Hill stations are always a delight to visit, be it in summers or winters, you’ll always get something to adore. From the beautiful flowers blossoming during the summers to the majestic white peaks in the winter, hill stations are perfect holiday destinations. India houses a lot of hill stations which can make your eyes pop when you look at their beauty. Here are the top 15 hill stations in India, you must visit.
Munnar is also regarded as God’s Own Country. It is located 1,600m above the sea level in the state Kerala. It is one of the picturesque hill stations you will find in India. Commonly known as the ‘Green Capital of India’, it is embellished with scenic mountains, rolling hilltops, tea, and coffee plantations far and wide. It is the land of fairy tales and fantasies.
Srinagar is gracefully located on the banks of the Jhelum River. It is also referred to as the Venice of India. Yet another romantic destination in India, the beauty of this place entices the visitors with its charm and beauty. Kashmir is also known as paradise on Earth, come here and you’ll witness the mesmerizing beauty of the Dal Lake and enjoy shikhara rides to several gardens within the lake.
Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya and is truly a visitor’s paradise. Popularly regarded as the ‘Scotland of the East’, it is also considered as one of the most romantic hill stations in India. High hills, positive ambiance, fast running waterfalls, scenic beauty add to the heavenly beauty of Shillong.
Surrounded by lush and evergreen forests, Kodaikanal is often called as the ‘Gift of the Forests‘. This hill station was discovered around 1845 and was touted as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It has many stunning waterfalls, ancient caves, guarding rock pillars, striking water bodies, and serene forest areas to adore.
The magnificent beauty of Ooty makes it one of the most loved as well as highly visited hill stations in India. Situated deep within the Nilgiri Hills, this delight is a hub for the couples and nature lovers. It is entitled as one of the best hill stations in the Nilgiri Ranges or southern India I must say.
The title ‘Queen of Hills‘ suits this hill station the best. Mussoorie is located at a short distance of 35km from Dehradun. Spending quiet moments, admiring the majestic beauty of nature, witnessing panoramic views of the Doon Valley, and enjoying ropeway cable ride are some of the amenities this place provides.
Nainital is a perfect family destination to visit and witness its splendors. Surrounded by hills and mountains, this beautiful hill station is located beside the Nainital Lake and is also called as ‘Lake District’.
Located amidst the picturesque coniferous trees of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is the house of the snow-clad peaks, mind-boggling landscapes, and amazing views of the Himalayas. It is also home to His Holiness Dalai Lama and is the starting point of several treks around the Himalayan Range.
Look at the horizon, walk amidst the clouds, and witness some of the mesmeric peaks in the world during your holidays in Darjeeling. This pristine piece of land has many sacred monasteries and an enjoyable toy train ride that has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
A magical land where the cloud ushers life into the deep and peaceful valleys. Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim, which also houses some of the highest peaks of the Himalayan range. Its pristine beauty and location make it an ideal place to enjoy activities like ropeway rides and river rafting.
The best skiing destinations in India are undoubtedly Manali, which is known for its alluring beauty. Located beside the Beas River Valley, it is also one of the new hill stations in India. Manali is most popular amongst the newly married couples as it gives them a chance to explore the most alluring places and to adore the snowy outlook of the hills which can make you fall in love with its ambiance too easily.
It was established listed during the British rule as a colonial hill station, which is located at a height of 1,800m above the sea level. Embellished by scenic pine and oak plantations, the colonial architecture of this hill station offers a beautiful charm of the era of pre-independent India.
Dalhousie was once a summer retreat of Lord Dalhousie who was the British Governor-General of India and hence it has also been named after the general. Also being one of the most visited hill stations, it is also known for its ‘healing water’ found in the Karelanu region.
Chail in Himachal Pradesh is yet another unknown hill station in India. Here you can visit the highest cricket ground in the world. This aesthetic hill station boasts of a scenic outlook. During your trip to Chail, you can enjoy adventure activities like Burma bridge, rope walk, rock rappelling, and many more.
Shimla is indeed one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Once it was also the summer capital of India but it now serves as one of the main tourist destinations of the County. Shimla offers a pleasant climate throughout the year and ample sightseeing opportunities to its visitors.