Imagine a holiday and two landscapes that come into our mind quickly – Mountains and Seashores. Mountains and hills are the fantasies of any poet and the attraction and romance of mountains are eternal.
In a country like India the landscape is diverse started from North to South, From East to West. There are oceans, rivers, plain lands, plateaus, hills, forests and mountains scattered all over and the top of everything there is the mighty Himalayas. So, it is no wonder there are world’s most beautiful and romantic hill stations all over India.
Indians are born travelers and adventurous by nature and hill stations are their best choice to spend their leisure. The number of known and unknown hill stations in India cannot be counted like this, the list is still increasing.
Here are the list of top 10 most visited, popular and well known hill stations in India in 2017-2018
Shimla is one of the most popular tourist destination and hill station in India. Situated at the elevation of 2276 m from the sea level, Shimla is the capital state of Himachal Pradesh state of India.
The sky-piercing mountains at the backdrop, splashing rivers through the lush green forests and snowcapped landscapes make the hill station adorable among general tourists, honeymooners and adventurers. Architecture of the Jakhu temple, Christ Church, kali Bari temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Gorton Castle, Mall Road, Johnnie’s wax museum, Rivoli Tunnel and the Kalka Shimla toy Train are the main attractions and viewpoints around.
If someone wants to enjoy the serene and solitude of the Himalayas, Manali is such a place for that person. This high altitude hill station is a combination of different cultures and religions all together.
Once it was a hippie village and less known place among common travellers but when the Kashmir valley became inaccessible, Manali gained a lot of popularity. The bike tours, paragliding, snow biking, trekking, hiking, river rafting and all type of advanced adventure sports make this place ‘Shangri La’ for adventure lovers. Hadimba temple, Van Vihar park, Manu Maharishi temple, Von Ngari Monastery, Sacred tree, beautiful Beas river are among the common attractions nearby.
The most visited hill stations in North Eastern India, Shilong is the capital of Meghalaya state. Known for is gloomy weather, dense green forest, drizzling waterfalls and mesmerizing view all over makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit for travelers in India and abroad.
Elephant Falls, Nohkalikai Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Lady Hydari park Phan Nonglait Park, Rhino Heritage Museum, Mulki point, Mahadev Khola dham, Bishop’s Falls are among best visiting sights around. Shilong is also famous for camping and adventure sports. Boathouses, reservoirs and camping around the trails of Ward’s lake and Umiam Lake are just cannot be missed by tourists.
Mostly featured in Indian romantic movies, Darjeeling is truly named as queen of hills. A mixture of Himalayan and bengali culture, Darjeeling is one of the best and most popular hill stations in India. Situated in the Himalayan foothills, Darjeeling is famous for tea gardens and the toy train runs from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
Floating clouds across the valley, ice-crowned Kanchenjungha, dazzling raindrops and the bluish green pine and deodar forests make the hills heavenly. The sunrise from the top of the Tiger Hills, Tenzing Rock, Peace Pagoda, Batasia loop, Ghoom Monastery, Mahakal temple etc. are among the main tourist attractions.
Buddhist Pilgrimage turned independent monarchy, Gangtok is now a capital of Sikkim, North Indian State. A blend of culture and religion like Buddhism and Hinduism, Gangtok has become a famous tourist destination in India. Gangtok can be identified as a mixture of heritage as well as modernisation and it is now a must visiting holiday destination among the tourists of Northern and eastern region of India. Picturesque view of snowcapped mountains, trails with green boundaries and chilling and refreshing waterfalls make this hill station love at first sight for every visitor. It is also very popular among those who want to pump up their adrenaline through trekking, hiking, mountaineering and adventure sports.
6. Kashmir Valley
There is very less stock of vocabulary in any language when it is a turn to describe beauty of Kashmir. Kashmir is literally one of a ‘must visit before I die’ place. All over the year Kashmir valley changes its behavior and color.
In winter one can experience grey, ice blue and white color of snow, ice and chilling weather with the warmth of people in Kashmir and in the spring Kashmir becomes a house of blooms, colors, butterflies and flowers all over with blue sky and snow clad Himalayas at the backdrop. One must try Gondola Ride to the top of 14000 ft from sea level, local ‘Kehwa’ drink, visit to Gulmarg, gardens of Srinagar, beautiful Pahalgam and Sonmarg while visiting in Kashmir.
Situated in the lap of Western Ghats Mountains in the state of Kerala, Munnar is one of a most romantic places to visit especially for newlywed couples.
The lush green tea estates, treehouses, gloomy weather, rainfall, dense forest and a touch of South Indian culture makes it among the most beautiful hill stations in India. Eravikulam National park, Lakkam waterfalls, Jungle safari and hiking activities are the main tourist attractions nearby.
The most popular and sought after hill stations in Southern India and called as princess of ‘hill stations’, Kodaikanal is famous for its scenic beauty.
The green and dense forest with all its wilderness, waterfalls tumbled down on the rocky terrains and the mesmerizing landscapes makes it the paradise for tourists. The famous Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Silver Cascade Falls, Bryant Park are among the nearby attraction points.
Situated at an altitude of 2240 m from the sea level on the top of Nilgiri Mountain in the state of Tamilnadu, Ooty is known as the ‘Queen of Nilgiris’. Once it was an elite leisure visit during the time of British Raj and today it is one of the most popular honeymoon destination in India. The peaceful forested town, grey-blue Smokey Nilgiris, gardens and the spectacular view of Ooty Lake makes it the most wanted place to visit among the couples and tourists who want to relive some beautiful memories with their loved ones.
10. Lonavla and Khandala
Two adjacent twin hill stations on the Sahyadri in the state of Maharashtra, Lonavla and Khandala are the most sought after hill stations among the people in Western part of Maharashtra. It is actually a must visit place and a breathing escape from the heat and the bustling city life of people of Maharashtra. The adventure sports, camping, hiking, and scenic beauty of these two hill stations no one wants to miss at all.
There are so many other known and unknown hill stations in India. Mystic forests, tranquility of the landscapes, blue splashy streams, tons of fresh oxygen to breathe and the solitude of the hill stations make people plan their visit to the hill stations again and again. The adventure sports and activities like trekking, hiking, river rafting etc induces positivity in the heart of travelers and make them prepared for the tougher time in life ahead.