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23 Best Hill Stations in India for Blissful Voyage Holiday

by Sachindra Vikram Singh
Best Hill Stations in India

What are these 23 best destinations in India that drive the heart of couples, families, friends and solo travellers?

Most of the people’s preferable choices are beaches, historical places, modern architecture and the likes. But hill stations are very close to nature and the best getaway from the hustle and bustle life. It has a tiny crowd and is surrounded by the beautiful mountains, lush green trees and water stream from the valley. There are many other reasons why people love to travel on the best hill stations in India.

When people get fed up and frustrated from the daily robotic life then they visit hill stations in search of peace. The atmosphere is relaxing, rejuvenating with the sound of cowbells in a wave of absolute peace. 

Meditation in monasteries, quality time with your beloved once in the lap of nature, relaxed sleep and ample time for self-introspection. 

Toughness is in the blood of mountains with a warm heart. I admire mountains more than any other places.  Hence curating some of the most beautiful hill stations specific to India among all. 

Let’s travel 23 best hill stations in India to collect the alluring lifetime memory in this life

1. Manali (Himachal Pradesh) One of the best hill stations in India:

An undoubtful destination nestled in the Beas river valley. It is the most popular tourist destination across the world due to the snow-capped mountains in all weathers. As per the data of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Government, more than 3 million tourists visit Manali every year. 

The small town is surrounded by Deodar Cedar trees. River-rafting in Kullu and trekking to Brighu lake, Beas Kund, Pin Parvati trek, Prashar lake and Solang valley trek give you a lifetime memorable experience. 

True villages of old Manali, Solang, Naggar, Gulaba can bound you by touching your heart to live here throughout your life. 

Places are classic and bend with peaceful people and culture. The international carnival festival will feel you delighted. People treat their lands as God’s home. 

Adventurous sports like paragliding, skiing, trekking, hiking and river rafting will catch the attention of every cosmopolitan tourist. 

You will never miss the monasteries, temples, fresh-water streams, and local handicraft market in Manali. 

Manali (Himachal Pradesh): best hill stations in India

Budget, the Best time to visit and days required:

INR 15,000-40,000 for 5 days is enough to plan luxury and beautiful trip to Manali. If you are planning your trip to Manali in winter, then December to January is the best time to visit. May to June is the most appropriate time if you are planning to visit in summer.

Places to visit in Manali:

Solang Valley, Hadimba Devi Temple, Kasol, Kullu, Naggar, Pandoh Dam and Old Manali Village. 

Special dishes to eat/cafes:

Shahi Tukda, Patande, Aktori, and Dham.

Things to do in Manali:

Paragliding, Skiing, Yak Ride, River Rafting and Trekking.

Also, click to know my adventurous experiences in Manali and suggested itinerary 

2. Gulmarg Hill Station (Jammu & Kashmir) India:

Gulmarg, India’s Switzerland is in the Pir Panjal ranges of Himalayas. It holds Asia’s longest cable car in the mountains.

Gulmarg is just 530-miles from the capital city New Delhi and just 40km from Srinagar. Diverse biography and panoramic view of Nanga Parbat (one of the highest peaks in the world) makes the whole scenery mesmerising. 

The world’s heart-touching luxurious resorts in the valley with the highest golf course leave the everlasting impact on you. It’s like you are in the true heaven of the planet. 

At the height of 8690ft, enjoying Kawa, Sheer and Gulabi Chai(Tea) is not less than heaven. You will definitely love the flourishing fields in summer and skiing in the sloppy valley. If you anticipate skiing in the summer, March is the perfect month. 

Apather lake is a perfect place for photographers. 

And yes, Kashmir is always safe for tourists. In 2018, 300,000 people visited Gulmarg. You can experience temples, churches and mosques at a single place. Grazing sheep in the landscape during summer gives an absolute chance to feed photographers skills. 

Gulmarg Hill Station Jammu & Kashmir, India

Budget, the Best time to visit and days required:

INR 20,000-50,000 for 4 days is good to go. The perfect time to visit Gulmarg is from April to June.

Places to visit in Gulmarg (Jammu & Kashmir):

Khilanmarg, Banibal Nag, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Alpather Lake, Maharani Temple, Strawberry Park, Awantipura Ruins and Pahalgam.   

Special dishes to eat in the best cafes: 

Rogan Josh, Dum Olav, Goshtaba, Meat with Rice and Chaman 

Things to do in Gulmarg: 

Gondola Ride, Skiing, Golfing, Photography, Trail to Shiva Temple, Camping and Horse Riding. 

