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iXiGOers Apr 16 2013

Which are the popular hill stations in West India?

Saurabh Srivastava Apr 16 2013
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Summer vacation is a perfect time to enjoy with your family, but the heat bears you down. Beat the heat of the Summers at these beautiful hill stations of Western India. Just take a look at the few of the popular ones:

1. Matheran

With the ever changing climate and increasing population, most hill stations are losing their pristine character. Matheran has tried hard and been successful in maintaining its pure, untouched beauty, keeping this breathtaking hill station clean and cool. Literally meaning the “woodland overhead”, Matheran is unique in the fact that it does not allow any vehicles inside its city limits. Despite being a popular tourist destination, particularly since it’s accessible from Mumbai (90 km), Pune (120 km) and Surat (320 km), you’ll find a dense forest cover and unmatched cleanliness thanks to its conscious effort to maintain the ecosystem here. The hill station is famous for its various lookout points, about 40 of them spread throughout Matheran, the most popular being Panorama Point, that gives a 360-degree view of the surrounding region. In the lush and pristine lap of nature, a holiday in Matheran is the perfect retreat from the heat and madness of your daily city life.

2. Lonavala-Khandala

The Mumbaikar's favourite getaway, Lonavala might not be your typical hill station with towering mountains and snow capped hilltops, but still is the place to go to for cool breezes and a scenic hill side. The rugged Sahyadri Hills with their lush greenery give one the much needed break from a hectic lifestyle and are the perfect place for unwinding. What's more, Lonavala is also a great place for trekking and exploring uncharted territory! A quick to Lonavala also means a quick trip to Khandala, a serene place with a plethora of surreal uncharted quaint spots. Don't think too much, its about time you pack your bags and head to these places!

3. Panhala

Once the beautiful hill station for the majestic emperors, Panhala (Maharashtra) still continues to offer rejuvenation and relaxation for the modern traveller. Situated north of Kolhapur,  Panhala is a serene hill station. The Panhala fort, though in ruins now, and fort of Shivaji is one of the main attractions here. The Panhala fort is one of the largest forts in the Deccan and continues to be a grand testimony of the Maratha Empire. The Archaeological Survey of India characterises the Andhar Bavadi, Teen Darwaza and Kalavanticha Mahal as important parts of this fort among others. The Parashar caves located here also provide the opportunity for exploration and are considered the home of Maharishi Parashar. Apart from this, this place is known among trekkers due to the abundance of greenery. Panhala with its pleasant atmosphere makes for a refreshing break from the hustle-bustle of city life ideal for long walks and relaxing in the lap of nature.

4. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar with its waterfalls and craggy hills is an alluring canvas of vibrant colours and subtle hues, a great summer retreat. Captivating and enthralling, Mahabaleshwar was referred to as Malcom Perth during the English rule. Famed as a devout center, Mahabaleshwar has a lot more on its platter, including the plethora of attractions. An ancient temple here is associated with an intriguing legend, according to which River Krishna and four other rivers spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow. Known to be the summer capital of Bombay during the British era, it is marked by various 'points' which offer spectacular views of the majestic Western Ghats.

5. Panchgani

Surrounded by five majestic hills of the Sahyadri range, this hill station is famed for it's undisputed beauty. A perfect getaway for recovering and rejuvenating, the air in Panchgani is said to have healing attributes. A pleasant summer retreat for the British, this place owes its exotic array of fauna to its initial inhabitants. Bestowed with both hilly terrains and coastal plains, Panchgani offers dynamic and scenic surroundings. Enjoy paragliding on these alluring hills of visit attractions like Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point, Serbaug, Tableland and Lord Karthikeya temple.  

6. Saputara

One of the few hill stations in Gujarat, Saputara is situated in the Dangs district. Proudly perched on the second highest plateau of the Sahyadri range, Saputara literally means the 'abode of serpents'. This hill station is a home to the longest ropeways in India, known as the ‘Pushpak Ropeway’. One of the highly visited hill stations in Gujarat, it is blessed with exhilarating natural beauty, with verdant forests, gorgeous waterfalls and a plethora of lush gardens. The charming Saputara lake offers a wonderful view of the grand Sahyadri hills and is an important tourist attraction, others being Pandava Caves, Echo Point, Step Garden and Sunset point.

7. Pachmarhi

Fondly known as the Luxurious Gem of Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is a cool refuge amidst the lush green mountains. Indulge in trekking on these beautiful mountains or visit the Satpura Tiger Reserve for an exhilarating vacation, open all year long. Commonly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’, Pachmarhi also houses three wildlife conservation units, namely, Satpura National Park, Pachmarhi Sanctuary and Bori Sanctuary. A plethora of caves and waterfalls adorn this scenic locale, a break from the northern hill stations. Enjoy attractions like Handi Koh, Jata Shankar Caves, Pandava Caves, Bee falls, Apsara Vihar and Mahadeo hill along with the others.

Enjoy your vacations at these beautiful hill stations and if your choices are not limited to only western India then take a look at the hill station in North, East and South Indian too.

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