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23 February 2021 | 4 min read

An Ultimate Guide To The Best Hill Stations In India

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Whether you are tired of summer heat or want a break from the city life, heading to a hill station to spend some time amidst stunning and majestic mountains is always a good idea. The scenic beauty and mild temperature of hill stations are indeed a treat to the senses. India is dotted with incredible hill stations. From romantic getaways to enjoying a family vacation, India has hill stations for every purpose. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and gear up to breath the fresh mountain air, enjoy mesmerising views and indulge yourself in a serene ambience. Read on to discover more about the best hill stations in India.

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1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol – Live More Zone

Beautifully located in Kullu region, Kasol is a lovely hamlet and undoubtedly one of India’s most beautiful hill stations. The laidback charm of this place attracts backpacker from around the world. This secluded heaven has everything to be your weekend abode where you can laze around and be with your loved ones without any disturbance.

Must-visit spots: Malana Village Tirthan Valley, Parvati River, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Thakar Kuan, Kheer Ganga Peak, Raghunath Mandir, etc.

Things to do: Trekking at Chalal Trekking Trail, bath in Manikaran Hot Water Pool, etc.

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Kasol: 3 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Kullu Manali Airport / Bhuntar Airport (31 km)

Nearest train station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station (144 km)

2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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From an altitude of more than 6150 ft, Mussoorie offers spectacular views of snow ranges, Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges. Popular as a weekend getaway destination, this hill station is known for exciting attractions like The Cloud’s End and The Mall. Its unmatched beauty is one reason it’s on every traveller’s wish list.

Must-visit spots: Jharipani Fall and Kempty Falls, Camel Back Road, Soham Heritage Art Centre, and Mussoorie Lake

Things to do: Go on a trek at Hathipaon, fishing on boat, Paragliding, white water rafting, shopping at the local market.

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Mussoorie: 3 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Dehradun Airport / Jolly Grant Airport (59 km)

Nearest train station: Dehradun railway station (38 km)

3. Coorg, Karnataka

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The greenery spread all around, and clear blue skies are why Coorg is called the ‘Scotland of India’. It is one of the famous hill stations in India. Renowned for its aromatic coffee plantations, delicious food and rich wildlife, Coorg is always on top of the minds of nature lovers, photographers, and food connoisseurs. 

Must-visit spots: Namdroling Monastery or Golden Temple, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Iruppu Falls, Nagarahole Wildlife Sanctuary, Madikeri, Talakaveri, etc.

Things to do: Have fun bathing elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, trek through Kodachadri or Brahmagiri, enjoy a meal of Coorg special Pandi Curry with Akki Roti, walk through a coffee plantation, and enjoy activities like camping, fishing, and river rafting, etc.

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Coorg: 4 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport (160 km)

Nearest train station: Mysore Junction (around 95 km)

4. Mirik, West Bengal

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Mirik’s spectacular beauty, pleasant climate, and easy accessibility make it an excellent destination for a family holiday in East India. It is perfect for a short trip to refresh yourself from city life’s daily hustle and bustle.

Must-visit spots: Mirik Lake, Deosi Dara, Ramitay Dara, Devi-Sthan, Bokar Ngedon Chokhor, Ling Monastery

Things to do: Boating, horse riding, visiting the tea gardens, nature walk, and homestay

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Mirik: 3 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Bagdogra International Airport (44 km)

Nearest train station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (56 km)

5. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

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Adorned by gurgling rivers and snow peaks all around, Pahalgam is one of the best destinations to visit during summer. This hill station’s alluring beauty and peaceful environment is proof that paradise is not always far. 

Must-visit spots: Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley, Tarsar Lake, Sun Temple, and Mamaleshwar Temple

Things to do: Sightseeing, camping, river rafting

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Pahalgam: 2 to 3 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Srinagar International Airport (90 km)

Nearest train station: Udhampur railway station (around 218 km)

6. Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Famous for gorgeous waterfalls, lush greenery, and serene lakes, Lonavala is one of India’s most visited hill stations. You will find most of the tourists from Mumbai and Pune who come there to relax and rejuvenate their souls.

Must-visit spots: Lonavala Lake, Bhaja Caves, and Lohagad Fort

Things to do: Experience the splendid beauty, revisit history.

No. of days required to enjoy a holiday in Lonavala: 2 days.

How to reach?

Nearest airport: Lohegaon Airport in Pune (70 km)

Nearest train station: Lonavala Train Station (0.8 km)

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