New Delhi, 14h May 2019: Hill stations in north is the first choice of travellers from Delhi and Chandigarh during summer. Apart from soothing climate, the proximity and easy connectivity add to the popularity of northern hills. However, this year, most of the discerning travellers are choosing offbeat hill stations. Lesser known hill stations such as Tirthan Valley, Kasauli, Sirmaur, Pabbar Valley, Lansdowne (Himachal Pradesh), Chatpal, Lolab Valley, (Jammu & Kashmir) and Almora, Mukteshwar, Peora, Chopta (Uttarakhand) are on the travel radar of family vacationers this summer.
Speaking on the trend, Karand Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings said, “We are experiencing over 20% surge in demand from Delhi and Chandigarh for the lesser-known hill stations. The demand is expected surge further towards the end of this month when bulk of the last minute booking are done. For some of them, offbeat tourist destination is a second choice if they can’t secure bookings for a regular tourist destination.”
“The unconventional hill stations in northern India offer soothing climate and natural glory like any other popular hill stations. Moreover, during summer season they are less expensive and less crowded than most of the mainstream destinations. It is affordability and convenience which is attracting family travellers towards offbeat places. Plus, discovering a new place which not many have explored is a perk”, added Karan.
For example, Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh is little explored beautiful hill town with colonial-era houses, orchards and green-roofed Christ Church dating from the mid-19th century. By road it is closer to Delhi than Shimla, Manali or Nainital where you can easily get a 3 star accommodation in approx. Rs. 3000/-.