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50 Top Hill Stations in India for the Best Holiday Experience in 2020!

50 Top Hill Stations in India for the Best Holiday Experience in 2020!
Last Updated: January 31, 2020

Don’t underestimate the power of a hill station holiday in India! You go to the mountains to get a break from your hectic life and you come back with full enthusiasm ready to take life by its horns. And, that my friend, is the power of a vacation in hills! Luckily, India is dotted with many hill stations to choose from. Here’s our revised list of best 50 hill stations in India to visit in 2020 categorized on the basis of family vacation, kids-friendly destinations, ideal places for senior/elderly parents, honeymoon getaways and more.

Best Hill Stations for Family Vacation

1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

beautiful Naini Lake, Nainital

Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand adorned with Lake Naini, Nainital is often referred as the ‘Lake District’ of India. It is a destination for all but primarily, Nainital is an ideal family destination. It is well-connected by the major cities in North India and offers a number of activities promising a good time to each member of the family.

Major tourist attractions in Nainital

  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Mall Road
  • Raj Bhawan
  • Gurney House
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo
  • Tiffin Top
  • Astronomical Observatory
  • Snow View Point
  • Eco Cave Garden
  • Himalayan Botanical Garden
  • Himalaya Mini Golf

Top things to do in Nainital

  • Boating in Naini Lake
  • Shopping in Tibetan Market
  • Skating in Zoomland
  • Cable Car Ride to Snow View Point
  • Vantage Point to Overlook at Valley from Tiffin Top
  • Short Hike to China Peak
  • Golfing at Mini Golf Course
  • Stroll on the Mall Road

How to reach Nainital?

The nearest railway station to Nainital is in Kathgodam, which is around 36 km from the city. One can take a taxi from Kathgodam to reach Nainital. Alternatively, there are buses between Haldwani (40 km) and Nainital. However, they are mostly crowded. There are also buses from Delhi and other major cities of North India to Haldwani.

Best time to see snowfall in Nainital: December to February

Where to stay in Nainital?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Hotel Moon Alpine Club Naini Retreat
New Bharat Pavilion Arif Castel
India Hotel Himalaya Vikram Vantage

Where to eat in Nainital?

  • Zooby’s Kitchen
  • Giannis Pure Veg
  • Sakley’s Restaurant & Pastry Shop
  • Machan Restaurant
  • China Town
  • Sonam

What to buy in Nainital?

  • Clothes/Perfumes/Umbrellas: Tibetan Market
  • Rhododendron Squash: Mall Road
  • Fruit Marmalades & Jam: Mall Road
  • Souvenirs (Wood carved articles): Mall Road
  • Fancy Candles: Bara Bazar & Mall Road

2. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet-Beautiful view of pine forest

Built by the British, Ranikhet accounts for the beauty of flora and topography of the Himalayas. It provides a calm atmosphere for any ideal family outing away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Adorned with the pristine and picturesque settings, this destination in Uttarakhand has a relaxing vibe.

Major tourist attractions in Ranikhet

  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Chaubatia Orchard
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple
  • Sunset Points
  • Golf Course
  • Ashiyana Park
  • Tarikhet

Top things to do in Ranikhet

  • Enjoy with kids at Jungle-Themed Ashiyana Park
  • Walk Through Chaubatia Garden
  • Golfing at Upat Golf Course

How to reach Ranikhet?

The nearest railway station to Ranikhet is in Kathgodam, which is about 80 km away. One can take a cab to Ranikhet from Kathgodam.

Best time to see snowfall in Ranikhet: December to February

Where to stay in Ranikhet?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Parwati Inn Chevron Rosemount Woodsvilla Resort
Ranikhet Inn Holm Farm Heritage West View Resort
Alka Hotel Ranikhet Grand Annabella Hotel

Where to eat in Ranikhet?

  • Mohan’s Cafe
  • Baba Cake
  • Dolma Restaurant
  • Lali’s Inn and Restaurant

What to buy in Ranikhet?

  • Baal Mithai (sweet)
  • Shawls & Tweed
  • Candles
  • Woollen Clothes
  • Handicraft

3. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala

Along with being one of the most favourite places for tourists, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is home to the holy Dalai Lama. Fringed by the lofty mountains and dotted by Deodar and Cedar forests, this holiday destination in Himachal is also amongst the most popular hill stations in India. Dharamshala is situated at an altitude of about 1487m in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The city is divided into two parts namely, Dharamshala and Mcleodganj and is separated by a village called Ganchen Kyishong. A large number of travellers along with family vacationers throng here for summer vacations. However, many tourists like to visit in winter here to see the snowfall.

Major tourist attractions in Dharamshala

  • Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
  • Naam Art Gallery
  • Monolithic Rock Temples
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Bhagsunag Temple
  • Kangra Museum
  • Kunal Pathri Temple
  • Chamunda Temple
  • Dal Lake
  • Mcleodganj
  • Namgyal Monastery
  • Triund Hill
  • Naddi View Point

Top things to do in Dharamshala

  • Trekking
  • Shopping

How to reach Dharamshala?

Dharamshala is well-connected from cities like Delhi, Ambala, and Chandigarh by road. There are regular buses to Dharamshala from these destinations.

Best time to see snowfall in Dharamshala: December to February

Where to stay in Dharamshala?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
SN Resort Spring Valley Aveda Hotel
Skylark Pong View Asia Health Resort
Sky Heaven Meghavan Holiday Resort Bella Heights

Where to eat in Dharamshala?

  • Crepe Pancake Hut
  • Common Ground Cafe
  • Lung Ta
  • Trek and Dine
  • Illiterati
  • Peace Cafe
  • Morgan’s Place

What to buy in Dharamshala?

  • Singing Bowls
  • Buddha statues, Prayer wheels and Prayer flags
  • Tibetan handicrafts
  • Bead necklaces, metalwork jewellery
  • Silk and satin wall hangings
  • Colourful Bags and Purses
  • Handcrafted diaries and handmade paper
  • Handwoven rugs and carpets

4. Mirik, West Bengal

mirik-hills

Adorned with tea estates and orange orchards, Mirik is one of the mesmerizing hill stations in West Bengal. It is a place of remarkable natural beauty and the grandeur and thus makes for a great destination for family holiday in East India. Mirik is specially known for its slow pace life and spectacular views and its easy accessibility makes it a good place to spend a holiday with family.

Major tourist attractions in Mirik

  • Mirik Lake
  • Deosi Dara
  • Ramitay Dara
  • Devi-Sthan
  • Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery

Top things to do in Mirik

  • Boating
  • Horse Riding
  • Visiting the Tea Gardens
  • Nature Walk
  • Homestay

How to reach Mirik?

The nearest airport to Mirik is in Bagdogra, which is about 44 km away. Cabs are available for Mirik from Bagdogra. The nearest railway station to Mirik is in New Jalpaiguri, which is 56 km away. Cabs are also available from here for Mirik. From the popular hill station of Darjeeling, Mirik is situated some 60 km away.

Where to stay in Mirik?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Hotel Ratnagiri Rangbhang Homestay Hotel Jagjeet

Where to eat in Mirik

  • Samden Tibetan Restaurant
  • Hotel Lohit Sagar & Restaurant
  • Hotel Annapurna
  • Nesang’s Gorkha Cafe

What to buy in Mirik?

  • Handicrafts in Krishnanagar Area
  • Darjeeling Tea from Estates and Shops in Krishnagar Area

5. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling Himalaya Railway, West Bengal

Darjeeling is also known as the dreamland of the east. Its natural beauty is enough to lure tourists and keep them captivated throughout their journey. The hill station has many waterfalls, hills blossoming with flowers of every shade, and the tea gardens. The Darjeeling Tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. This hill station in West Bengal also boast the UNESCO recognized Toy Train. Darjeeling, though is a destination for all but it particularly draws family vacationers for its easy accessibility and tranquil settings.

Major tourist attractions in Darjeeling

  • Darjeeling Toy Train
  • Senchal Lake
  • Ghoom Monastery
  • Mahakal Temple
  • Observatory Hill
  • Tiger Hill
  • Bhutia Busty Monastery
  • Dhirdham Temple
  • Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo

Top things to do in Darjeeling

  • River Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Toy Train Ride
  • Wildlife Sighting at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Cottage Camping

How to reach Darjeeling?

The nearest airport to Darjeeling is in Bagdogra, which is some 67 km away. The nearest railway station to Darjeeling is in New Jalpaiguri, which is about 72 km away. Cabs are available from these destinations to Darjeeling.

Where to stay in Darjeeling?

Budget Hotels Standard Hotels Luxury Hotels
North Star The Retreat RJ Resort
Shanti Palace Hotel Mohit Summit Grace Hotel & Spa
Riddhi Siddhi Residency Sonar Bangla Cedar Inn

Where to eat in Darjeeling

  • Sonam’s Kitchen
  • Kunga Restaurant
  • Glenary’s
  • Keventers
  • Tom & Jerry’s
  • Nathmull Tea

What to buy in Darjeeling?

  • Hand knitted items at New Mahakal Market
  • Carpets at Tibetan Self Help Center
  • Handicrafts & Souvenirs at Chowrasta
  • Darjeeling Tea
  • Woollen clothes at Dragon Market

6. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is the perfect tourist destination in Maharashtra. It is one of the 10 most visited hill stations of the state and is adorned with evergreen forests, while boating scenic vistas of the surrounding valleys. The Venna Lake here is one of the top attractions along with many vantage points, views from which are memorable. Mahabaleshwar is an ideal family destination in Maharashtra with a plethora of relaxing resorts and good motorable roads.

Major tourist attractions in Mahabaleshwar

  • Pratapgarh Fort
  • Venna Lake
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Tapola
  • Panchgani
  • Lingmala Waterfalls
  • Elephant’s Head Point
  • Old Mahabaleshwar
  • Krishnabai Temple
  • 3 Monkey Point
  • Arthur Point
  • Kate’s Point
  • Wilson Point
  • Pratapgad

Top things to do in Mahabaleshwar

  • Boating in Venna Lake
  • Jungle Trekking at Tapola
  • Try Strawberries & Cream
  • Rock Climbing
  • Horse Riding
  • Shopping

How to reach Mahabaleshwar?

