10 Coldest Places Near Delhi

To escape the scorching heat of Delhi during the summer months most people rush to the nearby hill stations to seek relief. The pleasant hill resorts in these places makes it even more relaxing and provides the travellers not only respite from the heat but also a pleasant stay. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are the two most popular states for being comparatively very cold during the summer months. There are few hill stations will top the list during the summers and are just perfect for the stay.

1. Nainital

This beautiful hill station tops the list. Nainital is located in Uttarakhand amidst the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas. It is famous for its pleasant weather and scenic mountain views. The Naini Lake is the most popular lake over here and the place had derived its name from here itself. The highest peak here is the China peak and it looks very beautiful since it is surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Places to visit: The most common places of visit are the Naina Devi Temple, the Snow View Point, the Mall Road, the Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Raj Bhavan, Sattal, High Altitude Zoo and many other places.

Best time to visit: December to February is the best time to visit Nainital and its snow covered then or you can even visit it during the months of March to May for the pleasant weather.

2. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is located in the Dehradun district and is a beautiful hill station too. It is located on the mountains of Garhwal. It is like a horseshoe crest. You can see the beautiful Doon valley from here. Lal Tibba is the highest peak over here. It is located very close to the Yamunotri and the Gangotri.

Places to visit: Few places of interest over here are the Bhatta Falls, Mall Road, Camel’s Back Rock, Cloud’s End and many more. The snow adventure zone is a very popular attraction in Mussoorie because of various activities like Zip Swing, valley crossing and many more.

Best time to visit: It is best to visit in months of April, May and June. It is a peak season where you can see snowfalls.

3. Shimla

Shimla is the gorgeous capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is popular all over India by the name ‘Queen of Hills’. This hill station was previously favoured a lot by the Britishers. It was their summer capital. The toy train ride over here is very popular among the tourists.

Places to visit: Main places of visit are the Jakhu Hill, Annandale, Vice Regal Lodge, Christ Church, the Ridge Mall, Lavi Fair, Fagu Resort and many more.

Best time to visit: January, March and April are the most popular months to visit Shimla.

4. Manali

Manali is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. It lies on the Kullu Valley. It is surrounded by mountains and the River Beas lies here. The snow covered mountains offers the perfect pictorial setting for the travellers. It is known world wide as the Valley of Gods. It is popular for adventure sports like mountain biking, rafting, paragliding, kayaking and many more.

Places to visit: Most popular places of visit are the Hidimbi Temple, Rohtang Pass, Manikaran, Solang Valley, Vashist Temple and many more.

Best time to visit: It is best to visit during January and February during the Winter Carnival.

5. Kasauli

It is one of the most picturesque hill station of Himachal Pradesh. Kausalya the popular mountain stream is the main reason behind its name. It is very reasonable and budget friendly. Kasauli brewery is also found here. The main points of attraction are Sunrise Point, Monkey point, Sabathu Fort, Christ Church and many more. You can visit it during the months of April to June or from September to November.

6. Dalhousie

It lies in the Chamba district which is in Himachal Pradesh. It lies on the Dhauladhar Mountain Range. The snow capped mountains surround the entire place. The name is derived from the British viceroy, Lord Dalhousie. October to December is the best time to visit it along with March to June. The most popular places to visit here are Satdhara Falls, Panchpula, Kalatop Sanctuary, Bara Pathar Temple, St. Patrick Church, Garam Sadak, Moti Tibba and a lot more. One can even try trekking here.

7. Lansdowne

It is located in the Pauri Garhwal district. It is in Uttarakhand and is surrounded by oak and pine forests. It was previously a popular hill resort of the Britishers. It was named after the then Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. The best time to visit the place is during the autumn months during the Shardotsav. The major places to visit here are Bhulla Tal, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, St. John’s Church, Bhim Pakora, St. Mary’s Church, Tarkeswar Mahadev Temple and many more. Boating and Paddling are some of the activities that you can do here.

8. Ranikhet

It is located in the Almora district. It is located in the Kumaon Hills and is a very popular hill resort for the travellers. The climate remains pleasant throughout the year. So it can be visited any time of the year. The popular places of visit over here are the Bhalu Dam, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jhula Devi Temple, Hairakhan Temple, Dwarahat, Sitlakhet, Tarikhet and many other places. It is an ideal summer destination.

9. Almora

It lies at a huge height of 1651 metres. It is located on a ridge which is horse shoe shaped. It is on the Kumaon Hills. Talifat and Selifat are the two sides of this ridge. It has an alluring beauty which attracts a huge amount of tourists every year. It is also a cultural destination. The best time to visit Almora are during the months of March to June and also from September to November. The famous places over here are Nanda Devi Temple, Banari Devi, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Almora Fort, Jageshwar, Katarmal Sun Temple and many more.

10. Dharamshala

It is in Himachal Pradesh, in the Kangra district. It is divided in 2 parts- Mc Leod ganj and the Lower Dharamshala. There is a central Tibetan administration. The most commonly visited places here are Chamumda Temple, Kareri Lake, Dharamkot, Dalailama Temple, Norbulingka Temple, Gyuto Monastery, Bhagsu Falls, Dunali and a lot more. It also has amazing trekking trails. It has many Tibetan and Buddhist Monasteries.

 

Excursions to these beautiful places will give you the ultimate summer retreat during the hot and sultry summer months.

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