3. Nainital Hill Station (Uttrakhand):

Nainital is the most visited hill station in India. The hidden treasure of the Kumaon mountains is just blissful. 

Nainital has decent travel modes that make your trip easier without hustle. It is 230km from New Delhi where you can take a 5 hours memorable ride with joy. 

Even train facilities are also available to Rudrapur and then you can take a bus. Lake-town sunshine is like the glittering jewel of the Himalayas. The lake offers many boat rides for kids and elders. 

Walking over the lakeside and mouth-watering traditional dishes is the best captivating thing you can do. Even in the evening, Naini lake changes its face like an energetic fire village that lightens over valley homes and streets. 

Nainital (Uttrakhand) Hill Station in India

Best time to visit and days required: 

Early March to June is the perfect place to visit Nainital. INR 15,000 for 3 days tour is enough for a superb trip to Nainital.

Places to Visit Nainital: 

Nainital Lake, Tiffin Top, View Point with Ropeway, Mall Road, Cave Garden and Naini View Point. You can also visit Jim Corbett National Park and stay in a resort.

Special Dishes to Eat/Cafes:

Paratha and Curry in Cafe Du Mall, or Chandni Chowk, and Paneer Makhan at Gianni’s. 

Things to do in Nainital:

Kayaking in Lake, Sunrise Trek to Tiffin Top, Zoo, Rock Climbing Activities 

4. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir (One of the best Hill Stations in India):

The ultimate paradise of India. Srinagar, a majestic hill town and Dal lake is surrounded with Pir Panjal mountain ranges of Himalayas. The beauty of India’s Alps mountains region is way beyond scenery. Asia’s biggest Tulip garden with colourful flowers makes this hill station even more romantic. 

The architecture of a princely state with a dynamic culture in the mountainous region is surprisingly interesting. The white marble dome Hajratbal mosque, Pari Mahal, 200bc Shankaracharya temple, Shalimaragh and lovely Dal lake is in everyone’s bucket list.  

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir: Best Hill Station

Best time to visit and days required in Srinagar:

The best time to visit Srinagar is from March-October. INR 25,000-40,000 for 7 days is pretty enough including travel and other accommodations. 

Places to visit in Srinagar:

Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Tulip Garden, Dachigam National Park, Lal Chowk, Boulevard Road and Imam Bara

Special dishes to eat/cafes:

Matschgand, Dum Olav, Muji Gaad, Aab Gosht, Skyu,  Paba, Khambir and Herbal Tea.

Things to do in Srinagar:

House Boat Tour, Shikara Ride, Water Fruit Market Tour, Hazratbal Shrine Tour, Pari Mahal Tour and experience Apple Orchard. 

5. Ooty most beautiful hill station in Vacation (Tamilnadu) India:

Ooty is nestled in the lap of Nilgiri mountains. It is a meeting point of the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats of India. Hence, you can explore the wide varieties of flora and fauna of Nilgiri ranges. 

It is a queen of south-India with its pristine beauty. Tea gardens, deer park, mountain peaks, lakes, national park tour, cycling in the valley, train ride, local church street and many other things attract the tourist’s eyes. 

Ooty has a wide range of landmark villas of celebrities across the country. Museums, art galleries and temples are another hot spot to cover up. 

Even the nearest city-kingdom of Mysore is just 125km away from Ooty.

Ooty- one of the best hill stations in India

Best time to visit and days required in Ooty:

September-November is the most suitable time to visit Ooty. With the budget of INR 20,000 you can spend your life’s 3 most memorable days along with all expenses.

Places to Visit in Ooty and things to do: 

Botanical Garden, St. Stephen Church, Toy Train Ride, Pine Forest  

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Ooty Chocolates, Avail, Farm Strawberries, Flavoured Tea, Le Caffe, Willy’s Coffee Pub and my personal Favorite Earl’s Secret.

Exciting things to experience in Ooty: 

Toda Hut Tour, Murugan Temple Tour, Tea Museum, Shopping, Handmade Chocolates, Atomic Oil, Fresh Spices and Tea Leaves.

6. Coorg Hill Station:

Coorg is a tranquil, little town in Southern Karnataka, cradled in the Western Ghats. It attracts friends, couples, families, and tourists across the globe because of its austere sights, varied wildlife, world-class coffee and the Kodavas, the ethnic warrior people of Coorg. 

