Tourist Attractions of Indian Hill City

Kalimpong

Kalimpong

Kalimpong is a town and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres . The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong district. Kalimpong district region comes under Gorkhaland Territorial Administration which is an autonomous governing body within the state of West Bengal. The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the city.Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions, many of which were established during the British colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China's annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War.
Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Lesser Himalayas at an elevation of 2,000 metres . It is noted for its tea industry, its views of the world's third-highest mountain Kangchenjunga, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of the Darjeeling district which has a partially autonomous status called Gorkhaland Territorial Administration within the state of West Bengal. It is also a popular tourist destination in India.The recorded history of the town starts from the early 19th century when the colonial administration under the British Raj set up a sanatorium and a military depot in the region. Subsequently, extensive tea plantations were established in the region and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques.
Khandala

Khandala

Khandala is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India, about 3 kilometres from Lonavala, 12 kilometres from Khopoli and 33.4 kilometres from Karjat.Khandala is located at the top end of the Bhor Ghat, a major ghat on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. The ghat carries an extensive amount of road and rail traffic. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala.
Tawang

Tawang

Tawang is a town and the headquarters of an eponymous district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. China claims the region as part of the Tibet Autonomous Region.Tawang is situated 448 km north-west of state capital Itanagar at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres . The town lies to the north of the Tawang Chu river valley, roughly 10 miles south of the Line of Actual Control with China. The town once served as the district headquarters of West Kameng district. In 1989, the present day Tawang district to the north of the Sela Pass was split off as a separate district.
Shimla

Shimla

Shimla , also known as Simla, is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. In 1864, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British India. After independence, the city became the capital of Punjab and was later made the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is the principal commercial, cultural and educational centre of the state. It was the capital city in exile of British Burma from 1942 to 1945.Small hamlets were recorded prior to 1815 when British forces took control of the area. The climatic conditions attracted the British to establish the city in the dense forests of the Himalayas.
Kufri

Kufri

Kufri is a resort hill station in the district of Shimla, India. It is located 20 km from the state capital Shimla on the National Highway No. 22. On the Kufri Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with Indian-style hotels and souvenir shops are to look for during a vist.The name Kufri is derived from the word kufr meaning \"lake\" in the local language.The highest point in the surrounding region, Kufri has a Himalayan wildlife zoo which hosts rare antelopes, felines and birds including the Himalayan monal, the state bird of Himachal Pradesh until 2007. During winter a meandering path through the potato plantations turns into a popular ski track.
Narkanda

Narkanda

Narkanda is a town and a nagar panchayat in Kumarsain subdivision of Shimla district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan-Tibet Road in Himachal Pradesh, India within a fir forest. It is about 65 km away from Shimla and surrounded by the Himalayan Range. It is a skiing resort in winter. It connects Shimla with Kumarsain and Rampur and a detour also goes to Kotgarh-Thanedhar, the prime apple belt of Himachal Pradesh where Satyananda Stokes started the apple culture.
Manali

Manali

Manali is a resort and tourist town in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated in the northern end of the Kullu Valley, formed by the Beas River. The town is located in the Kullu district, approximately 270 kilometres north of the state capital of Shimla and 544 kilometres northeast of the national capital of Delhi. With a population of 8,096 people recorded in the 2011 Indian census, Manali is the beginning of an ancient trade route through the Union territory of Ladakh, over the Karakoram Pass and onto Yarkand and Hotan in the Tarim Basin of China. Manali is a popular tourist destination in India and serves as the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti district as well as the city of Leh in Ladakh.
Dharamshala

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is the winter capital city of Himachal Pradesh, India. It has served as the location for the administrative headquarters of the Kangra district after they were relocated from Kangra, a city 18 kilometres away from Dharamshala, in 1855. The city has been selected as one of the hundred in India to be developed as a smart city under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. On 19 January 2017, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, declared Dharamshala as the second capital of Himachal Pradesh, making it the third state of India to have two capitals after Maharashtra and the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dalhousie

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a hill station in Chamba district, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated on five hills and has an elevation of 1,970 m above sea level.
Mashobra

Mashobra

Mashobra is a town in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is connected to the state capital Shimla through the historic HindustanTibet Road built in 1850 by Lord Dalhousie.
Kullu

Kullu

Kullu is a municipal council town that serves as the administrative headquarters of the Kullu district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about 10 kilometres north of the airport at Bhuntar.Kullu Valley is a broad open valley formed by the Beas River between Manali and Larji. This valley is known for its temples and its hills covered with pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards. The course of the Beas river, originating from Beas Kund presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of deodar, towering above trees of pine on the lower rocky ridges brings the most out of this magnificent town..
Chail

