Kolkata is one of India’s most vibrant cities. If you’ve been to or lived in Kolkata, you’ll agree to the fact that the city doesn’t know such a thing as “boring moments”. This city is filled with a rich cultural heritage. However, one might try to find calm in the chaos sometimes. What if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend time alone with friends and family? Well, there is a solution for that too. Kolkata is surrounded by several picturesque hill stations with proximity to the Himalayas. Decorated with lush green tea gardens, beautiful monasteries, and colorful gardens, these serene hill stations are the perfect escape for those who want to take a break from all the monotony. Here are lists of hill stations you can get to near Kolkata.
- Ajodhya Hills: Ajodhya hills are located in Purulia District of West Bengal. According to Indian mythology, it is believed that Lord Rama and her wife Sita lived here during the period of their exile. Therefore, it is a very important place of worship for the Hindus. Ajodhya Hills can be traveled by two different routes, which are Jhalda and Sirkabhad. It is difficult to climb the peak, which presents many challenges even for the most experienced trekkers and climbers. This hill constitutes a part of the Chotanagpur Plateau. The place is famous for its mild climate and pleasant weather. It is mostly flat land but is sometimes interrupted by hills. Tourists love this place because of its forests, waterfalls, hills, and dams.
- Kurseong: Kurseong is a beautiful hill station located in the Darjeeling region of West Bengal. This place is filled with white orchards. In addition to these white orchards, this place is also famous for its tea gardens, monasteries, enchanting waterfalls, and museums. The toy train which is seen running through the hillside stations is another major attraction for the tourists who pay a visit there. There are a lot of adventure sports in Kurseong. From river rafting to rock climbing, and trekking they have got it all covered.
- Samsing: Samsing is a small hill station located about 3,000 feet above sea level at the foot of a hill between Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. With a mix of rivers, hills, forests, plains, and tea gardens, Samsing is a picturesque hilltop town that draws tourists from all over the country. The view of Bhutan’s snow-capped mountains is one of the most beautiful you’ll ever see. With cool breezes and thick fog covering the city, Samsing has good weather most of the year. The Neora Valley Park is a popular tourist destination about 18 kilometers from the hill town. Other attractions include Rocky Island and the Samsing Tea Estate.
That being said, these are some of the few hill stations you should pay a visit to and enjoy yourself amidst the pleasant weather. The state has a lot to offer and everything cannot be stated in one blog post.