Hill STATIONS OF HIMALAYAS
Welcome to Gulmarg the hill resort with magical meadows and mountains. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. In fact the hill resort of Gulmarg literally means "the meadow of flowers". The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia's only heli-skiing resort. There are immense beauty and adventure activities that make Gulmarg much more than a cool hill resort.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India.
Ladakh - Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements.
It is a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Temperature is ideal in summers and tourists flock it in great numbers and it is highly advisable to get hotel reservations done well in advance despite the fact that there are over 1000 hotels in Shimla. Shimla, the popular summer capital of the British times is a proud capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh and it still retains the glory of its historic splendors; racing, golf and cricket still prevail.
Manali situated in the north Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at the Northern end of the Kullu valley with its spectacular views of the snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes, the Beas rushing along its rocky course amid grassy wild flowered meadows, is ideal for honeymooners and adventure sport lovers. As the earth slowly dried, here across a place of breath taking natural beauty which was only appropriate for it was at Manali that life began again.
Kullu was once known as Kullanthapitha - the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalaya, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled Silver Valley. The hill resort of Kullu is located in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu lies in the lower reaches of the Himalayan range.
Dharamshala is the district hqr. of Kangra district. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range about 18 km. north east of Kangra town. Hill station is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front. The snow line is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamshala than at any other hill resort and it is possible to trek to snow point after an early morning's start.
It is located in Himachal Pradesh, Tucked inside the northern Himalayas, Sarahan is a picturesque village overlooking a deep valley. Tranquil, forested Sarahan-- with an unimpeded view of the Srikhand Mahadev peak - is definitely worth a visit. For the more sturdy, there are hiking trails leading into nearby villages. The Bhimakali Temple is also worth seeing.
Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India. The popular summer retreat of India, Nainital attracts innumerable tourists during the summer heat.
Mussoorie in Indian States of Uttaranchal, like other hill resorts in India, came into existence in the 1820s or thereabouts, when the families of British colonials began making for the hills in order to escape the scorching heat of the plains. Small settlements grew into large stations and were soon vying with each other for the title of "queen of the hills."
Hill Station cum Holy Place in Uttranchal Valley - Rishikesh is the ashram capital of Hinduism. Located at the confluence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga at a distance of 28 km from the Haridwar town, Rishikesh is a sacred spot where the great sage Raibhya performed penance and was granted an appearance by God in his /’Hrishikesh/’ aspect. Rishikesh is today a centre of Vedic, yogic, herbal medication.
Gangtok - The Capital and principal town of Sikkim is a growing resort full of taxis, tourists and hotels. Spread on a ridge at 1870m, it has four to five roads running almost parallel to each other. It used to be a typical beautiful Himalayan town a few years ago. Now it is being spoiled by traders and builders. Box-Like hotels, houses and shopping centers are coming up without any consideration towards aesthetics or hill architecture.