(Last Updated On: September 19, 2017)

Are you the one, who is bored of the usual schedule of life and yearning to get rid of them for a couple of days? Or do you wish to settle down and enjoy a peaceful life in a blissful location? If you are one of them and looking for a serene dwelling, your search ends here!

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Mentioned below are some of the picturesque and pristine hill stations in India, which are not only perfect to retire and settle down, but also make for a wonderful and memorable vacation. Visit these hilly retreats during the summer and beat the scorching heat, or enjoy their heavenly beauty during the winters and soak in their charm and appeal.

Here are some of the best hill stations in India:

1. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

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Be it on a honeymoon tour, vacation with family members or an outing with friends, fun and liveliness never ceases to stop in Pahalgam. It is in this scenic hill station, you can feel and experience all the true colours of the nature at its best.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Srinagar from New Delhi at super low prices starting at INR 1,799!

2. Munnar, Kerala

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When it comes to hill stations, the God’s Own Country also tops the list. Located 1,600m above the sea level, Munnar in Kerala is one of the picturesque hill stations in India. Often called as the ‘Green Capital of India’, it is laced with scenic mountains, rolling hilltops, tea and coffee plantations, and is a true cradle of nature that befits fairy tales and fantasies.

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How to reach: To reach Munnar,  fly straight to the nearest airport at Kochi from Bangalore without burning a hole in your pocket at just INR 1,739!

Packages: Best activities to do in Munnar.

3. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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Situated gracefully on the banks of the Jhelum River, Srinagar is often referred as the ‘Kashmiri Venice’. One of the most romantic hill stations in India, the mystical outlook of this place entices the visitors with its charm and beauty. Visit this piece of paradise and witness the mesmerising beauty of the Dal Lake and enjoy ‘shikara’ rides to several gardens within the lake.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Srinagar from New Delhi at super low prices starting at INR 1,799!

Packages: Best activities to do in Srinagar.

4. Shillong, Meghalaya

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Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya is truly a visitor’s paradise. Popularly known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, it is also considered as one of the most romantic hill stations in India. Rolling hills, salubrious ambience, alluring waterfalls, scenic beauty and cheerful people add to the heavenly beauty of Shillong.

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How to reach: Fly from a metro city such as Kolkatta to Shillong for a very affordable rate at INR 4,324. 

Packages: Best activities to do in Shillong.

5. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Embraced by lush and evergreen forests, Kodaikanal is often known as the ‘Gift of the Forests’. Discovered in and around 1845, it is also touted as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and is compared with other scenic hill stations in the country. Be it stunning waterfalls, ancient caves, guarding rock pillars, striking water bodies or serene forest areas, Kodaikanal never ceases to amaze its visitors with its natural beauty.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at drop dead air fares starting at INR 1,063.

Packages: Best activities to do in Kodaikanal.

6. Mount Abu, Rajasthan23870875341_d769bdfd8d_b

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The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu lies gracefully in the bosom of the Aravalli Range. Sharing history with several myths and legends, it offers a hearty treat to the desert lovers and quenches yearnings of an uninterrupted vacation in the hills. In addition, one can even check out amazing and most popular hill stations near pune along with family and friends.5370804463_67b0899e3c_b

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How to reach: Fly straight to the nearest airport of Udaipur from a major city like Mumbai for just INR 2,999!

Packages: Best activities to do in Mount Abu.

7. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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The scenic beauty of Ooty makes it one of the most celebrated as well as highly visited hill stations in India. Nestled deep within the Nilgiri Hills, this quaint delight is a hub for the honeymooners and nature lovers. It is indeed entitled as one of the best hill stations in the Nilgiri Ranges.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at drop dead air fares starting at INR 1,063.

Packages: Best activities to do in Ooty.

8. Valparai, Tamil Nadu

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Located 3,500ft above the sea level and lying gracefully in the lap of the Anamalai Mountain Range, Valaparai is the vicinity where the stunning waterfalls, lush meadows and scenic valleys whispers liveliness into the visitors. Comprising of 40 hairpin bends, the journey to this spectacular hill station in Tamil Nadu is filled with thrill and excitement.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at great air fares starting at INR 1,063.

9. Champawat, UttarakhandHill stations in India

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Bordered by the enchanting mountain ranges and the majestic Kali River, this serene hill station is one of the least crowded destinations in Uttarakhand. It is due to the seclusion, you are promised to enjoy salubrious and tranquilizing moments laced with scenic views in Champawat.

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Pantnagar from the capital city, New Delhi for INR 4,007 without burning a hole in your pocket! 

