the view of Kangcendzonga during sunrise from Tiger Hills in Darjeeling

Darjeeling – the cheapest most beautiful hill station in India

India is a country with diversified and myriad varieties of traditions, languages and cultures. This country nestles within it everything from nature’s wonders like high Mountain peaks to vast oceans, to all kinds of weathers and climates like from the coldest to the hottest as well as from driest to the wettest. It is hence no wonder that India attracts numerous different kinds of tourists from all over the world. There is another reason for India being attractive to tourists and that is India offers many cheap holiday destinations. These destinations are in no way any less in either natural beauty or in hospitality but are extremely cheap nevertheless.

Like everything else is varied in India, you can also choose to travel expensively or cheaply in India as well. By choosing the cheap tourist destinations, you can save money and visit more places of this beautiful country. The cheap destination you choose would depend on where you would like to visit. For instance the cheapest of all hill stations in India is possibly Darjeeling. It is the most beautiful hill station in India that is amazingly cheap as well. Located in the state of West Bengal, Darjeeling was once known as the queen of hill stations. The first glimpse of this stunning hill station would make you fall in love with this quaint town in the laps of hill.

the view of Kangcendzonga during sunrise from Tiger Hills in Darjeeling

the view of Kangcendzonga during sunrise from Tiger Hills in Darjeeling

You can just abide your time in this lovely charming little hill station enjoying the changing hues of the mountains with the changing light of the day. One of the most popular attractions of Darjeeling is however, watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill and this is one sight you should definitely not miss. The amazingly picturesque view of the Kangcendzonga when the golden sun rays fall on it is not only memorable but it is breath taking to say the least. The snow covered peak looks like a made of gold and is exquisitely beautiful. Another thing that you must try when in Darjeeling is the toy train.

the beautiful tourist garden in Batasia loop in Darjeeling

the beautiful tourist garden in Batasia loop in Darjeeling

The toy train ride from Darjeeling would take you to Ghum, the highest altitude station in all of India. The toy train would take you through Batasia Loop where there is a beautiful garden for tourists. Visit the colorful Ghum Monastery and after touring through this exotic hill station, spend some quiet time with yourself and in the company of nature in the malls of Darjeeling.

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Enjoy white water rafting in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

India is a country with a varied different kinds and numbers of tourist spots. From seaside exotic beaches to towering snow clad mountains. There is nothing a tourist desires that India does not have. With all the natural wonders and man made architectural brilliance, you would be overwhelmed and spoilt for choices. While the seaside is best for a vacation during the winter time, your ideal summer getaway would be in one of the hill stations of India. And one of the top hill stations in India is Uttarakhand. This state not only offers excellent views but also adventure sports.

picturesque view from Mussoorie in Uttarakhand

picturesque view from Mussoorie in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a state that has many beautiful hill stations like Mussoorie, Dehradun, Chopta and Auli. This state also offers adventure sports like white water rafting in the flowing and frothing river in Rishikesh. While Rishikesh and Hardwar are mostly popular as two holy places in the state of Uttrakhand, for the people of India, these two places are more than just pilgrim spots. Hardwar is usually made the base point for visiting the various places of Uttarakhand, including Rishikesh. But while in Hardwar you should definitely make a point to watch the evening ceremony of praying to the flowing river Ganges, it is a treat for the eyes.

From Hardwar you can choose to move on to the many wonderful charming hill stations. Auli is best visited during the winters since it is a well known ski location with gentle slopes and powdery snow. Dehradun and Mussoorie can be visited at any time of the year since the weather remains pleasant all through the year. But if your agenda for visiting Uttrakhand is enjoying river rafting in Rishikesh only, you should visit during the winter season. Monsoons make the rivers dangerous while summers can be extremely hot. Hence most river rafting camps are organized during the winter months in Rishikesh.

rafting is great fun in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

rafting is great fun in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

What you can do is instead of traveling alone for enjoying and experiencing river rafting in Rishikesh, you can avail Rishikesh river rafting packages instead. This way you would be able to have all the fun you want without having to worry about either transport or accommodation. Usually these packages organize camps near the river, which is an experience unto itself. During winter time you would see many such camps on the banks of the rivers with tourists from all over the world and India flocking for enjoying the adventure sport of rafting.

