10 Best Hill Stations in the state Uttaranchal India
Mussoorie hill station
Mussoorie a very popular and a well known tourist destination in India situated at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges. Mussoorie is located at about 34 kilometers from Dehradun, at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level.
This is one of the most frequently visited popular hill stations in India. In 1820 Captain young from the British Army found the place to his liking and built his residence. The name Mussoorie is derived from the plant of the same name found in abundance.
Chamba hill station
Chamba is a small town, located at about 50 kilometers from Mussoorie. Chamba in the Uttaranchal region is not much known as an hill station to the tourists and so not much spoilt. This is a beautiful unexplored hill station located at about 1600 meters above sea level surrounded by pine and deodar trees. This is a very quiet and picturesque as well as an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate from the daily humdrum of a city life.
Kanatal hill station
Kanatal is a hill station situated at an altitude of about 2590 meters and is located on the Chamba Mussoorie highway. Kanatal is where the temperatures remain pleasant throughout the year. This is one of the best places where you can see a snow white winter during December - February.
Kanatal is a hamlet which is built around numerous hills and gives you a spectacular view of the snow capped hiills and the green forests. Kanatal is located at about 300 kilometers from Delhi. The route to reach Kanatal from Delhi is to reach Roorkee first through Meerut and then from Roorkee you can follow two routes to reach the hill station. One route is through, Chhutmalpur, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanolti and then Kanatal. The other is through Haridwar, Rishikesh, Narendranagar, Chamba and reach Kanatal
Activities available in the Kanatal hill station are trekking/ walking through the long trails of lush green meadows, go for picnics, meditation and yoga as the place is so calm and quiet. This would be the best place for the writers and authors with reflecting on provoking thoughts as well as travelling for sightseeing nearby places like Surkhanda Devi Temple, Kodia Jungle, Tehri Dam. The other hill stations like Mussoorie, Chamba, Dehradun and Dhanaulti are also nearby and yu can make day trips to see them making Kanatal your base.
Kausani Hill station
Kausani is located in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttaranchal in India. The hill station is placed at an altitude of 1890 meters above sea level.
Kausani is well known for the beauty of the landscape that offers you beautiful and mind boggling views of the Kumaon Himalayan region and the himalayan peaks Nanda devi, Trishul as well as the Nandakot
Almora Hill station
Almora is one of the most popular torurist destinations of the state of Uttaranchal. Almora is also known as the cultural capital of the Kumaon Region. The best seasons to travel are from April to June and from September to November. The winters are very cold out there in Almora.
Almora is surrounded by the mighty himalayas and is a famous hill station. You can visit many places in the Almora hill station . some of the worth seeing places are the 1000 year old nandadevi temple , The chitai temple about 8 kilometers from the city, 800 year old sun Temple at Katarmal about 7 kilometers from Almora and a group of 125 temples mostly of Lord Shiva dating back to 11 ADlocated among the dense deodar forests and the Jageshwar considered to be one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.
Nainital hill station
Nainital, a smal town located in the hills of the Kumaon, surrounded by mountains on the three sides and revolves around the lake of Naini. This is a beautiful hill district nestled in the lap of the central himalayas and it is said to believe the rishis brought the scared waters from the lake of Manasarovar to form Nainaital / lake.
Nainital is located at an altitude of 1938 meters above sea level. Nainital is also known as the Lake District as there are more than 60 lakes in the area. Other than these lakes gorgeous mountains and the lush green vegetation adds to the beauty of the hill resort Nainital. There are many places to visit in the area like Bhowali, Ramgarh, Bhimtal, Naukauchiatal and many more.
Pant Nagar is the nearest airport to go to Nainital, which is located at about 70 kilometers from Nainital.
Kathogadam railway station is the nearest and is 35 kilometer away.
Auli hill station
Auli is located in the Chamoli district as a part of the garhwal mountain range in the northern parts of Uttaranchal. Auli is well known for the skiing slopes more than anything else. The deodar and the oak forests cover the area from the chilly winds and reduces the velocity to some extent.
Chopta hill station
Chopta is situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath Road which is placed at about 40 kilometers from Gopeshwar. Chopta is located at an altitude of about 2,900 m above sea level and is one of the most picturesque spots in the whole garhwal region. The area is rich in alpine vegetation, orchids and rhododendron and the valley is crisscrossed by the meandering rivers. Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary is present here and it is one of the famous tourist spots of the Chopta region. Chopta is also referred to as the Switzerland of India and is a photographer's delight as well.
Lansdowne hill station
Lansdowne is the quietest unexplored, unspoiled as well as beautiful hill station in India. This hill station is located at about 1700 meters above sea level and is surrounded by dense oak and pine forestsin the Pauri Garhwal district of the state of Uttaranchal. Lansdowne has a very salubrious weather nd a pristine environment. You can relax and rejuvenate away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. You can also try out trekking, bird watching, boating and paddling in the lake etc. You can get spectacular views of the surroundings and cozy ambience in the Lansdowne Hotels and someof the prominent ones are Hotel Fairy Dale, Palm Tree hotel, Shanti Raj Hill Cave Resort, Lans View Hotel etc
Mukteshwar hill station
Mukteshwar is a well known hill station located at an altitude of 2286 meters above sea level in the Kumaon region of the Uttaranchal. In Mukteshwar there is a temple for Lord Shiva, 350 years old, known as Mukteshwar Dham. The temple is located at about 42 kilometers from Haldwani, 51 from Nainital and 395 kilometers from Delhi. Mukteshwar is an ideal place for the tourists who like to laze around , go for leisurely walks through the winding paths .
The Mukteshwar Dham is at an altitude of 2315 meters above sea level and has a stone staircase to climb up to the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there is a lingam made of white marble there Next to the temple is the Chauli jali which is a natural latticework on the rock.