Top 10 Beautiful Hill Sations in India

Imagine waking on a misty morning, wrapping a fog sheet all over, you walk over the lanes just in search of the chill that inscribes- winter is here!

When we talk about winter holidays in India, several eye-catching and picturesque places, common and uncommon, emerge on our mind scape. Staying in these quaint little hill stations and their wooden guesthouses can bring back olden day charm to your tour!

Nainital

Nainital
Image Source: Naini Lake in Nainital

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. There’s shopping in Bara Bazaar, and hiking trails with mountain views crisscross the surrounding area’s wooded hills.

Manali

Manali
Image Source: Skating in Manali

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal.

Kullu

Kullu
Image Source: Paragliding in Kullu

Kullu is the capital town of the Kullu District in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley about ten kilometres north of the airport at Bhuntar. his valley is famous for its temples, beauty and its majestic hills covered with pine and deodar forest and sprawling apple orchards. The course of the Beas river presents a succession of magnificent, clad with forests of deodar, towering above trees of pine on the lower rocky ridges.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie
Image Source: Fly like superman at Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a hill station  in the Dehradun of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. This hill station, situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, is also known as the Queen of the Hills. The best time to visit is from mid-March to mid-November though torrential rain can be an inhibiting factor in the monsoon months of July to September.

There is also “Gun Hill” where a cannon was used to sound out midday for many years. Gun Hill is accessible by the cable car on the Mall road. The oldest Christian church in the Himalayas, St Mary’s, is situated above Mall Road, and is currently undergoing restoration. Kempty Falls is a nice picnic spot. Company Garden is popular tourist destination. During season, the Company Garden has a vast collection of flowers and plants. Happy Valley has a small Tibetan temple. This was the first Tibetan temple built in India. Lal Tibba is another tourist spot of Mussoorie.

Shimla

Shimla
Image Source: Shimla View in Winters
Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall, a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

Chamba

Chamba
Image Source: Snowfall in Chamba

Chamba is an ancient town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in northern India. The town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River. The town has numerous temples and palaces, and hosts two popular jatras (fairs), the “Suhi Mata Mela” and the “Minjar Mela”, which last for several days and involve music and dancing. Chamba is also well noted for its arts and crafts, particularly its Pahari paintings, which originated in the Hill Kingdoms of North India between the 17th and 19th century and its handicrafts and textiles.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala
Image Source: Scenic beauty of Dharamshala

Dharamshala is a city in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas, this hillside city is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex is a spiritual center for Tibetan Buddhism, while the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives houses thousands of precious manuscripts.

Ooty

Ooty
Image Source: Tea Gardens of Ooty

It is Located in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is one of the best places to visit to beat the summer heat. Sometimes referred to as Udhagamandalam or Ootacamund, Ooty is situated amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys a favorable climate all year round. The best time to visit is during the months between October and December.

Darjeeling

Darjeeling
Image Source: Paradise in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a town in India’s West Bengal state, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,” completed in 1881. It’s famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. Its backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

Munnar

Munnar
Image Source: Majestic View of Clouds from Munar

Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountains in India’s Kerala state. Munnar, a hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, is set within rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is a seasonal trekking destination encompassing the Lakkam Waterfalls and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.

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