Even nerdy kids who have never really indulged in extensive television watching or read a lot of novels out of their regular school textbooks have fantasized about the perfect holiday at a perfect hill station. And no points for guessing, from Kashmir to Kasol, India is a treasure trove for idyllic hill stations. Being called a subcontinent in itself, India is not only home to more than many hill stations but boasts of diverse kinds of them.
You can bathe in luxuriousness while enjoying visuals of the snow-clad Himalayas from the gorgeous city of Shimla or you can embark on a challenging trek to Sandakphu through the visually breathtaking route of Manebhanjan. You can also opt for the lush green slopes of Mussourie that turn snow white in December or go to the absolutely spiritual Gangotri glacial, the very spot from where the magnificent Ganga was born.
We came up with a list of 5 hill stations you must visit when you are travelling to India.
A raging favourite of the young crowd, Kasol, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, has come into the forefront of hill station scenario in India though it was more or less undiscovered till very recent times. Inhabited by many Israeli inhabitants, Kasol has gained popularity because of its quaint charm, visual beauty and warm, comforting cafes all across the town.
Mussourie’s nomenclature comes from the special variety of shrub that grows here in abundance known as “mansoori”. Much like it, Mussourie is different from other regular hill stations and unique and special owing to its tranquil charm, brilliant views of the Shivaliks and the Doon valley and the mesmerizing Kempty falls.
The USP of this serene hill station in Uttarakhand is that it is situated around the Nainital lake, giving it an amphitheatre-like quality. You can take a boat ride along this lake while gazing at the peaks and mountain roads. It is surely a rewarding sight in itself for any mountain lover.
Even the southern part of India is not devoid of scenic hill stations and Coorg almost rivals its northern counterparts. Flanked by the Western Ghats, this misty locale in Karnataka has a lot to offer in terms of scenes and sights.
Located in the idyllic and scenic slopes of the Himalayan foothills, Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh has been one of the most favourite spots of mountain lovers from years. In fact, more than once, a parallel has been drawn between Shimla and Switzerland, the dreamy mountainous plains and home to the magnificent Alps range and not unfairly so, given the visuals that travellers are gifted with when they visit Shimla. The views which you can experience when you book your stay in one of the luxurious Shimla hotels will surely make you fall in love with this beautiful city. A favourite shoot locale, Shimla also stars as a captivating character in many famous Bollywood movies, like its European counterpart.
Please remember, India brims with beauty when it comes to mountains and hill stations, from McLeod Ganj to Manali, India can surely be termed as a mountain lover’s paradise.