Your Favourite Hill Retreats: Then and Now!

Your Favourite Hill Retreats: Then and Now!

Take a trip down the memory lane and see for yourself how these hill stations have transformed over the years. From quaint corners to bustling towns, these places have seen it all! Come, take a look:


1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital, the beautiful lake resort was beloved by the British and was Jim Corbett’s home for many years, where he lived in solitude.


Nainital in 1885 

It is hard to believe that the hill station of Nainital is the same place which it used to be. The quiet lanes are now the bustling markets, the serene Naini lake is the major tourist spot and the misty mountains have become home to luxurious resorts and hotels in Nainital.



2. Darjeeling
It all started in the early 19th century when a patrol of the British East India Company, who were exploring an easy access to Sikkim during the Anglo Nepal wars, came across a sleepy hamlet with a brilliant view of Mount Kangchendzonga.


Now one of the famous tourist hill stations in India, Darjeeling has hugely grown in its domain over the years. Also, Darjeeling is one of the most loved hill retreats near Kolkata and you can search for flights to Kolkata across different platforms to get the best deals.


3. Mussoorie
Set up by winded British officers to escape the heat of the plains, the ever beautiful Mussoorie was the favoured holiday destination of white sahibs, rajas and nawabs for quite a long time.



Mussoorie 1860s
The colonial era houses still stand, but the hill station has come a long way spanning centuries.



4. Kodaikanal
During the British times, Lt. B.S. Ward was the first British officer to have arrived here in 1821. The hill station of Kodaikanal was like a hidden hamlet, wrapped in quietude.


Now, the hill station is packed with tourists all year around with hotels and restaurants in almost every nook and corner of the city.


5. Shimla
It was a small village before the English started building summer retreats here, from 1822. By 1864, it had been declared the summer capital of the Raj.


As Shimla grew, it expanded from its original ridge to seven surrounding hills and spilled over even these. The way it grew ensured that it didn’t remain a delightful escape from the summer heat. Today most of the sightseeing in Shimla can be done by car, though there are still a few places wherein you can experience the delight of lovely walks and treks.


6. Dalhousie
Dalhousie — established by the British in the 1850s as a sanatorium for officers and civil servants and named after the erstwhile Governor General of India — was a quiet and beautiful hill setting before it became a famous tourist hub.


Dalhousie retains much of its British appearance and character. The hill station that once used to be a loner's paradise, has now become a hotspot for all kinds of travellers with something for everyone.


7. Coonoor
Touches of the Raj still remains all over Coonoor in cottages named ‘The Gables’ and ‘Gorse View’ which sit prettily on the side of secluded lanes and in areas called Bedford and Elk Hill.



Coonoor has become popular in recent times and there is a lot to experience and explore here, including a joy ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railways. You can also find traces of old world charm in bits and pieces here. 

8. Almora
Unlike Ranikhet, Nainital, Shimla and Mussoorie, Almora has no such history of being developed by the British as a hill station. It was in 1560 AD that this pristine hill station came into light when Raja Bal Kalyan Chand shifted his capital from Champawat to Almora.


Almora, besides being a hill station, has also been a place frequently visited by famous personalities which include Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda. This is also the birthplace of Bharat Ratna Govind Ballabh Pant and Nobel Laureate Sir Ronald Ross. The hill station is home to some of Kumaon most important temples and is thronged by visitors for its famous Dussehra celebrations and the Nanda Devi Mela.

Your Favourite Hill Retreats: Then and Now! Your Favourite Hill Retreats: Then and Now! Reviewed by Ravish kumar on April 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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