The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is in Pune, which is some 117 km away. Cabs and buses are easily available from Pune to reach Mahabaleshwar.

Where to stay in Mahabaleshwar?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Rahi Plaza Saket Plaza Ramsukh Resorts and Spa
Hotel Poonam Gautam Evershine – A Keys Resort
Pratap Heritage Sunny International Royal Orchid

Where to eat in Mahabaleshwar?

  • Farmhouse Bistro
  • The Grapevine
  • Bagicha Corner
  • Mad Smoke House
  • Chingari
  • Olive Garden

What to buy in Mahabaleshwar?

  • Strawberries
  • Black Raspberries
  • Wooden Items
  • Leather Footwears
  • Fruit syrups, juice concentrates, fruit crushes
  • Turmeric
  • Honey
  • Cane Baskets
  • Pappads

7. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Coonoor is a charming hill station of the Nilgiri Mountain Range in Tamil Nadu. It has got its the name from the Kurinji Flowers that are found on the mountain slopes. This hill station in Tamil Nadu is also renowned for its aromatic teas. During the hot summers of Tamil Nadu, this hilly place offers the much-needed respite, and thus Coonoor is an ideal place for a family getaway in South India.

Major tourist attractions in Coonoor

  • Heritage Train
  • Sim’s Park
  • Highfield Tea Factory
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Rallia Dam
  • Lamb’s Rock
  • Tiger Hill Cemetery
  • Pasteur Institute
  • Laws Falls
  • Tranquil Tea
  • Wellington Gymkhana Club Golf Course
  • Droog Fort

Top things to do in Coonoor

  • Nature Walk and Family Picnic at Sim’s Park
  • Shopping
  • Toy Train Ride
  • Trekking to Katary Waterfalls
  • Learn to Make Cheese at Acres Wild

How to reach Coonoor?

The nearest airport to Coonoor is in Coimbatore, which is situated at a distance of 68 km. Coonoor is the part of Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site and thus is connected with Ooty through the toy train. This journey between Ooty and Coonoor is a must-do. In case, toy train doesn’t charm you, the nearest railway station to Coonoor is also situated in Coimbatore. Buses and cabs are available between the two destinations.

Where to stay in Coonoor

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Riga Residency MGM Resort Taj Gateway Hotel Church Road
Bella vista De Rock Jungle Living Resort Kurumba Village Resort

Where to eat in Coonoor?

  • The Culinarium
  • Open Kitchen
  • Cafe Diem
  • La Belle Vie
  • Tea Nest

What to buy in Coonoor?

  • Variety of Tea
  • Fruit Jams
  • Chocolates
  • Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil

Best Hill Destinations for Adventure Lovers

8. Gulmarg, Kashmir

Gulmarg

Gulmarg- Meadow of Flowers is nothing less than a fairytale land tucked away in the picturesque valley of Kashmir. This hill station in Kashmir is a popular skiing destination in India and is also known for its one of the longest cable car projects in Asia. Gulmarg is the place for any adventure aficionado looking for adrenaline pumping winter sports like skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding. Apart from winter adventure sports, one can enjoy trekking and golfing in Gulmarg as well.

Major tourist attractions in Gulmarg

  • Gulmarg Gondola
  • Golf Course
  • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
  • Baba Reshi Shrine
  • Shark Fin
  • Kongdori
  • Maharani Temple
  • St Mary’s Church

Top things to do in Gulmarg

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Take a Ride on Gulmarg Gondola
  • Golfing
  • Explore wildlife at Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
  • Picnic at Ningle Nallah

How to reach Gulmarg?

Gulmarg is well-connected by road with Srinagar, which is situated about 50 km away and has an airport that connects it with other cities of India. From Srinagar, cabs are readily available for Gulmarg.

Best time to see snowfall in Gulmarg: November to February

Where to stay in Gulmarg?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Sahara Affarwat Pine Spring
Yemberzal Khaleel Palace Hilltop
Hotel Down Hill Royal Park Khyber Resort

Where to eat in Gulmarg?

  • Hotel Highlands Park
  • Bakshi
  • Raja Dhaba
  • Nedous Dining Room

What to buy in Gulmarg? (if you get time from your adventures here)

  • Pashmina Shawls and wraps
  • Silk carpets
  • Walnut Wood items
  • Papier Mache
  • Stone Jewellery
  • Loose Tea/Kehwa
  • Kashmiri Pheran

9. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli Lake

If there was one word to describe Auli, it would be gorgeous! This hill station in the lap of Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful places to spend a holiday. Auli becomes the place for adventure enthusiasts in the winter season and like Gulmarg, offers a chance to enjoy skiing. That’s right, this hill destination in Uttarakhand is another great skiing destination in India and is believed to be the best when it comes to the gradient. Along with skiing, Auli is also an unmatched destination for trekking. The beautiful place is known as the base for treks like Kuari Pass and Gorson Bugyal. Also, the view of magnificent peaks like Nanda Devi and Neelkanth adds to the adventure getaway in Auli.

Major tourist attractions in Auli

  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Narsingh Temple
  • Chenab Lake
  • Chattarkund
  • Kwani Bugyal (Trek)
  • Gorson Bugyal
  • Nanda Devi National Park (April to June)
  • Valley of Flowers (June to October)

Top things to do in Auli

  • Skiing (winter)
  • Snowboarding (winter)
  • Camping
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Ropeway Ride

How to reach Auli?

The best way to reach Auli is by road. Auli is decently connected by public buses plying from Rishikesh to Joshimath, which is 16 km from Auli. One can either take the ropeway up to Auli or choose to travel either by road by hiring a taxi.

Best time to see snowfall in Auli: December to February

Where to stay in Auli?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Royal Village Auli Cliff Top Club GMVN Tourist Bungalow

10. Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok Tourism

Capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is one of most serene and captivating places in Northeast India. Along with a nature lover’s paradise, Gangtok offers a lot of adventure activities with rewarding views of Himalayan peaks like that of Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is a base for many treks in Sikkim, some of the most popular treks are Goecha La, Dzongri Trek, Varsey/Barsey Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek. This Northeastern destination is also an ideal destination for paragliding, river rafting, as well as skiing.

Major tourist attractions in Gangtok

  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Saramsa Garden
  • Cholamu Lake
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls
  • Ganesh Tok View Point
  • Kanchendzonga National Park
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Top things to do in Gangtok

  • Trekking
  • Cable Car Ride
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Rafting at Teesta Bazar
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing at Mt Katao

How to reach Gangtok?

The nearest airport to Gangtok is in Pakyong, which is about 31 km away. Cabs are easily available for Gangtok from the airport. The nearest railway station to Gangtok is in New Jalpaiguri, which is some 118 km away. Cabs from here are also readily available.

Where to stay in Gangtok?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Hotel Tashi Sai Residency The Royal Plaza
Hotel Dew Pond Silk Route Orange Village Resort
Hotel Saikripa Sidlon Residency Denzong Residency

Where to eat in Gangtok?

  • Shuffle Momos
  • The Coffee Shop Restaurant
  • Cafe Live & Loud
  • Roll House
  • Baker’s Cafe
  • Khan Uncle’s Biryani House

What to buy in Gangtok? (If you get time from your adventure expedition here)

  • Tibetan Carpets
  • Buddhist Figurines & Prayer Flags
  • Sikkim Tea
  • Semi-Precious Stones
  • Sikkimese Cups
  • Thangkas
  • Silver Jewellery
  • Wall Hangings
  • Black Cardamom

11. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Paragliding in Bir Billing

In the Joginder Nagar Valley, Bir is a tiny village that has become a popular paragliding destination in India. Enjoying a scenic setting, Bir technically is the landing site for paragliders, while the take-off site is situated 16 km away in Billing. Dubbed the paragliding capital of India, Bir Billing offers an unmatched adventure experience in Himachal Pradesh.

Major tourist attractions in Bir Billing

  • Palpung Sherabling Monastery
  • Tibetan Colony
  • Bir Tea Factory
  • Chokling Monastery
  • Dharmalaya Institute
  • Deer Park Institute
  • Nyinyang Monastery
  • Bangoru Waterfall
  • Tsering Jong Monastery
  • Rajgundha Valley
  • Barot Valley
  • Baijnath Mandir
  • Palampur

Top things to do in Bir Billing

  • Paragliding/Tandem Paragliding
  • Watch Sunset
  • Try the Tibetan Cuisine
  • Trek to Rajgundha

How to reach Bir Billing?

The nearest railway station to Bir Billing is in Pathankot, which is about 141 km away. Cabs are available from Pathankot to Bir Billing. Another way of reaching Bir Billing is by a volvo bus service from Delhi available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate.

Best time to see snowfall in Bir Billing: December to February

Where to stay in Bir Billing?

  • Zostel Bir
  • Tatva Bir Tents and Hotel
  • GoStops
  • Chokling Guest House

Where to eat in Bir Billing?

  • Garden Cafe and Restaurant
  • Nyingma Kitchen
  • Nyingma Cafe
  • 99 Not Out Restaurant
  • Vairagi Cafe
  • Glider’s Pizzeria
  • Bimla Dhaba

12. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh

In the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh is an adventure lover’s paradise. This popular tourist place in Uttarakhand is the best river rafting destination in India along with being the place with highest bungee jumping destination in the country. It is also offers an opportunity for adventure activities like flying fox, cliff jumping as well as camping. Thus, Rishikesh cannot be missed when looking for an adventure holiday destination in India.

Major tourist attractions in Rishikesh

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Ram Jhula
  • Triveni Ghat
  • Parmarth Ashram
  • Beatles Ashram
  • Geeta Bhawan
  • Neelkantha Mahadev Temple
  • Bharat Mata Mandir
  • Omkarnanda Ashram
  • Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • Raghunath Temple
  • Swarg Ashram

Top things to do in Rishikesh

  • River Rafting
  • Cliff Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Camping
  • Kayaking
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Flying Fox
  • Mountain Biking
  • Yoga

How to reach Rishikesh?

