5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

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5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

Chail

5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

Not too far from Shimla, Chail is a quiet little hill station, surrounded and immersed in natural beauty. The world's highest cricket ground at 7500 feet is located in this little town which is quite an attractive place to check out as the views are absolutely amazing. Another cool and different place to visit in this little town is the Sadhupul Lake, where various restaurants have put seats on a little stream emerging from the lake where customers can dip their feet while eating delicious snacks. To stay, we recommend you book the Chail Palace Hotel which dates back to 1891and is complete with antiques and ornate decor. Chail is also home to a wildlife sanctuary and is an amazing place to explore if you enjoy nature and like to be close to it. There are a variety of species that exist in these dense jungles like Barking Deers, Langurs, Leopards, and many others, which you can spot if lucky.   

 

Getting there:

  • Closest airport is Chandigarh which is approximately 120kms away.
  • HPTDC runs buses from New Delhi, and there are a variety of buses that run to and fro from towns such as Chandigarh and Shimla.
  • Best time to visit: April - June 
  • Popular Hotels: Treehouse Chail Villas, The Chail Palace, Kailash Hotel (Budget Stay). 
  • Popular Restaurants: Chail Palace Restaurant, Mosaic at Ekant retreat



Auli

5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

A great place to visit in Uttarakhand, Auli, is known for its skiing and conifer lined slopes.It has not yet been as commercialized as various other ski resorts but offers the most stunning views of the Himalayas. Located at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level, getting there can be a little bit tedious but totally worth the long ride. Since Auli has south-facing slopes, their ski season lasts only for a month between January and February. If you are not much of a skier, you could camp in one of the many tents that can be rented for the night and stare at the clear skies to watch the stars. A bonfire, some hot cocoa and hearing the sounds of the forest is the perfect cure to city life stress. One of the most fascinating sights in all of Auli is that of the Nanda Devi peak which is one of the highest peaks in India. Auli is the perfect place for nature lovers, hikers, trekkers, and ski lovers. 

 

Getting there:

  • The closest airport is Dehradun which is approximately 280 km away.
  • Buses run from New Delhi to different parts of Uttarakhand, namely Rishikesh, Haridwar and Srinagar where you can find a taxi or rent a car.
  • Best time to visit: April - October
  • Popular Hotels: Himalayan Eco Lodge and Camps, Himalayan Abode Homestay, Blue Poppy Resorts, Hotel Trishul (Budget Stay)
  • Popular Restaurants: Cliff Top Club, Auli D’s Food Plaza 

   

Mcleod Ganj

5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

There are only a few places in the mountains that can capture the appeal of Mcleodganj’s old-world colonial charm which meets the serenity and beauty of the Tibetan influence in the area. His Holiness The Dalai Lama calls this beautiful town his home and it is in close vicinity to Dharamsala. Surrounded by rich and green hills, dense forests with a view of the mighty Himalayas, Mcleod Ganj is a place with utmost beauty and a strong character. Little quirky restaurants, quality guest houses, and hotels fill up this little town giving it a distinct standing compared to other hill stations. The Namgyal Monastery is a must-visit, where the Dalai Lama currently resides and is known to be the largest Tibetan temple out of Tibet. Another beautiful and natural location is the Bhagsu Waterfalls, which requires a little trek but is a stunning sight once you're there. A cafe also sits near the waterfall, where you can enjoy various snacks or sip some hot chai. The town of Mcleod Ganj has so many little eateries, bars and restaurants that there is so much to see in the evenings. The market area comes alive in the evening and with so many handicraft and clothes shops, there is an abundance of choice.  

Getting there:

  • Closest airport in Dharamsala, which is approximately 20 km away.
  • Buses run directly between New Delhi and McleodGanj and Dharamshala. 
  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • Popular Hotels: Fortune Park Moksha, Bella Heights, Greenwoods Inn(Budget)
  • Popular Restaurants: Tibet Kitchen, Namgyal Cafe, Labooze Cafe Bar

 

Tirthan Valley

5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

A hidden gem, pure, natural, clean and serene, Tirthan Valley is over 5000 feet above sea level and an amazing place for exploring natural beauty for those who have the love of mountains. Hiking, climbing, fishing and exploration of wildlife are some of the things you can do at Tirthan Valley. A quaint little spot, Tirthan is popular for trout fishing as the Tirthan river there is filled with rainbow and brown trout. Serloskar lake is another place to explore in the area which is surrounded by a few beautiful meadows and a thick forest of trees. Other lovely places to explore in the area include Jalori Pass and Jibhi which are also picturesque locations. If you are in the mood to hike a little bit, you will be able to visit a beautiful waterfall close to the village of Rolla. Villages in the vicinity are so beautiful and scenic as well, which is great to see during a nice long evening walk. Shoja is one of them providing stunning views of the mountains and the forest as well. 

Getting there:

  • The closest airport is Bhuntar, which is approximately 40 km away.
  • Buses run from New Delhi, Haryana  and Punjab to Aut which is just a few kilometers away from Tirthan Valley. 
  • Best time to visit: March to October
  • Popular Hotels: For A While, JJ Resorts, Latoda Eco Lodge, Sunshine Himalayan Cottage
  • Popular Restaurants: Tirthan Valley Food Court, Sharma Ji Ka Dhaba

 

Sarahan

5 Unusual Hill Stations Beyond Shimla and Manali

A charming little Himachali village, and renowned for the beautiful Bhimakali Temple, Sarahan is steeped in history and its origins can be traced back to the Puranas. Covered in little temples, especially the Bhimakali Mandir which has been made in the traditional Kath-Kuni style, the place has an archaic charm that makes it very attractive. Adjacent to the temples is the palace grounds that are beautifully designed as well and still serves as a private residence to date. Parts of the palace grounds are accessible to the general public, including a part of their orchard garden. The entire village has almond, apple and peach trees giving it an extremely scenic appeal, and dreamlike. From the center of the town, one can see that the little village is surrounded by high snow-capped peaks all around, which is an absolutely mesmerizing view. 

Getting there:

  • The closest airport is Shimla, which is approximately 180 km away.
  • Buses run from Delhi and Punjab to Sarahan directly.  
  • Best time to visit: April-June & September- November
  • Popular Hotels: The Srikhand Cottage, Hotel Snow View 
  • Popular Restaurants: Tenzin Kitchen, Sonu Bhojnalay


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