It’s the month of May and the heat wave is at its extreme, making us stay less and less out and gorge more and more of cool stuff including kulfis, golas and jal jeera. The northern India has already been bitten by the bug of heat and it’s about time to escape it all by planning a trip to some cool places to unwind, relax and rejoice in the calm and pure air. No wonder, the best destinations to head to comprise hill stations located all across the country.
The prevalence of hill station came into being when the British started ruling here. Since the Goras had come from cooler part of the world, they couldn’t easily withstand higher temperatures. Thus began their search for cooler places and by the time they left, India had some of the most beautiful places developed big way. Some out of these even served as summer capitals during the British Raj. Today, a major chunk of tourists arrive to such wonderful places that offer picturesque views, calm winds, solace and peace to exhausted minds. Goibibo brings to you the list of top hill stations situated in different states, ranging from J&K to Kerala.
1.Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg, the meadow of flowers, is a delight for one and all. Blessed with beautiful landscapes and adventure sports avenues, this hill station tops our list.
2.Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
A popular destination, Pahalgam draws people from far and wide for the Betaab Valley and Aru Valley nearby.
3. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
This place is one of the most preferred locations among people looking out to take a break from their hectic lives. Being close to Delhi NCR, it finds itself excessively crowded on weekends. Visit Kullu for mesmerizing views and some really warm shawls.
4.Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Let’s face it; Manali is almost synonymous to the word ‘hill station’ in India. Touted as the most popular honeymoon destinations, this region is simply flawless. Don’t miss out on the Rohtang Pass when you are at Manali.
5.Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Named after Lord Dalhousie, a British Governor General, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best things that could have ever happened to India.
6.Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
Ahh! This is a hill station that holds an altogether different aura. Enjoy the scenic beauty, learn and imbibe the Tibetan culture and gorge on some mouth watering momos or dim sums. This beautiful land has it all.
7. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
Kufri is an ideal location for anyone looking for a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This weekend, give yourself the much needed break; visit Kufri.
8. Kiarighat, Himachal Pradesh
Kiarighat may not be that popular but once you reach there, you’ll realize why we asked you to visit it atleast once. No particular attractions to look out for but there’s a peace that you’ll find nowhere else.
9. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla, also known as Queen of Hill Stations, is known for its beautiful apple orchards and pine trees. Summers as well as post wedding season, both witness a huge crowd of tourists and honeymooners at Shimla.
10. Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Call it the Mushroom City of India or City of red Gold, Solan has a charm that goes beyond its production affinity for mushroom and tomatoes.
11. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
An oasis in the desert, Mount Abu is an epitome of solace and relief to the state of Rajasthan.
12. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Nainital lies wrapped in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand enchanting one and all with its beautiful lakes and temples.
13. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Adorned with beautiful falls and lake, Mussorie is one place that arouses goodness and tranquility at a single go. It has one of the best schools of India and is known for producing some really talented people from different fields of expertise.
14. Almora, Uttarakhand
It isn’t everyday that you get the best of nature. This weekend, run off to the beautiful land of Almora.
15. Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Unveil the spiritual side of yours at Haridwar and when you’re done with it, do indulge in some river rafting.
16. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Considered as one of the most spiritual places among Hindus, Rishikesh charms one and all with its calm and cool winds and picturesque landscapes.
17. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is a state that has abundance of hill stations and none of them can be compared on the basis of their beauty and feel. Ranikhet is just another one but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting it. Discover magic by simply exploring Ranikhet.
18. Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand
A charming hill station with a rich history and culture, Pithoragarh is perfect blend of natural beauty and strong civilization.
19. Dehradun, Uttarakhand
The capital city of the serene state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun urges you to forget everything and rejoice. Make sure you visit the Rajpur Road, one of the most happening and coolest places of the city.
20. Darjeeling, West Bengal
This place doesn’t need an introduction. From tea plantations to being a favourite for shooting locations, Darjeeling has always been able to charm people.
21. Kalimpong, West Bengal
Situated close to Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a beautiful place to spend some uality time with your beloved.
22. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is one of the most beautiful places of South India. With its heavenly views and serene climate, it works as a perfect honeymoon destination.
23. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
This hill station, for a long time, enjoyed the status of being the favourite among film makers. The lovely cottages, the sparkling cool lakes, the refreshing mornings, the beautiful gardens, Ooty has it all.
24. Munnar, Kerela
Embellished with a colonial touch, Munnar has its own ways to cast a spell on vacationers. Lush green forests and some really wonderful flora and fauna make your day at Munnar.
25. Coorg, Karnataka
The scintillating beauty, the pure winds and the calm valleys of Coorg are sure to give you a high vodka can never offer.
26. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Pachmari is a popular tourist retreat that finds vacationers all the year round. Some great attractions to watch out for comprise Rajat Prapat, Bee Fall, Pachmarhi Hill and Dhupgarh.
27. Lonavala, Maharashtra
Lonavala is situated close to Mumbai and is quite crowded on weekends when almost everyone takes a break from their hectic life to enjoy a serene and calm environment.
28. Khandala, Maharashtra
Khandala and Lonavala are located close to each other and draw a lot of vacationers. Couples as well as adventure seekers, both can have equal fun at this beautiful place. Rock climbing is an activity to look out for.
Popularly called as the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong boasts off one of the largest golf courses in the continent area.
30. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Apart from having the biggest of monasteries to its credit, this place is blessed with waterfalls and pristine lakes that are pretty more than enough to fall for this place.