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Offbeat Hill Stations In India For A Budget Vacation

Travelling doesn't have to be expensive, if you know how to plan it right.
Published -02 Mar 2022, 16:26 ISTUpdated -02 Mar 2022, 16:37 IST
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India is brimming with amazing tourism destinations that offer something for everyone. There are so many wonderful possibilities, from beaches to mountains.  You are a beach person if you prefer beaches, and a mountain lover if you prefer mountains. If you fall into the latter category, you have a wealth of options to choose from. If you think you can't afford a vacation right now, consider these wonderful hill station options, where you may wander freely and be enchanted by its beauty on a budget. Take a peek around!

1. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

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Chail, located just a few hours from Shimla, is an isolated hill station that is not much mainstream yet. The place  lies 2,250 metres above sea level and is surrounded by beautiful pine and deodar trees. The location has been in a number of music videos and is well-known for its natural beauty.

Chail, Patiala's former summer capital, was built by the Maharaja of Patiala when he was banished from Shimla. Chail has been a tourist destination for travellers seeking a holiday in the Shivalik hills since its founding in 1893.

To satiate your inner adventure fanatic, you can go trekking and camping here. Chail, which is located on the Sandhupul River, also has a variety of riverbank camping choices.  Travellers can also visit the very fascinating Chail Wildlife Sanctuary here.

2. Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh


Dharamkot, also known as the 'Tel Aviv of the Hills,' is a hippie village. It is the state's only village with a Jewish community centre, Chabad House, which is located in the village's center and resembles 770 Eastern Parkway. Dharamkot has been renowned as a second home for Israeli visitors visiting India since the 1970s. Dharamkot, less than ten kilometres from Mcleodganj, is known for its beautiful scenery. The small town, away from the hustle and bustle, is the perfect vacation stop for you.

There are numerous food alternatives in Dharamkot, making it a fairly inexpensive stay. Also, don't miss gallu waterfall hike! It's especially beautiful in the winter season.

3. Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Chakrata is a tranquil hill station with stunning scenery that is a sight to behold. It is one of the best sites in Uttarakhand to see snowfall and greenery! Chakrata offers a sweeping view of the Yamuna Valley below, with its laid-back yet pleasant environment. Chakrata can gratify every traveller thanks to its year-round nice weather.

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4. Almora, Uttarakhand


Another stunning hill choice for your budget vacay is almora. The place has a rich history and is also a trekking paradise. It is densely packed with villages and markets that cater to all.

The hill station in Uttarakhand has a stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Almora is noted for its rich cultural diversity and is surrounded by pines and old oak trees.

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5. Naggar, Himachal Pradesh

Almora, Uttarakhand

Naggar is a hidden gem in the Himalayas, located in Himachal Pradesh. The town is located on the left bank of the Beas River and is a popular getaway for city dwellers. There's something for everyone in this gorgeous place, from old stories to delectable cuisine, you can't miss anything.

For budget tourists and remote workers, Almora and Naggar are the best options. The sunsets at these locations are extremely spectacular!

These places are also suitable for solo travellers.

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