Hill Stations near Shimla for an Extended Vacation

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While our love for Shimla is eternal owing to its picturesque scenery and easy accessibility, there are numerous small and big hill stations near Shimla that are still prettier, unexplored and preser (Read More)ved in their original natural state. These hill stations near Shimla define natural beauty in all its forms. Blessed with beautiful landscapes, and dotted with mighty snow-clad hills, meandering rivers and tiny hamlets, these stunning hill stations near Shima make for a perfect vacation for all occasions and purposes. Some of these hill stations are hidden gems known only to localities so if you are looking for quiet and peaceful vaca amidst the hills, head out to Kangojodi, Jibhi, Shoja etc. while there is also no dearth of mainstream tourist places like Manali, Kullu, Chail, Solan etc. These picture perfect, quaint and charming hill stations near Shimla are equally loved by romantic couples, families, honeymooners, wanderers, adventure enthusiasts and photography buffs, if not more!

Here is the list of 35 Hill Stations near Shimla for an Extended Vacation

1. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Kufri, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Skiing in Kufri Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak Yak Rides

Kufri in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after hill stations near Shimla, and more so for couples, because of its proximity to the Himalayas and relatively higher altitude which makes it a place with snow all through the winters.

Distance from Shimla: 14 km

Best Time: November to March

11 Kufri Attractions

2. Fagu, Himachal Pradesh - Serene hill station near Shimla

Fagu, Himachal Pradesh - Serene hill station near Shimla

Situated at an elevation of 2500 meters, Fagu is a serene snow clad hamlet. Nestling in the majestic Himalayan Range in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Fagu is perfect place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. This place looks magical as it is always enveloped in snow and fog. The clouds are so close to the surface that at times it feels as if you are walking on clouds.

Distance from Shimla: 18 km

3. Theog, Shimla - Of the less crowded hill stations near Shimla

Theog, Shimla - Of the less crowded hill stations near Shimla
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A quiet escape, one of the less crowded attractions of the state, Theog in Himachal Pradesh, warmly wrapped in the arms of the mighty Himalayas, has everything a popular hill station can give you minus the tourist rush.

Distance from Shimla: 28 km

4. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh - Cozy little hill-station near Shimla

Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh - Cozy little hill-station near Shimla
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Known For : Monkey Point Mall Road Gilbert Trail

Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town which makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, away from the rush.

Distance from Shimla: 72 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

12 Kasauli Attractions

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5. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh - Offbeat hill station near Shimla

Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh - Offbeat hill station near Shimla
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Known For : Kandaghat Trekking and Hiking Tara Devi Temple

While Shimla is being flooded by tourists every year, a serene, calm and epitome of beauty lies near it, waiting to be discovered. Shoghi, a small hill station just 13 Kms. from Shimla is abundant in natural scenic beauty and a large variety of flora and fauna.

Distance from Shimla: 8 km

Best Time: October to June

12 Shoghi Attractions

6. Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Waterfall Point Jalori Pass Serolsar Lake

Shojha is a small village sitting quietly in the middle of wilderness and panorama. Its untouched beauty might be just the thing that you need to relax and unwind. Located amid the Banjar Valley, the village is dotted with several temples made of wood.

Distance from Shimla: 57 km

Best Time: April to June

5 Shojha Attractions

7. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Chail, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Chail Palace Hotel Chail Cricket Ground Chail wildlife sanctuary

Chail is a quiet hill station near Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees.

Distance from Shimla: 41 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

11 Chail Attractions

8. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh - The little Lhasa in India

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh - The little Lhasa in India
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Known For : Triund Dharamshala Cricket Stadium Namgyal Monastery, Mcleodganj

Dharamsala is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan monk in exile. Dharamsala is located in Kangra district at a distance of 18km fro Kangra City. The city is distinctively separated as upper and lower divisions with different altitudes. The lower division is the Dharamsala town itself whereas the upper division is popularly known as Mcleodganj.

Distance from Shimla: 235 km

Best Time: October to June

36 Dharamsala Attractions

9. Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh

Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh

Often referred to as a mesmerising "hamlet" situated amidst the lush green forests and surrounded by variegated mountain, Jibhi is just the right place to relax and spend some peaceful moments with your loved ones.

Distance from Shimla: 161 km

10. Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh

Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh
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Naldehra is around 22 km from Shimla and is famous for the Naldehra Golf Club. Situated at an altitude of 2200 m, this is an 18 hole golf course and is among one of the best golf courses in India.

Distance from Shimla: 23 km

11. Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - The quiet hill station near Shimla

Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh - The quiet hill station near Shimla
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Known For : Reserve Forest Sanctuary Craignano WildFlower Hall Hotel

Mashobra is a lush green expanse in Himachal Pradesh, tucked away at a height of about 7700 feet, ensuring minimal human obstruction in the course of nature to provide you with the purest and liberating experience of your lifetime.

