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Hill stations are towns at a higher altitude than the nearby plains or valleys. While rulers in precolonial times also used to escape the heat and humidity of summer by venturing to higher ground, most hill stations were established during the British Raj as they sought to live in a climate more comfortable and similar to home. The concept of the Hill Station spread beyond India to Britain's other colonies in Asia such as Burma and Malaya, and even to the colonial possessions of other Western powers, such as the French-ruled Vietnam.

Understand[edit]

Map of Hill stations in India

The tourist season for the hill stations generally peaks during the Indian summer. However, they have a different kind of beauty and charm during winter, with many hill stations receiving healthy amounts of snow and offering activities such as skiing and snowboarding.

Destinations[edit]

Andhra Pradesh[edit]

  • 1 Araku Valley. Comparatively lesser known, Araku Valley has caves, waterfalls and a museum of tribal art to keep you entertained. The famous dish of the area is bongulo (bamboo) chicken. Araku Valley (Q3536505) on Wikidata Araku Valley on Wikipedia

Arunachal Pradesh[edit]

  • 2 Tawang. The off-the-beaten-path character of Tawang means that on the one hand, the surrounding scenery is unspoilt and the views are breaktaking but on the other, there is limited development and infrastructure to support visitors staying in the town. Tawang (Q1006270) on Wikidata Tawang on Wikipedia

Assam[edit]

Gujarat[edit]

  • 4 Saputara. Doesn't get overwhelmed with tourists like other hill stations though it gets a healthy number of visitors. સાપુતારા (Q2723578) on Wikidata Saputara on Wikipedia

Harayana[edit]

  • 5 Morni. The only genuine hill station in the state. Well connected to Chandigarh. Morni (Q6912758) on Wikidata Morni on Wikipedia

Himachal Pradesh[edit]

  • 6 Shimla. The capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla (Q83786) on Wikidata Shimla on Wikipedia
  • 7 Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Has developed into one of the adventure sports hubs in India. Skiing, paragliding, mountain biking, rafting and camping are among the popular activities here. Manali (Q83443) on Wikidata Manali, Himachal Pradesh on Wikipedia

Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

  • 8 Srinagar. The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is known for its stunning lakes and amazing landscape. The hill station houses a number of Mughal gardens and even a tulip garden. Srinagar (Q170115) on Wikidata Srinagar on Wikipedia
  • 9 Gulmarg. The winter sports capital of India, Gulmarg is one of the country's best places for skiing and snowboarding. Gulmarg (Q1025272) on Wikidata Gulmarg on Wikipedia
Tea gardens with the Nilgiris (blue mountains) in the background at Munnar

Karnataka[edit]

  • 10 Chikmagalur (Chikkamagaluru). Bucks the trend of other hill stations by having a large number of coffee plantations instead of tea. Also home to many picturesque waterfalls and wildlife. Chikkamagaluru (Q980917) on Wikidata Chikmagalur on Wikipedia
  • 11 Madikeri. Madikeri (Q298416) on Wikidata Madikeri on Wikipedia
  • 12 Nandi Hills. Nandi Hills (Q3518367) on Wikidata Nandi Hills, India on Wikipedia

Kerala[edit]

  • 13 Munnar. Full of vast tea plantations. Popular place for honeymooners in the south. Munnar (Q1025124) on Wikidata Munnar on Wikipedia

Ladakh[edit]

  • 14 Leh. One of the highest towns of India. Leh (Q230818) on Wikidata Leh on Wikipedia
  • 15 Dras. Has the reputation of being the coldest inhabited locality in the country. Dras (Q4167739) on Wikidata Dras on Wikipedia

Madhya Pradesh[edit]

  • 16 Pachmarhi. Known as the Queen of Satpura. Pachmarhi (Q1949041) on Wikidata Pachmarhi on Wikipedia
Lakes and lush green hills are not what most people think of when they hear of Rajasthan.

Maharashtra[edit]

  • 17 Lonavla. One of the go-to hill stations for the residents of Mumbai, famous for its chikki (peanut brittle). Lonavla (Q1929511) on Wikidata Lonavala on Wikipedia
  • 18 Panchgani. Panchgani (Q463437) on Wikidata Panchgani on Wikipedia
  • 19 Matheran. Located atop Sahyadris Mountain range. Connected by a narrow-gauge railway. Matheran (Q463526) on Wikidata Matheran on Wikipedia
  • 20 Mahabaleshwar. The summer capital of the Bombay presidency during the British period. Mahabaleshwar (Q463273) on Wikidata Mahabaleshwar on Wikipedia

Meghalaya[edit]

Odisha[edit]

  • 22 Daringbadi. Known as the Kashmir of Odisha. Daringbadi (Q5222803) on Wikidata Daringbadi on Wikipedia

Rajasthan[edit]

  • 23 Mount Abu. The only hill station of note in the arid state of Rajasthan. With its lakes, rivers and waterfalls, Mount Abu is aptly described as an oasis in the desert. Mount Abu (Q695221) on Wikidata Mount Abu on Wikipedia

Sikkim[edit]

  • 24 Gangtok. Capital of Sikkim. Gangtok (Q186141) on Wikidata Gangtok on Wikipedia
  • 25 Yuksom (Yuksam). Yuksom serves as the starting point of the Dzongri - Goechala Trek. The 8 - 9 day trek is the most popular in Sikkim and leads to the base of the third highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga. Yuksom also has its share of history and is the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim. The stone throne on which the coronation took place in 1641 can still be seen and is a protected site under ASI. Yuksom (Q839046) on Wikidata Yuksom on Wikipedia

Tamil Nadu[edit]

  • 26 Ooty. Ooty (Q9888) on Wikidata Ooty on Wikipedia

Uttrakhand[edit]

  • 27 Mussoorie. Mussoorie (Q668395) on Wikidata Mussoorie on Wikipedia
  • 28 Nainital. The town is centred upon the crescent/kidney shaped lake of which there are stunning views from the mountains from all angles. Nainital (Q773213) on Wikidata Nainital on Wikipedia

West Bengal[edit]

  • 29 Darjeeling. Known as the Queen of the Hills. Renowned for its prized tea and "Toy Train" steam locomotive still in operation. Darjeeling (Q169997) on Wikidata Darjeeling on Wikipedia
  • 30 Kalimpong. Kalimpong was ceded by Bhutan after it lost the Anglo-Bhutan War in 1864. The hill station was established by the British as an alternative to Darjeeling. India's highest mountain and the world's third highest, Kangchenjunga, is visible from the town. Kalimpong (Q500877) on Wikidata Kalimpong on Wikipedia
  • 31 Kurseong. Land of white orchid Kurseong (Q1025634) on Wikidata Kurseong on Wikipedia

Stay safe[edit]

Some hill stations, particularly those in the Himalayas, are prone to landslides during the monsoon season.

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