An Introduction to the Hill Stations of India


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Founded by the British in the early nineteenth century, Indian hill stations became an integral part of the Raj, an indispensable relief from the heat and turmoil of the plains below. Now that the British influence has all but evaporated from the Jewel in the Crown, only the Indian passion for cricket and the nostalgia for the hill stations remain as tangible reminders of the three hundred year of imperial domination of the sub-continent.

There are books on individual hill stations but until now no history of the genre has appeared. This book sets out to fill the gap on British India, with a short account of recent travels to some of the major resorts. A timely reminder of what was, and how and why life in the hills took on, and has largely retained, a peculiarly British flavor.

Hill stations are divided in various groups: Himalayan Group (includes Simpla, Gulmarg, Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Darjeeling, etc.); Central Group (Mount Abu, Ranchi, Chikalda, etc); Western Group (Lonavala, Khandala, Poona, Mahableshwar, etc); Southern Group (Banglore, Kotagiri, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal, etc.).

Published: 1993
Pages: 243
Format: Paperback