Are you bored of visiting the same old regular holiday destinations in India with the usual vibe like beaches, cruises and nightlife? We bet you never thought of taking a vacation in a picturesque hill station and if so it’s time you planned a holiday at one of India’s popular hill stations for a different holiday experience.
How many hill stations are in India?
India being a vast country with more than 20 mountain ranges has no dearth of such beautiful hill stations for spending glorious moments at high altitudes with cool temperatures. The best hill stations in India with snowfall can be found in the Northern part of India in the Himalayan region. That being said, the southern part of India has some equally good hill stations but very few in number of the likes of Ooty and Kodaikanal. You can find more than 60 prominent hill stations across the length and breadth of the country.
What is the best time to visit the hill stations in India?
Hill stations are popular holiday getaways in India during the peak summers when the temperatures are burning with the hot sun at the leveled areas. So let’s put it this way, hill stations are best summer retreats for beating the scorching sun. Ideally any hill station in India can be enjoyed during the summer months of March to May when the temperatures are still extremely cold despite the hot sun around that time.
Here’s our bucket-list of 5 Amazing Hill Stations that you would not want to miss in your life.
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Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Pahalgam, located just 95 km from Jammu & Kashmir is a picturesque hill station of the northern Himalayan peaks. Pahalgam, popularly known as “The Valley of Shepherds” is a popular summer retreat and a place for pilgrimages. The must-dos in Pahalgam are whitewater rafting in the nearby Lidder River and visiting the iconic Tulian Lake. To reach Tulian Lake from Pahalgham, you could either go trekking or go horse riding.
How to Reach: Take a flight to Srinagar from New Delhi and from there you could hire a taxi to reach Pahalgam. Have your cheap flights to New Delhi booked with Indian Eagle for huge savings.
Where to stay: For your night’s stay we suggest The Chinar Resort & SPA
Ooty in Tamilnadu
Ooty, popularly known as the “Queen of Hill Stations”, situated in the southern state of Tamilnadu, about 88 km from Coimbatore is the best hill station in India for honeymooners. Nestled in the hills of Nilgiris, Ooty is a popular summer retreat for admiring the lush green hilly landscapes along with forests and other natural settings including Doddabetta Peak and Ketty Valley.
How to reach: Take a flight to Coimbatore, the nearest city to Ooty and hire a taxi to reach Ooty.
Where to stay: Interestingly, the classic Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty owns a luxury hotel with the name “The Monarch” and you could spend your vacation in Ooty at this place to make your holiday more memorable and enthralling.
Kodaikanal in Tamilnadu
Kodaikanal, popularly known as the “Princess of Hill Stations”, situated in the southern state of Tamilnadu, about 120 km from Madurai is worth visiting during the hot summers. Kodaikanal offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks along with dense green forests, majestic waterfalls and some ancient caves to explore.
How to reach: Take a flight to Madurai and from there you could hire a taxi to reach Kodaikanal.
Where to stay: For your night’s stay we recommend staying at the luxury resort hotel, The Tamara Kodai.
Munnar in Kerala
Munnar, sometimes dubbed as “The true Cradle of Nature”, situated in “God’s Own Country”, Kerala, about 125 km from Kochi is one of the safe hill stations in India that’s worth paying a visit. The picturesque hill station is surrounded by majestic mountains, rolling hill tops, tea plantations, beautiful lakes and rivers. You will not regret visiting this hill station in the summer months of March to May when the temperature is cold enough to beat the summer heat.
Where to stay: For your night’s stay in Munnar we suggest staying at the luxury hotel Chandys Windy Wood.