India is endowed with beautiful and majestic sceneries that have turned out well for tourism here. With more and more tourism concentrating on the popular hill stations in India, there are still best lesser known hill stations, untouched by the pressures of commercialization. Staying in these quaint little hills station and their wooden guesthouses can bring back olden day charm to your tour.
Kausani is a hill station situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India Kausani is located 52 km north of Almora. There are very few places in the Himalayas that can compare with the beauty of Kausani – a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.
Chaukori is a tiny hill station in the Pithoragarh district set among the lofty peaks, of the western Himalayan Range in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, India. To the north is Tibet and to the south is Terai. The Mahakali River, running along its eastern boundary, forms the Indo-Nepal international border. Chaukori’s elevation is 2010 m with spectacular panoramic views of the snowy peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and the Panchchuli group
One of the least known summer holiday destinations in India, Khati can be reached by trekking. Plush greenery, quaint locales and sparse population makes this small hamlet a paradise of untouched natural beauty. Khati village is located on Pindari Glacier Trek and it is the last inhabited village on the way to Pindari Glacier.
Idukki offers you the views of pretty lake and dam. You can also spend time in Munnar, a famous tea plantation-based hill station. Since Munnar is on the popular tourist places list, you can hop across the district to Marayur, a remote village, or visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary or Eravikulam Wildlife Santuary, amongst the many other wildlife reserves and national parks that dot the district.
Located in the Thiruvananthapuram district, this little hill station is over run by tea gardens. Here you can watch the river Kallar, with its crystal clear waters, running down through the town. There’s also a deer park, a wildlife sanctuary and a biological park for your amusement.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
At an altitude of over 10,000 feet, Tawang never tires of being described as tranquil and serene, along with other words that describe a place of extreme natural beauty. With Tibet on one side and Bhutan on another, Tawang presents a beautiful Buddhist dominated cultural mix. The main attraction here is the Tawang monastery, said to be the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside Lhasa.
Haflong has everything that a little hill statin charm can hold for you! Home to warm locals, mostly the colourful Assamese tribes, this place beams with bright green rivers and clouds grazing the blue hills covered with as many as 2 lakh varieties of flowers.
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Perfect for little walks around forested slopes, a trek or two, and boating, this is a small hill station that looks beautiful for its virgin beauty. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which makes a nice day trip too. You can also check out the various parks and gardens that dot the place, apart from being mesmerised by the rock formations
A confluence of nature, religion and spirituality, the town is strewn with monasteries that date back to many centuries. Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Offering a perfect backdrop to spiritual architecture here is the serene environment and picturesque setting.
Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of kedarnath wildlife sanctuary located in Uttarakhand state. Far from the maddening crowd, Chopta is an excellent destination for those who like serious trekking, it serves as base for treks to both Tungnath and Chandrashila.
Chikhaldara is a Hill Station and a municipal council in Amravati district in the indian state of Maharashtra. An excellent destination in Maharashtra, the places of interest here include Kitchakdari and Shakkar lakes, Gawilghur Fort, the temples around, the wildlife museum and of course, the view points. There’s also a tiger sanctuary.
When you think of hill stations in Karnataka, you think of Coorg or maybe Mysore. But Shimoga district has few beautiful spots with lovely waterfalls. Jog falls are in Shimoga district, to begin with, and they’re an awe-inspiring sight when in full force.
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea, it’s also ideal as a base camp for treks that lead into the Nilgiris. Based out of Coonoor, you can do pretty much the same stuff that Ooty offers and at the same time, escape the crowds.
Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Tirthan valley is one of the most breath-taking places in entire Himachal. Think bon-fires, music, a beautiful river and homestays that are more welcoming than 5 star hotels or resorts.
Dhanaulti is a hill station 24 km from the popular hill station of Mussoorie, and 29 km from Chamba, as it is situated between the two. It is sleepy, small and quiet the kind of place you head to when you just want to sink into oblivion and laze around a bit. It’s where you should go when you just need a break from the fast pace of life and find yourself again.
Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
Kotagiri is a panchayat town in The Nilgiris District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is situated at an elevation of around 1793m above sea level. The Doddabetta mountain range protects it from the south-west monsoon of Ooty while the Moyar river adds to its beauty. Lush-green tea plantations all around make Kotagiri an exciting place to trek.
Tosh, Himachal Pradesh
Tosh is the new Kasol.Still mostly a village with slate roof houses, Tosh is soon turning out to be the new favorite of hippies coming to Himachal for the good stuff. It is connected to the rest of the world through a wooden bridge. But once you go there, you might feel you’re in a different era altogether.
Askot or Askote is a small Himalayan town in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand in India. Lying midway between Pithoragarh and Dharchula, the fertile slopes of Garkha are located on the front side and Kali river and mountains of Nepal to the left. Trees like Pinus, Quercus and Rhododendron add to the beauty of Askot.
Munsyariis the name of a small town, a Tehsil and Sub Division in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, India. Mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts and high altitude trekkers should certainly visit this place. One of the key attractions here is the trek to Khalia top, and the route is simply magnificent.
Located in the lower Himalayas in east Sikkim, Zuluk is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet and is an unexplored destination which has gained importance owing to its strategic location on the historic Old Silk Route and its proximity to the Indo-China border. The Old Silk Route was the official corridor between India and China. The Silk Route originates from Kalimpong and passes through Pedong, Aritar, Zuluk and Jelepla to Chumbi valley located in Tibet