Beat the summer and visit top 10 hill station in India

Why visit Indian hill station

In India, most of the hill stations are at associate degree altitude of roughly 1,000 to 2,500 meters. India has plentiful hill stations spread all over the country that makes for a peaceful and pleasant destination for tourists. India has attracted millions of people from the diverse geographical locations of the world, to visit India, where many religions were born and grown. The summer season means scorching heat. Beat the heat and plan a holiday to some chilly hill station. While there are several natural hill stations in India, you can expect a short trip, or a vacation with family, partner, friends, or solo.

Here check out the top 10 hill station in India

1.Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh situated in the Western Himalayas with river valleys and pleasant snowy mountains. Surrounded by the noble Himalayas, rich green forests, and breathtaking lakes, and mounting. Himachal is undoubtedly heavens for backpackers. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is formed on top of seven hills, Observatory Hill, Inverarm Hill, summer hill, Prospect Hill, Elysium Hill, and Jakhoo Hill, Bantony Hill. Jakhoo hill is the highest point, which is at the height of 2,454 meters.

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 15-30C paragliding, trekking, camping, and rafting
July-September off
October-February Peak 8C Best for honeymooners

Best places to visit

The Ridge

Kalka railway station

Mall Road

Jakhu temple

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Shimla

How to travel

By Air

Jubarhati is at a distance of 23 kilometers from the city, is the closest airport. Regular flights are going from Jubbarhatti to and Delhi and Chandigarh. You can frequently get a cab from the airport to get to Shimla.

By train

The railway station in Shimla is just 1 kilometer away from the center of the city and is connected to Kalka by rail track. The toy train of Shimla goes between Shimla and Kalka, covering a distance of 96 kilometers in about 7 hours. Kalka, in turn, is the nearest railway station, which is connected to Delhi and Chandigarh by trains. You can take the Kalka Shatabdi, from New Delhi Railway Station to Kalka Railway Station via Chandigarh.

By Bus

There are several bus services which go Himachal. From Delhi, you can take the bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, which is air-conditioned and luxurious. You can get a bus morning and late at night also.

Best hotel to stay

Budget hotel  Standard hotel Luxurious hotel
   Hotel Greenland Clifton House The Oberoi Cecil
   Hotel Chadwick view Hotel the Mamleshwar Clarkes hotel
L R heights Home Stay Zephyr House Casa Stay Hotel Marina

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Resturant Luxurious Resturant
Sita Ram and Sons 45 The Central The Devices
Choice Chinese food Baljees & fascination The Brew Estate in Shimla
Café under Tree Himachali Rasoi Loveena Resturant

2.Manali

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With its beautiful snow-clad mountains and green forests, this small town in the Kullu Valley offers a diversity of activities. Camping, heli-skiing, cliff climbing, trekking, and rafting are among the best adventure plays here. Other tourist destinations of Manali include Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, and many Tibetan monasteries around the area.

Best time to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
December-January Peak 3-0C Best for honeymooners
March-June Peak 10-25C paragliding, trekking, camping, and rafting
July-September off 20-32C

Best Places to visit

Solang Valley

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Hadimba Temple

Museum Of Himachal Culture And Folk Art

Tibetan Monasteries

Manu Temple

Club House

Vashisht Hot Water Springs

Maa Sharvari Temple

Nehru Kund

Jogini Falls

Kothi

Rahala Waterfalls

Gulaba

How to Travel

By Air

The closest airport is at Bhuntar, located approximately 50 kilometers distant from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Chandigarh and Delhi. At the airport, you can get a taxi to Manali. Weather conditions are not right, so, flights are not the most reliable option for going to or out of Manali.

By Bus

Manali is connected to major tourist destinations like New Delhi, Leh, Shimla, Kullu, and Dharamshala, using private buses. The bus ride from Delhi to Manali is 550 kilometers.

By Road

Most of the travelers choose a self-drive to Manali. It is advisable to hire a taxi if you are not comfortable with driving in mountainous regions.

