Top Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a delight for every traveller. Uttrakhand offers the natural beauty of the Himalayas! Hill stations to visit in Uttarakhand include Almora, Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet among others. Auli and Lansdowne are lesser known tourist places in Uttarakhand. Valley of Flowers is a must visit for trekking enthusiasts. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri are the hill stations that are also the main pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand.


Here is the list of 38 Top Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

1. Nainital


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Known For : Eco Cave Gardens | Naini Lake | Naina Devi Temple

One of the most beautiful tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, Nainital, which is nestled amidst the Kumaon Hills, is a quaint hill station built around a uniquely shaped lake known as the 'Naini Lake' (thus contributing to its name Nainital). Also famously known as 'City of Lakes,' Nainital abounds in natural beauty, with its snow-capped hills and tranquil lakes lending it a nostalgic charm of its own. Situated at an altitude of 1938 km above sea level, Nainital has a pleasant climate all year round, and can rightfully be called a picturesque paradise for all travel lovers.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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2. Mussoorie


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Known For : Lal Tibba | Lake Mist | Kempty Falls

If your idea of the perfect holiday involves tranquil hills, untouched nature and a holiday experience that is unadulterated in the truest sense of the term, Mussoorie is the place you should be heading to. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, and has a cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. The pristine, natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular choice of holiday for honeymooners. If you want to enjoy the beautiful sight of the rolling green slopes juxtaposed with the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is the place for you to be.

Best Time : September to June

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3. Auli


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Known For : Skiing in Auli | Gurso Bugyal | View Points

Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 10 Auli Attractions

4. Almora


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Known For : Zero Point | Jageshwar | Katarmal Sun Temple

Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station that boasts of a pre-British heritage and an adyllic vibe.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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5. Ranikhet


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Known For : Jhula Devi Temple | Chaubatia Orchards | Golf Course

Ranikhet meaning Queen's farm, is a hill station developed by the Britishers around ancient temples, undulating Himalayan hills and forests.

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 21 Ranikhet Attractions

6. Valley of Flowers


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Known For : Hemkund Sahib | Valley of Flowers National Park | Nanda Devi National Park

Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. This is a picturesque national park, gracing the beauty of Western Himalayas.  Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.

Best Time : May to October

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7. Abbott Mount


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Known For : Pancheshwar | Lohaghat | Mayawati Ashram

A quaint old town, where one can feel and witness the charm of a bygone era through a marvelous church and 13 isolated cottages dotted across the hill.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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8. Lansdowne


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Known For : Bhulla Lake | Tip N Top | St. John's Church

Perched amidst the Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a quaint little hill town that not many tourists know of. Off the beaten tourist trail, Lansdowne is an untouched, pristine town, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated at 5670 feet above sea level, Lansdowne is more famously known for being home to the Garhwal Rifle regiment of the Indian Army. This hill station is neither commercialised nor heavily urbanised, making it the perfect getaway for anyone looking to take a break amidst peace and solitude.

Best Time : Throughout the year

Read More 9 Lansdowne Attractions

9. Munsiyari


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Known For : Birthi falls | Maheshwari Kund | Panchachuli Peak

A small village with an awe-inspiring panorama of snow capped Himalayan Range; Munsiyari is located in the Pithoragarh District. Offering splendors of natureaÛªs beauty in their most captivating form, this place is famous for its some highly adventurous and nerve wrecking trekking trails.

Best Time : April to June, October to November

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10. Badrinath


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Known For : Badrinath Temple | Charanpaduka | Vasudhara Falls

Badrinath is a pilgrim centre (among one of the Char Dham) set in the backdrop of Neelkanth Mountain Peak dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Best Time : May to June, September to October

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11. Madhyamaheshwar


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Known For : Madhyamaheshwar Temple | Kanchani Tal | Budha Madhyamaheshwar

A small sacred town of Madhyamaheshwar is a place full of mysteries and blessed with bounty of nature. Renowned for its Madhyamaheshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it gathers the whole hamlet to pray in the evening along with many tourists.

Best Time : May to October

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12. Dhanaulti


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Known For : Surkhanda Devi Temple | Eco Park | Apple Orchard Resort

With minimal human intrusion, without overloading or overwhelming your senses or expectations, Dhanaulti slowly seeps into your conscience like a long lost pleasant dream, bringing with it comfort and quiet, and giving you the much needed break from your humdrum routine life.

Best Time : September to June

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13. Kausani


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Known For : Rudradhari Falls and Caves | Gwaldam | Trek to Pinnath

Embellished with all the right ingredients including lush green valley, verdant pine tree forests, meandering creeks, tranquility and majestic Himalayan peaks, Kausani is one of the most spellbinding hill stations in Uttarakhand.

