Hill Stations in India


15 Best Hill Stations to Visit in India:

Come summer and it’s time to pack your bags to head towards hill stations. Winter, too, is a great time to explore the snow-clad peaks in hills. India doesn’t disappoint when it comes to hill stations. The country is dotted with the awe-inspiring hills all over the country starting right up from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, encapsulating over 20 mountain ranges.

Enlisted below are the 15 most popular hill stations.

1. Gulmarg – Kashmir: The Paradise on Earth


No list on hill stations in India can begin without Gulmarg being enlisted at the top. Rightly named as the Paradise on Earth, Gulmarg lies in the magnificent Himalayas 56 km away from Srinagar. Gulmarg is mainly famous for the Gondola or ropeway, which is the highest cable car in the world. The picturesque beauty of the place is nothing less than a fantasy world that seems to have come true. The valley is 3km long and a kilometer wide. It is filled with beautiful blueberries, daisies and many other flowers that lighten up your mood. It also has a popular golf resort and renowned as a prime skiing destination.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Gulmarg Gondola.
  • Golf Course.
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.
  • Baba Reshi Shrine.
  • Shark Fin.
  • Kongdori.

2. Shimla – Himachal Pradesh: The Queen of Hills


Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British, and a true treat to the eyes as far as its serene beauty is concerned. With its spectacular vista, Shimla is a region that is highly appreciated for its ethnic culture and eternal beauty. Shimla is also an architectural paradise, flaunting many splendid colonial architecture buildings.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Jakhoo Hill.
  • Shimla State Museum.
  • Summer Hill.
  • Mall Road.
  • Christ Church.
  • Tara Devi Temple.
  • Annandale.
  • Viceregal Lodge.
  • Shoolini Temple.
  • The Ridge

3. Darjeeling – West Bengal: The Queen of the Hills, Dreamland of the East


Talking of Darjeeling, the first two things that strike are the tea and the toy train. Also known as the Dreamland of the East, its natural beauty allures tourists from all over the country as well as from abroad. The hill station has many exotic waterfalls, hills blossoming with flowers of every shade, and the tea gardens. The Darjeeling Tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, famously known as the “Toy Train” is the narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Darjeeling Toy Train.
  • Senchal Lake.
  • Ghoom Monastery.
  • Mahakal Temple.
  • Observatory Hill. Tiger Hill.
  • Annandale.
  • Bhutia Busty Monastery.
  • Dhirdham Temple.
  • Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo.

4. Ooty – Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu: Queen of South India


Located in deep of The Blue Mountains or the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is the pride of Blue Hills. The awesome sceneries of Ooty hill stations is one of the amazing experience that should not be missed. Ooty is famous for its picturesque picnic spots, gardens and waterfalls, though the main attraction is the mile long tea gardens along with the pine forest. Needless to mention the Nilgiri Toy Train ride which takes you along the scenic topography of the Nilgiris.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Droog Fort in Coonor.
  • Avalanche Valley.
  • Ghoom Monastery.
  • Dolphin’s Nose.
  • Lamb’s Rock in Coonor.
  • Rose Gardens.
  • Kalhatti Falls.
  • Mudumalai National Park.
  • Mukurthi National Park.
  • Deer Park.
  • Wax World.
  • Tribal Museum.
  • Attractions.

5. Shillong – Meghalaya: Scotland of the East


The topographical beauty of Shillong gave its name “Scotland of the East”. Known for its strikingly beautiful and fascinating hills Garo, Khasi and Jaintia, Shillong tops among the favorites of tourists. The beautiful getaway landscapes, sparkling lakes and abundant beauty of nature complete the scenic beauty of Shillong. The awe-inspiring lakes, waterfalls and caves need special mention while describing the exquisiteness of the place.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Shillong Peak.
  • Umiam Lake.
  • Lady Hydari Park.
  • Elephant Falls.
  • Wards Lake.
  • Mawjymbuin Caves.
  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture.
  • Laitlum Canyons.
  • Mawphlang

6. Munnar – Kerala : Kashmir of South India


Munnar, located in Kerala, is one place known for its well-preserved natural beauty of the virgin forests. The environment and climate of Munnar are very salubrious that compels you to just chill and relax. The popular hill station is famous for Green forests, wildlife, beautiful valleys, magnificent waterfalls, lagoon lakes and great mountains. The green hill station is full of lush green tea plantations and breathtaking scenery which makes Munnar as one of the best hill station in India.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Mattupetty Dam.
  • Eravikulam National Park.
  • Kundala Lake.
  • Top Station.
  • Echo Point.
  • Tea Museum.
  • Marayoor Sandalwood Forests.
  • Attukad Waterfalls.
  • Blossom Park

7. Nainital – Uttarakhand: City of lakes


Nainital is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand surrounded by the volcanic lake Nani. The hill station is often referred as the ‘Lake District’ of India. It is a destination for all, whether you are looking for a perfect family outing, or a romantic getaway. It is well connected by the major cities and offers a lot to rejuvenate your body and soul. With the variety of treks and the picturesque locations, Nainital is surely a must visit location.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Naini Lake.
  • Naina Devi Temple.
  • Mall Road.
  • Raj Bhawan.
  • Gurney House.
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo.
  • Tiffin Top.
  • Astronomical Observatory.
  • Snow View Point.

