Hill Stations in India
From the lush green environment of the Western Ghats to the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas play an important role in the natural beauty of India. In India, there are seven mountain ranges and several hill stations which exist in these mountain ranges.
One who visits these hill stations is no less than a heaven for an adventure trip. You can forget the hustle and bustle of the city and in its calm environment, both your mind and body are purified by visiting these hill stations. Also, if relaxing is your main goal, consider getting yourself a great private jet charter to India.
Here are some of the top hill stations in India where you can detoxify yourself.
Pahalgam is a very attractive tourist destination and most beautiful hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. This with its untouched and gorgeous natural beauty gives your eyes a fascinating view.
The one who comes to visit Pahalgam is surprised to see its beauty with lush green plantations, saffron fields, green shoots and small houses that were built here. Trek to the mountains and fishing are the other activities which you can do.
Major Tourist Attractions in Pahalgam: Tarsar Lake, Sun Temple, and Mamaleshwar Temple.
Gulmarg means “valley of flowers”. Gulmarg is a valley with flowers and Pine forests where you can enjoy both spring and summer season. This place is known for the golf course and the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve. Here you can see daisies, blueberries and many varieties of flora and fauna.
Major Tourist Attractions in Gulmarg: Lien Marg, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, St. Mary’s Church and Alpather Lake.
Tourists who come here stay in the village located in the town and enjoy trekking, skiing, and rafting. The famous Rohtang Pass, located far away 53 km from Manali, offers tourists adventure and breath-taking views of glaciers, peaks, and valleys.
Major Tourist Attractions in Manali: Vyas River, Jogini Waterfall, Hadimba Devi Temple, Manikaran Gurdwara, Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass.
Khajjiar is one of the best hill stations in North India with the lush green trees of pine cedar, soft velvety greenery, mountains, and the tranquility make you feel Switzerland. The beauty of Khajjiar is no less than Switzerland and this place is considered one of the world’s 160 mini Switzerland. The beautiful hills, greenery, valleys, lush rivers and the lakes of ‘Himachal Pradesh’ are famous all over the world.
Major Tourist Attractions in Khajjiar: Khajjiar Lake, Khajji Nag Temple, and Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
Major Tourist Attractions in Shimla: Solan Brewery, Darlaghat, Scandal Point, Taradevi Temple, Jakhu Hill, Shimla State Museum, Gurkha Gate and more.
McLeodganj is one of the most popular hill stations in India with snowfall and a beautiful city surrounded by thick forests, located in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley. Many monasteries established here by Tibetan immigrants. McLeodganj is a suburb of Ganj Dharamshala which is also known as Chota Lhasa. Many trekking trails start from Dharamshala.
Major Tourist Attractions in McLeodganj: Tibet Museum, Waterfall in Bhagsu and many more.
Nainital is one of the beautiful hill stations and popular honeymoon spots located in Uttarakhand. One can feel calm and near nature by coming here. If you want to go shopping then do not forget to visit the famous market mallrod here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Nainital: Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Naina Peak, Governor House, Tiffin Top, and Pandit G.B. Pant Zoological Park.
Major Tourist Attractions in Auli: Nandaprayag, Auli Artificial Lake and Chattarkund Lake.
A small and beautiful city of Arunachal Pradesh located in the northeast of India is Tawang. This place is counted one among the most beautiful tourist places in India. Tawang is the best place to spend a summer vacation as the temperature ranges from 5 ° C to 21 ° C.
Here you can see snow at any time of the year. Breathtaking valleys, rivers, and waterfalls give you the ultimate experience as this place is covered with snow during the winter season.
Major Tourist Attractions in Tawang: Gorichen Peak, Shonga-tser Lake, Pankang Teng Tso Lake, Bap Teng Kang Waterfall, and Nuranang Waterfalls.
Darjeeling is India’s beautiful hill station surrounded by tea gardens from all around, which looks quite beautiful to see located in the northern region of West Bengal. These gardens are situated opposite the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.
The journey of the Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling is quite popular which is called Toy Train there. With the journey of this train, you can see and enjoy the beauty of the entire Darjeeling.
Major Tourist Attractions in Darjeeling: Happy Valley Tea Estate, Observatory hill, Buddhist monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda and many more.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya situated amidst the Khasi Hills considered to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It has the highest waterfall in the whole world, which is visited by most of the people from all over the world. It is also home to the famous bluesman of India, Lau Majou (singer and guitarist). Shillong is also called Scotland of the East for its beauty.