Best Hotel to stay

Budget Hotel  Standard Hotel Luxurious Hotel
LILLY INN AND CAFE – Hotel Silvermoon Hotel Manuallaya -The Resort Spa in the Himalayas
Hotel Thamsar OYO 14075 Lavyansh Cottage – Hotel Urvashi’s Retreat
Compass Cottage Sun Park Resort Manali Alokik Resort

Best Restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Restaurant Luxurious Resturant
Himalayan Organics The Corner House Casa Bella Vista
Tasty Bite Cafe 1947 Fat Plate Cafe
Tandoori Platter Mom’s Kitchen Rangoli rooftop Cafe

3.Nanital, Uttrakhand

Nanital is a famous hill Station in Uttrakhand surrounded by Lake Naini. Nanital placed at an altitude of 2,084 meters. Nainital has all that you could wish for in a hill station. Nainital divided into two parts, Tallital and Mallital, with the lake departing them. Tallital is the south side of the lake, while Mallital consists of the upper north ranges.

Best Season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 10-28C festival of Phool Dei
July-September off 22-28C celebration of Khatarua and the Nanda Devi Fair
October-February Peak 0-15C Best for honeymooners

Best place to visit

Snow View

Nanda Devi Temple

Tiffin Top

Guano Hills

Sariyatal

How to Travel

By Air

Nainital does not have direct air connectivity. The nearest airport is Pantnagar, the distance between Pantnagar to Nainital is 65 kilometers. The second closest airport is in New Delhi, which lies a distance of 290 kilometers away from the central town in Nainital.

By Train

The railway station is situated approximately 34 kilometers at Kathgodham, at the Kumaon hills. Kathgodam railway station experiences functional connectivity to significant places such as Delhi, Lucknow, and Howrah, with regular trains running to New Delhi.Some of the popular trains that employ from Kathgodam station are Ranikhet Express, Uttar Sampark, Kranti Express, Bagh Express, Dehradun Kathgodam Express, and Anvt Kgm Shatabdi Express.

By Bus

Nainital has bus connectivity to major destinations in North India. Various tour operators operate regular bus service from New Delhi to Nainital, which includes benefits like air-conditioned, non-air-conditioned, sleeper and Volvo buses. Boarding an overnight bus is the most suitable way to head to Nainital, although some buses go during the daytime as well.

Best hotel to stay

Budget Hotel  Standard Hotel Luxurious Hotel
Janardan Campsite Nainital The Oak Trails Eco Lodge Cabs Villa
Hidden Valley Camps & Resorts Treebo Lorent Manor Annex The Naini Retreat
The Cocoon Camps & Nature Resorts OYO 16873 Leela Palace Te Aroha

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Restaurant Luxurious Resturant
Muskotia Food Zooby’s Kitchen Panorama – Indian cuisine with a twist
China Town Giannis Pure Veg Green Oak Restaurant
Sweet Home Cuisine Restaurant Machan Restaurant Moti Mahal Restaurant

4.Ladakh

Ladakh is a hilly area in the disputed northwest Jammu and Kashmir area in north India and the area acknowledged as the Trans-Himalaya. Going to Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most cherished dreams for many. Enjoy the sights of the vast and isolated expanse of mountains and valleys. This is a breathtaking experience of enduring the harsh weather, is one of its kind adventures. While some people recommend summers to be the best time to visit the place as the weather is most exciting and pleasant.

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
April-June Peak 10-25°C paragliding, trekking, camping, and rafting
July-August off
September- October Peak 12-22°C trekking

Best place to visit

Pangong Lake

Magnetic Hill

Tso Moriri

Zanskar Valley

Nubra Valley

Chemrey Monastery

chadar Trek

How to travel

By Air

Leh Airport has a security check highly. Please bring a printout of your e-ticket before entering, failing which you might deny entry. From the airport, you can quickly get taxis that will take you to your hotel.

By Train

Pathankot and Chandigarh are the nearby railway stations to Leh, still a three-day bus ride away. Most travelers avoid this route.

By Bus

From Jammu and Kashmir or Manali, if you’re planning to go Leh on a bus, get ready for an adventurous ride. It gives a lifetime.  It will take four days from New Delhi.

By Road

You may pick up a bike, a jeep, and SUV and bicycle, but driving to Leh is an adventure. You can either take the road from Jammu and Kashmir or the from Rohtang La via Keylong and Sarchu.

