7 Most Beautiful Hill Stations In India
India can never fall short of diversity, for sure. From exotic beaches to serene mountains to enchanting deserts, India has something for a traveler of each kind! But, with the oppressive summer months in most parts of India, hill stations provide us with the much-needed respite. In fact, India boasts of abundant hill stations, some of them being renowned in the world! The Brunette Diaries brings to you a list of states that house the most beautiful hill stations in India, which you could possibly visit during the next summer.
Jammu and Kashmir
First up on the list is Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Often called the ‘Switzerland of India', visit Srinagar for the Dal Lake. Don't miss Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Gulmarg because of their adventure sports. End your trip with a visit to Leh and witness the Himalayan panorama.
With the Himalayan range as a backdrop, Manali and Shimla, located in Himachal Pradesh, are the perfect mix of serenity and some adventure. Visit the Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass in Manali for snow and adventure sports. On the other hand, Shimla is a peaceful town, famous for its colonial style buildings and old-world charm. You could also visit Dharamshala for its Tibetan monasteries.
Head towards Uttarakhand, dotted with hill stations like Nainital, Mussoorie and Dehradun. The cool climate and the abundant options make them perfect getaway choices for North Indians. The Naini Lake in Nainital, the Kempty Falls and Lal Tibba in Mussoorie and the Pindari Glacier and Hemkund Sahib are must-visits in Uttarakhand.
God's own country has its share of mountains as well. Kodaikanal for its infinite variety of flora and fauna, and Munnar for its legendary Kundala Tea Plantations are obvious tourist choices in Kerala. Anamudi is the highest peak in South India, so you better not miss it.
North Eastern India
The seven sister states and one brother state combine to form the unexplored and untouched beauty of India, popularly known as the North East. Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Gangtok, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, each have something unique and spectacular to offer to its visitors.
Apart from being rich in culture, West Bengal has a variety of hill spots to offer. Darjeeling is renowned for its tea and tourism industry. Did you know that the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? The hill town of Kalimpong is known for its high altitude passes, Nathu La and Jalep La.
Maharashtra is dotted with pleasant hill stations like Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Khandala and Lonavla. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of mountain ranges and waterfalls, along with old-world charm of these unexplored hill towns of Western India.
A trip to one of these hill stations offers you an opportunity to forget the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities and live a few days amidst fog and mist. Go trekking, hop on a cable car or just sit under a blanket and enjoy the view from your hotel room while sipping on a hot cup of tea, nothing calms you more than a trip to these hill stations in India!