Coorg is the largest producer of coffee in India. The river Harangi is a tributary of Kaveri. The river originates from the Western Ghats – the Pushpagiri Hills – at Coorg in Karnataka.

It is a flourishing spot for elephants, tigers, panthers, rihanos, wilddogs, deer and malabar hornbill etc. It can quench your thirst for adventure as you will drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoon around the hills. 

Coorg- best hill station of India

Best time to visit and days required in Coorg:

October to May is the best time to visit Coorg. February to May is the peak season. 

Best Street food of Coorg:

Kadambuttu- The Rice Ball, Bamboo Shoot Curry, Pandi Curry, Nuuputtu or Noolputtu, Kulai Puttu are the best street food of Coorg.

Best Place to visit in Coorg:

Mallalli Falls, Solitaire Exotica Resorts and Spa, Nagarhole National Park, Adventure Trail of the Challenging Kumara Parvatha Trek, Abbey Falls. You can make your days experiencing trekking, rafting, fishing etc. in Coorg.

7. Darjeeling (West Bengal):

Darjeeling is one of the best and most preferable hill stations in India. It is a serenity of sloppy mountains and a vision of snow peak Kanchenjunga ranges of Himalayas. Soul of breathtaking tranquillity is covered with tea plants, tall oak trees, bamboo and river Tista. 

Pure fragrance of the Himalaya (Darjeeling) offers some of the most popular resorts and spa with exceptional views in the heritage world of mountains. 

It was the first choice of travellers during the British era when the capital of India was Calcutta (now Kolkata). Darjeeling is the best gateway to the north-eastern states of India.

One of the oldest and prominent mountaineering institutes- Himalayan mountaineering institute is in Darjeeling offers a wide range of courses. It still feels like a typical British colony with a count-edge rail route, amusement parks, churches and old age structure of the houses in the sloppy valley. 

Sunrise views in Tiger hills, Monasteries and Shanti Stupas are the things that you will never forget. 

Darjeeling Hill Station India

Best time to visit and days required Darjeeling: 

You can visit Darjeeling from September to November with the budget of INR 20,000-50,000. You can plan your trip for 2-3 days.

Places to visit in Darjeeling:

Pagoda, Observatory Hill Viewpoint, Rangeet Valley, Tea Estate, Tiger Hill, Dali Monastery and Kanchenjunga View Point. 

Special Dishes to Eat/Cafes:

Thukpa, Dalle, Nepali Thali, Gundruk, Darjeeling Tea, Tibetan Tea and Local Chaang.

Things to do in Darjeeling:

Ropeway Ride, Toy Train Tour, Picnic at Rock Garden, Tea Trails and River Rafting. 

8. Munnar (Kerala):

Munnar is in Kerala that is covered with lovely terrain of various Tea plants, velvet lawn of the small hills with greenery, beautiful lakes and unwind forests. 

You will be the eyewitness of beautiful rainbows and feel gorgeous cold winds kiss your soul and body when there is a heavy rainfall after sunrise. The place is popular for couples or newly married couples due to fewer crowds and true nature feeling in the winter.  

A perfect combination of rolling trees and sore eyes makes you rejuvenate . Peddling in the lakes and watching wild goats, flora and fauna is what a photographer junky wants at any destination for their successful trip. 

Most of the travellers explore Anamudi peak, waterfall and Botanical garden. Cultural dance Kathakali and Martial Arts Kalaripayattu are worth watching in the cultural centre of India. Nowadays it has become a popular travel destination for filming movies and photoshoots of the models. 

Munnar (Kerala): one of the best hill stations in India

Best time to visit and days required in Munnar (Kerala): 

The best time to visit Munnar is from November to February. If you have INR 20,000-50,000 in your pocket then you can plan a wonderful romantic trip for 5 days including Cochi.

Best Places to visit in Munnar, Kerala: 

Pothamedu View Point, Anamudi, Mattupetty Dam, Floriculture Center, Tea Museum, Chithirapuram View Point. 

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Tree House Stay, Eravikulam National Park, Cycling, Kayaking in Lake, Elephant Safari, Spa Therapy and Traditional Village Tour. 

Things to do in Munnar:

Nilgiri Tahr Tour, Learn Tea Making Process, Trail in  deep Valley, enjoying open baths into the Streams and other adventurous activities. 

9. Gangtok (Sikkim) One of the best hill Stations in India:

Gangtok is India’s only organic state. It is closest to nature, culturally and traditionally enriched. The nearby places are Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. 

