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Since ages mountains across the world have been attracting travelers, adventure lovers and peace seekers. Till the arrival of British in India, tourism in mountain areas remained largely confined to religious destinations and pilgrimage to places such as Badrinath in Uttrakahand, Amarnath cave in Jammu and Kashmir.

British Period

British colonization in India saw many new hills stations fast converting into flourishing tourist destinations. Hills station of Shimla was converted into a summer capital during the Raj days and saw rapid growth. Similarly, many hill stations, including Nainital in North India were discovered by the British explorers.

Rapid growth in Hill stations

The serene and tranquil climate of hilly areas saw rapid development of hill stations in India during the 19th and early 20th century. During the British period many hills stations such as Shimla, Gangtok, MussoorieDehradun, Darjeeling, Dalhousie, Shillong, Ooty, Kodaikanal etc became quite popular and became favorite travel destinations not only for the British officers but also for Indian aristocracy. As a result many English and missionary schools got opened in these hill stations.

Mountain travel

In North India there are several hill stations lying in the Himalayan region. Some of these hills stations offer a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayas. The hill stations in the Himalayan region have been attracting tourists from all over the globe for their sheer beauty, thrill and adventure. Over a period of time a large number of beautiful hill stations have developed in North India. Be it Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Nainital in Uttarakand and Darjeeling in North East all have breathtaking vistas to offer to a traveler.

Hill stations West India

In the Western Ghats mountain range of West India, several beautiful hill stations such as Khandala, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Mantheran and Panchghani are located. The salubrious climate of these hill stations attract a large number of tourist , especially during the rains when these hill stations offer a panoramic view.

Hill stations in South India

In South also hill stations are remarkably beautiful. Some of the hill stations worth visiting are Munnar , Nandi , Ooty , Coonoor and Coorg.



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