Indian hill stations are an inseparable part of our holiday planning. Be it a family vacation, or a trip with friends, or a romantic escapade with your partner, the idea of visiting one of the many hill stations in India is sure to pop-up as a suggestion. And considering how our hill stations are packed with stunning landscapes, picturesque locations, incredible backdrops, lovely weather, majestic hills and mountains, and allow us to partake in various recreational activities, a trip to hill stations is a must!

The idea of a hill station vacation is the ideal choice to escape from the bright summer sun of our tropical nation and enjoy the glorious untouched nature. No wonder they are the hot picks of our India tour packages.

Let us take a look at some of the famous hill stations in India and see what makes them such a favourable holiday destination.

1. Manali – Himachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

A popular tourist spot in summer and a snow-covered wonderland in winter, Manali is a perfect spot for honeymooners looking for quality time, thrill seekers looking for their next adrenaline rush, and even families looking for bonding opportunities, it is a jack of all trades when it comes to catering the needs of its visitors.  Located in the scenic lap of the Himalayan Mountain Range and the star of the Kullu Valley, visiting Manali is a must with our Himachal tour packages

Must visit – Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashist Temples & Hot Water Springs, Kalath Hot Water Spring, Tibetan Monastery, Jogini Falls, Mall Road, Solang Valley, Parvati Valley, Old Manali, Nehru Kund, etc.
Things to do – River Rafting, Kayaking, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Trekking, Quad-Biking, Hiking, Yak Riding, Bird watching, etc.
Best time to visit – October to June.

2. Dharamshala & McLeodGanj – Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Nestled amidst the snow-capped mountains of Dhauladhar ranges, Dharamshala is the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh and a gateway to one of the most dreamy hill stations in India – McLeodGanj. Nestled on the edge of Himalayas and surrounded by cedar and oak forests, it is a place of great religious importance for Tibetans due to it being the current residence of Dalai Lama. If you wish to experience the true beauty of Tibetan culture, food and lifestyle right here in India then our Dharamshala tour package is the perfect fit for you.

Must visit – Tibetan Museum, Triund, Bhagsunath Temple & Waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dharamkot, Minkiani Pass, Naddi View Point, Dal Lake, Dhauladhar Ranges, Kangra Fort.
Things to do – Shop for handmade Tibetan artefacts, Trekking, Paragliding, Trekking, etc.
Best time to visit – February to June.

3. Dalhousie – Himachal Pradesh

Banikhet Valley, Dalhousie
Banikhet Valley, Dalhousie

This Little Switzerland of India in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh is a delight to visit if you love the peace and tranquillity provided by the hills. Built by the British during the Colonial era, it has many colonial style bungalows that will surely transport you back in time. Frequently visited by hikers and trekkers, and a romantic escape for honeymooners – Dalhousie is a serene heaven that offers warm mornings and chilly nights to one and all.

Must visit places -Khajjiar Lake, Dainkund Walk, Alah Water Tank, Upper Bakrota, Kala Tope Rest House, Church, Chamba, Kalatop Wild Life Reserve, Ganji Pahadi Walk, etc.
Things to do – Long walks, Picnic, Star gazing, Trek, Pony ride, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

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4. Shillong – Meghalaya

Living Root Bridges of Meghalaya, Shillong - Double Decker
Living Root Bridges of Shillong, Meghalaya

The capital of Meghalaya – the adobe of clouds, Shillong is one of the only hill stations in India that is accessible from all directions. Located in one of the rainiest states of India, Shillong makes you feel as if you are visiting a themed waterpark due to the blanket of mist that covers it throughout the year. Also known as the Scotland of the East, Shillong has many mesmerizing waterfalls which are bound to leave you speechless. If you love rains and beautiful landscapes, caves and amazing people, then our exclusive range of Shillong tour packages won’t disappoint you.

Must visit – Lady Hyadri Park, Elephant Falls, Shillong peak, Umiam Lake, Wards Lake, Sweet Falls, Butterfly Museum, etc.
Things to do – Camping, Horse riding, Shopping, Trekking, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

5. Mussoorie – Uttarakhand

Tehri Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Tehri Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The Queen of the hills, Mussoorie is one of the most picturesque hill stations in India and also one of the most featured hill stations in Bollywood. Located in the northern state of Uttarakhand and nestled between the majestic Himalayas and Doon valley, it is not less than a fairyland on Earth. This prominent honeymoon destination holds a colonial charm with ample of Garwhali (Pahadi) influence on it. Our Mussoorie tour packages are ideal for a trip with your friends, family and significant others to enjoy quaint cool environment and picture-perfect scenery.

