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Top 50 Hill Stations In India

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Majority of the hill stations in India were developed by the British to who used to be in search of cold places to get rid of the scorching summers of India. Now, these hill stations in India are some of the top tourist destinations around the world. The country where ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ is a prime lesson from childhood has always welcomed the tourists to visit these hill stations. India is often considered as a tourist-friendly nation in the world.

India is blessed with hills on all the sides, right from Jammto go on road tru & Kashmir to Tamil Nadu. With a large number of hill stations in India, it is difficult to choose particular hill station for your vacation. So, here is a list of the popular hill stations in India to plan your summer holidays with Thomas Cook’s India holiday packages.

Top Hill Stations in India

1. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Wondering where to go for a honeymoon or just a trip with your family and friends, then Srinagar should be on your cards. From boating to trekking, flowers to fruits, Srinagar has everything.

  • How to reach: Fly directly to the Srinagar Airport or take the train to Jammu Tawi or Udhampur followed by a taxi or bus till Srinagar.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 3-4 days to have a good time.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Dal Lake
    • Mughal Gardens
    • Apple Orchards
    • Shankaracharya Temple
    • Indira Gandhi
    • Tulip Garden
    • Nishat Bagh
    • Hazratbal Shrine
    • Jama Masjid Pari Mahal

2. Leh-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Is trekking your life? Do you love visiting religious sites, wildlife safaris, mountain biking, water rafting and exploring the natural beauty? Want to go on road trip? Leh Ladakh is dream destination for you. Plan a trip to remember with Ladakh holiday packages.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly directly to the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
    • By Road: 
      • Reach Ladakh from Kashmir Valley through Kargil which is around 434 kms and this route is open from June to November. Zoji-La pass, a gateway to Ladakh, is approximately 11,500 feet (3,505 m high) above the sea level. Buses are available at regular intervals from Srinagar to Leh.
      • Manali – Leh road of 473 kms is another option to reach Ladakh by road. This route is also open from mid-June to early October. You will travel through many high passes, Taglang-La being the second highest road in the world, 17,469 feet (5,235m) above the sea level.
  • Ideal duration: If you are visiting this heaven for trekking, then a minimum of 8 – 10 days is an ideal duration or else one week is enough.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Leh Palace
    • Shanti Stupa
    • Stok Palace
    • Hall of Fame
    • Tsemo Fort
    • Sankar Monastery
    • Old town
    • Wanla Gompa
    • Pangong Lake
    • Tsomoriri Lake
    • Hemis Monastery
    • Rangdum Gompa
    • Lamayuru Monastery
    • Khardung la Pass
    • Nubra Valley

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3. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Want to experience the colours of nature? Pahalgam is the answer. Pahalgam is the perfect destination to relax in the summer.

  • How to reach:
    • By Train then road: Jammu Tawi is nearest railway station followed by taxi or bus to reach Pahalgam which is around 255 km from Jammu. It will take almost 8 hours to reach Pahalgam by road. Buses are cheap but will take 12 to 14 hours.
    • By Air then road: Srinagar being the nearest airport to Pahalgam is just 95 km away. You can take a taxi to reach Pahalgam and will take around two-and-a-half hours on road.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 2 days to explore the city
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Aru Valley
    • Betaab Valley
    • Amarnath
    • Mamaleshwar Temple
    • Sheshnag Lake
    • Tulian lake
    • Pahalgam Golf Course
    • Kolahoi Glacier

4. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Popularly known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is filled with blueberries, daisies, and many other flowers. Gulmarg is a prime destination to enjoy skiing and also has second highest cable in the world. Enjoy the 360 ̊view of this picturesque location with Kashmir holiday packages.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Srinagar Airport is 56 km from Gulmarg.
    • By Road: Jammu Tawi Railway Station being a nearest railway station, Gulmarg is 290 km away from here.
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days are ideal to travel this city.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Gulmarg Gondola
    • Golf Course
    • Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve
    • Strawberry Fields
    • Apharwat Peak
    • Alpather Lake
    • Ninge Nallah
    • Baba Reshi Shrine

5. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

The most popular destination of India, Manali is a home for backpackers as well as for families. Snow clad mountains to delicious food, skiing to trekking, Manali has it all you want.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport and approximately 50 km away Manali.
    • By Road: The distance between Delhi and Manali is around 550 kms. You can also drive yourself to view the mountains and valleys.
  • Ideal duration: If you wish to explore all the tourist attractions, then minimum of 3-4 days are required.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Hadimba Temple
    • Rohtang Pass
    • Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art
    • Tibetan Monasteries
    • Vashisht Hot Water Springs
    • Solang Valley
    • Mall Road
    • Nehru Kund

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6. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Khajjiar is often referred as the Mini Switzerland of India. Surrounded by greenery, Khajjiar is one of the best hill stations in India.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: You can take a flight to Gaggal Airport (180 kms) or Pathankot Airport (80 kms) followed by boarding a taxi to reach Khajjiar.
    • By Road: Similarly, you can take the train to Pathankot (118 kms) and then taxi to reach your destination.
  • Ideal duration: 1 day is enough to travel Khajjiar
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Khajjiar Lake
    • Khajji Nag Temple
    • Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary
    • The Panch Pandav Tree

7. Keylong, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Well-known for its monasteries, Keylong is called the ‘Land of Monasteries’. Located on the banks of Bhaga river, Keylong is covered with snow from October to April.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport and Keylong is approximately 71 km away from here. You can also go from Gaggal Airport, Dharamsala which 78 km away.
    • By Road: Near railway station is Amb Andura located at a distance of 131 km. It is advisable to hire an experienced driver as the roads are dangerous.
    • By Bus: There are a number of buses from Manali to Keylong (Last bus leaves by 12 pm) and also from Delhi, Dharamsala, Shimla, and Haridwar.
  • Ideal duration: Visit a minimum of 3 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Kardang Monastery and the Shasur Monastery
    • Baralacha Pass
    • Deepak Tal
    • Suraj Tal
    • Pin Valley National Park

8. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

To enjoy the picturesque view of the beautiful hill station, one should visit this ‘Queen of Hills’. Located at 2205 m above the sea level, Shimla is also renowned for colonial heritage buildings.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Jubbarhatti airport is located at a distance of 22 km from Shimla and is well connected with other cities.
    • By Road: The nearest railway station is Kalka followed by the 2-hour taxi ride. You can also go by the toy train from Kalka to Shimla to enjoy the perfect train journey. These trains have specific timing.
  • Ideal duration: Visit a minimum of 3 days to explore the famous tourist destination.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Mall Road
    • Kalka-Shimla Railway
    • Christ Church
    • The Ridge
    • Viceregal Lodge
    • Jakhu Temple
    • The Shimla State Museum
    • Kufri
    • Rashtrapati Niwas
    • Summer Hill

9. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Located at a height of 1,800 m, Kasauli is filled with pine and oak plantations. It is said to be paradise for hikers as you can travel this small town mostly by foot.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport and Kasauli is 70 km away from here. Cabs are easily available from here.
    • By Road: Kalka is the nearest railway station. Kasauli is just one and a half hour away.
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days are enough to have a good trip
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Kasauli Brewery
    • Christ Church
    • Sunset Point
    • The Mall
    • Monkey Point
    • Gilbert Nature Trail
    • Shri Baba Balak Nath Temple
    • Gurkha Fort

10. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh – Among top hill stations in India

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Mcleodganj is the home of Dalai Lama and the best place to for the holiday at any time of the year. With a number of monasteries, Mcleodganj is most popular among the trekkers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Gaggal Airport of Dharamsala is just 3 km away from Mcleodganj.
    • By Road: Mcleodganj does not have any train station. Nearest railway station is Amb Andaura which is 65 km away.
  • Ideal duration: Visit a minimum of 2 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Namgyal Monastery
    • Tsuglagkhang
    • Tibetan Museum
    • Bhagsunath Temple
    • Bhagsu Falls
    • Triund
    • Dal Lake
    • Church of St. Johns

