5 Must See Hill Stations in India
Hill stations are the one of the popular choices for travelers visiting India. India is blessed with a number of beautiful hill stations surrounded by forests. Each and every hill station is unique and offers something new to experience to the visitors. With the diversity in culture, festivals and activities, these locations will always entertain the visitors.
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Himachal Pradesh, this hill station was the summer capital of British India. The Shimla town is about 2,200m above sea level. The snow–capped peaks offer the best scenery. This hill station offers many hidden parts which can only be explored on foot.
Areas of interest like Taradevi and Sankat Mochan can be accessed through a short train ride. If you want to experience nature, take a walk through Glen- the forest trail. You can find buildings with colonial architecture like English Renaissance, Swiss-Bavarian chalets, Tudor etc. Shimla is famous for handcrafts, tweeds, quality woolen products and shawls. During the winter season you can find activities like ice-skating.
This hill station in Kerala will welcome you with mountain scenery, paddy fields, bamboo trees, rubber, tea and cardamom plantations. Waynad is a part of one of the reserve forest in Kerala and is home to unique flora and fauna.
Fun places to visit here include:
- Edakkal caves with pre-historic age carvings,
- The uninhabited Kuruva island,
- Muthanga wild life sanctuary where you can watch the elephants being trained,
- Pakshipathalam, the abode of birds and wild animals,
- Pookot lake,
- Sentinel Rock Waterfalls.
Waynad is famous for the spices and herbal products. Accommodation of all ranges is available with attractive packages.
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
This is the best destination for mountain adventure in India. If you love the outdoors this is perfect place to go trekking, skiing, rafting, paragliding, mountaineering, rock climbing, Heli-skiing amongst plenty others.
The snow capped peaks, the crystal clear water of the Beas River and pine trees over a picturesque location provide a great place to enjoy nature at its best.
The places to visit include:
- Peach Valley,
- Maharana Pratap Sagar,
- Great Himalayan National Park,
- Kangra Fort,
- Rohtang pass offers excellent view of the Himalayan peaks, valleys and glaciers.
Nainital is a jewel in the Himalayan peaks. It is well known for the scenic splendor offered by the presence of lakes. This was the famous summer retreat of the British rulers. This small town lies in the Kumaon range of Uttarakhand. The scenic beauty, the climate, the forested hills have attracted travelers even before the independence of the country. The local attractions include the zoo, cave garden, ropeway, horse riding, and the observatory.
If you love outdoors, then Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka is a must see place. Coorg has unique customs and the people here worship guns.
You can visit the Madikeri fort,
- Omkareshwara Temple,
- Royal tombs,
- Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole),
- Cauvery Nisargadhama,
- the Tibetan settlement
You can find the best quality home stays as well as hotels to enjoy the climate, food and sightseeing spots in Coorg. To enjoy the hospitality of Coorg people, it is better to opt for home stays when you are in this hill station.