Gangtok has only half a million population which makes it even more peaceful and beautiful. There is no waste, no pollution and no traffic at all. 

Gangtok is a real gem of the north-east state. The tremendous variety of plants, wild animals and Buddha monasteries across the state with glimpses are the centre of attraction for tourists from all over the world. 

Gangtok Hill Station- Sikkim,India

Best time to visit and days required in Gangtok: 

The best time to visit this place is from September to February. Put INR 20,000-35000 in your pocket and make your trip the most memorable. 

Places to visit in Gangtok:

Tashi View Point, Namgyal Institute, Ban Jhakri Park, MG Marg, Enchey Monastery, Ridge Park, Nathula, Kanchendzonga National Park 

Delicious dishes to eat/cafes: 

Baker’s Cafe, Sinki, Dumpling Momos, Gya Thuk, Phagshapa, Gundruk and Dal Bhat. 

Things to do in Gangtok: 

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Paragliding Thought Gangtok, Silk Route, Nathula Border Post, Tsomgo Lake and Cable Car Ride. 

10. Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani Maharashtra:

It is located in the Sahyadri ranges of the western ghat and only 120km away from Pune. Tapola jungle, one of the dense forests covered with green trees, vegitage and wild beer, Bhekhar and panthers can be seen in the early morning. 

Monsoon and winter bring back life in the Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. It’s the most popular weekend spot and people come here to get relaxed from daily hectic city life. 

During monsoon, waterfalls, dams and man-made lakes attract maximum tourists. Magic of clouds over sunrise is what everyone wants to see. 

Panchgani is just 20km from Mahabaleshwar. Strawberries of Mahabaleshwar are very popular in India. People call it mini-Kashmir of Maharashtra.  

Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani, Maharashtra  one of the best hill stations in India
Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani Maharashtra

Best time to visit and days required: 

From August to February is the perfect time to visit this place. INR 20,000-40000 is more than enough for 3 days  including all accommodations. 

Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani: 

Venna Lake, Elphinstone Point, Pratapgad Fort, Wilson Point, Lodwick Point, Mapro Garden, Waterfalls and Parsi Point.

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Farmhouse Bistro, Mapro Gardens, Storberry, Flavoured Drinks, Kebab and Tandoor, Bhakri. 

Things to Explore: 

Birdwatching, Jungle Trekking, Fresh Strawberry Garden Tour, Boat Riding and Water Sports near the waterfall. 

11. Khajjiar (Himachal Pradesh)– Switzerland of India:

Khajjiar, a mini Switzerland of India, is only 20km away from Dalhousie. Arguably, It’s beauty is compared with Swiss Alps mountain meadows. It is the most famous and the best hill stations in India.

A breathtaking place for nature lovers. The real realm of beauty lies within the lap of Khajjiar. Khajjiar is a wide-open space around the mountains covered with tall meadow trees. In the middle of the area, a small lake and restaurant hold its charm among tourists. 

During winters it is completely washed with snow-fall. Grazing horses during summer makes the day even more camera-friendly. However, the more you deep into the forest the more you get closer to find the wandering places. Kalatop wildlife sanctuary is one of the mind-blowing forests for trekkers, wildlife animals and plants bound everybody for a while. Snow-peaked mountains can be seen from Kalatop. 

After heavy snow, during heavy winter Khajjiar closes due to blockage of roads and hotels. 

Khajjiar: Switzerland of India (Himachal Pradesh)

Best time to visit Khajjiar and days required:

INR 20,000-50,000 is more than enough for a 3 days tour including all accommodations. The best time to visit is from  November to January for less crowded. And from February to June is the peak time to visit Khajjiar.

Places to visit Khajjiar: 

Khajjiar Lake, Kala-Top, Dainkund Peak, Nag Temple, Rock Garden and  Snow Peak.

Special dishes to eat/cafes:

Chicken rice noodle, fried prawns and dry kabab

Things to explore in Khajjiar:

Jungle safari in kala top, panch pandav tree picnic, lunch at alps restaurant and royal treat restaurant. 

12. Leh-Ladakh-Himalayan Wonderland:

Leh-Ladakh is an incredible land of attractions with cold deserted mountains, rough terrain, mysterious culture, monasteries in the peak of valleys, stone breaking rivers and lone survivors in the shivering cold weather. 

The scenic landscapes, tedious mountain passes and vibrant culture of Leh-Ladakh captivate everyone. 

