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Chikmagalur Hill Station

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Chikmagalur Hill station is a beautiful hill station situated at an altitude of around 3,580 feet above mean sea level, in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state, India.

Chikmagalur Hill stationChikmagalur Hills view from Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur means ‘younger daughter’s town’ in local language, Kannada. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka and is located at just 12 kilo meters distance from Chikmagalur. The spectacular view of the Sunset from the Mullayanagiri peak is a must-see for any tourist.

There is a small temple (tomb) at the summit, dedicated to a Tapasvi “Mulappa swamy”, who is believed to have meditated at the caves a couple of feet below the summit. The caves which was open to the public till a few years ago and has direct access to the tomb of the temple, is now blocked by the temple.

Hanuman Gundi Falls.

Kemmanagundi Hill Station is a nearby hill station at 40 kilometers distance from Chikmagalur city.

How do I go to Chikmagalur Hill station?

Chikmagalur Hill station is located near to Chikkamagalur Town, which is well connected to other parts of the country. Kadur railway station is at 40 kilometers distance and is the is nearest railway station to the Chikkamagalur hills. ‘Birur Junction’ railway station with station code ‘RRB’, is another nearby railway station at around 48 kilometers distance from Chikkamagalur.

Chikmagalur is at a distance of around 62 kilometers from Hassan, 148 kilometers from Mangalore, 178 kilometers from Mysore. Bangalore to Chikmagalur distance is around 250 kilometers and is connected by National Highway 173.

Which are the places to visit in and around Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalur offers lot of places for any tourists to visit; Kudremukh Peak, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Sringeri Mutt, Sringeri temple and Trekking up Mullayanagiri mountains are just a few among them. The Yagachi River and many other rivers originates from the surrounding hills of Chikmagalur.

Kemmanagundi Hill Station

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Kemmanagundi Hill Station is in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka state, India. Kemmanagundi Hill Station at 1434 meters above sea level is one of the best hill stations in Karnataka state.

kemmanagundi Hill Station
A misty day at Kemmangundi Hill Station

There are many Mountain streams and waterfalls in the hills of Kemmannugundi. Hebbe Falls and Kalhattagiri Falls (also known as Kallathi Falls or Kalahasthi Falls) are located in the hill station at Kemmangundi. Raj Bhavan offers sunset view at its best here. Kemmangundi Hills are a trekker’s paradise. Bhadra Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve for saving Bengali Tigers is part of this hill station. Rose garden is a beautiful garden maintained by the Karnataka state Horticultural Department.

Kemmangundi Hill Station is also known as ‘Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station’ as a mark of the respect to the erstwhile ruler, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, who donated his summer retreat to the government of Karnataka.

Chikmagalur Hill Station is around 40 kilometers from this hill station at Kemmanagundi.

How do I go to Kemmanagundi Hill Station?

Kemmangundi Hill Station is at a distance of around 40 Kilometers from the district headquarters, Chikkamagaluru city.

Bangalore is at around 244 kilometers and Mangalore at around 184 kilometers from the hill station town of Kemmannugundi.

Birur Junction with station code RRB and Kadur Junction with station code DRU are the nearest railway stations at around 33 kilometers from Kemmanagundi hill station. “Kemmangundi Road” is at around 30 kilometers from Kadur and 20 kilometers from Birur .

Chail Hill Station

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Chail Hill Station is a beautiful hill station at an average altitude of around 2,226 meters, near to Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Chail Hill Station is situated at a higher altitude than Shimla. Chail is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world.

Chail Hill Station
Chail Hill Station
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Chail Hill Station was the summer retreat of Maharajas of Patiala, in the late 18th and 19th century, till Indian Independence. After the accession of his Kingdom to India, the Maharaja has donated most of the buildings in Chail hill station to the Government of India. The Main Palace Complex, currently called The Chail Palace, in around 75 acres of land, is now a Heritage Hotel, under Himachal Pradesh Tourism department.

Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, shifted his summer retreat center to Chail Hill Station after he was denied entry to his erstwhile summer retreat in Shimla, by the British in 1891, due to his rage with Lord Kitchener. Maharaja decided to built a new retreat center and hence built this beautiful hill station retreat. Maharaja of Patiala built many architecturally beautiful buildings in the hill station of Chail .

Chail Hill Station is full of Pine and Deodars trees and the nearby Hill station Kasauli and Hill station Shimla can be viewed from Chail at night. Chail is also well known for hiking.