Major Tourist Attractions in Shillong: Water sports, Don Bosco Center, Mawlinnong Waterfall, All Saint Church, Cathedral Catholic Church, Elephant Fall, Shillong View Point, and Mowfalong Sacred Forest.
Cherrapunji is the highest land on planet Earth. It is famous for its living bridges and every tourist here should take some time to learn the Khasi culture. This place is also known to have the highest rainfall. This place is sacred with mesmerizing hills, waterfalls and panoramic view of the Bangladesh plains.
Major Tourist Attractions in Cherrapunji: Trekking, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Falls, and Dain-Thlen Falls.
The only hill station in the state located to the southwest of the Aravalli mountain range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan is Mount Abu. Mount Abu is like a breath of cool breeze in the blazing sun. The high mountains here and the greenery spread around it finds difficult to believe that it is a part of Rajasthan. Apart from the beautiful beauty, historical temples also attract many tourists.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu: Dilwara temples, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, Guru Shikhar, Government Museum and Peace Park.
Lonavala and Khandala are the two beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra which are famous all over the world due to their beauty and attractive caves. Khandala comes first from Mumbai to Pune and Lonavala comes from Pune to Mumbai.
Khandala is a small hill station with its beauty and this place is also famous because of its astonishing caves and artistic style artifacts. Lonavala is the center of tourist attraction due to its natural scenery and attractive caves.
Major Tourist Attractions in Lonavala And Khandala: Karla caves, Bhaja’s caves, Bedsa caves and many more.
The second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills is Coonoor which locates in less area than Ooty. Coonoor is surrounded by its rolling hills, tea and coffee plantations. Here a toy train runs from Coonoor to Ooty, which is very popular among tourists. Traveling from Coonoor to Ooty can be seen with the beautiful cantonment area of Wellington.
Major Tourist Attractions in Coonoor: Sim’s Park, Wellington, Dolphin Nose, Tea Factory, Lamb’s Rock and Droog Fort.
A cantonment town locates in Almora district of Uttarakhand is Ranikhet. This place surrounds by Himalayan mountain ranges and one of the tourist places in Uttarakhand. Tourists visiting here enjoy paragliding very much.
It is said that Queen Padmavati of Kumaon liked the natural beauty of Ranikhet so much and decided to stay here. King Sukherdev built a palace for her at this place after a long time and since then the place was named Ranikhet.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ranikhet: Chaubati Gardens, Jhula Devi Temple, Dwarahat, Bhalu Dam, Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum and more.
The smallest and most popular hill station Matheran in Maharashtra, India locates at an altitude of about 2650 feet. Matheran means ‘forest of mother’. It is one of the few places in the world where there is a strict prohibition on carrying vehicles of any kind due to dangerous routes.
Tourists have to use the toy train to go here, which passes through extremely difficult paths along the high mountains. Here you will be enchanted to see the pollution-free environment, the charming view, the cool breeze, the lush green valley, the flying clouds and the beautiful view of the mountains.
Major Tourist Attractions in Matheran: Charlotte Lake, Rambagh Point, Panorama Point, Prabalgad Fort, Ambarnath Shiv Mandir and more.
Mahabaleshwar is a very beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats in the Satara district of Maharashtra. This hill town has always been the first choice of tourists due to its charming views. Tourists come here to experience peace and tranquility between the mountain valley and the springs of tomorrow.
Mahabaleshwar is known for its captivating beauty, rivers, magnificent waterfalls, majestic peaks, and beautiful strawberry farms. The city also consists of ancient temples, boarding schools, lush green forests, waterfalls, hills, valleys.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mahabaleshwar: Elephant’s Head Point & Kate’s Point, Lingmala Waterfall, Arthur Seat Point, Venna Dam, Pratapgad Fort, Vajrai Falls, Raigad Fort and more.
Coorg is called Scotland of India due to its beauty and pleasant weather spread across the Western Ghats. The Misty Valley of Coorg has beautiful views. There are trees of coffee, tea, and spices. In Coorg, coffee and spices are cultivated.
Major Tourist Attractions in Coorg: Abbey falls, Nagarahole wildlife sanctuary, Forts, Kaveri River, Irupu Falls, Iguathapa Temple, Omkareshwar Temple, Nalkanad Palace and more.