11. Almora, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Almora is surrounded by pine and fir trees. The beauty of Almora is also appreciated Mahatma Gandi and Swami Vivekananda in their writings. It is also known as the ‘Town of Temples’.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pantnagar Airport (115 km) is the nearest airport followed by a 3-hour taxi ride.
    • By Road: Take the train to Kathgodam (81 km) followed by two-and-a-half hour taxi ride.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3 days
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Kasar Devi Temple
    • Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum
    • Katarmal Sun Temple
    • Martola
    • Zero Point
    • Bright End Corner
    • Chitai Temple

12. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Popularly known as the ‘Lake District’ of India, Nainital is the perfect destination for everyone. For the adventure lovers, Nainital Mountaineering Club offers the rock-climbing courses.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pantnagar Airport (72 km) is the nearest airport followed by a one and a half hour taxi ride.
    • By Road: Take the train to Kathgodam which is located at a distance of 34 km from Nainital.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3 days
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Nainital Lake
    • Naina peak
    • Tiffin Top
    • The Mall Road
    • Snow view point
    • Nainital Zoo

13. Auli, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayan Range, Auli is considered as one of the top hill stations in India and is considered as the diamond of the Uttarakhand tourism. Located at a height of 2519 m to 3050 m above the sea level, it is one of the best skiing destinations in India.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport. Take a taxi or a bus to Auli for a convenient journey. The bus will drop you at Joshimath, from there you have to go by the ropeway or by road.
    • By Road: Haridwar, 273 km away from Auli, is the nearest railway station.
  • Ideal duration: Visit minimum of 4 days to explore every corner of Auli.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Cable ride
    • Vishnuprayag
    • Joshimath
    • Artificial Lake
    • Gurso Bugyal
    • Nanda Devi peak
    • Badrinath

14. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Located in West Himalayas, Valley of Flowers is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Renowned for the flora found here, it is also a home to endangered animal species like the Asiatic black bear and blue sheep.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun which 295 km away
    • By Road: Nearest railway station is Rishikesh which is 276 km away. If you wish to travel by road, then you can go to Govind Ghat. It takes around 11-hour drive from Joshimath to Dehradun and then an hour to Govind Ghat. From Govind Ghat, it is 13 km trek till Ghangaria and then another trek of 3 km will take you to the Valley of Flowers.
  • Ideal duration: Visit minimum of 2-3 days to visit all the places of Valley of Flowers.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Valley of Flowers National Park
    • Hemkund Sahib
    • Nanda Devi National Park
    • Pushpawati River

15. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie is located at just 35 km from Dehradun. Mussoorie is located at a height of 1880 m above the sea level. Being a home to top boarding schools of the country, Mussoorie is considered as the education hub of Uttarakhand.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: The Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun which is just 54 km away.
    • By Road: Dehradun railway station is 36 km away from Mussoorie.  Mussoorie is well-connected by road. A number of buses are available from  Dehradun railway station as well.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3-4 days to spend quiet moments at the Queen of Hills
  • 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

16. Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Being the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is also one of the top hill stations in India. Dehradun is also known as the Doon Valley and has number of adventures sports activities as well.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun which is just 22 km away from the Dehradun City Center.
    • By Road: Dehradun Railway station connects all the major cities of India.
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days are enough to explore Dehradun.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Mindrolling Monastery
    • Zonal Anthropological Museum
    • Forest Research Institute
    • Tapkeshwar Temple
    • Malsi Deer Park
    • Robber’s Cave
    • Lachhiwala
    • Sahastradhara

17. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Himachal Pradesh is home to number of hill stations and Chamba is among one of them. River Ravi and River Sal meet in Chamba at a hieght of 996 m above seal level. One can just relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of this hill station.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pathankot is the nearest airport and is located at a distance of 120 km from Chamba town.
    • By Road: Pathankot (120 km) is also the nearest railway station from Chamba town. All the major cities are well-connected by road as well.
  • Ideal duration: 1-2 days will me more than enough
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Akhand Chandi Palace
    • Bhuri Singh Museum
    • Chamunda Devi Temple
    • Champavati Temple
    • Rang Mahal
    • Vajreshwari Temple
    • Laxmi Narayan Temple

18. Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Home to the holy Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is one of the top hill stations of India. Surrounded by the snow-clad mountains and breathtaking view of Himalayas, Dharamsala has number of travellers during the summers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Dharamsala airport is 15 km away from the city. Buses and cabs are available here.
    • By Road: Pathankot is the nearest railway station at a distance of 85 km. Buses are also available from Chandigarh and Delhi.
  • Ideal duration: Ideally Dharamsala trip should be of 2-3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Dharamsala Cricket Stadium
    • Naam Art Gallery
    • Monolithic Rock Temples
    • Bhagsu Waterfall
    • Bhagsunag Temple
    • Kangra Museum
    • Kunal Pathri Temple
    • Chamunda Temple
    • Dal Lake

19. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Named after the British Governor General of Indian, Lord Dalhousie, Dalhousie is situated at an altitude of 2700 m. Blessed with the breathtaking view of Dhauladhar range, Dalhousie has preserved the culture and art.

  • How to reach: 
    • By Air: Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Dalhousie which 130 km away.
    • By Road: Pathankot is the nearest railway station which is located 80 km away, followed by a 3-hour drive to reach Dalhousie. It is also well-connected with all the major cities. New Delhi is located at a distance of 565 km from Dalhousie.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 2-3 days to explore all the tourist places of Dalhousie.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Panch Pulla
    • Daikund Peak
    • Bhuri Singh Museum
    • Subhash Baoli
    • Kalatop Wildlife Reserve
    • St. Francis Catholic Church
    • Ganji Pahari
    • Mall Road

20. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

One of the top hill stations of Garhwal area, Lansdowne is the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers and newlyweds. The peaceful climate of this unexplored hill station attracts a number of tourists. It is also popular for various adventurous activities like trekking, boating, bird watching and more.

  • How to reach: 
    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (152 km) is the nearest airport to Lansdowne.
    • By Road: Kotdwara (41 km) is the nearest railway station. Mussoorie Express is the best train to reach Kotdwara.
  • Ideal duration: Visit 1-2 days to relax at this hill station.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Kanvashram
    • Bhulla Tal
    • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
    • St.Mary temple
    • Jungle Safari

21. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Surrounded by greenery and snow-clad hills, Kufri is the picture-perfect holiday destination for the nature lovers. Kufri is also a perfect place for adventure-lovers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Jubbarbhatti Airport (20 km)near Shimla is the closest airport to Kufri.
    • By Road: The nearest railway station to Kufri is located in Shimla in narrow gauge rail route and Broad Gauge railway station is at Kalka which is 100 kms away.
  • Ideal duration: 1 day is enough to stay in Kufri
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Fagu
    • Indira Tourist Park
    • Mahasu Peak
    • Himalaya Nature Park

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22. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

India’s biggest Tibetan Monastery is located in Tawang. It has various monasteries, waterfalls, hot springs and lake. Tawang is considered as one of the most calm and beautiful hill stations in north-eastern part of India.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Salonibari Airport, Tezpur is the nearest airport and is six hour drive to reach Tawang.
    • By Road: The nearest railway station is Tezpur Railway Station which is connected to the all major cities of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 4 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Sela Pass
    • Tawang Monastery
    • Tawang War Memorial
    • Regyaling Gompa
    • Gorsam Chorten
    • Jaswant Garh

23. Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Located on the ranges of Eastern Himalayas, Bomdila is known for apple orchards and Buddhist monasteries. Bomdila is the best place for hikers and adventure-lovers. Tibetan silk paintings known as ‘thangkas’ are also available in the city market.

  • How to reach
    • By Air: Tezpur airport is the nearest airport and is located about 160 km away from Bomdila.
    • By Road: Rangapara railway station is the nearest railway station. Buses and taxis are easily available from here.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for at lesat 3-4 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Tibetan Monasteries
    • Tawang town
    • Apple Orchards
    • The Orchid Research and Development Station

24. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations in India

Ziro is an old town in Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is a home to Apa Tani tribe and is famous for the rice fields and pine hills. The famous Shiva lingam also attracts number of worshipers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: The nearest airport from Ziro is at Jorhat, Assam which is 98 kms away. Guwahati International airport is about 449 km away.
    • By Road: Naharalagun (100 kms) and North Lakhimpur (117 kms) are the nearest railway stations.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 2 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Tarin Fish Farm
    • Orchid Research Centre
    • Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Shiva Linga
    • Dolo Mando
    • Kile Pakho
    • Meghna Cave temple
    • Pine Grove

25. Mirik, West Bengal

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Blessed with tea estates and orange orchards, Mirik has a mesmerizing view of Kanchenjunga. Mirik is a small hill town with pine forests and exotic gardens.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra Airport is nearest airport, followed by 1-hour taxi ride to reach Mirik.
    • By Road: Take the train to New Jalpaiguri followed by a 1 hour taxi ride.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 2 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Dev Sthan
    • Deosi Dara
    • Rameetay Dara
    • Sumendu Lake
    • Rai Dhap

26. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Darjeeling comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers paradise. Located on northern regions of West Bengal, Darjeeling is one of the top hill stations in India. The Toy Train ride has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport and Darjeeling is 95 km away from here. Direct flights are available from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. It will take almost 3 hours to reach Darjeeling from the airport.
    • By Road: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and is connected with all major cities of the country.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 4 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Darjeeling Toy Train
    • Senchal Lake
    • Ghoom Monastery
    • Mahakal Temple
    • Observatory Hill
    • Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo
    • Tiger Hill
    • Bhutia Busty Monastery
    • Dhirdham Temple

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27. Kalimpong, West Bengal

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Kalimpong is known for its monasteries, church, beautiful orchids and nurseries. Kalimpong is just 50 km away from Darjeeling. It is considered as the live example of Colonial Architecture in India.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport and Kalimpong is 78 km away from here.
    • By Road: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and is 77 km away from Kalimpong.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 2-3 days to have a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Neora National Park
    • Mangal Dham
    • Lord Buddha Statue & Park
    • Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa
    • Pedong Monastery
    • Lolegaon
    • Flower Nurseries
    • Deolo Hill
    • Thongsha Gumpha

28. Kurseong, West Bengal

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Kurseong is also known as Kharsang which means the ‘Land of White Orchids’ and is just 32 km from Darjeeling. You can experience the ‘toy train’ ride from Kurseong to Darjeeling.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport and Kalimpong is 60 km away from here.
    • By Road: Kurseong Railway station is located near the main city. You can also get an opportunity to sit in the toy train which is available from the station.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 1-2 days
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Buddhist Ghompas
    • Deer Park
    • Eagle Craig
    • Jagdish Mandir
    • Ambhotia Shiva Temple

29. Champhai, Mizoram

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

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Popularly known as ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’, Champhai provides the stunning view of Myanmar Hills. Champhai has culture and tradition and one should not miss to visit this hill station.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Nearest airport is Lengpui Airport near Aizawl followed by a 7 hour taxi ride.
    • By Road: Nearest railway station is Bairabi which is around 300 km which can be covered by a taxi to reach Champhai. Alternately, you can reach Aizawl first and from there take a helicopter ride to Champhai.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 1 day to enjoy the sightseeing
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Murlen National Park
    • Rih Dil
    • Thasiam Seno Neihna
    • Mura Puk
    • Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary

30. Aizawl, Mizoram

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Situated on a ridge 3715 ft above sea level, Aizawl is the capital city of Mizoram. Aizawl is popular for cleanliness, fresh air, and natural beauty.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Aizawl has its own airport and is well connected to many other cities by domestic flights.
    • By Road: Silchar is the nearest railway station to Aizawl which is only 130 km away from the city.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 3 days for a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Bara Bazaar
    • Mini Zoological Garden
    • Dampa Sanctuary
    • Durtlangs Hills
    • Museum at MacDonalds Hill
    • Bung Picnic Spot

31. Gangtok, Sikkim

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located on the Shivalik Hills, Gangtok provides various adventure thrilled activities. The spectacular view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga makes Gangtok one of the top hill stations in India.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra being the nearest airport is 124 km away from Gangtok. It takes around 2 hours to reach Gangtok from the Bagdogra airport.
    • By Road: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and is 148 km away from Gangtok. The road journey from New Jalpaiguri to Gangtok is about 5-6 hours.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 4-5 days for having a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Tsomgo Lake
    • Saramsa Garden
    • Cholamu Lake
    • Hanuman Tok
    • Seven Sisters Waterfalls
    • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
    • Ganesh Tok View Point
    • Kanchendzonga National Park

32. Pelling, Sikkim

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Pelling is the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. It is located at the foothills of Mt.Kanchenjunga and is blessed with rich history.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport, followed by approximately 4-hour drive to reach Pelling.
    • By Road: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and is 170 km away from Pelling.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3-4 days to relish every moment.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Khecheopalri Lake
    • Pemayangtse Monastery
    • Singshore Bridge
    • Sangachoeling Monastery
    • Changey Waterfalls

33. Shillong, Meghalaya

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located at a height of about 1496 m above sea level, Shillong is also known as “The Abode of Clouds” and “Scotland of the East”. Apart from being one of the most romantic hill stations, Shillong also has Asia’s largest golf course.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Shillong has its own airport in Umroi and is 40 km away from Shillong. Bus services are easily available from the airport to main city.
    • By Road: Guwahati is the nearest railway station and is about 104 km away from Shillong.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for at least 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Gleneagles of the East
    • Shillong Peak
    • Umiam Lake
    • Lady Hydari Park
    • Elephant Falls
    • Wards Lake
    • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture
    • Mawjymbuin Caves
    • Laitlum Canyons
    • Mawphlang

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34. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Blessed with pine forests, number of waterfalls, scenic beauty and magnificent hills, Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places on Earth.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Guwahati Airport is the nearest airport and is 181 km away from Cherrapunji. The Umroi Airport is just 91 km away from Cherrapunji but the flights are available only from Kolkata with very low frequency.
    • By Road: Guwahati is the nearest railway station and is about 181 km away from Cherrapunji. Various bus services are available to reach the city.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for minimum of 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Nohsngithiang Waterfalls
    • Kynrem Falls
    • Khoh Ramhah
    • Nohkalikai Waterfalls
    • Living Root Bridges and the Double Decker Root Bridge
    • Dainthlen Waterfalls
    • Elephant Falls

35. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Apart from being the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is famous for the Dilwara Jain temples. The monsoon season is considered as the best season to visit Mount Abu to view the beautiful environment.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Udaipur Airport is the nearest airport and is 210 km away from Mount Abu. Taxis are easily available to reach Mount Abu.
    • By Road: Abu Road railway station is the nearest railway station and is 25 km away from the hill station.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Dilwara Temples
    • Nakki Lake
    • Toad Rock
    • Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Sunset Point
    • Peace Park

36. Saputara, Gujarat

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located at an altitude of about 1000 m above the sea level, Saputara has waterfalls, sunrise and sunset points. It is the one of the top hill stations in west India and a must-visit place in monsoon.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Surat airport is nearest airport at a distance of 160 km from Saputara. Buses and taxis are available to reach Saputara.
    • By Road: Waghai is the nearest railway station and is 52 km away from Saputara.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3 days to have a good trip
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Purna Sanctuary
    • Vansada National Park
    • Artist Village
    • Saputara Lake
    • Gira Falls
    • The Ropeway
    • Sunset Point
    • Saputara Museum
    • Lake Garden
    • Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
    • Hatgadh Fort

37. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Popularly known as ‘Queen of Satpura’, Pachmarhi is located at a height of 1100 m. Pachmarhi is the perfect getaway for the peace-lovers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Located at a distance of 195 km, Bhopal airport is the nearest airport. Buses and cabs are easily available to reach Pachmarhi.
    • By Road: Pipariya railway station is the nearest railway station and is 54 km away from Pachmarhi. It takes around one and a half hour to reach Pachmarhi.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 2-3 days to have a good trip.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Handi Khoh
    • Apsara Vihar
    • Pandava Caves
    • Jata Shankar Caves

38. Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Amarkantak is a Sanskrit work which means the eternal source. It is also known as Theertharaja which means the king of pilgrim states. Amarkantak is located at a height of 1065 m in Madhya Pradesh.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Jabalpur Airport (245 km) is the nearest airport to reach Amarkantak
    • By Road: Pendra Road is the nearest railway station and is 17 km away. Anuppur (48 km) is also the nearest railway station. Taxis and buses are easily available.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a vacation here for 2 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Narmakund
    • Ancient temples of Kalchuri Period
    • Kapil Falls

39. Panchgani, Maharashtra

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Surrounded by the 5 hills, Panchgani is the most popular hill station of Maharashtra. Panchgani has the comforting ambience which makes it the perfect place for the weekend getaway.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pune being the nearest airport is around two and a half hour drive from Panchgani.
    • By Road: Satara is the nearest railway station and is around 50 km away from Panchgani. Buses and taxis are easily available from Mumbai, Pune, Satara and Mahabaleshwar which takes around 5-6 hours.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for minimum of 2 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Panchganga Mandir
    • Kamalgarh Fort
    • Sydney Point
    • Pratapgarh Fort
    • Venna Lake
    • Table Land
    • Lord Karthikeya temple
    • Mount Malcolm

40. Lonavala, Maharashtra

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Popular for its sweet chikkis, Lonavala is favorite hill station of Mumbaikars and Punekars. Lonavala is also known as ‘the Jewel of Sahyadri’ and is the best place to visit in monsoon season. Caves, lakes and waterfalls, Lonavala has it all.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pune being the nearest airport is around 62 km from Lonavala.
    • By Road: The best way to reach Lonavala is by road. Lonavala has its own railway station and is well-connected from Mumbai and Pune.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for 3-4 days to explore all the tourist places of Lonavala.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Bhushi Dam
    • Tungarli Lake
    • Bhaja Caves
    • Karla Caves
    • Pavana Lake
    • Lion’s Point
    • Tiger’s Point
    • Rajmachi Fort

41. Matheran, Maharashtra

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Criss-crossing foot trails, fresh air and toy train ride, Matheran is the best place for a short weekend getaway. Motor vehicles are banned within Matheran and hence, it is the only automobile-free hill station in Asia.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Mumbai is the nearest airport and is around 100 km away from Matheran. Tourists can hire a taxi from the airport to reach the place smoothly.
    • By Road: Trains up to Neral Junction are available from Mumbai and Pune. Toy train is available to reach Matheran from Neral. This toy train does not run in monsoon season.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip for 3 days for a good weekend.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Alexander Point
    • Prabal fort
    • Charlotte Lake
    • Echo Point
    • King George Point
    • Louisa Point
    • Monkey Point
    • Porcupine Point
    • One Tree Hill
    • Chowk Point

42. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located at an elevation of 1372 m, Mahabaleshwar is also known as the ‘Land of Strawberries’. Being one of the oldest hill stations, Mahabaleshwar has soothing climate, valleys, mountains.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Pune being the nearest airport is around 120 km from Mahabaleshwar.
    • By Road: Wathar is the nearest railway station and is at a distance of 60 km from Mahabaleshwar. If one is planning to drive to Mahabaleshwar from Mumbai needs to drive 270 km and takes around 5-6 hours.
  • Ideal duration: Visit for a minimum of 3 days
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Rajpuri Caves
    • Mahalabeshwar temple
    • Elephant’s Head Point
    • Panchganga Temple
    • Mapro Garden
    • Lingmala Waterfalls
    • Tapola

43. Amboli, Maharasthra

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located in the southern part of Maharashtra, Amboli is unexplored and unpolluted hill station. Blessed with exotic flora and fauna, number of waterfalls, rainy season is the best season to visit Amboli.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Goa airport is the nearest airport and is around 100 km away from Amboli.
    • By Road: Savantwadi is the nearest railway station and is located at a distance of 30 km from Amboli.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip of minimum of 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Amboli Falls
    • Shirgaokar
    • Hiranya Keshi Temple
    • Nangarta Falls
    • Sunset Point

44. Coorg, Karnataka

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Famous worldwide for tea and coffee plantations, Coorg has the pleasant climate throughout the year. Coorg is blessed with forests, waterfalls, mountains, streams and rivers and is one of the top hill stations in India to get relaxed from your daily routine.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport which is approximately 135 km away.
    • By Road: Mysore is the nearest railway station which is located around 95 km away from Coorg. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Coorg from Mysore.
  • Ideal duration: Plan you weekend getaway of 2 days to Coorg.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Coffee Plantations
    • Abbey Falls
    • Irupu Falls
    • Dubare Elephant Camp
    • Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery
    • Tadiyendamol
    • Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Madikeri Fort
    • Gaddige

