Ever came across a mesmerising place, probably a pristine coastal town, a green city, some picturesque hamlet or a breathtaking hill station for that matter, where you have felt as if a perfect symphony entered your life at the very precise moment you arrived there? Passionate travellers have known this feeling for years. And it is time that you too to get a taste of this fine thought in your own way. As Keats said it, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” So, why not put it to your best advantage by living at a place that itself becomes a source of sheer bliss for the rest of your life.
Kurseong, West Bengal
A hill station which is easily negotiated on foot, Kurseong in West Bengal is all about serene walks, scenic views and some “me time”! Translating into the “Land of the White Orchid” in Lepcha language, the picturesque hill station is a quiet retreat amidst sprawling tea estates.
Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
The only hill station of Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is blessed with scenic vistas, pleasant climate and lovely views. This is one place which will surely make your retirement plans roll out faster, all because of the laidback, slow pace of life.
The town boasts of a small bazar, a well-maintained civil area, an army station and a colonial ambiance which promises to take you back to the vintage time!
The private, planned city Lavasa is modelled on Portofino, an Italian town and is one of the favorite weekend getaways for people living in Mumbai and Pune. The pleasant climate all through the year with scenic natural beauty and a gushing waterfall makes Lavasa a favourite hill resort among the tourists.
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Always wanted to wake up amidst lush green tea plantations? Well, if that is an yes, then I suggest you to take a trip to the evergreen Palampur, the “Tea Capital of North India”!
The picturesque hill station is home to a beautiful church, lovely monastery, a few Ayurveda Centers, a vintage Shiv temple, and an interesting museum. You can use Indian Railway to reach this mesmerising hill station without paying a hefty amount.
Barog, Himachal Pradesh
Once a stopover on the Kalka Shimla Highway, the hill station of Barog is now a full-fledged destination as many tourists now flock this place on a regular basis. Visit Barog if you love green hills, interesting markets and a slow pace life. There is not much to do here, all you have is lovely walks, nice resorts and a toy train!
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
The mist-wrapped Coonoor looks like a page out of your drawing book with verdant valleys, lush plantations and scenic views all around. Some of the famous attractions of the hill-resort are Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock and of course the green stretches of tea plantations.
Well, these spectacular destinations would be an upright charmer for anyone who loves the mother nature and her splendour. Let’s hope that the beauty of these beautiful hill stations will have a fine experience on your senses as you explore them. Hope they inspire you to make your retirement plans super early! Go explore!
Author: Kanika Agarwal