Rishikesh has its own railway station, however, there are fewer trains plying to this destination. The nearest major railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar, which is around 20 km away. Local taxis are available between the two destinations. Rishikesh can also be reached from Dehradun and Delhi by bus. Regular buses ply between Rishikesh and these two destinations.

Where to stay in Rishikesh?

  • Aloha On The Ganges by Leisure Hotels
  • GANGA KINARE by Holywater Hotels
  • Alaknanda River Rafting Camps
  • Hotel Ishan- A Riverside Retreat by Salvus
  • Divine Ganga Cottage
  • EllBee Ganga View
  • Bunk Stay Rishikesh

Where to eat in Rishikesh?

  • Ira’s kitchen & Tea Room
  • The Sitting Elephant
  • Cafe Amrit Ganga
  • JAL & JALEBI – Fine Dining by the Ganges
  • Ramana’s Organic Cafe
  • Ganga View Cafe
  • Bistro Nirvana
  • Beatles Cafe
  • Cafe de Goa

What to buy in Rishikesh?

  • Stone Shaligram
  • Pickles & Murabba
  • Ayurvedic Herbs
  • Bel & Rhododendron Squash
  • Walking Sticks
  • Rudraksha Mala
  • Brass Puja Items
  • Sandalwood
  • Marble Products
  • Gangajal

Best Hill Stations for Honeymoon Vacation

13. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali

A popular retreat in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is well-known for its bewitching natural beauty, temples and sacred sites as well as the base for numerous adventure activities. One of the popular places in Himachal, Manali is also renowned as the best honeymoon destination. The hill station has always found favour in th eyes of the honeymoon couples with its unparalleled natural beauty, a plethora of honeymoon resorts, and numerous things to do.

Major tourist attractions in Manali

  • Hadimba Temple
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solang Valley
  • Vashist Temples & Hot Water Springs
  • Tibetan Monasteries
  • Mall Road
  • Club House
  • Manu Temple
  • Nehru Kund
  • Bhrigu Lake
  • Kothi
  • Naggar Castle
  • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Old Manali
  • Sethan

Top things to do in Manali

  • River Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Shopping
  • Paragliding
  • Stay in an Igloo at Sethan
  • Skiing in Solang Valley (in winters)
  • Quad Biking in Solang Valley
  • Birding

How to reach Manali?

Manali is well-connected by road with several destinations in North India. From Delhi, Ambala, Dehradun, and Chandigarh there are buses on a regular basis for Manali. The nearest airport to Manali is in Bhuntar, fewer flights are available for here.

Best time to see snowfall in Manali: December to February

Where to stay in Manali?

  • Sun Park Resort
  • The Manali Inn
  • The Orchard Greens Resort & Spa
  • Hotel Greenfields
  • The Himalayan
  • The Orchard Greens

Where to eat in Manali?

  • Casa Bella Vista
  • The Corner House
  • Il Forno
  • Johnson Bar & Restaurant
  • Cafe 1947
  • The Johnson’s Cafe

What to buy in Manali?

  • Tibetan and Himalayan Handicrafts
  • Woollen Clothing: Manu Market
  • Kinnari and Kullu Shawls
  • Kulli Caps: Mall Road
  • Thangkas and other Souvenirs: Mall Road

14. Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong Travel Destinations

The topography of Shillong is compelling and this is why it attracts honeymoon couples. This capital of Meghalaya boasts lush green rolling hills, vibrant ambiance, and tranquil settings that can in fact make anyone fall in love with it. Shillong also houses some of the top romantic hotels that ensure the best holiday experience to the newlyweds.

Major tourist attractions in Shillong

  • Shillong Peak
  • Umiam Lake
  • Lady Hydari Park
  • Elephant Falls
  • Ward’s Lake
  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Mawphlang
  • Sweet Falls
  • Spread Eagle Falls
  • Diengiei Peak
  • Meghalaya State Museum
  • All Saints Church
  • Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians
  • Air Force Museum
  • Police Bazaar

Top things to do in Shillong

  • Boating in Umiam Lake
  • Angling in Dawki
  • Trekking
  • Horse Riding
  • Camping
  • Golfing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Shopping

How to reach Shillong?

The nearest airport to Shillong is situated in Barapani, which is some 30 km away. Cabs are easily available for Shillong from the airport. The nearest railway station to Shillong is in Guwahati, which is around 100 km away. Cab service is available from Guwahati to Shillong on a regular basis.

Where to stay in Shillong?

  • Cafe Shillong Bed & Breakfast
  • The Pear Tree
  • The Habitat Shillong
  • Ri Kynjai

Where to eat in Shillong?

  • City Hut Family Dhaba
  • Dejavu
  • Cafe Shillong
  • Dylan’s Cafe
  • ML 05 Cafe
  • Madras Cafe

What to buy in Shillong?

  • Scottish Cloth/Dress Material
  • Bamboo Handicrafts
  • Shawls and Stoles
  • Khasi Scrubs
  • Raja Chilly and Other Organic Products

15. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu

Being the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is quite popular amongst the honeymoon couples. This famous tourist destination in Rajasthan boasts pretty settings of the Aravallis, a beautiful lake and a number of temples including the famous Dilwara Jain Temple. Mount Abu offers many breathtaking sunsets points, from where you and your partner can enjoy gorgeous sunset.

Major tourist attractions in Mount Abu

  • Dilwara Jain Temples
  • Mount Abu Honeymoon Point
  • Mount Abu Sunset Point
  • Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nakki Lake
  • Abu Road
  • Achalgarh
  • Trevor’s Tank
  • Guru Shikhar
  • Peace Park
  • Adhar Devi Temple
  • Arbuda Devi Temple
  • Achalgarh Village
  • Toad Rock
  • Raghunath Temple

Top things to do in Mount Abu

  • Boating in Nakki Lake
  • Trek to Guru Shikhar
  • Wildlife Sighting in Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Birding at Trevor’s Tank
  • Caving/Spelunking
  • Rock Climbing

How to reach Mount Abu?

The nearest airport to Mount Abu is in Udaipur, which is about 161 km away. Cabs are easily available from Udaipur to Mount Abu. The nearest railway station to Mount Abu is in Abu Road, which is situated some 27 km away. Cabs are available from here for Mount Abu. There are private and public bus services available for Mount Abu from Udaipur, Jaipur, and Delhi.

Where to stay in Mount Abu?

  • Hummingbird Resort
  • Hotel Silver Oak
  • Hotel Ashoka
  • WelcomHeritage Connaught House Mount Abu
  • Chacha Inn
  • Hotel Toppers Corner
  • Hotel Hillock
  • Ratan Villas

Where to eat in Mount Abu?

  • Jodhpur Bhojanalaya
  • Opa Restaurant
  • Mulberry Tree Restaurant
  • Four Season Restaurant & Lounge

What to buy in Mount Abu?

  • Kota Sarees
  • Bangles
  • Linen with Sanganeri print
  • Jaipuri quilt
  • Marble items
  • Sandstone items
  • Sandalwood

16. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie

Dalhousie, a beautiful tourist spot in Himachal promises the best honeymoon experience. Offering a panoramic view of Dhauladhar Mountain Range, this holiday destination is the reflection of the ethereal beauty of Himachal. The tranquil and picturesque surroundings, cozy hotels and several places to visit make it an ideal honeymoon destination in Himachal.

Major tourist attractions in Dalhousie

  • Alla
  • Karelanu
  • Dainkund Peak
  • Khajjiar
  • Bakrota Hills
  • Village Lohali
  • Gandhi Chowk
  • Dalhousie Cantonment
  • Sadar Bazar
  • Tibetan Market
  • Panchpula
  • Kalatop
  • Panjpulla
  • Subhash Baoli

Top things to do in Dalhousie

  • Boating on Chamera Lake
  • Trekking at the Dain Kund Hill
  • Shopping at Gandhi Chowk
  • Watch Wildlife at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Horse Riding

How to reach Dalhousie?

The nearest railway station to Dalhousie is in Pathankot, which is around 80 km away. Cabs are readily available from Pathankot to Dalhousie. Anothe way to reach Dalhousie is by road. State-run buses are available for Dalhousie from New Delhi.

Best time to see snowfall in Dalhousie: December to February

Where to stay in Dalhousie?

  • Grand View Hotel
  • Aamod at Dalhousie
  • Snow Valley Resorts
  • JK Clarks Exotica Dalhousie

Where to eat in Dalhousie?

  • Cafe Dalhousie
  • Kwality Restaurant
  • Moti Mahal Delux
  • Bon-appetit Bakes n Fries Fast Food Restaurant
  • Mongas Cafe

What to buy in Dalhousie?

  • Buddhist paintings
  • Tibetan carpets from the Tibetan Handicraft Centre
  • Copper and silver ‘diyas’
  • Bags, dolls, carpets, purses and handicrafts from Tibetan Market

17. Pahalgam, Kashmir

Baisaran Valley(Mini Switzerland Pahalgam, Kashmir

Pahalgam with its utterly picturesque landscape is an unmatched honeymoon destination in India. The romantic ambience, the scenic vistas of lofty Himalayan peaks adorned with tall deodar cedar trees and warm Kashmiri hospitality makes it counted among the top 10 honeymoon places in the country. The newlyweds can choose to stay in some of the best romantic hotels that will also arrange the activities like horse riding and river rafting for you.

Major tourist attractions in Pahalgam

  • Betaab Valley
  • Aru Valley
  • Lidder River
  • Kolahoi Glacier
  • Chandanwari
  • Mamaleshwara Temple
  • Lidder Amusement Park
  • Sheshnag Lake
  • Baisaran Hills
  • Avantipur Temple
  • Tulian Lake
  • Pahalgam Golf Course

Top things to do in Pahalagam

  • River Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Horse Riding
  • Nature Walks
  • Golfing
  • Trout Fishing

How to reach Pahalgam?

The nearest airport to Pahalgam is in Srinagar, which is some 88 km away. The best way to reach Pahalgam is to take a cab from Srinagar.

Best time to see snowfall in Pahalgam: December to February

Where to stay in Pahalgam?

