New Delhi, the capital of India, is also one of the most polluted cities in the country. The excess traffic, the industries, and the lack of plants, together, contribute to the poor quality of air in and around the city. To escape from the excessive polluting, there is no better getaways to recharge the drained batteries than a hill station. Correction, a calm and less crowded hill station.

So, we, at Bugyal, have compiled below is a list of five offbeat hill stations near New Delhi (not more than 300 kilometers away) for a perfect weekend getaway:

Five Offbeat Hill Stations near Delhi to try this Summer

1. Nahan -

This small hill station is located in the Format district of the Shivalik Hill Range in Himachal Pradesh. It is merely 260 kilometers away from New Delhi. The town is situated at an altitude of approximately 930 metres above sea level. The hill station offers breathtakingly beautiful sceneries pretty much throughout the year. The roads are well maintained and clean. Nahan is one of the better offbeat places for a quick weekend getaway from New Delhi. Renuka Lake, Trilokpur Temple, Choordhar Peak, and the Suketi Fossil Park are the must visit places in this small hill station.

Five Offbeat Hill Stations near Delhi to try this Summer
Snowfall in Kanatal, in the backdrop of the Himalayas.
Snowfall in Kanatal, in the backdrop of the Himalayas.

2. Kanatal

Located 300 kilometers away from India's Capital, Kanatal is one of the most underrated hill stations in this part of the world. It lies at an altitude of about 2590 metres above sea level. Kanatal offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas pretty much throughout the year. The climate is pleasant from March to November, and cold during Winters. The most popular place to visit in Kanatal is the Sunset Point, which offers a complete 360 degree view of the Himalayas. There are not many places to visit in Kanatal, but the ones that should not be missed are New Tehri, Kodia Jungle, Chamba, and, of course, the Sunset Point.

Five Offbeat Hill Stations near Delhi to try this Summer
Parwanoo on a clear day.
Parwanoo on a clear day.

3. Parwanoo

Situated in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo is located just 265 kilometers away from the capital of India. It lies about 470 metres above sea level. Like Nahan, Parwanoo, too, is located in the Shivalik range. The small town is the home to the largest fruits processing unit of the HPMC. Parwanoo has an extremely pleasant climate throughout the year, and is an ideal place to visit for someone looking for a laid back getaway. Some of the places that one should visit in Parwanoo are Cactus Garden, Mansa Devi Temple, and the Fruit Orchards.

Five Offbeat Hill Stations near Delhi to try this Summer
Greenery on Ranikhet is unparalleled.
Greenery on Ranikhet is unparalleled.

4. Ranikhet

Ranikhet is another cantonment town, located about 1870 metres above sea level. One of the most popular offbeat hill stations in India, Ranikhet is situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. It lies approximately 280 kilometers away from New Delhi. The forests surrounding this amazing hill station are home to a variety of wildlife animals, such as leopards, leopard cats, barking deers, jackals, red-faced monkeys, red foxes, porcupines, sambar deers, mountain goats, et cetera. The places one should visit on one's trip to Ranikhet are Chaubatia, Haidakhan Babaji Temple, Naukuchia Taal, and the Sunset Point.

Five Offbeat Hill Stations near Delhi to try this Summer
A bird’s eye view of the beautiful hill station of Kasauli.
A bird’s eye view of the beautiful hill station of Kasauli.

5. Kasauli

Kasauli is a cantonment town located in Himachal Pradesh. It lies at an altitude of over 1900 metres above sea level. The roads are simple, yet magnificent to walk on or drive on. This lovely hill station lies less than 300 kilometers from New Delhi. The climate is wonderful, with the maximum temperature in summers going not more than 32 degree Celsius. During winters, at most, there is little to moderate snowfall. Kasauli is one of the best offbeat hill stations not just near New Delhi, but in the entire country. It offers beautiful view of the landscapes surrounding the hill. This hill station was once home to the legendary Late Khushwant Singh. Some of the places you can visit in Kasauli are the Manki Point, the Sunset Point, Christ Church, the Monkey Point, Baptist Church, Kasauli Club, Kasauli Breweries, and Kasauli Regency Hotel for its rooftop bar.

So, what are you waiting for? Just pack your bags, and leave a before these places become overtly crowded.

Photo : Simon Hallett