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Kashmir To Kanyakumari: Top 5 Mountain Destinations In India To Visit Post Covid-19

With the highest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas, running north to east and the stunning Aravalli and Vindhya ranges flanking the western and central parts, the best hill stations in India offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Here is a tailored list of top 5 hill destinations to ditch the city and to head to the best hill stations in India to spend your days, strolling the beautiful greenery and next to a soothing lake or staring at the scenic mountains post Covid-19 to get rid of the plagued and monotonous life due the global pandemic.

By Pallabi Ghatak

Kashmir To Kanyakumari: Top 5 Mountain Destinations In India To Visit Post Covid-19

The constant reminders about following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks to fight Covid-19, traveling seems like the last thing on our minds right now. As countries gradually are arising the lockdown restrictions, people craving for an excursion is heading to nearby holiday homes. Go-local is the new mantra. "The local holiday market will boom this year as the majority of the people feel safer traveling to nearby holiday destinations," said Rajnish Kumar, co-founder, and chief technology officer of travel company ixigo.

Here are the top 5 hill destinations which will certainly thrill you.

PAHALGAM, JAMMU, AND KASHMIR: The place is characterized by gurgling rivers and snowy peaks all around. Pahalgam makes a poster perfect destination for a hill station in India. The "Valley of Shepherds" - so named after its first inhabitants - is home to every Kashmir cliche. Just about 100 kilometers from Srinagar and 7,000 ft high in the lap of the Himalayas, it has pine-covered mountains, crisp air, and crystal clear waters. In Pahalgam, beauty lies in every second of every minute. One can go white water rafting down the Lidder River and must-visit Tarsar Lake, Sun Temple, Mamaleshwar Temple, and Overa-Aru Wildlife Sanctuary.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh: Manali - the Valley of Gods - offers a wildly exotic and spiritually mesmerizing panoramic view of the Himalayas, with the fast bounding River Beas in the foreground. Pleasant weather and exotic landscapes make this charming hill station a tourist magnet throughout the year, from backpackers to trekkers to luxury tourists. Here, visit Rohtang Pass, Kalath Hot Water Springs, Vashist Hot Water Springs, Jogini Falls, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Beas River, Great Himachal National Park, Pandoh Dam, Manali Sanctuary, etc.

Darjeeling, West Bengal: Famous for its large tea-estates, Darjeeling - the Queen of Hills - has a magnificent view of Mount Kanchenjunga, waterfalls, and several hills. The historic Toy Train makes for a memorable ride and the Tiger Hill, Senchal Lake, Ghoom Monastery, Observatory Hill, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, and War Memorial are among the most popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling.

Shillong, Meghalaya: Monsoon is the best time to visit Shillong - the Scotland of the East - as the entire city breathes a new life in the rains. The least one can say is the surrounding landscapes in Shillong are eye-captivating. Shillong Meghalaya is truly nurture with lush green passage, photogenic landscapes and wide varity of flowers with mesmerized smell. This Travel dèstination particularly stands for a perfect blend of natural beauty and modern hospitality and this feature attracts tourists from all around the globe . Visit, the Umiam Lake created by the Umiam River and famous water sports along with rolling meadows of the Shillong Golf Course bordered by pine trees and enjoy a boat ride on the Ward's Lake. Other attractions are the Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Sweet Falls, and the Lady Hydari Park.

Munnar, Kerala: Perched on the hilly destination of God's own country - Kerala, Munnar is enveloped with greenery and romantic locations that can steal your heart away. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-perfect vistas, and winding lanes make Munnar a favorite among Indian hill stations. Although the town itself is forever alive with activity, wander a few kilometers out and you will be engulfed in a thousand shades of green. Eravikulam National Park, Matupetty Dam, Anuamudi Deviulam, Munnar Tea Museum, and Fun Forest are the must-visit sightseeing spots.

India's abundance of hill stations spread all over the country makes for a tranquil and picturesque destination for tourists. Tucked within these towering altitudes, these places have hosted travelers for years and are a retreat in themselves.

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