It takes 3 days to reach via road but only 2 hours journey via flight. Ladakh is the most beautiful pedestrian space in North India. It is full of colorful handicraft markets and the second home of lord Buddha. 

Indo-Tibatian culture with delicious cuisine, crazy river rafting in the Indus river, trekking in one of the world’s toughest mountains, capturing snow leopards and beautiful flora and fauna in your Camera can make your trip the most heart touching and memorable.  

Leh-Ladakh best hill stations in India

Best time to visit Leh-Ladakh and days required: 

INR 25,000-70,000 for a 10 days tour is good to go. The appropriate time to visit Leh-Ladakh is from April to October. You can choose the month of June to get comfortable as compared to other months. 

Places to visit in Leh-Ladakh: 

Pangong Tso Lake, Zanskar Valley, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Royal Palace, Key Monastery, Magnetic Hill and Kargil.

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Sky, Thukpa, Yak Cheese, Butter Tea, Chang, Rogan Josh, Sheep Meat and Apricot Jam

Things to do Leh-Ladakh: 

River Rafting in Indus River, Bike Ride to Pangong Lake, Hunder Safari, Festival Explore and Meditate like Monks in Monasteries.  

13. Kasol (Himachal Pradesh):

Kasol is India’s mini Israel. It is a small village in the womb of Parvati river and Bias river. The stunning location is famous for trek, lush green mountains, crystal clear streams, snow peaked mountain trails and hippie culture. 

It has become a hub for backpackers nowadays. It is the centre of attraction for youngsters for many other reasons such as to smoke weed. Though it is not legal in India, youth consume it at a high level, as it is believed that Kasol has the purest form of weed.

Many mountaineers come for Khir-Ganga trek and rave parties especially in the new year eve. Camping and riverside walking is also very popular. 

Local homestays, food, cafes and restaurants are mind blowing.  

Kasol Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh

Best time to visit Kasol and days required: 

From March to June, Oct-January is perfect for Kasol. INR 20,000 to 30,000 is enough for 3-days tour including all expenses.

Places to Visit in Kasol: 

Manikaran Gurudwara, Raghunath Temple, Tosh Trek, Khirganga Camping, Parvati Valley Trek, River-Side Walking and Hidden Cafes.

Special dishes to eat in Kasol/cafes:

Jim Morison Cafe, Wood Rose Cafe, Egg Paratha in Caffe’9, Try Lip-Smacking Israeli Cuisine.  

Adventurous Things to Experience in Kasol: 

Khirganga Camping and Night Stay, Hot Spring Bath in Manikaran, Shangri-La Festival, try Desi Chang (Rice Beer).

14. Mussoorie Hill Station (Uttarakhand): 

Mussoorie is a blazing spot for Delhi people or second home for every person living in the Capital of India. The best getaway only is just 280km from New Delhi. 

Mussoorie consists of a cosy view of mountains, rippling flow of waterfalls, green natural gardens, traditional local markets and much more. 

Artifact market of tibetan people, park estate view and bird sanctuary is gorgeous. During british era it used to be a summer destination for every official. 

Churches, temples and Buddha sculptures describe the unity of people living in the area. It is the gateway to the Char Dham Yatra of hindu pilgrims Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. 

Mussoorie (Uttarakhand), beautiful hill station of India

Best time to visit Mussoorie and days required: 

February to June is the perfect time to relax yourself and spend the most memorable time of life.  INR 15,000-30,000 is enough for a 3 days trip including all taxes. 

Places to visit Mussoorie: 

Lal Tibba View Point, Bhatta Falls, Company Garden, Mall Road, Gun Hill View, Kempty Falls and Wax Museum. 

Special Dishes to eat/cafes: 

Aaloo Gutke, Phanu, Garhwal ka Fannah, Pork Momos

Things to Explore in Mussoorie: 

Mossy Falls Trek, George Everest House Tour, Jabarkhet Nature Reserve, Rock Climbing and White Water Rafting. 

15. Lonavala Hill Station (Maharashtra):

Lonavala is the heart of India and the perfect spot for Mumbai and Pune people. During the rainy season Lonavala becomes the scotland of India. Green mountains with caves, rocky peaks, narrow mountain roads with waterfalls (only in monsoon) make Lonaval a blissfully relaxing resort. 

Lonavala Chikki is quite a popular Indian snack. Bhaja Cave, Duke’s Nose, Tiger Hill, Bushi Dam and Lake are some of the heart touching spots. 