Best hotel to stay

Budget hotel  Standard hotel Luxurious hotel
Tsetan Guest House Silver Cloud The Silk Route Ladakh
Zostel Leh Sia-La Guesthouse WelcomHeritage Lha-Ri-Sa Resort
Odbar Guest House Himalayan Residency Snow View Ladakh

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard restaurant Luxurious Resturant
Lamayuru Restaurant Sky Wok Ladakh Bon Appetit
Coffeesutra Namza Cafe & Designer Store The Tibetan kitchen
Ladakh Fine Foods G Kitchen Chopsticks Noodle Bar

5.Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar is the summer city of Jammu and Kashmir, charms visitors with its lovely lakes and relaxing houseboats. It extends in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchor lakes.  Srinagar is famed as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens.” The gardens have a distinctly Mughal influence, and Mughal rulers developed most of them. You’ll find Asia’s biggest tulip garden in Srinagar. Srinagar is the best place to visit if you’re a golf lover, as there are several courses there. Don’t miss the many must-see Srinagar attractions.

Best time to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 14-30C sightseeing
July-September Peak 20-30C sightseeing
October-February Peak 0-22C sightseeing

Best Places to visit

Dal Lake

Shalimar Bagh

Shikara ride

How to Travel

By Air

Sheikh ul Alam Airport, Srinagar Airport is Named Sheikh ul Alam. This airport offers many airlines with regular flights from Srinagar to Mumbai, Delhi, and Chandigarh. The airport at a distance of  15 km away from the center of the city.

By Bus

Jammu and Kashmir summer capital of Srinagar.  Major cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Leh, and Jammu has connected to Srinagar. There is an excellent Bus service and Cab service available.

Best hotel to stay

Budget Hotel  Standard Hotel Luxurious Hotel
New Heaven Canal Peacock Houseboats Vivanta Dal View Srinagar
Houseboat Young Snow View Front Line Dal Lake Houseboat Zaindari Palace The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar
New Balmoral Castle The Cottage Nigeen GOONA PALACE GROUP OF HOUSEBOATS

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Restaurant Luxurious Resturant
Sunset Boulevard Restaurant Earthen Oven Restaurant Nedous Dining Room
Kareema Restaurant Mughal Darbar The Chinar at The Lalit Grand Palace
Stream Restaurant Lhasa Restaurant Golden Chinar Restaurant

6.Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie is a hill station and located around an hour from Derahdun in Uttarakhand. It is approximately 35 kilometers from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km north of the national capital of New Delhi. Mussoorie is a favorite weekend trip for north Indians, as well as couples. The highest demand for Mussoorie’s attraction is that it has a lot of amenities, mainly for visitors. You can hire a cable car to Gun Hill, experience a beautiful view along with Camel’s Back Road, have a trip at Kempty Falls, or ride a horse up to Lal Tibba which is the highest peak in Mussoorie. Mussoorie also gives a superb view of the Himalayas.

Best time to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 15-25C Trekking
July-September Peak 23-30C Sightseeing
October-February Peak 6-24C Honeymooners

Best Places to visit

Mussoorie Lake

Camels Back Road

Lal Tibba Scenic Point

Gunhill Road

The Mall Road

Bhatta Fall

Company Garden

How to travel

By Air

Mussoorie closest airport is Jollygrant Airport, which is in Dehradun. Direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi are readily available till Dehradun. Pre-Paid taxis or buses can be hired to reach Mussoorie from Dehradun. Otherwise, visitors can board a flight till Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, the second nearest airport to Mussoorie, which offers air connectivity with rest of India and then travel to Mussoorie by bus or car.

By Train

Dehradun Railway Station at a distance around 36 km away serves as the nearest railway station to Mussoorie. The number of trains from far and close cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Jammu, and Amritsar serves Dehradun city. After reaching Dehradun by train, visitors can board local taxis or buses for Mussoorie.

By Bus

There is a frequent bus, and public taxi services are obtainable from the Library Bus Stand to attain the visiting sites conveniently. Apart from that, there are several other buses available that offer bus services for the travelers, such as-, Tehri Bus Stand, and bus stand at Landour, Masonic Lodge Bus Stand in Kulri. Dehradun is also well-connected from Saharanpur, Haridwar, Shimla, Chamba, and Delhi. You can easily go to Mussoorie from Saharanpur by bus just within 2 hours.

