10 Famous Hill Stations of Uttarakhand

There is a myriad of rivers that originate from Uttarakhand and it is quite normal for some of the best hill stations to be present here. These hill stations provide you some of the most wonderful views of the mountains that are covered by snow during the winter season. These places also serve as the best summer escapades.

You can spend some wonderful time during the summers here, away from the scorching hew2 at of the plains.

The hill stations of Uttarakhand have Tibet on the Northern side, Nepal on the Eastern side, Ganga on the Southern side and the Himachal Pradesh in the Western side. Moreover, the thrill quotient is also quite high. There are also a number of adventure activities here that you can enjoy starting from paragliding to trekking to skiing. There are a number of things that Uttarakhand has to offer.

Uttarakhand was previously also known as Uttaranchal and this is also referred to as the "State of hill stations". This is because there are a number of hill stations present here. It has been observed that a number of people travel to this place during the vacation in order to beat the heat of the plains. The milky rivers coming from the icy glaciers and the sun kissed mountains will surely mesmerize you.

The beauty that you will experience in each and every corner of this place is difficult to simply express in words. This is an experience that you need to cherish. You can certainly enjoy the peace and also the tranquility of the place.

There are a number of things worth enjoying here. If you want you can enjoy the skiing on the slopes of Auli, or enjoy the sailing in the exclusive Nainital lakes.

On the other hand you can also enjoy rafting on the Ganges in Rishikesh or even plunge into the spirituality and the divinity of Kedarnath. The hill stations of Uttarakhand are a wonderful experience of a number of things brought together.

So whatever your idea of fun maybe, the state of Uttarakhand is has blessings of different kinds.

In order to know in details about some of the places that are worth visiting in Uttarakhand, then you can go through the discussion given below:

1. Dehradun

Dehradun has been a major tourist attraction since a number of years. Since this place is located very close to Missouri, so it is often confused with Missouri. This is the capital of the state of Uttarakhand. This place is also called the "Oxford of India". It is given this name because there are a number of educational centers present here. Important government offices including the Military academy is also located in the same state.

The major tourist attractions of this place are Robber's Cave, Tapkeshwar temple, Malsi Deer Park, Zonal Anthropological Museum, Mindrolling Monastery and Lachhiwala. Haridwar and Rishikesh are the two places that are located very much near Dehradun.

If you want you can certainly drop by either of these religious cities and you will surely love this place. You can visit this place throughout the year and there is no specific time when you can actually consider to be the best time to visit this.


2. Mussoorie

There are a number of hill stations in this state and some of these include Shivalik ranges, the doon valley etc. in fact this place is referred to as the best hill station of Uttarakhand. This is very familiar to a fairyland and the tourists would surely love this place.

Some of the places of attractions include Landour clock tower, Krempty falls, Library point, Gun hill, Cloud's end, Sir George Everest house, paragliding, boating in the lake mist etc. The places of attractions include Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Rajaji National Park, Jwala ji temple and also the Benog hill.

3. Nainital

Nainital is one of the most famous hill stations in Uttarakhand. This is located at a height of about 1,938 meters and is popular for the very famous Naini lake and also the Naina Devi temple. This temple is in the middle of the valley that is full of forests.

The most attractive places of these hill stations include Tiffin top, Nainital zoo, Naina devi temple, the ropeway rides and also the Hanuman Garhi. Some of the most popular attractions that are situated nearby include Sattal, Ranikhet, Bhimtal and also Naukuchiatal.


4. Badrinath

This is quite a prominent Hindu pilgrimage and is also quite a popular tourist spot. This place is situated on the banks of the River Alakananda. This is quite an attractive tourist destination and it is one amongst the char dhams and the panch badris. This place is dedicated to lord Vishnu and you will find his idol in the position of meditation.

Apart from this there are also a number of small temples within the premises. When you visit this town make sure that you do not miss out visiting the tapt kund. It is nothing but a natural thermal kund and it is believed to cure for a number of diseases. It is therefore worshipped since a number of years. It is situated at a height of 3000 meters above the sea level. In the chapters of Mythology, this hill station has a lot of importance.

