It’s been months you haven’t planned for a trip. You want to take a break for a long time, and at last, you got that chance to get rid of your busy daily schedule and set on a journey to a hill station.
When we say ‘hill station’ there are a few that comes to our mind the very first say for Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Nainital, Srinagar, Manali, and Gangtok. But why to choose these places over and over again? Why not you think of going to a less traveled hill station in India? Hill stations that are less crowded, more peaceful, serene and unexploited by the tourist.
You can plan with your friends or family, but your trip must achieve the purpose of traveling. Almost all the famous hill stations remain jam-packed with the visitor during the season. If you want to experience a different holiday spent in tranquility, there are a lot of other beautiful hill stations that you might want to visit. These are unique places so you might have to travel through difficult hilly roads, but it will be worth memorable.
So, below I will provide a list of the less traveled hill stations of the ‘Incredible India.’ Let’s have a look.
You don’t have to spend a lump sum to visit Switzerland when you can have a glimpse of ‘mini-Switzerland’ in India itself. Khajjiar is a small wonderful and picturesque hill station. A combination of three ecosystems: Lake, mountains, and forest. How beautiful it can be, imagine. You can spend hours sitting and staring at the views that nature has bestowed. There are countless spots with natural beauty; you won’t get bored even for a second. Spending your vacation in Khajjiar could be the best holiday for you.
Many tourists prefer Shimla over Khajjiar I don’t know why. The ambiance is indeed magical.
An idyllic small town situated in the hills with magnificent sunsets is a fantastic lesser-known hill station in Uttarakhand. Although Uttarakhand has many other popular hill stations too Kausani is an offbeat perfect place to retreat. You can enjoy the peace and dense pine forest. Not only this, if you love culture and art then you can take a tour of the local handloom factory run by the locals.
You can stop by in Kausani instead of places like Dalhousie or Almora.
You must have been to Nainital in Uttarakhand. If not, then think of stopping at a small hill station named ‘Naukuchiatal.’ Embraced by the majestic mountains, lake, and greenery all around is among the places which are unspoiled by the tourist. The picturesque lake is worth a visit and captured. It is near to Delhi, so it is a privilege for the people those who live in Delhi. Naukuchiatal can be a good long weekend road trip.
This small captivating hill town in Tamil Nadu has become quite popular for its green slopes of tea plantations and misty hills. There are several viewpoints around with reasonable accommodation.
If you stay in Tamil Nadu, I assume you must have visited Coonoor but people from the north, west, and east they should consider coming to this enchanting little hill station for their holidays too. Even, there are other popular places also around Coonoor like Ooty, Coimbatore.
Now, if you love small hill stations, then you will love to go to Yercaud in Tamil Nadu. A beautiful place where you can see the coffee plantations, and other species like cardamom and black paper. The weather remains pleasant from October to June.
I would say a perfect place for a long weekend retreat.
Ziro valley, Arunachal Pradesh
I am quite sure when you plan for your vacation and want to spend on a hill station, Ziro valley comes nowhere in your mind. I feel disappointed when I see how people keep ignoring the Northeastern region of India. The Ziro hills are beautifully covered with bamboos and pine trees. You can see the Ziro tribe and their tradition, how they live, eat or wear. Everything is different.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
You must be aware of Tawang and what is it famous for. But despite its extreme natural beauty, Tawang is relatively less famous. Tawang represents the Buddhist culture and tradition. The main attraction of that place is the Tawang monastery. A trip to Tawang isn’t for the faint heart people because of its thrilling high altitude.
If you want to have, an exciting and adventurous road trip go for Tawang.
There are one of the endless options of hill stations in India for you to choose from. One such is Chopta – a paradise with patronizing mountains and green trees that will give you awestruck scenic beauty. Who doesn’t enjoy that? If you are hoping for some exciting adventure, then Chopta will offer you that too. A perfect trekking and camping destination.
Mother nature is waiting for you to embrace its serene beauty with joy.
Chaukori is another hill station situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas surrounded with lush green gardens and trees. It is a small village where you will get to see a fantastic sunrise and sunset with several religious places. Away from the modern-day life, a trip to Chaukori will give an opportunity to experience the rustic yet peaceful village life.
10. Ponmudi, Kerala
Have you heard about the place? As per my knowledge, Ponmudi is a newbie among all the other popular hill stations. It is a picturesque 3-4 hours of drive from the city. A wide array of mountain flora and fauna can be seen.
Most of the people don’t know about Ponmudi but now as you have come to know you should consider Ponmudi for a short weekend trip.
Kurseong, West Bengal
North Bengal has plenty in its bag to offer to the tourist. We all know about Darjeeling, Sikkim, Siliguri, Sandakphu. Among all, Kurseong is such a quiet and beautiful township on the Siliguri-Darjeeling highway. Kurseong enjoys the mild, pleasant weather throughout the year. The tea plantations, clouds, forest on both side of the roads with the charming view and the experience will be amazing once you set your foot in Kurseong.
Forget about Darjeeling; this isn’t the only hill station in North Bengal. Choose a different place that will be more interesting to experience.
You must have read about this amazing place in a travel magazine, and you may have thought ‘such a beautiful place is worth a visit. But you forgot about Munsiyari, and you end up planning to Shimla. This happens to many of us.
A small hill station amidst the Himalayas located at an altitude of 7250 ft above the sea level. The snow-clad mountains, no pollution or traffic, will take you far away from the vicinity of city life. The road to Munsiyari could be pretty rough. It takes almost 10 hours of drive from Almora. But going along the way, you will see hundreds of waterfalls and breathtaking scenic views. Worth a try I would say.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
A hill station in Rajasthan ‘land of the desert’? You have all read in the school books or have seen pretty amazing photographs of Mount Abu. But even if you plan for Rajasthan tour, it includes visiting the major cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur but not Mount Abu.
A distant relative of us lives in Mount Abu. They send us pictures of Mount Abu, and it is an incredible place that we are planning to visit soon on our next trip hopefully.
14. Kanatal, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie isn’t something new to you all. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India where tourist prefer the most to go for holidays and honeymoon. Kanatal is a quintessential small town in Mussoorie which hasn’t yet attracted the tourist that much. Kanatal will give you every reason to go and enjoy the quiet spirit of nature.
Lepchajagat, West Bengal
Darjeeling has become saturated with tourist. Every year thousands and thousands of tourists keep swarming in here for its beauty, colder climate, and scenic view. But there are parts of North Bengal that hasn’t been yet explored much. ‘Lepchajagat’ is one such beautiful small hill station. I find the name ‘Lepchajagat’ very cool and funny. It is very near to Darjeeling, just a drive through the forest on both sides. There isn’t much activity to do, but you will find calm and peace here unlike in Darjeeling.
I have listed 15 offbeat hill stations in India that I find extremely beautiful. Ignore the crowded and popular hill stations and go where your heart takes you. Start exploring the unmapped spots, see how beautiful these places are, experience the culture of the locals and see how ‘incredible‘ is our country.
I am Paulomi Dutta stay in Pune, India with my loving husband. I love to read, travel and cook. I have been thinking about blogging for the past three years and now finally all is set to start my World Up Close. I will be writing about places, relationships, good and smart living and lastly, will be writing on money and financial tips. My motive is to help others through whatever knowledge I have and can share with you all. Being an introvert person, two things I love the most painting and writing. Both involve sharing thoughts with the outer world.
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