Someone just said ‘Summers are approaching’. But hey, they are already here aren’t they? Aren’t we sweating buckets already! Can it get worse than this? But hey, there’s more to be seen and known. Why not pack your bags and take a break to the hill stations in the Himalayas?
Dont’ look further, here are a few suggestions:
Shimla- Queen of Hill Station
Queen of hill station (pic source-prachigoswamy)
Arguably, the most popular hill station in northern India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and it is the largest city in northern India. Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali. It covers the area of 25 sq km and situated at the height of 2,200 m above mean sea level. Shimla is famous for its well-knit roads, flawless cleanliness and colonial style building alongside the historic temples and alluring natural beauty which bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The best places to visit here are The Mall, Kufri, The Ridge, Christ Church, Kalka Shimla Railway, Annadale, Viceregal Lodge, Jakhoo hill, Green Valley, Kamna Devi temple, Tara Devi temple, Shaily Peak. The average temperature during summers varies from 15 -27o C. The distance from Delhi to Shimla is 350 km (approx).
Manali- The Valley of Gods
Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and at a distance of 270 km from Shimla. The Valley of Gods derives its name from the eternal Hindu lawgiver Manu. It forms part of the north of Kullu Valley. The River Beas flows right through the town, creating the alluring and magnificent landscape. The best places to visit here are Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas River, Hidimba Devi Temple, Jogni Waterfall, Manu Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashisht Baths, Manikaran Gurudwara. The average temperature during summer is moderate and in the range of 10-25o C. The distance from Delhi to Manali is 540 km (approx).
Mussoorie- Queen of Hills
Mussoorie (pic source-indianluxurytrains.com)
The capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun. Mussoorie is located at a distance of 35 km from the state capital. A famous hill station and situated at the height of 2,005 m above the sea level, the Queen of hills derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub “Mansoor” which is endemic to the area. Here, you will find both beautiful waterfalls and sceneries as well as the architectural marvel of colonial structures. The places to visit in Mussoorie are Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, Mussoorie Lake, Jwalaji Temple, and The Mall. The average temperature during summer is 15-25o C. The distance from Delhi to Mussoorie is 258 km (approx).
Dharamshala (pic source- Travelogs)
Situated 18 km from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is an amazing hill station. It boasts of an average altitude of 1,457 m above sea level. There is also the holy residence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader. Dharamsala is considered one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. The must visit places are McLeod Ganj, Kotwali Bazar, Triund Hill, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Bhagsu waterfall, Church of St. John, War Memorial, Gyuto monastery, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple and Tea garden. Don’t forget to do the Triund trek. The average summer time temperature is 20-30o C. The distance from Delhi to Dharamshala is 520 km (approx).
Alluring view of Ladakh
Ladakh means “The Land Of High Passes” is a region in Jammu Kashmir state. Bound by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is a must visit for all adventure enthusiasts. Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 m at Kargil to 7,762 m at Sanser Kangri in the Karakoram. The amazing people and culture and alluring scenery give the feeling of heaven on Earth. The best places to visit in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Leh Palace, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Shanti Stupa, Lamayuru Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Magnetic Hill and Tso Moriri. The average temperature in the summer season is 15-30o C. The distance from Delhi to Ladakh is 1020 km (approx).
So where are you heading to beat the summer heat?
About the Author
Prafull Vinayak has a thing for travel! He loves sharing exciting and interesting information about the places he wanders in. He loves laying hands on interesting facts about places he visits and passionately informs people about the same. A Computer engineering graduate from Kurukshetra University, he loves writing codes in his free-time, checks out theatre activities nearby. A big-time movie buff that he is, he can beat almost anyone at a Bollywood quiz!