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11 Indian Hill Stations that should be a part of your Bucket List
Hill Stations, as the name suggests is a town or area present at a higher elevation than the normal plain. Indian Hill Stations are really heavenly as I’ve mentioned in the title. They are just magical and have the ability to soothe any person on this planet.
Well to be honest I’m a high admirer of Hill Stations in India. I’ve visited two or three of these which I’m going to mention below and my experience was awesome. If you are planning a trip to go somewhere in India and unsure about the destination! Then you are going to get great inspiration from this post.
To say, there are a number of Indian Hill stations and all of them are worth visiting, but to reduce confusion I’m listing down the 11 best hill stations in India which are well famed and favorite among travelers.
1. Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir
The Summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir – Srinagar is a land of immense beauty and charm. At one sight, visitors fall in love with this magnificent hill station. Famous for its lovely environment, Tulip gardens, and houseboats, this city is set beside the Jhelum river. Moreover, Srinagar is home to Asia’s Largest Tulip Garden, and every year in April month a Tulip Festival is held.
Lakes such as Dal Lake, Wular lake, Nigeen lake, and Manasbal lake impresses the tourists and are very popular in the country too. Srinagar is also the Northernmost Indian hill station.
You must witness the never-ending beauty of this place at least once in your lifetime.
2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in India and here lies vibrant beauty. Manali – a high-altitude hill station in the Beas river valley of Himachal Pradesh is one of the vibrant places of this state. Widely popular throughout the nation, this extraordinary hill station is set amidst the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges.
There are a number of things in Manali that can wake up the adventure enthusiast in you, like, River sports, Trekking Trails, Serene mountains, and much more.
Manali has more than 20 lakh visitors per year! Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass are some of the most loved sports in this beautiful Hill station.
3. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The Capital and the Largest City of Himachal Pradesh – Shimla is a beautiful hill station with a touch of colonial memories. The Mall Road(lined up with multiple eye-catchy shops) is the center of attraction in Shimla with Christ Church and some other architectural monuments.
Traveling by Toy Train will make your journey even more enjoyable and memorable. Because of the never-ending beauty of the magnificent mountains around this city, it shines even more.
A Tour of 2-3 days will be ideal for a tourist as he/she can explore the Best of Shimla within this period.
Top places to visit in Shimla are – Tattapani, The Ridge, Kufri, Chail, Mall Road.
4. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
Mcleodganj is a splendid hill station near Dharamshala. For Trekkers, this place is really worth visiting. Mcleodganj may be a city with a mixture of some Tibetan culture and a few of British culture.
Dalai Lama – Tibetan Spiritual Leader resides here for which this place is known worldwide. Mcleodganj is also known as ‘Little Lhasa‘. There is a different vibe that strikes you in this enchanting city, that’s due to the Tibetan Influence.
It is located at an elevation of 2000 meters which is one of the reasons behind those mesmerizing views of the Dhauladhar ranges.
5. Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand may be a wonderful hill station that’s also a positive Ski Destination for Tourists. The spell-bounding, snow-capped mountains may be a perfect Treat to the eyes of a person.
At an elevation of 2,800 meters, Auli is one of the less explored hill stations in India. The Slopes are covered with dense deodar and oak forests and you can witness some famous peaks like Dunagiri, Kamet, Mana Parvat, Nanda Devi.
The Best Time to visit Auli is from December to March when Auli becomes a perfect paradise for Ski Lovers. Some places to see in and around Auli are Auli Artificial Lake, Gorson Bugyal, Chattrakund, Chenab Lake, Joshimath.
6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Located in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 7000 feet, Mussoorie is an amazing hill station. In fact, it is known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations. The weather of Mussoorie remains Cool and so peaceful the whole year that it is one of my favorite Hill Stations in India. Also, it was the first hill station I’ve ever visited.
You can take a Ropeway to Gun Hill, which is actually the second-highest peak in Mussoorie. A wonderful view of the hill station and surrounding Himalayas will be waiting for you there.
Places to visit in Mussoorie are Lal Tibba, Gun Hills, Lake Mist, Kempty Falls, Mall Road. Mussoorie is gently getting more and more popular every year among travelers.
7. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Nainital is a gem of Uttarakhand that resides at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges in the Himalayas. In between this pretty hill station situated an eye-shaped lake – Naini Lake, which is admired by every tourist that comes here. It is nearly 2 miles in circumference and is really astounding.
This place is also known as the ‘City of Lakes’ due to the presence of Naini lake and other lakes in that area. Nainital is a perfect getaway for family and honeymooners. Furthermore, go boating in the Naini Lake, Shop in the Tibetan Market, and wander on the Mall Road. You’ll be delighted to get those experiences.
The Areas around Nainital are rich in flora and fauna. You’ll indeed have a great time exploring this lovely hill station.
8. Darjeeling, West Bengal
In West Bengal, Darjeeling is a city in the lower Himalayas at an altitude of 2000 meters. Darjeeling’s tea industry is extremely popular throughout the state. Moreover, the splendid view of Kangchenjunga mountain catches the attention of visitors.
The Toy Train which was first started in 1881 is still running through the tracks and is declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Talking about the cuisines, Darjeeling having a cold climate mainly serves Rice, Potatoes, and Noodles. Other popular food items in Darjeeling are Momos, Thukpa, etc.
The best time to go to Darjeeling is from April to June and from October to December.
9. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu is the mere hill station in Rajasthan and a major attraction spot for travelers. There are many places which will help you release some stress and enjoy the beauty of nature. Some of them are Sunset Point, Honeymoon Point, Nakki Lake.
Witnessing sunset from the Sunset point is an out-of-world thing. Apart from this, the highest peak of the Aravalli Ranges also lies in Mount Abu named Guru Shikhar.
Have you heard of the Dilwara Jain Temples? They are also one of the most prime places in Mount Abu among the tourists. Having ancient structures, Dilwara Temples must be a part of your Bucket list when visiting Mount Abu.
It is also known as ‘Shimla of Rajasthan’.
10. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
In the Western Ghats lies this lovely hill town Mahabaleshwar. Also known as ‘Land of Strawberries’ as it is widely known all over India for those strawberries. It holds the stats for the production of 85% of strawberries across India.
The serene landscapes, wonderful peaks, joyful rivers make this place super exciting and fun to visit. This Hill Station is a perfect Getaway in Maharashtra.
Moreover, the Krishna river originates from here which makes this place a good to go for pilgrims too. Around 2-3 days will be enough to explore Mahabaleshwar.
The Peak Season is March to May which is considered a great time to visit Mahabaleshwar by many tourists.
11. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty is also known as Udagamandalam, is a picturesque hill station in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. No less than a Paradise for Mountain lovers, Ooty serves as an incredible destination for those wanting a relaxed and soothing holiday.
Ooty is among one of the best hill stations in India. You’ll spot eye-catchy sights of the Nilgiri hills, Beautiful waterfalls, and Tea Gardens. Moreover, how can we forget the wonderful toy train ride? Yes, the toy train ride of the Nilgiri hills is one of the best train rides you can ever imagine.
Dotted with a number of magnificent lakes and cheerful landscapes, Ooty should be a part of your bucket list.
The climate remains so peaceful throughout the year which will definitely help you relieve your stress.