Summers in India can get very sultry and uncomfortable. Why sweat it out when all that is needed is a holiday in Uttarakhand to get the zest back in life again? This is a state that has the best of hill stations in North India. From scenic mountain peaks to adventurous hiking trails, there is something for everyone on a holiday in Uttarakhand. Here are some of the best hill stations to choose for the next summer holidays.
Auli: This is one of the lesser known tourist destinations in Uttarakhand. Summer is the perfect time to trek through the Garhwal Himalayas. November to May is the best time to visit this scenic little hill station from where there are panoramic views to be enjoyed of Mt. Nanda Devi to Ghori Parbat. Apple orchards and jungles filled with oak and deodar trees make this hill town, even more idyllic. Auli offers two of the most popular trekking routes for adventure lovers, the trek to Auli-Kuari Pass and the trek from Auli to Badrinath.
Dehradun: The capital city of the state is, of course, one of the most famous hill stations in India. The city lies in between two rivers while being the perfect spot from which to enjoy looking at the Himalayan ranges. Since summer is the perfect time to indulge in water sports, there are a number of resorts in Dehradun that offer a variety of such sports to tourists, such as the renowned Asan Barrage Water Sport Resort. There are also several famous parks, such as the Malsi Deer Park and the Rajaji National Park, which are not to be missed.
Ranikhet: From camping to paragliding, white water rafting and rappelling, mountain biking and trekking, Ranikhet is filled with a wide variety of activities that have made it a popular adventure tourist destination. For families, there are places of interest such as the historic temples renowned for their architecture such as the Sun Temple (Katarmal), Binsar Mahadev Temple, and Jhula Devi Temple. The town has scenic tea estates as well as oak forests.
Nainital: This evergreen popular Uttarakhand hill station has featured in the dreams and movies of Indians for many years. The Naini Lake is a center of attraction, around which boating rides are arranged. Angling in the lake should not be missed. Children will love to visit the Nainital Zoo where some exotic animals such as the snow leopard can be seen, among many others. Also notable are the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and the Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary. Horse riding is a popular activity here. Some of the other attractions in Nainital are the Eco Cave Gardens, Tiffin Top, Guano Hills, Nanda Devi Temple, etc. Nainital is surrounded by views of the majestic mountains as well as rolling green hills.
Bhimtal: Bhimtal Lake is famous for its restaurant that is right in the middle of the lake, making for an unforgettable dining experience. At a height of 1371 meters above sea level, this hill station has majestic views of mountains as well as adventure sports.
Choose an Uttarakhand hill station for the next summer holidays and be refreshed for the rest of the year!