INDIA has fascinated millions of people of the world, to visit our country.  With “Athiti Devo Bhava” (Guests are Gods) as the prime lesson being taught in each household. It is one of the most tourist-friendly nations in the world.

The hills have been successful in holding up the century-old traditions and cultures that have prospered the lives of the people in Incredible India. India is dotted with the awe-inspiring hills all over the country starting right up from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, encapsulating over 20 mountain ranges.

Most of the hill stations in India were developed by the British, around a central mall, to get respite from the oppressive summer heat. Many have picturesque lakes as their focal point, making them excellent places for boating activities. One thing is for sure, you won’t be short of things to do at any of the hill stations in India. And to add to the adventure, it’s possible to take a toy train ride up to some of the hill stations. You’ll find hill stations all over India. This guide lists of the most popular ones.


Srinagar, Kashmir


Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, delights visitors with its lovely lakes and relaxing houseboats. In fact, lakes and gardens are in such abundance there that Srinagar is often referred to as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens”. The gardens have a distinctly Mughal influence, as many of them were cultivated by Mughal emperors. You’ll find Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar, with a tulip festival held every April. Srinagar is a great place to visit if you’re a golf enthusiast, as there are a number of courses there.

Major Tourist Attractions:


Vaishno Devi


Dal lake

Chadar trek

Shalimar bagh

Chashme sahi

Manali, Himachal Pradesh


Also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, Manali is the right place for both adventure lovers and tourists. Manali, with its soothing backdrop of the Himalayas, offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India’s most popular destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. Located in the Kullu Valley of himachal pradesh , it’s a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy.

Major Tourist Attractions:

Hadimba Temple

Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley

Vashist Hot Water Springs

Tibetan Monasteries

Mall Road

Club House

Manu Temple

Nehru Kund

Bhrigu Lake


Nainital, Uttarakhand


Nainital is one the most charismatic and stunning hill station in India. It is in the Uttaranchal state and is at an altitude 6,358 feet above sea level. Nainital is also popularly known as the Lake city.  It features the serene, emerald colored Naini Lake and action filled strip called The Mall, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and markets. Enjoy one of the many forest walks, explore the surrounding area on horse back, or relax on a boat in the lake.

Major Tourist Attractions:

Boating on Naini Lake

Naina Devi Temple

Mall Road

Raj Bhawan

Gurney House

Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo

Tiffin Top

Astronomical Observatory

Snow View Point

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand


Simply stunning- that is Mussoorie. The picturesque view of slanting hills covered with a wide variety of flora and fauna is simply a breathtaking sight. Located around an hour from Derahdun,  is a popular weekend destination for north Indians, as well as honeymooners. One of the reasons for Mussoorie’s popularity is that it has a lot of facilities developed especially for tourists. Mussoorie also offers a superb view of the Himalayas.

Major Tourist Attractions:

Mussoorie Lake

Christ Church

Kempty Falls

Lal Tibba

Company Garden

Jwala Devi Temple

Happy Valley

Gun Hill

Nag Devta Temple

Mussoorie Heritage Centre

Mall Road

Camel’s Back Road

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


once, summer capital of the British raj when they ruled India. Now it’s the Capital of ‘the Magnificent’ Himachal pradesh.  This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. surrounded by snow covered mountains, green meadows and a wholesome climate. The old Christ Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows, is one of Shimla’s most prominent landmarks. The best part of the visit is to have a historic tour of shimla.  There are plenty of adventure sports and short hikes on offer in the vicinity as well.

Major Tourist Attractions:

Jakhoo Hill

Shimla State Museum

Summer Hill

Mall Road

Christ Church

Tara Devi Temple


Viceregal Lodge

Shoolini Temple

The Ridge

Munnar, Kerala


Munnar is Kerala’s best and most popular travel destination among domestic and foreign travellers. If you like tea, a visit to Munnar, in Kerala, is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations .The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in south India, or go rock climbing and paragliding.

Top Attractions:

Mattupetty Dam

Eravikulam National Park

Kundala Lake

Top Station

Echo Point

Tea Museum

Marayoor Sandalwood Forests

Attukad Waterfalls

Blossom Park

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Green, radiant, environment fresh and clean- Ooty is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Established in the early 19th century by the British as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government. Ooty is now a soothing place to escape the summer heat in Tamil Nadu. April and may are the peak seasons, so better be prepared for the crowd.  The most popular attractions include the 22 hectare Government Botanical Gardens (a flower show is held there every May as part of the Summer Festival), boating on Ooty Lake, and climbing Dodabetta Peak for an excellent view of the Nilgiri hills.

Top Attractions:

Droog Fort in Coonor

Avalanche Valley

Dolphin’s Nose

Lamb’s Rock in Coonor

Rose Gardens

Kalhatti Falls

Mudumalai National Park

Mukurthi National Park

Deer Park

Wax World

Tribal Museum

Darjeeling, West Bengal


A brilliant combination of scenic beauty, lush green forests and luxuriant hills- Darjeeling and Gangtok are just two magnificent hill stations that India is proud of.  Darjeeling is also famous for its lush tea gardens. In addition, it’s blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. Darjeeling is a wonderful place to walk around, and explore the tea estates, villages, and markets. Don’t visit during the monsoon season though — the region is one of the wettest places in India!

Major Attractions:

Darjeeling Toy Train

Senchal Lake

Ghoom Monastery

Mahakal Temple

Observatory Hill

Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo

Tiger Hill

Bhutia Busty Monastery

Dhirdham Temple

Truly a visit to all these hill station will certainly refresh your mind and provide unforgettable memories. You can even explore the things which you have been seen on TV. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with your nearest tour operator and get going.

Written by Manaswini Gupta

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