So, you find solace in the arms of the hills? Or you simply need a get away to a better temperature?
Here with whatever reason you might have, for a trip to the hills in India. We have come up with four Hills stations from Different parts of India for your perusal.
EASTERN INDIA – Shillong is the Best!
Shillong, also called the “Scotland of the East”, the town is surrounded by rolling hills. Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is just 55 km from Mawsynram, the world’s wettest place.
Shillong boasts of no rail connection or a proper air connection, though it is well connected by roads with all major northeastern states. Private bus operators as well as state transport buses from other states ply to and from Shillong daily. Taxi service is also available to major destinations like Guwahati and Dimapur.
Places to look out for:
Falls, till you are overtly satisfied with water-
- Elephant Falls: The mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in fern covered rocks.
- Spread Eagle Falls
- Sweet Falls: It is the most beautiful of all the waterfalls in Shillong.
- Crinoline Falls
- Lady Hydari Park: The Park stretches over a kilometer and has an adjacent mini zoo.
- Wards Lake: It’s an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities.
- Shillong Golf Course: Shillong has one of the largest golf courses (the worlds wettest) in Asia. It enjoys the rare distinction of being one of the few natural golf courses in Asia.
- Shillong Peak: A picnic spot offers a panoramic view of the scenic countryside and is the highest point in the state.
– Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum: For those interested in ethnic tribal culture and tradition this government museum offers insights to the lifestyle of the people.
SOUTHERN INDIA – Ooty is numero uno
It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills, also called Udhagamandalam (sometimes Ootacamund). The town is well connected via rail and road, and it natural beauty attracts tourists.
There are a number of places one can look out for:
- Government Rose Garden-The Government rose garden is the largest rose garden in India.
- Ooty Botanical Gardens- The Botanical Garden is lush, green, and well-maintained. A flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held every May. The Garden has a number of species, both exotic and indigenous,of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.
- Ooty Lake- The Boat house established alongside the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty
- Wax World- A wax museum that houses life-size look-alike wax statues of personalities of Indian history, culture and heritage housed in a 142-year-old bungalow.
- Toda huts- There are a few Toda huts on the hills above Botanical Garden, where Todas still dwell. There are other Toda settlements in the area, notably Kandal Mund near Old Ooty.
The Western India- Mahabaleshwar beats all
Mahabaleshwar strikes as a popular holiday and honeymoon spot, plus an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, as it adorns the Mahabaleshwar Temple. There are more than 14 points in Mahabaleshwar, which offers scenic beauty to the visitors.
Few of them are:
- Kate’s point is located to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom.
- Needle Hole Point: One can see a natural rock formation with a hole in between, thus giving the name Needle-hole.
- Wilson Point is the highest point in Mahabaleshwar at 1439 m, Wilson point is the only location in Mahabaleshwar where both sunrise and sunset can be seen.
- 3 Monkey Point: Named because of the natural sculpture of the stones which looks like 3 monkeys of Gandhiji.
And here comes the region which hosts a number of hill stations- the North. Handling many competitors and yet emerging as an unprecedented winner is Kashmir.
NORTHERN INDIA- Kashmir wins the Race!
In the seventeenth century, the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here. So check it out before the real heaven knocks the door.
By plane Mostly all flights operate to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh.
By train The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses or higher taxi.
However it’s better to catch a taxi from Jammu as these are more readily available.
By bus: There are two ways to get in by land – via Jammu and up to Srinagar or via Manali in Himachal Pradesh and up to Leh.
- Gulmarg: Gulmarg is surrounded by dense forest. This place is famous for its golf hikes and highland golf course.
- Sonamarg: Also called the Meadow of the gold. This valley shows more amazing facet in Kashmir. It has Snow Mountains as its backdrop against the sky.
- Bahu Fort: This fort is facing the Tawi River and houses a temple of goddess kali in the fort.
- Mubarak Mandi Palace was built with the touch of three different styles, Rajasthani, Mughal and Gothic. Most famous part of this Palace is the Sheesh Mahal segment
- Peer Baba: This is one of the holy places for Muslim saints. It is one of the best trekking destinations around the world. In Winter, Zanskar river freezes up, and get converted into an amazing adventures trek called Chadar-The Frozen River Trek.
And when one visits these, the only lines that might cross the mind is : “There is a green hill far away, Without a city wall, where you can sway”