Thursday, July 14, 2011
The landscape of India spells magic, specially when it comes to the scenic hill stations. One glance at them and you will feel a freshness run through your body and mind. Exhaustion leaves you within second and you gear up to explore the fantastic attractions that lie in store in these hill stations. More enthusiastic souls are not satisfied just relaxing, they need more action...and the hill stations of India do not disappoint them either. Right from trekking into remote villages to rafting in the white waters of the river, to skiing in miles of snow sheet, hill stations of India offer plenty of action to keep you entertained.
With the kind of area that India covers, it is but obvious that the number of hill stations in India is quiet large. Right from the north to south, from east to west – hill stations occupy a major portion of Indian landmass.
The northern part of the country houses a majority of famous hill stations of the country. The list includes from Gulmarg, Gangotri, Zanskar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Srinagar Pahalgam Patnitop , Pithoragarh Ranikhet Sohna Hills,Sonamarg, Almora Badrinath Bhimtal and Shimla India.
Moving towards eastern and north eastern side, you can enjoy a visit to Darjeeling, Kalimpong,Mirik, Tawang Pasighat Zero/Ziro, Itanagar, Haflong and Pelling. However, the highlight here can be Shillong tourism. This hill station might not be as popular as the north Indian hill stations but its picture postcard beauty has earned it a sobriquet of the 'Scotland of East'. Gangtok is yet another option for hill station tourism in this region. Apart from scenic beauty, there are a number of places to visit in Gangtok that will enchant you with their sweet charm.
South India is mostly known for its beaches and temples but even here hill stations occupy a prominent place in the tourism sector. Topping the list of South India hill stations are Munnar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Wayanad, Nilgiri, Coonoor Coorg Devikulam, Nandi Hills Bangalore, Panchgani, Ponmudi and Vythiri hill station. Munnar and Ooty tourism by far have attracted the maximum number of travellers. Coorg, Coonoor and Kodaikanal are not far behind. Infact places to visit in Kodaikanal includes a trip to one of the most beautiful lakes of south India - Berijam Lake.
Coming towards west India, you will find comparatively fewer number of hill stations than north India yet the charm of these hill stations is by no means less. Famous hill stations of this region of India include Khandala, Lonavala, Panchgani, Panhala, Pachmarhi, Saputara, Mahabaleshwar and Matheran.
Visit these hill stations in India and enjoy holidays amidst natural beauty.