Best Hill Stations In India! Your Vacation Gateway!
India the seventh largest country in the world offers a number of hill stations in most parts of the country. From the Kashmir in North to Kanya Kumari in South most of the states of the country have something beautiful to offer. Hill stations were mostly set up by the Britisher’s to get relief from the scorching summer in India. Today we are going to tell you about some of the most beautiful and adventurous hill station that you can visit this summer.
SHIMLA, HIMACHAL PRADESH
Shimla also knows as the ‘Queen of the hills’ is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is an epitome of British Raj and its echoes could be still found in Shimla. It is located deep in the foothills of Himalayas and located at an altitude of 2159 meters (7000 feet approx.).
The entire city is surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests stretched out in all directions. Most of the action here takes place at mall road which is a long winding main street. The town is famous for quaint cottages, splendid British edifices etc.
Most popular activities here are the walk along the ridge and mall road. The arterial road is quite famous among shopping and entertainment lovers, where vehicles are not allowed.
Main Attractions: Arki Fort, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Scandal Point, Viceregal Lodge, Jakhoo Temple and Christ Church.
Nainital “the lake district” is a small town in the Kumaon range in Uttrakhand. It is one of the most popular hill stations among couples and solo travellers. Parasailing, kayaking, horse-riding, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing are quite famous among adventure lovers. The Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Naini Peak and Snow view are among the most popular tourist spots in this town.
Main Attractions in Nainital: Nainital Lake, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top, Snow View, PT. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Gurney House, Sattal, Naini Devi Temple, Ghorakhal
GULMARG, JAMMU & KASHMIR
Gulmarg is a hill station popular for skiing, situated in the Pir Panjal Range in the western Himalayas. This beautiful town becomes a paradise for explorers with impressive treks to explore.
Gulmarg has the highest gondola in the world reaching 3,979 meters. Main tourist activities in this areas are Skiing and snowboarding. The main market offers tourists with pashmina, Jewellery etc. This place is also famous for its delicious food offered by hotels, bars and ‘Dhabas’.
Main Attractions in Gulmarg: Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg Gondola, Rani Temple, outer circle walk.
Mussoorie which is known as ” Queen Of Hills” is a hill station, which is 35 km from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of national capital New Delhi. It is in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range at an average altitude of 1,888 meters.
This Hill station is among the most beautiful and most visited hill stations in India. It becomes a paradise for those who want relief from a hot, sultry condition of plains, also major Hindu sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Rishikesh are not far from this place.
Main Attractions of Mussoorie: Gun Hill, Jharipani Fall, Mussoorie Lake, Jwalaji Temple, and Van Chetna Kendra.
DARJEELING, WEST BENGAL
Darjeeling is a beautiful town in West Bengal and it is located at an elevation of 6700 meters. Darjeeling is famous for its awe-inspiring views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, tea plantation and the world Heritage Himalayan railway.
This beautiful town has many more attractions which are soothing to the eyes. Here you can visit monasteries, parks, tea estates, can take a ride on the ” toy train”. Best time to visit here is from November till January.
Main Attractions in Darjeeling: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Bhutia Busty Monastery, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways.
Shillong the capital city of Meghalaya is widely known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, This beautiful hill station is perched at a height of 1496 meters above sea level. It has a very cool climate throughout the year, which is perfect for visitors from the plain.
This place has plenty to offer to its visitors, you can visit Shillong peak and gaze at the lush green hills, enjoy a picnic near the elephant falls or enjoy a boat ride over the Umiam Lake. Adventure lovers can try water sports like kayaking and water skiing.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a captivating hill station, offering extravagant joys of the city as well as the picturesque view of mountains.
The hill station is located at an altitude of over 1650 m, nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate Gangtok is surely a Heaven for visitors. The best way to explore the city and its beautiful people is walking.
At the main market, you find various businesses selling local handicrafts or you can enjoy local delicacies as well as international cuisine at captivating restaurants and bars of Gangtok.
Main Attractions in Gangtok: Tahi view point, Banjhakri Hill, Rumtek Monastery and the Tsongmo Lake
Binsar is a small town situated within the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is blessed with stupendous views of snow-clad peaks like Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Nanda Kot.
Apart from the other attractions, Zero Point is another place that you must visit in here because of its panoramic views of the Himalayan peak.
Visitors can also visit the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to several beautiful species of birds, plants and rare animals.
Main Attractions in Binsar: Zero Point, Binsar wildlife sanctuary, Binsar Mahadev, Kasar Devi Temple, Marry Budden East etc.
Coorg, located in the western ghats of Karnataka, is one of the most scenic and pristine hill stations of India. This place is renowned for its evergreen forests, alluring waterfalls, pleasantly flowing streams and rivers. This place is a home to many rare species of animals. Those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature and spend time with friends and family, then Coorg is the right choice.
SRINAGAR, JAMMU & KASHMIR
Srinagar, also known as “Kashmiri Venice” is one of the most romantic destinations in India. Srinagar is quite famous among newly married couples.
It is famous for its natural environment, waterfronts, gardens, and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.
Dal Lake is noted for its houseboats. In Srinagar, you enjoy at houseboats and can also visit the Wular Lake which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
Main Attractions in Srinagar: Dal Lake, Wular Lake, Nishant Garden, Shalimar Garden, Nagin Lake, Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary & Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden.
OOTY, TAMIL NADU
Sitting amidst of beautiful blue mountains of southern India, Ooty is renowned for its picturesque mountains and beautiful weather which attracts the tourists from all around the world.
Here you can take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railways which is a World Heritage and enjoy the stupendous scenery of the Nilgiri Mountain. The best time to visit Ooty is from October till March.
Main Attractions in Ooty: Upper Bhavani Lake, Nilgiri mountain railway, Pykara lake, Emerald lake.
Lonavala is verdant delight which is located near Mumbai and Maharashtra. Believe it or not, but here you can literally take a walk on the cloud as they soar beneath you.
This place is also famous for hiking and historical places. If you are interested in hot air balloon and Paragliding then you must head to Lonavala.
Main Attractions in Lonavala: Lonavala Lake, Karla Cave, Lohagad Fort, Nagphani, Bhushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Visapur Fort