30 Best Hill Stations In India

India is blessed with abundant natural beauty and hill stations form the heart of our country. If you are fascinated with the idea of taking a holiday amidst the serene hills, here is a list of the 30 most beautiful hill stations in India that are soothing to the soul.

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Best Time to Visit : Sep – May

Filled with snow-covered mountain slopes, Manali is one of the popular hill stations in India. The jaw-dropping scenery enclosed by the Dhauladhar and the Pir Panjal Range has a peculiar way of making connections. Manali has something to offer everyone. Starting from tranquil villages to upscale markets and adventure sports, this region is a haven for all kinds of travellers.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Things to do

  • Engage in adventure activities at Solang Valley
  • Admire the unmatched beauty of Rohtang Pass
  • Explore Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Get spiritual at the Tibetan Monasteries
  • Take a bath in the hot springs at Manikaran

Also Read : Top 15 Offbeat Places to Visit in Himachal Pradesh

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2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: March – May

Shimla is a beautiful hill station nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is carpeted with lush rhododendron, pine and oak forests that add to its charm. The mall forms the heart of Shimla which was established during the British era. This region is overflowing with colonial edifices that can transport you to the bygone era.

Shimla
Shimla

Things to do

  • Go for shopping at Lakkar Bazar
  • Experience river rafting at Tattapani
  • Spend moments of tranquillity at Chadwick Waterfall
  • Dive deep into history at Military Museum
  • Witness the ancient Kuthar Fort

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3. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: March – June

Home to India’s Tibetan Community, Mcleodganj is one of the most captivating hill stations in our country. This region is an amalgamation of Tibetan and British culture and draws tourists from all over the world.  Mcleodganj features picturesque landscape enclosed by the majestic Himalayas. The Tibetan Monasteries and delicious food are the main highlights of Himachal Pradesh hill town.

Mcleodganj Himachal
Mcleodganj, Himachal

Things to do

  • Walk through the serene Dharamkot Village.
  • Witness the beauty of Bhagsu Waterfalls.
  • Immerse in the Tibetan culture.
  • Go for souvenir shopping at the local market .
  • Explore Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama’s abode.

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4. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Best time to visit: April – June

Arguably one of the picturesque hill stations in our country, Mussoorie is also referred to as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. The colonial hill town boasts of a British influence backed by the natural spectacles. No wonder, it is a paradise for honeymooners and families. Mussoorie encourages tourists to relax and unwind amidst nature.

Mussoorie
Mussoorie

Things to do

  • Immerse in the charm of Kempty Waterfall
  • Experience a cable car ride
  • Explore Nag Tibba
  • Take part in adventure sports
  • Wander around the vibrant markets

Read More: 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

5.Nainital, Uttarakhand

Best time to visit: March – June

Often known as Naini Tal, Nainital is one of the jewels of Uttarakhand. This region is snuggled at the foothills of the Kumaon Ranges and looks straight out of the postcard. The gorgeous Naini Lake forms the heart of Uttarakhand and attracts tourists from far and wide. This region is brimming with colonial structures that enhance the charm of Nainital.

Naini Lake Nainital
Naini Lake Nainital

Things to do

  • Enjoy a boat ride at Naini Lake
  • Explore the Tibetan Market
  • Experience divinity at Hanuman Garhi
  • Soak up the views from Nainital Ropeway
  • Explore Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

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6. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Best time to visit: March – May, September – November

Nestled in the Himalayan Foothills along the banks of River Ganges, Rishikesh is a haven for thrill-seekers. It is often referred to as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and draws tourists and travellers alike. This region is also thriving with numerous ashrams that are inclined towards yoga, meditation and spirituality. Rishikesh hosts the International Yoga Festival that is immensely popular among yoga lovers across the globe.

Laxman Jhula Rishikesh
Laxman Jhula Rishikesh

Things to do

  • Engage in adventure sports
  • Take part in yoga and meditation
  • Immerse in the charm of the Ganga Arti
  • Explore Beatles Ashram
  • Walk through the Lakshman Jhula.

Also Read: Top 10 Things To Do In Rishikesh

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7. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Best time to visit: March – June

Gulmarg is a skiing paradise snuggled in the Pir Panjal Range of Jammu and Kashmir. It is characterized by lofty Himalayan peaks, green meadows and forested valleys. Gulmarg redefines tranquillity and is one of the favourite honeymoon destinations for newly-weds.

Gulmarg Kashmir
Gulmarg Kashmir

Things to do

  • Witness Gulmarg Golf Course
  • Explore diverse flora and fauna at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
  • Marvel at the sight of Alpather Lake
  • Soak up the magic of the Seven Springs
  • Seek blessing at Shrine of Baba Reshi

Also Read: 7 Best Destinations for Skiing In India

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8. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Best time to visit: April – October

Commonly known as the ‘Paradise on Earth’, Srinagar is located on the banks of River Jhelum in Jammu and Kashmir. This region is as picturesque as possible and one of its many highlights is the Dal Lake. Srinagar is also famous for its landscaped gardens and delicious food cooked in aromatic spices.