8. Kodaikanal – Tamil Nadu: Princess of Hills


Kodaikanal is a lesser popular tourist spot, though it has some breathtaking scenic spots. It is well-known for its spices, homemade chocolates, herbal teas and coffees, oils and the orchids. The landscape of Kodai has compelled people to call it the “Princess of Hills”.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Berijam Lake.
  • Coakers Walk.
  • Kodai Lake.
  • Kurinjiandavar Temple.
  • Ddolphin’s Nose.
  • Bryant Park.
  • Green Valley View.
  • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory.

9. Panchmarhi – Madhya Pradesh: Satpura ki Rani 


Panchmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, the Heart of India. It derives its name from the Hindi words Panch (“five”) and Marhi (“caves”), which according to legends, were built by five Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile of 13 years. The caves are situated on a hilltop and provide an excellent vantage point.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Rajat Prapat (large waterfall).
  • Bee Fall.
  • Dhoot Akhilesh.
  • Dhupgarh (the highest peak of the Satpuras and Madhya Pradesh).
  • Apsara Falls (fairy pool).
  • Jatashankar (stalagmite-filled cave in a deep ravine).
  • Pachmarhi Hill (whole view of Pachmarhi City).
  • Picadilly Circus.
  • Rajendra Giri (beautiful gardens with natural scenery).’

10. Dalhousie – Himachal Pradesh: None as such


Once a summer capital of the British, Dalhousie today is another attraction for tourists all over the country. Named after British General Lord Dalhousie, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is situated across 5 hills namely, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Situated at an altitude of 2700m, Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station that offers a panoramic view of Dhauladhar mountain range.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Alla.
  • Karelanu.
  • Dainkund Peak.
  • Khajjiar.
  • Bakrota Hills.
  • Village Lohali.
  • Gandhi Chowk.
  • Dalhousie Cantonment.
  • Sadar Bazar.
  • Tibetan Market.
  • Panchpula.
  • Kalatop.
  • Panjpulla.
  • Subhash Baoli.

11. Coorg – Karnataka:


Coorg is rightly named as the Kashmir of the South because of its breathtakingly beautiful valleys and greeneries. It is famous around the world for a variety of coffee and tea plantations. The landscape of the hill station is very mesmerizing with a pleasant climate throughout the year.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Coffee Plantations.
  • Abbay Falls.
  • Dainkund Peak.
  • Irupu Falls.
  • Trekking.
  • Dubare Elephant Camp.
  • Golden Temple.
  • Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery

12. Mount Abu – Rajasthan: Dev Bhumi


Rajasthan has only one hill station and that is Mount Abu, which is the summer capital of the state. Mount Abu is renowned worldwide for the Dilwara Jain Temples. It offers many breathtaking sunsets points, from where you could cement the bond of love with your loved ones. Being close to Gujarat, it offers a good variety of Rajasthani and Gujarati handlooms, textiles, artifacts and the list goes on.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Dilwara Jain Temples.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Nakki Lake.
  • Abu Road.
  • Trekking.
  • Achalgarh.
  • Golden Temple.
  • Trevor’s Tank.
  • Guru Shikhar.
  • Peace Park.
  • Adhar Devi Temple

13. Mussoorie – Uttarakhand: Queen of the Mountains


The Queen of the Mountains justifies its name. While glaring over Dehradun, Mussoorie provides the “déjà-vu” missing out in one’s life. An evening walk on the Mall Road is enough to entangle you to get “relocated to Mussoorie” and cherish long-lasting memories. Flooded with many top boarding schools of India, Mussoorie is a tourist and education hub of Uttarakhand.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Mussoorie Lake.
  • Christ Church.
  • Kempty Falls.
  • Lal Tibba.
  • Company Garden.
  • Jwala Devi Temple.
  • Happy Valley.
  • Gun Hill.
  • Nag Devta Temple.
  • Mussoorie Heritage Centre.
  • Mall Road.
  • Camel’s Back Road.

14. Auli – Uttarakhand: Auli Bugyal


The beauty of Auli is not easy to describe in words. Auli is a perfect getaway in summer and winter in India as the place is known for its magnificent transformations in both seasons. Situated at an elevation of about 2500m, Auli becomes a meadow in the summer, whereas when the snow covers it in the winter season, Auli becomes the place for winter-sport enthusiasts. It is a budding skiing destination in India and is believed to be the best when it comes to its gradient slopes.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Cable ride.
  • Vishnu Prayag.
  • Joshimath.
  • Badrinath.
  • Artificial Lake.
  • Gurso Bugyal.

15. Mahabaleshwar – Maharashtra: Queen of Maharashtra


Mahabaleshwar is the most visited hill station of Maharashtra. The speechlessly pleasant climate and the lush greeneries are topped with the strawberry farms and the umpteen numbers of lakes tempting the tourists from all over the country to try their hands in boating and fishing.

Tourist Attractions:
  • Pratapgarh Fort.
  • Venna Lake.
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple.
  • Tapola.
  • Panchgani.
  • Lingmala Waterfalls.
  • Elephant’s Head Point

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