Hill Stations in India

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India has abundant hill stations spread all over the country that makes for a tranquil and picturesque destination for tourists. Kashmir has some of the most beautiful hill stations in India which include Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Srinagar and Sonmarg. In Himachal Pradesh also tourists can be spoilt for choices which include Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie. Mussoorie and Nainital are among the most popular hill stations in north India. Coorg, Ooty and Kodaikanal are the most popular ones in South India. Matheran, Almora, McLeodganj, Gangtok, and Coonoor among others are the lesser crowded hill station in India.

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1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

4.6

Known For : Solang Valley | Rohtang Pass | Adventure Activities

Nestled at one end of the Kullu Valley, Manali is a hill station with attraction such as the Rohtang pass nearby and is popular among tourists, especially during summers.

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2. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

4.6

Known For : Pangong Lake | Shanti Stupa | Tso Moriri Lake

Lying in midst of the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

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3. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

3.9

Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake | Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination.

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4. Darjeeling, West Bengal

4.2

Known For : Darjeeling Himalayan Railway | Tiger Hill | Batasia Loop

Household name because of its varieties of teas, Darjeeling is a hill station with vast expanses of tea estates and Tibetan influence in their craft, culture and cuisine.

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5. Gangtok, Sikkim

4.6

Known For : MG Road | Nathu La Pass | Rumtek Monastery

Prettily situated on a hillock at an altitude of 1800 meters, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country.

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6. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

4.5

Known For : Dal Lake | Mughal Gardens | Shalimar Bagh

Lying on the banks of River Jhelum with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar symbolizes nature, beauty, harmony and romance.

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7. Nainital, Uttarakhand

4.3

Known For : Naini Lake | Eco Cave Gardens | The Mall Road

Nainital with its beautiful lakes, temples and exotic scenery around is the perfect honeymoon paradise nestled in the arms of Kumaon Hills.

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8. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Ridge | Mall Road | Kufri

Probably the most popular hill station in northern India, Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh famous for its Mall road, the Ridge, toy train etc. among honeymooners and families alike.

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9. Coorg, Karnataka

4.0

Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park

Located amidst imposing mountains with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers, an affluent hill station in Karnataka.

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10. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

3.8

Known For : Khajjiar | Panch Pulla | Satdhara Falls

Dalhousie is a hill station with amazing scenic views and prominent traces of India's British association such as colonial mansions.

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11. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

4.4

Known For : Triund | Bhagsu Falls | Namgyal Monastery

Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers and with a heavy Tibetan culture with British influence.

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12. Munnar, Kerala

4.1

Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot

Situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru, Munnar is an idyllic hill station, famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks.

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13. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

3.3

Known For : Lal Tibba | Lake Mist | Kempty Falls

Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft., Mussoorie is a popular hill station famous for its colonial heritage and its religious sites.

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14. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

3.9

Known For : Kheerganga Trek | Trekking and Rock Climbing | Parvati River

A destination that is tinted in the best shades that nature can offer is a small village of Kasol, known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati river, trekking base-camp and backpackers and Malana.

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15. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

3.7

Known For : Elephant's Head point | Chinaman's falls | Dhobi waterfall

A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.

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16. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

3.4

Known For : Kodai Lake | Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Pillar Rocks

Kodaikanal is the most sought after honeymoon destination in South India because of its scenic beauty and it has the attribute to leave any nature lover mesmerized by its charisma.

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17. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

3.6

Known For : Kongdori - Gulmarg Gondola | Skiing in Gulmarg | Khilanmarg

Situated at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush green meadows, deep ravines, evergreen forested hills and valleys.

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18. Lonavala, Maharashtra

3.5

Known For : Tiger's Leap | Bushi Dam | Imagica Adlabs

Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai especially appealing to hikers and trekkers, Lonavla is famous for its historic caves, striking forts and pretty lakes

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19. Auli, Uttarakhand

3.9

Known For : Skiing in Auli | Gurso Bugyal | Kwani Bugyal

Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars; Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.

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20. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

3.8

Known For : Dilwara Temples | Nakki Lake | Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

The only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot

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21. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

4.0

Known For : Adventure Activities in Rishikesh | Lakshman Jhula | Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.

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22. Matheran, Maharashtra

4.0

Known For : Louisa point | City Shopping | Panorama point

With close to 40 look-out points offering great sunrise and sunset views in the smallest hill station in India with, Matheran clearly wins on the rejuvenating experience it provides to visitors.

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23. Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

2.9

Known For : Dharamshala Cricket Stadium | St. John in the Wilderness Church | War Memorial

Dharamsala is a hill station which is famed as the holy residence of the Dalai Lama and houses the Tibetan Government in exile.