  • Hotel Heevan Pahalgam
  • Hotel Royal Hillton
  • WelcomHotel Pine N Peak Pahalgam – Member ITC’s Hotel Group
  • Hotel Himalaya House
  • Hotel Pine Spring

Where to eat in Pahalgam?

  • Dana Pani
  • Troutbeat
  • Cafe log inn
  • Nathus Rasoi

What to buy in Pahalgam?

  • Kashmiri Carpets
  • Wicker-Work
  • Pashmina Shawls
  • Kashmiri Handicrafts
  • Pheran
  • Kashmiri Golden Apples

18. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

OOTY

Ooty or Ootacamund is famous for the picturesque sites, its pristine lake, rolling hills. But the chief attractions of Ooty are the sprawling tea gardens. This beautiful tourist spot in Tamil Nadu has for long been the favourite of the honeymoon couples, and nothing has changed. Ooty remains an incredible Indian destination for honeymooners who would love to spend time relishing the picturesque beauty of the place.

Major tourist attractions in Ooty

  • Ooty Lake
  • Ooty Botanical Gardens
  • Ooty Rose Garden
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • St Stephen’s Church
  • Thread Garden
  • Tiger Hill
  • Kamraj Sagar Lake
  • Thunder World
  • Ketti Valley View
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Cairn Hill
  • Adam’s Fountain

Top things to do in Ooty

  • Toy Train Ride
  • Hiking
  • Nature Walks
  • Boating in Ooty Lake
  • Tea Factory Tour
  • Chocolate Factory Tour

How to reach Ooty?

The nearest airport to Ooty is in Coimbatore, which is some 84 km away. Cabs are available for Ooty from Coimbatore. One can also board the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway’s Toy Train to reach Ooty from Coimbatore.

Where to stay in Ooty?

  • Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
  • Club Mahindra Derby Green
  • Sterling Ooty Elk Hill
  • Sherlock Hotel
  • Accord Highland Hotel Ooty
  • Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
  • Delightz Inn

Where to eat in Ooty?

  • Ponmari Multicuisine Restaurant
  • Earl’s Secret
  • Hotel Pankaj Bhojanalaya
  • Hyderabad Biryani House
  • Adayar Ananda Bhavan
  • Nahar Sidewalk Cafe
  • Ascot Multi Cuisine Restaurant at Ooty

What to buy in Ooty?

  • Tea
  • Chocolate
  • Honey
  • Aromatic Oils
  • Antiques, Jewellery, and Handicrafts

19. Coorg, Karnataka

Abbey Waterfall Coorg

The coffee aroma-infused air of Coorg makes it all the more compelling to choose Coorg as a honeymoon destination in India. The lush green landscape and the tranquil settings of Coorg offer the perfect venue to newlyweds to spend time together. Coorg also has salubrious weather and some cozy tailor-made hotels for the honeymooners.

Major tourist attractions in Coorg

  • Coffee Plantations
  • Abbey Falls
  • Irupu Falls
  • Trekking
  • Dubare Elephant Camp
  • Golden Temple/Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Omkareshwar Temple
  • Madikeri Fort
  • Gaddige Raja’s Tomb
  • Dubare Elephant Camp

Top things to do in Coorg

  • Bathe the Elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp
  • Trekking
  • Food Tour
  • Coffee Plantation Tour
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • River Rafting
  • Heritage Tour
  • Quad Biking

How to reach Coorg?

The nearest airport to Coorg is in Mangalore, which is 137 km away. The nearest railway station to Coorg is in situated in Mysore at a distance of 117 km. Cabs and buses are available from both of these destinations for Coorg. Bus service is also available between Bengaluru and Coorg.

Where to stay in Coorg?

  • Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa
  • Evolve Back
  • The Serai Kabini
  • The Tamara Coorg
  • Kadkani River Resort
  • Coorg Cliffs Resorts
  • Amanvana Spa Resort
  • The Windflower Resort and Spa
  • Heritage Resort Coorg

Where to eat in Coorg? (Restaurants are in nearby Madikeri)

  • Bigcup cafe
  • Beans N Brews Cafe
  • Coorg Cuisine
  • Raintree
  • The Fort Mercara – Restaurant

What to buy in Coorg?

  • Coffee
  • Organic Spices
  • Dry Fruits
  • Honey
  • Homemade Wine
  • Handmade Chocolate
  • Silk Saree

Best Hill Stations Traveling with Old Age people

20. Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

Situated on the suburbs of Shimla, Mashobra can be a great hilly destination when travelling with elderly parents. Unlike its bustling neighbour, Shimla, Mashobra offers peaceful surroundings, which means no blaring horns of the cars, no hotel booking issues, and no obstructed views. As a senior couple on holiday, you’d love Mashobra as it has this rustic settings and laid-back mountain life. As staying options, you have resorts, comfortable cottages as well as homestays. For those interested in wildlife and bird lovers, Mashobra Reserve Forest Sanctuary is the best place to visit.

Fun Fact: Mashobra is a retreat for the President of India. Once a year he holidays at a place called Chharabra situated on the outskirts of Mashobra.

Major tourist attractions in Mashobra

  • Reserve Forest Sanctuary
  • Wild Flower Hall
  • Mahasu Devta Temple
  • Craignano
  • The Presidential Retreat
  • Tattapani River
  • Shimla
  • Theog

Top things to do in Mashobra

  • Birding
  • River Rafting
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing

How to reach Mashobra?

Mashobra is situated at a distance of 10 km from Shimla and the cabs are readily available for Mashobra from the city.

Best time to see snowfall in Mashobra: December to February

Where to stay in Mashobra?

  • Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla
  • Club Mahindra Mashobra
  • Mahasu House

Where to eat in Mashobra?

Since Mashobra is situated at a close proximity to Shimla, one can choose to eat one of the restaurants in the city. Apart from it, Club Mahindra Mashobra and Wildflower Hall both offer dining facility to their guests.

21. Badrinath, Uttarakhand

Embellished with many spiritual treasures, Badrinath is the one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. Thus, this holy place in Uttarakhand is an ideal destination to take old parents. The seat of Lord Vishnu in his Badri avataar, Badrinath is also one of the Chardham destinations in India. Badrinath is quite easy to access by road as well as by helicopter making it convenient for your elderly parents to visit.

Major tourist attractions in Badrinath

  • Badrinath Temple
  • Charanpaduka
  • Narad Kund
  • Vyas Gufa
  • Ganesh Gufa
  • Alka Puri
  • Mata Murti Temple
  • Sheshnetra
  • Bheem Pul
  • Tapt Kund
  • Vasudhara Falls (can be accessed by trekking, thus not recommended for senior citizens.)
  • Brahma Kapal
  • Yogadhyan Badri
  • Neeti Mana Village
  • Surya Kund

Top things to do in Badrinath

  • Pilgrimage at Badrinath Temple
  • Holy Dip at Tapt Kund
  • Visit Last Village of India, Mana Village

How to reach Badrinath?

The nearest airport to Badrinath is in Dehradun, situated at a distance of 335 km. The nearest railway stations to Badrinath are in Haridwar (315 km) and Dehradun. Cabs are available for Badrinath from these two destinations. State-run buses from Haridwar and Dehradun are available till Joshimath, which about 45 km away from Badrinath. Cab has to hired from here to reach Badrinath.

Best time to see snowfall in Badrinath: November to February

Where to stay in Badrinath?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Shankar Shri Narayan Palace Sarovar Portico
Hotel Dwarikesh Snow Crest

Where to eat in Badrinath?

  • Brahma Kamal
  • Saket Restaurant

What to buy in Badrinath?

  • Shaligram Shila
  • Local handicrafts

22. Almora, Uttarakhand

Almora Kasar Devi Temple

Almora is a great destination to choose when planning for a holiday with old parents or sending senior couples on a memorable summer holiday. The beauty of Almora has captivated millions including Swami Vivekananda, who meditated here and wrote some of his popular speeches. This hill destination in Uttarakhand with its picturesque landscape helped Rabindranath Tagore and many others in their conquest of regaining the lost sparks of their lives.

Major tourist attractions in Almora

  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Zero Point
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Chitai Golu Devta Temple
  • Deer Park
  • Bright End Corner
  • Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum

Top things to do in Almora

  • Shopping at Thana Bazar
  • Picnic at Kalimath
  • Visit Temples

How to reach Almora?

The nearest railway station to Almora is in Kathgodam, which is situated some 82 km away. Cabs are easily available for Almora. Buses to Almora are available from Haldwani, situated 89 km away.

Best time to see snowfall in Almora: December to February (the chances of snowfall is less though)

Where to stay in Almora?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Hotel Shikhar Mount Heaven Kalmatia Sangam
Savoy Hotel Mountain Resort Club Mahindra Binsar Valley Resort
Bhagwati Palace Woods Resort Kasaar Jungle Resort

Where to eat in Almora?

  • Mohan’s Cafe
  • Joshjus Restaurant
  • Baba Cake
  • Kasar Rainbow Restaurant

What to buy in Almora?

  • Angora Clothes
  • Shawls
  • Bal Mithai (sweet)
  • Singauri (sweet)

23. Panchgani, Maharashtra

Harison Fally Panchgani, Maharashtra

A popular hill station of Maharashtra, Panchgani is a great place for a vacation with your old parents. Surrounded by 5 hills from which the place has derived its name, Panchgani is a marvellous spectacle of old British and Parsi homes. The prime landscape of Panchgani is the sight of the river Krishna from the Table Land a famous flat mountain range. Since the place is easily accessible, it makes it all the easier to travel to Panchgani with elderly parents.

Major tourist attractions in Panchgani

  • Sydney Point
  • Table Land
  • Dhom Dam
  • Kate’s Point
  • Mapro Garden
  • Devrai Art Village
  • Rajpuri Caves
  • Parsi Point
  • Bhilar Falls

Top things to do in Panchgani

  • Witness Tribal Lifestyle at Devrai Art Village
  • Taste Strawberries in Mapro Garden
  • Shopping at Shivaji Circle

How to reach Panchgani?

