The hill stations in India are popular tourist destinations for both domestic and global travellers. Now, there are a few hill destinations that have not developed as commercial tourist destinations, and hence are not known to many people. And so, here is presenting a list termed as “upcoming hill stations in India” for avid travellers who want to explore the less exploited treasures of India’s hilly nature retreats.
a. Kurseong- West Bengal:
“The School Town” is the sobriquet given to a hill station known as Kurseong located in the state of West Bengal. Situated at a distance about 32 kilometers from Darjeeling, this little known hill station is renowned for its scenic beauty. Furthermore, Kurseong is also known for its beautiful tea gardens. In addition, the hill station is known for its “Toy Train” (belonging to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) which provides services to New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. It is also renowned for a local drink called “Chaang” and delicious “Momos”. And so, with its scenic beauty and rich culture, Kurseong is certainly one among the few upcoming “Hill Stations” in India that must be visited on a regular basis.
b. Chopta- Uttarakhand:
Elevated at an altitude of 2,680 meters above sea level, is an unspoiled hill station located in the state of Uttarakhand known as Chopta. Comprising of beautiful meadows and evergreen forest area, this small village is renowned for its rich “flora and fauna” that include trees such as rhododendron and animals such as musk deer. It is also renowned for providing “magnificent” views of the surrounding Himalaya Mountain range. Popularly referred to as “Mini Switzerland”, this hill station is popular for the “Tungnath Temple” dedicated to Lord Shiva. Furthermore, it also is an ideal spot for snow trekking, snow skiing, rock climbing, rappelling, and photography. And so, it is the sheer picturesque beauty of Chopta that makes it one among the very few upcoming “Hill Stations” in the country that must be made popular by encouraging more tourist visits.
c. Almora- Uttarakhand:
Founded by King Kalyan Chand in 1568, is a beautiful hill station known Almora situated at altitude of 1,642 meters above sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. Located in the Kumaon district, this scenic town is renowned for its rich wildlife.Furthermore, this hill station is popular for being mentioned in the renowned Hindu epic “Mahabharata”. The Jhandi Dhar Hills in this town is renowned for possessing several exotic bird species as well as animals such as Leopard and Indian Red Fox. In addition, the renowned Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a distance of just 30 kilometers from Almora. Comprising of beautiful “flora and fauna”, this town is certainly one among the few upcoming “Hill Stations” in the country that is truly worth visiting.
d. Pachmarhi- Madhya Pradesh:
“The Queen of Satpura” is the sobriquet given to a scenic hill station in Madhya Pradesh known as Panchimarhi. Located at an altitude of 1067 meters above sea level in the valley of the Satpura range, this beautiful town is renowned to comprise of “caves” that were used by the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata as home for a short period of time. Furthermore, this hill station is also known to provide for adventure sports activities such as parasailing, trekking, and rock climbing. Derived from the word “Panchimarhi” which when literally translated means “five caves” this picturesque town is certainly one among the few upcoming “Hill Stations” in India that needs to be visited more often by domestic as well as international tourists.
e. Ponmudi- Kerala:
“Magnificent sunrises” is what a hill station located in Kerala known as Ponmudi is renowned for. Situated at altitude of 1100 meters above sea level in the Thiruvananthapuram district, this small town is known for its beautiful valleys and hills. Furthermore, it is also renowned for its beautiful tea plantations. In addition, it is also possesses some tourist attractions such as a deer park, a wildlife sanctuary, and a biological park. It is also popular for the River Kallar and a waterfall known as Meenmutty. Having not been explored much so far, this extremely scenic town is definitely one among the few upcoming “Hill Stations” in the country that deserves to be visited by large number of tourists annually.
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