Hill Stations have always been the places of escape from the monotonous flow of urban life. Away from the usual hustle-bustle of cities, these hill stations celebrate the much-required peace andcalms mind giving us a fresh perspective towards life and work. Here we give you a list of our personal favorite abodes of escape.
1. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Want you pamper your adventure streak, or looking for a family outing or a romantic gateway, Nainital has it all! Based in Kumaon region, “Lake District” is easy to reach and is adored by millions.
2. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Known as the “City of Gods”, Kullu and her twin sister Manali is a tourist favorite for no useless reasons. Illuminated by scraped temples and festivals round the year, this city would leave in gaze her beauty in awe!
3. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Famed as the “Queen of Hills”, Mussoorie is the travel and education hub with the best of boarding schools. This extremely beautiful hill station will completely captivate your senses. The nearby places like Rishikesh, Dhanaulty, Dehradun are added perks of visiting this wonderland. If you are there, Doon Valley and Ropeway Cable should top your list and not to be missed.
4. Gulmarg, Kashmir
Literally meaning “Meadow of Flowers”, this place is scenic and filled by daisies, blueberries and other beautiful variety of flowers. And this fantasy land has a premier golf resort and famed as a skiing destination. You really need more?
5. Darjeeling, Assam
The “Dreamland of East”, Darjeeling is adorned by beautiful exotic waterfalls, ‘unparallelled-beautiful’ hills with flowers of every season and shade, and its world famous tea gardens.
6. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Abode to His Holiness Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is no less than a nature beauty queen with snow-capped mountains, beautiful landscapes, and awe-inspiring Himalayan views!
7. Gangtok, Sikkim
The Capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is the collaboration of beautiful and breathtaking valleys, and colossal mountains giving the view of top five peaks of Kanchenjunga. This mystical land has a plethora of adventure activities and it’s the most ideal place for ropeway cable and river rafting.
8. Shillong, Meghalaya
Known as the “Scotland of East”, this place is the capital city of Meghalaya. Also, the most romantic hill station of India, the exquisite beauty of landscapes, hills, waterfalls and lakes will make you wishing to stay here forever. Not only that, it has one of the largest golf courses of Asia.
9. Khandala, Maharashtra
Located in the western regions of India, this place is well-connected to Pune and Maharashtra making it a quick holiday spot for a lot of workaholics around. The mystery caves, mountains, waterfalls and lush green scenic views will freshen up your mind and body temple in a quick while.
10. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Another beauty of western India, this place is famed as the “Land of Strawberries”. A quick outing with friends, family trip or a romantic honeymoon stay, Mahabaleshwar is our personal favorite in Maharashtra.
11. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Talking about hill stations in India, Ooty does not need an introduction. Lesser known as Oatacamund, this is a hot-spot for honeymooners and nature lovers. Quietly resting in the heart of Nilgiris, this place is also famous for its brilliant tea gardens. And if you get a chance to witness Ooty, you cannot afford to miss the toy train ride irrespective of your age.
12. Nandi, Karnataka
“The Sunrise Hills of Karnataka”, Nandi Hills has the most spectacular sunrise view you’ve ever seen or imagined! Throughout the year, Nandi Hills has a pleasant weather, Monsoons being the best time! The mist around the hills gives it the whole divine heavenly feel impressing your entire being!
13. Matheran, Maharashtra
The smallest hill station in Maharashtra, Matheran is the only auto-mobile free region in Asia. The best part about this place is the amazing toy train ride from Neral to Matheran that covers the entire region in a while.
14. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Mostly unknown to the rest of the world for quite a long time, this place came to be known as the mini Switzerland of India after 1992. The brilliant greenery and landscapes will surely make your heart skip a beat!
15. Munnar, Kerala
The world you probably dream’t as your background for all your fairy tales and fantasy fiction you heard since your childhood is here! Majestic mountains, scenic hilltops, coffee and tea plantations make it the best hill station to visit in Kerala.
So the next time you feel a little bored or find yourself stuck in your life, treat your senses with the best of nature, fresh, open air to get lost in the beauty and serenity of these amazing hill stations. And while you return, we guarantee you’ll find a new you or may be just rediscover the original you that you lost in the endless race of life!