Posted 16 May 2022

Top 6 destinations to fly to when the mountains call

A beautiful blend of experiences awaits those wishing to explore nature’s wilderness. Deriving pleasure from the beautiful mountain sceneries with action-packed routes, steep climbs, stunning meadows and picturesque views is something that every travel connoisseur desires. Apart from the vibrant landscapes and exotic flora and fauna, mountainous regions across the world also promise many adventures. There are several mountain ranges located across different geographical boundaries, which have never failed to capture the attention of the tourists. These experiences awake one from the slumber of an otherwise dull life.

Here’s the list of top mountain places offering an experience of a lifetime:

1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to several mountainous regions that are popular across the globe. Lantau Peak in the city is considered as the highest point on Lantau Island. Often referred to as The Peak of Hong Kong, it is a pair of two peaks, Fung Shan (male) and Wong Shan (female). This peak is mainly popular as a hiking and sunrise point. It is here that sunrise views captivate one’s attention. Positioned at a height of 957 metres, Tai Mo Shan is not only regarded as the highest peak in Hong Kong but also as China’s second tallest coastal peak. It has been locally referred to as the Guangfu Mountain. Further, it happens to be the highest waterfall with a height of 35 metres. Though the hike to this place is not an easy one, it provides spectacular views of the city that are worth-witnessing. Another amusing place is Victoria Peak, which is situated at an altitude of approx 552 metres. Being the highest hill in the city, it is a must-visit attraction on a Hong Kong trip. The sweeping views of the city’s skyline from the peak make one feel over the top.

  • Best time to visit: The best time to visit Hong Kong is between the months of October and early December. It is during this time of the year that the weather remains pleasant.
  • How to reach: Travellers can book tickets to the Hong Kong International Airport from different places from all across the world. For those travelling from India, there are Hong Kong flights available in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.

2. Abu Dhabi

Most of the UAE’s mountains are constituted by the Al Hajar mountain range, which is spread over a large expanse of UAE and Oman. Jebel Hafeet serves as one of the most popular ranges in the U.A.E. Located at an altitude of more than 1,240 meters, this is regarded as the tallest peak in Abu Dhabi and second-highest in U.A.E. It is its sublime scenery interspersed with the green oasis that draws the attention of the tourists from all across the world. Owing to its geological importance, it has been declared as a UNESCO heritage site since around 500 ancient tombs were discovered in the foothills of the range. It is primarily forged out of limestone which has weathered over millions of years. Another prominent mountain range is Jebel Dhanna in Abu Dhabi. One can stay at the Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort to explore its charm and beauty. Also, one can enjoy several other activities while staying at the resort, such as snorkelling and desert safari.

  • Best time to visit: The months between November and March constitute the best time to plan a visit to Abu Dhabi. Though the city remains hot throughout the year, it is during these months that the temperature is comparatively cool.
  • How to reach: Abu Dhabi International Airport shares a connection with about 85 cities in about 49 countries through 52 plus flights. One can board the Abu Dhabi flight from different Indian cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mangalore, Kozhikode and many others. Also, there are many direct flights that connect Abu Dhabi to India.

3. Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, is said to be a place of rustic beauty and romance. Lying on the banks of the Red River, this metropolis has several mountainous regions located near it. One of the well-known hiking spots near Hanoi is Lang Bian Mountain. It is the tallest mountain in Dalat and serves as an excellent site for several adventure activities like camping, rappelling and rock climbing. Also, it offers astounding views of the Golden and Silver Streams and the overall Dalat City. Sapa is another famed mountainous region close to Hanoi. As it is home to an intense network of numerous trails, it is considered as Vietnam’s foremost hiking destination. It creates a magical hiking experience through its trails for the expert level trekkers. Mountain villages and terraced rice cultivation add to its charm among tourists. Cao Bang is yet another beautiful destination which is characterised by mountain scenery. The landscape of Karst Mountains, rice terraces, deep gorges, meandering rivers and glorious waterfalls transform it into a dream-like adventure.

