Earlier known as Pataliputra and one of the most powerful kingdoms in ancient times, Patna today is a sprawling city on the banks of river Ganga. Today, you will find remnants of the past kingdoms of the Maurya dynasty but more than that, the capital city of Bihar has very little to offer. Of course, if you are inquisitive about the history of India, spend a few days exploring the museums and temples here but if you are looking for a break from the scorching heat of the city, there are various hill stations near Patna which merit a visit.
From beautiful slopes to verdant green pastures and a salubrious climate, these hill stations are little known gems that are yet to be fully explored. And this is what lends to their charm. Ready to venture out on unknown territory? Start taking notes!
1. Hazaribagh – Hidden Gem of Jharkhand
Not your usual hill station, Hazaribagh is a place you need to check out this summer. Why? Because it offers undisturbed nature trails, lush greenery and serene lakes! All the right elements needed by people who want to unwind amidst pure nature.
Perched at an elevation of 2000 metres above sea level, Hazaribagh sees pleasant climate throughout the year. Go for a picnic lunch at the Hazaribagh Jheel, spot the rarest species of birds at Hazaribagh National Park or shop for brass handicrafts at Urban Haat. Read also – Picnic Spot in and around Patna
- Distance from Patna: 230 km, drive time of 6 hours 30 minutes
2. Siliguri – Perfect For Peaceful Getaways
Located in West Bengal and usually a stopover for tourists who are headed to Darjeeling, Bhutan and Sikkim, Siliguri is an underrated gem that needs at least 2 days of exploration.
A beautiful hill station near Patna, it is much revered for the Sepoy Dhura Tea Garden so you may start from here. Next up, visit the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary to go on a long nature walk and spot some rare species of animals and birds. If a picnic lunch is on your agenda, we recommend stopping by the Surya Sen Park. Whether you are out on an excursion or simply looking forward to a relaxing getaway, Siliguri has plenty to offer for a memorable stay.
- Distance from Patna: 450 km, drive time of 9 hours 30 minutes
3. Darjeeling – Queen Of The Himalayas
Siliguri has its own charms, but if you would rather be in a town where tea plantations are shrouded in mist, head to Darjeeling. One of the most popular hill stations near Patna, Darjeeling is popular for its expansive tea gardens, colonial-era churches, peaceful monasteries and the UNESCO-listed Toy Train.
With the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, forming the backdrop of this hill station, you will catch yourself immersing in its beauty. And when you do find time to stare away, go and spend some time in the Buddhist monasteries, take a ride on the 140-year-old toy train that still runs through the city or simply go around the hill station on a bike. If your energy level takes a dip, the famous ‘Darjeeling tea’ is not far from reach.
- Distance from Patna: 515 km, drive time of 12 hours
4. Kalimpong – A New Tourist Destination On the Block
Earlier a subdivision of Darjeeling, Kalimpong is now a separate and worthy destination for your summer getaway from Patna. Located at an altitude of 4100 feet, this hill station offers breath-taking views of Himalayas (even Kanchenjunga), verdant tea gardens and valleys beyond.
Start your tour of this pristine town with Market Square, the shopping district of the place. Then, proceed to explore the spice gardens of Kalimpong. Yes, you can purchase the purest of spices like cardamom and turmeric which is produced here in plenty. If you ever feel like slowing down and taking a pause, Kalimpong with its colonial-style building, walking paths and hiking trails provides you a perfect opportunity for that as well.
- Distance from Patna: 523 km, drive time of 12 hours
5. Pelling – View point for Kanchenjunga
Perched at an elevation of 2150 metres above sea level and at the foothills of Kanchenjunga, Pelling remains one of the most beautiful hill stations near Patna. Visited by a lot of tourists year round, this place in Sikkim is perfect for a short getaway from the prickling heat of Patna. Read also – Weekend getaways from Patna
To soak in some of the most stunning views of Kanchenjunga and the Himalayas, go to the Pelling Helipad. For a panoramic view of the entire valley, head to the oldest monastery of Sikkim – Sangachoeling monastery. A short trek of 4 km uphill to the monastery is a requisite so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Eat in the small cafes in the main square of the town or if you want to kick back and let your hair down, head to Darap – a small hamlet located just a short distance from Pelling. With lush greenery surrounding you and literally no disturbance, this village is emerging as the next best destination in Sikkim.
- Distance from Patna: 590 km, drive time of 14 hours 30 minutes
Hill stations near Patna are limited but the beauty these destinations offer is unparalleled and something that you can only appreciate once you see it for yourself. So, this summer, take a break from the usual touristy destinations and go a little offbeat by planning a getaway to these stunning places. Read also – Historical places in Patna