Sunday, 21 May 2017

Famous Hill Stations of India

The hill stations are high-altitude towns used, especially by European colonialists, as a place of refuge from the summer heat. They are prevalent in Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, particularly India.
Most of the hill stations in India are located in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya in the Himalayas and in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Western ghats. Some of the hill stations in India are listed below by state.

Since all these hill stations are world-famous they are frequently visited by tourists on a summer vacation tour. Due to this almost all of the above hill stations are well connected by rail, road and air services to major Indian cities.

hill stations in India

Several hill stations served as summer capitals of Indian provinces, princely states, or, in the case of Shimla, of British India itself. Since independence, the role of these hill stations as summer capitals has largely ended, but many hill stations remain popular summer resorts.

Shimla: Queen of the Hills :-

Gone are the days of British Raj but its echoes could be still found in Shimla. Located deep in the foothills of Himalayas, Shimla, located at an altitude of 2159 meters (7000 feet approx.), is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. The entire city is strung across a single ridge with sharp hillsides surrounded by pine deodar, oak and rhododendron forests stretched out in all directions.

It is the long winding main street called Mall where most of the action takes place in Shimla. The town is renowned for a host of splendid colonial edifices and quaint cottages with characteristic Victorian architecture.

Charming walks along the Ridge and the Mall Road are most popular activities. The city also offers a variety of shopping and entertainment activities all stretched across and connected with the arterial Mall road where thankfully vehicles are not allowed to enter.

Hill Station Darjleeing

Splurge with a stay in Oberoi Cecil, one of the finest heritage hotels in India or have a luxurious honeymoon at the Wildflower Hall which we have covered previously in our article on luxury in the lap of Himalayas.

Darjeeling: Lure of Black Tea

The World Heritage Darjeeling Mountain Railways stands out when we think of this charming hill station in North India. Darjeeling’s yet another name to fame are the world class tea plantations.

Perched on a mountain ridge at the elevation of 6, 710 feet with awe inspiring views of the Himalayan Peaks and verdant tea estates, Darjeeling is soothing to eyes, refreshing for mind and uplifting for the soul.

Hill Station Darjleeing

Things to do in Hill Station Darjleeing could range from visits to monasteries, parks, historical places and tea estates to a ride on the “toy train.” Best time to visit this hill town is from November till January. For a luxury experience and tea walks, stay at Glenburn Tea Estate surrounded by emerald tea plantation and awesome views of Kangchenjunga peak of Himalaya.

Major Attractions in Darjeeling: Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop, Bhutia Busty Monastery, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways.

Lonavala: A Walk above the Clouds

This charming hill station near Mumbai and Pune is a verdant delight. Here you literally walk on the clouds as they soar beneath you, embark on nature walks and hikes and there are places of historical interest too. This hill stations in India is best visited in July and August upon the arrival of monsoon making it one of the top places to visit in India during monsoon.

hill station near Mumbai

If you are interested in hot air balloon rides or para gliding, you should head to Lonavala where these activities could be availed of.

Attractions in Lonavala: Lonavala Lake, Karla Cave, Lohagad Fort, Nagphani, Bhushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Visapur Fort


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