We all want to be escapists during the summer season. We want to get away from the scorching heat and annoying humidity. And we get this break, when we visit the hill stations. Some go to the touristy, commercialized hill stations while others prefer the quiet and somewhat unexplored hill stations.
From North India to South India, here are some of the suggestions for the travellers who want to explore the unexplored hills:
Kheerganga, Himachal Pradesh
Kheerganga is a secluded, natural hot water spring experience located in the remote village in Parvati Valley of Kullu. The 11 kilometers trek to Kheerganga starts from Barshaini; you can get guides and porters from Barshaini. The place is open for about 7 months in a year and there are good facilities for accommodation and food. The place is a mix of tranquility, beauty and a hot bath-all at one place!
Tamenglong is a small town in Manipur and is blessed with virgin forests, exotic orchids, rare and endangered plants and wildlife. It is a must-visit place for hikers as the place is rife with dark caves, waterfalls, rocks and dense tropical forests. It is a land of migratory birds and exotic animals. Tamenglong is an elusive place and worth it.
Doodhpathari is not a very talked about place but it is definitely a worthwhile place to visit in Kashmir. Doodhpathari is a beautiful lush green meadow. It is believed that the cattle who graze in this meadow give large quantity of milk and hence the place is called Doodhpathari. There is a river that cascades down the pebble and you can have an amazing walk.
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Coonoor in Tamil Nadu is one of the three Nilgiri hill stations. But it is not as famous as the other three Nilgiri hill stations. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris and is surrounded by the tea plantations. The main attraction in Coonoor is the Sim’s park- a well-maintained Botanical garden. Then there is a Dolphin’s nose from where you can get a beautiful view.
About 5 kilometers from Munnar in Kerala is the secluded hill station called Devikulum. With its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna, the hill station is picturesque and is hailed as a good picnic spot. It has Sita Devi Lake which is ideal for trout fishing. The place is pristine and unspoiled.