Road to Tiger Hill via Bhushi Dam and Mumbai-Pune expressway view is pictorsque during rainfall. Popular destination Khandala Ghat Rail Route and oldest bridge were demolished recently but still beauty is chanting. 

Lonavala Maharashtra

Best time to visit Lonavala and days required: 

The best time to visit is from July-September. If you are staying in Mumbai or Pune, 3,000-10,000 is enough for a 1 day trip. 

Places to Visit Lonavala:

Bhushi Dam, Amrutanjan View Point, Aamby Valley, Visapur Fort, Bhimashankar Trek and Kune Waterfall.  

Special dishes to eat/cafes:

Cafe 24, La Boulangere, The Kinara Village Dhaba and Sunny Da Dhaba.

Things to Explore in Lonavala: 

Forest Camping, Hot Air Balloon Safari, Della Adventure Park, Trek to Ghangad, Hiking in Tiger’s Leap and  Explore Bhaja Caves.

16. Shillong Hill Station (Meghalaya):

Shillong is as popular among every backpacker as Scotland of East. The Indian subcontinent terrain is quite interesting and here’s another magnificent beauty lies in north-east India. 

One of the most iconic facts is- we can access Shillong from all the sides. The nearest train-air link town is in Guwahati- the capital of seven sister states

Cathedral church, museums, lakes, peaceful gardens and friendly tribal people and culture are the pride of Shillong. People of Meghalaya love to live organically by being close to nature. It helps them to live better and more eco-friendly than any other tribe across the globe. 

Bamboo handicraft, classical costumes surprise everyone. Meghalaya has signature music, clothes, culture and living style, which defines their uniqueness among all the seven sister states. With more captivating qualities, Shillong is one of the best hill stations in India.

Shillong, Hill Station Meghalaya, India

Best time to visit Shillong and days required: 

October to February is the perfect time to travel to Shillong on a budget of INR 20,000-50,000 for 3-5 days memorable tour. 

Places to visit in Shillong: 

Laitkor Peak, Elephant Falls, Bishop Waterfalls, Umiam Lake, Nohkalikai Waterfalls and Police Bazar Tour. 

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Jodoh, Nakham Bitchi, Bamboo Shots, Pumaloi and Khasi Rice.

Things to Enjoy in Shillong: 

Snorkeling and Cliff jumping in Dawki, Trek to Living Root Bridge, Laitlum Canyon Tour and Kaziranga National Park Safari.

17. Chamoli Hill Station (Uttrakhand):

Chamoli is a land of spirituality which consists of splendid temples in the mountains. It attracts pilgrimages and adventurers. People love to explore and enjoy treks to Valley of flowers, Vasu Dhara waterfall to Ganngharia, and Nanda Devi Peak View with extra storage of cameras. 

Chamoli (Uttrakhand) Hill Station

Best time to visit Chamoli and days required: 

The most appropriate time to visit Chamoli is from September to April. INR 10,000 to 40,000 is good to go for a 3 days joyful tour.

Places to Visit Chamoli: 

Valley of Flower, Joshimath, Mana Village, Govind Ghat, Nandprayag River Side Camp.

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Kafuli, Phannu, Baadi, Kumaoni Raita and Singhal. 

Things to Explore in Chamoli: 

Temple Tour, Trekking, Camping in the Remote Location, Hiking into the Deep Valley.

18. Bir-Billing (Himachal Pradesh):

Bir-Billing is a Himalayan village known as “The Capital of Paragliding”. Chokling monastery, trekking, camping, waterfall and local sightseeing are the most joyful things to do. The most beautiful thing you can do is- fly above Dhauladhar ranges. It will give you the opportunity to be the eyewitness of the 360-degree view of Bir-Billing and the entire mountains.

Expedition of Tibetan colonies and glimpse is enchanting. However Bir has dominated the entire Paragliding experience across Asia because of height and panoramic view. 

Family trips would definitely be the best decision in summer as the weather is pleasant, and the Monks and tradition of locals would help kids to learn more beyond the bookish knowledge. It is super fascinating and one of the best hill stations in India.

Bir-Billing (Himachal Pradesh)- Best hill Station in India

Best time to visit Bir-Billing and days required: 

Mid March to June is the best time to visit in the budget of INR 20,000-35,000 for 3 days tour.

Places to visit in Bir-Billing: 

Deer Park Monastery, Bir Landing Site, Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Garden, Baijnath Temple and Gunehar Riverside Tour. 

