Delhi which is the capital of India is also the gateway to many of the most pristine and picturesque mountain getaways in India. As Delhi is well connected to other parts of India it is quite easy to get there and then drive to the mountains. One can get onto say a direct Chennai to Delhi Flight and then do a road trip from Delhi. The same applies for any other city too. Once you leave Delhi far behind,  the call of the mountains becomes stronger and stronger and one has quite a number of choices to spend time breathing in the invigorating mountain air. Here are some picturesque places that are sure to charm you.

Mussoorie

A gem of a hill station which was  established by the British Raj in 1823. Mussoorie is situated about 282 kilometres from Delhi and about 33 kilometres from Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand. The British who seemed to have mastered the art of finding and establishing picturesque hill stations in India have left their mark on Mussoorie and their presence can still be felt in the colonial structures of the place. In addition to a beautiful climate Mussoorie offers some spectacular views of the valley and the  snow capped mountains of the Himalayan ranges. Some of the attractions in and around Mussoorie include Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, George Everest’s House, and Lal Tibba Scenic Point.

Shimla

Shimla is one of India’s most popular and famous hill stations. Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.  It is perched upon a ridge surrounded by inclining forested hillsides. The enchanting town of Shimla too was a  summer capital of the British and has an aura of the British Raj enveloping it to this day. Shimla is located about 362 kilometres from Delhi. The Mall Road in Shimla is the epicentre of the town and in winter when it snows well converts into a skating rink. Shimla is also home to a heritage train, a legacy of the British, The Kalka-Shimla train, a ride on this train guarantees an exhilarating experience.

Nainital

Nainital is a picturesque hill station in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand. It is located about 571 kilometres from Delhi. Nainital is a town on the edge of a beautiful lake. The lake surrounded by the hills of the Himalayan ranges makes for a very scenic ambience. Boating in the tranquil environs of the lake is a popular activity for tourists. There are various spots in Nainital that offer spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. These include places like Snow View which is reached by means of  a ropeway, Naini Peak, and Tiffin Point.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is famous for it being the residence of the Dalai Lama. It is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is located about 534 kilometres from Delhi. Dharamshala is a beautiful region surrounded by lush deodhar forests. The place is pervaded with an aura of spirituality and the purity of nature. Mcleodganj in Dharamshala is a melting pot of cultures with tourists  heading there in droves. Some of the must see places in Dharamshala include the Dal Lake, Kangra Valley, Triund.

Manali

Manali is situated at an altitude of 2,050 metres and is a resort town of India. Manali is located about 559 kilometres from Delhi and about 250 kilometres from Shimla. It is a good idea to halt in Shimla for a day or two and then proceed to Manali if you are doing a road trip from Delhi to Manali. Manali is swarming with tourists during the winter months as it provides ample opportunities for winter sports. Solang Valley in Manali is a favourite destination for people looking for skiing, trekking, and paragliding activities. Rohtang Pass which is a high mountain pass on the Pir Panjal range of mountains in the Himalayas is about 51 kilometres from Manali. Hidimba Temple, Himalayan National Park, Bhrigu Lake, and Vashisht Temple are some of the other attractions in and around Manali.

Bir

Bir is regarded as the “paragliding capital of India” and is situated in Himachal Pradesh.about 536 kilometres from Delhi. Bir has a Tibetan settlement and many Buddhist monasteries. It has developed into  a centre for spirituality and ecotourism. Some of the must see places in Bir are Shiv Temple Baijnath , the Sherab Ling Monastery, Tibetan Colony, Tea Gardens. Of course if you happen to be in a place considered as the capital of paragliding you cannot but help indulge in the activity..

These are only a few of the lovely destinations in the mountains that can be reached conveniently from Delhi. There are many more places in the Himalayan ranges which can be got to from Delhi. Based  on one’s budget and availability of time one is sure to find the perfect mountain getaway from Delhi.