Popular Hill Stations in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand, erstwhile known as Uttaranchal is a beautiful state in the northern region of India. This state is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Terai, and the Bhabhar. It is often called the “Land of the Gods” because of the many Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers found all throughout the state. The state borders the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region, China on the north, the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) to the south, Nepal on the east, and Himachal Pradesh (HP) to the northwest. This state is divided into two divisions, Kumaon and Garhwal with a total number of 13 districts. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, which is also the largest city in the region. Being in the upper northern region, the state bestows some exotic hill stations. In the following write-up, we have mentioned some of them.
Auli is a significant hill station as well as a ski destination in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand in India. Also known as ‘Bugyal’ in the regional language that means meadow. This scenic hill station lies on the way to Badrinath. This place is blessed with an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the lofty peaks of the Himalayas, one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world. Moreover, the slopes here offer enough thrill to professional skiers and no-voice as well. This hill station also has Asia’s longest – 4 KM – cable car (Gondola), along with a ski-lift and chair lift. Apart from all, it offers excellent trekking opportunities during the summer season.
Situated in the Bageshwar district of the state of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a serene hill station from the exasperating crowd of the city. This beautiful destination is located at an altitude of approx. 1890 meters above the sea level and is recognized for its striking beauty and historical significance. Once here, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas. Nestled amidst dense pine forests, this place allows you to enjoy the panoramic views of Garur, Someshwar valley, and Baijnath Katyuri valley. If you are seeking serenity and calmness, Kausani is a perfect hill resort for you!
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Mussoorie derives its name from the Mansoor shrub that is commonly found here. This hill station of Uttarakhand was also once the summer refuge of the British. It offers wondrous views of the surrounding hills and the green Doon Valley, which lies below. Mussoorie is located just 34 KM from Dehradun. Blessed with immense natural beauty, Mussoorie has the Mall, which serves as the lifeline of this place after sunset. The Gun Hill, at Himalayan peaks is just perfect for the snowy Himalayan peaks and a bird’s eye view of this charming hill station.
Nainital is a lovely and enchanting hill station situated in the Kumaon foothills. Located amidst the seven hills, this place is also referred to as the ‘lake district of Uttarakhand’. Nainital is situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters. This hill town is all around the beautiful and famous ‘Naini Lake’. The legend behind this lake is that this lake was formed because the Goddess Durga’s eye fell here and formed a lake. This hill station has lots of things to offer you an amazing range of adventures right from natural views to wonderful lakes and British bungalows.