Must visit – Kanatal, Sir George Everest House, Tibetan Temple, Dhanauti, Jwala Devi Temple, Gun Hill, Chakhrata, Lakha Mandal, etc.
Things to do – Trekking, Rock climbing, Paragliding, Horse Riding, Photography, Fishing, Wildlife Safari, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

6. Auli – Uttarakhand

Auli, Uttarakhand
Auli, Uttarakhand

The skiing paradise in India, Auli is a small picturesque hill station in India. Surrounded by coniferous forest in the mighty Himalayas, Auli is the key attraction of many Uttarakhand tour packages and a heaven for skiing enthusiasts. It is a dream destination for anyone planning to get away from the scorching heat of the plains and the plateaus.

Must visit – Auli Artificial Lake, Auli Ropeway, Joshimath, Nanda Devi Peak, Chenab Lake, Auli Ski Resort, Kwani Bugyal, Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi National Park, etc.
Things to do – Skiing, Camping, Ropeway Ride, Trekking, Hiking, Shopping at the local market, etc.
Best time to visit – January to March for skiing enthusiasts, October to March for nature lovers.

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7. Nainital – Uttarakhand

Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Located almost at the height of 2,000 meters, Nainital is a beautiful and serene hill station in the lower ranges of Himalayas. Nestled amid the pine forests, it is one of the most visited hill stations in India and a highlight of Uttarakhand tour packages. Featured in many movies and songs, Nainital is a winter wonderland in the Himalayas. A heaven for mountaineers and nature lovers alike, Nainital boasts of the old world charm along with modern architecture which compliments each other beautifully.

Must visit – Tiffin Top, Gurney House, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Naini Lake, Sariyatal, Naina Peak, etc.
Things to do – Boating, Shopping, Trekking, Himalaya Mini Golfing, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

8. Gulmarg – Jammu & Kashmir

Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg is a famous hill station in the very heart of our paradise on Earth – Kashmir. Gulmarg literally translates to meadows of flowers and will surely leave you mesmerised with its high peaks and icy mountain streams any time of the year you visit. This hub for skiing enthusiasts is one of the most famous snow dressed hill stations in India. It also houses the world’s highest gondola at a height of 4,000 meters called Gulmarg Gondola, which is a special feature of our Jammu and Kashmir tour packages.

Must visit – Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Strawberry Valley, Seven Springs, Golf Course, Apharwat Peak, etc.
Things to do – Trekking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Hiking, Gondola Ride, Golfing, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

9. Ooty – Tamil Nadu

Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Nestled in the Nilgiris that literally translates to Blue Mountains, Ooty is also known as the Queen of hill stations in India. Famous for its clear skies, lush green hills, deep valleys, and overlooked by the highest peak in the Nilgiris – Doddabetta, it is a perfect escape from the scorching heat of the tropics. No matter what Ooty tour package you choose, the road to your destination will be filled with the aroma of deep eucalyptus forests and tea and coffee plantations.

Must visit – Ooty Botanical Gardens, Pykara Lake, Pykara Falls, Upper Bhavani Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Deer Park, Kalhatty Waterfalls, etc.
Things to do – Toy Train Ride, Boating, Trekking, Hiking, Learn Tea-making, Camping, Enjoy the local chocolates, etc.
Best time to visit – October to March.

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10. Darjeeling – West Bengal

Mount Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling
Mount Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling

Nestled in the lap of Himalayas and surrounded by emerald green tea plantations, Darjeeling is a whole another tale in the story of hill stations in India. Overlooked by the third highest mountain peak in the world- The Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is famed for its scenic beauty, quaint houses, the chugging toy train, lush green forests, and let’s not forget the famous Darjeeling tea! Let our Darjeeling tour package be the perfect excuse for you to get away from hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Must visit – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Mirik Lake, Singalila National Park, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Tiger Hill, Kanchenjunga Peak, etc.
Things to do – River Rafting, Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Toy Train Ride, Visit Tea Plantations, etc
Best time to visit – April to June.

