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Lesser known Hill Stations in India you probably didn’t know of

Endowed with magnificent, majestic mountains, northern states of India are swarmed by tourists for a major part of the year, especially so during the summer. While most of the popular hill stations are having a tough time surviving the flagrant wave of commercialization, there are a few unaffected, lesser known hill stations that are still under the hood.

1. Kausani, Uttarakhand

Kausani is a hidden hill station in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand and is perhaps one of the best places to see the magnificent peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Trishul. With densely forested tea gardens and pine forests, Kausani is home to a few 12th-century temples. Other attractions in the vicinity are Anasakti Ashram and Rudradhari Falls.

Distance from Delhi: About 400 kilometers
Closest railhead: Haldwani

Hill Stations Near Delhi

2. Pangot, Uttarakhand
Situated about 13 kilometers from Nainital, Pangot is a charming hill station in Uttarakhand and a paradise for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. Situated at a height of 6,300 feet, the drive to Pangot passed through the forested area of Cheena Park, which is home to more than 580 species of bird species including Himalayan griffon, lammergeier, khalij pheasant, thrushes, blue-winged minla, among many others.

Distance from Delhi: About 300 kilometers
Closest railhead: Kathgodam

3. Kangojodi, Himachal Pradesh
A 7 km long forested area, Kangojodi is a reserve in the Sirmour District brimming with pine forests and rare species of flora and fauna. An absolute offbeat destination, it is one of the best hill stations near Delhi for those seeking solitude.

Distance from Delhi: About 280 kilometers
Closest railhead: Barog and Solan

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4. Chaukori, Uttarakhand

Set amongst the soaring peaks of the Western Himalayas, Chaukori is a quaint hill station in the Pithorgarh District of Uttarakhand. Besides the thick, verdant woodlands, the hill station offers a spectacular view of the Nanda Devi peak. Also, the Mahakali River flows through its eastern boundary forming its border with Nepal.

Distance from Delhi: About 470 kilometers
Closest railhead: Kathgodam

5. Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Also located in the Sirmour District, Nahan is just as pristine as Kangojodi and also one of the cleanest towns in Himachal Pradesh. The place presents a pleasant climate all through the year but still remains off the tourist map. The quaint Himalayan town can recharge you faster than all its counterparts with its completely non-commercialized aura.

While in Nahan, one should definitely book a stay at The Sirmour Retreat; a one of its kind luxury resort with an array of amenities. Make sure you book your stay well in advance.

Distance from Delhi: About 250 kilometers
Closest railhead: Barog and Solan