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

99 Noteout Cafe, Glinder’s Pizzeria, Zostel Stay, Silver Lining Cafe and my choice Ava’s Cafe.

Things to do in Bir-Billing: 

Paragliding, Local Village Tour, Raj Gundha Trek, Tibetan Colony Tour and Relaxing Sunset View. 

19. Mount Abu, the only Hill-Station of Rajasthan:

Mount Abu, the most exotic Hill station of Rajasthan and one of the most popular hill stations of India. 

It serves a pleasurable comfort from the sultry desert climate of the kingdom state, Rajasthan. This state has the only hill stations at the height of 1700 metres above sea level. Rocky mountains with lush green Aravali range helps to calm the soul and body of every traveller. Nakki lake offers a pleasant experience to families. 

Mount Abu Hill Station, Rajasthan, India

Best time to visit Mount Abu and days required: 

From October to March with a budget of 15,000 to 30,000 is good to go for a 2 days luxury trip including resort booking and other expenses. 

Places to visit in Mount Abu: 

Toad Rock, Dilwara Temple, Sunset Point, Nakki Lake, Shanti Bhavan, Crocodile Park and Raghunath Temple. 

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Gatta Khichdi, Laal Maas, Bajra Roti Sabji, Ghevar, Sweet Halwa, Mawa Kachori and Ker Sangri Dry Vegetables.

Things to enjoy in Mount Abu: 

Wildlife Sanctuary, Museum, Boating in Lake, Camping, Mountain Biking, Cave Tour and Exploring Gurushikhar. 

20. Pachmarhi Hills, Madhya Pradesh:

Just after the monsoon, Pachmarhi hills is the best spot for couples, friends and families to have the moments of joy and happiness. 

Captivating waterfalls, dense jungles with trees and green grass is eye catching and mesmerising. Rock cutting Pandava Caves, admire Bee Waterfall, Handi Khoh Valley. Ancient temples and hidden Shivling are the most attractive places. Pachmarhi hill is the gem of Madhya Pradesh that is only 200km away from the capital city Bhopal. 

Pachmarhi Hills, Madhya Pradesh- Beautiful and captivating hill station in India

Best time to visit Pachmarhi and days required: 

October to April is the perfect time to be the eyewitness of such a beautiful place.  INR 15,000-25,000 is more than enough for 2 days including resort booking, jungle safari and other expenses.

Places to visit in Pachmarhi: 

Satpura Tiger Reserve, Panch Pandav Cave, Bee Falls, Mahadeo Hills and Begum Palace.

Things to explore in Pachmarhi: 

Jungle Safari, Trekking, Refreshing in a Waterfall, Hidden Caves and Temple Tour in the Deep Forest. 

21. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh:

Lambasingi is one of the coldest places in the Indian coast and considered as the second Kashmir of India by the tourists. Tea and coffee plantation in the deep forest are the integral part of Lambasingi. 

People call it Korra Bayalu, which means- if you stay here overnight in the open sky, by morning you will be freezed like a stick. 

Lambasingi is only 100km away from Vizag (Visakhapatnam). Camping in the woods can give you immense pleasure and priority during winters. Many people experience snowfalls. 

Earlier the area was captured by Naxelites but nowadays it’s safe to travel in these places. Thajangi reservoir and Ghat road would be the best choice for any tourists to explore. 

Lambasingi Hill Station India Andhra Pradesh

Best time to visit Lambasingi and days required: 

October to February is the best time to visit Lambasingi. INR 10,000-25,000 is enough for 3 days tour.

Places to visit in Lambasingi: 

Thajangi Reservoir, Kothapalli Waterfalls, Susan Garden and Annavaram Temple. 

Things to explore in Lambasingi:

Soothe Hill View in Thajangi Reservoir, Bojjannakonda Paddy Field Tour and Ghat Road Cycling.  

22. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu:

Yercaud is another breathtaking hill station in South India wildly popular for its pristine beauty. It is the highly visited attraction amongst nature lovers, teenagers, couples and families. Yercaud offers spice, coffee, fruit plantation, stunning, panoramic views of the hills and lush green lawns. 

Tribes believe that Bear Cave near Norton’s Bungalow was hid out for ruler Tipu Sultan.  Coffee Gardens, Deer Park and Emerald Lake for family trips is the main center of attraction. 

Walking in the Kottachedu Teak Forest and great place to camp near the dam side is wonderful. Viewpoint and Shevaroy hills in the deep forest would definitely relax your mind and soul.

Yercaud is only 230km from Bangalore and 370km from Chennai. Even for the week, driving the circle route Bangalore- Mysore- Ooty- Yercaud- Bangalore is the best choice for a road trip of 800km. 