The nearest airport and railway station to Panchgani is situated in Pune, at a distance of around 100 km. Cabs are available from Pune for Panchgani. From Mumbai, Panchgani is easily accessible by road.

Where to stay in Panchgani?

  • Mount View Heritage Hotel
  • Hotel Valley Nest
  • Hotel Mala’s
  • Miraya Hotel

Where to eat in Panchgani?

  • Lucky Restaurant
  • Rustom’s Strawberry Inn
  • Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar
  • Hotel Rainforest

What to buy in Panchgani?

  • Fruit crushes
  • Fruit drink concentrates
  • Jams and Marmalades
  • Leather Items
  • Handicrafts

24. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal

Well-known for its spices, homemade chocolates, herbal teas and coffees, oils and the orchids, Kodaikanal is a perfect hill getaway in South India to plan a trip with elderly parents. This tranquil settings and picturesque views along with good accommodation options make Kodaikanal one of top 20 hill stations in India to vacation with elderly parents.

Major tourist attractions in Kodaikanal

  • Coakers Walk
  • Kodai Lake
  • Kurinjiandavar Temple
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Bryant Park
  • Green Valley View
  • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
  • Bear Shola Falls
  • Pillar Rocks
  • Devil’s Kitchen
  • Berijam Lake

Top things to do in Kodaikanal

  • Nature Walks
  • Boating in Kodai Lake

How to reach?

The nearest airport and railway station to Kodaikanal is in Madurai, which is at a distance of 117 km. Cabs and buses are easily available for Kodaikanal from Madurai.

Where to stay in Kodaikanal?

  • Sterling Kodai Lake
  • Sterling Kodai Valley
  • Great Trails Kodaikanal By GRT Hotels
  • Le Poshe by Sparsa
  • Kodai Resort
  • Villa Retreat
  • The Carlton

Where to eat in Kodaikanal?

  • Pastry Corner
  • Cloud Street
  • Tava
  • Astoria Veg Restaurant
  • Royal Tibet

What to buy in Kodaikanal?

  • Rosewood and Sandalwood Crafts
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Homemade chocolates
  • Natural oils
  • Spices
  • Kodai Cheese
  • Original silk and wool shawls, scarves, stole

25. Saputara, Gujarat

Saputara Waterfall

The only hill station in Gujarat, Saputara is the one place you should visit, if you want to enjoy the monsoon holiday. The place turns lush green and the waterfalls here come alive during the monsoon season. The picturesque Saputara, though is for everyone, it vouches for being one of the best places to visit old age people with limited mobility.

Major tourist attractions in Saputara

  • Saputara Lake
  • Gira Falls
  • The Ropeway
  • Sunset Point
  • Saputara Museum
  • Lake Garden
  • Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Hatgadh Fort
  • Vansda National Park
  • Artist Village
  • Townview Point
  • Saputara Tribal Museum
  • Step Garden
  • Forest Nursery

Top things to do in Saputara

  • Boating in Saputara Lake
  • Ropeway Ride
  • Nature Walks (if the elderly parents are able)

How to reach Saputara?

The nearest railway station to Saputara is Waghai Railway Station in Bilimora, which is located some 111 km away. Cabs are easily available for Saputara from here.

Where to stay in Saputara?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Chitrakoot Hill Resort Savshanti Lake Resort Lake View
SidArchie Palace Sejal Inn Shilpi Hill Resort
Surti Cottage Udai Hill Resort Aakar Lords Inn

Where to eat in Saputara?

  • Lake View Restaurant
  • Dang Darbar
  • Hotel Purohit

What to buy in Saputara?

  • Paintings
  • Jewellery
  • Vases
  • Pottery

Best Hill Stations for Weekend Holiday from Nearby Your Cities

26. Khandala, Maharashtra

Khandala and Lonavala

Home to many beautiful caves, mountains and waterfalls that when mixed with the greenery of Khandala offer one vista that no one cannot afford to miss! Apparently, it is the scenic beauty and the quietude that draw family vacationers as well as other tourists during the weekend from Mumbai and Pune to this hill station in Maharashtra.

Major tourist attractions in Khandala

  • Celebrity Wax Museum
  • Rajmachi Fort
  • Lonavla Lake
  • Bhushi Lake
  • Bhaja Caves
  • Kune Waterfalls
  • Duke’s Nose (Nagphani)

Top things to do in Khandala

  • Trekking
  • Shopping
  • Nature Walk

How to reach Khandala?

Khandala can be reached by Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH4. Mumbai is at a distance of 79 km whereas Pune is about 68 km away from Khandala. There are state-run as well as private buses available for Khandala from these two nearby destinations.

Where to stay in Khandala?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
Hotel La Revival Zara’s Resort The Dukes Retreat
Fun & Food Hotel Sunrise Hill Resort Velvett Country

Where to eat in Khandala?

  • Creme Della
  • PNF Restaurant & Bar
  • Parsi Dhaba
  • Sports Bar
  • Rama Krishna
  • Cafe 24 – Della Resort

What to buy in Khandala?

  • Chikki
  • Fruit Jams

27. Lonavla, Maharashtra

Lonavala

A stone’s throw away from the popular holiday destination of Khandala, Lonavala is another great weekend holiday option from Pune and Mumbai. Boasting a scenic setting, Lonavala is the perfect getaway on a weekend for the office goers and college students to unwind. The tranquility and the lush green landscape are the major draws here.

Major tourist attractions in Lonavla

  • Della Adventure Park
  • Narayani Dham Temple
  • Lohagad Fort
  • Tikona Fort
  • Lion’s Point
  • Wet N Joy Water Park
  • Karla Caves
  • Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum
  • Korigad Fort
  • Pavana Lake

Top things to do in Lonavla

  • Camping at Pavana Lake
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Rafting & Kayaking at Maval
  • Trekking
  • Swoop Swing, Longest Flying Fox, Sky Cycling, Paintball, ATV up to 700cc, Motocross at Della Adventure Park
  • Fireflies Trek at Rajmachi Fort
  • Shopping
  • Picnic at Bhushi Dam
  • Water Rappelling at Bekre Falls

How to reach Lonavla?

Lonavla can be easily reached via NH-4 and Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The distance between Mumbai and Lonavala is 83 km, whereas, Pune is about 65 km away. State-run buses and private buses are available for Lonavla from Pune and Mumbai.

Where to stay in Lonavla?

Budget Hotel Standard Hotel Luxury Hotel
La Exotica Lonavala Mayur Loogana Resort
Adarsh Hotel Star Regency Fariyas Resort l
Lions Den Hotel Chandralok Della Resort

Where to eat in Lonavla?

  • Sports Bar
  • Creme Della
  • Parsi Dhaba
  • PNF Restaurant & Bar
  • Cafe 24 – Della Resort
  • The Kinara Village Dhaba
  • Sunny Da Dhaba

What to buy in Lonavla?

  • Chikki
  • Kolhapuri Slippers
  • Wooden figurines
  • Cane products

28. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli

A great weekend destination from Delhi and Chandigarh, Kasauli is all about colonial era charm and the picturesque natural settings. This hill station in Himachal Pradesh is a perfect place to unwind amidst the quietude of nature, enjoy lazy walks, and witness soulful sunrise and sunset, just what you need during a weekend, right?

Major tourist attractions in Kasauli?

  • Timber Trail
  • Monkey Point
  • Mall Road
  • Sunset Point and Lover’s Lane
  • Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji
  • Baptist Church
  • Gilbert Trail
  • Christ Church
  • Gurkha Fort
  • Kasauli Brewery
  • Central Research Institute

Top things to do in Kasauli

  • Cable Car Ride
  • Nature Photography
  • Sightseeing of Historical Sites
  • Taste Fine Scotch Whiskey at Kasauli Brewery
  • Watch Sunset
  • Shopping

How to reach Kasauli?

Chandigarh is situated at a distance about 57 km from Kasauli, thus it is quite convenient to do a road trip. Taxis on hire are easily available for Kasauli from Chandigarh. From Delhi, Kasauli is at a distance of 287 km. The best way to reach Kasauli from Delhi is by road. You can drive or hire a taxi for Kasauli.

Best time to see snowfall in Kasauli: December to February (the chances of snowfall is less though)

Where to eat in Kasauli?

  • Rudra Cafe
  • Hangout, Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
  • Cliff Houzz Restaurant
  • Narinder Sweet House

What to buy in Kasauli?

  • Fruit Wines
  • Handicraft
  • Jams & Marmalades
  • Woollens

Best Kids-Friendly Hill Stations

29. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie Uttarakhand

Mussoorie needs no introduction, this tourist place in Uttarakhand is one of the top 10 hill stations in India for a summer holiday. What makes it popular is the fact that it is kids-friendly destination. There are plenty of activities for kids in Mussoorie and most of hotels here offer children’s play area. There are rides available for them in gardens and there’s even a zoo nearby.

Major tourist attractions for kids in Mussoorie

  • Lal Tibba
  • Jawahar Aquarium
  • K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
  • Company Garden
  • Picture Palace Gaming Zone

Top things to do for kids in Mussoorie

  • Watch Magic Show and Play Games at Lal Tibba
  • Rides in Company Garden
  • See Animals in Dehradun Zoo
  • Play Video Games and Watch 5D Movies at Picture Palace
  • Cable Car Ride

How to reach Mussoorie?

The nearest airport and railway station are in Dehradun. Cabs are easily available for Mussoorie from Dehradun.

Best time to see snowfall in Mussoorie: December to February

Kids-Friendly Hotels in Mussoorie

  • Sterling Mussoorie
  • WelcomHotel The Savoy
  • Fortune Resort Grace
  • Royal Orchid Fort Resort
  • Hotel SunGrace
  • Hotel Vishnu Palace

Where to eat in Mussoorie?

  • Little Llama Cafe
  • Cafe Ivy
  • Emily’s
  • Kalsang
  • JW Cafe
  • Trout House Grill & Bar
  • Wisteria Deck

What to buy in Mussoorie? (Except for the toys that your kids make you buy everywhere you go)

  • Wooden decorative items
  • Shawls
  • Tibetan Prayer wheels
  • Handicrafts
  • Handmade Jewellery
  • Woollen clothes

30. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla winters

Everyone’s favourite Shimla has always received accolades for being a kids-friendly destination. This one of the most popular hill stations in India has so much in store for the little visitors. There’s an amusement park, an ice-skating rink (in winter), horse riding, toy train ride some more activities for kids in Shimla.

