In India, summers are generally long, hot, sweaty, and exhausting. Luckily, our country has several lovely hill stations that might provide you with the needed relief. You can not only enjoy the nice cool climate in these locations, but you can also take in the beauty of nature, get your heart racing with some adventurous sports, display your beautiful winterwear, and eat delicious cuisines.
The mountains of India offer everything, from green fields and waterfalls to beautiful lakes and architectural marvels. So, here’s a list of the top hill stations to visit with your loved ones for a memorable vacation. In this article, I am going to narrate the famous hill stations in India where you should go on a trip in winter.
Let’s talk about them.
01. Manali , Himachal Pradesh:
Manali is situated at 6398 meters in the Himalayas, on the banks of the Beas River, 39 kilometers from Kullu City and 268 kilometers from Shimla. For nature lovers and adventure seekers, Manali is the perfect place.
This beautiful hill station is also home to temples and historic forts, as well as small cafes and shops. Adventure lovers will be in for a treat, as the hill station offers a range of exciting activities.
Best Time to Visit: May to October
Other Attractions: Clubhouse, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Rahala waterfall, Manali Gompa.
Activities: Rafting, Bike riding
How to reach: Nearest airport- Bhuntar Airport
Nearest Railway Station—Joginder Nagar Railway Station
02. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
The “Queen of the Hills,” founded in the Himalayan mountain range by a British Army officer in 1820, stands out with its deep woods, cool climate, and views of the Valley. It gets its name from the purple Mansur plants that abound in this hiker-friendly location. The food and culture still show signs of the country’s colonial history. Explore the two highest peaks, Gun Hill and Childer’s Lodge, or the famous Kempty waterfall for breathtaking views of nature.
Best time to visit: March to June
Other attractions: Gun hill, kempty waterfall, Mussoorie lake, Dhanolti, Camel’s Back Road, Bhadraj Temple
Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Roller skating, horse riding, Zip swing Adventure, photography
How to reach: Nearest Airport – Jollygrant Airport, Dehradun
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station
03. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
Gulmarg is a town in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. It’s about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Srinagar, at a height of 8,500 feet (2,600 meters).
Gulmarg offers an amazing overall view of the entire Kashmir Valley and also Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in both the Himalayas and the world (26,660 feet [8,126 meters]). The valley and mountains may be seen from Gulmarg’s Circular Path’s various overlook places. The resort is said to have the world’s highest golf course, as well as superb tennis, skiing, and polo facilities.
Best time to visit: April to June
Other Attractions: Khilanmarg, Maharani Temple, Ningli Nallah, Wular Lake, Alpather Lake, Aparwath Peak
Activities: Gondola Ride, Walk on frozen Alpather Lake, Sledging, Snow Festival, Trekking
How to Reach: Nearest Airport -Sri Nagar
Nearest Railway Station-Jammu
04. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong, also known as Yeddo or Lewduh, is the capital of the state of Meghalaya in northeastern India. At an altitude of 4,990 feet, the city is found in the state’s east-central division, on the Shillong Plateau (1,520 meters).
Shillong, a famous tourist destination, is located in the center of one of northeastern India’s main urban centers. It is a major agricultural center for trade with research stations focusing on dairy farming, fruit production, and silk manufacturing. North-Eastern Hill University is located there, as well as the Pasteur Institute and Medical Research Institute (founded 1973). A few miles to the north is the Barpani hydroelectric station. In the city, traffic congestion is an issue.
Best time to visit: March to June
Other Attractions: Umiam Lake, Elephant Waterfalls, Don Bosco Museum, Mawlynnong, East Khasi Hills, The Lewduh Market
Activities: Boating, Rafting, Golfing, Camping, Shopping, Angling at Dawki
How To reach: Nearest Airport- Umroi airport near Barapani
Nearest Railway Station-Guwahati
05. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, popularly known as Kodagu, is one of Karnataka’s top tourist sites. Coorg, located in the Malnad section of the Western Ghats in the south-western part of Karnataka, is largely a mountainous district with excellent examples from 900 to 1715 meters above sea level.
Coorg could be described to be India’s Scotland and Karnataka’s Kashmir. Evergreen forests, beautiful green valleys, foggy hills, big coffee plantations, tea estates, orange trees, high peaks, and fast-flowing streams are all renowned features of the area. It is a popular weekend vacation in Southern India, mainly among citizens of Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, and Mysore districts, as well as Kerala’s Kannur and Wayanad districts.
Best Time to visit: October to March
Other Attractions: Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Talacauvery, Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary, Mallali Falls, Omkareswar Temple, Kopatty hills
Activities: Dubare river rafting, Rappelling at Madikeri, High rope adventure, Coffee plantation tour, Quad biking, ziplining
How to reach: Nearest Airport- Mangalore International Airport
Mysore Railway Station is the nearest railway station to you.
06. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is with no doubt one of India’s most beautiful hill stations, situated in the North East Himalayas of West Bengal. The village is situated at a height of 2134 meters, with the beautiful Himalayan hills as a background. The clouds that fall from the high peaks of the Alps provide a fantastic touch to the scenery. Apart from its natural beauty, the hill town is famous for its rich tea gardens, historical charms, and the exciting Toy Train trip. Darjeeling tours are only the starting of your trip in the North East.
Best time to visit: April to June
Other Attractions: Kanchenjunga, Tiger hill, Lamahatta, Batasia Loop, Tinchuley Village, Passenger Ropeway, Happy valley tea Estate, Ahal Dara viewpoint
Activities: Toy train riding, watching the sunrise at tiger hill, River rafting at Teesta, Rock Climbing, Exploring wildlife in Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park,
How to reach: Nearest Airport- Bagdogra Airport
Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri Railway Stations are the nearest railway stations.
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07. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Nainital is a well-known tourist attraction in India, attracting thousands of local and international visitors each year. It shines like a shining gem in the Himalayan Mountains, surrounded by lakes and the beauty of nature. Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar, Bhowali, Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Sattal, and Naukuchiatal are some of the most significant places in the Nainital district.
Nainital gets its name from Naini Lake, a popular tourist attraction in the area, which is located at an altitude of 1,938 meters above sea level. Nainital, commonly known as the Lake District of India, is located in the Kumaon area.
Best time to Visit: March to June
Other Attractions: Naini Lake, The Mall Road, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Sattal, Naukuchiatal
Activities: Camping, Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Rappelling, River Crossing, Water Zorbing
How to reach: Nearest Airport- Pant Nagar
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam
08. Lonavala, Maharashtra
Lonavla, also known as Lonavala, is a town and hill station in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The city of Lonavala is also known as the “City of Caves.” It is blessed with beautiful green slopes and a lovely climate all year. During the monsoon season, Lonavala comes alive as the country turns lush green with waterfalls and lakes. Lonavala gives a beautiful view of the Sahyadri ranges’ beautiful green hills.
Best time to visit: October to May. It turns into a great romantic spot in the monsoon.
Other Attractions: Ryewood Park, Lonavala Lake, Narayani Dham Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, Lion’s Point, Amrutanjan Point, Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, Duke’s Point, Tiger’s leap
Activities: witnessing the sunset at Lion’s point, striking a pose with a celebrity in the wax museum, enjoying a picnic in Amrutanjan Point, exploring the ancient trail at Bhaja cave, finding solace at Narayani Dham temple, trip to the Kune Falls, experiencing the beauty at Tiger’s leap.
How to reach: Nearest airport – Lohegaon airport
Nearest railway station: Lonavala
09. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamsala is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. Many people are unaware that the city is divided into two sections. Lower Dharamshala is the commercial hub of the city and is filled with markets, courts, and the popular Kotwali Bazaar, where you can get everyday items.
Mcleodganj, and other constructions from the colonial rule, may be located in Upper Dharamshala. The two sides of the city each have something special to offer. As a tourist, it allows you to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Dharamsala is always surrounded by the huge winter peaks of the Dhauladhar Range. Mcleodganj, which is mainly dominated by the Tibetan people, shows a much Tibetan Buddhist culture.
Best time to Visit: March to June
Other attractions: Palampur, Mcleodganj, Triund, Bir Billing, Manali, Dalhousie
Activities: Hiking, Day trips, Triund Trek, Kareri Lake Trek, Visit Dal Lake, Visit Jwalamukhi Devi Temple, Visit Mani Lhakhang Stupa, Visit Aghanjar Mahadev Temple
How to reach: Nearest airport- Kangra airport
Nearest Railway Station-Pathankot
10. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu is a famous hill station in Rajasthan, India, located in the Aravalli range. The Dilwara Jain Temples are well-known in the area. Waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and evergreen forests can all be seen here. Mount Abu is also known as a “desert city.” Mount Abu also offers a pleasant and restful climate. Tourists come to the area to escape the state’s hot heat. ‘Guru Shikhar’ is the highest point of Mount Abu.
Best time to visit: November to May
Other attractions: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar, Adinath Ji Temple, Honeymoon Point,
Activities: Boating, Trekking, visiting Dilwara Temple, Watching the sunset at Sunset Point, Exploring wildlife at Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
How to reach: Nearest Airport- Udaipur
Nearest Railway Station: Abu Road Railway Station
These are the famous hill stations in India to visit. It was great to share this information through this blog; I hope you find it useful as well, and that you now have a better understanding of the locations and can easily plan a trip to them. If you find my blog interesting, please like and subscribe to stay updated.