10 Ecstatic Mountain Getaways in India

India takes pride in the number of hill stations in most parts of the country. The hill stations were made by the British to get relief from the heat of the plain areas of the country. The hill stations have been transformed into popular tourist spots where travelers from India as well as abroad visit here on vacations. The hill stations spread across India are some of the best tourist places to travel to in India in the summer season. The fresh air and the beauty of the hill stations in India also make them an ideal place for a honeymoon. So without wasting any further time I give to you the top 10 gorgeous hill stations in India to plan your summer escape in no particular order.

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is one of the most famous destinations of North India as it provides a majestic scenery of the Himalayas. It is the best place to be especially if you are a nature lover or an adventure junkie

Elevation: 2050m

Adventure activities: paragliding, white water rafting, cycling, skiing, Trekking

Main attractions: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hidimba Temple and the Bhrigu Lake.

Best time to visit: October to February.

2. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital was one of the most popular summer retreats for the British during the time when they ruled India.

Main attractions: The Nainital Lake, explore the surrounding areas on horseback, take a walk through the forests.

Best time to visit: March to June

3. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

It is one of the most popular destinations, especially for honeymooners and Roadtrippers. If you are a fan of Romantics this is the place to be.

Main Attractions: horse ride to Lal Tibba, Cable car ride to Gunhill.

Best time to visit: April to June

4. Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar is known as “the land of lakes and gardens” Srinagar also proudly boasts of having Asia’s largest tulip garden. It is definitely one of the best tourist destinations in the country

Main Attractions: golf courses, Tulip gardens, mesmerizing lakes and soothing boathouses.

Festivals: Tulip festival-Srinagar has one of the largest Tulip gardens in all of Asia

Best time to visit: April to October

5. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

The town is famous for its colonial-style buildings and railway. The town is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan peaks and lush green grasslands.

Main Attractions: labyrinthine bazaars, Victorian-era architecture, and the toy train.

Best time to visit: March to June.

6. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

It is one of the most serene places to escape the summer heat. It was established as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government.

Main Attractions: Government Botanical Gardens, Boating in Ooty Lake, take the toy train ride from Mettupalayam.

Best time to visit: April to May.

7. Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, Sikkim

Sikkim attracts a considerable number of tourists every year due to its beautiful landscape and spectacular views of the mountains.

Adventure activities: river rafting, trekking, fishing.

Main attractions: cable car ride, beautiful monasteries, a zoo which is the home to many endangered species on animals.

Best time to visit: March to June.

8 Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling, West Bengal

It is also known as the ‘queen of hills’. The tea in Darjeeling is famous all over the world. Apart from tea, Darjeeling has something to offer to every kind of traveler be it an adventure junkie, nature lover or simply a traveler. Chowrasta is the best tourist point in Darjeeling as you will be able to witness the majestic view of Kanchenjunga from there. Take a toy train ride in Darjeeling as it covers almost all the Darjeeling sightseeing points.

Main Attractions: Rock Garden, Batasia Loop, the ropeway cable car, Tiger Hill is a perfect Darjeeling viewpoint as it offers an enchanting view of the sunrise.

Adventure activities: white water rafting, trekking, paragliding, fishing.

The best place to stay: West Point Home-stay Darjeeling

Best time to visit: March to May, September to November.

9 Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal is famously known as the gift of the forest. Many varieties of flora and fauna are found here. As you enter the town you will be able to witness beautiful pear trees and beautifully designed houses.

Main Attractions: visit the annual horticulture show at Botanical Bryant Park, Thalaiyar Falls, and the Solar Observatory.

Best time to visit: April to July.

10 Matheran, Maharastra

Matheran, Maharastra

The specialty of this place is that all vehicles are prohibited from entering the place. It is one of the most serene places to relax and calm your senses

Main attractions: Take a toy train ride, horse riding.

Best time to visit: March to May.

The fresh air and the scenic beauty of the above-mentioned hill stations will be a stress reliever for you. Share your experience with us if you have been to any of the above hill stations.