Best Hill Resorts In India You Must Visit
When was the last time you rounded up your squad and whizzed off to your favourite hill resorts? The pandemic has kept us from travelling to our favourite spots, but we’re getting back to it slowly. We’re not encouraging you to go all out but keep certain precautions in mind, avoid gathering in large crowds, and you can still have yourself a lovely little holiday. But where? We’re sharing with you our list of the best hill resorts in India.
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1. Khyber Resort, Gulmarg
When you think about the best hill resorts in India, Khyber always tops the list. Located in Gulmarg, amidst snow-capped mountains, this resort is the epitome of luxury (so make sure you save up before you plan this!)
Spanning 7 acres of coniferous forests, Khyber is primarily a ski resort but has something for everyone. You can indulge at their premium spa, play a round of golf, swim in their heated pool, trek, ski, head to the fitness center for some endorphins, chill in an igloo and dine at one of their four high-end restaurants.
The best part is that they’ve used a lot of glass in their structures, so you’re gazing at nature at any given point and gaze you will. Khyber Resorts is very popular so it would be wise to make a booking at least a month in advance, to get the best price. You can choose from a room at the resort or an individual cottage.
Where it is: Gulmarg, Kashmir
Price: Rs 21,000 – Rs 160,000 per night
2. Discovery Village Stay, Nandi Hills
If you’re based in Bangalore and are looking for a weekend getaway to a relaxing hill resorts, it’s best to head off to a Nandi Hills resort, just 50 km away from the city. Discovery Stay is one of the best resorts in Nandi Hills and ideal for an overnight stay. An eco-friendly property, it is done up minimally so you can focus more on the outdoors. There are plenty of nature trails around, and if you’re looking for a more historical experience, do check out the Bhoganandeshwara and Nandi temples. Tipu Sultan’s palace is another popular spot, as is the Kalyani Pond and Amruth Sarovar. We think this is a great destination when you’re travelling with the entire family.
Where it is: Nandi Hills (close to Bangalore)
3. Sagar Hill Resort
Are you looking for a beachy holiday but feeling done with the Goa crowds? Look no further than Sagar Hill Resort. With a view of the Arabian sea and plenty of flora and fauna around, this is where we’re flying off to get away from the city.
Located in Karde Beach, Dapoli, Maharashtra, Sagar Hill Resort doesn’t claim to be a luxury stay, but it does promise peace and serenity. And what else do you need to unwind? They have an outdoor and indoor restaurant, room service, 24/7 reception and fun indoor activities such as a pool. You can, of course, walk down to the beach as per your desire and laze all weekend.
Where it is: Karde Beach, Ratnagiri District Dapoli
Price: Starting at Rs 1900 per night
4. Mahulban Hill Resort
One of West Bengal’s best-kept secrets, Mahulban Hill Resort, is a charming stay located in Baranti, Purulia. If you’re a nature lover, you’re going to feel right at home here. They have a jungle, and they, one of West Bengal’s best-kept secrets, have the hills and even a lake. Moreover, it’s pet friendly, so you don’t need to leave your furry baby behind when you go on vacation!
If you’re used to living in a polluted city, a few days at Mahulban Hill Resort are going to feel like a breath of fresh air; everywhere you look here, there’s greenery. You can either chill at the resort or take quick day trips to nearby places such as Tugga and Bramni Falls, Baghmundi, Matha and Ayodhya Hills. We think it’s an excellent spot for both family vacations or a romantic getaway with your significant other.
Where it is: Baranti, Purulia
5. Haritha Resorts, Horsley Hills
Going further south, Horsley Hills is a popular tourist spot located between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Haritha is one of the best Hill resorts, situated at the height of 4312 metres. Unsurprisingly, it offers one of the best views of the landscapes. You can choose from standard rooms, the Governor’s Bungalow, or a cottage. Nearby attractions include the Horsley Zoo and Gali Bandalu, which serves as a great viewpoint.
Where it is: Horsley Hills
Price: Between Rs 1200 – 7150 per night
6. Ri Kynjai Serenity By The Lake
If you’re looking to explore the North East, start with hill resorts in Shillong. Ri Kynjai is one of the best options in this area. Expect beautiful interiors complete with wooden flooring, plenty of natural light and stunning views of Umiam Lake. The property is massive (don’t worry, they have carts to transport you from one corner to another) and makes you feel like you’re one with nature.
Each room has a private balcony, and the property boasts of a relaxing spa. If you’re planning your trip during the winter months, splurge and get a cottage so you can enjoy a private fireplace in your living room. Sounds cosy, doesn’t it? Rope in your partner and make a booking right away.
Where it is: Shillong
Price: Starting at Rs 5993 per night
7. JW Marriott Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, Mussoorie
About two hours away from the main Dehradun town lies JW Marriott Walnut Grove, a 5-star property. They boast of deluxe rooms as well as valley-view rooms. You’re surrounded by nature whilst enjoying the best of modern amenities. They’ve got all the makings of a good hill resort that makes for a great vacation: A temperature-controlled indoor pool, a spa, fine dining restaurants and a plethora of trails around the hotel.
Where it is: Foothills of Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie
Price: Starting at Rs 18,000 a night