By Road

The journey by car takes less than 6 hours. The route from Delhi will be to travel to Mohan Nagar 20 km, then 23 km to Modi Nagar, 53 km Khatauli 52 km to Purkaji, and after 23 km you reach Roorkee. From Roorkee, it is 73 km to Dehradun, and from there it is 36 km to Mussoorie.

8.Mount Abu

Mount Abu is a favorite hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan. The hill forms a separate rocky hill 22 km long by 9 km away. The highest mountain is Guru Shikhar at 1,722 m above sea level. It is known as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its mountains.

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
April-June Peak 22-33C Outdoor activity
July-September Peak 17-24C Honeymooners
November-February off 12-28C Sightseeing

Best Places to visit

Nakki Lake

Dilwara Temples

Toad Rock

Honeymoon Point

Sunset Point

Trevor’s Tank

Arbuda Devi Temple

Crocodile Park

How to travel

By Air

Udaipur Airport is the closest airport to Mount Abu. Daily direct flights from Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Mumbai are available till Udaipur. Many flights from other Indian cities can be availed to reach Udaipur, or direct flights can be avail till Ahmedabad. From Udaipur and Ahmedabad, local taxis are available for Mount Abu.

By Train

Abu Road railway station, placed at a distance of  25 km away, serves the hill town of Mount Abu. A large number of trains connect Mount Abu with major Indian cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, etc. travelers can hire private or shared taxis from outside the station for arriving in the town.

By Bus

Regular buses run by the State government connect Mount Abu to all the major nearby cities. Private buses connect Mount Abu to the cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi, and Jaisalmer. So, how to reach Mount Abu is not a tough task.

By Road

Many state transport and private buses available of nearby cities of Mount Abu. Daily direct bus service to the hill station is accessible from Udaipur, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Baroda. Depending on budget, passengers can avail AC, deluxe, or semi-deluxe buses.

Best hotel to stay

Budget hotel  Standard hotel Luxurious hotel
Hotel Ambika Hotel Toppers Corner Hotel Hilltone
Shri Ganesh Hotel Mount Abu Hotel Ashoka Hotel Hillock
OYO 14851 Brahmbhatt Hotel Vinayak Saagasa Ratan Villas

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Resturant Luxurious Resturant
Abu Chaat Junction Four Season Restaurant & Lounge Chacha Inn the Garden Retreat
Natural View Multi Cuisine Restaurant Arbuda Restaurant Jaipur Palace
Manek Manor Resturant Hollywood Bollywood Restaurant RISA BAR & CAFE

9.Munnar

Munnar is a city and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is around 1,600 meters above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats mountain range. Munnar is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular honeymoon destination

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
April-June Peak 22-33C sightseeing
July-September Peak 17-24C sightseeing
November-February off 12-28C sightseeing

Best places to visit

Eravikulam National Park

Mattupetty Dam

Anamudi

Tea Museum

Pothamedu View Point

Attukad Waterfall

Nayamakad Waterfall

Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation

How to travel

By Air

Munnar does not have an airport. Cochin International Airport located 110 km away from Munnar is the closest airport with flights connected to all major cities. Pre-Paid Taxi, cab, and buses are available from the airport to Munnar.

By Train

Munnar does not have a railway station. Aluva is the nearest railway station connecting trains to Munnar from various parts of the country. Ernakulam Junction is the main junction from where you can get trains for major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, and Mangalore.

By Bus

Private service and Kerala State Transport Corporation operate bus services to Munnar from major towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are many luxury and Volvo buses between cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore to Munnar.

By road

Driving to Munnar by private car can be adventuresome. Roads connecting Munnar to rest of the state are well-developed with beautiful view, making it a delightful road trip particularly during monsoon season. As you start the ascent towards the mountains, roads become winding, and the journey may get a bit rough.