Srinagar
Srinagar

Things to do

  • Indulge in local delicacies
  • Get spiritual at Shankaracharya Temple
  • Wander around Indira Gandhi Memorial Garden
  • Experience shikara ride at the Dal Lake
  • Take part in rafting at Sonmarg

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9. Patnitop, Jammu and Kashmir

Best time to visit: May – June, September – October

Blessed with mesmerizing views and vast expanses of greenery, the hill town of Patnitop is a fairytale come to life. It is brimming with water springs which make it one of the hottest tourist destinations in India. Patnitop can be best explored on foot where you can marvel at the sights around.

Patnitop, Kashmir
Patnitop, Kashmir

Things to do

  • Trek to Nathatop
  • Experience paragliding
  • Witness the ancient Naag Mandir
  • Explore the local market
  • Relish pristine nature at Madhatop

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10. Saputara, Gujarat

Best time to visit: October – February

The hill station of Saputara in Gujarat is known for its tribal heritage. It is nestled in the Sahyadris and boasts of untouched nature. This region is rich in scenic vistas and exudes a unique tribal culture. Saputara also offers ample trekking opportunities to every adventure lover.

Saputara
Saputara

Things to do

  • Go boating at Saputara Lake
  • Visit the Artist Village
  • Witness the ancient Hatgadh Fort
  • Go trekking at Vansda National Park
  • Enjoy stunning views at Sunset Point

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11. Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

Best time to visit: October – March

Araku Valley is a tranquil hill station in Andhra Pradesh. It hosts several tribal museums and caves that are unique yet exquisite. This region is also known for its aromatic coffee which is delightful to the soul. There are several trekking trails around Araku Valley that offer immense trekking opportunities. Araku Valley is unique and if you are an explorer, this is the place to be.

Araku Valley
Araku Valley

Things to do

  • Marvel at the sight of Chaparai Waterfalls
  • Explore Padmapuram Botanical Gardens
  • Visit the mesmerizing Borra Caves
  • Sample the local dishes
  • Visit Araku Tribal Museum

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12. Shillong, Meghalaya

Best time to visit: September – May

Often known as the ‘Abode of Clouds’, Shillong is a great escapade for visitors looking for a tranquil ambience amidst nature. This region features pristine waterfalls, green pastures, rolling hills and serene lakes. Shillong is much more than verdant nature. It is also known for its westernized culture which is very popular among the youth.

Shillong
Shillong

Things to do

  • Enjoy a boat ride in Umiam Lake
  • Relish the charm of Umngot River
  • Explore the cleanest village in Asia
  • Experience the nightlife in Shillong
  • Sample the local delicacies

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Suggested Tour: 4 Days – Shillong Tour Package

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13. Gangtok, Sikkim

Best time to visit: March – May

Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim is an alluring hill station and Buddhist centre that came into existence during the British era. This pristine land offers a gorgeous view of Mount Kanchenjunga at a distance which is the world’s third-highest peak. Gangtok is blessed with abundant natural and manmade attractions.

Gangtok
Gangtok

Things to do

  • Walk through the happening MG Road
  • Visit Enchey Monastery
  • Experience white water rafting in River Teesta
  • Explore Tsongmo Lake
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset from Tashi View Point

Suggested Tour: 7 Days Darjeeling Gangtok Tour Packages

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14. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Best time to visit: April – June

Located in the Himalayan Foothills, Darjeeling is a charming summer resort blanketed with emerald green tea estates. This region is a famed honeymoon destination for people in the Eastern part of India. Darjeeling is often known as the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’ because of its lush green slopes, gorgeous Himalayan views and quaint hamlets.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - Toy Train
Darjeeling

Things to do

  • Enjoy a toy train ride
  • Watch the sunrise from the Tiger Hill
  • Experience river rafting
  • Witness wildlife at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park
  • Explore the tea plantations

Also Read: Tips for First Time Darjeeling Travellers

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15. Kurseong, West Bengal

Best time to visit: March – June

Kurseong is a wonderful hill station located in the lap of the Himalayas. This region has a colonial vibe backed by pristine nature that will take you back to the bygone era. Kurseong is adorned by verdant hills, lush green forests and pretty valleys that enhance its charm. No wonder, it allows visitors to take a break from the monotony of daily life.

