5 Hill Stations One Must Visit to Disconnect from Work
India is an incredible place to visit. It’s full of surprises and also known as land of God’s. We all do our daily jobs and want to get out of daily routine someday. By keeping all this in my mind, I am here going to share some really beautiful places in India where you must go and found your inner piece!
Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is a rural district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. In the area’s north, Madikeri Fort has 2 life-size elephant statues at its entrance, plus a Gothic-style church with a museum on its grounds. Nearby, the Hindu Omkareshwara Temple dates back to the 19th century. Farther north is the domed Raja’s Tomb, a burial place of Kodava kings, and cascading Abbi Falls.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Kodagu is between October to May and the peak season for this hill station is within February to May.
Kodagu is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with the highest rainfall across the nation. Undulating hills covered in lush green forests and a landscape dotted with coffee plantations, tea gardens, and orange groves, this hill station has breathtakingly stunning scenic beauty.
Places To visit:
The popular tourist attractions in Kodagu include Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Nisargadhama, Dubare, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, and Nagarahole National Park. Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri in Coorg are ideal for trekking.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore (136 km) and Bangalore (260 km)
By Train: The nearest railheads are at Mysore (120 km) and Mangalore (136 km)
Road Route: Bangalore – Mysore – Hunsur – Madikeri (Mercara). By road, 7 hours from Bangalore to Madikeri. Route State Highway 17 to Srirangapatna via Maddur; bypass via Ranganathittu (bird sanctuary) to Hunsur. State Highway 88 to Madikeri via Kushalnagar and Suntikoppa.
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.
Best time to Visit:
October to June is the best time to visit Manali.
Manali is a destination that has a certain charm throughout the year. The summers in Manali are from March to June and are extremely pleased with the temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees. The winters are chilly with minimum temperature falling to sub-zero levels. This is the ideal time for tourists to enjoy snowfall in Manali. However, if you are planning to visit Rohtang Pass, you should not plan your trip from January to April as the roads to the pass are closed. Places To visit:
Following are the places which one must visit in Manali:
- Beas River
- Hidimba Devi Temple
- Manikaran Gurudwara
- Solan Valley
- Jogini Waterfall
- Nagar Castle
- Solan Nullah
- Hampta Pass
- Manu Temple
How to Reach:
By Air, The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometers away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali. However, owing to weather conditions, flights are not the most reliable option for getting to or out of Manali.
By Bus: Manali is very well-connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometers, and it is advisable to book your tickets in the air-conditioned Volvo coaches, as the buses are more comfortable than ordinary ones, keeping in mind the long distance of the journey.
Road/Self Drive: The drive up to Manali is simply breathtaking! You can catch scenic glimpses of the adjoining mountains and valleys from almost every turn that the twisty uphill road throws you in. Though a lot of tourists prefer a self-drive up to Manali, it is advisable to hire a taxi in case you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions.
McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” because of its large population of Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile is headquartered in McLeod Ganj. McLeodganj is like that piece in the jigsaw that doesn’t quite fit. On the one hand, there’s the rest of Himachal, with its verdant pines, the Dhauladhars in the distance, quaint roadside chai stalls with their typical weak, milky tea and local gaddi herders commandeering a few hundred sheep on a winding mountain road…and on the other, there’s Mcleodganj. Arguably the cosmopolitan capital of the state, McLeodganj, or ‘Little Lhasa’ as it’s sometimes called, is where an air-conditioned Pizza Hut meets the rickety benches of a Shiva café plastered with Bob Marley posters. It’s where the chaotic logjam of the main chowk meets the pristine stillness of Triund, where lamas meet locals and Punjabis meets Portuguese. In short, it’s dazzling, and at times bewildering, the kaleidoscope of color, culture, and cuisine in what started off as a refuge for the 14th Dalai Lama and his Tibetan refugees.
Best Time To Visit:
The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from September to June. Please avoid July and August as it’s the heavy rainfall season.
Marvel and experience the cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas like never before in your own private sightseeing tour like never before. · Mcleodganj and Dharamshala houses Tibetan works, archives, thousands of precious manuscripts in and around the town, also this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.
Places to Visit:
Following are the places which you should visit at McLeodganj: ·
Tibet Kitchen and Kailasha restaurant,
· tryout Olives Restaurant, for its pizzas, and Khaana Nirvana, for decent food and free Wi-Fi, on Temple Road
· Indique and Moonpeak cafes
· The Bhagsu Waterfall Trail
· Naddi · Dalai Lama Temple
· the Tibetan Museum and the Dal Lake
· Take a walk along the streets of McLeodganj
How to Reach:
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Mcleod Ganj. The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport. Mcleod Ganj 3 km away Gaggal Airport (DHM), Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh Mcleod Ganj 83 km away Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Mcleod Ganj does not have a train station. Nearest option is Amb Andaura. By Bus You can easily get regular buses to Mcleod Ganj from other major cities of the country. Bus Station(s):
By Road/Self Drive:
The drive up to Macleodganj is beautiful and full of adventure! You can start your journey from Delhi or Gurugram or any other city. You need to head towards Dharamsala. You will feel fantastic while traveling through mountains and zig-zag road.
Renowned worldwide for its awe-inspiring beauty, lush-green landscape and serene environment, Wayanad is an enchanting hill station on the earth located on the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala. The dense vegetation, tranquil surroundings and mist-capped hills offer an unforgettable experience to the visitors. Lying at an altitude of 700-2100m above the sea level, Wayanad proffers an undulating panorama that magnetizes the visitors from various corners of the world. Its plantations of tea and spices, pristine waterfalls, gorgeous lakes, exotic wildlife and age-old caves make it one of the most celebrated hill stations in Kerala.
Best Time To Visit:
The best time to visit this place is from October to May, though the weather is pleasant over here all over the year.
Places To Visit :
· Thirunelli Temple
· Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
· Edakkal Caves
· Pookot Lake
· The Glass Temple of Kottamunda
How to Reach:
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode (Calicut), about 110 km Kozhikode has nice and frequent connectivity that provides regular direct train services towards Trivandrum, Kochi, Chennai, and Bangalore.
Nearest airport: The only airport that comes in the vicinity of Wayanad is Karipur international airport at Kozhikode and about 100 km to go from Wayanad city. Along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai this airport links gulf countries too, such as- Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi.
Then land of Lords, Rishikesh, is a beautiful place to visit where spirituality meets beautiful landscape and adventurous activities. Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams (centers for spiritual studies) line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.
There are several mythical stories about this place. A very famous saint Raibhya Rishi performed penance on the bank of the holy river Ganga. As a reward of his strong penance, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Hrishikesh and so this place referred as Hrishikesh which later become famous by the name of Rishikesh.
Best Time To Visit:
May June is quite hot at Rishikesh temperature touching + 35 °C. The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September – October to mid-November, and then the best time to visit Rishikesh is from early March – April to the first week of May.
Places To Visit:
- Triveni Ghat
- Bharat Temple
- Lakshman Jhula
- Kailash Niketan Temple
- Swarg Ashram
- Gita Bhuva
- Adventure activities like bungee jumping (Jumping Heights)
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport on the way to Dehradun which is 18 km from Rishikesh.
By Train: Rishikesh is well connected by rail via Haridwar from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dehradun, and other cities.
By Road: To commute inside Rishikesh, one can avail taxi, auto or rickshaw. Whereas from other cities, this place is well connected by state transport buses. Apart from that one can also hire a private taxi to get here. This place is 242 km away from Delhi with a journey of approximately 6 hours.