The misty, mystical and serene hill stations in India are a perfect holiday option and are found in most parts of the country. Most of the hill stations or resorts of India are situated at heights ranging from 600 m above the sea level to 3500 m above the sea level.
Here one can walk across the fields of wild flowers and see the blooming apple orchards, witness the rushing streams cascade down the mountainside, and watch the serenity of the snow-capped Himalayas. Go mountaineering, camping, trekking and paragliding in these hill stations of India and have a holiday of a lifetime. Some of the popular hill-stations in India are Gangtok, Darjeeling, Dharamshala, Dehradun, Auli, Kasauli, Kashmir, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Mount Abu, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Dalhousie, Kullu, Lonavala, Manali, Coorg, Coonoor, Khajjiar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Shimla and Srinagar.
Popular Hill Stations in India
Dharamshala or Dharamsala is one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. Previously known as Bhagsu, Daharamshala is situated in the hill slopes of the Kangra Valley. The town over the years has attracted travelers from all over the world for its natural climatic conditions, location, colorful temples and Gompas.
What to see in Dharamshala
- Adi Shakti Temple, Naddi
- Aghanjar Mahadev
- Bhagsu waterfall
- Bir paragliding spot
- Brajeshwari Temple
- Chamunda Mandir
- Chinmaya Tapovan
- Dal Lake
- Norbulingka Institute
- Church of St. John
- Dehra Gopipur
- How to reach Dharmshala?
The nearest airport to Dharamshala is the Gaggal Airport which is situated at a distance of 13-km from the town
Kangra is the nearest railway station which is located at a distance of 17 Km from the main town.
There are also a number of direct buses that ply from and to Dharamsala from major Indian cities such as Chandigarh, Shimla, Dehradun, Manali and Pathankot
Kullu is also a major hill station located in North India. Situated in Himachal Pradesh Kullu is nestled on the banks of the Beas River in the Kullu Valley.
What to see in Kullu?
- The Great Himalayan National Park
- Bijli Mahadev Temple
- Brighu Lake
- Dhankia Mahadeva Temple
- Pin Parbati Pass
- Akhara Bazaa
- Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Bajaura
- Chandra Khanni Pass
- Dashir Lake
- Deo Tibba
- Kanawar Sanctuary
- How to reach Kullu?
- By Air
The closest railway station is at Jogindernagar, 95-km away from Kullu.
By Road Buses from Delhi ply almost daily to Kulu.
Shimla is undoubtedly among the most frequented hill stations in India. Known as the "Queen of Hills," Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. Placed cozily on the Himalayas Shimla boasts of snow covered peaks and unending expanses of greenery.
What to see in Shimla?
- Chadwick Falls
- Christ Church And St Michael's Cathedral
- Churdhar Sanctuary
- Gurkha Castles
- Karyali Lake
- Kotesvara Temple
Shimla is also well connected to most of the cities and major towns in India. There are regular buses that ply from Delhi and Chandigarh to Shimla.
Shimla also connects to most of the Indian cities and towns by rail. Kalka is the nearest railway station to Shimla. It is situated at a distance of 96 km from Shilmla.
Ooty or Udhagamandalam is a famous hill station in south India. Situated in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu Ooty is situated at a distance of 105 km from Coimbatore.
What to see in Ooty
- Botanical Garden
- Government Museum - Ooty
- Kalhatty Falls
- Kandal Cross Shrine
- Mini Garden and Rose Garden
- Ooty Lake
- Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Ooty to Mettupalayam (47 km). Mettupalayam is directly connected to cities like Coimbatore and Chennai.
Ooty is connected to the rest of the country by a strong network of roads and national highways. There are frequent buses that ply from Coimbatore, Trichy, Palghat, Bangalore, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India to Ooty .
By Air Coimbatore is the nearest airport. It is situated at a distance of 105 km from Ooty,
Panchgani is among the most promising hill stations in Maharashtra. Lazily nestled in the lap of the idyllic Krishna valley Panchgani is one of the most popular weekend getaways for the people living in and around the state.
What to see in Panchgani?
- Kamalgadh Fort Panchgani
- Sydney Point Panchgani
- Table Land Panchgani
- Parsi Point Panchgani
- Devil's Kitchen Panchgani
- Dhoom Dam Panchgani
- Rajapuri Caves Panchgani
- How to reach Panchgani
The closest airport is Pune, situated at 160-km from Panchagani.
Pune is the nearest railway station.
There are frequent luxury bus services operated by MTDC to Panchgani from Mumbai and Pune.
Unexplored Hill Stations in India
Anantagiri is one of nature's gifts to India. It is situated 75 km away from Hyderabad. It is a quaint little town that offers breathtaking views of nature. This is still one of the unexplored hill stations in India.
What to see in Anantagiri?
- Bheemunipatnam Beach
- Borra Caves
- Chandana Yatra
- RamaKrishna Beach & Lawson`s Bay
- Rishikonda Beach
- Visakha Utsav
- How to reach Anantagiri Hills
Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam both are situated close to Anantagiri. Almost all the cities in India have frequent flights to these two cities.
Srikakulam is the nearest railhead. It is located at a distance of 3-km.
Regular buses ply from Vishakapatnam to Anantagiri
Chamba is another gem in the crown of Himachal Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Ravi River, Chamba is often referred to as the land of antiquity and scenic beauty.
What to see in Chamba?
- Bhuri Singh Museum
- Champawati Temple
- Chaurashi Temple
- Kalatope Khajjiar Sanctuary
- Lakshmi Narayan Temple
- Lama Dal
- Markula Devi Temple
- Rang Mahal
- Maharaja's Palace
- Ghadhasaru Lake
Chamba can be reach by bus from Dalhousie. There are frequent buses and jeeps that travel to Chamba from Dalhousie which is situated at a distance of 56 km from the hill station.
Gaggal is the nearest airport; it is 180 km from Chamba. There are daily flights from Indian Airlines to Delhi.
Pathankot is the nearest rail head. There are direct trains from Amritsar, Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta to Pathankot. Chamba is located at a distance of 122-km Pathankot.
Last Updated on 8/19/2011