Best Time : April to June, September to December

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14. Champawat


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Known For : Banasur ka Kila | Baleshwar Temple | Lohaghat

A gripping journey of self exploration and challenging terrain, Champawat is not your usual retreat. You'll be pushed to your physical and mental limits, because this place gives you a lot to explore, without having to deal with any over intrusive and money gobbling guides around.

Best Time : October to June

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15. Dharchula


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Known For : Jauljibi | Om Parvat | Kali River

A remote town of Uttaranchal, Darchula is a place with lots of scenic beauty. Bounded by the Kumaon Region?s mountains and high peaks and glaciers of Panchchuli range on the west, this town lies on the way to a very famous pilgrimage of India namely Kailash Mansarover.

Best Time : May to June, September to December

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16. Chamoli


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Known For : Auli | Vasundhara Waterfalls | Gopeshwar

Sitting deftly in the lap of nature, Chamoli often referred to as the 'Abode of God' has a strong bond with the spirituality and astounding legends.

Best Time : November to March, July to August

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17. Sattal


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Known For : Seven Lakes | Bhimtal | Subhash Dhara

A group of seven fresh water lakes, a stash of nature's bounty and loads of migratory birds and panoramic vistas make this wonderful place called Sattal.

Best Time : April to June, September to December

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18. Bhowali


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Known For : Kainchi Dham | Shyamkhet Tea Gardens | Ramgarh

Bhowali is a little hill-station that lies in the vicinity of several popular hill stations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Ramgarh, Sattal and Mukteshwar.

Best Time : February to Apr, September to October

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19. Chakrata


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Known For : Tiger Falls | Deoban | Budher Caves

Chakrata is a small hill town near Dehradun located on top of the Yamuna valley, amidst lush green forests, caves and ancient temples.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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20. Chaukori


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Known For : Patal Bhubaneshwari | Nakuleshwar Temple | Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple

The bowl-shaped town of Chaukori, located in the state of Uttaranchal, is nestled within the Himalayas at the height of over 2010 meters above sea level. As a tourist destination, it offers many beautifully breathtaking views– be it the lusciously green tea gardens, or the majestic snow-capped peaks of Nanda Devi and Panchachuli, the peaceful sunrise and sunsets, and the bejewelled night skies with the light of a million stars.

Best Time : October to March

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Read More 6 Chaukori Attractions

21. Kedarnath


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Known For : Kedarnath Temple | Vasuki Tal | Shankaracharya Samadhi

Atop 3584 mts, this is one of the Char Dhams and one of the busiest pilgrim centres in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is believed that in order to evade the Pandavas, Lord Shiva hid himself in the form of a bull at Kedarnath, and when found by the Pandavas, he went further into the earth leaving the hump on the surface.

Best Time : May to June, September to October

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Read More 7 Kedarnath Attractions

22. Yamunotri


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Known For : Janki Chatti | Yamunotri Temple | Hanuman Chatti

Revered as the origin of Yamuna river, the pilgrim centre (among one of the 'Chhota Char Dham') nestled in the laps of Garhwal Himalayas at 3293 mts high uses its natural elements to fascinate you with its visuals and create a spiritual charm.

Best Time : May to June, September to November

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23. Gangotri


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Known For : Ganges Glacier | Gangotri Temple | Kedar Tal

This pilgrimage destination situated in Uttarkashi is mostly famous for the four religious centers, or as they say, the Char Dham spots.

Best Time : April to June, September to November

Read More 17 Gangotri Attractions

24. Mukteshwar


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Known For : Sitla | Mukteshwar Temple | Mukteshwar Inspection Bunglow

Mukteshwar is a small hill town mostly known for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling etc. and the amazing view of Himalayan ranges you get from there.

Best Time : October to June

Read More 6 Mukteshwar Attractions

25. Bhimtal


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Known For : Bhimtal Lake | Aquarium on the Bhimtal Island | Hanuman Garhi

Rested at a height of 1370m above the sea level, Bhimtal is spotted with temples lying amid the verdant mountains and a pristine blue lake. The ancient town of Bhimtal is a place to lie down under the shade of nature, close your eyes and experience serenity.

Best Time : March to June, September to December

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26. Chamba, Uttarakhand


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Known For : Tehri Dam | Surkanda Devi Temple

Far from the rush of city life, Chamba is a small town popular for its picturesque views lined with deodar and pine trees, its apple orchards and various temples.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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27. Tehri


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Known For : Mussoorie | Tehri Dam | Trekking

The Hindu Mythology and legends seemed to have showered Tehri Garhwal with several spiritual significances. It is this place where River Ganga arrives in its real form at Devprayag where River Bhagirathi and River Alaknanda merge. One can also see many temples dotted across the place.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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Read More 16 Tehri Garhwal Attractions

28. Pauri Garhwal


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Known For : Chaukhamba Viewpoint | Kandoliya | Khirsu

Pauri Garhwal is a paradise that showcases the varied colors of nature all packed in to this one place. From snow covered Himalayan peaks and thick cover of lush green forests to deep rooted culture of the place and warm hearted people, this place oozes beauty and charm in every aspect.

