15 Lesser Known Hill Stations in India

There are still lesser known hill stations, untouched by the pressures of commercialization. Staying in these quaint little hills station and their wooden guesthouses can bring back olden day charm to your tour!

Today, TripHobo will chart out 15 unknown hill stations in India that you should check out soon before they turn mainstream:

1. Kausani: Hidden Hill Station in Uttarakhand

Kausani, Uttarakhand

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Best time to visit Kausani: Between March and May

How to reach: Nearest Train station is Kathgodam from where you can take a taxi for Kausani (64 kms).

Lesser known amidst the tourists in India, this valley is known for offering mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Resembling Switzerland because of its densely forested pines and tea gardens, Kasauni is a pretty place to explore.

2. Chaukori: Experience Beautiful Mornings Here

Chaukori, Uttarakhand

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Best time to visit: Between April and June

How to Reach: Nearest Train station is Kathgodam from where you can take a taxi for Chaukori (180 kms).

It is located in Pithoragarh district of Kumaon Himalaya and known for its tea gardens which were established by the British colonial rulers. Chaukori is the best place in Uttarakhand for witnessing the enchanting views of morning sun rays kissing the snow clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchauli Group of mountains.

3. Kanatal, Mussoorie: Experience Nature at the Best

Kanatal, Mussoorie

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Best time to visit: Between April to October

How to reach: Nearest place is Mussoorie from where you can take a taxi to Kanatal (38 kms).

Located just 38 kms from the well known hill station of Mussoorie, Kanatal is away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. A perfect place to find apple orchards, pine forest, wild flowers and tiny temples that would soak all your exhaustion. For people who are seeking retreat from the heat of the cities, Kanatal appears to be the best pick as the temperature of Kanatal does not go beyond 28 degrees.

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4. Khati, Uttarakhand: Unexplored Hill Station

Khati, Uttarakhand

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Best time to visit: Between April and October

How to reach: Nearest Train station is Kathgodam from where you can hire a taxi to Khati (147 kms).

One of the least known summer holiday destinations in India, Khati can be reached by trekking. Plush greenery, quaint locales and sparse population makes this small hamlet a paradise of untouched natural beauty. Khati village is located on Pindari Glacier Trek and it is the last inhabited village on the way to Pindari Glacier. Kharkiya is the last road to Khati and one needs to trek from here. The trail is lined with beautiful blend of rhododendrons and oak forests.

5. Idukki : Unexplored Hill Station in Kerala

Idukki, Kerala

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Best time to visit: Between October and March

How to reach: Nearest Railway station is Kottayam, from where you can take a bus till Idukki (Dist. 114 Km)

Idukki offers you the views of pretty lake and dam. You can also spend time in Munnar, a famous tea plantation-based hill station. Since Munnar is on the popular tourist places list, you can hop across the district to Marayur, a remote village, or visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary or Eravikulam Wildlife Santuary, amongst the many other wildlife reserves and national parks that dot the district.

6. Ponmudi, Kerala: Mornings, Tea Gardens

Ponmudi, Kerala

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Best time to visit: Between October and April

How to reach: Trains from Kochi to Ponmudi (176 kms).

Located in the Thiruvananthapuram district, this little hill station is over run by tea gardens. Here you can watch the river Kallar, with its crystal clear waters, running down through the town. There's also a deer park, a wildlife sanctuary and a biological park for your amusement.


7. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: Extreme Natural Beauty

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

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Best time to visit : During the summer months between March and October. Avoid the monsoon months from July to September.

How to reach: Tezpur is the major rail head closest to Tawang. Buses and private taxis are available to reach Tawang (319 kms).

At an altitude of over 10,000 feet, Tawang never tires of being described as tranquil and serene, along with other words that describe a place of extreme natural beauty. With Tibet on one side and Bhutan on another, Tawang presents a beautiful Buddhist dominated cultural mix. The main attraction here is the Tawang monastery, said to be the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside Lhasa.

8. Haflong, Assam: Hill Station with Rivers, Flowers

Haflong, Assam

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Best time to visit: From October to April.

How to Reach: There are regular trains from other major cities to Haflong in Assam

Haflong has everything that a little hill statin charm can hold for you! Home to warm locals, mostly the colourful Assamese tribes, this place beams with bright green rivers and clouds grazing the blue hills covered with as many as 2 lakh varieties of flowers.

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9. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu: Jewel of the South

Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

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Best time to visit: Between October and June.

How to Reach: Trains from Chennai to Yercaud (337kms).

Perfect for little walks around forested slopes, a trek or two, and boating, this is a small hill station that looks beautiful for its virgin beauty. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which makes a nice day trip too. You can also check out the various parks and gardens that dot the place, apart from being mesmerised by the rock formations.

10. Pelling, Sikkim: Picturesque Hill Station Not to be missed

Pelling, Sikkim

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Best time to visit: Between April to July

How to reach: The New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station is the closest railhead at a distance of 152 kilometres from Pelling.

A confluence of nature, religion and spirituality, the town is strewn with monasteries that date back to many centuries. Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Offering a perfect backdrop to spiritual architecture here is the serene environment and picturesque setting.

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11. Chopta, Uttarakhand: Hill Station for Trekkers

Chopta, Uttarakhand

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Best time to visit: Between March and June.

How to Reach: You need to either drive there or hire a taxi from Rudraprayag, which has bus connectivity. 

Far from the maddening crowd, Chopta is an excellent destination for those who like serious trekking, it serves as base for treks to both Tungnath and Chandrashila.

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12. Chikhaldara, Hill Station in Maharashtra

Chikhaldara, Maharashtra

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Best time to visit: Between November and March.

How to reach: Nearest Train station is Akola from where you can hire a taxi to Chikhaldara (85kms)

An excellent destination in Maharashtra, the places of interest here include Kitchakdari and Shakkar lakes, Gawilghur Fort, the temples around, the wildlife museum and of course, the view points. There’s also a tiger sanctuary.

13. Shimoga, Karnataka: Hill Station with Lovely Waterfall

Shimoga, Karnataka

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Best time to visit: Between July and November

How to reach: Nearest Train station is Bangalore from where you can hire a taxi (245kms).

Attractions Nearby : Jog falls

When you think of hill stations in Karnataka, you think of Coorg or maybe Mysore. But Shimoga district has few beautiful spots with lovely waterfalls. Jog falls are in Shimoga district, to begin with, and they’re an awe-inspiring sight when in full force.

14. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu: The Best Escape from Crowd

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Best time to visit: Between November to April

How to Reach: Coonoor is the only available rail stop for the Nilgiri Mountain Railway service between Ooty and Mettupalayam.

Known for production of Nilgiri tea, it's also ideal as a base camp for treks that lead into the Nilgiris. Based out of Coonoor, you can do pretty much the same stuff that Ooty offers and at the same time, escape the crowds.

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15. Tirthan Valley (Kullu District): Most Beautiful Hill Station

Tirthan Valley

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Best time to visit : Between April to July.

How to Reach : By Road from Delhi (544kms).

Attractions Nearby: Natural beauty and resorts.

Tirthan valley is one of the most breath-taking places in entire Himachal. Think bon-fires, music, a beautiful river and homestays that are more welcoming than 5 star hotels or resorts.

So which of these unexplored hill stations in India would you like to visit this time?

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