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"India Hill Station Guide "

HIMALAYAS are very popular for the diversity of its very nature and existence, a popular travel destination for the adventure travellers wishing to scale new heights and undertake trek - mountaineering expeditions, on a spiritual path millions hold the mighty himalayas in high esteem and take pilgrimage to various pilgrim centers and himalayan temples, family hill station vacationers head towards the foothills seeking some respite from summer heat of plains...

The Shiwalik or lower Himalayas consisting of smaller hills, many of India's hill stations are located on this range. The climate varies from subtropical in the foothills to alpine at the higher elevations of these mountain ranges.

Hill Stations in IndiaSpending a vacation at a hill station in India promises a lot and offers a great deal to enjoy and experience. An aura of romance is sure to engulf you while you feast your eyes on beautiful landscapes, crystal clear rivers and a pristine flora and fauna. Indian hill station measure from 600 m to 3,500 m above sea level. Mostly, it were the British who discovered and developed the hill stations and used them as their summer retreats. But today, not only during the summer season, but also in winters people flock to the hill stations to experience the chill and enjoy the snowfall.

Dehradun and Mussoorie are some of the most popular hill stations in the country. These hill stations are located in the state of Uttaranchal in the verdant foothills of the Himalayas. Shimla, Nainital and Manali are the other renowned hill stations of northern India. Darjeeling in West Bengal is perched at an elevation of 2,134 m above sea level, attracting legions of tourists from far and wide. Ooty and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu are the most famous hill stations of southern India. Rajasthan too has a hill station, Mount Abu. Though it is the only hill station in the state, it offers a cool respite from the sultry desert weather. Ramikhet, Srinagar, Kullu and Manali are the other famed hill stations.

Popular Hill Stations in India

India Hill Station Guide

Sprawling over five hills at around 2000m,Dalhousie was, in the British era,a sort ‘second string’ hill station, mainly used by people who lived in Lahore.

It was acquired from the Raja of Chamba by the British and was named after Lord Dalhousie, then viceroy of India, by David Mcleod.

Darjeeling Hill Station

Located at 6,800 feet above sea level, with picturesque tea plantations all round, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations in the country.The queen of all hill stations,famous for its natural beauty, clean fresh air,year round plesent weather and above all, the ever smiling and welcoming local people.

The spectacular sunrise and sunsets are unforgettable sights at Darjeeling India. The hill resort has attracted botanists, ornithologists, trekkers, photographers and holidaymakers alike. Darjeeling is famous for the magnificent mountains of Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

Gangtok Hill Station

The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok (which means 'hilltop'), sprawls down the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. The scenery is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kanchenjunga Range from many points in the environs of the city. In Gangtok one can both experience the age old tradition and culture along with its urbanization in terms of modern facilities.

Gulmarg Hill StationGulmarg Way

Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia's only heli-skiing resort.

Kodaikanal ValleyKodaikanal Hill Station

Located on the southern ridge of the Palani Hills in the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most beautiful, serene and picturesque hill stations in south India.Situated at an altitude of 6,854 ft above sea level, Kodaikanal is a very quite and charming hill resort. It is also known as Kodai. It is famous for its lovely starfish-shaped lake, undulating wooded hill slopes and enchanting waterfalls and the place is a hot favorite with holidayers and honeymooners.

Lonavala - Khandala Hill Station

Lonavala or Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are beautiful, charming and twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level and 5 Kms a part from each other are situated in the Sahyadri ranges.

They are located around 64 km away from the city of Pune and 96 km away from the city Mumbai, popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune.

Mahabaleshwar Hill Station

At 1,372 meters above sea level, around Lake Venna, is the highest hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Mahabaleshwar is one of the most spectacular and the largest of Maharashtra hill-stations.

There are 30 valley viewpoints with panoramic vistas scattered around the hill station and their access roads make for shady, pleasant walks and treks.

Srinagar Hill StationMountains in Srinagar

Situated on the bank of Jhelum, Srinagar is a treasure trove of beauty and it will be a pleasure for many travellers to explore the bounteous beauty of the city. The major beauty of this city are its waterfalls and gardens which were made by the Mughal emperors. Snow capped mountains, chinar trees and beautiful valleys give a spectacular view to the city.

Shimla Hill Station

Situated at an altitude of 2159 meters above the sea level, Shimla is a popular tourist destination in India for a splendid summer vacation. A heaven for adventure seekers who wish to indulge in adventure sports and activities like river rafting, angling for trout trekking and rock climbing and those looking for a quieter holiday with friends and families may settle for camping and golfing

Nainital Hill Station

Nainital is a lovely hill-station surrounded by mountains on three sides. Once this area had many lakes and it was called the 'city of 60 lakes' or 'Chakta', though most have disappeared now. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 meters the hill resort of Nainital offers several places of interest to the tourists.


Munnar, a quiet and restful resort at an altitude of 1524 meters 136 km off Cochin, lies snuggled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills.It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates.


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