10 Offbeat Hill Stations In Uttarakhand To Visit This Summer

OT Staff


In the Himalayas, Uttarakhand offers serene hill stations like Mukteshwar and Binsar amidst lush forests and majestic peaks. Kausani is a spiritual retreat, while Chopta is an adventure hub. Every destination has its own charm, inviting travellers to explore and find solace in nature.

Beautiful scenic landscape of Chopta, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock


Mukteshwar, in the Nainital district, is a peaceful destination known for its stunning views of the Himalayas, fruit orchards, and dense forests. Some highlights here include Mukteshwar Temple, Chauli Ki Jali viewpoint for rock climbing and rappelling, and scenic nature walks.

Bhalu Gaad Waterfall, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock


Binsar is a charming hill station renowned for its wildlife sanctuary that offers opportunities for birdwatching and jungle safaris. It provides breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi. It is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and trekkers.

View of the Himalayas from Binsar | Shutterstock


Chopta, nicknamed the 'Mini Switzerland of India', is a tranquil hill station in the Rudraprayag district. It's the starting point for the trek to Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple globally. The area has trekking trails, lush meadows, and breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks.

Deoriatal, near Sari village, Chopta, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock


Kausani offers stunning views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks. It's a peaceful getaway known for its tea gardens, Anasakti Ashram, and trekking trails to Baijnath, a perfect escapade for the summers.

Panoramic view of the great Himalayas mountain range during an autumn morning from Kausani | Shutterstock


Situated in Pithoragarh district, Munsiyari is a hidden gem known for its natural beauty, glaciers, and trekking routes. It serves as a base for treks to Milam Glacier, Ralam Glacier, and Nanda Devi Peak.

View of beautiful Panchchuli Peaks of the Great Himalayas as seen from Munsiyari | Shutterstock


Lansdowne is a serene hill station with colonial charm tucked away in the Garhwal Himalayas. You can enjoy visiting Bhulla Lake, Tip-in-Top viewpoint, St. Mary's Church, and go on jungle safaris in Kalagarh Tiger Reserve if you are summer-vacationing at the hill station.

A winding road in Lansdowne | Shutterstock


Ranikhet is a beautiful hill station surrounded by pine, oak, and deodar forests. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and attractions like Chaubatia Gardens, Jhula Devi Temple, and Bhalu Dam.

Sunrise over pine forests in Almora, Ranikhet | Shutterstock


Pithoragarh, also known as 'Little Kashmir', is a picturesque hill station near Nepal and Tibet's borders. It is renowned for its forts, temples, and stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Nanda Devi and Panchachuli.

Hill road at Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock


Tucked away in the Dehradun district, Chakrata is a secluded hill station known for its tranquil atmosphere and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Highlights include Tiger Falls, Budher Caves, and trekking trails to Deoban and Mundali.

Stepped farming, Chakrata, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock


Auli is a hidden gem located in the Chamoli district and is famous for its skiing slopes and panoramic views of the Himalayas. It offers many activities, including skiing, cable car rides, trekking to Gurso Bugyal and Kuari Pass, and visiting the revered Joshimath Temple.

Kuari pass trek, Auli, Uttarakhand | Shutterstock

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