Major tourist attractions for kids in Shimla

  • Kalka-Shimla Railway
  • Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park
  • Kufri

Top things to do for kids in Shimla

  • Toy Train Ride
  • Rides in Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park
  • Ice Skating (in winter)
  • Horse Riding
  • Yak Riding in Kufri

How to reach Shimla?

The nearest railway station to Shimla is in Kalka, which is about 86 km away. One can enjoy one of its kind toy train journey between Kalka and Shimla, which takes around 4 hours. The other and quicker way to reach Shimla from Kalka is to take a cab. Buses from Chandigarh and Delhi are also available for Shimla on a regular basis.

Best time to see snowfall in Shimla: December to February

Kids-Friendly Hotel in Shimla

  • Radisson Hotel Shimla
  • Hotel Willow Banks
  • Summit Le Royale Hotel
  • Hotel Silverine
  • Marigold Sarovar Portico

Where to eat in Shimla?

  • The Restaurant
  • Hide Out Cafe
  • Wake and Bake
  • Cafe Simla Times
  • Cafe Sol

What to buy in Shimla? (Apart from the toys and candy floss your kids would want you to buy)

  • Handicrafts
  • Woollen Clothes
  • Wooden Items
  • Handmade paper and wooden tables
  • Himachali Caps

Best Hill Stations for Peace & Nature Lovers

31. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa and Chitku

Looking for a quiet place with vistas to leave you awestruck? Then you should plan a trip to Kalpa. A small town in Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh, Kalpa boasts jaw-dropping views of Kinner Kailash Mountain Range. Kalpa is an ideal holiday place for anyone seeking peace and solitude amidst lofty snow-clad mountains. 

Major tourist attractions in Kalpa

  • Narayan-Nagini Temple
  • Roghi Village

Top things to do in Kalpa

  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Camping

How to reach Kalpa?

Kalpa is some 7 kms away from Reckong Peo, which has the main bus station in Kinnaur Region. Both public and private buses ply to Kalpa from Reckong Peo every 30 minutes.

Best time to see snowfall in Kalpa: November to February

Where to stay in Kalpa?

  • Hotel Apple Pie
  • Hotel Rakpa Regency

Where to eat in Kalpa?

The small town has many eateries that serve both North Indian and Tibetan cuisine.

32. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Munsiyari

Another paradisiacal destination for peace and nature lovers in India, is Munsiyari in Uttarakhand. Offering a picturesque vista of lofty peaks of the Panchachuli Ranges, Munsiyari is the gateway to the lesser-known Johar Valley which is gorgeous. Many high altitude treks like Milam Glacier, Ralam Glacier, and Namik Glacier also begin from Munsiyari.

Major tourist attractions in Munsiyari

  • Khulia Top
  • Sarmoli Village
  • Mesar Kund
  • Thamri Kund
  • Betuli Dhar
  • Darkot Village
  • Dana Dhar Ridge
  • Hotsprings at Madkot and Sera
  • Gori Ganga River
  • Balati Farm
  • Tribal Heritage Museum

Top things to do in Munsiyari

  • Trekking
  • Birding
  • Village Tourism
  • Homestay

How to reach Munisyari?

The nearest railway station to Munsiyari is situated in Kathgodam, about 280 km away. For Munsiyari cabs and shared jeeps are available from Kathgodam/Haldwani.

Best time to see snowfall in Munsiyari: November to February

Where to stay in Munsiyari?

  • Munsiyari KMVN
  • Martolia Guest House

Apart from these, there are a number of hotels and homestays in Munsiyari and nearby village of Sarmoli.

Where to eat in Munsiyari?

There are many small restaurants/eateries in Munsiyari that serve basic but good North Indian food. Homestays in Munsiyari also serve food to their guests.

What to buy in Munsiyari?

  • Hand-woven Carpets

33. Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh

Jibhi

Tucked away in Banjar Valley in Himachal Pradesh, Jibhi is everything a nature lover need for a peaceful holiday. This offbeat destination is a trout fishing paradise and is also an ideal place to enjoy the scenic vistas of tree-laden lofty mountains. One has the opportunity to stay along the riverside in Jibhi which makes it an experience worth remembering.

Major tourist attractions in Jibhi

  • Jibhi Waterfall
  • Jalori Pass
  • Serolsar Lake
  • Chehni Kothi
  • Shringa Rishi Temple
  • Sheshnag Temple

Top things to do in Jibhi

  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Trout Fishing

How to reach Jibhi?

The buses or cab for Jibhi are easily from Aut, a place on Delhi/Chandigarh-Manali route.

Best time to see snowfall in Jibhi: December to February

Where to eat in Jibhi?

Most of the hotels in Jibhi offer food and there are also some cafe and small eateries.

34. Chakrata, Uttarakhand

Chakrata

A few hours away from Dehradun, is one of Uttarakhand’s best kept secret, Chakrata. The landscape adorned with mountains and waterfalls is ever so gorgeous and the peace, well, you can’t find any match for it. Chakrata is also a great destination for birdwatchers and trekkers. This incredible place to visit is best for summer holiday.

Major tourist attractions in Chakrata

  • Tiger Falls
  • Deoban
  • Kanasar
  • Chilmiri Neck
  • Kimona Fall
  • Budher Caves

Top things to do in Chakrata

  • Trekking
  • Birding
  • Camping
  • Nature Walks
  • Horse Riding
  • Village Tourism

How to reach Chakrata?

The nearest railway station and airport to Chakrata is in Dehradun, around 88 km away. Cabs are available from Dehradun for Chakrata.

Best time to see snowfall in Chakrata: December to February

Where to stay in Chakrata?

  • Himalayan Eco Lodges & Camps, Viraatkhaayi (Chakrata)
  • Blue Canvas Resort Chakrata
  • Ramtal Resort
  • Oxygen Resort Chakrata

Where to eat in Chakrata?

There are few small restaurants/eateries in Chakrata serving North Indian cuisine and Chinese and Tibetan food.

35. Lachung, Sikkim

Lachung Zero Point, Sikkim

Set amidst the mountains, Lachung in Sikkim is where your search for peace and dreamy landscape ends. The gateway to the breathtaking Yumthang Valley or Valley of Flowers Sanctuary, this lesser-known destination boasts beautiful waterfalls, lush apple, peach and apricot orchards, and sparkling Lachung River. This surreal destination is ideal to unwind and connect to nature once again.

Major tourist attractions in Lachung

  • Yumthang Valley
  • Mankhim Temple
  • Yumesamdong
  • Lachung Gompa
  • Zero Point
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Top things to do in Lachung

  • Trekking

How to reach Lachung?

The best way to reach Lachung is by road from Gangtok, which is around 115 km away. From Gangtok cabs are available for Lachung.

Best time to see snowfall in Lachung: November to February

Where to stay in Lachung?

  • Hotel Comfort Inn
  • The Fortuna Hotel
  • Hotel Modern Residency
  • The Highlander’s Hut
  • Cliff View Residency

Where to eat in Lachung?

There are many small restaurants/eateries in Lachung where Sikkimese and Tibetan cuisine food is available.

36. Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran Sightseeing

Matheran is primarily known for being India’s only automobile free hill station, which construes, you can spend time here without the disturbance of deafening horns and traffic jams even in the peak season. Therefore, this one of its kind hill station in Maharashtra is perfect for peace and nature lovers to spend a vacation.

Major tourist attractions in Matheran

  • Louisa Point
  • Panorama Point
  • Charlotte Point
  • Monkey Point
  • Echo Point
  • Porcupine Point
  • Shivaji’s Ladder
  • Alexander Point
  • Honeymoon Point
  • Hart Point
  • Dodhani Falls
  • On Tree Hill Point
  • Little Chowk Point
  • Olympia

Top things to do in Siliguri

  • Waterfall Rappelling at Dodhani Waterfall
  • Trekking to Chanderi Caves and Kalavantin Pinnacle
  • Rock Climbing
  • Watch Sunset
  • Neral-Matheran Toy Train Ride
  • Valley Crossing

How to reach Matheran?

The nearest railway station to Matheran is in Neral, which is around 21 km away. From Neral, a toy train is available for Matheran which takes 2.5 hours to reach. Another convenient way to reach Matheran from Neral is to take a cab till Dasturi Point (the last point till where vehicles are allowed). From Daturi Point (11 km from Matheran), horse ride is available or you can also walk till Matheran while the porters carry your luggage. The nearest airports to Matheran are in Mumbai (42 km) and Pune (80 km).

Where to stay in Matheran?

  • Hotel Kumar Plaza
  • Westend Hotel
  • Dune Barr House – Verandah in the Forest
  • The Byke Heritage – Matheran
  • Horseland Hotel And Mountain Spa
  • Adamo The Resort

Where to eat in Matheran?

  • Shabbir Bhai
  • Rasna
  • Garden View Restaurant

What to buy in Matheran?

  • Chikki
  • Leather Goods
  • Dried Flowers
  • Cane Items
  • Kolhapuri Chappals
  • Local Honey

37. Tawang, Arunachal Pradeh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Amidst the visually arresting settings, the town of Tawang is probably every nature lover’s dream destination. The Shangri-la like place adorned with India’s largest Buddhist Monastery, Tawang resonates the unmatched peace and beauty of the Northeast India. This popular place in Arunachal is usually considered the adventurists’ base with numerous trekking trails around it. Tawang otherwise has a laid-back vibe and thus is perfect for those looking for a peaceful holiday in Northeast India.

Major tourist attractions in Tawang

  • Tawang Monastery
  • Tawang War Memorial
  • Nuranang Falls
  • Madhuri Lake
  • Sela Pass
  • Jaswant Garh War Memorial

Top things to do in Tawang

  • Hiking and Trekking
  • Shopping

How to reach Tawang?