Munnar is one of the famous hill stations in India because of the huge tea gardens and winding lanes. It is a perfect honeymoon destination as well. In Munnar, Indian spices are cultivated. House boating is quite popular among tourists here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Munnar: Rock climbing, trekking, tea gardens, Wonderla Amusement Park, Ganapati Temple, and House Boat.
Ooty is amongst the best hill stations in South India for its scenic beauty. Here beautiful cottages, fenced flower gardens, thatched-roof churches, and botanical gardens tell its beauty. Walking a few kilometers here, you will find yourself surrounded by lush green nature. Plenty of Pine trees have been grown here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ooty: Upper Bhavani Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Emerald Lake, Botanical Garden, St. Stephen’s Church, Picara Lake, and Rose Garden.
Kodaikanal is a major hill station situated between Palani Hills in South India. The velvety feeling of fragrant clean air coming from the huge cliffs, calm lakes, fruit orchards, eucalyptus, pine forests and the lush green scenery here tell the story of its beauty. Along with the Kodaikanal lake, the historical Coker’s walk attracts tourists.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kodaikanal: Trek to the Pillar rocks, Parks, Wax Museums and nature walk in the Pine forests.
Ladakh is one of the best topmost hill stations in India, situates at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters above sea level. In Tibetan “High pass land” is an exact translation of Ladakh. It is a station that has gray barren and rocky mountains. Beautiful lakes and monasteries, mesmerizing landscapes and mountain peaks are attractive features here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ladakh: Nubra Valley, Hemis Lamyoru, Zanskar Valley, Kargil, Ahem Pangang Tso, Tso Kar, and Tso Moriri.
Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best honeymoon destinations. We get the real view of the Mussoorie mountain plaintiffs from Mussoorie itself. On one side, the high mountains adorned with trees, on the other, the equally deep ditch, stop the beating heart for once. Mussoorie has developed into an important center of business and education.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie: Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Jharipani Falls, Mall Road, Childer’s Lodge, Bhatta Falls and more.
A very charming city Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim, one of the popular hill stations and the best places to visit in the summer in India. Gangtok has a temperature of around 22 ° C in summer. The city situates at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level.
Attractive buildings are seen on both sides on the slope of the hills. From Gangtok, you will also get to see the view of Kanchenjunga, the second-highest mountain in the world. The city is a unique combination of traditional customs and modern lifestyle.
Major Tourist Attractions in Gangtok: Tsomgo Lake, Gurudongmar Lake, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, and Tashiding Monastery.
The highest hill station Chikmagalur (also known as Chikkamagaluru) located at an altitude of 3400 feet which is the most peaceful and beautiful place of Karnataka. Chikmagalur, situated at the foothills of the Mulayanagiri Mountains surrounded by coffee plantations. One can enjoy bonfires, nature camps, barbecue and trek to the mountains.
Major Tourist Attractions in Chikmagalur: Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, Belur, Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint, Hirekolale Lake, Jhari Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Manikyadhara Falls, Halebidu, Kemmanagundi and more.
A beautiful hill station Wayanad located in the north-eastern part of Kerala that remains unclear and unknown to many tourists. Therefore, this place is a beauty that retains its ancient and peaceful charm. The Kabini River is the lifeline of this place and this district hosts a lot of peaks that keep on kissing the mist all the time due to its high elevation.
Major Tourist Attractions in Wayanad: Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Waterfalls, Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Waterfalls and more.
A beautiful hill station in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh Dalhousie situates on five hills. It was the best place for the British Empire soldiers and officers to return in the summer.
There are a few bungalows and churches that display magnificent Scottish and Victorian architecture. Ancient art, temples, culture, and handicrafts have been preserved here by a single dynasty lasting until the middle of the 6th century. During summer, the temperature ranges from 15 ° C to 30 ° C.
Major Tourist Attractions in Dalhousie: Chamera Lake, Panchpula, Dainkund Peak, St.Patrick’s Church and more.
A small hill station Mirik located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, situated in the Himalayan plains. Mirik is 5800 feet above sea level. This place attracts tourists to its scenic beauty, picnic spots, adventure facilities, and a very serene atmosphere.
This hill tourist place surrounds by tea estates, oranges and forested mountains of the Himalayas. The view of Kanchenjunga looks better in summer, due to its height it gets cold in winter.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mirik: Sumendu Lake, Bokar Monastery and Buddhist meditation center.
