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Nearest Hill Station from Delhi

Discussion in 'North India' started by Azim, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. Azim

    Azim New Member

    I am from Delhi and have a few days where I can take my family out for a holiday. We preferably would like to go to a hill station where the weather would be much clearer and the weather would be pleasant.

    As we would not have many days for our holiday, we would like to go to the nearest hill station from Delhi. I need to know which one this is, and exactly how long it would take to reach the hill station?

    Would it be safe to travel at night to the mentioned hill station, so it would give us some extra time at the hill station destination?

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome to the forum, @Azim!

    Here's a list of the nearest hill stations to Delhi:

    1. The nearest hill station to Delhi is Nahan at about 250 kms from the former. It is located in Himachal Pradesh. You can reach the hill station in about 4 hours. This hill station is about 932 metres above sea level. It has a pleasant climate all year round, great for sightseeing the local attractions. Some attractions here are:
    • Ranzor Palace - Back then, Nahan was the home to ancient kings and princes. The Ranzor Palace is the proof of that, with its majestic architecture and its intricately carved walls. It's a truly exquisite and luxurious abode, more so during the ancient times.
    • Rani Tal or Queen's Lake - Originally, this lake was supposed to be a recreational place for the queen, hence the name. Now, it's a popular picnic spot for families and friends.
    • Suketi Fossil Park of Nahan - This showcases various fossils of extinct species as well as artificial models of other species.
    2. The next one would be Parwanoo which is about 264 kms away from Delhi. This hill station lies about 470 metres above sea level. It is located in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. You can reach it in about 4 hours as well. Some attractions here are:
    • Mughal Gardens - This was designed by Nawab Fidal Khan under the Mughal Empire. It's a beautiful garden with organised rows of flowers and plants.
    • Gurkha Fort - This was built by Gurkha Chief Amar Singh Thapa to protect his people against the British.
    • Fruit Orchards - Being one of the biggest producers of fruits in the country, the fruit orchards in Parwanoo are teeming with delicious apples and peaches. It's a must to visit the orchards and pick out your own fruits.
    3. The next would be Lansdowne which is about 272 kms from Delhi. You can reach it in 5 to 6 hours. It is located in the Pauri Garhawl District of Uttarakhand. At about 1,700 metres above sea level, this is one of the highest hill stations just very nearby Delhi. Some attractions here are:
    • Bhulla Lake - This lake was made and is maintained by the Indian Army. It's the perfect place for relaxation as well.
    • Tip 'N Top Viewpoint - One of the highest points in Lansdowne which offers picturesque views of the Himalayan Mountains.
    • Darwan Singh Museum - You can see rare collections of army items here. Perhaps the most famous ones here are the Garhwal Rifles.
    • Bhim Pakora - You can see two large stones here, one over the other. And despite pushing any of the stones, it won't budge and it can still balance itself.
    • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple - A beautiful temple dedicated to the Lord Shiva, surrounded by thick deodar forest.
    4. Your next option is Nainital which is about 306 kms from Delhi. You can reach it in about 6 to 7 hours. It is located about 2,084 metres above sea level. You can find it in the state of Uttarakhand. Some attractions here are:
    • Nainital Lake - Enjoy a boat ride here as you take in the views of the surroundings.
    • Naina Peak - This is the highest peak in Nainital and offers amazing views of the valleys below.
    • Eco Cave Gardens - These are interconnected sets of caves with beautiful views and winding paths. The musical fountain show is a must-watch here as well.
    • PT GB Pant High Altitude Zoo - The snow leopard resides here as well as other rare species of animals.
    There's many more but they're all over 350 kms away from Delhi and can take 8-9 hours to reach.

    I would suggest just driving early in the morning so you can reach the hill station at day time. The problem with night driving is that it's hard to see road signs especially at a route you're not familiar with. As far as I know, some hill stations shut down for the night as well, usually after 9:00 pm. So it's safer to just drive early in the morning instead of the night time.

    I hope this helps!

  3. Kitesh

    Kitesh New Member

    Another one to add to the list is Mussoorie, and it is roughly 270km away from Delhi.

    Mussoorie is a popular hill station in North India and especially people from Delhi go there every summer to beat the Delhi heat, and it has more to offer than Nainital. Things to see and do in Mussoorie are:

    Kempty Falls - this is a water fall, where you can also splash around in

    Lal Tibba - this is the best place to see the Himalayas, and also get some peace and quiet. It is a good idea to go during sunrise or sunset when the views would be the best.

    Soham Heritage and Art Centre - this is the best way to learn about living in the Himalayas and its tradition and culture.

    Camels Back Road - the ideal place for walks with your loved one or the family, during the walk you get to see some breathtaking views.

    Company Garden - an ideal place if want to see the different types of flowers and a chance to do some boating on the lake in the garden.