Whenever we plan for a vacation in any hill station we prefer some popular locations like Shimla, Manali, Nainital, Ooty and etc. But other than these locations our country has some lesser known hill stations which are equally beautiful but untouched. Once you get to know about those places you want to visit and explore those places.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
This beautiful place is located at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. This place is not known by many but once you visit this place you must admit the extreme natural beauty of Tawang. The main attraction of this place is the Tawang monastery which is the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside of Lhasa. This is the monastery where the sixth Dalai Lama was born.
Another amazing place to visit here is the Shonga-Tser Lake, formed by an earthquake. This place is perfect for the adventure lovers. Trekking, paragliding, river rafting just go for it. If you just want to enjoy the beauty of this place the best advice is to do nothing; just sit and relish the beauty of the hills, the never-ending stretches of little flowers on a mountainous land and lakes.
Best time to visit: During the summer months between March and October
This lesser known but picturesque hill station in Uttaranchal located at nearly 1,900 metres above sea level, sits on the top of Pingnath Peak. This place offers you the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. The main attractions of this Switzerland-like place are Rudranath Falls and Caves, Baijnath Temple and Anasakti Ashram. This pretty place is densely forested with pines and also has tea gardens.
Best time to visit: Between March and May
This hidden hill station in Maharashtra is a very interesting and pleasing place. The places of interest include Gawilghur Fort, Kitchakdari and Shakkar lakes, the temples around, the wildlife museum and the view points. There’s also a tiger sanctuary.
Best time to visit: Between November and March
This small hill station in Assam will make you fall in love with this place. This is a home to the colourful Assamese tribes. The attractive blue hills covered with almost 2 lakh varieties of flowers.
The main attraction is the Haflong Lake but there are other beautiful spots to visit. Tourists can also enjoy paragliding, trekking and boating. Jatinga Village, a little away from Haflong is famous for its migratory birds and blue orchids.
Best time to visit: From October to April
The beautiful district in South India offers you the pretty blue lake, dam and cloud covered hills. This place is not over crowded by tourists. So you can enjoy the beauty without any disturbance. One advice, one should prefer travelling by road as you will experience the picturesque drive through forests where you can spot elephants by the side of the road.
You can also visit Marayur, a remote village or visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary or Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best time to visit: From October to February
Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
This small hill station is isolated from the rest of the Western Ghats. Yercaud is perfect for a small walk around forested slopes and ideal place for boating. The highest point is the Servarayan temple. You can also visit the various parks and gardens.
Best time to visit: Between October and June
Ponmudi is heaven for photographers. The beauty of this place is mesmerising. This hill station is located in the Thiruvananthapuram district. Ponmudi is famous for its dramatic sunrise. This place is covered by tea gardens. The place offers river Kallar, the water is so crystal clear that you can clearly see your reflection. There’s also a deer park, a wildlife sanctuary and a biological park for amusement.
Best time to visit: Between October and April
This lesser known spot is a perfect place for trekking. The simplicity of the locals, lush greenery makes this place a paradise for nature lovers. This village is located on the Pindari Glacier Trek and it is the last inhabited village on the way to Pindari Glacier. Kharkiya is the last road to Khati and one has to trek from here.
Best time to visit: Between April and October
Whenever we talk about a tourist destination in Sikkim, we think about the popular destination Gangtok. But much don’t know about another beautiful spot in Sikkim, it’s Pelling. Though it’s not well developed, its beauty and spectacular is no less than Gangtok. This place is base camp for several trekking routes. Other than that, there is Pemayangtse monastery, Changey and Khangchendzonga waterfalls and Khecheopalri Lake.
Best time to visit: Between February and May
Dhanaulti is 28km away from Mussoorie, a much more popular tourist destination. But the serene beauty of Dhanaulti mesmerised you to love this place at the very first sight. This is an ideal place for a lone traveller or for those who just want a break from daily hectic life.
Best time to visit: From September to June
Chopta is a place for trekking. This peaceful place is away from the madding crowd. This excellent place is perfect for those who like serious trekking. This is a base trek point for Tungnath and Chandrashila.
Best time to visit: Between March and June
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Amazing Coonoor is located 1,850 metres above the sea level and is connected by the Nilgiri Mountain Railway between Coimbatore and Ooty. Coonoor is known for the production of Nilgiri tea. This place is also a base camp for the trek to the Nilgiris.
If you want to enjoy the real beauty of Coonoor avoid the central Coonoor as it is all time busy and crowded. The attractions are the viewpoints of the Nilgiris, tea and coffee plantations, Sim’s Park, a beautiful botanical garden.
Best time to visit: Between October and February