  • Best time to visit: The months from February to April are considered ideal to plan a trip to Hanoi. Even the months of October and November are said to be best for the tour. One must avoid a trip to the city in the summer season due to the scorching heat and high humidity level.
  • How to reach: Noi Bai International Airport is the closest airport to reach the city.

4. Kuala Lumpur

If exploring uncharted territories is your thing, Kuala Lumpur is a great place to be at. This hidden gem of Malaysia is one of the many favourite destinations for hikers. Bukit Tabur Hill is a place, here, which has never failed to induce the love of nature enthusiasts towards Mother Nature. Locally called Bukit Hangus, Bukit Tabur is situated about 20 kilometres away from the city centre. There are about five trails to reach the hill and all of them lead to different peaks. The hiking involves splendid views of Taman Melawati and Downtown Kuala Lumpur. As the trail has slippery limestone terrain, experience in trekking would prove to be of great help. Also, one needs to seek permission from the government considering the dangers of the hike. Another popular highland retreat to explore in the city is Cameron Highlands. It is situated about 2,000 metres above sea level. Hiking through the interesting trails on the mountainside is an ideal way to explore the highlands at their best.

  • Best time to visit: May to July constitutes an ideal time to travel to Kuala Lumpur as it is during this time that the weather is relatively good and the sky is bluer than ever.
  • How to reach: One can easily reach Kuala Lumpur via direct flight to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. For Indian citizens, a visa is required to enter the city.

5. Shillong

Shillong is one of the Indian cities, which is home to breathtaking Meghalaya mountains. Shillong Peak is one of the best city places where one can soak in stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Situated at an elevation of 6449 feet, this happens to be the highest viewpoint in the city. It is here that a 360-degree view of the distant hills can be witnessed in awe. Be it trekkers, nature lovers or photographers, this is an ideal place to indulge in an experience which is one of its kind. Sohpetbneng Peak is another popular attraction when it comes to exploring hills and mountains in the region. Situated on the outskirts of Shillong, it is known for its divinity, peace and majestic aura that surprises most of the tourists. It has even been regarded as the 'Navel of Heaven' by the Khasi tribe. One must not forget to capture the scenic views of the region.

  • Best time to visit: The best time to visit Shillong is between September and May as the weather remains pleasant during these months. The beauty in monsoons is at its peak as the terrain turns into a scenic paradise with lush greenery, lakes, ponds and waterfalls coming to life.
  • How to reach: Shillong Airport, also called Umroi Airport, is the closest airport to the city. For travellers travelling by train, Guwahati Railway Station serves as the nearest railhead and is at a distance of about 97 km from the city.

6. Jammu and Kashmir

Known for its snow-capped mountains, wildlife, scenic splendour, exquisite monuments and local handicrafts, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most touted tourist destinations across the world. It is home to several mountain ranges that look all the more enchanting when covered with snow. Situated at a height of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is a famous skiing destination situated in Pir Panjal Range of Jammu and Kashmir. It is popular for being surrounded by the lofty Himalayas, deep ravines, meadows of flowers and lush green forested valleys. It is also famous for the second-highest Gondola ride all over the world. The untainted and majestic beauty of Pahalgam makes it another worth-visiting destination in Jammu and Kashmir. Submerged in verdant and attractive Himalayan ranges, it is an actual feast to the eyes and senses. Also, going on fishing trips or for trekking on one of its many mountains is worth experiencing. Other places to explore are Nubra Valley, Apharwat Peak and Khardung La Pass, offering scenic views and several enchanting experiences.

  • Best time to visit: Jammu and Kashmir is considered as a four-season travel destination and can be explored at any time of the year. The months between October and March are considered ideal and best for sightseeing; tourism is also at its peak.
  • How to reach: Airports in Jammu and Srinagar can be reached from different cities across the nation and abroad.

A trip to these appealing mountainous regions can turn any journey into a memorable affair. Be it with family, friends or your significant other, a trip to wilderness sets all untamed impulses free.

So, let your mind reverberate 'Mountains are calling and here I go'.

 

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