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24. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Chandratal Lake | Key Monastery | Kunzum Pass

Famous for its splendid views and untouched natural beauty, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan culture, Spiti is a destination for trekkers, hikers - only the string hearted.

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25. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

3.1

Known For : Kudremukh National Park | Rafting in Bhadra River | Mullayanagiri

The coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is famous for its beautiful hills and views, along with its aromatic coffee.

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26. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

3.8

Known For : Emerald Lake | Killiyur Falls | Pagoda Point

Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.

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27. Patnitop, Jammu & Kashmir

3.4

Known For : Nathatop | Paragliding in Patnitop | Skiing

With endless meadows lined with towering pine trees and panoramic views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, Patnitop is a perfect place to experience nature at its best.

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28. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

3.7

Known For : Bhulla Lake | Jungle Safari | Bhim Pakora

Lansdowne at an altitude of 1,706 mt on a hillock is famous for its pristine Himalayan beauty, oak and pine forests, snow-covered peaks and lovely fresh air.

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29. Panchgani, Maharashtra

3.2

Known For : Table Land | Kaas Plateau | Paragliding

Deriving its name from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is a popular hill station near Mahabaleshwar famous for its various sunset/sunrise points and scenic valley view.

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30. Shillong, Meghalaya

4.0

Known For : Mawlynnong | Umiam Lake | Elephant Falls

Born in the laps of nature, Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and offers every one of its bequeathed element for exploration to the wanderlust.

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31. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

3.5

Known For : Bee falls | Pandava Caves | Jata Shankar caves

The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is often known as the queen of the Satpura ranges.

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32. Wayanad, Kerala

3.6

Known For : Banasura Dam | Pookot Lake | Chembra Peak

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.

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33. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

2.3

Known For : Kufri Fun World | Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak | Skiing

Kufri in Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after holiday destinations, and more so for couples, because of its proximity to Shimla and relatively higher altitude which makes it a place with snow all round the winters.

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34. Saputara, Gujarat

3.3

Known For : Artist Village | Vansda National park | Hatgadh Fort

Saputara is known as a well planned resort hill station because of the innumerable sightseeing, trekking and boating activities.

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35. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

3.8

Known For : Malshej falls | Pimpalgaon Joga Dam | Harishchandragad Fort Trek

A beautiful hill station with its numerous lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers.

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36. Madikeri, Karnataka

3.7

Known For : Trekking | Chingara Falls | Namdroling Monastery

Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a quaint hill town in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view.

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37. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

4.1

Known For : Adventure Activities | Khajjiar lake | Kalatop wildlife sanctuary

Often referred to as 'mini-Switzerland of India', Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.

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38. Bir, Himachal Pradesh

3.3

Known For : Paragliding in Bir Billing | Hand gliding | Nature Walks and meditation at Sherab Ling Monastery

Bir is a popular destination for adventures sports such as paragliding, treks close to nature and also as the town for meditation.

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39. Bhandardara, Maharashtra

3.3

Known For : Umbrella Falls | Wilson Dam | Randha Falls

Bhandardara, a hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, has all the nature's blessings a place can get.

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40. Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

3.5

Known For : Yelagiri Adventure Camp | Jalagamparai Falls | Nature park

Yelagiri is small hill station, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. If your looking for a hill station out of the ordinary, then you need to make your way to Tamil Nadu!

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41. Kudremukh, Karnataka

3.7

Known For : Kudremukh Peak Trek | Kudremukh National Park | Trekking

With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.

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42. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

4.0

Known For : Tawang Monastery | Sela Pass | Nuranang Falls

Located at a height of about 3048m, Tawang is known for many important and beautiful monasteries and is famous as the birth place of Dalai Lama.

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43. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

3.8

Known For : Mukteshwar Temple | Sitla | Chauthi Jaali

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.

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44. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

2.1

Known For : Chamera Lake | Lakshmi Narayan Temple | Manimahesh Lake

Minimal human alteration in the topography and environment, and the balanced temperatures of the area make Chamba the perfect destination all year round.

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45. Almora, Uttarakhand

3.3

Known For : Zero Point | Jageshwar | Kasar Devi Temple

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

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46. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

3.4

Known For : Sim's Park | Lamb's Rock | Dolphin's Nose

One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats.

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47. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

3.4

Known For : Timber Trail | Monkey point | Mall Road

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.

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48. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

4.3

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

Valley of flowers, discovered in 1931 is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.

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49. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

3.3

Known For : Jhula Devi Temple | Chaubatia Orchards | Majhkhali

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

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50. Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

2.5

Known For : Neugal Khad | Tashi Jong Monastery | Tea gardens

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.

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