How about planning a trip to these army cantonment hill stations in India on your next vacation? Well, if you want to, then it’s time to pack your bags and head to these wonderful destinations to experience and enjoy the simplicity of life. Read on:
Referred to as the “Scotland of East”, Shillong is a treat for your senses. The hill station became a cantonment in the year 1885 and is home to the Gorkha Rifles. Shillong, apart from being home to diverse natural beauty, also has a vibrant nightlife and it rightly goes by the name of “Rock Capital of India”!
The tiny hamlet of Landour near Mussoorie gets its name from a Welsh village, and packs all the nostalgia and charm of the British Raj. Initially built and developed by the British Indian Army as a healing centre, the hill station is also home to famous author Ruskin Bond and actor Tom Alter among many others. Visit this place if you want to soak up the old world charm while you enjoy a slice of the local life.
Situated amidst the majestic Sahyadri Ranges, Deolali was established as a cantonment area by the British Army in the year 1869. Famous as a health resort, the pristine hill station is home to the Buddhist Caves of Pandavleni. Treat yourself to some unmatched views of the town when you stand atop the hills. Book trainticketsand then explore more of Deolali. You can track where is your train and get more information about station, platform number and many more.
The picture-perfect hill station of Chakrata is known as a “restricted access” cantonment area and you can only visit some parts of the place but it is worth the trip. Established in 1866, Chakrata is a permanent home base of the Special Frontier Force raised after the Indo-China War. Plan a trip to this beautiful place for a scenic sojourn amidst oak forests, alpine meadows and gushing waterfalls.
Unfurled over five hills, Dalhousie was established as a cantonment in 1867 and the its army area is called Balun. The pretty, quiet hill retreat reflects the glorious Raj days in the form of its imposing Victorian and Scottish buildings dotted across the city. Head to this place if you want some solitude in the lap of nature.
Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Known as the “Land of Five Caves”, the serene Pachmarhi is one of the many gems of Madhya Pradesh. Home to the famous Satpura Tiger Reserve, this is another cantonment area where you can treat yourself to some exotic flora and fauna, pristine lakes and cascading waterfalls. The hill resort has played host to some famous Bollywood movies which captured the beauty of Pachmarhi to the hilt.
The quaint hill station named after a British Viceroy welcomes you with an unmatched view of the snow-clad mountains, lush green stretches and much more but with minimal crowd. Lansdowne comes under the Indian Army’s Garhwal Rifles that highlights the rustic charm and essence of the bygone era. A trip to this place will walk you down the memory lane. Visit these places to learn about their glorious past and be enchanted with old-world grace!