Distance from Shimla: 10 km

Best Time: April to June

10 Mashobra Attractions

12. Solan, Himachal Pradesh - Mushroom Capital of India

Solan, Himachal Pradesh - Mushroom Capital of India
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Known For : Kasauli Nalagarh Palace Shoolini Mata Temple

Located on the Punjab-Himachal Border, Solan lies on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and is more of an industrial town with various industries.

Distance from Shimla: 45 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

17 Solan Attractions

13. Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Tashi Jong Monastery Tea gardens in Palampur Saurabh Van Vihar

With pine and deodar forests and tea gardens encircling the town and numerous streams pouring in, Palampur is known for the enchanting combination of water and greenery.

Distance from Shimla: 209 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

11 Palampur Attractions

14. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh - Land of the Gods

Kangra, Himachal Pradesh - Land of the Gods
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Known For : Kangra Fort Baijnath Temple Brajeshwari Temple

Kangra's majestic beauty and the Valley's various panoramic delights have something to offer for people of all ages. While there are enough stay and travel options available, plan your trip in advance keeping the climate of Kangra in mind. Rest assured, you're in for a visual and experiential treat.

Distance from Shimla: 216 km

Best Time: September to June

22 Kangra Attractions

15. Barog, Himachal Pradesh

Barog, Himachal Pradesh

An ideal tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh is a combination of not just the scenic beauty of the Himalayas that you'd expect from this gorgeous state but also a place that is steeped in pre-colonial history and ancient myth. This would be a hill station near Shimla that is not like Shimla -- without the capital city's hustle and mainstream crowdedness during the vacation season.

Distance from Shimla: 54 km

16. Sarahan, Kinnaur - Stunning hill station near Shimla

Sarahan, Kinnaur - Stunning hill station near Shimla
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Sarahan has countless views, sceneries and landscapes and no matter for how long you stay at this place, a walk through its endless forests and valleys will let you leave behind all you want to and let go.

Distance from Shimla: 162 km

17. Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh

Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Timber Trail Cable car Ride Fruit orchards

This is a place where one can enjoy the captivating ambience of a hill station near Shimla and hustle-bustle of a city. Situated on the border of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, this small town offers beautiful apple orchards and delicious fruit products.

Distance from Shimla: 84 km

Best Time: March to May, October to November

11 Parwanoo Attractions

18. Chindi, Himachal Pradesh

Chindi, Himachal Pradesh
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Away from the buzzing sound of city, this small village sits quietly in the lap of nature. Packed with apple orchards and blessed with divine beauty of nature, one can also find several small temples near the village.

Distance from Shimla: 92 km

19. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Skiing in Narkanda Hatu Peak Tannu Jubbar Lake

Surrounded by forests and woodlands, Narkanda is a quaint little hill station near Shimla district which is popular for skiing in winters.

Distance from Shimla: 60 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

11 Narkanda Attractions

20. Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh
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A treat for trekking and rock climbing buffs, Churdhar Peak at a height of 3650 m above sea level is a 50km trek. Covered with verdant forests and fields, one can approach this peak from Dadahu, Sangrah, Bhawal, Gandhuri and Nauhra.

Distance from Shimla: 113 km

21. Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

If you are tired of the hustle bustle of the city and want to getaway for a few days to relax and live amidst hills and forests, Sirmour is just the place for you. Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Sirmour is a calm and tranquil district where still more than 90% people live in villages. The locals are very close to nature and hence this place is untouched by industrialization.

Distance from Shimla: 152 km

22. Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh

Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Kinnaur Kailash Trekking to Chakka Suicide Point

Kalpa, the main village of Kinnaur, in the Sutlej River Valley is a place to remember and cherish. Known for its many beautiful temples and monasteries, this town is also famed for its apple orchards. The majestic Kinnaur-Kailash range peeking from across the Sutlej River makes for a blissful break.

Distance from Shimla: 232 km

Best Time: March to September

10 Kalpa Attractions

23. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : River Crossing Serlosar Lake Jalori Pass

The land of untouched and mystifying beauty, Tirthan Valley is a destination with a plethora of delights. Lying nearly 3 km from the entrance of Great Himalayan National Park, this place is abundant in adventurous activities and a paradise for nature lovers. '

Best Time: Mar to June, October to November

8 Tirthan Valley Attractions

24. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Kanatal, Uttarakhand
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Known For : New Tehri Dhanaulti Camping

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.

Distance from Shimla: 307 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

10 Kanatal Attractions

25. Barot, Himachal Pradesh

Barot, Himachal Pradesh
3.6 /5

Barot is a mesmerizingly beautiful village located in the serene valleys of Mandi District in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a new found tourist destination and is located about 67 kilometers away from Mandi. If you are a backpacker, this destination is perfect to backpack through for a day or so. The scenic landscapes are captivating, and the unpolluted air draws travelers from across the world for sightseeing and much more.

