Top 5 Underrated Getaways in Uttarakhand!

by Riya Bagaria

Mystical, enchanting and striking state, Uttarakhand is a favourite amongst travellers. And justifiably so. It is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range and houses more than a dozen hill stations, some immensely loved and others unexplored. The splendid mountainscapes that surround this state paired with the abundance of resplendent greenery certainly add to its charm. Blooming, cool and misty during the monsoons, it makes for the perfect holiday destination to rejuvenate.


Located at a staggering elevation, Mussoorie is a gorgeous hill station straight out of a painting. Often endearingly referred to as the Queen of Hills, Mussoorie is surrounded by panoramic views of the Himalayas and unending expanses of greenery. Though a rather small town, Mussoorie is an effortless blend of solitude and bustling tourists. Visited by many, and loved by all, Mussoorie indeed makes for an ideal getaway destination. 

Things to do in Mussoorie

Don’t be fooled by the size of the town, as it has a lot to offer. While in Mussoorie, make sure you definitely visit the following places! 

  • Try your hand at rock climbing and rappelling 
  • Enjoy some retail therapy at Mall Road 
  • Relish local delicacies at the cafes and restaurants 
  • Soak in the beautiful views from Kempty waterfalls 
  • Visit the vibrant Mussoorie Municipal Gardens 

Where to stay? 

Mussoorie hosts an array of holiday homes, ideal for your getaway. A few of them include Pax and Opis, Amala and Brigadier’s Cottage.


Truly underrated and often overlooked by tourists and travellers, Mukteshwar is a quaint hill station in Uttarakhand. One of the many unexplored hill stations, it has managed to dodge prying eyes and has retained its original charm, definitely making it bucket-list worthy. Though known for its hidden waterfalls, temples and of course, signature Himalayan views, Mukteshwar is actually famous for its abundance of adventure sports. From rock climbing to rappelling and much more, evidently, this town is not for the faint-hearted. 

Things to do in Mukteshwar 

Engulfed in deodar trees, pine trees and fruit orchards, this town offers a lot of things to explore for the wanderlust in you. Here are a few things to do while in Mukteshwar. 

  • Indulge in adventure sports and experience the thrill
  • Visit the Mukteshwar Temple 
  • Soak in the beautiful views from Nanda Devi Peak 
  • Visit the Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls, located approximately 10 km. away from the Mukteshwar town 

Where to stay?
Mukteshwar boasts cosy cottages echoing a colonial charm. Almost signature, finding your ideal stay at Mukteshwar wouldn’t be an issue. A few holiday homes that would be ideal are Dharohar Retreat, Parvada Bungalows, J’s Retreat and Anindita Villa.


Approximately 25 km. away from Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is a rather secluded, tranquil town located at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range. Ideal for a weekend getaway or a week-long trip, Dhanaulti guarantees a laid-back retreat in every sense. Boasting an abundance of pine, deodar and rhododendrons, Dhanaulti is a nature lover’s paradise. Stunning all year round, this town is an ideal holiday destination for disconnecting and simply rejuvenating. 

Things to do in Dhanaulti

Ideal for adventure seekers as well as anyone looking for a relaxing getaway, Dhanaulti offers a diverse range of things to do. 

  • A base point for several treks, one can embark on hikes and trails 
  • Visit Dhanaulti Eco Park 
  • Indulge in Rappelling, mountain biking and zip lining
  • Visit Surkanda Devi Temple 

Where to stay? 

Dhanaulti is home to some beautiful stays, here are a few around Dhanaulti, including Countryville.


Literally meaning ‘Land of Queen’, Ranikhet is a captivating town with a rich history. A land that will leave you enamoured and in awe, legend says that this entrancing town charmed Kumaoni Queen and in her honour, Ranikhet housed her palace. As of today, the palace remains undiscovered, however, Ranikhet’s allure attracts many tourists. 

Things to do in Ranikhet 

A mystical hill station, Ranikhet is tucked away in the mountains. Here are a few things to do while here! 

  • Visit Jhula Devi Temple
  • End the day with stargazing 
  • Embark on a jungle safari 
  • Visit Bhalu Dam 

Where to stay? 

Vista Rooms host an array of holiday homes in Ranikhet, including Chinar Villa and Morning Bliss.


Culturally diverse, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India. Owing to its enigmatic beauty and a balance of bliss and bustle, this town certainly has a lot to offer. The capital of Uttarakhand overlooks beautiful ‘doon’ or valley views and is nestled amidst the Himalayas. Surrounded by the Ganga and Yamuna rivers on either side, Dehradun attracts a flock of tourists every year.

Things to do in Dehradun 

Housing gorgeous landscapes and light mist, while in Dehradun you will be spoilt for choice! 

  • Explore the Robbers’ Cave 
  • Seek blessings at the Tapkeshwar Temple 
  • Indulge in shopping at the Tibetan Market and Paltan Bazaar 
  • Enjoy some adventure sports 

Where to stay? 

This beautiful city houses sprawling holiday homes that echo bespoke experiences. Dudley Manor, Aaryan Manor and Normandy House are just a few of the many villas in Dehradun. 

Our holiday homes are thoroughly sanitised and deep cleaned before every check-in, and hand sanitisers are placed throughout the property. Please ensure you follow all safety precautions while venturing out, have fun while being safe!

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Baliram Mishra July 31, 2021 - 8:22 am

Good reliable and appropriate location s

Baliram Mishra July 31, 2021 - 8:25 am

Nice places to visit and stay


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