Chail

Chail is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India. It is 44 kilometres from Shimla and 45 kilometres from Solan. It is known for its salubrious beauty and virgin forests. The Chail Palace is well known for its architecture: the palace was built as summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj, on the land allotted to him by the British for former's assistance in the Anglo-Nepalese War. The cricket ground and a polo ground which is there at an altitude of 2,444 m was owned by erstwhile royal family of Patiala. It is the world's highest cricket ground.Chail is also frequented by hikers as it offers wonderful views of the lower Himalayas.
Gulmarg

Gulmarg

Gulmarg , known as Gulmarag Kashmiri pronunciation: ; lit.'meadow of flowers' in Kashmiri, is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The town is situated in the Pir Panjal Range in the Western Himalayas and lies within the boundaries of Gulmarg Wildlife Sanctuary.
Srinagar

Srinagar

Srinagar , Kashmiri pronunciation: , is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is known for its natural environment, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts like Kashmir shawls and also dried fruits. It is the northernmost city of India to have over one million people.
Pahalgam

Pahalgam

Pahalgam , known as Pahalgom Kashmiri pronunciation: ; lit.'village of shepherds' in Kashmiri, is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a popular tourist destination and hill station. Its lush green meadows and pristine waters attract thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. It is located 45 kilometres from Anantnag on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7,200 feet . Pahalgam is the headquarters of one of the five tehsils of Anantnag district.Pahalgam is associated with the annual pilgrimage to the shrine Amarnath Yatra.
Munnar

Munnar

Munnar, IPA: , is a town and hill station on Western Ghats mountain ranges located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats mountain range. Munnar is also called the \"Kashmir of South India\" and is a popular honeymoon destination.
Nainital

Nainital

Nainital is a popular hill station of India. It is the judicial capital of Uttarakhand, the High Court of the state being located there, and is the headquarters of the Kumaon division as well as an eponymous district. It also houses the Governor of Uttarakhand, who resides in the Raj Bhavan. Nainital was the summer capital of the United Provinces.Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas at a distance of 285 km from the state capital Dehradun and 345 km from New Delhi, the capital of India. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres above sea level, the city is set in a valley containing an eye-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina Peak on the north, Deopatha on the west, and Ayarpatha on the south. From the tops of the higher peaks, \"magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bound by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.
Kausani

Kausani

Kausani is a hill station and Village situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Mahatma Gandhi called this place the 'Switzerland of India', due to similarity in landscapes.
Ranikhet

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the home for the Military Hospital, Kumaon Regiment and Naga Regiment and is maintained by the Indian Army.Ranikhet is at an altitude of 1,869 metres above sea level and within sight of the western peaks of the Himalayas. Ranikhet is a Class IV town with a civic status of a Cantonment board.
Mussoorie

Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a hill station and a municipal board in the Dehradun district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is about 35 kilometres from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital of New Delhi. The hill station is in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. The adjoining town of Landour, which includes a military cantonment, is considered part of \"greater Mussoorie\", as are the townships of Barlowganj and Jharipani.Mussoorie is at an average altitude of 2,005 metres . To the northeast are the Himalayan snow ranges, and to the south, the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges. The second highest point is the original Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 m .
Shillong

Shillong

Shillong is a hill station in the northeastern part of India and the capital of Meghalaya, which means \"The Abode of Clouds\". It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district. Shillong is the 330th most populous city in India with a population of 143,229 according to the 2011 census. It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the British of Scotland. Hence, they would also refer to it as the \"Scotland of the East\".Shillong has steadily grown in size since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British. In 1874, on the formation of Assam as the Chief Commissioner's Province, it was chosen as the headquarters of the new administration because of its convenient location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys and more so because the climate of Shillong was much cooler than tropical India.
Pelling

Pelling

Pelling is a small hill town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m . The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 131 km from Gangtok. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However, with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up.
Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a hill station which is located in Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means \"The Gift of the Forest\". Kodaikanal is referred to as the \"Princess of Hill stations\" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.Kodaikanal was established in 1845 as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism. As of 2011, the city had a population of 36,501.
Ooty

Ooty

Ooty , officially known as Udhagamandalam , is a town and a municipality in the Nilgiris district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located 86 km north west of Coimbatore and 128 km south of Mysore and is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. Local residents call it Queen of Hills. It was the summer capital of Madras Presidency .Originally occupied by the Badaga people and Toda people, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture, along with the manufacture of medicines and photographic film.

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