Are you the one, who is bored of the usual schedule of life and yearning to get rid of them for a couple of days? Or do you wish to settle down and enjoy a peaceful life in a blissful location? If you are one of them and looking for a serene dwelling, your search ends here!

Mentioned below are some of the picturesque and pristine hill stations in India, which are not only perfect to retire and settle down, but also make for a wonderful and memorable vacation. Visit these hilly retreats during the summer and beat the scorching heat, or enjoy their heavenly beauty during the winters and soak in their charm and appeal.

1. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Be it on a honeymoon tour, vacation with family members or an outing with friends, fun and liveliness never ceases to stop in Pahalgam. It is in this scenic hill station, you can feel and experience all the true colours of the nature at its best.

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2. Munnar, Kerala

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When it comes to hill stations, the God’s Own Country also tops the list. Located 1,600m above the sea level, Munnar in Kerala is one of the picturesque hill stations in India. Often called as the ‘Green Capital of India’, it is laced with scenic mountains, rolling hilltops, tea and coffee plantations, and is a true cradle of nature that befits fairy tales and fantasies.

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3. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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Situated gracefully on the banks of the Jhelum River, Srinagar is often referred as the ‘Kashmiri Venice’. One of the most romantic hill stations in India, the mystical outlook of this place entices the visitors with its charm and beauty. Visit this piece of paradise and witness the mesmerising beauty of the Dal Lake and enjoy ‘shikara’ rides to several gardens within the lake.

4. Shillong, Meghalaya

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Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is truly a visitor’s paradise. Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, it is also considered as one of the most romantic hill stations in India. Rolling hills, salubrious ambience, alluring waterfalls, scenic beauty and cheerful people add to the heavenly beauty of Shillong.

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5. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Embraced by lush and evergreen forests, Kodaikanal is often known as the ‘Gift of the Forests’. Discovered in and around 1845, it is also touted as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and is compared with other scenic hill stations in the country. Be it stunning waterfalls, ancient caves, guarding rock pillars, striking water bodies or serene forest areas, Kodaikanal never ceases to amaze its visitors with its natural beauty.

 

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6. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu lies gracefully in the bosom of the Aravalli Range. Sharing history with several myths and legends, it offers a hearty treat to the desert lovers and quenches yearnings of an uninterrupted vacation in the hills. In addition, one can even check out amazing and most popular hill stations near pune along with family and friends.

7. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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The scenic beauty of Ooty makes it one of the most celebrated as well as highly visited hill stations in India. Nestled deep within the Nilgiri Hills, this quaint delight is a hub for the honeymooners and nature lovers. It is indeed entitled as one of the best hill stations in the Nilgiri Ranges.

Tea Estate in Ooty by Satheeshkumar K

8. Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Tea Plantations by Thangaraj KumaravelLocated 3,500ft above the sea level and lying gracefully in the lap of the Anamalai Mountain Range, Valaparai is the vicinity where the stunning waterfalls, lush meadows and scenic valleys whispers liveliness into the visitors. Comprising of 40 hairpin bends, the journey to this spectacular hill station in Tamil Nadu is filled with thrill and excitement.

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9. Champawat, Uttarakhand

Bordered by the enchanting mountain ranges and the majestic Kali River, this serene hill station is one of the least crowded destinations in Uttarakhand. It is due to the seclusion, you are promised to enjoy salubrious and tranquilizing moments laced with scenic views in Champawat.
10. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

by Thangaraj KumaravelWhile talking about the hill stations in India, one cannot miss out on mentioning Yercaud! Laced with the mesmeric beauty of the Nilgiri Range, it is one of the important and highly visited tourist destinations in South India. The region’s heavenly beauty, pleasant climate, exquisite range of flora and fauna,beautiful resorts and myriad list of offerings earned it the title of ‘Jewel of the South’.

Green Valley & Blue Sky by Thangaraj Kumaravel11. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie Bazaar from Landour by Paul HamiltonThe adjectives mystical hill station or the ‘Queen of Hills’ suit this hill station the best. A mere distance of 35km form Dehradun, Mussoorie is located at a height of 1,880m above the sea level. Be it spending quiet moments, admiring the heavenly beauty of the nature, witnessing panoramic views of the Doon Valley or enjoying an exhilarating ropeway cable ride, Mussoorie is the answer to all!

PICT2111 by CK12. Nainital, Uttarakhand

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If you are yearning to visit a hill station on your next trip, make it to Nainital and witness its splendours. Tucked within hills and mountains, this spectacular hill station is located beside the Nainital Lake and is often known as ‘Lake District’.

13. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Gaze over the horizon, walk through the clouds, witness some of the mesmeric peaks in the world and cater to one of the most memorable holidays in Darjeeling. While in this pristine piece of fantasy land, visit sacred monasteries, enjoy a toy train ride that has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and be a testimony to the existence of a fairyland.

14. Kurseong, West Bengal

Himalayan Railway, Kurseong, India. by Matt Paish

Located 32km from Darjeeling, Kurseong or the land of ‘White Orchids’ is a hill station town that connects Darjeeling with the rest part of West Bengal. It is in this town, where you can undertake and enjoy one of the most memorable train journeys of your life; the ‘toy train’ experience from Kurseong to Darjeeling.