Distance from Shimla: 205 km

26. Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh
3.6 /5

A place beyond which lies the Indo-Tibetan Border, this one is the about 28 km. away from Sangla. Sitting on banks of River Bapsa, this village is mystery waiting to be unfolded.

Distance from Shimla: 244 km

27. Malana, Himachal Pradesh

Malana, Himachal Pradesh
3.7 /5

If you are up to some adventure, sightseeing and understand the traditions of the local inhabitants, a visit to this small village is a blessing in disguise. If visiting Kasol you need to get involved in a trekking expedition to Malana. Malana village is almost 21 km from Kasol. As you drive from Kasol to Malana, you will find an endpoint to the road. This endpoint is the spot from where the trek to Malana village begins. Trek 2 km uphill to reach the village of taboos. On your way, you will find the enchanting beauty river and valley blowing your mind.

Distance from Shimla: 236 km

28. Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh
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Hampta Pass, situated in the Manali region of the Himachal Pradesh, serves as one of the most convenient and enjoyable treks. Laden with pristine form of nature, the trail comprises of dense pine forests, pristine glacial valleys, vast meadows and panoramic landscape.

Distance from Shimla: 248 km

29. Sangla, Himachal Pradesh

Sangla, Himachal Pradesh
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Known For : Sangla Meadow Bering Nag temple Chitkul

One of the most charming valleys in the whole Kinnaur District, Sangla Valley is a perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of the swarming cities. It is named after a beautiful village by the same name.

Distance from Shimla: 221 km

Best Time: April to June, September to December

10 Sangla Attractions

30. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital

Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Lover's Paradise - India's Honeymoon capital
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Known For : Old Manali Solang Valley Jogini Waterfall

Nestled in between the snow-capped slopes of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges, Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in the country. With jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers, gushing blue streams, a perpetual fairy-tale like mist lingering in the air, and a persistent fragrance of pines and freshness -  Manali has been blessed with extraordinary scenic beauty. From museums to temples, from quaint little hippie villages to bustling upscale streets, river adventures to trekking trails, Manali has ever a reason to be the tourist magnet it is, all year round.

Distance from Shimla: 246 km

Best Time: October to June

50 Manali Attractions

31. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh - Nature Lover's Paradise

Kullu, Himachal Pradesh - Nature Lover's Paradise
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Known For : Rafting in Kullu Manali Raghunath Temple, Kullu Naggar

Kullu, a popular tourist destination generally coupled with Manali, is an open valley with panoramic views and majestic hills covered with Deodar and Pine trees.

Distance from Shimla: 207 km

Best Time: October to June

28 Kullu Attractions

32. Kinnaur Kailash, Himachal Pradesh

Kinnaur Kailash, Himachal Pradesh
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Kinnaur is percieved to be a magical land aka the land of fairy tales and fantasies which has a spectacular terrain of lush green valley, orchards, vineyards, snow clad peaks and cold desert mountains. It is a border district of Himachal Pradesh. Kinnaur is also rich in flora & fauna.

Distance from Shimla: 223 km

33. Tosh, Himachal Pradesh

Tosh, Himachal Pradesh
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Treacherous roads, a hippie culture and some stunning sceneries - this is what makes up Tosh. This little village tucked in the Himachal offers on-going treakers pretty pastoral scenes and calming views. Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib, a mere 20-min drive from Kasol, which is also popular for its hot springs, should also be visited when near Tosh. The architecture of wooden houses, with simple designs and bright colours also add a lot to the beauty of this pristine Himalayan village.

Distance from Shimla: 228 km

34. Kangojodi, Himachal Pradesh

Kangojodi, Himachal Pradesh

Kangojodi is an offbeat hill station near Shimla nestled in the Himachal mountains lined with pine trees, surrounded by majestic hills and ravines. The place hasn't been popularised yet and sees considerably lower volumes of tourists compared to its overcrowded counterparts.

Distance from Shimla: 107 km

35. Kiarighat, Himachal Pradesh

Kiarighat, Himachal Pradesh

Acting as a perfect tourist halt between Shimla and Kalka highway, Kiarighat boasts lush green hills with pine and oak forests for an idyllic setting. The small hill station is famous amongst hundreds of trekkers between the Shimla and Manali trails for resting and enjoying the sloping valleys. The Apple Cart Inn here is ideal for overnight stays and relaxing with your friends and family. The temperature can drop close to the freezing point during winters, offering a surreal ambience during visits.

We hope you enjoy our compiled list of beautiful hill stations near Shimla. Let us know which of these hill stations you have visited in the comments below!

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