11. Gangtok – Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok
Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok

Also known as the “Land of Monasteries”, Gangtok is located near the Mount Kanchenjunga and is a famous tourist hotspot for paragliding. It also houses well laid tracks for trekking, hiking and cycling amidst dark green forests in the Shivalik Hills. Booking our all-inclusive Sikkim tour package will provide you with a unique opportunity to experience the culture of the land while you are surrounded by the rainy clouds all around.

Must visit – Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Tashi Viewpoint, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Phodong Monastery, etc
Things to do – Trekking, Camping, Cycling, Shopping, Paragliding, Do try the local food, etc.
Best time to visit – September to June.

12. Mahabaleshwar – Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar Valley
Mahabaleshwar Valley

The Queen of natural beauty – Mahabaleshwar lies in the famous Western Ghats, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by forests, this serene getaway from Mumbai and Pune has various attractive points which will surely entrap you with its beauty. The lush greenery and the architecture of the olden days will surely make you feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated while you munch on the delicious strawberries fresh from the farm. 

Must visit – Pratapgad Fort, Venna Lake, Mapro Garden, Lingmala Waterfall Point, Tapola Road, Elphinstone Point, Monkey Point, Elephant’s Head Point, etc.
Things to do – Trekking, Taste the Strawberries, Hiking, Camping, Horse Riding, Boating, etc.
Best time to visit – Throughout the year.

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13. Coorg – Karnataka

Abbey Falls, Coorg
Abbey Falls, Coorg

The Scotland of India – Coorg is located in the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka. It is famed for its scenic beauty, rolling green hills, coffee plantations and breath-taking waterfalls. Furthermore, the coffee and spice plantations add more beauty to this already appealing land. The drive from Coorg to Munnar is one of a kind and a famous road-trip that needs to be checked off from your bucket list, don’t forget to add it to your Coorg holiday itinerary.

Must visit –Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Raja’s Seat, Tadiandamol Peak, Kumara Parvatha Trek, Dubare Elephant Camp, Nishani Motte, Mallalli Falls, etc.
Things to do – Camping, Trekking, River Rafting, Sightseeing, Shopping, etc.
Best time to visit – March to June.

14. Chikmagalur – Karnataka

Green coffee plantation and trees near Chikmagalur
Coffee plantation and trees near Chikmagalur

Located in Southern Karnataka, Chikmagalur is often referred to as the coffee land of Karnataka. The name literally translates to the “town of younger daughter” in Kannada. No Karnataka tour package is complete without touring the many hills covered in coffee plantations and witnessing the bustling waterfalls rushing from the mountains in the region. One of the most romantic hill stations in India, Chikmagalur offers various recreational activities to the tourists right in the lap of nature.

Must visit – Hebbe Falls, Kudremukh National Park, Manikyadhara Falls, Kalhatti Falls, Madu Gundi Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum, Kadambi Falls, etc.
Things to do – Camping, Trekking, Kayaking, Spiritual tour, Sightseeing, etc.
Best time to visit – September to May.

15. Shimla – Himachal Pradesh

Christ Church, Shimla
Christ Church, Shimla

It won’t be fair to talk about hill stations in India and not include Shimla. Arguably the most well-known and famous hill station in India, Shimla was once a summer getaway for the British Officials and Babus, who couldn’t tolerate summers in Delhi. A well planned colonial settlement hidden between oak forests, with beautiful churches, streets lined with pine trees, and a toy train chugging through hills – which is sure to bring out the inner child in you, Shimla is sure to capture your heart! So book that Shimla tour package that you’ve been eyeing on for some time now and see with your own eyes, what the hype is all about.

Must visit – The Ridge of Shimla, Kufri, Green Valley, Jakhoo Hill, Kiala Forest, Mall Road, Shimla State Museum, Christ Church, Kali Bari Temple, Himalayan Bird Park, Kuthar Fort, Summer Hill, etc.
Things to do – Trekking, Camping, River Rafting, Paragliding, Ice Skating, Cycling, Shopping, Ride on Toy Train, etc.
Best time to visit – May to June, December through January.

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Apart from these there are many other hill stations in our country which are equally mesmerising and highly refreshing. You will find hill stations in all the states of our country. No matter where you are or how far you wish to travel or for how long you wish to travel – a quick getaway or a long vacation, a hill station is the answer to all your needs.

So the next time you face a dead end while planning your holidays, simply take a pick from the above list. We are sure you will enjoy spending time with your loved ones surrounded by nature at theses hill stations.

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