Top 10 Hill Stations in Garhwal Region

The glorious Garhwal region of Uttarakhand has some of the best hill stations that are waiting to be explored by the visitant. If you haven’t been to these 10 best hill stations in Garhwal region then you have probably missed the fairest expedition ever. So quickly grab a seat and note some of the places in Garhwal which needs to be on your travelling bucket list.

Following is the list of popular hill stations in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand

1. Mussoorie Hill Station

Adorned on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Mussoorie is also known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ is one of the most visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. Projecting sylvan views of the luscious Doon Valley and the snow-clad Shivalik ranges, Mussoorie is one of the preferred haunt places of the tourists in summers. Its proximity to Dehradun and Delhi makes it one of the best weekend getaways. Numerous trekking trails, gardens, waterfalls surround this hill station. Some of the famous tourist places to throng in Mussoorie are Lal Tibba, Mussoorie Christ Church, Company Garden, Nag Devta Temple, Gun Hill, Kempty Falls, and Jharipani Falls.

2. Auli Ski Resort

 Dibyendu2015: Snow clad Auli with an artificial lake in the foreground and Nanda Devi peaks in the backdrop

Cocooned amidst the snow-shrouded peaks and dense thickets of conifers, Auli is hailed as Uttarakhand’s very own skiing destination. Auli also is known as ‘Auli Gorson Bugyal’ is meadow having an altitude between 2,519 meters to 3,050 meters. The hill station remains snow-covered during winters and in summers it has blossomed with alpine flowers. Located about 500 km from Delhi, Auli makes an interesting summer destination for the backpackers.

3. Chopta

Views from Chandrashila Summit (Chopta)

The quaint hamlet of Chopta located about 368 km from Delhi is a trekkers paradise. Many trekkers commence the Tungnath temple trek from Chopta which is a brisk 3.5 km trail. Tungnath is the highest Shiva Temple and Chopta is the base camp for the refreshing Tungnath-Chandrashila trek. The perk of visiting this place is that you can commence several exhilarating trekking sojourns from here.

4. Lansdowne

 ADITI: View of Snow-capped peaks from Tip-in-top Govt. Tourist Lodge, Lansdowne

Tucked away in the Pauri Garhwal district, Lansdowne is a cantonment town and a major center of the Garhwal Regiment of the Indian Army. This quaint hill station has a welcoming atmosphere and is well looked after by the Indian Army. Some of the tourist places to visit Lansdowne are Bhulla Top, Tip n Top, Darwan Singh Museum, The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, Lansdowne. St. John’s Church, Bhim Pakora and much more.

5. Chakrata

 Kanwal: A scenic view of nature in Chakrata

One of the sweetest escapades in the Garhwal region is probably at Chakrata which is an offbeat summer destination in Uttarakhand. Blessed with nature’s bounty, Chakrata is the best place to go for hiking and bird watching in Garhwal. Located about 295 km from Delhi and only 86 km from Dehradun, Chakrata allows sightseeing options to the nearby attractions such as Chilmiri Neck, Deoban, Tiger Falls, Kalsi, Kanasar, etc.

6. Khirsu

 Rikhiya.Basu : GMVN, Khirsu in the foreground and breathtaking view of Mighty Himalayas in the backdrop.

The toy town of Khirsu situated at an elevation of 1,700 meters is an undisturbed village nestled in the lush green environs of Pauri Garhwal district. Khirsu experiences snowfall in winters and remains cool and composed during summers. The minion hill station has apple orchards in abundance and also offers awe-inspiring views of the central Himalayas. For spiritual bliss, one can go for temple-hopping to Ghandiyal Devta temple, Deval Garh, Dhari Devi and Ulka Garhi from here.

7. Gwaldam

 Suraj (Facebook) : A Beautiful view of Dak banglow, Gwaldam, Chamoli.

The sleepy town of Gwaldam with its rustic charm is situated about 38 km from Kausani. Bridled by the thick pine forests, Gwaldam allows the avid trekkers to have an adrenaline-pumping trekking expedition to the mystery lake of Roopkund.

8. Harsil

 Mohan Singh : Bhagirathi river flowing through the beautiful Harsil valley.

Concealed amidst the lofty hills, the bewitching hill station of Harsil is nestled on the banks of Bhagirathi River. This untouched fairyland is located about 460 km from Delhi is a less frequented destination that is ideal for the solitude seekers. With its glittering apple orchards and scarlet rhododendron forests, Harsil makes it to our list of best hill station in Garhwal.

9. Tehri Tehri region during monsoons

Known for offering several water expeditions, Tehri formerly named as ‘Trihari’ is an empyrean place cradled by the verdant hills of Garhwal. This beguiling hill town is located about 300 km from Delhi and is famous for hosting the Tehri lake festival that offers an array of water sport activities like rafting, canoeing, jet ski, kayaking, banana boat rides, etc.

10. Chamba

 Arun Saklani (Facebook): An amazing view of Chamba Town - Tehri Garhwal.

Away from the maddening crowd of the cities, lies Chamba a hidden jewel studded in the celestial Garhwal Himalayas. Enveloped by dwindling pines and fir trees, Chamba is an unspoiled Himalayan beauty offering breathtaking views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks of ThalaySagar and Joni.

There are many other beautiful Hill station which becomes more famous day by day. Dhanaulti, Kanatal, Joshimath, Ranichauri, Sankri, Gumkhal.

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