Best Hotel to stay

Budget Hotel  Standard Hotel Luxurious Hotel
JJ Cottage Tea Valley Resort Parakkat Nature Hotels & Resorts
Alhind Residency Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa Blanket Hotel & Spa
Tulsi Village Retreat Sterling Munnar Munnar Tea Country Resort

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Resturant Luxurious Resturant
Al Buhari Copper Castle – Restaurant Hornbill Restaurant at Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa
Rivulet restaurant KTDC Tea County Restaurant Fire-Grill Riverside Barbeque Restaurant
Taste the brews Mayabazar Cafe Paprika

9.Ooty

Ooty is amidst the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and enjoys pleasant weather all year.  Ooty integrity, without any limit so anyone who comes to the place, can experience at one with the social culture. The trip to Ooty itself is with glorious views of the awe-inspiring Nilgiri hills, tea gardens, and serene waterfalls. The magnificent, quiet view of Ooty is mostly movie-like – winding countryside alleys that you can enjoy moments only walking on, and the charm of traditional-world colonial architecture infuses fresh air into the souls of travelers. For travelers who are looking for a break from the mind-boggling humidity and the scorching Indian sun, Ooty is the place to be.

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 23-31C sightseeing
October-February Peak 22-30 sightseeing
July-September Peak 22-30 sightseeing

Best Places to visit

Tamilnadu Tourism Ooty Boat House

Government Botanical Garden

St. Stephen’s Church

The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum

Thread Garden

Nilgiri Mountain Railway Line

Ketti Valley View Point

Ooty Lake

Kalhatti Falls

How to travel

By Air

Approximately 85 km away, Coimbatore Airport is nearest to Ooty. Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet, have frequent flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. International travelers can book their tickets till Bangalore. It is known as Kempegowda International Airport, connected with major cities. Pre-paid Taxis and buses are available from both the airports for Ooty.

By train

Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station from Ooty. Many trains are available from nearby cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Mysore, and Bangalore for Mettupalayam. Once you reach the Mettupalayam railway station, you can book pre-paid taxi or cabs and buses to reach Ooty. Another way of getting to Ooty is by boarding the heritage Nilgiri mountain toy train, which takes you uphill, moving through thick forests, down the valleys via dark tunnels. Though this journey is slow and time-consuming, it is a once in a lifetime experience.

By Bus

Ooty is the well-maintained state and national highways. Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation buses along with some private buses connect Ooty with major neighboring cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Chennai. Several luxury buses operate from Bangalore, which takes around 7 to 8 hours.

10.Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of the Sikkim. Gangtok is in the eastward Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m. The cities population of 100,000 are from diverse ethnicities. Gangtok is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Best season to visit

Month Season Temperature Best for
March-June Peak 5-27C sightseeing
July-September off 12-25C sightseeing
October-December Peak 7-17C sightseeing

Best Place to visit

Nathu La Pass

Rumtek Monastery

Tsomogo Lake

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Tashi Viewpoint

Seven Sister Water Falls

Kanchenjunga Mountain

Do Drul Chorten Stupa

Ganesh Tok

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Ban Jhakri Falls

How to travel

By air

Bagdogra Airport around 125 km from the center is the closest airport serving the capital city Gangtok.  Regular flights operate from all the main cities such as Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati and Kolkata to Gangtok. After reaching the airport, travelers can hire taxis or cabs to reach Gangtok, which is around a four-hour drive.

By train

New Jalpaiguri, placed around 120 km away from the city, is the main railhead serving the town of Gangtok. The station has a large number of trains connecting the destination with the rest of the country. Several passengers are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kochi.

By Bus

Buses can be readily available for Gangtok from nearby destinations like Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Kurseong.

By Road

Bagdogra is around of 126kms from Gangtok. Private taxis are available from Bagdogra airport. It takes approximately 4.5 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra by road. There is also a helicopter service available between Bagdogra and Gangtok.

Best Hotel to stay

Budget Hotel  Standard Hotel Luxurious Hotel
Pakyong Homestay  Sikkim The Meru Hotel Hotel Malaya Inn
Zero to One-Silk Route Residency Hotel Sher-e-Punjab & Spa Hotel Greendale
GOHILLS ORCHID HOTEL TWINS PEAK Hotel SNOW VIEW

Best restaurant to eat

Budget Restaurant Standard Restaurant Luxurious Resturant
Roll House BreLuDi Cafe Society
Nimtho 2 Bhukkads Cafe Wanderlust
D101sa Plaza Omni Cafe Osm Restro & Lounge

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