Top 10 Most Beautiful Hill stations in India

A holiday in the Hills.

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    Manali
    Manali
    Hill Stations, Himachal Pradesh

    Be constantly in touch with your existence as you try to absorb the beauty of snow-capped mountains, gushing, serpentine turquoise rivers, innocent smiles of ‘pahari’ people, endless dense forests, and the feel of unadulterated fresh air. Manali in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most famous hill stations in India that offers religious tourism, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism in just one trip and that is what makes it a paradisiacal place to visit. Nestled between Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is a tourist magnet with museums, temples, hippie villages, trekking trails, river adventures and more! Irrespective of what time of the year you are travelling to Manali, the journey to the top is rewarding just like your experience of the destination is going to be. The charming hospitality of the people makes it also one of the safest hill stations in India for women and solo travellers.

     

    Best thing to do in Manali: A bullet ride through the Rohtang Pass, a homestay and endless cups of coffee and chai at small cafes is recommended!

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    Ooty

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    Ooty
    Hill Stations, Tamil Nadu

    Coined as the ‘queen of the hill stations’, Ooty in Tamil Nadu is a crowning beauty of the blue mountains (Nilgiri ranges). It is that one place in India that is eternally struck by spring. Lush tea plantations that seem to stretch right into the horizon, the allure of small villages, hide and seek with clouds, chilly breeze, and adventurous, scenic routes with a chance of spotting big cats, herds of deer, peafowls and wild boars and small lakes and waterfalls amidst the landscape only reminds you of God’s bounty. Whether you are visiting it for the first time or the umpteenth time, the joy of riding a toy train that takes you through the town and the beautiful topography of the tea plantations is irreplaceable. Relish local South Indian cuisine, connect culturally with local communities and drink the best coffee, tea and ‘nariyal pani’. And don’t forget to take care of your heart, coz the possibility of you leaving a piece of it in the lush mountains is very high!

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    Gulmarg

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    Gulmarg
    Hill Stations, Jammu and Kashmir

    ‘Jannat!’ The only word that can resonate the surreal beauty of Gulmarg in Kashmir. Nestled in the Pir Panjal Range in a cup-shaped valley, Gulmarg’s vibrant flower blooms, pine-fringed hillocks, clear blue skies, and snowy mountains, make it one of the most paradisiacal places to be in. Gulmarg that translates to ‘meadows of flowers’ is one of those places in India where you can rediscover yourself as a person. From the break of dawn, as the first rays of sun fall on the whitewashed mountains to the late-night bonfires that are a common sight here, every moment in Gulmarg is going to make you feel alive with experiences that are beyond words and imagination. Lose and find yourself as you trek in knee-deep snow, stay cozy through stormy nights, make snow angels, relish hot chocolate and maggie, dance in the snow and get rich in experiences! 

    While you are in Kashmir make sure you sip on several cups of noon or gulabi chai. This Pink hued tea is a Kashmiri special just like Kahwa is. If you're a foodie you can't leave Gulmarg without treating yourself to famous Kashmiri hospitality and food in the form of a Vazwaan.

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    Gangtok

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    Gangtok
    Hill Stations, Sikkim

    The Himalayas ranges in Sikkim are majestic, magnificent, magical and mesmerising.  A popular pilgrimage spot for Buddhists, a vantage point for Mt. Kanchenjunga, scenic hamlets, base camp for several Himalayan Mountain Ranges, a paradise in the northeast, and nature’s beauty at its best, Gangtok is one of the best hills stations in India. Set around the Teesta river, there are a lot of things to do in Gangtok. This place is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India. How about you sip on a Kawa, tea or coffee on the banks of Teesta Nadi and feel every pore of your being as you relax?

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    Mussoorie

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    Mussoorie
    Hill Stations, Uttarakhand

    We can’t be talking about hill station and miss out on Mussoorie, a nature's retreat, a writer's paradise, a backpackers delight and more! Accompanied by unadulterated beauty, views with layers of mountains, sunsets and sunrises that bring out the best colours of nature, and relentlessly flowing rivers - Mussories gives you a heightened fun existence, quite literally. You feel alive and rejuvenated. A snowy trek to Chopta, where you meet and mingle with locals while manoeuvring your way through knee-deep snow. The free-flowing uncontrollable laughter that bubbles out of you, the scent of pine and fir trees, the wild winds that run past you - all adds to an experience of a lifetime. Include a day or two to Rishikesh, The Beatles’ favourite place in India, to add more adventure to your trip. Known for adventure sports like bungee jumping, mountain biking, giant swing, and others, Rishikesh is also recognized as the best place in India for white water rafting. 

     

    Best time to visit Mussoorie - Between the months of February and June.

