The landscape of India extremely varied and is an oasis for every traveller. The hill stations of India are one of the most magnificent features which have its own impressive personality and offer some of the most awe inspiring views. From the beauty of the Himalayas in the north to the lush greenery of the Western Ghats in the south along with the untouched beauty of the north east, Indian hill stations offer the perfect getaway from the scorching summer heat.
If you are looking to go on a hill adventure then here are 10 of the most scenic hill stations of India which you should definitely visit:
Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
Known for its lush green cover, fast flowing river that cuts through the valley and views of the surrounding snow clad mountain peaks, Manali is one of the most visited destinations for people looking to get away from the bustle of the city. With numerous cafes, clean and vibrant environment, every corner of Manali offers people to have a peaceful time. One of the top tourist destinations for Manali is Solang valley, Rohtang pass and other temples and monasteries that dot the entire region.
Located in DevBhoomi Uttarakhand, Chopta is one of the most pristine and beautiful hill destinations along with being the top choice among avid trekkers. People go to Chopta primarily because of the presence of the ancient highest temple of Lord Shiva – Tungnath, which is located here. Chopta is also used as the starting point for people on their Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham Yatra, due to its convenient location in between both the holy shrines.
Lovingly nicknamed as the ‘Scotland of east’, and the capital of the gorgeous city of Meghalaya, Shillong is known for its untouched and pure natural beauty. The captivating surrounding allows you to have a fun and memorable picnic with your family and loved ones. The gently rolling green hills of Shillong along with the crystal clear glimmering lake makes it one of the most beautiful hill station destinations in India. Along with its beauty it is also known for offering some fun and adventure steps like kayaking, water skiing, camping etc.
Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
Located deep amongst the Nilgiri hills or the Blue Mountains which is famous for its blossoming of the unique blue flowers that comes to life and covers the entire hill every 12 years, Ooty is one of the most charming hamlets of India. With unparalleled lush greenery carpeted with immense beautyand vast blue open skies, Ooty is a must visit destination for people looking to take a break. There are numerous formal tea gardens here that line the city and should definitely be on your bucket list.
Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
Literally translating into ‘the land of the rising sun’, Tawang is known for its amazing and spiritual monasteries and war memorials which work as the prime attraction for tourists here. Not just the place, Tawang is also famous for it’s courteous population, unique cultures and delicious cuisines. This hilly hamlet displays a magnificent cultural mosaic of the people of North east along with being a paradise for adventure seekers, bird watchers and animal lovers. The entire town of Tawang is surrounded by stunning views of the snow bound hills everywhere you look.
The Kumaon hamlet of Binsar is famous not only for its beauty and serenity but also for being home to some of the most exotic collection of birds. The mighty Himalayas form the crown of Binsar and offers some of the most stunning and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Kotand more. Everywhere you look you will be treated with amazing views which will make you feel like you can literally touch the top of the mountains by just reaching out.
Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
Literally translating into ‘the gift of the forest’ and nestled peacefully within the lush green hills of Palani Kodaikanal is known for being one of the most offbeat and peaceful hill stations in India. One of the prime attractions here is the glimmering lake of Kodai around which you can go on cycle rides, go on boating activities or even indulge in fun horseback riding activities. The thick and thriving green surroundings and the clear blue skies of this charming hamlet attracts a number of visitors from all over India.
Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Popular for its Darjeeling tea, the wonderfully charming hilly town of Darjeeling is one of the most stunning destinations in India and is located on the lap of nature. Every day you will be able to witness the glorious views of the surrounding Mt. Kanchenjunga. You will be able to explore the natural beauty by going on a peaceful and historical toy train journey. Another popular attraction of Darjeeling includes Ghoom monastery and SenchalLake which allows you to take in some mesmerizing views of the surroundings.
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Known for being a paradise for people on their honey moon this city is one of the most popular hill destinations in India and is loved by every traveller. This place is also lovingly referred to as ‘queen of hills’, and is known for its number of unique attractions like being home to Asia’s oldest naturally occurring ice skating rink, a UNESCO world heritage site of Kalka – Shimla railway.
This vibrantly awe inspiring capital hilly town of Sikkim is known for being a quaint hamlet and offers an aura of deep peace and devotion. You can also savour some enigmatic views of the valley below through the bird’s eye view by going on the famous ropeway ride. The clear blue sky blends perfectly with the lush greenery of the rolling hills to offer its spectators one of the most gorgeous hill stations in India. Visitors are welcomed by locals with open hearts and one can get an outlook about their culture and traditions here.