A fascinating hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal is Kalimpong which placed at the foothills of Shivalik ranges. Kalimpong is one of the most popular tourist destinations in West Bengal. The weather at Kalimpong Hill Station in Darjeeling is always pleasant. Tourists visiting here enjoy trekking. The mountains and beautiful paths here attract a lot of people.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kalimpong: Colonial Morgan House, Cactus Nursery, Rishi Bankim Chandra Park and more.
Pelling is a wonderful hill station located in the state of Sikkim, situated at an altitude of 2150 meters above sea level. The panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and the peaks of the mountains make it even more beautiful. Kanchenjunga has a panoramic view of the city. Apart from this, Pelling’s rich history and culture make it the most important tourist destination of Sikkim after Gangtok.
Major Tourist Attractions in Pelling: Changey Waterfall, Sewaro Rock Garden, Sangachoeling Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins.
India’s mini Switzerland Kausani is a beautiful hill station situates at an altitude of more than 6075 feet in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. Here the high mountain peaks, dense forest, pine trees, and pleasant weather attract tourists.
The place is famous for its natural splendor and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nandadevi, and Panchchuli. Kausani tourist destination is a perfect place for honeymooners, nature lovers and vacation makers to give a perfect view of the snow-capped pictures of the Himalayas spread over 350 kilometers.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kausani: Rudradhari Waterfalls, Kausani Tea Gardens, and the pear orchards.
The beautiful hill station and tourist destination is Almora situate in the lap of the Himalayan ranges in the state of Uttarakhand. The city of Almora attracts a lot of tourists to the hill station which looks like the shape of a horse. The city of Almora is famous worldwide for its rich cultural, magnificent handicrafts, delicious food, and beautiful wildlife.
Major Tourist Attractions in Almora: Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum, Binsar Wildlife sanctuary, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jageshwar Dham, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, and Nanda Devi Temple.
Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is a beautiful cantonment town in Garhwal district of the state which counts one among the most beautiful and peaceful hill stations in India locates at an elevation of 1706 meters. It is a historic city that the credit for settling in India goes to the British during the colonial period.
Lansdowne, surrounded by pine-deodar forests and snow-capped mountains. The Lansdowne season is quite a delight even during the summer and the one who wants to experience the snowfall this place is perfect to visit during winter. This site serves to attract tourists to a large extent.
Major Tourist Attractions in Lansdowne: Tip-In-Top Point, Garhwal Regimental Museum, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhulla Tal, St Mary’s Church, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple and more.
The only hill station in Gujarat is Saputara which locates at an altitude of about 873 meters above sea level along the Sahyadri border and Dang forest. Saputara means ‘house of snakes’, where there is a small site of snake god near the Serpagan river which is worshiped by the tribal people.
One who wants to experience the pleasant weather the perfect time to visit this place in August and September. The main reason for this is the Saputara Monsoon Festival in which you can see the culture of Gujarat up close.
Major Tourist Attractions in Saputara: Saputara Lake, Table Land & Ropeway, Sunset Point, Saputara Tribal Museum, Echo Point, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Gira Falls, Pandava Cave, Vansda National Park and more.
Idukki is one of the most beautiful districts and the second largest district in Kerala State. A very large number of tourists visit this place. Here one can reach by driving through the thick forests. On one side of this place, there is wildlife and on the other side, there are tea and rubber plantations. By visiting this place, you will come to know why Kerala itself is called God’s Own Country.
Major Tourist Attractions in Idukki: Idukki Dam, Thommankuthu Waterfalls, Thekkady, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Vagamon and more.
The offbeat hill stations in South India is Yelagiri, where you can get a chance to spend some time amidst the peaceful environment. Yelagiri is located in between Vaniyambadi and Jolarpettai towns. The place has very few scenic spots and is also famous for trekking. This place receives a very small number of tourists.
Major Tourist Attractions in Yelagiri: Punganoor Lake, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Velavan Temple, Nilavoor Lake and more.
Panchgani is a unique hill station situates in Maharashtra which surrounds by five hills. It locates 19 km from Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani which is popular as the sister hill station of Mahabaleshwar. You cannot find a better place to escape the blazing sun amidst the sweet noise of the Krishna river.
Major Tourist Attractions in Panchgani: Sydney Point, Table Land, Devils Kitchen and many more.
