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20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit

    

India is a treasure trove of geographical diversity and is blessed with almost every possible landscape. From the mighty Himalayas to breathtaking coastlines, from the vast stretches of arid deserts to mangroves, from splendid backwaters to magnificent cold desert, you name it and India has it all.

With such amazing diversity in geography, India is thus home to some of the most beautiful hill stations in the world. Here’s a list of some of the best and popular hill stations from across the length and breadth of the country.

1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-1 Clichéd, I know but can you really deny its beauty? Shimla is still one of the most preferred holiday destinations among a large chunk of the Indian population. The Summer Capital of the British Empire, Shimla has still managed to hold on to its colonial charm. From family vacations to romantic getaways, Shimla has been the destination chosen by many if not all.

2. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-2 Bring out the backpacker in you, because Manali is truly the dream destination you would want to spend those scorching summer days in. Blessed with lush greenery, lofty Himalayas, trout fishes, numerous rivers and rivulets, Manali is no less than a dream come true. Oh, and if you're a foodie, you're going to die after eating at the cafes in Manali.

3. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-3 "If there is ever a heaven on earth, it’s here", you will probably realize the truth of this quote by Emperor Jahangir, the day you visit Kashmir. Gulmarg is the most beautiful and popular ski resort destination in India during winter months. Rest of the year it’s a beautiful painting of various hues of natural beauty in the form of lush greenery and flowers that adorn the hills.

4. Leh-Ladakh

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-4 A magnificent cold desert flanked by the rugged Himalayas, vast stretches of arid land, fluttering prayer flags, pristine lakes, treacherous trails to high altitude passes and absolute bliss is what defines Leh and Ladakh. If you're a biker then you there will be no better place for you but Leh and Ladakh.

5. Auli, Uttrakhand

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-5 Another haven for skiing during the winter months, Auli is nothing less than a heavenly paradise and is very popular among travellers seeking solace in the wilderness of the mountains here.

6.Mussorie, Uttrakhand

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-6 Bustling with the verve of an ideal Himalayan hamlet, Mussorie is picturesque, fun and a wonderful place to beat the heat during the terrible summer months. Apart from sightseeing, you can engage in a lot of other activities such as ropeway rides, shopping, trekking and hiking in Mussorie. Mussoorie will give you the old school vibe because it has that charm and if you're visiting the place during a weekend, you can meet the famous author Ruskin Bond!

7. Gangtok, Sikkim

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-7 Sikkim the organic state of India is home to abundant scenic beauty and breathtaking culture. Among the numerous places worth visiting in this state, Gangtok stands out as an idyllic capital city. Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and adorned by utmost beauty, the best time to visit Gangtok is during the winter and spring months of the year. Just thinking about the food Gangtok offers is making my mouth water, imagine what it would be like to actually experience it.

8. Darjeeling, West Bengal

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-8 Established as a sanatorium for the British, Darjeeling slowly gained so much popularity amongst the British that they almost made it their second home. Vast stretches of Tea plantations and remnants of the colonial era can still be seen in this little yet picturesque town. Darjeeling is probably one of the most romantic hill stations in India and still remains a muse to Indian Cinema. For all the dog lovers, you guys will without any doubt want to pick the fat chubby dogs, off the streets.

9. Shillong, Meghalaya

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-9 The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is an absolutely stunning location. Also referred to as ‘The Scotland of the East’, Shillong is abundant in natural beauty and utmost tranquillity. Visit this little heaven for lush green mountains, waterfalls, its characteristic cool climes, and a lively city life unlike any other metro city in the country.

10. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-10 Off the beaten track, Tawang is no less than a wonder. Tawang is originally a valley and is characterised by lofty mountain ridges, Buddhist monasteries, and unparalleled scenic beauty. Most famous for the Tawang Monastery, Tawang is bordered by two countries namely Tibet and Bhutan.

11. Kohima, Nagaland

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-11 Visit the capital of Nagaland, Kohima if you are looking for an offbeat yet amazing travel experience. Kohima is the perfect amalgamation of cultural richness and modern day city life. Kohima is home to the Naga and Kulkis tribe who have still managed to preserve the richness of their manifold cultural background. Adorned in tales of war, bravery and a tumultuous yet exciting history, this little city in Nagaland will not fail to amaze you. And you will truly be surprised when you see Nagaland's culture.

12.Mount Abu, Rajasthan

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-12 Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan and is like a dollop of surprise amidst its barren and arid terrains. Located on the Aravalli range, the mountains surrounding this little hill station aren’t as lofty as the Himalayas but are equally pristine and scenic. Famous for the Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu is a must visit if you are travelling to Rajasthan.

13. Panchgani, Maharashtra.

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-13 Panchagani is a quaint little town that is surrounded by five hills which give it its characteristic name. Located in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats, Panchgani is a favoured and popular hill station in the western part of the country.

14. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-14 Known mainly for its strawberry plantations, Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Characterised by the lush greenery of the mountains, waterfalls, valleys and some ancient temples, Mahabaleshwar is a welcome respite from the maddening crowd and pace of the metro cities of Mumbai and Pune located near it.

15. Munnar, Kerala

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-15 An idyllic hill station located in God’s Own Country, Munnar is known for its splendid tea plantations and breathtaking locales. Fed by a trio of rivers namely, Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is a treasure trove of scenic beauty. The weather of Munnar is to die for.

16. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-16 Ooty is nothing less than a paradise. Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in the southern part of the country. Carpeted by beautiful green tea plantations, home to the Ooty Lake and a numerous species of flora and fauna Ooty is the perfect getaway this summer.

17. Coorg, Karnataka

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-17 Coorg is also rightly known as the Scotland of India. Home to plenty of spice and coffee plantations, visiting this quaint little hill station in Karnataka is like hitting a jackpot. You can also indulge in some adventure sports activities here in Coorg apart from marvelling at its breathtaking natural beauty.

18. Kudremukh, Karnataka.

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-18 Located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, Kudremukh is a magnificent hill station. Kudremukh roughly translates to ‘Horse Face’ in Kannada. The peak Kudremukha which resembles the face of a horse is one of the main attractions here. Kudremukh offers amazing vantage points to marvel at the beauty of the mountain ranges visible from here.

19. Wayanad, Kerala.

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-19 If you are fascinated by wildlife and love hills, then Wayanad in Kerala will offer you plenty of opportunities to explore and experience both. Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and is also home to vast spice plantations.

20. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

20 Best Hill Stations in India That Are Worth A Visit-20 Coonoor in Tamil Nadu is located in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats and is one of the most serene hill stations of the region. Home to waterfalls, lush dense forests, and breathtaking hiking trails, Coonoor is worth a visit if you are looking for a refreshing break from the mundane chain of activities of your regular life.

These are some of the favourites among the most popular hill stations in India, though India is home to many other scenic and offbeat hill locations across the country. And now that summer has already started wrecking havoc in our lives, where do you plan to head out next?
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