Chail Hill Station has a beautiful cricket ground, which is considered as the highest cricket ground in the world. The same ground is also used as a polo ground. This ground is situated at an altitude of around 2444 meters above sea level! The same ground is also used for football matches as there are goal posts at a corner portion of the ground for this purpose.

Rastriya Military School at Chail

Maharaja of Patiala has donated one ancient building complex to “Rsatriya Military School”. The cricket ground cum polo ground (mentioned in the earlier paragraph) is now used as the playground for the Rastriya Military School. Rastriya Military School at Chail, which was earlier known as “King George Royal Indian Military School“, is the oldest Military school in India. Rastriya Military School at Chail is one of the best military schools for boys. It is the best military boarding schools, among the five Rastriya Military Schools. The Military school (sainik school in Hindi Lanuage) was designated as a college during the Second World War.

The other 4 military schools in India are at Bangalore, Belgaum, Ajmer & Dholpur. All the five military schools are affiliated to CBSE .

How Do I Go To Chail Hill Station?

Chail Hill Station is at a distance of around 45 to 60 kilometers from Shimala, depending on the route travelled. Shima-Chail via Kufri is around 45 kilometers and Shima-Chail via Kandaghat is 60 kilometers. Kalka hill station is at a distance of 90 kilometers from Chail. There are regular inter-state buses from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Regular buses operate from Shimla to Chail. Chandigarh is at a distance of around 120 kilometers, which has the nearest airport to Chail.

Gauchar

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Gauchar is a Hill town in the left bak of river Alaknanda in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India, well known for its annual trade fair.

GaucharGauchar.

Gauchar is at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, en route to the holy temple town of Badrinath and is a place of halt for pilgrims to Badrinath. This place is surrounded by seven hills and is located on the mountainous regions of the state of Uttarakhand, in one of the largest pieces of flatland.

Gauchar Mela (annual trade fair) is one of the largest trade fair in the state of Uttarakhand. Traders and merchants from all over the state and other parts of the country take part in this trade fair.

Bhairavnath Mandir, Raul Devta Mandir and Mata Kali Temple are some of the places worth visiting in this small town. There is a Kendriya Vidyalaya (Sentral School) in this town.

How do I go to Gauchar?

Gauchar is well connected by roads to other parts of India by NH 58. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at around 235 kilometers distance from Gauchar. Jolly Grant airport. Dehradun is the nearest airport at around 400 kilometers distance. (There is an airstrip at Gauchar which is used for emergency services.)

Tawang Hill Station, Tawang Monastery

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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George Thiruvilakalyil George is a blog writer. George is an expert on Local Business Citations, having created thousands of Local Citations for clients in USA, Australia, India, etc. George is also a web site designer with around 2 decades of experience. George started working on web related technologies from early 1996, immediately after internet access was introduced in 5 cities of India in August 1995.

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Tawang Hill Station is situated Arunachal Pradesh state of India, at a height of around 10000 feet (3500 meters) above sea level. Tawang was captured by China in 1962 during the India-China war, later on China has withdrawn its troops from Tawang.

Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in TawangBirthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (Urgelling Gompa) in Tawang

Tawang is home to Monpa Tribes, who are Mongoloid descents, believed to be immigrated from Bhutan and Tibet.

Tawang is known for its natural beauty. There are many hot water springs, waterfalls, lakes, etc, in Tawang. Tawang is famous for River rafting in Tawang-Chu and Namjang-Chu rivers. Tawang is also famous for other adventure activities like Paragliding, Rock-climbing, Skating, Winter sport activities, etc. Snowfall occurs during the months of December and January and ice skating is popular during that time.

At 17 kilometers distance from Tawang city, lies the beautiful Pankang Teng Tso Lake (PT Tso lake or PTso Lake). Best time to visit the Lake is from April to October, when it is summer. During winter the lake remains frozen. The lake and its surrounding areas are a wonderful place , with its gushing river waters, Himalayas, colorful birds, colorfull flowers, etc. Jong–nga-tseir Lake is another lake at 42 kilometers from Tawang city, which was formed in 1973 due to a flash flood. The bare trees (without leaves) are a wonderful place for a tourist and photographers.

Bab-Theng – Khang Watrerfall is a beautiful fall at around 80 kilometers distance form the town, on your way to the Famous ‘Gorzam Chorten Stupa’ (or Gorzam Stupa) in Zemithang. “Phong-Phongma waterfall ” or “Jang waterfall” or Nurongneng waterfall”, at Nyamseir, is another beautiful fall at around 40 kilometers from Tawang town.

