It should be no surprise now that Oli and I are more than a little obsessed with mountains, whether it’s scaling them or simply drooling over them on a bus. So, when Rohit from TransIndiaTravels contacted me about a guest post featuring the peaks of India, something else we are obsessed with, we were more than happy to have him on Journey Count. Without further ado, here is Rohit:
India, being blessed with various geographical features and diverse climatic conditions, has a huge number of hills and mountain ranges including the monolithic Himalayas and the Hills of the Western and Eastern Ghats. The hill stations in India were usually small agricultural or towns, which were used by the British officials as a retreat from the hot and humid climate prevalent in the majority of Indian cities. In many of the major cities of India, the winters are usually the most pleasant while the summers are extremely hot and can be dry or humid depending on the region you’re in. The various hill stations in India offer an amazing getaway from the scorching heat and bustle of the cities and offer a soulful and relaxing environment with breathtaking views. Here are the top 5 hill stations that one must visit on a trip to India.
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Munnar Hill station is located in the south Indian state of Kerala, in the Western Ghats. The Average elevation is 1600 meters above sea level and is one of the most picturesque hill stations located in God’s own country, Kerala. The town is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers namely the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, and is known for its amazing scenic views of the Western Ghats, intoxicatingly cool climate and the lush green valleys.
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Similarly located in the south Indian State of Tamil Nadu, Ooty, or Ootacamund, is a part of the Nilgiris district. It is at an average elevation of 2,240 meters above sea level and is one of the most popular hill stations in India. The place is famous for its thick vegetation of the eucalyptus tree and the blue mist it emits, and the rare blue ‘Kurunji Flower’ which blossoms only once in every 12 years. The valleys and the views are breathtaking and one of the most heavenly experiences in India. The climate is pleasant most of the time, which makes getting around the town easy.
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Coorg, also known alternatively as Kodagu, is situated in the State of Karnataka. The hill station district is located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats and is known for its lush green surroundings and pleasant climate. The culture in this particular district is also distinctive and the recipes are worth trying. The place is also considered to be the birthplace of the river Kaveri and the pond it originates from is a popular pilgrim spot.
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Located in Himachal Pradesh, the town was named after the founder Lord Dalhousie and is famous for being a summer retreat for the British during their rule in India. It is also a gateway to the ancient Chamba district and is one of the top hill stations in India. The town’s major source of income is tourism so one can be rest assured about the hospitality and the accommodation facilities here. The various hills, pleasant and favorable climate and hiking spots make this place a must-visit.
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Situated in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley and is known as a prime hill station in India and for it’s various handicrafts and dry fruits. The town is situated near the Jhelum River, which is a tributary of the River Indus. Srinagar is a historical town with its origin dating back to the 3rd century BC. The average elevation of this town is 1,585 meters and is known for its cool and pleasant climate. The city has also been regarded as the ‘Venice of the East’ and the houseboats should be tried out.
Hot and humid climate is the common term associated with the weather in most of the parts of India. Nevertheless, India has been blessed with diverse geographical locations and the various hills and mountain ranges have blessed India with such getaways from the heat and bustle of the city life.
An Architect by profession Rohit Agarwal is a travel enthusiast and a travel blogger. He has travelled to various parts of India and the world and is the owner of Trans India Travels and also the contributor for Heatheronhertravels.com.