Top 10 Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is also known as Dev-Bhoomi or the abode of God, and why not? The small state situated on the northern edge of India is full of natural beauty and splendors. The state is mainly known for the pristine blue waters of snow-capped mountains, pine and deodar trees, and rivers originating from Himalayan glaciers. Uttarakhand is also house to the second-highest mountain peak in the country after Kanchenjunga-Nanda Devi. Located in the upper territory, Nanda Devi is a part of the Garhwal Himalayas and is also known in local folklore as the daughter of the Himalayas.

With such geography, tourism plays an essential part in the state’s economy. The state is full of small villages and hill stations that offer surreal and mesmerizing views and delight the tourists. Let us look at the top 10 destinations in Uttarakhand that are the best weekend or long weekend getaway.

Nainital

Nainital Hill Station Uttarakhand

Nainital is a stunning hill station located at the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayan ranges in Uttarakhand. Being situated with easy access from the nearby city, it is the most visited hill station in North India. Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from all the nearby places.

It is a famous tourist destination of Nainital due to the pleasant weather throughout the year. Anyone can visit here with families, friends, and loved ones. There are many places to visit like- Naini Lake, Thandi Sadak, China Market, China Peak, Hanuman Gadi, Naina Devi Temple, Cave Garden, etc. Apart from this, whether you want to go boating in the beautiful Naini Lake, taste some Garhwali and Kumaoni cuisine, shop for souvenirs, or take a ropeway ride to witness the beauty of the Himalayas from Snow View Point. Yes, Nainital will leave a mark on you. 

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Mussoorie

Kempty Fall Mussoorie
Kempty Fall Mussoorie

The Queen of Hills, Mussoorie, is one of the most popular hill stations located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, it offers a stunning backdrop to the Shivalik range of the Himalayas and the Doon Valley. Mussoorie enjoys a relaxed and pleasant climate, which attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year.

The mall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie. Apart from this, people can also see other attractions like – Gun Hill, Ropeway, and a spectacular view of the majestic Himalayan range. There is no shortage of nature’s beauty in Mussoorie, and it is packed with everything to make a perfect holiday getaway.

Best Time to Visit: September – June

Rishikesh

Rishikesh
Rishikesh Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is a charming place in the Dehradun district, located on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River near Haridwar, Uttarakhand. The city is also known as the Yoga Capital of India. Apart from yoga, Rishikesh is also a hub of adventure activities, well-known among adventure enthusiasts. Being situated on the Devbhoomi, this holy place is dotted with many temples and is considered a heaven for spiritual lovers. The peaceful town has long been a spiritual hub, but it is equally famous for whitewater rafting, camping, mountain biking, and bungee jumping along the fast-paced holy Ganges. It also serves as the gateway to many Himalayan treks.

Rishikesh has two areas – first one is the downtown area known as the city of Rishikesh, where the famous Triveni Ghat is located. The other side is where the most famous ashrams, cafes, accommodation, and tourists can be found.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Chopta

Chopta Uttarakhand
Chopta Hill Station Uttarakhand

Known as a trekker’s paradise, Chopta is a charming village located in Uttarakhand. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers and trekker enthusiasts. Served as the base camp for Tungnath, Chandrashila, and Deoriatal, it is situated 2,608 meters above sea level. The mesmerizing view of the snow-clad mountain peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba will win your heart. If you want to witness the verdant alpine meadows surrounded by dense deodar and rhododendron forest, Chopta can be a suitable choice for you.

Best Time to Visit: March – June

Chakrata

Chakrata Hill Station

Chakrata is a small town situated at 2,118 meters above sea level in Uttarakhand. The beautiful hill town is embellished with the sun-kissed Himalayan ranges and offers a perfect weekend escape for backpackers. The hill station is famous for its dense coniferous forests, temples, caves, and treks.

Located at a distance of just 90 kms from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, it is full of natural bliss. If someone is fond of adventure, then he can go camping and mountain climbing. Tiger Falls is one of the best attractions of Chakrata. One can also witness wildlife like spotted deer, wild birds, and panthers.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Auli

Auli Skiing
Sikking in Auli

Loaded with apple orchards, old oak, and deodar trees, Auli has no shortage of natural beauty. Skiing is the leading adventure activity here. Apart from this, one can also go for several treks in the hills of the Garhwal Himalayas and explore the mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks. Auli is a famous hill station in the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range that dates back to the 8th century AD. 

Auli is a prevalent skiing destination in India and a famous hill town with several ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. Due to its glistening slopes and clean environment, it attracts tourists from all over the Country. Auli is located at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level, and it is dotted with mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, and Kamat Kamet. Many religious places are also spread around Auli. 

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Munsiyari

Munsiyari
Munsiyari Hill Station

Known as the little Kashmir, Munsiyari is a cozy hamlet situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Perched at the height of 2298 meters above sea level, Munsiyari is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Munsiyari, literally translated, means a place with snow. The lovely little hill town is known for its scenery of the snow-capped Himalayan Range and some adventurous trekking routes.

Perched between India, Tibet, and Nepal, Munsiyari is a base for Namik, Milam, and Ralam Glaciers. The scenic village is often seen romancing with brilliant weather throughout the year and the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli (the five peaks), Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot. Also dubbed the gateway to Johar Valley, Munsiyari is the starting point of Johar Valley which was the old trade path between Tibet and India.

Best Time to Visit: April – June, and October – November

Kausani

Kausani Hill Station
Kausani Hill Station

 Kausani is encountered in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand and is considered an ideal destination for backpackers and a writer’s dreamland. The scenic hill town is a perfect place to view the lush green mountain peaks, with the magical vibes of the pine and blue cedar surroundings. Beneath a sheath of crimson sun and dark green hills, Kausani offers a panoramic view of towering Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and the mighty Panchachuli peaks.

Situated at the height of 1890 meters above sea level, Kausani attracts nature lovers, honeymooners, and travelers. One can witness the breathtaking sunset and sunrise points, leaving you hypnotized.

Best Time to Visit: April, June, and September

Harsil

Bhagirathi River Harsil

Harshil is an unspoiled and secret treasure located in the state of Uttarakhand, which offers many options for those looking for peace and tranquility in the foothill of the Himalayas. It is situated on the banks of the Bhagirathi River at a height of 2620 meters above sea level. This comfy hamlet has been very famous among nature lovers in recent years.

There are many adventure trekking trails that you can take in the surroundings of Harshil. A holiday in Harshil is a rejuvenating adventure where you can do meditation and yoga to maintain your mental and physical fitness.

Best Time to Visit: April – October

Almora

Almora Hill Station
Almor Village View

Situated in the backdrop of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, the sprawling city of Almora is a gorgeous hill station. It is easy to access from all the major cities of North India. Almora is known for its rich artistic heritage, unique handicrafts, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking wildlife. There are two main rivers in this city- Koshi and Suyal.

Almora also offers popular pilgrimage sites like Nanda Devi and Jageshwar that attract many devotees throughout the year.

Several routes that go deep into the Himalayas start from Almora, and there are day-to-weekend treks near the city. Almora is also famous for mountain biking, and since Almora is easy to reach and is at a relatively low altitude. Many shops and resorts rent bikes by the hour or by the day, and you can enjoy cycling along the bumpy mountain trails.

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

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