Located on the banks of the enchanting River Hoogly, Kolkata served as the capital of our nation until 1911, when British Government shifted it to Delhi. It is also touted to be most visited tourist towns in India. Kolkata has its own natural and manmade attractions and yet nothing can equal the pleasure a hill station offers. Kolkata does have some interesting and beautiful hill stations nearby.

1. Darjeeling:

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Situated in the midst of the Himalayan ranges, Darjeeling has a cool climate all through the year, thanks to its elevation of 2050 m from the sea level. It is also quite famous for its tea. It was a hill station much favored during the British rule which helped in its development. There are many places to visit like Peace Pagoda, Tiger hill, etc. The mountain rail of Darjeeling is also named a world heritage site by UNESCO.

2. Kalimpong:

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Another hill station which was developed into a tourist hub by British, this place is located at 1065 m above the sea level. The climate is temperate making your vacation pleasant. The town is full of colonial architecture and Buddhist Tibetan monasteries along with other attractions. It is also closer to Jalep La and Nathu La – mountain passes of higher altitude.

3. Pedong:

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Very close to the hill town of Kalimpong, Pedong awes its visitors with the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain and the Himalayan ranges. Located at 1240 m above the sea level, it is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture and Buddhism as can be seen in the architecture here.

4. Mirik:

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There are quite a few monasteries and landmarks to visit in this small hill station located at 1495 m above sea level. The town, whose name means ‘place burnt by fire’, served as a trade place for selling tea and other wares from traders of nearby hill stations. It also served as a polo playground for British. The creation of the Sumendu lake, transformed this small hill town into a serene hill station for those who are looking for a relaxing getaway.

5. Kurseong:

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The hill station located at 1500m above sea level enjoys a cool climate all months making it a pleasant stay for vacation. The place is surrounded by moss covered orchards and tea gardens and it offers some splendid views of mountains, waterfalls, etc.