The nearest airport to Tawang is in Tezpur, which is 330 km away. Cabs are available from Tezpur for Tawang. One can also take a flight to Guwahati and there on either take a helicopter ride to Tawang or take a bus/cab. The nearest railway station to Tawang is in Naharlagun (457 km), cabs are available for Naharlagun for Tawang.

Best time to see snowfall in Tawang: November to February

Where to stay in Tawang?

  • Hotel Tawang Heights
  • Treebo Trip Yangsel
  • Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang

Where to eat in Tawang?

  • The Dragon
  • Hotel Mon-Valley
  • Orange Restaurant & Lounge Bar
  • Greenwood Restaurant
  • Woodland Restaurant

What to buy in Tawang?

  • Shawls
  • Carpets
  • Chadars (wrap skirts worn by Monpa women)
  • handcrafted bags
  • Prayer wheels and flags
  • Buddha statues, wall hangings, and good luck charms
  • Wood items

38. Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

Araku Valley

The magic of Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh could be felt right from the moment when you take the road to it through the dense forests. The hill station has a calm environment which in many ways help knock your stress. Therefore, this place in Andhra makes for a good option to spend a vacation to get rejuvenated.

Major tourist attractions in Araku Valley

  • Tribal Museum
  • Padmapuram Botanical Gardens
  • Chaparai Waterfalls
  • Ananthagiri Hills
  • Borra Caves

Top things to do in Araku Valley

  • Caving
  • Wildlife Safari
  • Trekking

How to reach Araku Valley?

One can take a train from Vishakhapatnam to Araku which takes about 3 hours.

Where to stay in Araku Valley?

  • Balaji Hotel
  • Haritha Valley Resort
  • Ananthagiri Haritha Hill Resort
  • Punnami Yatri Niwas

Where to eat in Araku Valley?

  • Star Annapurna Restaurant
  • Vasundhara Restaurant

What to buy in Araku Valley?

  • Local handicrafts
  • Silk
  • Bronze antiques
  • Jewellery
  • Souvenirs

39. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol

We get it, Kasol is becoming increasingly crowded with its popularity as a place for you know what. However, this destination in Parvati Valley hasn’t lost its natural charm; head a short distance away from Kasol to Rasol, Tosh, and other nearby villages, and the peace and calmness can be seen being restored.

Major tourist attractions in Kasol

  • Parvati River
  • Tosh
  • Rasol
  • Kheerganga
  • Manikaran
  • Malana
  • Chalal

Top things to do in Kasol

  • Try Israeli Food
  • Shopping
  • Trekking
  • Camping

How to reach Kasol?

The best way to reach Kasol is by road. If you’re taking a bus, board the one heading to Manali and get down at Bhuntar. From Bhuntar, you can easily get a bus/cab heading to Kasol.

Best time to see snowfall in Kasol: December to February

Where to stay in Kasol?

  • The Hosteller Kasol
  • The Himalayan Village
  • Parvati Woods Camps
  • Kabila Camps

Where to eat in Kasol?

  • Evergreen
  • Moon Dance Cafe
  • Jim Morrison Cafe
  • Little Itlay
  • Stone Garden Cafe

What to buy in Kasol?

  • Himachali Caps
  • Handicrafts

40. Wayanad, Kerala

Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad, Kerala

Lush and serene, Wayanad can be rightly called a mini paradise in Kerala. If at all, a quiet getaway is in your mind, then Wayanad can be the perfect choice for it. This hill station in Kerala is also known for rich wildlife and natural caves that are a must-see.

Major tourist attractions in Wayanad

  • Chembra Peak
  • Edakkal Cave
  • Kuruva Island
  • Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pookkot Lake
  • Kanthanpara Waterfalls
  • Banasura Sagar Dam

Top things to do in Wayanad

  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Farm Tour
  • Caving
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Camping
  • Tree House Stay
  • Trekking
  • Ziplining

How to reach Wayanad?

The nearest railway station and airport to Wayanad is situated in Kozhikode (Calicut), which is around 65 km away. Cabs are available from Kozhikode to Wayanad.

Where to stay in Wayanad?

  • Vythiri Village Resort
  • LakeRose Wayanad Resort
  • Contour Island Resort & Spa
  • Arayal Luxury Resort
  • Vistara Resort
  • Sterling Wayanad

Where to eat in Wayanad?

Most of the hotels in Wayanad offer meals to their guests

What to buy in Wayanad?

  • Spices
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bamboo Articles
  • Handicraft
  • Honey
  • Herbal Plants

Best Places for a Family Vacation in India

41. Kalimpong, West Bengal

Kalimpong

Kalimpong is a reflection of the best combination of colonial architecture and beautiful landscape. This town in West Bengal makes for a great family vacation destination with its laid-back feel and peaceful and calm atmosphere, where the hustle and bustle is only limited to the local bazars (market). Kalimpong is also known for its beautiful orchids and nurseries.

Major tourist attractions in Kalimpong

  • Durpin Dara Hill
  • Cactus Nursery
  • Morgan House
  • Deolo Hill
  • Dong Palriffo Brang Gompa
  • Galingka
  • Thongsa Gompa
  • Crockety
  • Teesta Bazar
  • Nature Interpretation Centre
  • St Theresa Catholic Church
  • Lepcha Museum
  • Neora National Park

Top things to do in Kalimpong

  • Paragliding (not suitable for elder members of the family and kids below 5 years of age)
  • River Rafting (not suitable for elder members of the family and kids below 5 years of age)
  • Nature Walks
  • Village Tour
  • Wildlife Sighting at Neora National Park

How to reach Kalimpong?

The nearest airport to Kalimpong is in Bagdogra, some 76 km away. Cabs are avaible from Bagdogra airport for Kalimpong. The nearest railway station to Kalimpong is in New Jalpaiguri, which is about 72 km away. Cab service is readily available for Kalimpong from here.

Where to stay in Kalimpong?

  • Mayfair Himalayan Spa Resort
  • The Elgin Silver Oaks
  • Sinclairs Retreat Kalimpong
  • Hotel Anand Portic

Where to eat in Kalimpong?

  • Cafe Refuel
  • Oaklee Home Restaurant
  • The Sood’s Garden Retreat and Restaurant
  • King Thai
  • Art Cafe
  • Za Khang Authentic Bhutanese Restaurant
  • Cafe Kalimpong

What to buy in Kalimpong?

  • Kalimpong cheese and lollipops
  • Handmade Paper Products
  • Tibetan Art & Craft

42. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

Dhanaulti and Chamba, Uttarakhand

A picture-perfect hill station in Himachal, Chamba is an ideal vacation destination. The captivating views of the wonderful mountain ranges that surround the valley are simply unparalleled. Dotted by many temples, this scenic place also boasts a pleasant spiritual aura and rich architecture.

Major tourist attractions in Chamba

  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple
  • Himachal Emporium, Rang Mahal
  • Hariraya Temple
  • Bhuri Singh Museum
  • Champavati Temple
  • Akhand Chandi Palace
  • Sui Mata Temple
  • Hari Rai Temple
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

Top things to do in Chamba

  • Hiking and Trekking
  • Wildlife Sighting at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

How to reach Chamba?

The nearest railway station to Chamba is situated at a distance of 102 km in Pathankot. Cabs are easily from Chamba to Pathankot. Buses from Delhi are also available for Chamba.

Best time to see snowfall in Chamba: December to February

Where to stay in Chamba?

  • NotOnMap – H2O House
  • The Iravati (HPTDC)
  • Himalayan Orchard Huts

Where to eat in Chamba?

  • Cafe Ravi View
  • Magic View Cafe

What to buy in Chamba?

  • Miniature Paintings
  • Chamba Chappals
  • Woodcraft items
  • Metal items

43. Devikulam, Kerala

Devikulam

Located a short distance away from Munnar, Devikulam enjoys picturesque landscape of sprawling lawns like its popular neighbour. This beautiful and serene hill station in Kerala is the perfect place to unwind and relish a memorable summer holiday with friends and family. 

Major tourist attractions in Devikulam

  • Devi Lake
  • Pallivasal Falls
  • Tea & Spice Plantations

Top things to do in Devikulam

  • Nature Walk
  • Boating
  • Cycling Tour

How to reach Devikulam?

The nearest railway station to Devikulam are Kochi (134 km) and Kottayam (144 km). Buses and cabs are available for Devikulam from these places.

Where to stay in Devikulam?

  • Pine Tree Munnar
  • Munnar Valley View

Where to eat in Devikulam?

  • Hotel Traffic Jam
  • Hotel Spice Kitchen
  • Aishwarya Restuarant

44. Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar

Adorned with the Dal Lake, distant lofty Himalayas, and a hospitable vibe, Srinagar truly is a must-visit in Kashmir. This beautiful place makes for one of the best places in India for a family holiday. You and your family can enjoy the experience of staying on a houseboat and sailing in the Shikharas over the Dal Lake along with sightseeing tour of Srinagar.

Major tourist attractions in Srinagar

  • Dal Lake
  • Nishat Bagh
  • Chashme Shahi
  • Shalimar Bagh
  • Pari Mahal
  • Nagin/Nigeen Lake
  • Shankaracharya Temple
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
  • Hazratbal Shrine

Top things to do in Srinagar

  • Stay in Houseboats
  • Shikara Ride
  • Try Kashmiri Wazwan
  • Shopping

How to reach Srinagar?

Srinagar has its own international airport which makes the place easy to access.

Best time to see snowfall in Srinagar: November to February

Where to stay in Srinagar?

  • The Lalit Grand Palace
  • Vivanta Dal View
  • RK Sarovar Portico
  • Hotel Dar-Es-Salam
  • Mirani Resort

Where to eat in Srinagar?

  • Ahdoos
  • Mughal Darbar
  • Stream Restaurant
  • Shamyana Restaurant

What to buy in Srinagar?

  • Kashmiri Kahwa
  • Silk and Wool Carpets
  • Papier Mache Artifacts
  • Walnut Wood Items
  • Kashmiri Pashminas

45. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi Waterfalls, Madhya Pradesh

The Queen of Satpura, Pachmarhi is a beloved hill station in Madhya Pradesh, also because it is the only hill destination in the state. Pachmarhi boasts verdant settings and salubrious weather even during the sweltering summers the state experiences in the months of May and June. Thus, Pachmarhi is the best place for escaping the summer heat, though the monsoons here are even better!

