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Top 10 Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

Referred to as ‘Abode of the Himalayas’, Uttarakhand is home to some of the mesmerizing hill stations in India and attracts a large number of tourists to its green pastures, snow-clad mountain peaks and rustic lifestyle. All these hill stations are truly wonders of nature and one can explore the scenic beauty undulating in the hilly terrains. It is no surprise that hill stations are the most breathtaking delight nature bestowed to us to escape the tropical heat.

1. Mussoorie

City Mussoorie under the blanket of clouds

‘Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie is the most popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand for tourists and honeymooners. Mussoorie is another ideal weekend getaway to spend some quality time with your family and friends as it is located just 300 kms from Delhi. The best time to visit Mussoorie is from March to June and then again from September to November. Some of the well-known tourist attractions are Jharipani Fall, Lal Tibba and Cloud’s End, Kempty Fall, George Everest, etc.

2. Nainital

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Nainital

Nainital is the crown jewel of tourism in Uttarakhand and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Located 286 kms from Delhi, Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway in Uttarakhand to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and spend some quality time. The nearby places like Bhimtal, Khurpatal, and Naukuchiatal are popular excursions from Nainital. The majestic Naini Lake is the centerpiece of Nainital and boating is one the most popular activity among tourists.

3. Auli

Auli is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India. Auli, also known as Auli Bugyal, in Garhwali, which means meadow, is located at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level.

One of the very few ski destinations in India, Auli attracts skiing aficionados from all over the country and the world. The snow-covered slopes at proper inclination make skiing quite enjoyable to amateurs as well as experienced skiers. A 3-km ropeway which extends from Joshimath to Auli and offers one some the mesmerizing view of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

4. Chopta

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Trekking route in Chopta

Chopta is also famous as "Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand" Wake up in Chopta with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds. Beautifully garnered amidst the quintessential velvety meadows, Chopta serves as the base for trekking to Tungnath and Chandrashilla, the third holiest temple among the (five) Panch Kedars. the resplendent beauty of this place is accentuated by the evergreen forests which is a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.

5. Kausani

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Beautiful Step Farming near Kausani.

Nicknamed ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, Kausani is a paradise amidst the mighty Himalayas that look upon this picturesque hill station. Situated in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani provides a stunning panoramic view of the magnificent peaks like Trisul, Panchchuli and the mighty Nanda Devi. The lush greenery that envelops Kausani makes it a perfect place to explore with family and friends.

6. Chakrata

Jungle camping at koti Kanasar nearby Chakrata.

At a height of 2,200 meters, the hill station of Chakrata is known for its secluded location and serene atmosphere due to its relative obscurity among the tourists. The hiking trails at Chakrata take one through undulating valleys, hushed hamlets, and conifers and oak forests and offers some enchanting views of the hills in the vicinity. Backpackers tend to take their tents and camp under the star-studded sky.    

7. Mukteshwar

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Views from Mukteshwar

Tucked away at an elevation of 2,285 meters above sea level, Mukteshwar is a scenic hill station in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It provides a panoramic view of the imposing Himalayan range with majestic Nanda Devi clearly visible from the vantage of Mukteshwar. It is also popular for adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and paragliding.

8. Harsil

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Harsil Valley

Harsil is a hushed hill station situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand which has eluded tourists and adventurers for a long time. The mesmerizing valley of Harsil draped with oak and deodar trees makes it a trekker’s paradise. Many trekking routes pass through Harsil which takes one through cascading waterfalls, verdant hills, and gushing river streams.

9. Kanatal

Bird in frame, Around kanatal (Dhanaulti), Uttarakhand.

Kanatal is a hidden jewel that has only recently caught the eyes of tourists who want peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. The abundant flora that encapsulates Kanatal is a perfect place for nature lovers who seek the company of nature. Kanatal offers ample opportunities for trekking and hiking in the lush green forests in the vicinity.

10. Munsiyari

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Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small hill station situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand which is since become a popular trekking base camp. Treks to Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier, and Ralam Glacier commences at Munsiyari. It is known for its untouched and pristine natural beauty which is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan peaks. One can also explore the beautiful village and learn about their customs and culture.

Other Hill Stations Which Are Getting Popular. Ranikhet, Chamba, Khirsu, Pauri, Pithoragarh, Sattal, Sitlakhet, Uttarkashi

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