Kurseong, West Bengal
Kurseong, West Bengal

Things to do                 

  • Get spiritual at Ambotia Shiva Mandir
  • Relish your eyes at the panoramic views from Eagle’s Craig
  • Visit the Deer Park
  • Walk through history at the Forest Museum
  • Go for church-hopping

Read More : Top Tourist Spots To Visit In West Bengal

16. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Best time to visit: March – June

Tucked in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a charming hill station packed with thundering waterfalls, lush green forests, pristine lakes and ancient temples. This small town is also known for offering the best strawberries in our country. If you are looking for an escape from the monotony of daily life, this is the place to be.

Mahabaleshwar in Monsoon
Mahabaleshwar

Things to do

  • Absorb the jaw-dropping views from the Elephant’s Head Point
  • Get a surreal experience at Arthur’s Seat
  • Witness the rumbling Chinaman Waterfalls
  • Enjoy a boat ride at the Venna Lake
  • Engage in thrill-seeking activities

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Suggested Tour : 7 Days – Mumbai Goa Cochin Tour


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17. Lonavala, Maharashtra

Best time to visit: December – February,June – September

Blanketed with verdant greenery, Lonavala is a visual delight. This stunning hill station is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Pune and Mumbai. If you do not mind getting wet and experiencing nature at its enchanting best, monsoon is a great time to soak up the charm of this region. Lonavala has a variety of attractions that can be reached through trekking. Hence, this destination is a trekkers’ paradise.

Rajamachi Fort in Monsoon, Lonavala
Lonavala

Things to do

  • Marvel at the sight of Tiger Leap Point
  • Take in the view of Lonavala Lake
  • Go for trekking at Duke’s Nose
  • Sink in the sunset view from the Lion’s Point
  • Enjoy trekking to the Rajmachi Fort

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18. Matheran, Maharashtra

Best time to visit: October – May

Matheran is Maharashtra’s crowning jewel. The best thing about this hill station is that it is vehicle-free. The natural setting backed by the emerald green hills makes Matheran one of the hottest weekend getaways. It can be reached by a narrow-gauge rail network or riding a pony.

Matheran
Matheran

Things to do

  • Soak up the sight of Dodhani Waterfalls
  • Go for a trek to Chanderi Caves
  • Sink in the view from Louisa Point
  • Explore Kalavantin Pinnacle
  • Admire the architecture of Ambarnath Shiv Temple

Also Read : 20 Best Hill Stations in Maharashtra

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19. Munnar, Kerala

Best time to visit: September – March

Enclosed by rolling hills, Munnar is one of the most sought-after hill stations in South India. It is enriched with diverse flora and fauna and tea estates. The idyllic setting accompanied by jagged hills and lush greenery enhances the charm of Munnar and redefines tranquillity. No wonder, it is a favourite spot for couples and nature lovers alike.

Munnar in Kerala
Munnar

Things to do

  • Explore the vast tea plantations
  • Go for camping
  • Explore the Echo Point
  • Admire mesmerizing views from Pothamedu View Point

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20. Wayanad, Kerala

Best time to visit: October – May

Known for its spice plantations, Wayanad is a charming hill station tucked in the Western Ghats. It is an emerald green paradise that draws nature lovers from different parts of the country. This region is a perfect blend of history and culture that never fails to fascinate tourists. The rich flora and fauna are the definite highlights of Wayanad.

Wayanad
Wayanad

Things to do

  • Visit Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Trek to Chembra Peak
  • Enjoy a serene boat-ride at Pookode Lake
  • Experience caving at Edakkal Caves
  • Engage in bamboo rafting at Kuruva Island


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21. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: October – March

Often known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is a wonderful destination characterized by green hills, serene lakes and lush valleys. Its natural setting backed by manicured slopes and rumbling waterfalls has something to offer everyone. Kodaikanal will allow you to connect with nature and disconnect with the outside world.

Coakers Walk Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal

Things to do

  • Ram around Coaker’s Walk
  • Enjoy boating at Kodaikanal Lake
  • Spend time at the Bryant Park
  • Witness Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Experience night safari

Also Read : Top 10 Places to Visit in Tamilnadu

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22. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: October – June

The serene hill station of Yercaud is a nature lover’s paradise. It is set amidst nature and never fails to charm visitors with its picture-perfect views. The pristine Yercaud Lake is one of the major highlights of this region. Yercaud is filled with colonial edifices that add to its magical aura.

Yercaud
Yercaud

Things to do

  • Witness Killiyur Waterfalls
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Lady’s Seat
  • Admire the sight of Emerald Lake
  • Enjoy gorgeous views from the Pagoda Point
  • Explore Shevaroy Hills

Also Read: Top Places to Visit in Yercaud – The Land of Seven Forests

Suggested Tour : 11 Days – Tamilnadu and Kerala Tour

23. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: November – February

The hill station of Yelagiri in Tamil Nadu stands majestically amidst lofty peaks. This region is defined by rumbling waterfalls, sweeping orchards and vast expanses of greenery. Originally, Yelagiri was one of the British’s summer resort that gained popularity with the passing time.

