North to South and West to East, India is a country blessed with great diversity in landscape and geographical features. When it comes to hill stations for chilling out this summer, it offers options galore. There are a large number of big and small hill stations in the country, one of which can be chosen depending on your budget, length of stay and preference in terms of activities available there.
Here are 10 all time favorite hill stations to escape the heat this summer:
Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir, has re-attained its status of the favorite hill station of India after a halt in militancy situation in the state. It boasts of the beautiful Dal and Nagin Lake, where you can have pleasurable stay in the houseboats as well as enjoy the amazing shikara rides. The city also has the splendid Mughal Gardens, in addition to destinations like Shankracharya Temple, Hazrat Bal and Pari Mahal. Truly, Srinagar can be called an impeccable gem in the treasure chest of the country.
If you are looking for a mix of entertainment and natural beauty, then the charming hill station of Nainital is just perfect for you. While the vibrant markets, restaurants and shops on the Mall make the city a fun place to be in, the nature lovers can hang out at the placid Naini Lake as well as enjoy the picturesque view of the city.
Shimla is the crown of Himachal Pradesh and one of the most popular hill stations of India. It is lined with dense pine and oak forests, which add a magnificent beauty to the city. Adventure lovers find it ideal for activities like skiing and hiking, and the splendid hill station is loved for its tourist attractions too, such as the Ridge, the Observatory Hill and the old Christ Church.
Mussoorie in Uttarakhand has deservingly earned the title of the “Queen of Hills”. The city blends picture perfect views with excellent tourist attractions, making it a favorite place for families, honeymoon couples and corporate groups. Gun Hill, Kempty Falls, Camel’s Back and Lal Tibba are some of the attractions Mussoorie has to offer.
Next among the all time favorite hill stations in India is the South Indian delight called Ooty, which is located in Tamil Nadu. The picturesque hill town which lies nestled in the Nilgiris was established by the British and continues to be loved by tourists from all over the country, with its Botanical Garden, Dodabetta Peak and Ooty Lake.
Another hot favorite amongst the hill stations of India is Darjeeling in West Bengal, which is acclaimed for its lush green tea estates, monasteries and the world famous toy train. It also has the Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway, which is Asia’s longest cable car.
Picturesque view of the Himalayas and amazing adventure sports are the biggest attraction of Manali, a premier hill station in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The town is bordered by deep forests and River Beas runs along it, with attractions like Rohtang, Solang and Manikaran located close by.
One of the most beautiful hill stations of South India is Munnar, which is loved for its exotic tea plantations and diverse flora and fauna. You can also trek up to Anamudi Peak, the highest in South India or visit the famous Eravikulam National Park, while vacationing at Munnar.
Located close to the city of Mumbai, the hill station of Matheran boasts of a unique quality. It does not allow any kind of vehicles on its road which makes it one of the most unpolluted places in the country. And the views here are absolutely breathtaking!
Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hills stations in the South, particularly being the favorite weekend destinations of the citizens of Bangalore. It offers activities like trekking and boating in the famous Kodai Lake. Tourists can also witness the best of nature’s splendor at the charming meadows, lakes, waterfalls and valleys of the town.
So where are you planning to go to escape the sweltering city heat this summer?