14 Best Hill Stations in India for vacation
Hi friends, whenever we’re at home. What’s the best thought that comes in our mind? I don’t know about you but for me it’s about travelling the world. And if your thoughts are matching mine then this post is for you. so, what is the first thing that come in your mind when you think about travelling? of course it is natural sight, fresh air, connection with nature and comfortable stay. Keeping all these things in my mind, today i am here with a list of best place to start your travel of the world and i.e. hill station. So let’s check out the list of 14 Best Hill Stations in India for vacation.
Bound by the lush green forests, Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya and identified for its scintillating views of hill and sweet smelling flowers found everywhere. It is a must see place for tourist while visiting the North-east part of the country. Along with the scenic natural beauty, you can see charming colonial buildings which further accentuate the delights of this quaint hill resort of North-East India.
Best Season to Visit : Between September and May.
Part of the Sahyadri hills and close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. It has lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills at the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 km square of land. It is surrounded by lush green valleys and offers one of the ideal weekend getaways for tourist. Lonavala, being a part of the Sahyadri hills,offers dense forests, waterfalls, dam alongside lakes, which makes it a must-visit hill station for nature lovers. Some of the most visit tourist places include ancient caves, white water lakes, old age forts, and various waterfalls.
Best Season to visit : December to February
Gangtok is one of most beautiful hill station of Northeast India. It is nestled in mountains and clouds which is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges and peaks like Kanchenjunga. The mesmerising picturesque beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads will take your breath away. Gangtok is also an ideal destination for paragliding, river rafting, as well as skiing.
Best Season to Visit : Throughout the year
11. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, which is popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful mix of Tibetan with some British influence. With an average elevation of 2,082 metres it is situated on the Dhauladhar Range. It is also known as Little Tibbet and famous around the world for being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj has one of the most mesmerising and picturesque landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh and attracts tourists throughout the year.
Best Season to visit : October and February
10. Mount Abu
Situated at a average height of 1,219 mtr’s above sea level and with the tag of ” The only hill station of Rajasthan”, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range. Its scenic beauty, rich flora & fauna as well as the marble art of delwara jain temples attracts millions of tourist from all over the world.
Best Season to Visit : November to March
9. Munnur, Kerala
Another hill station which was former resort for the British Raj in India. 1,600 m above sea level, Munnar is a popular hill-station of Kerala in the Western Ghats. It is famous for its tea estates, various shades of green, blankets of mist and craggy peaks. Munnar is commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar has many protected areas which are home to endemic and highly endangered species like the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji. It is situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is also blessed with natural view-points with many picturesque sites.
Best Season to visit : September to March
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Located at an altitude of 1970 meters above sea level, Dalhousie is one of the most famous hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Dalhousie is a town leisurely through the five mountains, Kathlog, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. The sight of snowcapped peaks of Dhauladhar Range greet you constantly in every part of town. It was established by Lord Dalhousie to make it as a summer retreat in 1850, you will find many architecture that remind you of its colonial past.
Best Season to visit : March to June.
Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and one of the most visited place of Tamilnadu Tourism. It is located 86 km north of Coimbatore and is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district. It is a one of the most popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. People seek Ooty for perfect family vacation, romantic honeymoon time or even a relaxing weekend. Nilgiri Toy train, ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site ) is biggest attraction for tourist. The tea factory welcomes with the aroma of freshly brewed tea. Beautiful trails to trek, lush tea estates, mist clad mountains and astounding flora and fauna amazing boating experiences as well as panoramic views make your holiday worthwhile. Ooty also specialize with delicious chocolate which can make your shopping delightful.
Best Season to visit : October to June
Situated at a height of 2200m, and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is popular hill stations in the country. Beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families from years. With jaw-dropping views of himalyan range you can enjoy the lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers. The weather becomes pleasant for most of the months with tourists flocking especially during the summer months. The winters are cold and you can enjoy some days of snowfall from mid-December till February end.
Best season to visit : November to February.
Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill station which is also known as the dreamland of the east. Its natural beauty is enough to lure tourists and keep them captivated in their whole journey. Here you will get many waterfalls, hills blossoming with flowers of every shade, and the tea gardens. Darjeeling stands at the height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. Darjeeling is known as the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’ because of lush green slopes of tea estates dotted with women plucking tea leaves will give you unmatched experience. There are over 86 tea estates in Darjeeling which produce the worldwide famous ‘Darjeeling Tea’.
Best season to visit : February to March and September to December.
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Nestled in the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. It is popular for its scenic beauty, flowery gardens, snow-capped mountains, and orchards of red and green apples. Rohtang Pass, the highest point on the Manali-Keylong road is one of the most recomended place to visit in Manali. It is a heaven for all the snow lover at an altitude of 2,050m. Solang Valley is the of the most visited places in Manali. Rohtang Pass is famous among nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers for mountain biking or skiing.
Best Season to visit : October to June
Located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun, Mussoorie is another most popular and wonderful hill station in Uttarakhand situated at a height of 2005 meters above the sea level. You can enjoy superb scenic view of peaks of the Himalayas in western Garhwal range. Mussoorie offers picturesque views of the snow ranges to the north-east, glittering view of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges in south. Because of lush green hills, variety of flora and fauna and view of peaks of the Himalayas and Doon valley, it attracts thousands of tourist from both domestic and international to Mussorrie each year.
Best Season to visit : September to June.
Nainital also spelled as Naini Tal, is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the headquarters of the Kumaon division as well as an eponymous district.Nainital is located in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas at a distance of 285 km (177 mi) from the state capital Dehradun and 345 km (214 mi) from New Delhi, the capital of India. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres above sea level, the city is set in a valley containing an eye-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference,and surrounded by mountains, like Naina , Deopatha , Ayarpatha.From the tops of the higher peaks, “magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bound by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.
Best Season to Visit : March to June
The summer capital of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir famously known as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Srinagar is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. Located on the banks of Jhelum River, a place of natural beauty, Srinagar is referred to as the ‘Land of Lakes and Gardens’. The place boasts of the largest tulip garden in Asia. You can visit the Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary, Dal Lake, Amarnath Cave, Wular Lake, Jama Masjid and the Mughal Gardens. Pride of Kashmir , Dal Lake in Srinagar is the finest illustration of power and beauty of nature. Surronded by Pir Panjal mountains and Mughal gardens, the lake has maintained its popularity as one of the most favourite tourist spots in Srinagar. Shikaras are used by the tourists to see attractions which is must do activity.