountains and get bowled over by fantastic views, explore age old colonial mansions and churches, go tea picking with the friendly tea workers or simply sit in your hotel balcony and sip a cup as you see the setting sun! Promising numerous adventures and mysteries you can enfold in a scenic setting, Darjeeling invites you to its home this summer.


Lying in between Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, the beautiful hill station of Chalsa was earlier called Queen of Duars. Lush expanses of tea estates, challenging trekking trails and untouched wilderness make Chalsa different from most hill stations. The surreal town is elegantly situated amidst mesmerising beauty offering you a break from the concrete city jungles. Offering you immense peace and quiet, it is a respite from the maddening crowds of the city. Explore this little town at your own pace and you will not be disappointed.


An enchanting place dotted with hills and shrouded by clouds, Shillong is endowed with numerous gifts of nature. From floras, consisting of orchids and various rare plants to many species of faunas, Shillong is the ultimate place to be, if you are planning for a summer vacation in northeast India. A visit to the town of Cherrapunji will give you the opportunity to trek and explore the mysterious looking caves and the famous living root bridges also. If you are tired from walking the trekking trail, cool off with the crystal clear water from waterfalls like Bishop and Beadon Falls, Spread Eagle Falls and the popular Elephant Falls adorning the place. Apart from all these, there are lakes like Ward’s Lake and Umiam Lake (where you can indulge in water-sports) as well parks and museums. For those with an adventurous streak, there is facility for water rappelling activity apart from the various adventure sports in Shillong.


With verdant green paddy fields and blue mountains surrounding it, Ziro, one of the oldest towns in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, is famous for its natural beauty. Its cool weather during the months of summer makes it a favourite vacation spot for many tourists. Though the town has not much to boast of when it comes to luxurious facilities but the scenic beauty of Ziro is something that is unique to it only. Trekking in the trails of the mountain and watching the fish farms located at numerous spots in the town are some of the activities that can be done while in Ziro. Apart from all these, visit the pine forested Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, famous for its clouded leopard. Before you head back home, make sure you try Taypo, a herbal salt made by the Apatani tribe of the region. Summer is also the time for festivals in Ziro as the Myoko ritual and the Dree festival happen during this season.


A dream destination for trekkers, Pelling is a popular tourist destination of Sikkim. Surrounded by the Himalayan range, Pelling will charm you with its soothing beauty. many trekkers visit this place to see the Kachenjanga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. In winter the place is most of the time covered with snow and trekking thus becomes dangerous. Hence summer is the perfect time to indulge in some adventure activities in Pelling. The forest are adorned with pine and fir trees and you will see numerous waterfalls and streams as you walk the trail. And you are tired of trekking, then you can always visit the local Buddhist monastery, the holy Khechuperi Lake or the rock garden.


Slightly off the beaten track, Pedong is a delightful jewel in India’s Eastern crown. This hill station has a village-like feel to it, evident in the various village walks that are suggested as a must to undertake while here. Located about 21 km from the more popular town of Kalimpong, Pedong is a great place for trekking or simply soaking in the misty air of West Bengal. The Kanchenjunga range provides a perfect backdrop to the life here, especially the various historic remains that can be found around town.

Head to Ramitey, a point that offers a view of nearly 14 turns of the mighty Teesta River, one of the longest stretches that can be viewed at once. Hike up a 30 minute trek to Tinchuley Hill for a panoramic view of Pedong, apart of the calming breeze and aura that it provides. The Silence Valley here has often been compared to Switzerland, its lush, green pastures and tall trees making it look like a slice of Paradise. For the history buff in you, Rikkisum and Damsang Fort offer great opportunities to delve deeper into the bygone era. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, a holiday in Pedong will offer you a little something for every experience.

With so much to see and explore, you're going to have quite a packed calendar! Once you're done visiting these destinations in the East, why not let lose the traveller in you with these popular hill stations North, West and South

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