Hill Stations

10 Heavenly Indian Hill Stations That Should Be A Part Of Your Bucket List

❝ Mountains are the beginning and end of all the natural scenery.❞ – John Ruskin

From the northern-most part of India to the southern tip, India is renowned for the numerous mountain ranges that run. With the fresh climate, the serene surroundings and the world below your feet, trip to the hills is the best. Hill stations are probably the best way to escape the extreme heat in the summers and to get the city air out of your lungs. India is no short of hill stations.

Below are the 10 hill stations you must visit at least once in your lifetime…

1. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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Srinagar, J&K

One of the most sought-after destinations in the world is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Widely popular for its lakes and gardens, Srinagar definitely tops the list of mesmerizing hill stations. Blooming from the age of Mughal empires, the gardens reflect a distinct Mughal style.

Home to Asia’s largest Tulip Garden, every year in April, Tulip Festival is held. Romantic ‘Dal Lake’ beautiful ‘Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan’ mosque and the ‘shikhara’ remain the must-see! Relax and experience in luxurious houseboats to enjoy the phenomenal and picturesque backdrop of the city.

Best Time To Visit – April to October.

2. Munnar, Kerala

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Munnar, Kerala

To the very south of India, in God’s own country, lies the beautiful city of Munnar. With its green surroundings and misty hills, Munnar settles as one of the perfect getaways when you wanna escape the monotonous routine. For the adventure seekers, the city offers trekking, rock climbing, exploring exotic wildlife and many others!

Indulge yourself in the tours of spectacular tea and coffee plantations. Tea lovers can watch the making of tea right from the gardens! The scenic hilltops, gorgeous waterfalls and huge national parks definitely make it one of the best hill stations in India.

Best Time To Visit – December to February.

3. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Nestled in the laps of Aravalli, Mount Abu finds itself to be the only hill station in Rajasthan. People prefer to visit these ranges during the monsoon season to enjoy the lush, green mountains. Mount Abu is a must-visit if you’re planning a romantic honeymoon.

Story of myths and legends related to this place gives it a mystical vibe. Mount Abu is famous for the exquisite architecture of the Dilwara Temples. Don’t forget to witness the amazing sunset from the popular Sunset Point!

Best Time To Visit – November to March

4. Auli, Uttarakhand

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Auli, Uttarakhand

The snow-clad mountains surrounded by oak and pine trees with a spell-bounding scenery on the road, Auli calls out to the soul of every traveller out there. Some of the best places to visit are the natural springs of in Saildhar Tapovan, the Auli Artificial Lake, and the Chattarkund Lake. Situated on the meeting point of the rivers of Alaknanda and Mandakini, Auli is also said to be blessed by Shankar 

For the thrill-seekers, Auli is vastly popular for the numerous skiing opportunities and treks to the hills of Garhwal Himalayas.

Best Time To Visit – November to March.

5. Shillong, Meghalaya

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong has been on one of the top positions of perfect honeymoon destinations. Vastly popular for the uncountable number of waterfalls, serene lakes and gorgeous mountain peaks, Shillong becomes of the most visited hill stations of North-eastern India.

The golf courses lined by pine trees make it one of the most refreshing sports. Aside from that, Umaim Lake is popular for its different water sports.

Best Time To Visit – September to May.

6. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Summer capital during the British Raj, Shimla still remains one of the topmost sought-after hill stations of India. The bustling town has the perfect combination of natural beauty and colonial architecture.

The city boasts of Old Christ Church, Dorje Drak Monastery, Kamna Devi Temple, Jhaku Hill and many more. Take a walking tour to experience all of these heritage sites. Fun activities include trekking, skiing and paragliding! The most notable toy train of Shimla and the route of heritage tracks are surely worth it.

Best Time To Visit – November and February.

7. Coorg, Karnataka

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Coorg, Karnataka

For a nature lover, Coorg should be the top places to visit. The quaint yet humble people of the village entice you to take a trip to this district of Karnataka. The simple life of the people living in the epitome of nature’s beauty draws you in for a magnificent time here. Trekking through the narrow roads in the early sunrise is the perfect way to get your city out of your lungs.

Exotic coffee and spice plantations, Abbey Falls, Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary, churches and forts include some of the must-visit tourists’ spots. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality. 

Best Time To Visit – December to February.

8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Walk in the city of Darjeeling to get some rarest views of Mount Kanchenjunga, through the Indian’s largest tea plantations and colonial-era architecture. Visit the Buddhist monasteries, ages-old toy train and elaborate botanical garden and zoos.

Must visit destinations include watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill of Khangchendzonga and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway (the largest aerial tramway in Asia). Markets of Darjeeling are one of the best places to shop for anything! Don’t visit during the monsoons as it is one of the wettest places in India.

Best Time To Visit – March to May.

9. Aizawl, Mizoram

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Aizawl, Mizoram

Previously dominated by the Mizo tribe, Aizawl remains a quaint city overlooking the magnificent Tlwang and Tuirial rivers. Surrounded by the majestic peaks of Durtlang, the capital of Mizoram offers a tranquil and relaxing holiday. The trip offers you a rare insight into the culture and ethnicity of North-Eastern India.

Popular activities include taking a boat ride through the rivers cascading in the valley. Visit the largest waterfall of Mizoram, Vantawang and Phawngpui, the highest peak in Mizoram to observe different floras. 

Best Time To Visit – March to May.

10. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

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Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Oldest hills station of the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar also used to be one of the summer retreats for the Britishers. Also known as the ‘Land of Strawberries’, it boasts of an array of sightseeing options such as the gushing rivers, cascading waterfalls and marvellous peaks.

Mahabaleshwar also remains a sacred place for Hindus due to the Krishna River origin and many ancient Hindu temples. Be it a trip with the family, outing with friends or for a honeymoon, Mahabaleshwar is an ideal option.

Best Time To Visit – March to June.

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