TOP 10 HILL STATIONS IN INDIA

Everyone is looking for salubrious weather conditions where they can find respite from the scorching summer in India. Hill towns spread across India are some of the top tourist places to travel to India in Summer and they are also very popular for places to go for honeymoon in India.

Below are some of the best hill stations in India to enjoy the mild weather India has to offer.

1) Shimla - Queen of Hills.

Located deep in the foothills of Himalayas, Shimla, located at an altitude of 2159 meters (7000 feet approx.), is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. The entire city is strung across a single ridge with sharp hillsides surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests stretched out in all directions.

Charming walks along the Ridge and the Mall Road are most popular activities. The city also offers a variety of shopping and entertainment activities all stretched across and connected with the arterial Mall road where thankfully vehicles are not allowed to enter.

Main Attractions: Arki Fort, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Scandal Point, Viceregal Lodge, Jakhoo Temple and Christ Church.


2) Ooty: The Jewel of Nilgiri

Established as the summer capital of Madras by the British, Ooty is a bustling hill station in the Nilgiri Mountain Range in Tamil Nadu. Although the heart of this hill town is crowded and in not that good shape due to spurt in tourism, the treasures of Ooty are located deep inside and on remote corners. Well manicured parks & gardens, temples, sunset points, Raj era Bunglows and verdant surroundings dotted with pines and moss are Ooty’s charm.

Main Attractions in Ooty: Avalanche Valley, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock, Rose Gardens, Kalhatti Falls, Doddabetta Peak, Nilgiri Mountain Railways, Botanical Gardens, Emerald Lake.


3) Darjeeling: Lure of Black Tea

Perched on a mountain ridge at the elevation of 6, 710 feet with awe inspiring views of the Himalayan Peaks and verdant tea estates, Darjeeling is soothing to eyes, refreshing for mind and uplifting for the soul.

Major Attractions in Darjeeling: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Bhutia Busty Monastery, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways.


4) Mount Abu: Oasis in the Desert

A haven in the desert kingdom of Rajasthan, Mount Abu with its verdant setting, salubrious weather and various lakes & waterfalls is unlike anywhere else in the state. Perched on the Aravali Hill Range at an altitude of 1164 meters, Mount Abu is home to more than 80 Jain and Hindu temples and shrines with the Jain Temples at Delwara attracting the lion share of tourists.

Attractions in Mount Abu: Dilwara Jain Temples, Guru Shikhar, Nakki Lake, Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor's Tank, Toad Rock, Abu Road.


5) Almora: The Verdant Kumaon

This is a gem of place nestled in the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Relatively unexplored and less popular among tourists - and that is where its allure lies - Almora has offered rejuvenating and inspiring refue to the likes of Rabindra Nath Tagore and Swami Vivekanand who sought the sanctuary of this picturesque place.

Perched on a horse shoe shaped hill at an elevation of 1682 meters, Almora is a place where you go to do nothing and seek bliss and inspiration through communion with nature. It is one of the finest weekend getaways from Delhi. Best time to visit this hill station is from April till November. Almora could also be visited in monsoon to enjoy the gentle thrum of rain and the lush surroundings


6) Lonavala: A Walk above the Clouds

This charming hill station near Mumbai and Pune is a verdant delight. Here you literally walk on the clouds as they soar beneath you, embark on nature walks and hikes and there are places of historical interest too. This hill stations in India is best visited in July and August upon the arrival of monsoon making it one of the top places to visit in India during monsoon.

If you are interested in hot air balloon rides or para gliding, you should head to Lonavala where these activities could be availed of.

Attractions in Lonavala: Lonavala Lake, Karla Cave, Lohagad Fort, Nagphani, Bhushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Visapur Fort


7) Matheran: The Pristine Beauty

One could reach this hill station through narrow gauge Matheran Railways and pony ride is also available. Best time to visit Matheran is September but this hill station could be visited throughout the year.



8) McLeodganj: The Mini Tibet

The seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile, McLeodganj in Himachal is a pastoral delight. Perched on a horseshoe shaped ridge in the Dauladhar Range of Himalayas, McLeodganj is where many world and culture co exists. Right from the Tibetan, to the British who stayed back and the modern hippies and global nomads, in this bustling town you are in a truly global village.

With a range of activities like meditation, volunteering and nature walks to an array of easy and moderate trekking trails in Himalayas, McLeodganj in Himachal Pradesh is one of the top hill stations to visit in India. Being closer to Delhi, McLeodganj is a popular weekend getaway from Delhi and also preferred by hikers. Best time to visit McLeodganj is May and June. It is better avoided during monsoon and could be visited from October till the next monsoon.

Attractions in McLeodganj: Dal Lake, Bhagsunath Temple, Tsuglagkhang Temple, Bhagsu Falls, The Tibet Museum, Namgyaima Stupa, Tsechokling Gompa


9) Binsar: Romance of the Nature

A charming hill stations shrouded in pine forests and hemmed in by mighty Himalayan peaks, Binsar is your ticket to bliss. Almost cut off from civilization (as soon as you enter Binsar Wildlife Reserve), Binsar is an ideal place for nature walks, birdwatching and doing nothing. It is also favored by artists and writer as they come seeking inspiration of the hills.

But the activity that tops the chart of things to do in Binsar is to behold the 360 kilometers panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks from the “Zero Point”. The best time to visit this hill station is in summer although it could be visited throughout the year except during monsoon.


10) Shillong: The Road Less Travelled

The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong is a hill town perched at a height of 1496 meters above sea level. It was the capital of Assam before the separate state of Assam was formed in 1974. It has a very cool climate throughout the year.

Tourist Attractions in Shillong: Umiam Lake, Botanical Garden, Ward’s Lake, Elephant Waterfalls, Spread Eagle Falls, Mawlynnong Village, Mawphlang Sacred Forest.


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