Escape Delhi’s Urban Jungle with a Rejuvenating Trip to these Five Beautiful Hill Stations

Looking to escape the chaos and stress of daily life? Take a short break to any of these five hill-stations that are located just a short drive or ride away from the capital.

The mesmerising splendour of the majestic Himalayas, the swift waters of fast-flowing rivers, lush green forests, pleasant climate, and the peace and solace of these small hill towns make Delhites rush here, both in summer and winter.

Check out the top five hill stations near Delhi that offer you a welcome, respite from the chaos and stress of urban life.

  1. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Rightly called the “Queen of Hills,” the pleasant weather and picturesque views of the Shivalik ranges, and the serene surroundings of Mussoorie, transport you to another world where time moves slow. At a height of 1800m above the sea-level, Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill-stations near the capital.

What to Do: Unleash the adventurer in you with extreme activities like mountain biking, zip-lining, skywalk, or rock climbing. Or pamper your tired muscles with a soothing massage at the ultra-luxurious spas at five-star resorts like the JW Marriott, or the Savoy.

Distance from Delhi: 279 km

  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is one of the most favourite hill stations of the Delhites. The summer capital of the British, Shimla has plenty of endearing colonial charm, a wonderful climate all around the year, and a peaceful ambience that makes it perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

What to do: Ride aboard the Toy Train for scenic vistas that will leave you mesmerised. Try out ice-skating and rafting at Tattapani or indulge in shopping at the Mall Road or Lakkar Bazaar.

Distance from Delhi: 344 km

  1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital lies at an altitude of 2,000 m above the sea-level, at the foothills of the Kumaon mountain ranges in the Himalayas. The town gets its name from the Naini Lake and is fondly known as the “Lake District of India.” A pleasant climate, charming vistas, quaint boat rides, and majestic trees; all make Nainital perfect for a weekend getaway from Delhi.

What to do: Try horse riding, yachting, or boating on the Naini lake, visit the Eco Garden cave, and the famous Naini Devi temple.

Distance from Delhi: 302 km

  1. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

The home of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is known as Little Dhasa or Lhasa due to its Tibetan and Buddhist influences. Ideal for trekkers as well as those seeking to relax and rejuvenate, this little hill town is divided into two major regions – The Upper Dharamshala (headquarters of the Tibetan leader, Dalai Lama) and Lower Dharamshala (a commercial centre).

What to do: Take a day trip to the famous Naddi Village for a peek into the local culture and lifestyle, or Camp at Dharamkot and marvel at the beauty of the region.

Distance from Delhi: 475 km

  1. Leh, Himachal Pradesh

If you’re looking for a hill-station to spend a long weekend, then a trip to Leh is perfect. Though around 1,000 km away from Delhi, with plenty of non-stop flights from Delhi to Leh, you can reach this stunning hill-station within two hours.

The capital of Ladakh, Leh is the Mecca for adventure seekers and photography enthusiasts. With a surreal landscape and endless vistas to explore, a visit to Leh is the best way to disconnect from the rest of the world and connect with yourself.

What to do: Drive to the top of the Khardung La, the second highest motorable road in the whole world. Check out the magnetic hill, where your car drives on its own, thanks to the incredible magnetic field in the area.

Distance from Delhi: 1,012 km

The Hills are Calling!

Located very close to several mountain ranges, the hills are just a few hours’ drive away from the capital. So, pack your bags, enjoy the beauty of the hill stations, and come back rejuvenated and refreshed!

Why Should Inns Go Green?

A lot of businesses and individuals have not gone green simply because they assume it’s too much work or they just don’t know where to start.

There are so many ways to go green and so my ways it benefits the earth, yet people often forget to explain how much of an impact it can have on the world if everyone practiced a lifestyle that is environmentally safe at the same time.

According to this article by USA Today, if everyone recycled, “Landfills would shrink tremendously and the recycling industry could add billions of dollars to the global economy.”

The same article then said, “In one day, if everyone in America recycled just one plastic bottle, those materials could make more than 54 million t-shirts or about 6.5 million fleece jackets.”

Those are pretty powerful words if they’re true.

Many inns have already gone green, but it’s for the reasons mentioned above that all of them should follow suit.

Guests who stay in B&Bs are looking for a special experience and they pay close attention to those running things so they can leave an honest review when it’s all said and done.

Going green is something that will stand out to your guests as they will realize you genuinely care about the environment… whereas large hotels don’t think twice about going green, or simply can’t because they’re too big.

You can easily lead by example by doing simple things to go green:

Recycle

Go paperless and email receipts instead of printing them out

Make natural cleaning products to keep harsh chemicals out of the air

Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs

Put a water filter on your faucet and stop purchasing bottled water

Remind guests to turn off lights when not in use

Add plants indoors; they will absorb air pollution

Make a compost garden

Use cloth napkins instead of paper

As you can see, there are many, many ways to go green. They’re all affordable and they all pay off over time.

Your B&B will feel clean and natural and your guests will love the effort you’re making for the environment. It’s a win-win!

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