There are a lot of places near our capital, Delhi for people who love to explore. Many hill stations near Delhi make up for a good weekend getaway. Mussorie, Shimla, Chandigarh are some of them. There are also places for adventure sports nearby.
Amidst the Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a cute little hill town that not many travellers know of. Off the hidden trail, Lansdowne is an untouched, pristine town, miles apart from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located at 5670 feet above sea level, Lansdowne is popularly known for being home to the Garhwal Rifle regiment of the Indian Army. This hill station is not commercialised nor densely urbanised, making it the ideal getaway for people looking to take a break and find peace and solitude.
All the buildings in the city are hazy remembrances of the colonial period. The town itself gets its honour from the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. Encircled on all sides by overlooking snow-capped hills and lush green jungles, Lansdowne has a pristine ambience that attracts a steady amount of travellers all year round.
Being disconnected from urbanization and commercialization, Lansdowne has a remarkably laid-back air around the whole town. The true environment of Lansdowne is felt by staying in the guest houses at the military cantonment rather than a hotel. All these guesthouses are remarkably suggestive of the colonial era, and they offer a stunning view of the hills from their balconies.
Khajjiar is also known as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’. It is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists with a different blend of forests, lakes and fields.
The town is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the natural beauty and scenic landscape of this place are bound to leave an eternal impact on a traveller. Khajjiar is known for its nine-hole golf-course which is nestled in the middle of lush green and a breathtaking panoramic view. Khajjiar is a small plateau which also has a little lake which is one of the most popular tourist spots in this town. Khajjiar is enclosed by green pastures and thick jungles and it is also known for its magnificent temples. This area also draws adventure seekers and has a lot of options in adventure sports like paragliding, horse riding, zorbing, trekking etc. Khajjiar is a must-visit place for everyone coming to Dalhousie and its nearby areas. However, the way to Khajjiar can be closed seldom through winters because of substantial snowfall.
Mussorie is known as The Queen of Hill-Stations. It is a perfect getaway destination to enjoy tranquil hills, untouched nature and get an experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term. Mussoorie is on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level and has a serene, comfortable climate during the year. The pristine charm of Mussoorie makes it a very popular option of vacation for people of all age groups. The city provides a perfect retreat from the hot and humid weather of the plains.
Mussorie has a lot of British influence which can be seen in its architecture of hotels and churches. With its lamp posts spread all across the mall road, the city gives off a distinct colonial vibe.
Manali is a very popular Honeymoon destination for couples in India. Due to which the city is known as Lover’s Paradise.
Manali is nestled amidst the snow-capped hills of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges. Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country with jaw-dropping landscapes, lush green jungles, sprawling fields blanketed with flowers, flowing blue waters, a fairy-tale-like mist lingering in the air, and the scent of pines and freshness. Manali has been endowed with exceptional picturesque charm. From museums to temples, from cute little bohemian villages to bustling upscale avenues, river adventures to trekking paths, Manali has every reason to be the traveller attraction it is, all year round.
Clean streets, eucalyptus trees, charming tiny eateries, local market places, and cafes which serve scrumptious local food. Old Manali is a quiet, peaceful place, whose lingering silence is broken only by the birds and the sound of the streams of the Kullu River.
Mcleodganj is a small hill station near Dharamsala. It is popular for trekking. The place has a blend of Tibetan and British influence. Mcleodganj is the home to the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader. The hill station has an amazing landscape. It attracts a lot of tourists round the year. Mcleodganj has some very famous monasteries of India.