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15. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

One of the topmost skiing destinations in India, Manali is known for its alluring beauty and splendour. Located beside the Beas River Valley, it lies at an altitude of 2,050m and is also one of the recent hill stations in India. Mostly popular amongst the honeymooners, the snowy outlook of Manali can make you fall in love with its ambience at an ease.

16. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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The most popular and liked skiing destination in India, Gulmarg (meaning ‘meadow of flowers’) is located 52km from Srinagar. The once summer home of kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir, on a visit to Gulmarg, you can witness how beautiful the world appears in white! Besides skiing and ice-skating, you can also chance a ride on the second highest cable car in the world.

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17. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

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While talking about the hill stations in India, Khajjiar ot the mini Switzerland of India cannot be missed. Located gracefully atop a plateau, the entire region is surrounded and covered with lush greeneries. Though Khajjiar was unknown to the rest of the world for a long time, it gained immense popularity after Willy T. Blazer, the Vice Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland visited this hill station in July 1992.

18. Keylong, Himachal Pradesh

Keylong by Nomad Tales

A sacred land for the Buddhists, Keylong lies along the stunning Manali-Leh Highway.  Located on the banks of the Bhaga River, it is often thronged by the tourists during the Manali to Leh expedition. If you are visiting this salubrious hill station during the month of July, you can witness and be a part of its annual celebration, which is a riot of fun, colours and merriment.

 

19. Aizwal, Mizoram

Overlooking the Tlwang and Tuirial rivers, Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram offers a unique experience of hill station. Located at an elevation of 1,132m, it is an indigenous home to some of the primitive and ethnic groups in North East India. A holiday in Aizwal is an affair of cultural richness and ethnicity.

20. Jogindergar, Himachal Pradesh

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Named after the ruler of Mandi, Raja Joginder Singh, this quaint hill station is often entitled as the ‘Powerhouse of India’. It is due to the mountain ranges surrounding this region, it houses three of the most effective hydro-electric power plants in the country. On a visit to this hill station, besides witnessing the picturesque views and locations, you can also get an adrenaline rush by participating in adventure sports like paragliding and trekking.

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21. Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala by Sioen RouxPopular for its scenic beauty and meditation centre, Dharamkot is a unique and tranquil hill station located in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh. Be it the peace and serenity that prevails or the different trekking routes originating in this town, it is one of the most enjoyed hill stations in India.

Dharamshala by Attila Hargitay

22. Gangtok, Sikkim

A mystical land where the cloud ushers life into the picturesque valleys! Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is cosseted by some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Pristine beauty and awe-inspiring location of this hill station make it an ideal place to enjoy ropeway cable ride and river rafting.

23. Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh India 2 by Michael FoleyNestled amidst the picturesque coniferous forests of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is the abode of the snow-clad peaks, spectacular landscapes and stunning views of the Himalayas. Also home to His Holiness Dalai Lama, it is the starting point of several enthralling treks around the Himalayan Range.

Dharamsala by Lisa TullyDharamsala Road to Heaven by Saransh Sehgal

24. Pelliang, Sikkim

Rock Garden, Pelling by Atanu De

A vacation in this rustic hill settlement might get you pleasantly addicted to hills, mountains and clouds. Located in the western region of Sikkim, Pelling is one of the picturesque and virgin areas that offers the most stunning views of the Himalayas and Mt Kanchenjunga.

25. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Road Through the Mountain by Tahir Hashmi

Established during British rule as a colonial hill station, Kasauli is located at a height of 1,800m. Ornamented by scenic pine and oak plantations, the colonial architecture of this hill station offers a unique charm of India’s pre-independence era.

Terrace Farming by Koshy Koshy

26. Tawang Town, Arunachal Pradesh

VISIT TO SELA LAKE TAWANG LOC NEAR CHINA BORDER BOMDILA ARUNACHAL PRADERSH INDIA (127) by rajkumar1220Moving onto the North Eastern part of India, you will find one of the most serene and magnificent hill stations. Tawang, a sparsely populated hill town in Arunachal Pradesh also outshines other hill stations in India. Azure sky, lofty clouds, snow clad peaks and stunning views of the hills, mountains and the valleys make it a pristine hill station to visit in India.

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27. Thekaddy, Kerala

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Thekkady) by Amit RawatConsidered as the best hill station town in Kerala, God’s Own Country, Thekkady is the home to the renowned Periyar National Park. In addition to the natural beauty of Thekkady, be prepared to delve into the wilderness of the park and witness some of the rare and exotic wildlife species.

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28. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie by Ramnath BhatThis once a summer retreat of Lord Dalhousie; the British Governor General of India, this hill station has also been named after the general. Besides being one of the vividly celebrated hill stations, it is also known for its ‘healing water’ found in the Karelanu region.

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29. Lavasa, Maharashtra

Enroute Lavasa by Sarath Kuchi

Amongst all the hill stations in India, Lavasa is the most unique and trending destination. In addition to being the first ever planned hill station in India, it is also built in resemblance with an Italian town called Portofino. This yet-to-be completed hill station is located near Pune, Maharashtra and is a private property.

Lavasa Sunset by Anil Wadghule

30. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

by kelman (2)Located at the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range, Chikmagalur is often referred as the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka. Away from the banes of city life, this region is dotted with several hills, mountains and offers a salubrious experience of hill stationsby kelman

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