“Gorzam Chorten Stupa” at Zemithang is at around 92 kilometers from the town of Tawang. This Stupa was constructed by Lama Prathar in 13th Century A.D and stands on a 186 feet base and is 93 feet in height and is modeled after the “Boudhinath stupa” of Nepal.

Sela Pass at 13,714 feet above sea level is a beautiful place on your way to Tawang. The Iron bridge over Tawang – chu river, built during 1420 -1430, is at around 25 kilometers from the town.

There is a war memorial, “Namgyal stupa”, at a distance of one kilo meter from the town, in memory of the 2420 martyrs of India-China war of 1962.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang is home to one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries, Tawang Monastery and is also known as “Galden Namgyal Lhatse”, founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto in the 17th century, as per the wishes of his contemporary, the 5th Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. Tawang Monastery has a gold painted statue of Gautam Buddha, having a height of 8 meters. Tawang Monastery is the biggest Buddhist monastery outside of Tibet. The current and 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, when attacked by Chinese military in 1959 March, escaped to India and stayed for a few days at Tawang Monastery, before going to Tezpur in 18th April 1959. Shortly in 1959, Dalmi Lama established the Central Tibetan Administration head-quarters at Mussoorie and later shifted it to Dharamsala in 1960.

The “Parkhang Hall” which houses a library has huge collection of rare hand-written and block-painted manuscripts of many revered books for the Buddhists. ‘Teaching of Lord Buddha’, a 108 gold-embossed manuscripts, is kept here. 225 volumes explaining the teachings of Gautham Buddha are also kept here. These volumes of Buddha’s teachings are specially covered with moth proof silk coverings with paintings. There is a Craft Center which produces colorful woolen carpets.

“Urqelling Monastery” is another Monastery in Tawang, where The only Indian Lama, The 6th Dalai Lama, Urgelling Gompa, was born.

How do I go to Tawang?

Bomdila is the nearest bus station to Tawang at around 180 kilo meters distance. Tezpur airport alias Salonibari Airport with IATA code ‘TEZ’, in the state of Assam is the nearest airport to Tawang, which is connected to the “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport” (earlier known as “Dum Dum Airport “), Kolkata. “Rangapara Junction” in Assam is the nearest railway station to Tawang.

Entry permits to Tawang

Being a restricted area, tourists (Indians and Foreigners) are required to get Permits to go to Tawang, details of which are available here, at the official website of Tawang district. Indian citizens can apply for the Inner Line Permits online here .

Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Mount Abu or mt Abu is Rajesthan’s Lone Hill Station is in Sirohi District, on the state border with Gujarat state, in India. Mount Abu is a 22 kilometer by 9 kilometer rocky plateau (length and breadth). The highest peak is at around 5,650 ft (or 1722 meters) above sea level.

Mount Abu is believed to be the original abode of Gurjars, a pastoral ethnic group of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There are rivers, waterfalls, lakes and forests in this Mount. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 290 square kilometers, was created in the year 1960.

Mount Abu, Rajasthan's Lone Hill StationNakki Lake -Photo Courtesy- Wikimedia.

Adhar Devi Temple, which is carved out of solid rock, is a major tourist attraction here. There are many other Hindu and Jain temples in Mount Abu. Dilwara temple is one among them, made of white marble, constructed in between the 11th and 13th centuries A.D.

The Achalgarh fort of 14th century A.D. in Nakki Lake (a very ancient sacred Lake for Hindus) is another major tourist destination in this Mount. There is the Rock on a hill near the Nakki lake, which looks like a Toad and hence called “Toad Rock” (can be seen in the above picture), which is about to jump into the lake. India’s ‘Father of Nation’, Mahatma Gandi’s ashes were immersed here in the Nakki Lake. There is a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, called “Gandhi Ghat “.

A little away from mount Abu lies the Durga temple and Ambika Mata Temple, in a cleft of rock in Jagat.

How do I go to Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station?

Mount Abu railway station is the nearest rail-head at around 26 kilometers from the hill station of Mount Abu. Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport at around 200 kilometers distance, is the nearest airport to Mt Abu.

Ahmedabad is at 220 kilometers distance, Jodhpur at 235 kilometers and Jaipur is at 500 kilometers away from Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station.

Can you Name a few Mount Abu hotels?

Hotel Hillock and Hotel Karnavati are 4 star mount Abu hotels. The Colonial Hotels, Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Hilltone, Chacha Inn & Hotel Banjara are 3 star mount Abu hotels. Hotel Maganji’s, Hotel Aradhana by Ashoka & Palanpur Palace Hotel are 2 star mount Abu hotels.