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    Mount Abu
    Mount Abu
    Hill Stations, Rajasthan

    Experience the best of Aravali ranges, at Rajasthan’s summer capital, the very picturesque, Mount Abu. The only hill station in the land of Royals, Mount Abu is a very popular tourist attraction with something for everyone. If you are someone who likes listening to nature songs, relish local cuisines and indulge in touristy activities like boating, sightseeing and clicking pictures, Mount Abu is your place to be. Perched on a little height, the Dilwara Jain Temple is visited by pilgrims and history buffs from around the world. The stunning intricate white marble carving found in the temple is a mesmerising sight. They will make you question how exactly was it possible to bring such big stones to build a temple this height and what drove the artists to that level of creativity. A reminiscent of history, we suggest you visit the place and talk to priests and tour guides to uncover all the tales and stories connected with the temple. While descending the temple, don’t forget to stop for a couple of refreshing glasses of buttermilk, these are kind of legendary here. A trek to Dilwara Jain Mandir Nakki Lake, Achal Garh, Guru Shikhar, Adhar Devi, Sunset Point, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Gaumukh are a must for a full-on experience of this hill station in India. 

     

    Best thing to do in Mount Abu: A boat ride in the Nikki jeehl.

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    Darjeeling
    Darjeeling
    Hill Stations, West Bengal

    One of the prettiest hill stations in India, Darjeeling in West Bengal is set against the soothing backdrop of Shivalik hills of the lower Himalayas. The untouched beauty of these hills attracts thousands of tourists. Foreigners, honeymooners, solo travellers, backpackers and others. One of the best things to do here apart from hugging the hills with all the love you have, is to pick tea leaves with the locals. Providing a heady mix of magnificent tea gardens on the rolling mountain slopes, meandering train rides through the picturesque city & delectable Tibetian cuisine, Darjeeling works wonders for everyone looking to experience the Himalayas in its full glory! Some of Darjeeling's most popular attractions include monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley passenger ropeway cable car which happens to be the longest Asian cable car. Stay in a resort attached with or close to a tea plantation to get the best of Darjeeling!

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    Shillong
    Shillong
    Hill Stations, Meghalaya

    ‘The abode of clouds’, ‘Scotland of the East’, ‘Music capital of India’ - Shillong an enchantingly, breathtaking hill station located in the northeast region of India, fits the dream of nature lovers and adventure seekers. From whistling woods, winding trails, drizzling rains, cascading waterfalls and cosy cafes, Shillong in Meghalaya is a piece of heaven on earth, untouched and pure. Apart from natural beauty, wallpaper landscapes, crystal clear lakes, and never ending waterfalls, Shillong has a plethora of things to do and experience. Connect with the always jovial and welcoming locals, free float in the open lakes, visit a zoo, a museum, or simply make memories and photographs with unguided long walks. Hill stations have a way of bringing out the best in us, and these hills in Shillong, Meghalaya speak the language of the soul.

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    Munnar
    Munnar
    Hill Stations, Kerala

    Exploring the beauty of Munnar in Kerala is like unfurling the magic of nature in layers and then all at once! The emerald carpeted tea and coffee plantation on hilly slopes, misty clouds all around, jingles of a wild waterfall always at arms reach, lakes and ponds and more make Munnar one of the most popular and loved hill stations in Kerala. The best souvenir you could bring back from these lofty hills is irreplaceable memories. Situated on the banks of three rivers - Mattupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, the ever present pleasant weather acts as a soothing balm on the soul. Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls are the popular Munnar tourist places. However, if you wanna go offbeat and explore it like a traveller and not as a tourist, rely on local transport and don’t have a solid literary, this place is hiding mystery and stories in every turn.

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    Mahabaleshwar

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    Mahabaleshwar
    Hill Stations, Maharashtra

    Mahabaleshwar is a cozy little hill station, situated just 5 hrs away from Mumbai and 3 hrs away from Pune. Blessed with breathtaking views, red sand, numerous waterfalls, dense forests, magnificent hills, Mahabaleshwar is also known as the ‘Land of strawberries’. If sightseeing while enjoying juicy strawberries are your thing then you can't miss this monsoon-favourite getaway! Besides the scenic waterfalls, tributaries, and mountain peaks, one of the major attractions in Mahabaleshwar is the Mapro Farm. Roam around the well maintained grounds, click pictures against various photobooths, visit the chocolate factory and devour delicious glasses of fresh strawberry and cream, which trust us, is better than your sweetest dream. Horse riding, ATV biking, bungee jumping, rock climbing, and others, Mahalaeshwar has a host of adventure activities for thrill seekers.

 
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