10 Offbeat Hill Stations in India

If you are someone who enjoys the hills and rolling pastures, you will definitely like to visit some of the more offbeat hill destinations of India. The majestic Himalayas in the north and the beautiful hills in the west and the south, offer a lot of holiday destinations. Here is a list of such offbeat hill stations in India.

Panchmarhi
Panchmarhi is little known hill station in the Satpura ranges of Madhya Pradesh is covered with lush greenery. Photo from Flickr

Panchmarhi: this little known hill station in the Satpura ranges of Madhya Pradesh is covered with lush greenery. The British developed it as a health resort and sanitarium before independence. However, today millions of tourists visit this idyllic destination for the beautiful lakes, panoramic views, waterfalls and treks. Enjoy Dhupgarh and Mahadeo hills as well as boating in the Champak lake.

Dharamshala: the seat of Buddhism and the home of the Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is a beautiful small hill town in Kangra valley. It lies on the foothills of the towering Dhauladhars. The mountain ranges prove to be a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful and pious hill destination. It commands a beautiful view of the surrounding environs and offers sanctuary to thousands of Buddhist pilgrims who visit the monastery on a yearly basis.

Chopta: this small but picturesque hamlet in Uttarakhand is most well known as the commencement point for treks to Tungnath and Kedarnath. This little known hill destination receives a lot of snowfall in the winter months and offers a splendid view of the Himalayas, including the Nanda Devi peak. You can also drive to Chandrashila, another beautiful hill town from Chopta.

Mukteshwar: this is another beautiful and unspoilt hill station in Uttarakhand. Mukteshwar is best known for the ancient Shiv temple. This town is well connected with the neighbouring hill towns and is popular among those who perform the religious circuits in the region. There are dense forests and a lot of unspoilt beauty for those who enjoy adventure sports, hiking and trekking.

Yelagiri: this beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu and offers pleasant climate throughout the year. Tourists come here to get away from the extreme hot climates of the southern states and enjoy weekend breaks at some of the many hotels in the area. This is a tribal area where a lot of diverse tribes are engaged in various agricultural and horticulture activities.

Palampur: this small hill station in Himachal Pradesh is the only place in North India that has tea plantations. Though the tea from this region is not comparable to the teas from the North East, they do offer a thriving industry and beauty to the Himachal town. Palampur is best known for beautiful treks and several mountain streams.

Khilanmarg: Kashmir is most well known for Gulmarg and Sonmarg, but Khilanmarg is a little known gem in the beautiful state. About 6 km from Gulmarg, Khilanmarg offers lush green meadows that are full of flowers in the spring time.

Kottancheri Hills: situated near Kasaragod in Kerela, the Kottancheri hills are a beautiful and lush rainforest. It has a few great picnic spots and a wildlife sanctuary which beckons visitors from all over the country. The offbeat destination is often compared with Kodaikanal for its beautiful environs.

Kurseong: this low lying hill station is about 30 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal. The place enjoys wonderful climate throughout the year and is ideal for those who want to enjoy the hills but are not too fond of very cold climates. There is not much to do and see around here, but if you want a relaxing short break, this is the ideal place for you.

Grampi: located in the Idukki district, Kerala, Grampi is a beautiful hill town known for its rocky plains and lush hill sides. These low lying hills offer panoramic views of God’s own country. You can take one of the many trekking trails or simply roam around the forests for bird watching and natural explorations. This charming destination is made even more interesting by the unending cardamom, coffee and tea plantations.

Author:

I started my career as a research and documentation associate with the Azim Premji Foundation and went on to lead several development programs with various NGOs in Delhi. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the 14 member National Knowledge Commission’s Workshop for producing recommendations on Education Reforms for the Government of India. I was also part of a 40 member nationwide team that developed and presented proposals for the inclusion of Design and Innovation in school curriculum to the National Knowledge Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development. I was also the editor and chief contributor to a bi-monthly publication known as Student First. I currently reside in Delhi and spend my time traveling and writing about my travel experiences.

Comments

  1. Resham Virk says:

    Many are still pending for me. great list!

  2. Nice list of hill stations in India.

  3. Its a nice list of offbeat hill stations, these places are no doubt beautiful too as the popular ones, also as lesser tourists visit these places so these are cleaner comparatively.

  4. Very informative list of hill stations located in all parts of India . .

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