India is a vast country with a varied topography. The northern part of the country is home to the mighty Himalayan Mountains. There are many famous hill stations in India that have a lot of tourism potential. The snow capped peaks, the mesmerizing scenery and cold climate attracts many tourists to these hill stations all year round. While each destination is unique in its own ways, the common thing in all these hill stations is the splendid view of the mountains. One great way to enjoy this breathtaking view is to take a ropeway ride over the hill station. Ropeways or cable car rides are one of the many tourism attractions in some of these hill stations.
Some famous hill stations with rope-ways are:
Gulmarg Gondola, Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg is one of the most famous tourist towns in Jammu & Kashmir. One of the must-do things on every tourist’s itinerary is to take a ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, reckoned to be the world’s second highest cable car project. It is also the largest cable car system in Asia that connects the Gulmarg skiing resort to Apparwath peak located at 4200 meters. The elevation is so high that this ropeway operates in two stages. The first phase is from Gulmarg to Kungdori Valley, and the second phase from Kungdori to Apparwath peak. The complete route spans about 2.5 km. This gondola ride offers tourists with breathtaking views of the snow-filled Himalayan slopes. On a clear sunny day, one can view the magnificent Nanga Parbat mountain peak.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is a beautiful town in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, situated 10,000 feet above sea level. This hill station is famous for some popular sightseeing spots such as the Tawang Monastery and the Indo-China border. Tawang is also home to one of the highest cable car rides in the world. Built by Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited, one of the pioneering companies in ropeway construction in India, the Tawang cable car is built at 11,000 above sea level. Tourists can enjoy a magnificent birds-eye view of the beautiful natural scenery surrounding the town of Tawang. While making this cable car route, DRIL faced some challenge in erection of the upper station due to the poor accessibility.
Auli Cable Car, Uttarakhand
Auli is known as India’s premier skiing destination. Apart from skiing and trekking activities, the one thing that all tourists must do on is to take the cable car ride in Auli. Connecting Auli to Joshimath, this 4 km long cable car ride is one of the longest cable car rides in India. The uppermost tower of this ropeway is at 3016 meters, and the journey takes around 20 minutes long. Tourists are treated to spellbinding views of the mighty Himalayas from up close, especially the snow-capped peaks of Nanda Devi.
Mussoorie Cable Car, Uttarakhand
Considered as one of the best ropeway routes in India, the cable car ride in Mussoorie offers a heavenly view of the surrounding mountains. The ropeway starts from Mall and goes up to Gun Hill, which is the second highest peak of Mussoorie located at a height of 2530 meters. Tourists can enjoy the picturesque views of the Himalayan range and the beautiful Doon Valley. Taking a ride during sunset is ideal as one gets to experience a mesmerizing view of the sun going down.
Namchi is often known as the Culture Capital of Sikkim. It is most known for the replicas of the four pilgrims (char dham) of India and the neighboring Buddhist monasteries found in the region. One key tourist attraction here is the cable car ride, built by DRIL, from the Children’s Park to the Rock Garden. This ropeway was built on a difficult terrain with the dual aim of providing eco-friendly and energy efficient system of transportation and for the development of tourism. By taking a ride on this cable car, tourists can view enjoy the aerial view of surrounding greenery and the breathtaking Kanchenjunga mountains.
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. Nestled in between mountains and clouds, Gangtok is a very famous hill station offering some spellbinding panoramic views. On days when the sky has clear visibility, one can even see the Kanchenjunga peak. Gangtok has a 935 meters long aerial ropeway built across the city, which begins at Deorali Bazar and stops at Namnang and Tashiling. Built by DRIL, this ropeway ride is a major tourist attraction as it offers a complete panoramic view of the full Gangtok city.