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28 December 2020 | 5 min read

Best Hill Station In North India

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India is infamous for being the country that’s always hot. Fortunately, we have many hill stations across the country, especially in the northern part of India, where we all love to go when in desperate need to take a break from the humidity and heat. Manali hill station, Nainital hill station, Mussoorie hill station are some of the popular destinations in North India. The climate and ambience of the mountains  let you rejuvenate, discover yourself, and have the time of your life. Here we have curated a list of stunning hill stations in North India where you can make the most of your time and money. We are sure that this will help you pick your favourite hill station for your trip. Don’t forget to avail OYO Life offer for a seamless staycation.

1. Shimla

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In Himachal Pradesh, tourists can be spoilt for choice with these fantastic hill stations in North India. However, Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations and a fail-proof destination for a lovely holiday in the hills. From its rich colonial history to gorgeous natural beauty, Shimla has a lot to offer its tourists. Surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped hills, this hill station is one of the best hill stations to spend time with your loved ones.   

Best time to visit: March to June and November to January

Nearest airport: Jubbarhatti Airport (22 km from Shimla)

Nearest railway station: Kalka Railway Station                                  

Things to do: River rafting, paragliding, forest camping, ice-skating, skiing, and cycling

Famous tourist attractions: Mall Road, Jakhoo Temple, Toy Train to Kalka, Mashobra, Fagu, Naldehra, Kiarighat, Theog, Solan, Shimla State Museum, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Chadwick Falls, and more.

2. Dalhousie

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Hidden away in the heart of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie boasts Scottish and Victorian architecture, and the ambience takes you back to the new British era. It is aptly known as ‘Little Switzerland of India’. Dalhousie is blessed with picturesque landscapes and hypnotic beauty from majestic mountains to stunning river streams and waterfalls, making it a must-visit hill station in North India.

Best time to visit: March to May or October to Jan

Nearest airport: Gaggal Airport

Nearest railway station: Pathankot Railway Station (around 80 km away)                                  

Things to do: Boating on Chamera Lake, trekking at the Dain Kund Hill, shopping at Gandhi Chowk, watch wildlife at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, and horse riding

Famous tourist attractions: Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls, Dainkund Peak, Sadar Bazar, Tibetan Market, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Khajjiar, Bakrota walk, St. John’s Church, Subhash Baoli, Chamunda Devi Temple, and Barot.

3. Gulmarg

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Crowned at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg is surrounded by snow-clad mountains, lush green meadows, forested hills and valleys. Known for its scenic beauty, Gulmarg is not just an ideal holiday spot for nature lovers but also is a delight for adventure seekers. With its pleasant weather, beautiful surroundings, blooming gardens and stunning lakes, Gulmarg attracts tourists worldwide. If you are looking to spend a few days in nature’s lap, there’s no place better than this hill station. 

Best time to visit: December-end to mid-February

Nearest airport: Srinagar Airport

Nearest railway station: Jammu Tawi Railway Station                                  

Things to do: Trekking, mountaineering, skiing, snow biking, cable car riding and sledge riding

Famous tourist attractions: Kongdori, Khilanmarg, Alpather Lake, Ningli Nalla, Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering

4. Almora

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Unique is a vibe at Almora hill station. Shaped like a horseshoe, Almora is a real treat with its cultural heritage, beautiful local handicrafts and delicious food. Its enthralling views, snowy peaks of the Himalayas, picturesque little villages attract tourists from all over the country. You must also visit Almora in North India to transcend you into another realm through its sheer beauty.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to November

Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport

Nearest railway station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                  

Things to do: Shop unique handicrafts, savour delicious cuisine and witness magnificent wildlife

Famous tourist attractions: Zero Point, Jageshwar, Katarmal Sun Temple, Binsar, Dwarahat Village, Jalna, Deer Park, Bright End Corner, Lakhudiyar, Martola, and Kalimath.

5. Chail

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Known as Shimla’s sister hill station, Chail is famous for its world’s highest cricket ground and unmatched beauty. If you love dwelling on the past, you must visit Chail Palace and Kali Tibba Temple with architectural traces of a historical context. Built as a summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj, Chail hill station promises a holiday full of fun and memorable moments.

Best time to visit: March to June

Nearest airport: Chandigarh International Airport

Nearest railway station: Kalka Railway Station                                  

Things to do: Hiking, camping, visiting famous cricket ground, and shopping

Renowned tourist attractions: Palace Hotel, Kali ka Tibba, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Gurudwara Sahib, Sadhupul Lake, Himalayan Nature Park, and Kali Temple.

6. Kufri

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If you’re dreaming of a winter wonderland, Kufri hill station, just ten kilometres from Shimla, is the perfect destination for you. Famous for its tranquillity and captivating beauty, Kufri if flocked by honeymooners and snow sport lovers throughout the year. All in all, this snow paradise is worth visiting. 

Best time to visit: April to June, December to February

Nearest airport: Shimla Airport

Nearest railway station: Shimla Railway Station                                  

Things to do: Skiing, relaxing, and tobogganing

Famous tourist attractions: Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, Kufri Valley, The Himalayan Nature Park, and Indira Tourist Park.

7. Narkanda

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Located at 9000 feet, Narkanda, a charming little hill station in North India, attracts tourists for its awe-inspiring natural beauty and apple orchards. Renowned as the “Gateway to Apple Country”, this hill station is a one-of-its-kind destination. The best thing about Narkanda is, it’s usually not as crowded as other popular hill stations. Hence, it’s the perfect abode to relaxing and rejuvenating yourself.

Best time to visit: April to June

Nearest airport: Chandigarh Airport

Nearest railway station: Shimla Railway Station

Things to do: Skiing, trekking, and visiting apple orchards

Famous tourist attractions: Tannu Jubbar Lake, Hatu Peak, Mahamaya Temple, and Stokes Farm.

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