Do you have an intense love for hill stations? Then you should plan a trip to the enchanting state of Uttarakhand this year. During your journey to this state, you can more than cover 6 hill stations in 6 days without even practicing. Snow-capped mountains, sparkling clean lakes, serene surroundings and lush greenery with small wooden houses add to its beauty.
Here is the list of 6 beautiful hill stations of Uttarakhand which can be easily covered in 6 days –
Nainital – The 1st destination
If the plan is spontaneous, it is best to book an intercity taxi from Delhi to Nainital for the entire journey. This breathtaking hill station used to serve as a summer retreat for the British. The main attraction of this hill station is the pear-shaped Naini Lake, where tourists can enjoy boating and fishing. Some of the must visit places in this hill station are Tiffin Top, Mall Road, Nainital Zoo and Thandi Sadak.
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How to reach – The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station. Trains to Delhi and Dehradun run daily to this railway station. Ranikhet Express, Utr Sampark Kranti and Kathgodam Shatabdi Express are some of the available options. After reaching Kathgodam, take a shared taxi, which costs approximately INR 150 (rates may vary slightly seasonally). Private taxis are also available at the station.
Where to stay– If you book a hotel in Nainital, make sure that your hotel room has a view of the lake. If you are visiting this hill station during peak season, it is recommended to book the hotel room in advance.
Places to eat – There are many eateries scattered around the Mall Road. Famous food joints like Dominos and Sagar Ratna are also available. Restaurants in Nainital offer all types of cuisine ranging from continental to Chinese.
Ranikhet – The Beautiful 2nd Stop
In the morning, head towards the serene hill station of Ranikhet. Due to its immense natural beauty, this hill station warrants the sobriquet – The Queen’s Meadow. It is known for having a number of picnic areas, hiking trails and ancient temples. It is also a major attraction for adventure junkies. Some of the places you must cover in Ranikhet are Jhula Devi Temple, Haidakhan Babaji Temple and Golf Course.
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How to reach – You can take private cab or shared taxi from Nainital to Ranikhet. The rate will be around INR 100 to 150. I personally wouldn’t recommend taking a bus ride for this route.
Where to stay– From sprawling heritage resorts to small budget hotels, all types of accommodation are available here. There are many hotels in Ranikhet and booking a hotel is not a hassle.
Places to eat – The main road is lined with a plethora of eateries where you can enjoy great food.
Kausani – The third stop
Located at an altitude of 1,890 m, Kausani offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas. To see mother nature in her most beautiful form, this is the place to be. It is an ideal holiday destination for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Some popular attractions of this hill station include Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery and Kausani Tea Estate.
How to reach – Book a private cab to get from Ranikhet to Kausani.
Where to stay -Stay in one of the budget hotels available in the hill station. Book a hotel in Kausani online and enjoy a hassle-free stay.
Places to eat – You can choose to have your meals at the hotel where you are staying or enjoy local delicacies from the vendors.
Baijnath – The 4th hill station
Baijnath is named after the famous Baijnath Temple, which was built by Kumaon Katyuri King in 1150. This stone temple houses a beautiful idol of Goddess Parvati. The temple is bordered by a sparkling lake, where you can sit and spend some quality time. Other than the temple, you can visit the local market – Garur and Bhramari Devi Temple.
How to reach – Book a private taxi to travel from Kausani to Baijnath. The cost is no more than INR 100 for a shared taxi.
Where to stay – You can choose to stay in Kausani and visit Bahebath as an excursion or you can book a budget hotel in Baijnath and enjoy a peaceful stay.
Places to eat – Only a few options are available in Baijnath for foodies. You may get a warm cup of tea and hot pakora from the roadside vendors.
Almora – The 5th Paradise
After a good night’s rest, you will begin your journey to the most serene hill station of Uttarakhand – Almora. The pristine beauty of Almora is sure to captivate you and force you to spend another day there. An Insider’s guide to Almora will help you explore this hill station like a local and get the most out of it. You can stay in a well-maintained hotel or also enjoy a homestay in one of the beautiful pahari houses.
How to reach – Book a private cab to get from Baijnath to Almora. The total fare for the entire trip will be approximately INR 250 per person.
Where to stay – There are a number of hotels where you can enjoy a comfortable stay in Almora.
Places to eat – For dining in Almora, Glory Restaurant is one of the most famous places. Also the best place to enjoy Momos and Thukpa is Norzeing restaurant which is located on the main road.
Jageshwar Dham – The ultimate destination
Jageshwar is visited by a plethora of tourists and devotees all year round. It is famous for its cluster of 124 stone temples, dating back to 9-13 CE. A river flowing along the sides of the temple adds to the overall beauty of the place. There is also a lotus kund in the temple building. Two attached cedars catch everyone’s attention. Other than the temple, there is an Archaeological Museum, which is worth a visit.
How to reach – You can easily get a taxi from the taxi rank in Almora. Travel with the locals and get an insight into the place.
Where to stay – There are one or two hotels in Jageshwar where you can stay. You can also plan to come back to Almora for the stay.
Places to eat – Enjoy picnicking on the way to this destination. There are small tea houses and eateries dotted around the main street.
Also, other than just exploring this one 6 hill stations in 6 days, you can also include hill stations like Bhimtal, Bhowali, Binsar and Bageshwar on your itinerary without even extending your trip. Maintaining a perfect balance between entertainment and tranquility, the state of Uttarakhand is an ideal holiday destination.