Amboli locates in the state of Maharashtra is a small hilly region and famous tourist destination situates in the Sahyadri Range which falls in the Sindhudurg district. In 1880, Amboli has got the status of a hill station. This hill station is a great place to spend during weekends. The weather here is mostly cold, so it is good to come here during the summer.
Major Tourist Attractions in Amboli: Sunset Point, Amboli Waterfall, Hiranyakeshi River, Shirgaonkar Falls, Nagatta falls and more.
The hill station locates in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, India is Agumbe which is popular as the Cherrapunji of South India, is the only place in South India where the rainfall is highest. This region is famous for its greenery, waterfalls as well as trekking.
There are many types of animals that can be seen in the dense forests of Agumbe and many types of herbs and vegetation in its round. The venomous snake “King Cobra” is found here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Agumbe: Barkana waterfall, Kunchikal waterfall, Onank Abi waterfall, Jogigundi waterfall, Kodalu Tirtha waterfall, and Narasimha Parvatha trek.
Horsley Hills is a summer hill resort in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Eucalyptus trees found far and wide make it more attractive. Apart from this, various species of plants and wild animals can be seen here. The weather is pleasant throughout the year which will make the trip fun.
Major Tourist Attractions in Horsley Hills: Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Mallamma Temple, Kaigal Falls, Gangotri Lake, and Talakona Waterfalls.
Yercaud is a hill station in Tamil Nadu, located on the Sarvarayan mountain range on the Eastern Ghats. Cheaper than other hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal. Yercaud surrounds with lush green forests and lakes.
On coming here, tourists see beautiful faces of the valleys and it is a perfect tourist destination for those who want to feel close to nature. Due to its natural beauty, this hill station has another name which is popular as the jewel of the South. Yercaud is also one of the popular places for trekking.
Major Tourist Attractions in Yercaud: Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Kiliyur Falls, Anna Park, White Elephant Tooth Rocks and more.
Kotagiri is a small Hill Station in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu situates at an altitude of 1793 meters above sea level. This is the oldest and the third largest hill stations in the Nilgiris after Ooty and Coonoor, surrounded by tea estates and beautiful green landscapes. Kotagiri is famous for trekking and rock climbing.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kotagiri: Kodanad View Point, Sprawling Tea Gardens and Sparkling Waterfalls.
Srinagar is one of the best hill stations in North India, a place of fabulous natural beauty attracting many people for a very long time. It is famous for houseboats, historic gardens, distinctive mosques, and valleys. The valleys situated on the banks of Dal Lake and Jhelum River is also beautiful here.
Major Tourist Attractions in Srinagar: Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Shankaracharya Mandir, Nagin Lake, Betab Valley, and Sonamarg.
An amazing place in Andhra Pradesh which is called Araku Valley, locates in the Eastern Ghats and one of the least polluted, untouched beauties and scenic hill stations in the south. Araku is adequate via road and is located 114 km from Vizag and close to the Orissa border.
The valley surrounds with mind-blowing views of mountains like Gallikonda, Raktakonda, Chintamogondi, etc. Araku Valley is very famous for its coffee plantations and innumerable valleys.
Major Tourist Attractions in Araku Valley: Chaparai falls, Tribal Museum, Borra Caves, Duduma Waterfalls and Ananthagiri falls.
The beautiful and small hill station in the state of Sikkim is Lachung which locates in the northern Sikkim district near the border of Tibet. Lachung is located at the meeting of the Lachung and Lachen rivers at an altitude of about 9,600 feet.
These two rivers are the tributaries of the Teesta River. Before Chinese influence on Tibet, Lachung was a trading center between Sikkim and Tibet which was later shutdown.
Major Tourist Attractions in Lachung: Yumesamdong, Yumthang Valley & Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Bhim Nala Falls, Naga Falls, Lachen, and Lachung Monastery.
Thekkady locates in South India considers to be the major hill station that comes under the Idukki district of Kerala, India. This place has got another name which is popular as Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Thekkady hill station bless with natural beauty that welcomes tourists of every age group. From nature lovers to adventure lovers this is the perfect place to visit. This is a perfect destination to spend quality time during summer.
Major Tourist Attractions in Thekkady: Elephant Rides, Boat Cruises, Trekking / Nature Walk, Bamboo Rafting, Periyar Tiger Trail, Periyar Tiger Trail, Jungle Safari, Mullaperiyar Dam and more.
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