As we enter the fag-end of the Autumn Season in India, people in the northern plains are slowly beginning to feel the heat. From April onwards, the temperature touches the 40 degree mark and it becomes unbearable for many. This is the time when people flock to the cool climes of the Himalayas. India is blessed with multiple hill stations as the majestic Himalayas are spread across multiple states in India from Jammu and Kashmir in the north to Arunachal Pradesh in the far-east. Here is a comprehensive list of some of the little-known hill-stations in India, which are not as crowded as some of the other well-known ones:
Auli is an unspoiled hill station in the southern part of Himachal Pradesh covered with coniferous forests. With a range of 4 kms, the village has Asia’s longest cable-car ride. People with an adventurous spirit can also visit this place as there are many trekking spots.
Manali in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its mountaineering, rafting and paragliding activities. The town is situated on the banks of the river Beas. Rohtang Pass which is located at the height of 4000 metres is a popular spot among tourists.
Lansdowne is a hill station named after the British Viceroy- Lord Lansdowne, who founded this cantonment town back in 1887. This Uttarakhand town is located close to the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve and is a popular site for mountaineering and jungle safari.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is the largest town in the state. It was also the summer capital during the British rule. However, with increasing activities for tourists, this place has become very populated. It is known for its Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway line built during the British rule which is a heritage site.
Binsar is the ideal place for people keen on staying in a jungle. The forest with Deodar and Oak trees is home to a large variety of birds. People also come here to visit the Jageshwar and Patal Bhuwaneshwar temples.
Nainital is a hill-station developed by the Britishers in the state of Uttarakhand in the Kumaon region. There is a huge lake in the middle of the town known as Naini Lake. The town is named after this lake.
You must visit Kausani to get a panoramic view of the Nanda Devi peak, which is among the tallest of the Himalayan range in India. The place boasts of tea gardens and museums.
These are just a few among the many hill-stations in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. All the four places are about 200-500 kms from Delhi and attracts a number of people from the capital.