Apart from the places that are mentioned above, you can also visit the various places that include Chamoli, Rudrapur, Hemkund Sahib, Yamunotri, Pauri, Naukuchiya tal, New tehri etc.

5. Auli

Auli is another hill station in Uttarakhand which is quite frequently visited by a number of people. The hilltops here are covered by the oak and also the deodar trees the beauty of which will certainly mesmerize you. When it comes to the adventurous activities and the winter sports, this is the best available option. The hill station has some panoramic views and this will certainly keep you spell bound. This is something that you will cherish your entire life.

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The best time to visit this place is between the months of November and February. It is true that during this time, it will be quite windy and also snowy, however, your stay during this time will truly be worthwhile. When you visit this place make sure that you carry all the things that are essential for you during the winter.

Uttarakhand has a number of hill stations and if you are planning to go to this state this vacation, make sure that you visit the above mentioned places. It will surely delight you.

6. Chaukori

Chaukori is another beautiful hill station in the state of Uttaranchal. This town is in the shape of a bowl and is situated very much in the heart of the state. From here, you can enjoy the mesmerizing beauties of Nanda Devi and also Panchahchuli.

The beauty of the lush green tea gardens, the splendor of the peaks that are covered with snow and also the beauty of the scenery round is definitely something that you cannot afford to miss.

Here the climate is also quite cool and also comfortable in the morning and in the evenings they are a bit chilly. You can certainly try some of the best local cuisines here and most of these cuisines will help you to stay warmer. Visiting this place between the months of October and February is a good option.

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7. Gangolihat

This is also another beautiful hill station that is situated in Uttarakhand. Here you get to see the beautiful terrains and there are also some of the most beautiful Hindu temples and also shrines here. If you visit this place, make sure that you do visit the Vaishnavi Mandir, the Chamunda mandir, the Ambika Dewaal temple and also the Haat Kalika Mandir.

All these temples are situated in the same complex. If you are interested in visiting this place then the best time to visit this place is in the summer months.

Since this place has a comfortable weather even during the summers, you can actually spend your vacation here and escape the heat of the plains. This place also provides you with a captivating views of the Himalayas.

8. Ramgarh

This is also another destination that is located very much at the foot hills of the Himalayas. This is also quite a stunning destination and this town mainly boasts of the beauty of nature that remains truly unexplored. This is an ideal place where you can spend your vacation with your family. This place is also referred to as the fruit bowl of Kumaon. This is because this place is considered to provide highest fruits supply across the country.

You will come across beautiful orchards full of plums, apples, grapes, peaches and apricots on the slopes of Ramgarh. This place is situated at an altitude of 1800 meters from the sea level. If you visit this place in the winters then make sure that you do not miss out on the beautiful sunrise and also sunset of this place. This hill station is exceptionally beautiful.

This is a perfect place for you, if you are interested in spending sometime in solitude away from the hustle and the bustle of city life. In fact the peace of this place is surrounded in the entire place.

9. Lansdowne

This is a very small town that is located on the Garhwal Hill in the state of Uttarakhand. This is located at a distance of 8000 meters above the sea level and is considered to be one of the most popular tourist places. This is a place that actually housed the regiment of the Indian Army force.

This is a place that is completely untouched by commercialization and also industrialization. This is a wonderful place where you can sit back and relax for some time. This is the reason why people choose this place for meditation.


You can visit this place throughout the year.

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10. Harsil

This is often referred to as the hidden jewel of the country. This is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi and is considered to be one of the best tourist places. This is situated about 3000 meters above the level of the sea.

There are a number of activities that you can do here and one of such activities is trekking. In order to do so you can go from Harsil to Chitkul via the pass known as Lamkhaga Pass. When you are in real need to get some peace then this is the ideal place for you.

You also get to see the beautiful green apple orchids here and they look mesmerizing against the beautiful snow blanketed mountains. The deodar forests formed a pattern here and this certainly lends to the beauty of nature.

Uttarakhand has a number of hill stations and if you are planning to go to this state this vacation, make sure that you visit the above mentioned places. It will surely delight you.

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