New Delhi, as we all know, is the national capital region and is the epicenter of multiple things in India. It includes but is not limited to the government, the commerce and even a lot of Technology. Auxiliary townships of Delhi like Noida and Gurugram have a lot of Information Technology companies like Google and it also has a thriving Startup culture. Given all of these and the abundance of media companies, the national capital territory is always in need for a Getaway that will relax people from their strenuous schedules of the weekdays.
There is nothing more relaxing than a hill station that will give you the chill, literally! In that regard, the national capital territory is blessed with a lot of hill station around it. Given the need for people to go and return quickly, we have compiled a list of hill stations in Uttarakhand that are situated within the 300 km radius from Delhi. This makes it ideal for you to go on a drive and come back and this would fit the bill as a perfect weekend Getaway.
The state of Uttarakhand is blessed with a lot of hill stations in and around the state capital. The hill stations Ashok letter that there are two distinct hill stations that are separated only by 35 km. This is the condition with Mussoorie which is located in the Dehradun district. District capital Dehradun in itself is a great hill station. Mussoorie gives you a perfect relaxation from Delhi and is a great Getaway at just 278 km from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 278 km
Best season to visit: Throughout the year based on your trip plan Intention
April-June: The months of April, May and June witness the peak season because of the pleasant climate.
August–September: Mussoorie usually sees heavy rainfall during the monsoon season.
October to mid February: While cold season in mussoorie is enjoyable, and generally winter season starts during the month of October and lasts till the end of February. The minimum temperature 1 degree C during the night. Those should visit Mussoorie during winters, who looking forward to see snowfall.
Prime attractions: Kempty Falls, Tibetan Temple, Jharipani falls, Bhatta Falls
Mussoorie has a lot of attractions like the Kempty Falls, the camel’s back road and the dhanaulti. It is situated on the garhwal mountain ranges and it is the highest region in the Lal Tibba.
There is a Tibetan Temple that was built by the people of Tibet who settled in this region and is a great place for you to unwind and relax. Mussoorie he was founded by captain John young in the year 1820 and he belonged to the British army. Like many other destinations in the vicinity of Dehradun, it was founded as a gateway for the British officers. Mussoorie served as the unofficial headquarters of the Tibetan refugees in 1959.
The jharipani falls, the Mall Road, the Bhatta Falls, the kanatal and the ropeway ride on the top of gun Hills are a few attractions that you should never miss in Mussoorie. Mussoorie also has the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration which trains the top notch personal of the Indian Administrative Services and the Indian police services.
Situated at about 294 km from Delhi, Nainital is a beautiful hill station that is situated in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the district headquarters and is located on the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas. Nainital is literally the land of seven lakes. This place is blessed with a lot of tourist attractions and experiences. The famous Nainital lake is a place where you can enjoy your voting right. The naina peak and the Bhimtal are a few other places that you can visit in Nainital. It is situated at an altitude of about 1938 metres and is a great place for you to relax and take a break from the stress of Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: Nainital is 294 km away from Delhi.
Best season to visit:
- Nainital in Summers : March till June. The peak season in Nainital generally pleasant for a day sightseeing. This is also the best time to enjoy boat ride as the weather is favourable.
- Nainital in monsoons: July till September. The monsoon season starts in last June till September. …
- Nainital in winters: October till February.
Prime Attractions: Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Aerial Ropeway Nainital, Naina Devi peak Temple, The Mall Road, Nainital, Tiffin Top
Activities: Boating, Horse riding, Skating and Rock climbing.
It is interesting to note that Nainital was founded in the year 1841 by one of the European Businessman Percy Brown and it later became a summer Getaway for the Britishers who could not take the summer heat of temperate India. They spend the time in The Hills to escape that scorching weather and in that Endeavour, build a lot of schools and colleges. In all of this, Nainital has not lost its identity of nomenclature as it has been named after the Naina Devi temple which is considered to be a form of Goddess Parvati. Nainital attracts a lot of tourists not only from India but from all parts of the world.
The attractions like the high altitude zoo, the Naina Devi peak, the Naina Devi temple and a few others are bound to leave the visitors spellbound. There are a lot of activities including boating, horse riding, skating and rock climbing.
The Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational Sciences is situated in Nainital and is an important centre in India for studies on astronomy and space.
The list of places to visit near Delhi cannot be complete without the mention of Dehradun even outside the context of hill stations. Situated at about 231 km from Delhi, this is the Capital of Uttarakhand and is also a district capital.
The town of Dehradun is situated in the Doon Valley in the foot of Himalayas. The Town is so blessed that it is situated between the two holiest rivers of India, the Ganga and Yamuna. Dehradun has a very long history that goes to the time of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that according to the Legend, after the battle with Ravana, Lord Rama and Lakshmana visited Dehradun. In Mahabharat, the ultimate Guru Dronacharya was believed to have been born and brought up in Dehradun.
Distance from Delhi: 245 km from Delhi.
Best season to visit: March to June is the Peak season. This is the time when most people flock to Dehradun since the weather is pleasant and clear and is best to enjoy the sights and indulge in adventure activities. The maximum temperature during this time is 35 degrees Celsius and the minimum is 17 degrees Celsius.
Prime Attractions: A few attractions that you can enjoy in Dehradun are the tapkeshwar temple, the santala devi temple, the Rajaji National Park, that Tapovan, malsi Deer park and a few others. Some of the world’s best basmati rice is cultivated in Dehradun.
There are a lot of ancient temples that can be found in the vicinity of Dehradun which are more than 2000 years old. Outside all this scope of history, Dehradun has quite a picture SK landscape and very pleasant weather. Dehradun was the place in which the famous writer Rudyard Kipling left.
Festivals in Dehradun: There are a lot of festivals that happen in Dehradun that attract people from all over the world. The xander fair, that tapkeshwar affair, the Laxman Siddh fair, the bus fare the Shahid Veer Kesari Chandra fair a few celebrations that drench the city in a very festive mood.
Some of the best schools of the country Like The Doon School and they Welham school are located at Dehradun. The Crowning Glory for Dehradun in the field of education is perhaps the Forest Research Institute and the Indian Military Academy. Outside all of this education, celebration and temples, Dehradun is also an important epicenter of adventure activities. You can enjoy a lot of activities like paragliding, water sports and a lot more.
Even if the city has everything it takes to become the national capital, the manufacturing capital, the administrative capital, the political capital the information technology capital and start up capital of a country, it also needs places to relax and unwind because the stress of life can take a toll on the productivity of the people. In that respect, Delhi is quite gifted to have amazing hill stations in its vicinity at less than 300 km. These are the places that one should never miss visiting when they are so close from Delhi.