Introduction Himalaya, the highest mountain ranges in the world, leading north to east; Aravalli and Vindhya ranges passes over western and central India; and Western Ghats in western and southern parts of India is full of hill stations and proffers some of the most prominent landscapes in the world.
Indian hill stations are a traveler’s heaven, gifted with snowy peaks, deep gorges, green valleys, misty woods, frothing rivers, sapphire lakes and blossom-filled meadows. These hazy, mysterious and calm hill stations of India are a perfect culture holiday destinations.
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is a fab hill-station circumvented by thick forests of various species. The hill station tours of Shimla mesmerized the holidaymakers with its copiousness of natural beauty and the locals are favoured to live in such bewitching hill spot of India. This destination is an ideal place for adventure tourism as well especially those who love fishing, golfing, skiing, trekking etc. Open-air ice-skating is an ideal activity for adventure lovers. The well known holiday destinations for adventure and camping are Fagu, Kulfri and Naldhera. Shimla tour also gives a magnificent view of the sunset
This green and pictorial hill station of south India is placed at an elevation of 2240 m. also known as “Queen of Hill Stations” situated in the state of Tamil Station. The rich flora of various species like conifers, pine and eucalyptus make the region more attracting along with funnel-shaped lavender. What is more fascinating is the Nilgiri Mountains; pony rides and angling; Botanical Gardens, Ooty club etc. The holidaymakers can take the hill station train the Blue Mountain to Ooty from Mettupalayam. Hill Station Tour of Ooty enamored with its four royal hills - Elk Hill, Snowdon, Doddabetta and Club Hill which combinedly form a congregation for the Western and Eastern Ghats. Trekking, hand gliding, angling and other adventure activities filled with lush greenery, radiant flowers, deep forest, lakes and waterfall make the hill station tours of Ooty more excitable and pleasurable.
Darjeeling and Gangtok
The name “Darjeeling” infers its name from the Tibetan word ‘Dorje’ which stands for a precious stone or the thunderbolt and ‘ling’ entailing place. Darjeeling and Gangtok are a tremendous combination of placidity, verdant hills, panoramic views and most especially the bewitching beauty of the mighty Kanchanjunga. These hill stations are notable for ambiance of desolation and they offer magnificent view of the immense plains, beautiful serene monasteries, tea plantations and orchard lying below. The holidays to Darjeeling hill station become more enchanting and spellbinding when the journey is covered by Toy Train! Its tracks ascend from sea level to an elevation of over 7,500 ft in just about 70 km. It covers about 83 km in six or seven hours while passing through the breezes of mountains.
Dr. Minhaj Alam, Editor, Culture Holidays, is an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and has contributed significantly to enrich the tourism information of India by his thought provoking articles written for Culture Holidays, TravelChaCha.com. Some of his Articles like “Incredible India”, “Incredible Rajasthan” “E-tourism of India – Its Future” are published online for different travel websites. The reputed websites like Ezinearticles, Webraydian, Selfgrowth, Infocrystals, ezineseeker, Ideamarketers, Associatedcontent, etc. conferred him an honor of Expert Author in the field of India travel and tourism.