Top 10 Hill stations of India

Best Blissful Hill Stations in India

India is a heaven of beautiful and romantic hill stations. The aroma on these hill stations is sweet and tantalizing. The weather on the hill stations of India is refreshing and relaxing. Some hill stations receive snowfall while some receive rainfall and there are also some who receives both. All the hill stations in India have mesmerizing shades. There are shades of white snow and there are shades of green trees. Many of the hills stations are covered with a carpet of colourfull flowers.

Here is the list of top ten hill stations of India

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali hill station in India
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is a peaceful and relaxing hill station that offers fresh air for your soul. The hill station has snowy peaks and lush forests which is located in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh.

The Beas river and the pine forest will mesmerize you and the activities which you can do consist of rafting, skiing, paragliding, trekking, and rock climbing.

Major Attractions in Manali

Solang valley

Solang valley is famous for its glaciers and snow-clads. Tourists can also do countless activities here and enjoy a lot.

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang pass is known for its scenic beauty and is also an ancient trade route for many people. This pass is a pleasure to watch.

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Naini Lake in Nainital
Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital is also known as “Lake District of India” and is a paradise of stunning mountains, spellbinding lake and amazing forest.

This beautiful hill station of India is located in the Kumaon range in Uttarakhand and the stunning activities which you can do here consist of horse-riding, kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, and rock climbing. Nainital is one of the best destinations to visit in winters.

Major Attractions in Uttarakhand

The Naini Lake

Naini Lake is a freshwater Lake located at the centre of the town in Nainital hill station.

Naini Peak

Naini peak is mostly famous amongst trekkers. Being the highest peak of Nainital having a height of 2615 meters, the peak is covered with snowy trees. The view is very blissful to watch.

Snow View

It is a mountain top featuring a ropeway from where tourists can see the Himalayan snow-capped peaks.

Tiffin top

Tiffin top is also known as Dorothy’s seat. One can do horse riding or trekking on the hill. You can see the entire Nainital from the top.

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar hill station in Kerala
Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is also known as the ‘Green Capital of India’ because of its extravagant greenery. The hill station is famous for its tree plantation that will make you feel refresh. Munnar is a paradise of winding lanes, picturesque forests, waterfalls and misty hills.

Major Attractions in Munnar

Munnar Tea Museum

Its official name is Tata Tea Museum. Visitors can watch various stages of tea processing like crushing, tearing, curling, etc. It is a must-visit place for tea Lovers.

Eravikulam National Park

It is a National Park where numerous species of animals and trees exist. Animal lovers should surely visit this wildlife destination.

Devikulam

Devikulam is a small hill station where tourists can watch Devikulam lake in which Goddess Sita Devi bathed. The lake has mineral water and is surrounded by greenery from all of its sides.

Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg hill station in Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Gulmarg has beautiful snow, pine forests, and radiant wildflowers. You will feel thrilled by doing activities like gondola riding, skiing, snowboarding and trekking.

This beautiful hill station of India also has a market of gorgeous jewellery, lovely pashmina, and attractive souvenirs.

also has a market of gorgeous jewellery, lovely pashmina, and attractive souvenirs.

Major Attractions in Gulmarg

Lien Marg

Lien Marg is a place located 8700 ft above sea level. This place is covered with dense pine forests, which is suitable for camping. Lien Marg is famous among people who love natural beauty. hence it is one of the best destinations for nature photography.

Alpather Lake

Alpather Lake is situated in Apharwat peak of the Himalayas. The Lake’s speciality is that it remains frozen almost all months, and is surrounded by rocky snowy mountains. This is a lake which is the best picnic spot in Gulmarg.

Ningle Nallah

It is a beautiful water stream that is surrounded by wonderful flowers. It is the best place for nature photography. Ningle Nallah is located just 10 km from Gulmarg.

Verinag Spring 

Verinag spring waters are enveloped by a beautiful octagonal stone structure. There is also a beautiful garden side to the spring. This garden is a type of Mughal garden.

Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve

This biosphere reserve is home to various animals and birds. It is the best place for wildlife photography.

Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong hill station of Meghalaya
Shillong, Meghalaya

The ‘Scotland of the East’ has refreshing lush green fields, aromatic flowers, and beautiful landscapes. It receives the highest rainfall in the world and thus monsoon is the best season to visit Shillong.

There are awesome water sports activities that you can do here like kayaking and water skiing.

Major Attractions in Shillong

Umiam Lake

It is also known as Barapani Lake. Umiam Lake is a prime place to visit in Shillong. It is a natural beauty in Meghalaya.

Shillong peak

Shillong peak is a great place to visit as whole view of Shillong city can be seen from this peak. 

Elephant Falls

The Elephant Falls is actually named after a stone looking like an Elephant at the foot of the Falls. It is a fabulous place for visitors to spend time in the middle of Nature. It is a prime spot of the beautiful Meghalaya state.

There are also other attractive places like Ward’s Lake and Sweet Falls that will definitely mesmerize you.

Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi hill station in Madhya Pradesh
Image Source Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi is titled as the ‘Queen of Satpura’ for its amazing scenic beauty and beautiful monsoon season. It is one of the hill stations of India having amazing landscapes, waterfalls, streams, and trees like sal trees, bamboo trees, and blackberry plantation.

Major Attractions in Pachmarhi

Pandav caves

It is said that the Pandavas built five amazing caves during their exile period of fourteen years in Pachmarhi. Hence it is one of the best destinations in Madhya Pradesh for its mythological significances.

Bee Falls

Bee falls are the wonderful waterfalls located in Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi Lake

The beauty of the Pachmarhi lake is such that you will never want to leave it.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie hill station in Uttarakhand
Image Source Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie is also known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. Mussoorie is an energizing hill station from where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the tranquil green doon valley and the stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

One can enjoy a cable car ride and a horse ride in Mussoorie.

Major Attractions in Mussorie

Mussoorie Lake

A man-made lake, the lake is built at a scenic location. Tourists can get a  beautiful view of the Doon valley and the hills of Mussoorie. Tourists can enjoy the calmness of the Lake by riding the pedal boats.

Jharipani Fall and Kempty Falls

People who want calmness and peaceful environment must visit these exciting and enticing waterfalls.

Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is a beautiful peak in Uttarakhand, covered by the natural beauty of trees to view sunrises and sunsets.

The other stunning places in Mussorie consist of Camel Back Road and Soham Heritage Art Centre and Clouds End.

Matheran, Maharashtra

A train in Matheran hill station
Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran is one of the best hill stations in India where you will get the cleanest air. The shady forests of the Matheran will take you to a new peaceful world. It is a hill station of mind-boggling lookouts, crisscrossing foot trails and an amazing toy train ride that will show you beautiful scenic views through the journey. Matheran is one of the charming destinations in Maharashtra.

Major Attractions in Matheran

Alexander Point

Alexander point offers panoramic views of hills and valleys of beautiful lush greenery. 

Charlotte Lake

Charlotte Lake is located in the middle of a dense forest area, where people can come to relax and hand have a happy holiday.

 One Tree Hill

This famous place is good for an adventurous trek.

Porcupine Point

This point is visited by people mainly to watch the sunset and the scenic beauty during sunset.

Chowk Point

Chowk point is known for its awesome scenic beauty and also there is a beautiful Ganesha idol at this point. So while visiting Matheran, you should also visit Chowk point.  

Other major attractions consist of Echo Point, Louisa Point, King George Point, and Monkey Point

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty hill station in Tamil Nadu
Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty is famous for its flowery world that has beautiful botanical gardens. To get to Ooty you can take a fun toy train from Mettupalayam and while in the ride you will enjoy the mesmerizing views of the surroundings. The activities which you can do here consist of boating and climbing.

Major Attractions in Ooty

Mudumalai

Mudumalai is a National Park where endangered species like Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopards, long-billed vulture, etc, dwell. Animal lovers can visit this place for wildlife photography.

Pykara Falls

Pykara Waterfalls is located in the Mukurthi peak and it is one of the majestic and beautiful sites to visit. It is a thorough picnic spot to enjoy with family and friends.

 Doddabetta

Doddabetta is the highest mountain situated in the Nilgiri mountains. It is a popular tourist destination to visit.

Emerald dam

The Emerald dam is a beautiful lake consisting of the scenic view. The dam is surrounded by pine trees and farms. There are two dams Avalanche and Upper Bhawani near the Emerald dam, which are also worth visiting.

Echo Rock

The Echo Rock is Also known as Lamb’s rock. This site gives a fabulous view of forests which is spread vastly. The forest reserve actually lies beneath the rock.

The other major attraction of this hill station includes Tea Estate Viewpoint, Doddabetta, Wax Museum, and Hidden Valley.

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Mcleodganj hill sation in Himachal Pradesh
Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Visit Mcleodganj and be mesmerized by the views of the beautiful temple. Make your heart and soul spiritualize by spinning the Tibetan prayer wheels. At Mcleodganj you will get to see wonderful Tibetan culture.

The home of Dalai Lama has splendid landscapes and wonderful climate.

Major Attractions in Mcleodganj

Bhagsunath Temple

Bhagsunath temple is a holy place of Lord Shiva where Hindus and Gorkha community worship. When one visits this temple, he gets all the positive energy and also the blessings of Lord Shiva.  September is the best time to visit this temple.

 Namgyal Monastery

This place is the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama.

Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Waterfall is a well-known waterfall that cascades into a rocky pool. The falls is surrounded by greenery which makes the Falls more beautiful and worth visiting.

Tsuglagkhang

Tsuglagkhang is a pilgrimage place where Dalai Lama’s temples, stupas, a museum are placed.

Triund

Triund is a small hill station located in Himachal Pradesh. It is a large land consisting of green grass, and the Dhauladhar range can be spotted from Triund. It includes lush greenery which makes it extremely beautiful and is an eye-pleaser for visitors.

Other major attractions consist of Tibetan Museum, Church of St. Johns and Dal Lake.