Often referred to as Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand boasts of a number of hill stations that attract tourists from all over the world. There are many hill stations in Uttarakhand that are home to the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world, besides offering a host of unique local experiences including food, culture and customs. If you are looking to visit any of the hill stations in Uttarakhand, there are so many options that you can consider—in fact, you can spend a lifetime travelling through the state and merely scratch the surface. Have you packed your bags yet?
One of the popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, Landour is often ignored due to its close proximity to the popular Mussoorie. Known for its old world charm and stunning views, head here if you are a fan of Ruskin Bond as well. This is because the writer spends his Saturday signing books at the Cambridge Book Shop which is only 4 km from Landour. Add to that the might deodars, rhododendron flowers and quaint cottage, make this hill stations in Uttarakhand an ideal pick for travellers who enjoy trekking or just want to spend a quiet weekend away from the chaos of the city.
PS: Don’t forget to shop for fresh strawberry and gooseberry preserves from stores located in the town. They have been doing business for more than a century so you can be assured of its quality as well.
A hilltop village, Kasar Devi is one of the small yet incredible hill stations in Uttarakhand. Bob Dylan, Swami Vivekananda and Cat Stevens frequently visited this hill stations in Uttarakhand during their lifetime. Besides stunning views of the snow capped peaks of Nanda Devi, this hill station is an ideal fit for those who like to just soak in the views of the region and curl up with a good book. Head here without agenda, and spend some time exploring Almora and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary which are only one hour away Kasar Devi. If you have more time, head to Jageshwar complex which is home to a number of temples and only 40 km away.
Kasar Devi is 125km/3hr 45min away from Pantnagar, which has the nearest airport and 3hr/89km from Kathgodam, which has the nearest railway station.
Leave the touristy Nainital behind and head to Bhimtal, a small hill stations in Uttarakhand which is picture perfect for long walks, charming views and unwinding away from the noise of a city. Check into a quiet homestay and spend your time fishing, gorging on local food and interacting with the local community. If you have more time, head to Sattal (48 km), another popular hill stations in Uttarakhand which boast of seven interconnected lakes and attracts tourists who enjoy kayaking or just want to enjoy a relaxing weekend, complete with scenic views.
Bhimtal is 50km/1hr 30min from Pantnagar, which has the nearest airport, and 22km/45min from Kathgodam, which has the nearest railway station.
Another popular hill stations in Uttarakhand is Dehradun which is the unofficial school capital of India. Home to a number of elite educational institutions, some popular attractions in this region are the Forest Research Institute and Kempty Falls which is 45 km from the region. While tourist attractions are always a good way to spend your time, we recommend you spend time interacting with the local community and gorging on local food. Head out for some maggi, enjoy some colonial-era treats at its bakeries, or head to a steelcrafts factory where you can observe the manufacture of ceremonial swords and replica armour. This promises to a be a truly offbeat holiday in one of the most visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. Have you made your plans yet?
Dehradun is approx. 243km/5hr 30min by road from Delhi.
Another small unexplored hill stations in Uttarakhand, Khirsu is located in the Pauri Garhwal district. Picturesque and quaint, it boasts of trekking trails, valleys and orchard that are perfect for an idyllic and memorable getaway. Ideal for trekkers and campers, spend your time taking long walks and exploring new sights where you can spot different types of birds and animals. Don’t forget to carry your camera when you travel to this amazing hill stations in Uttarakhand.
Perched at 8790, Chopta is a hill stations in Uttarakhand that offers a unique getaway for travellers who are seeking a quiet holiday. Famous for being a commencement point of the highly revered shrines of Lord Shiva, the ‘Tungnath Temple’, this hill stations in Uttarakhand is ideal for not just religious travellers but also for campers and trekkers. If you have time to spare, Nanda Devi National Park which is 4 hours away and give you a chance to spot some unique species of animals and birds.
A scenic hill stations in Uttarakhand, Almora is blessed with stunning views. Home to a number of temples, including Kasar Devi, Nanda Devi, Doli Daana, Shyayi Devi, Khakmara, Raghunath Mandir, Badreshwar, Banari Devi, Chitai, Jageshwar, this hill stations in Uttarakhand, the best time to visit this region is during winters and monsoons.
One of the most popular hill stations in Nainital, this region is always brimming with tourists. Around 335 km from Delhi, it makes for an ideal getaway especially for women and solo travellers. It is also a great pick for birding enthusiasts as wide variety of birds visit this destination all around the year.
Nestled in the mighty Himalayan peaks, another amazing hill stations in Uttarakhand is Dhanaulti which is only 60 km from Mussoorie. Although there are not many sights and sounds in the state, this hill stations in Uttarakhand is however ideal for those who just want to enjoy some quality time in the company of nature. It is also a good destination for solo travellers as well.
Although hill stations in Uttarakhand are the star attractions, there are many wildlife park like Corbett and adventure hotspots like Rishikesh that make for a memorable getaway. With so many choices, pick any hill station in Uttarakhand and make your next weekend truly memorable in the hills. Where are you going next?