Do you want to escape the scorching heat of summer? Are you looking for a blissful destination to get relieved from the burning sun? We are introducing you to the most pristine and picturesque hill stations in India. These destinations are not just good for a weekend getaway or summer vacation stay but are perfect destinations to retire and settle down. Here we are presenting the best hill stations some of which are famous from ages and some are completely untouched and unexplored. Even the winters are exceptionally beautiful in these hill stations and you connect to the nature and enjoy the pure richness of the experience. The snowy peaks, snowfall and snow clad trees are a real treat to eyes. Here are mentioned the best Hill Stations for all who would like to bask in the glory of nature.
Mussorie has been a haven for nature lovers since decades. Located at an altitude of 6,170 feet above the sea level, it is situated in the heart of Himalayas. A visit to Mussorie would make you believe that other than nature there is nothing soothing. Mussorie is known as ‘Queen of Hills’ and serves as gateway to hill station destinations in north-east. It is enticing with its beautiful winding lanes, mountains and greenery.
Captain Young of the British Army was awed by the beauty of this hill station and shifted his residence to Mussorie in 1820. Today Mussorie is one of the most visited hill stations and has developed drastically with all modern amenities for the residents as well as the tourists. The major destinations of Mussorie are The Mall Road, Gun Hill, Municipal Garden, Child’s Lodge, Camel’s Back Road, Jharipani Fall, Bhatta Falls, Nag Devta Temple, Lake Mist, Mussorie Lake, Van Chetna Kendra, Sir George Everest House, Jawalaji Temple(Benog Hill), Clouds End, Naga Tibba, Lal Tibba and Surkhanda Devi.
Micholi is an unexplored hill station destination located in Almora District of Uttarakhand. It has lush green forest, lofty mountains covered with snow and picturesque view. The view of the nature is incredible and provides a refreshing experience where one can connect with inner self. Essence of Nature a wellness estate spread across 36 acres is the only luxury resort here which gives maximum opportunity to enjoy the splendor of nature in Micholi. Maa Bhona Devi Temple is a famous temple, more than 160 years old known for its spiritual relevance. Ranikhet and Jim Corbett National Park are very near to the place and gives nature lovers and adventure lovers equal opportunity to explore.
Mount Abu situated 4000 feet above the sea level, in the midst of Aravalli ranges is the only hill station in the north-west region of India. It is covered with greenery and the major plants to be seen are Coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. It has immense significance in the Hindu mythology and is named after Arbuada – the powerful serpent, which rescued Nandi the sacred bull of Lord Shiva. It is developed and gives visitors numerous options for accommodation, travel and entertainment. The famous sites are Dilwara Temple, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Achalgarh Fort and many sunset points. It is a treat to eyes with lakes, waterfalls, green forest and lofty hills. The culturally rich city exhibits the colours of both states Rajasthan and Gujarat, hence offers infinite range of handlooms, textiles, artifacts, cuisines, folk songs & dances and much more.
Darjeeling situated in the east India, is the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. It is located in the mid of Himalayan Ranges and Kanchenjunga peak is clearly visible from the town. One can enjoy toy train ride and visit sacred monasteries in Darjeeling. It has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Hill Station has mesmerizing effect on tourists as it has waterfalls, lush greenery and many vivid sights to offer. The major sights in Darjeeling are Natural History Museum, The Lebong Race Track, Tiger Hill, Gymkhana Club, Zoological Park, Historic Toy Train, Monasteries, Botanical Gardens, Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway Cable Car (The Longest Cable Car in Asia).
Khandala is a picturesque and pleasant weather hill station located in Maharashtra, India. It is bestowed with great natural landscape. It has deep valleys, lofty hills, large lakes and bountiful greenery which are the major attraction for the nature lovers. It has road link which connects Deccan Plateau and Konkan Plain. Located on one end of Bhora Ghat, it is just 3km away from Lonavala, which is a popular hill station too. Due to good connectivity, rich natural landscape and short distance from major cities large number of tourists flock to this destination.
A popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. It became a popular summer destination during the British rule to escape the scorching heat of Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This destination has tea and coffee plantations and is bestowed with greenery and large lakes which soothe eyes and mind. Government Botanical Gardens, boating on Ooty Lake and climbing Dodabetta Peak for an excellent view of the Nilgiri hills are the major attractions here. Even after commercialization, it has maintained its natural landscape with cleanliness and originality.
Munnar, located in Kerala, is one of the finest hill station destinations with large virgin forests. The pleasantness of the greenery is contagious and leads one to a calm and relaxed state of mind. Nature has bestowed this place with waterfalls, exotic flora and fauna and splendid climate. This was once destination of British to escape the heat of summer. It has the highest peak of south, Anamudi, which is a spot for trekking and mountaineering. The area has coffee plantations and is surrounded by tea plantations which offer opportunity to taste the tea prepared from fresh leaves. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife.