India is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain ranges. Running from north to the east lies the mighty Himalayas, the western and central part are the beautiful Aravallis and Vindhya ranges, and Western ghats are in the west and south. Because of these beautiful mountain ranges, India is surrounded by beautiful hill stations too. The hill stations of India relieve visitors from the scorching summer heat.
The 5 most popular hill stations of India are :
The capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a beautiful destination for both summer and winter seasons. Located at the altitude of 2159 m in the northern part of the country, it is covered with dense forests filled with pines and oak trees. Natural beauty is all around the places. People can enjoy skiing in winter, fishing, trekking. Kulfri and Naldhera are few best-known places where you can trek or go for a horseback ride, as well as camping. Many tourists also get most interested in the toy train ride, which runs between Kalka and Shimla.
And nearby Shimla, Kullu Manali is another most popular destination for tourists here. Kullu-Manali is an extremely popular tourist’s destination. Both Kullu and Manali is a paradise for nature lovers who love serenity. One can enjoy the beautiful valleys, even if it is a clear sky or a valley covered with mist all around. Kullu also attracts trekkers, mountaineers as it offers many opportunities for these adventure sports lovers. Even visiting the place without doing any sort of adventure is also very much relaxing. Manali is only 40kms from Kullu and it is situated in the foothills of Himalayas covered with dense forests comprising of deodar and pines. It offers breathtaking landscapes comprising of snow covered peaks, pristine rivers, beautiful green fields, and fruit orchards. Visitors can also enjoy the horseback rides, and hot air ballooning. Manali is also popular among trekkers and mountaineers as it offers great opportunities for them.
Ooty is a hill station located in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. At an altitude of 2240 m, Ooty is surrounded by pine, conifers and eucalyptus trees. One of the most famous places to visit here is the Nilgiri Mountains, also known as the Blue Mountain. It is called the Blue Mountain because of its blue haze, which surrounds it. Visitors love the Doddabetta Peak, which is the highest peak in Nilgiris hills. Other nearby places worth visiting are Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mukurthi National Park, Ketti valley view, Pykara Lake, Katery falls, Pykara Falls.
On the way to Ooty you can also enjoy the coffee and tea plantation in massive acres of land. There are several trek routes available in the surrounding area, which attracts trekkers. Other adventures sports to enjoy here are angling and hand gliding. If you are not doing any of these activities, even looking at the valleys, waterfalls, and lakes will mesmerize you with their beauties.
Gangtok is a wonderful place surrounded by a panoramic beauty all around. It is the capital city of the state of Sikkim in Northeast region of India. Visitors mesmerizes by the divine beauty of the Kanchenjunga Mountain. Gangtok is also famous for its very beautiful monasteries especially the Enchey Monastery and Rumtek monastery. Riding a cable car is one of the most popular among tourist. It is also one of the great way to enjoy the views of the valley. No doubts there are several trekking routes to enjoy the places too. It is a charming place to visit in summer as well as in winter.
In past, Mussoorie was the popular hill station visited by the British when they ruled India. It is still a charming town visited by thousands of visitors every year. Mussoorie offers wide variety of flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the snowy peaks and breathtaking views of Doon valley and the Shivalik mountain ranges. It is a pretty place to escape from the scorching heat of the summer. Visitors are attracted by the views of snowy Himalayan peaks, scenic Kempty falls just 11 km from the town, and Depot Hill, which has the highest elevation in Mussorie. It is a pretty place to spend some days away from the busy lifestyle of the cities.
Kodaikanal is a hill station located in south India in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is surrounded by a breathtaking views of the Palani Hills, scenic waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. It enjoys excellent weather all year round, so you do not have to wait for the best season to visit this place. It is situated at an elevation of 2,133 m. There are many fruit orchards in Kodaikanal. There is one famous Kurinji-flower, which blooms once in a decade. And when it blooms, the whole mountain slopes transforms in to beautiful bluish-purplish color. Well, it is worth visiting the place during that time period. There are numerous trekking routes available for the trekkers.
Well, above are not the complete lists, India offers many beautiful hill stations, above are only 5 of them.