Mountains are therapeutic. The vastness of the mountains and the calmness in the atmosphere in and around the mountains is rejuvenating. For many of us, mountains are the go-to destination whenever we feel like taking a sabbatical. Far from the hustle and bustle of the cities, the irritating honking and the population that chokes the human and animals alike, mountains provide us fresh air to breath and clean atmosphere to witness the glory of untouched nature.
They are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts to humankind. No adventure park or amusement park can beat the experience of trekking through lush green valleys and difficult terrains.
The view of a village from the top of peaks adds to the experience. We are thankful to have so many hill stations in India. The land is gifted with marvellous hill towns that attract thousands of tourists across the world. Whether you are a family person or a bachelor, mountains welcome each and every individual with the same enthusiasm. The view, the journey, the food and the people, everything about mountains is pleasing. You can lose yourself in order to find the real you when in the mountains.
The zig-zag roads, adventure sports activities and trekking experiences will keep you engaged and entertained. Being in a hill station means filling yourself with enthusiasm. The country has hundreds of marvellous hill stations but we’ve compiled a list of the best 8 of them.
Nainital or the “Lake District of India”, sits comfortably amid the Kumaon Hills. Snow-laden mountains, lush green valleys and clean water lakes are the highlights of Nainital. The breathtaking Lake Naini is a priceless jewel that decorates the crown of the Lake District of India. It is one of the most popular holidays and picnic destinations in Uttarakhand. The peaks of Naina, Ayarpatta and Deopatha give the town a jaw-dropping appearance. You can enjoy adventure activities like boating, kayaking and horse riding while in Nainital.
When talking of hills and valleys, it’s criminal to ignore the North East. The town is popularly known as the Queen of Hills and is a very well known winter destination. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lush green tea plantations add to the beauty of the hills surrounding Darjeeling. The world-famous toy train ride in Darjeeling is one of the most popular experiences in Darjeeling. Trekking to Tiger Hill is another activity that one must experience while in Darjeeling.
Nature doesn’t differentiate between North and South. While most of the hill stations fall in the northern part of the country, South is certainly not devoid of hills and valleys. Unlike the snow-laden mountains of the North, this gorgeous hill station in Kerala is known for its dense green cover. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in the country. Exotic huts that sit amid lush green tea plantations will make your stay worth remembering. The Rose garden near Mattupetty Lake is another highlight of Munnar.
We have another marvel from South on the list. Located in the majestic Nilgiri Hills, it is the most popular hill station in the Southern part of the country. Numerous lakes and gigantic peaks surrounding the hill station are the highlights of Ooty. You can try your hands at several adventure activities while in Ooty. Do visit the famous Rose Garden before ending your stay in Ooty. It is a heaven for nature lovers and culture lovers.
Shillong is a beautiful hill station in Meghalaya which is popularly known as the “Scotland of the East”. Clear water lakes, scenic landscapes, waterfalls creating the melody of nature and lush green hills from the magnificent landmass that is called Shillong. It is a heaven on earth for nature lovers and adventure lovers. The villages and the locals will add to your experience. They are really welcoming and act as guides whenever you face any difficulty.
Mount Abu is Rajasthan’s one and only hill station. People from all over the state reach Udaipur to beat the scorching heat of the Rajasthani desert. Mount Abu perfectly suits the definition of an Oasis. Adventurous trekking routes, holy temples and ancient forts are the highlights of Mount Abu. Amid the vast desert of Rajasthan, Mount Abu has no dearth of green cover. You can explore the entire hill station in 2-3 days. The icing on the top in traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
It’s time to head to the northernmost territory of Kashmir. Located in the bank of Jhelum, Srinagar is also known as the “Venice of the East”. From snowfall to the freezing lake, houseboat and snow-laden houses, Srinagar is a picture-perfect hill station. There are several temples and mosques in and around the region but it’s the natural beauty of the region that mesmerises the travellers. The traditional Shikara rides will steal your heart. Watching snowfall over your hotel while enjoying a cup of Kahwa is the best way to explore Srinagar.