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Top 20 Hill Stations in India for the Best Holiday Experience in 2021!

The mountains are the medicine to a tired body & mind. When you breathe the fresh mountain air, treat your eyes to the spectacular views and lose yourself in the charming ambiance, you feel refreshed from within. India has some of the best hill stations in the world, some of which offer an ideal setting for a romantic getaway, while others are just great for an enjoyable family vacation. In this blog, we bring you the top 20 hill stations in India for the best holiday experience in 2021.

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List of 20 Best Hill Stations to Visit in India in 2021
  • Nainital
  • Munnar
  • Ranikhet
  • Manali
  • Dharamshala
  • Mirik
  • Darjeeling
  • Gulmarg
  • Auli
  • Shillong
  • Dalhousie
  • Pahalgam
  • Ooty
  • Coorg
  • Kodaikanal
  • Khandala
  • Mussoorie
  • Shimla
  • Tawang
  • Kalimpong
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Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital Boating

Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand and home to the spectacular Lake Naini, the famous hill station of India, Nainital, is often referred as the ‘Lake District’ of India.

It is a destination suitable for all types of tourists, but primarily, 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
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
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

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Munnar, Kerala

Munnar Hill Station Kerala

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 Attractions for Tourist 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.

What to buy in Munnar?
  • Factory Fresh tea, specialty teas, flavoured tea
  • Spices
  • Dry fruits
  • Coffee
  • Home-made chocolates
  • Massage oils
  • Aromatic oils

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Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet-Beautiful Forest Veiw

Built by the British, Ranikhet is a top hill station of India which you should visit to admire the beauty of topography, flora and fauna 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 tourist 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
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
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

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Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala Himachal

Along with being one of the best mountain destinations in India for its tranquillity, solitude and center of Tibetan Buddhist culture, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is home to the holy Dalai Lama. Surrounded by the lofty mountains and home to dense deodar and cedar forests, this holiday destination in Himachal is counted amongst the most popular hill stations in India.

Situated at an altitude of about 1,487m in the Kangra Valley, it 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 it during winters to enjoy 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 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

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Mirik, West Bengal

Mirik Hill Station

If you decide to visit a hill station in 2021, go for Mirik! A beautiful hill station in West Bengal, Mirik is famous for its spectacular beauty, easy accessibility and makes for a great destination for family holiday in East India.

It is especially famous for its lake, called Mirik Lake or Sumendu Lake, tea gardens and opportunities for boating & horse riding.

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
What to Buy in Mirik?
  • Handicrafts in Krishnanagar Area
  • Darjeeling Tea from Estates and Shops in Krishnagar Area
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.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling Hill Station

There cannot be a list comprising the top hill stations of India without mentioning Darjeeling. Fondly referred to as the Queen of the Hills, what makes it a best destination for winter vacations is its rich natural beauty, the Toy Train (UNESCO World Heritage Site), various sightseeing opportunities and colonial era architecture.

Major Tourism 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
Popular Things to Do in Darjeeling
  • River Rafting
  • Trekking
  • Toy Train Ride
  • Wildlife Sighting at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Cottage Camping
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
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.

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Gulmarg, Kashmir

Gulmarg

Gulmarg, also known as the Meadow of Flowers, is nothing less than a fairytale land tucked away in the picturesque valley of Kashmir. Unarguably amongst the best hill stations to visit in India, it is a popular skiing destination and is also known for one of the longest cable car projects in Asia.

Gulmarg is a haven for any adventure aficionado seeking an adrenaline rush through winter sports like skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding. Apart from winter adventure sports, one can enjoy trekking and golfing 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

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Auli, Uttarakhand

Snowfall in Auli

If there was one word to describe Auli, it would be gorgeous! This hill station in India is great for spending your summer vacation, not just for its beauty, but also for the opportunities it provides for adventure-based activities.

It attracts adventure enthusiasts in the winter season and like Gulmarg, offers a chance to enjoy skiing, which is believed to be the best when it comes to the gradient. Trekking is also extremely famous, with Auli serving as the base for treks like Kuari Pass and Gorson Bugyal. Also, the view of magnificent peaks like Nanda Devi and Neelkanth add to the adventure getaway in Auli.

Major Attractions for Tourist 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

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh

With its incredible natural beauty, temples and sacred sites as well as the base for numerous adventure activities, Manali easily finds a spot among the top 10 hill stations in India.

One of the popular places to visit in Himachal, it is also renowned as the best honeymoon destination. You can enjoy sightseeing, try out several adventure sports and go shopping. No wonder it is such a popular tourist destination.