Best Time : April to June, September to October

Read More 13 Pauri Garhwal Attractions

29. Ramgarh


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Known For : Orchards | Nathuakhan | Mukteshwar

Tucked away in the lap of Himalayas in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Ramgarh boasts of unexplored natural beauty and old world charm. It is perched at an elevation of 1789 metres above the sea level and is an idyllic spot of all you nature beaus. Blessed with impeccable views of snow covered mountain peaks, Ramgarh is also called the "Fruit Bowl of Kumaon" because of the verdant orchards of apples, plums, peaches and apricots. It was also a personal favourite of the renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore and social worker Narain Swamy.  Once the cantonment of the British, Ramgarh stands apart in its exquisiteness, solitude and enticing beauty. The captivating sunrise and sunset is an experience of a lifetime. It is an ideal getaway if you are looking for off -beat destinations to satiate your wanderlust.

Best Time : October to May

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30. Kanatal


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Known For : New Tehri | Dhanaulti | Kodia Jungle

Once a deserted land, today Kanatal is a usual haunt for those travelers who seek peace and solitude. Kanatal is said to be named after a lake that once existed there. Apart from peace, the place exhibits a charm in form of majestic hills, fruit trees, apple orchards and lush green forests.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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31. Bageshwar


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Known For : Baijnath | Bagnath Temple | Kanda

Bageshwar, tucked inconspicously in the Himalayan range, becomes one of the most underrated, and hence by default, one of the most untouched destination by humans.

Best Time : October to June

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32. Guptakashi


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Known For : Vishwanath Temple | Manikarnik Kund | Ardhanarishwar Temple

The temple town of Guptakashi is located at a distance of 47 kms from the holy town of Kedarnath. Perched at an elevation of 1319 m above the sea level, Guptakashi enjoys the mesmerising backdrop of the enchanting snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba mountains.

It houses two ancient temples namely Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ardhnareshwar Temple. Manikarnika Kund is another popular destination in the town. In fact, Guptkashi serves as a perfect stopover for those travelling to Kedarnath. The fantastic weather, lush green forests and captivating views of Chaukhmaba Range along with its rich past and heritage, the town is a wholesome package for vacation makers.

Best Time : March to June, September to November

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33. Binsar


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Known For : Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary | Bineshwar Temple | Zero Point

A small town set in the midst of lush green forests covered with oak, pine, deodar trees, Binsar has plenty of tourist attractions including green meadows, temples and the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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34. Chopta


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Known For : Tungnath Temple | Deori Tal | Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek

Chopta, very simply put, is a trekker cum explorer's heaven. If you aren't an adrenaline junkie but inclined towards pushing your limits, visit the valley of Chopta for a life altering experience and expand the boundaries of your physical horizon.

Best Time : March to June

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35. Uttarkashi


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Known For : Dodital Lake | Nachiketa Lake | Dodital Dayara Pass Trek

Endearingly called as Devbhoomi, Uttarkashi, literally meaning 'Kashi of the North', is a quaint little town tucked away in the hill state of Uttarakhand. Revered by the Hindus as one of their propitious religious sites, the townhouses two of the total four holy shrines of Hindu mythology. It is one of the most visited cities of religious relevance in the area and gives you a sense of heightened divinity and an out of the world experience. The region was more in the favour of religious tourism initially but lately the spurring of trekking and adventure activities invites a lot of non religion tourists as well. Replete with ashrams and mandir, the town has got a spiritual vibe to it. All in all, the entire place boasts of divine heritage, mesmerising natural beauty, scenic panoramas and a wonderful irenic atmosphere.

Best Time : March to June, September to November

Read More 9 Uttarkashi Attractions

36. Devprayag


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Known For : Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda | Raghunathji Temple | Chandrabadani temple

Marked by the confluence point of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, Devprayag is a religious hub and is quite popular among tourists coming for pilgrimage or seeking some solitude close to nature.

Best Time : Throughout the year

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37. Joshimath


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Known For : Ropeway | Ghangaria | Nanda Devi National Park

Joshimath is a quaint hill town nestled amid the lap of snow-capped Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. This valley is mesmerizingly beautiful surrounded on all sides by picturesque views. If a good trekking trail is your calling, the Valley of Flowers Trek is close to Joshimath.

Best Time : April to November

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Read More 11 Joshimath Attractions

38. Patal Bhuvaneshwar


Known For : Berinag | Patal Bhubaneswar Temple | Haat Kalika Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a magical place with several hidden and unexplored aspects to it. Located at an elevation of 1350m above the sea level, this place is tagged as a spiritual place renowned for its Shiva Temple cave.

Best Time : October to June

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