Yercaud (Tamil Nadu)

Best time to visit Yercaud and the days required: 

With the INR 15,000-25,000 is plenty enough to plan your super memorable trip including resorts, food and other travel expenses. October to February is the most comfortable time. 

Best Places to visit in Yercaud: 

Kiliyur Waterfalls, Tipperary View Point, Lady’s Seat, Silk Farm and Rose Garden Walk.

Special dishes to eat/cafes: 

Saapadu is the most delicious dish that everyone must try in yercaud.

Things to enjoy in Yercaud: 

Loop Road Cycling, Kayaking in Lake, Scenic Pagoda Point, Hidden Bear Cave Trail, lost in Kottachedu Teak Forest and Temple Tour. 

23. Auli, Uttarakhand:

Auli is only 380km from New Delhi. It is the ski destination of India and a natural vistas. Kwani Bugyal and Chattrakund places are the perfect spot where meadow trees and crystal water catch everyone’s eyes. 

Early morning evaporated fog view of the lake and mountains makes it exciting. The wonders of the Himalayas and wildest dreams can be fulfilled here. 

Deodar trees and enriching streams during summer would definitely inspire you to live your life here only. Artificial lakes, Chattrakund, Gurson Bugyal, Auli Ski Resort and Trishul Trek, are must-visit places. Auli fascinates me the most, and I consider it one of the best hill stations in India to spend a vacation.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Best time to visit Auli and the days required: 

November to April is the most comfortable time for visitors. INR 10,000-40,000 for 3-5 days tour is good to go. 

Best Places to visit in Auli: 

Artificial Lake, Gurson Bugyal, Chenab Trek, Trishul View Point and Skiing Area Entertainment.

Things to do in Auli: 

Skiing into the Sloppy Mountains, Kuari Pass Trek and Camping, Ropeway Riding, Hiking and late-night Sky Watching. 

FAQs on best hill stations in India:

Q. Best hill stations in North-India during summer ?

A. During northern hot air waves you can nestle in the beauty of Mussoorie, Manali, Gulmarg, Leh-ladakh, Auli, and Shimla. 

Q.  Best and super affordable hill stations in India ?

A. You can easily find budget stay-food across all hill stations. Still, Bir-Billing, Dharamshala, Ooty, Coorg, Nainital, Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar are some of the top hill stations where you can find affordable rates. 

Q. How do you plan a South-India hill stations trip from Bangalore?

A. You can opt for Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty-Coonoor- Coimbatore- Yercaud- Bangalore. This route is the best choice in South India tour. 

Q. Best hill stations in India near New Delhi?

A. India’s top hill stations near Delhi are- Nainital, Mussoorie, Auli, Manali, Dharamshala, Srinagar, Shimla, Palampur and Solan. 

Q. Plan road-trip or use public transportation/hire taxis?

A. That’s a biased answer if you are planning for a North India trip must go for taxis or public transportation because of narrow roads and blind curves, but in South-India or western Ghats must experience road-trip for an unbeatable joy and exposure. 

Q. Which is the coldest hill station in North-India?

A. Leh-Ladakh and Gulmarg are the coldest because of their height. Even during winter temperature tend to -30C-40C as it is elevated AT more than 11000ft above sea level. 

Q. Scotland of East and India ?

A. Coorg is the Scotland of south-India and Shillong is the Scotland of east-India. 

Q. Is Lambasingi safe to camp and plan a road-trip ?

A. Yes, now it’s safe to plan road-trip, and even you can expect local transportation/taxis as well. Earlier it used to be a Naxalite area, but now, it is a perfect tourist spot, and local authorities are outstanding.

Q. Is Lonavala the only option from Mumbai or any other places near about 120km or a single day trip?

A. No, many places like Aamby valley, Chanderi fort, Khandala, Bhimashankar, Khandala and Siddhagad are must-visit places for Mumbaikars. 

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Arun July 14, 2020 - 5:54 pm

As a couple, we have been hunting for the best destinations to plan our honeymoon getaways. The Hossain’s are the best option to get away from busy city life and indulge in a very private getaway. My personal favourite is #8 Munnar in Kerala. The plethora of outdoor activities plethora is the best.

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Pankaj Patidar July 14, 2020 - 8:59 pm

Munnar is really a beautiful hill station that can attract any couple, Arun. Thanks for sharing your favourite hill station where you refresh your mind and soul.

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