HOLIDAYS ARE AROUND THE CORNER AND WE ALL HAVE STARTED TO PLAN OUR HOLIDAYS. IT LOOKS LIKE THIS TIME YOU ARE PLANNING TO GO TO A BEAUTIFUL HILL STATION.

GREAT CHOICE CAUSE HILL STATIONS ARE ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO SPEND YOUR TIME. IN SUMMERS HILL STATION ARE BEST TO ESCAPE THE HEAT AND WINTERS FOR WATCHING SNOWFALL. IT LOOKS LIKE HILL STATION ARE A COMPLETE PACKAGE. BUT WHILE WE PLAN OUR THINGS AND EXPLORE A NEW PLACE HAVE YOU THOUGHT WHAT IT REALLY IS LIKE TO VISIT A HILL STATION AND SPEND A WEEK THERE. OTHER THAN BEING CROWDED IN PEAK SEASON WHAT ELSE SHOULD WE CONSIDER BEFORE GOING TO A HILL STATION. WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED WITH IXPLORE TIPS TO CONSIDER BEFORE TRAVELLING A HILL STATION.

BE READY FOR LONG RIDES

THE BEST PLACES IN HILL STATION ARE IN SOME FAR PLACES. THESE PLACES ARE SUCH THAT YOU WILL REALLY NEED A LOT OF TIME TO REACH THESE PLACES. WHILE IN CITY YOU COULD GO FROM DELHI TO AGRA AND COME BACK ON THE SAME DAY COVERING A TOTAL OF AROUND 500 KM. BUT HERE IN THE HILLS, IT’S NOT POSSIBLE.

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NARROW ROADS LOT OF VEHICLES AND LOT OF CURVES MAKE IT JUST IMPOSSIBLE. WHILE SOME OF US REALLY LIKE LONG RIDES AND DO ENJOY IT BUT FEW ARE THERE WHO JUST HATE IT.
I MUST ASSURE HILLS ARE THE BEST PLACE TO ENJOY THESE LONG RIDES. It’s NOT LIKE YOUR BUSY CITY WITH LOT OF TRAFFIC AND POLLUTION. YOU JUST TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF WINDOW AND FEEL A BREEZE OF COLD AIR WAVING YOUR HAIRS. THE VIEW ALL AROUND JUST MAKES IT REALLY TEMPTING AND YOU JUST GET LOST IN THAT MOMENT.

BE READY FOR LANGUAGE CHANGE

WHILE IN MOST HILL FAMOUS HILL STATION YOU WON’T FIND ANY DIFFICULTY IN COMMUNICATING BUT AS DIVERSE AS OUR COUNTRY IS IT IS VERY LIKELY THAT HINDI WOULD NOT BE THE FIRST LANGUAGE.

IN HIMACHAL PEOPLE SPEAK PAHARI AND PUNJABI DOMINENTLY BUT PEOPLE ARE VERY COMFORTABLE WITH HINDI. IN UTTARAKHAND PEOPLE SPEAK GARHWALI AND KUMOUNI MOSTLY AND ALMOST EVERYBODY CAN SPEAK HINDI TOO. IN NORTHEAST THOUGH A BIT OF KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL LANGUAGE WOULD SURELY BE VERY HELPFUL. WHILE ARUNACHAL BEING AN EXCEPTION AND NO. OF PEOPLE SPEAKING HINDI ARE ABOVE 90%.

RESPECT THEIR CULTURE

INDIA IS A DIVERSE COUNTRY NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF LANGUAGE BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF CULTURES. EVERY STATE AND EVEN EVERY DISTRICT IN INDIA HAS THEIR OWN RITUALS AND CUSTOMS WHICH MAKE THAT PLACE BEATUIFUL.
WE ARE SO LUCKY TO BE BORN IN SUCH A NATION WHERE SO MANY DIFFRENT CULTURES LIVE HAPPILY. WHILE MOST OF THE TOURIST DO APPRECIATE NEW CULTURE FEW ARE NOT SO ACCEPTING. BEING A FOREIGNERS IN A NON NATIVE LAND ITS OUR DUTY TO RESPECT BELIEFS AND CULTURES OF THAT LAND.