Challenge yourself with bungy jumping

India is a country that is not only vast but has varied weather in the different parts. Due to the presence of the Himalayan mountain range in the northern part of the country, the northern part has many hill stations with cold weather like Shimla, Manali, Kashmir and so on. The middle of the country, like Nagpur, Kanpur and so on, on the other hand usually experiences extreme weathers that are bitterly cold in winters and extremely hot in summers. While the coastal regions, like Chennai, Goa, Mumbai enjoys a pleasant similar weather all through the year.

This varied weather along with the varied scenic locales, make India the ideal tourist destination throughout the world. Since most of the country experiences warm and humid weather during the summers, it is a popular time of the year for people to getaway to some summer holiday destinations that would offer some relief from the hot humid climate. And what better place to travel during the summers than the northern Himalayan hill stations that has a cool pleasant weather all through the year.

Kashmir is a very beautiful hill station for summer getaway

Kashmir is a very beautiful hill station for summer getaway

There are quite a few states with many stunningly beautiful hill stations in the northern part of India like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, to name a few. These states with picturesque hill stations are not only worth a visit for the cool weather but also for the various adventure sports on offer. The one adventure activity that is usually common to all the hill stations is trekking. But some hill stations also offer adventure activities like paragliding, skiing and white water rafting as well.

There are also a few hill stations offering the seemingly very dangerous bungy jumping. You can try this sport that is well know for the adrenaline rush accompanying it, is offered in Shimla, Manali and many other hill stations in India. This sport is however not for the faint hearted and is usually pursued by youngsters. A rope is tied to your feet and you jump of a cliff to hang upside down from the rope by your feet. It sounds risky surely but if you try this activity with professionals around, you would be completely safe.

bungy jumping is a popular adventure sport in India

bungy jumping is a popular adventure sport in India

Hence next time you plan for your summer holiday getaway, make sure you find a hill station that offer this exhilaratingly amazing adventure sport activity and try it at least once to challenge yourself.

Visit hill stations near Delhi as weekend getaways

Delhi is not only the capital of India it is also a great place to make your base if you want to tour most of the northern part of India, especially the famous tourist destinations like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Agra. Delhi itself is a very beautiful place that you can explore as well. There are numerous stunning hill stations to visit near Delhi and you can visit these hill stations on weekend as summer weekend getaways. It would not only provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Delhi but would also let you explore the striking beauty of northern Indian hill stations.

Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a popular hill station near Delhi

Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a popular hill station near Delhi

The hill stations of northern India has a kind of raw natural beauty about it since these hill stations are mostly parts of the great Himalayan mountain range. Combined with the view of the majestic snowcapped mountains are the green vegetation surroundings and you have the perfect paradise for nature lovers. Rajasthan, though famous for the famed Thar Desert, is also home to the exquisite Mount Abu. Even though Mount Abu is not as tall as the Himalayan range, the cool pleasant weather and the splendid surroundings makes this hill station of Rajasthan a favorite weekend getaway from Delhi. It is easily reachable too by bus as well as hired cars.

The other popular summer weekend getaways to hill stations near Delhi include Shimla and Manali, both situated in the scenic state of Himachal Pradesh. The best thing about these hill stations of Himachal Pradesh is that apart from picturesque locales and beauty of nature, there are also adventure sports to be enjoyed. Especially trekking among all the adventure activities is the most popular in Himachal Pradesh hill stations. The other various activities include paragliding, white water rafting, angling, skiing and so on. Trekking in India is a very popular activity and is also encouraged by the tourism government to attract tourists from all over the world.

trekking route in Himachal Pradesh for getaway from Delhi

trekking route in Himachal Pradesh for getaway from Delhi

If you want to go on a trekking tour to a hill station near Delhi, you can avail the package tour options with a reputed tour operating company or you can also choose to travel alone. Regardless of the way you choose to travel, all the hill stations in India have great and different kinds of accommodation facilities and hence you need not worry about staying in any of the hill stations near Delhi.

Have a fun trip to beautiful Shimla

If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, you should definitely plan a trip to Himachal Pradesh in India. This state located in the northern part of India, at the foot of the Himalayan mountain range is a treasure trove of beautiful places while also offering a myriad variety of adventure sports. It is after all not without any reason that people from every part of the world as well as India flock to this state for a memorable vacation. With many hill stations, stunning locales and tourism encouraged by the state government, Himachal Pradesh offers the ideal getaway for family vacation, adventure vacation as well as honeymoon.

the view of beautiful Shimla

the view of beautiful Shimla

Himachal Pradesh receives the highest number of tourists in Shimla hill station which is also the state capital. Shimla is the most popular of all hill stations in Himachal due to its location, which is easily reachable from Delhi. Other reasons for the popularity of this beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh is that due to many tourists visiting this place, tourism in Shimla is greatly modernized. Apart from the great natural views of the might Himalayan mountain range with its snow covered peaks, the colonial style architecture would surely stun you. There is also the option for shopping to your heart’s content in Shimla, unlike any other hill stations of Himachal Pradesh.

This capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh can be easily reached from New Delhi by a hired car or by bus too. There are regular and frequent bus services from New Delhi to Shimla and it takes only around four hours to reach. No wonder that Shimla is the favorite weekend getaway for the people of New Delhi. For accommodation, there is nothing to worry about either. Shimla being a famous tourist destination there are many resorts, hotels and tourist lodges that are enough to cater to the needs of the growing tourists to this city. Just make sure that if you are traveling during the peak season, you have your accommodation booked in advance.

trekking in Shimla

trekking in Shimla

While in Shimla, you can explore the beautiful surroundings by trekking or hiking on the mountainous terrain. It would not only be a great way for sightseeing but would let you spend time in the company of nature too. Trekking in Shimla is not too difficult and hence can be done without any professional training or guidance. Hence have all the fun your want.

The best hill station to visit near Delhi – Manali

India is too vast a country to be explored in a single lifetime. But you can explore most of India, if you go about it in a systematic way. India can be divided in two parts, south India and north India. While south India being peninsular can be toured easily, touring north India would require a lot of time. The best place to make your center point for touring most of north India would be Delhi. There are many places that can be easily toured from Delhi on weekends. The most famous hill stations in India, like Shimla, Manali, Mussoorie, Nainital and many more can be reached easily from Delhi.

the best hill station near Delhi is Manali

The best hill station near Delhi is Manali

Among all the hill stations that you can visit from Delhi, the best hill station near Delhi would be Manali. Not only the beauty of this hill station is mesmerizing but there are also a number of adventure sports that you can enjoy in Manali. It is not without any reason that this hill station is not only a popular tourist destination but also a very famous honeymoon destination amongst not only Indians but people from all around the globe. The beauty of Manali has a romantic appeal to it which makes it a good choice as a honeymoon location. But there is much in store for single tourists and families as well.

There are fun activities like zorbing that families can enjoy and for adventure enthusiasts there are activities like skiing, paragliding and trekking. You should definitely visit the Rohtang pass, which is the highest point in Manali. Rohtang pass is covered in snow all through the year and the panoramic view from Rohtang pass is completely breath taking. Solang valley is another must visit place when in Manali. This valley is completely stunning and you would have to see to believe its beauty. Manali can be easily reached directly from Delhi by hired car or you can travel to Shimla by bus from Delhi and journey onwards to Manali as well.

the way to Rohtang pass from Manali

The way to Rohtang pass from Manali

For staying in Manali, there are many budget private hotels, government tourist lodges and guest houses as well as star luxury resorts. The best time to visit Manali would be during the spring or the summer time since winters are very bitterly cold and the roads are often closed due to heavy snowfall. Just make sure you book your accommodation in advance if you are visiting Manali during on season.

Maharashtra – the land of many wonders

India is truly a country of wonders. This country has been blessed by nature and hence there is not a single state in India that does not have a wonderful place to visit. It is no wonder that tourists coming in from all parts of the world are overwhelmed by the choices of places to visit in India. There are many reputed tour operators as well offering Indian tours customized and tailor made as per the requirements of the tourists. You can choose a culture tour or historical tour or even an adventure tour in India since India has it all.

Since India is a large country, it is not possible in a single lifetime to see all of India. A practical approach to touring India would be to take one state at a time and visit all the places of interest in that state. For instance you can start with Maharashtra, a state on western part of the country with a wide variety of places of interest for tourists. The most famous places in Maharashtra most often visited by tourists include Mumbai, the state capital, Pune, Aurangabad, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Lonavala and Khandala, Matheran, Kasidh, Shirdi and Alibag. There are exquisite hill stations, stunning beaches and amazing historical places.