Major Attractions for Tourist 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
  • Bird Watching
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

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Shillong, Meghalaya

Meghalaya Shillong

Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, boasts lush green rolling hills, vibrant ambiance and tranquil settings, all of which lead to it securing a spot among the list of top 50 hill stations in India.

Shillong also houses some of the top romantic hotels that ensure the best holiday experience to the newlyweds. From Shillong Peak to Elephant Falls, the options for sightseeing are many, while the things to do range from boating and angling to horse riding.

Major Attractions for Tourists 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.

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Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie Himachal

Dalhousie, a beautiful tourist spot in Himachal, is one of the best hill stations to visit in India. Offering a panoramic view of Dhauladhar Mountain Range, it is its ethereal beauty which finds it a spot among the list of top 20 hill stations in India.

The tranquil and picturesque surroundings, cozy hotels and several places to visi/t make it an ideal honeymoon destination in Himachal.

Major Attractions for Tourist 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

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Pahalgam, Kashmir

Pahalgam Jammu Kashmir

Pahalgam, with its utterly picturesque landscape, is an unmatched honeymoon destination in India. The romantic ambience and 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 Attractions for Tourist 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
  • 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

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty Hill Station

Ooty or Ootacamund is famous for its picturesque sites, pristine lake and rolling hills. But the chief attractions of Ooty are the sprawling tea gardens. This beautiful hill station 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 Attractions for Tourist 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.

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Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg Hill Station

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 Attractions for Tourist 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.

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal Hill Station

Well-known for its spices, homemade chocolates, herbal teas and coffees, oils and the orchids, Kodaikanal is an incredible hill station in South India to plan a trip with elderly parents.

These tranquil settings and picturesque views along with good accommodation options make Kodaikanal one of top 50 hill stations in India where you can plan a vacation with your elderly parents.

Major Attractions for Tourist 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.

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Khandala, Maharashtra

Khandala Hill Station

Khandala, a famous hill station in West India, is home to many beautiful caves, mountains and waterfalls, and offers an ideal escape from the hurriedness of city life! 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 Attractions for Tourist 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.

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Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie Uttarakhand

Mussoorie needs no introduction, as 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 a kids-friendly destination.

There are plenty of activities for kids in Mussoorie and most of the hotels here offer children’s play areas. There are rides available for them in gardens and there’s even a zoo nearby.

Major 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

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla Jakhoo Temple

Everyone’s favourite, Shimla, has always received accolades for being a kids-friendly destination. This is one of the most popular hill stations in India, and 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, and some more activities for kids in Shimla.

Major 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

Check out: All Inclusive Shimla Tour Packages

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Hill Station

Amidst the visually arresting settings, the town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is probably every nature lover’s dream destination. The Shangri-la like place, adorned with India’s largest Buddhist Monastery, reflects the unmatched peace and beauty of Northeast India.

This hill town in East India 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 Attractions for Tourist 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

Check out: Tawang Holiday Packages

 Kalimpong, West Bengal

Kalimpong Hill Station

Kalimpong, because of its colonial architecture and beautiful landscape, is counted among the famous hill stations in India. 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). It is also known for its beautiful orchids and nurseries.

Major Attractions for Tourist 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.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are some of the best hill stations for a destination wedding in India?

The best hill stations for a destination wedding in India are Mussoorie, Mahabaleshwar, Gulmarg and Coorg.

Q.What are some less crowded hill destinations for a perfect summer vacation?

Some of the less crowded destinations for a perfect summer vacation are Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh, Peora in Uttarakhand, Chatbal in Jammu and Kashmir and Johar Valley in Uttarakhand.

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.

Q.What are the best hill destinations for Family vacation?

  • Nainital
  • Ranikhet
  • Dharamshala
  • Mirik
  • Darjeeling
  • Mahabaleshwar
  • Coonoor

Q.What are best mountain places for adventure lovers?

  • Gulmarg
  • Auli
  • Gangtok
  • Bir Billing
  • Rishikesh

Q.What are the best honeymoon hill stations?

  • Manali
  • Shillong
  • Mount Abu
  • Dalhousie
  • Pahalgam
  • Ooty
  • Coorg

Q.What are best Hill Stations to visit with old age people?

  • Mashobra
  • Badrinath
  • Almora
  • Panchgani
  • Kodaikanal
  • Saputara
 

Published: 05 Dec, 2020

About the author

Nidhi Singh

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.