Yelagiri
Yelagiri

Things to do

  • Witness Jalagamparai Waterfalls
  • Walk through the alluring Nature Park
  • Immerse in serenity at Punganur Lake
  • Seek blessing at the Velavan Temple
  • Explore Swami Malai Hills

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24. Coorg, Karnataka

Best time to visit: December – February

Brimming with coffee plantations, Coorg is one of the best-kept secrets of Karnataka. Thir regions boast of exotic scenery enclosed by verdant hills and valleys. Madikeri is the heart of this region where all the actions take place. A visit to Coorg is incomplete without exploring its coffee plantations.

Coorg
Coorg

Things to do

  • Take pictures at Abbey Waterfalls
  • Go for a coffee plantation tour
  • Explore Madikeri Fort
  • Play with the elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp
  • Witness Namdroling Monastery

Suggested Tour : 11 Days – South India Wildlife & Cultural Tour

Also Read: Top Places to Visit in Coorg, Karnataka

25. Chikmaglur, Karnataka

Best time to visit: September – May

Away from the busy city life, Chikmaglur is a quaint town known for its coffee production. This region is all about wilderness and gorgeous trekking trails. Chikmaglur is also known for its diverse flora and fauna and attract countless tourists every year.

Mullayanagiri, Chikmaglur
Mullayanagiri, Chikmaglur

Things to do

  • Witness the beauty of Kalhatti Waterfalls
  • Explore Kudremukh National Park
  • Take a tour of the coffee estates
  • Enjoy trekking to Mullayanagiri Peak
  • Soak up the charm of Ayyanakere Lake

Also Read: 15 Best Places for Honeymoon in Karnataka

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26. Kudremukh, Karnataka

Best time to visit: March – May

Kudremukh is a fascinating hill station located in the Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka. This region boasts of abundant greenery and diverse flora. Kudremukh is a trekker’s delight as they can trek through different unexplored paths and discover the undiscovered.

Kudremukh Karnataka
Kudremukh

Things to do

  • Explore Kalasa Temple Town
  • Visit the famed Gangamoola Hills
  • Admire nature at Kudremukh Peak
  • Witness Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls
  • Explore Kudremukh National Park

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27. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: October – June

Tucked in the Western Ghats and established as a British summer resort, Ooty is a fairytale come to life. This region is dotted with Pine, Conifers and Eucalyptus forests and looks straight out of the postcard. The serene and peaceful environ of Ooty will allow you to reconnect with the poet within yourself.

Ooty South India in June
Ooty

Things to do

  • Take in lovely views at the Ooty Lake
  • Explore the Ooty Botanical Garden
  • Witness the Ooty Rose Garden
  • Enjoy a Nilgiri Mountain Train ride
  • Witness the traditional Toda Huts

Also Read : About Ooty – The Uncrowned Queen Of Hill Stations

Suggested Tour : 4 Days – Mysore Ooty Kodaikanal Karnataka Tour

28. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: October – March

Known for its famed Nilgiri Tea, Coonoor is a wonderful hill town known for its serene and peaceful environ. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a major highlight of this region which is also a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Coonoor is one of the popular getaways for tourists living in South India.

Coonoor
Coonoor

Things to do

  • Visit Sim’s Park
  • Explore Dolphin’s Nose
  • Walk through the Hidden Valley
  • Enjoy enchanting views from the Lamb’s Rock
  • Enjoy shopping from the local shops

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Suggested Tour : 6 Days – South India Hill Stations Tour

29. Kotagiri, Karnataka

Best time to visit: December – May

One of the largest hill towns in the Nilgiris, Kotagiri is beautiful and charming. It is one of the most visited hill stations in South India and never fails to amaze visitors. The pleasant climate, vast expanses of green meadows and the breathtaking views define the charm of Kotagiri. Originally, it was a summer resort for the British and gained widespread popularity with the passing time.

Kotagiri Karnataka
Kotagiri Karnataka

Things to do

  • Visit Elk Waterfalls
  • Visit Longwood Shola
  • Explore the trekking trails
  • Relish the sight of Catherine Waterfalls
  • Witness the Kodanad View Point

30. Vagamon, Kerala

Best time to visit: March – May

Vagamon is one of Kerala’s best-kept secret. Away from the tourist circuit, this tiny plantation is carpeted with lush greenery. The mist-covered hilltops offer immense photography opportunities. This region overlooks the Vagamon Valley and engraves a picturesque frame in the mind.

Vagamon
Vagamon

Things to do

  • Explore the Vagamon meadows
  • Take a look at the Vagamon Waterfalls
  • Explore Kurisumala Ashram
  • Visit the Barren Hills
  • Witness the breathtaking Maramala Waterfalls

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