Western Ghats offer spectacular views in Maharashtra

Western Ghats offer spectacular views in Maharashtra

With the Western Ghats or Sahyadris, as known in local language, in Maharashtra, there are quite a few trekking trails in various places in this state as well. There are caves, forts and forests that make excellent trekking destinations. The Western Ghats make for a easy trekking option and hence even tourists who are not professional trekkers can enjoy trekking in Maharashtra. Apart from the beautiful naturally beautiful tourist destinations, there are also Elephanta Caves, Ajanta, Ellora, Murud Janjira Fort and Aurangabad Fort that boasts of fascinating history of India as well as Maharashtra. The culture of Maharashtra would amaze you as well.

the amazing Ajanta Caves of Maharashtra

the amazing Ajanta Caves of Maharashtra

Maharashtra is a large state and hence it would take you quite a few days to tour the entire state. Apart from all the above mentioned places, there is Mumbai, the capital city which is a must visit too. The city life of Mumbai is unparallel to anywhere else in India. In Mumbai you should definitely visit the gateway of India, take a ferry to Elephanta Caves and also spend an evening in Marine Drive. If you are interested in shopping you should also make a point to visit Linking Road since it is a paradise for shoppers.

Get Soaked in the Sublime Beauty of Scintillating Shillong

Often dubbed as the Scotland of East, Shillong is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful destinations in the north-eastern region of India. Picturesque landscapes, lush green fields, colorful flowers, clouds resting on the top of mountains, a touch of colonial hospitality and friendly locals, words just fall short when you say anything about this exotic Indian destination. If greenery gives a visual feast to the tourists, the bustling crowd of city makes it more vibrant and lively.

Sprawling land at Shillong

Shillong once used to be the capital of earlier undivided Assam; it became one of the most sought after hill stations in India along with being an administrative headquarter for the north east. The British did a lot for this small town, which earlier consisted of three villages mainly. And with Shillong becoming a significant administrative centre for the British, many monasteries started making their ways to this scenic hill station. The strong English influence can be still seen in the hill station that attracts tourists not just from India, but from many other countries of the world.

Scenic view of Shillong

Blessed with bounty of surreal natural beauty, Shillong definitely scores to be counted among the topmost hill stations in India. Fascinating waterfalls, beautiful peaks and several interesting hideouts make Shillong a stop-by destination for vacationers all across the globe. With so much to see and explore, the place has always allured visitors. Some of the must-visit attractions here include Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards’ Lake and the Police Bazaar. And yes, do pay a visit to the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, an interesting museum worth checking out in the town. If you haven’t decided where you would head to in your next vacations, Shillong is definitely the rightmost choice to make! The best season to visit here is right after the monsoons or winters, which means between the months of March-April and September-October.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India for Honeymoon

Just got married or soon going to be married? Well, honeymoon is something that you surely must have been planning for a long time! And with so many breathtakingly beautiful destinations in India, couples would fall in love with each other all over again.

Get enchanted by the stunning beauty of pretty hill stations of India as they wait for you and your beloved. Following is our pick of the hill stations that perfectly score to be among the best honeymoon destinations in India:

Ooty- Get Close to Each Other in the Lap of Nature

Panoramic view of Ooty

Ooty is undoubtedly among the most celebrated honeymoon destinations for newlywed couples. Set amidst the gorgeous Nilgiri Hills, the hill resort has it all for the couples to start their new phase of life with lots of love. Enjoying a mountain trail or walking hands in hand in the lush green forests, Ooty is bliss for honeymooners.

Khandala- Feel Loved amidst the Sublime Beauty of Nature

stunning view of Khandala

Famed as one of the most sought after weekend destinations among tourists, Khandala lying on the Sahyadri ranges, is also a popular destination among honeymooners. Situated close to Mumbai, it is easily accessible to the city. The surreal natural beauty, misty valleys, refreshing air and pretty hills make Khandala one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.

Munnar-Cherish Your Love amidst Serenity

pretty cottage at the hills of Munnar

You seriously can’t deny the fact that hills and mountains have a charm of their own! Munnar is one such awe-inspiring hill station in the Anamalai range of the South Indian state of Kerala. This brightly painted town with a colonial touch is dotted with sprawling tea plantations, thick forests and vibrant flora and fauna. With picture-perfect locations, much-needed tranquility and pleasant weather, Munnar is surely one of the best places for honeymooners.

Kasauli-Deepen the Bond of Love among Hills

Scenic view of Kasauli

After all the celebrations, what all a couple needs is a secluded place. And honeymooning in Kasauli is just the best way to cherish the new phase of life. Exhibiting the old world charm, this stunningly beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh is a paradise for newlywed couples. The rich biodiversity of the place along with picturesque landscapes is just outstanding!