Nancy B. Varghese
Looking for lesser-known spots in the country for your next quick getaway? As we welcome that part of the year when we have the best weather across the country, there’s no time like the present to take your pick from our list of the best hill stations you need to visit in the upcoming long weekend of Gandhi Jayanti!
Where is it: Mumbai
How to get there: The nearest railway station is Igatpuri, from where you can take buses and taxis that ply regularly to and from Bhandardara. You can also take a road trip, as it is located at 185 km from Mumbai.
Famous attractions: Arthur Lake, Ratangarh Fort, Mount Kalsuba, Wilson Dam
Set up camp with your besties on your adventure trails, but don’t forget to light up with this efficient Tiny Deal Pop-up LED Lantern for Rs 300
Where is it: Uttarakhand
How to get there: There are regular buses between major destinations in Uttarakhand and Auli. Haridwar is the closest railway station to Auli, from where you can take private and state buses, or hire taxis to take you to the destination.
Famous attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal, Hot Spring Point
Don’t let the wet weather or the harsh sun dampen your spirits on your trek! Carry this handy Rrimin Umbrella Sun Shade Cap for Rs 445
Where is it: Andhra Pradesh
How to get there: The fastest way to Araku is via train from Visakhapatnam that will get you to the destination in 6 hours. You can also take one of the several APSRTC buses that run between major cities and Araku.
Famous attractions: Borra Caves, Katiki Waterfalls, Ananthagiri, Tribal Museum, Tyda Park
Stay sanitized even when on tough trails and rugged landscapes with this Royals Biodegradable Expandable Hand Towel (Pack of 30) for Rs 250
Where is it: Madhya Pradesh
How to get there: Annapur Railway Station is the closest to the destination. You can also reach Amarkantak by buses that run from Jabalpur, Shahdol, Pendra Road, Umaria, Rewa, Bilaspur, and Anuppur.
Famous attractions: Sonmuda, Dudhdhara, Narmada Udgam, Dhuni Pani
Explore the great outdoors and don’t hesitate to set up camp with this Pink Pari Portable Waterproof Tent for Rs 1,399
Where is it: Meghalaya
How to get there: Guwahati is the nearest railway station to Shillong. Umroi Airport is located 25 km from Shillong and buses or taxis are available for a commute to and from Shillong. Gopinath Bordoloi Airport in Guwahati is also well connected with other cities of India, with regular flights to the destination.
Famous attractions: Umiam Lake, Mawphlang Sacred Forest, Elephant Waterfalls, Botanical Garden, Mawlynnong Village
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Where is it: Karnataka
How to get there: Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru is the closest international airport to the destination. You can also take the KSRTC deluxe buses, that ply daily from Mysore, Bengaluru, and Mangaluru.
Famous attractions: Tea and coffee plantations, Bagamandala Temple, Tadevendamol, Nagarhole National Park.
Where is it: Kashmir
How to get there: The valley is located 12 kilometers from Pahalgam, which is well-connected by roads as it is a popular tourist centre. You can also opt for flights and land at Srinagar airport.
Famous attractions: Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Chandanwari
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