45. Agumbe, Karnataka

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Located on the top of Someshwara Ghat, Agumbe is place which receives the second highest annual rainfall in India. Trekking to the Koodlu Theertha Falls is a mandatory experience and should not be missed.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport and is located at a distance of 100 km from Agumbe.
    • By Road: Udupi is the nearest railway station at a distance of 55 kms from Agumbe.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip of at least 2 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Agumbe Ghat
    • Sunset Point
    • Koodlu Theertha Falls
    • Barkana Falls
    • Jogigundi Falls
    • Onake Abbi Falls

46. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

On of the most visited hill stations in Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is located at a distance of 140 km from Bangalore. This place is also famous for adventure activities like trekking, zorbing and rappelling.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Bangalore airport is the nearest airport, followed by the 3-hour cab ride to reach Horsley Hills.
    • By Road: Madnapall is the nearest railway station and is just 26 km from Horsley Hills.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip of 4 days to visit all the tourist attractions near Horsley Hills.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Horsley Hills
    • Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Mallamma Temple
    • Gali Bandalu/Wind Rocks
    • Kalyani- Eucalyptus Tree
    • Chennakesava Temple
    • Talkona Waterfalls

47. Munnar, Kerala

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Tea and coffee plantations, mountains and hilltops, Munnar is considered as one of the top hill stations in India. You can find thousands of shades of green in Munnar.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Cochin is the nearest airport and is at a distance of 110 km from Munnar. Taxi services are easily available to reach Munnar.
    • By Road: Aluva is the nearest railway station and is at a distance of 110 km from Munnar.
  • Ideal duration: A minimum of 3 days are must to explore Munnar.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Mattupetty Dam
    • Eravikulam National Park
    • Kundala Lake
    • Top Station
    • Echo Point
    • Tea Museum
    • Marayoor Sandalwood Forests
    • Attukad Waterfalls
    • Blossom Hydel Park
    • Photo Point
    • Anamudi Peak
    • Devikulam

48. Thekkady, Kerala

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Perfect place wildlife-lover and bird-watcher, Thekkady is a home for wildlife exploration. Thekkady is one of the top hill stations in Kerala, God’s Own Country.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Madurai is the nearest airport and is at a distance of 136 km from Thekkady.
    • By Road: Kottayam is the nearest railway station and is at a distance of 114 km from Thekkady.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip for minimum of 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Kumily
    • Mangala Devi Temple
    • Abraham’s Spice Garden
    • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
    • Murikkady
    • Mudra Cultural Centre
    • Chellarkovil
    • Pandikuzhi
    • Periyar Lake

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49. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Ooty is one of the top hill stations in India as well as Nilgiri ranges. Ooty is a land of tea gardens, pine and eucalyptus trees. It is a home for nature and peace-lovers.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Coimbatore is the nearest airport and it takes around two and a half hour drive to reach Ooty.
    • By Road: Metthupalayam is the nearest railway station and is located at a distance of 47 km from Ooty.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a minimum of 3 days trip to Ooty.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Pykara Lake and Waterfalls
    • Ooty lake
    • Government Museum
    • Raj Bhawan
    • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
    • Ooty Tea Factory
    • Avalanche Lake
    • Ooty Botanical Garden
    • Rose garden
    • Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

50. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Top 50 Hill Stations In India

Popularly known as ‘Gift of Forest’, Kodaikanal has waterfalls, caves, rock pillars and lakes. It is also known as ‘princess of hill stations’ and is located at a height of 7200 feet above the sea level.

  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Madurai airport is the nearest airport and is at a distance of 120 km from Kodaikanal.
    • By Road: Kodai Road is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 80 km away from the centre of Kodaikanal.
  • Ideal duration: Plan a trip of 3 days.
  • Major Tourist Attractions:
    • Berijam Lake
    • Bear Shola Falls
    • Kodaikanal Lake
    • Coakers Walk
    • Kurinji Andavar Temple
    • Dolphin’s Nose
    • Bryant Park
    • Green Valley View
    • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

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