Major tourist attractions in Pachmarhi

  • Rajat Prapat Waterfall
  • Jata Shankar Caves
  • Pandava Caves
  • Dhoopgarh
  • Satpura National Park
  • Handi Khoh
  • Mahadeo Hills
  • Chhota Mahadeo
  • Bison Lodge
  • Chauragarh Temple

Top things to do in Pachmarhi

  • Nature Walk
  • Hiking

How to reach Pachmarhi?

The nearest airport to Pachmarhi is in Bhopal (165 km). Cabs and buses are available from Bhopal for Pachmarhi on a daily basis. The nearest railway station to Pachmarhi is in Pipariya (50 km), bus service is available between the two destinations. 

Where to stay in Pachmarhi?

  • WelcomHeritage Golf View
  • MPT Champak Bungalow
  • MPT Satpura Retreat
  • MPT Amaltas

Where to eat in Pachmarhi?

  • Jalaram Bhojanalaya
  • The Arks Point
  • Nandanvan Restaurant

What to buy in Pachmarhi?

  • Paintings
  • Bamboo Work
  • Ayurvedic medicines
  • Metalware
  • Honey

46. Patnitop, Jammu

Patnitop

Everyone’s favourite, Patnitop in Jammu cannot be forgotten when preparing a list for best family holiday destination in India. Situated on a plateau, this beautiful hill resort is apt to visit with your family and enjoy a nice summer vacation in India. Patnitop boasts nature at its best with stunning views to relish, need we say more?

Major tourist attractions in Patnitop

  • Gourikund
  • Sudh Mahadev Mandir
  • Shivgarh
  • Udhampur
  • Pine Forest
  • Engraved Stairs

Top things to do in Patnitop

  • Horse Riding
  • Hiking
  • Nature Walks
  • Skiing (in winter)

How to reach Patnitop?

The nearest airport to Patnitop is in Jammu (115 km). Cabs are available from Jammu for Patnitop. The nearest railway stations to Patnitop are in Udhampur (46 km) and Jammu Tawi (117 km). From both these places, cabs are readily available for Patnitop.

Best time to see snowfall in Patnitop: December to February

Where to stay in Patnitop?

  • Hotel Samson
  • Hotel Green Top
  • Vardaan Hotels
  • Hotel Patnitop Heights

Where to eat in Patnitop?

  • Prem Sweets Kud

What to buy in Patnitop?

  • Dry fruits
  • Pashmina shawls
  • Handicrafts
  • Patisa (sweet)
  • Rajma

Best Places for Honeymoon in India

47. Munnar, Kerala

Tea Plantation Munnar

With its well-preserved natural beauty and sprawling tea gardens, Munnar invites honeymoon couples to spend time amidst tranquil and scenic settings. This popular hill station in Kerala also houses some romantic hotels and several activities for the newlyweds.

Major tourist attractions in Munnar

  • Echo Point
  • Atukkad Waterfalls
  • Pothamedu View Point
  • Photo Point
  • Tata Tea or KDHP Museum
  • Chinnakanal Waterfalls
  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Periyar National Park

Top things to do in Munnar

  • Tree House Stay
  • Tea Estate Tour
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Wildlife Sighting
  • Boating
  • Ayurveda Spa

How to reach Munnar?

The nearest railway station and airport to Munnar is situated in Kochi (126 km). One can take a cab from Kochi to reach Munnar.

Where to stay in Munnar?

  • Parakkat Nature Hotels & Resorts
  • The Leaf Munnar
  • Chandys Windy Woods
  • Munnar Tea Country Resort
  • Rivulet Resort

Where to eat in Munnar?

  • Rapsy Restaurant
  • Hotel Sri Nivas
  • Tea Tales Cafe
  • Copper Castle – Restaurant
  • Gurubhavan
  • Guru’s Restaurant

What to buy in Munnar?

  • Factory Fresh tea, specialty teas, flavoured tea
  • Spices
  • Dry fruits
  • Coffee
  • Home-made chocolates
  • Massage oils
  • Aromatic oils

Best Hill Stations for Weekend Holiday

48. Panhala, Maharashtra

Panhala

Offering an insight into the rich history of Maharashtra along with a place to relax and rejuvenate, Panhala makes one of the best weekend getaways from Kolhapur and Pune. A hill destination in Maharashtra, Panhala is blessed with pleasant weather even in the summers. It is one of those places where along with exploring the history, you can unwind amidst the scenic settings.

Major tourist attractions in Panhala

  • Panhala Fort
  • Parashar Caves
  • Sunset Point
  • Jyotiba Temple
  • Sajja Kothi
  • Vertical Adventure Park

Top things to do in Panhala

Zip Line, Sports Climbing, Rappelling, High Rope Course, Slack line, Bungee Ejection, Zorbing, Parasailing, Paramotoring at Vertical Adventure Park.

Where to stay in Panhala?

  • Hotel Hill Top
  • Hotel Saptarang Residency

Where to eat in Panhala?

  • Hotel Centre Palace Restaurant
  • Gauri Dining

49. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Mukteshwar

In the Kumaon Hills and at a close proximity to the popular hill station of Uttarakhand, Nainital, Mukteshwar makes for another great weekend holiday place near Delhi. Popular mainly for its 350 year old Mukteshwar Temple, this hilly destination has started to catch the eyes of the tourists who are looking for a quieter scenic destination to spend a weekend than the crowded Nainital city.

Major tourist attractions in Mukteshwar

  • Mukteshwar Temple
  • Chauli ki Jali
  • Dhanachuli

Top things to do in Mukteshwar

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing & Rappelling

How to reach Mukteshwar?

The nearest railway station to Mukteshwar is in Kathgodam (64 km). Cabs are easily available from Kathgodam to Mukteshwar.

Best time to see snowfall in Mukteshwar: December to February

Where to stay in Mukteshwar?

  • Casa Dream- The Resort
  • Parvada Bungalows
  • Zostel Mukteshwar
  • Ojaswi Himalayan Resort
  • Trinetra Orchards
  • Frozen Woods Resorts
  • Cottage Nirvana

Where to eat in Mukteshwar?

  • Chirping Tales Cafe
  • The Birdcage
  • Nirvana Organic Kitchen
  • Alankar

What to buy in Mukteshwar?

  • Kumaoni clothes
  • Hand knitted woollens
  • Handwoven shawls, socks, gloves
  • Souvenirs

Best Adventure Hill Destinations

50. Leh, Ladakh

Leh

Bustling with tourists, the gorgeous Leh is the base for many treks and other adventure activities in Ladakh. The scenic town has great hotels, restaurants, and shops to rent/buy all your adventure gears as well as bikes. It also houses the highest airport in India making your visit convenient as well as exciting!

Major tourist attractions in Leh

  • Leh Palace
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Leh Market
  • Thiksey Monastery
  • Chemrey Monastery
  • Sangam/Nimmu Village
  • Gurudwara Patthar Sahib

Top things to do in Leh

  • Trekking
  • River Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Motor Biking
  • Jeep Safari
  • Bactrian Camel Safari
  • Camping

How to reach Leh?

Leh has its own airport, however, it is advised to reach Leh by road via Sringar-Leh Highway or Manali-Leh Highway in order to gradually acclimatize. There are more chances of getting Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) when flying directly to Leh.

Best time to see snowfall in Leh: October to March

Where to stay in Leh?

  • The Grand Dragon Ladakh
  • Sia-La Guesthouse
  • Hotel Singge Palace
  • The Zen Ladakh
  • Yarab Tso
  • Hotel Snow leopard

Where to eat in Leh?

  • The Tibetan Kitchen
  • Bon Appetit
  • Chopsticks Noodle Bar
  • Gesmo Restaurant
  • Lamayuru Restaurant
  • Summer Harvest

What to buy in Leh?

  • Apricot Jam
  • Pashmina & woollens
  • Artisanal gifts
  • Prayer Flags
  • Hand Woven Carpets

Hopefully planning a trip to any of these hill stations of India will refresh your mind and provide unforgettable memories.

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Quick Answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Which destinations in India are the best for witnessing Snowfall?

Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, Auli, Nainital, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Srinagar, Pahalgam, and Gulmarg are the best places in India to witness snowfall.

Q. What to pack for a trip to any hill stations in India?

Pack winter clothes according to the season you are planning a trip. In summer season (April-June) and monsoon season (July-September) light woollen clothes are required; in winter season (October-March) heavy woollen clothes are required. A pair of good walking shoes and an umbrella also come handy.

Q. Dos and Don’ts when at a hill station?

Don’ts:

  • Litter the place.
  • Ask for plastic bags or carry one if they are banned at the destination.
  • Disrespect the places of worship.
  • Take selfies at the edge of the cliff.
  • Enter places that are prohibited, especially in the forest-cover area.

Dos:

  • If you’re taking your own car make sure your vehicle has up to date PUC (Pollution under control certificate)
  • Carry woollens according to season you are visiting in.
  • Book your hotels in advance if going in peak season.
  • Carry comfortable pair of shoes.
  • Carry a poncho or an umbrella.
  • If visiting in monsoon, carry waterproof covers for your electronic gears/phones/camera etc.

Q. What are the precautions to take when travelling to the hill stations in the monsoon season?

  • Check the weather forecast before planning a trip.
  • Check with the locals (hotel staff) if the roads are open.
  • Carry an umbrella, a poncho/raincoat.
  • Pack waterproof covers for all your electronic gears like phone, camera etc.
  • Carry gum boots/rain boots to save yourself from leeches.

Q. What to pack for winter trip in the hill stations?

  • Carry woollen clothes – Down Jacket, Thermals, Leg Warmers, Cap, Socks, Gloves, and Muffler.
  • Pack a good pair of waterproof shoes.
  • Carry sunscreen, lip palm, and hand cream, dry shampoo.
  • Also pack a powerbank.
Published: 24 Oct, 2013
Nidhi Singh

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

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