Away from the scorching heat in the summers, Hill stations become the hot spots of tourists from within the country and abroad. Providing respite from the sultry heat and sweaty afternoons, these destinations also offer various fun activities and adventure sports enclosed by the beauty of nature. To get you into the true feel of the winters, we bring to some of the most loved Hill Stations of India.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Located beautifully in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is a famous tourist spot for every kind of people during summers. Known for its botanical gardens spread across an area of 22 hectares, Ooty celebrates a Flower show every May during the summer festival. The other attractions of the place includes Lake, Climbing the Dodabetta Peak on the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor, famous for its tea plantations, Bellikkal and Red Hills, known for their lakes and forests.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is the scenic capital of Himachal Pradesh and one of the most famous hill stations India have. Surrounded by the tall fir and deodar trees looks simply exquisite. Its most famous attraction is the Mall Road, giving you the reminiscence of the ancient British architecture lined with colonial style buildings. Some other famous places one must visit are the old Christ Church and the Viceregal Lodge on Observatory Hill. Do not forget to try out adventure sports and short hikes in this region.
Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Situated in the Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir, Pahalgam is a tourist destination famous for its scenic beauty, majestic valleys and snow capped mountains. There are a number of tourist attractions near pahalgam that concludes the best of your travel experience, which includes Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Chandanwari, Pahalgam Golf Course etc.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is among the most travelled destination of travellers during summer season. Apart from offering the picturesque surrounding, Manali offers various places like – Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, the ancient Hadimba temple, Old Manali, the breathtaking Jogini Waterfall and Vashist, a place becoming famous for alternative therapies like Reiki, massage, past life regression and tarot.
Named after its beautiful Naini Lake, Nainital is a small beautiful town of Uttarakhand and a major tourist destination. Nainital is famous for its Boat rides in the Naini Lake, Cable cars providing excellent aerial view of the town, Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo, and other adventure activities such as horse riding, rock climbing, mountaineering.
Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station located near Dehradun. The place is famous tourist escape during the scorching heat in summers. The travellers can enjoy the scenic beauty of the town by a cable car ride or go for a horse ride up to Lal Tibba(the highest peak in Mussorie) or can explore up to the Kempty Falls.
Munnar is a popular resort town, located among the exotic tea plantations of Kerala. Perfect for the nature lovers, Munnar offers perfect views of lakes and the peaceful ambience to come and relax . Other places of interest near Munnar are the Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Matupetty and Pallivasal, both famous for their scenic beauty.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Also known for its beautiful tea plantations, Darjeeling is a perfect place for all the nature lovers. The tourists can visit the famous Buddhist monasteries, Zoo or can enjoy a toy train or a cable car ride. Mount Kanchenjunga, The third highest peak in the world, is also visible from Darjeeling.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
When you want to calm down your senses and relax a little bit, Kodaikanal is the best place to go. Situated in the lap of nature among the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is the hub of Herbal and aromatherapy. Among the scenic beauty of the town, one can enjoy the annual horticulture show at the Bryant Park during the month of May. Other tourist attractions are waterfalls and boating on the lake along with plenty of nature walks.
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
One of the most beautiful towns in the Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg has always attracted the attention of tourists from all over India and abroad. Laden with beautiful snow capped mountains, the valleys is a great destination for various adventure sports like skiing, mountain climbing and a Gondola ride from Gulmarg up to the Apharwat Peak, offering the most beautiful view of the silver mountains.
A hill station known for its tranquil valleys and peaceful atmosphere, Matheran in Maharashtra is one place which is quite offbeat. The most special feature about this place is that no vehicles are allowed in this place. One can take the tiny toy train and horses to go up or to commute around.
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, Kullu is a hill station in Himachal Pradesh surrounded by the Majestic Himalayas. This hill station is dotted with beautiful temples and other tourist spots such as the Bijli Mahadev Temple, Sultanpur Palace, Raghunathji Temple, Jagannathi Devi Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Akhara Bazaar and the Great Himalayan National Park and is in demand throughout the year.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Named after British General Lord Dalhousie, this hill station is situated at an altuitude of 2700m. The place offers a spectacular view of the Dhauladhar mountain range. The place is famous for its mountain ranges, ancient temples and handicrafts dating back to the mid 6th century AD. Dalhousie offers number of tourist spots like Bakrota Hills, Dainkund Peak, Sadar Bazar, the famous Tibetan market, Village Lohali, Panchpula and so many more.
Landsowne is a little getaway destination in the majestic mountains of Uttarakhand, perfect for couples looking for a place for a short weekend trip. Landsowne boasts natural beauty along with offering number of tourists spots like The War Memorial, Tip n Top in Bhullatal, St. Mary’s Church, Santoshi Mata Temple, Tarekeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, Durga Devi Temple and Jwalpa Devi.
The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a hill station famous for its beautiful snow capped mountains. One can witness the five peaks of Kanchenjunga from here. There are many famous tourist places in Sikkim, the most famous being its mountain peaks such as the Hanuman Tok and Ganesh Tok View Point, beautiful lakes such as Tsomgo Lake and Cholamu Lake and wildlife parks and sanctuaries like Kanchendzonga National Park and Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
By -Shilpa Sharma