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TREK TO EXPLORE

HILL STATION ARE A GREAT PLACE. SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAIN VIEWS, VALLEYS AND LOT OF PLACES TO EXPLORE. SURELY IT IS A GOOD PACKAGE. BUT WHILE YOU ARE EXPLORING YOUR HILL STATION I WOULD SUGGEST TO GO FOR ATLEAST A SMALL TREK. TREKKING IS SUCH A BLISSFUL ACTIVITY WHICH MAKES YOU FEEL ALIVE.

THESE HILL STATIONS ARE GENERALLY THE HUB OF TREKKING ROUTES. THE MOST MAJESTIC VIEWS, THE CLEANEST AIR, AND THE VIEW ABOVE CLUDS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED IF YOU TREK. HERE AT IXPLORE WE HAVE COVERED MOST OF THE TREKS IN INDIA WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE.

PACK SOME WOOLLENS TOO

THIS IS MOSTLY APPLICABLE FOR SUMMERS. WHEN TEMPERATURE IN CITIES GETS UPTO 44 DEGREE CELSIUS THERE ARE MANY HILL STATIONS WHICH THEN ALSO REMAIN VERY COLD. WE JUST PACK OUR BAGS WITH LOT OF T-SHIRTS AND JEANS AND HEAD OUT. WHEN WE REACH THE LOCATION WE THEN GET TO KNOW OUR MISTAKE.

AS YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE EVEN IN THE HOTTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR HOW COOL ARE THESE PLACES. WITH AN AVERAGE LOW TEMPERATURE OF 15 DEGREE CELSIUS IT MUST BE CHILLING OUT THERE. SO IT’S REALLY A SMART DECISION IF YOU TAKE SOME WOOLLEN CLOTHS WITH YOU.

BUS IS THE KING

WHILE WE LIVE IN CITY WE GENERALLY EITHER TRAVEL WITH OUR PERSONNEL VEHICLES OR AUTOS AND TAXI’S. THIS MIGHT BE COMMON IN CITIES BUT IN HILLS BUSES ARE THE KINGS.

THESE BUSES CAN GO THOSE PLACES WHICH EVEN AN EXPERIENCED DRIVER CANNOT TAKE. THEY RIDE ON HIGH SPEED AND TAKE SPEEDY TURNS WHICH IS FUN FOR SOME AND NIGHTMARE FOR MANY. WHILE SHARED TAXI’S ARE ALSO AVAILABLE BUT THESE WILL COST YOU A LOT OF MONEY AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T EVEN GO. BUSES ARE AND HAVE BEEN A RELIABLE SOURCE OF TRANSPORT IN HILLS. ALMOST TO EVERY DESTINATION IN HILLS, YOU WILL SURELY FIND A BUS.

BUS TAKING TURN IN A HAIRPIN BEND
BUS TAKING TURN IN A HAIRPIN BEND

TAKE A LOT OF CASH

HAVING A GOOD AMOUNT OF CASH HELPS IN THE JOURNEY. WHILE MOST OF THE PLACES WOULD RECIEVE ONLINE PAYMENTS BUT IN HILLS MANY PLACES ARE WHERE CASH IS STILL THE KING. ANOTHER PROBLEM IS LACK OF ATM’S. FIRST THERE ARE LOT LESS ATM’S IN HILLS AND EVEN IF THERE ARE MANY WOULD NOT WORK. HAVING CASH IN HAND ENSURES A SMOOTH AND HASSLE FREE JOURNEY. BUT YOU MUST BE ALERT WHILE TRAVELLING AS LOT CASH CREATES PROBLEM TOO.

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DON’T LITTER AROUND

HILLS ARE FEW PLACES IN INDIA WHICH ARE GENERALLY CLEAN. LESS POPULATION AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS ALONG WITH GOOD LOCAL CIVIC SOCIETY MAKE A CITY CLEAN. A HILL STATION NEEDS TO MAINTAIN ITS CLEANLINESS SO AS TO BE THE FAVOURITE DESTINATION OF TRAVELLERS.
WHILE WE TRAVEL WE MUST MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT MAKING THESE HILLS OUR DUMPING GARBAGE. THESE PLACES ARE NOT ONLY SCENIC AND BEAUTIFUL BUT ALSO HAVE A LOT OF ECONOMIC VALUE. WHILE WE ENJOY OUR STAY IN HILLS WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT CREATING ANY PROBLEMS.

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