 

10. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

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While talking about the hill stations in India, one cannot miss out on mentioning Yercaud! Laced with the mesmeric beauty of the Nilgiri Range, it is one of the important and highly visited tourist destinations in South India. The region’s heavenly beauty, pleasant climate, exquisite range of flora and fauna,beautiful resorts and myriad list of offerings earned it the title of ‘Jewel of the South’.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at super low fares starting at INR 1,063.

Packages: Best activities to do in Yercaud.

11. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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The adjectives mystical hill station or the ‘Queen of Hills’ suit this hill station the best. A mere distance of 35km form Dehradun, Mussoorie is located at a height of 1,880m above the sea level. Be it spending quiet moments, admiring the heavenly beauty of the nature, witnessing panoramic views of the Doon Valley or enjoying an exhilarating ropeway cable ride, Mussoorie is the answer to all!

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How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Dehradun from the capital city at low fares starting at INR1,975 without breaking a sweat!

Packages: Best activities to do in Mussoorie.

12. Nainital, Uttarakhand

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If you are yearning to visit a hill station on your next trip, make it to Nainital and witness its splendours. Tucked within hills and mountains, this spectacular hill station is located beside the Nainital Lake and is often known as ‘Lake District’.

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Pantnagar from the capital city, New Delhi for INR 4,007 without burning a hole in your pocket! 

Packages: Best activities to do in Nainital.

13. Darjeeling, West BengalDarjeeling

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Gaze over the horizon, walk through the clouds, witness some of the mesmeric peaks in the world and cater to one of the most memorable holidays in Darjeeling. While in this pristine piece of fantasy land, visit sacred monasteries, enjoy a toy train ride that has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and be a testimony to the existence of a fairyland.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Bagdogra from a major city like Kolkata for rock bottom fares starting at INR 1,279!

Packages: Best activities to do in Darjeeling.

14. Kurseong, West Bengal

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Located 32km from Darjeeling, Kurseong or the land of ‘White Orchids’ is a hill station town that connects Darjeeling with the rest part of West Bengal. It is in this town, where you can undertake and enjoy one of the most memorable train journeys of your life; the ‘toy train’ experience from Kurseong to Darjeeling.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Bagdogra from a major city like Kolkata for super low fares starting at INR 1,279!

15. Manali, Himachal PradeshManali (2)

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One of the topmost skiing destinations in India, Manali is known for its alluring beauty and splendour. Located beside the Beas River Valley, it lies at an altitude of 2,050m and is also one of the recent hill stations in India. Mostly popular amongst the honeymooners, the snowy outlook of Manali can make you fall in love with its ambience at an ease.Manali (1)

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How to reach: Flights available from New Delhi and Chandigarh to Kulu Manali Airport.

Packages: Best activities to do in Manali.

16. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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The most popular and liked skiing destination in India, Gulmarg (meaning ‘meadow of flowers’) is located 52km from Srinagar. The once summer home of kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir, on a visit to Gulmarg, you can witness how beautiful the world appears in white! Besides skiing and ice-skating, you can also chance a ride on the second highest cable car in the world.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Srinagar from New Delhi at super low prices starting at INR 1,799!

Packages: Best activities to do in Gulmarg.

17. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh

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While talking about the hill stations in India, Khajjiar ot the mini Switzerland of India cannot be missed. Located gracefully atop a plateau, the entire region is surrounded and covered with lush greeneries. Though Khajjiar was unknown to the rest of the world for a long time, it gained immense popularity after Willy T. Blazer, the Vice Counsellor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland visited this hill station in July 1992.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Kangra or take a train and get down at the nearest railway station at Pathankot.

 

18. Keylong, Himachal Pradesh

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A sacred land for the Buddhists, Keylong lies along the stunning Manali-Leh Highway.  Located on the banks of the Bhaga River, it is often thronged by the tourists during the Manali to Leh expedition. If you are visiting this salubrious hill station during the month of July, you can witness and be a part of its annual celebration, which is a riot of fun, colours and merriment.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Bhuntar from various cities across the county.

Packages: Best activities to do in Keylong.

19. Aizwal, MizoramAizwal

Overlooking the Tlwang and Tuirial rivers, Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram offers a unique experience of hill station. Located at an elevation of 1,132m, it is an indigenous home to some of the primitive and ethnic groups in North East India. A holiday in Aizwal is an affair of cultural richness and ethnicity.

How to reach: Fly straight to Aizwal from Kolkata at  low prices starting at INR 2,497.

 

20. Jogindernagar, Himachal Pradesh

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Named after the ruler of Mandi, Raja Joginder Singh, this quaint hill station is often entitled as the ‘Powerhouse of India’. It is due to the mountain ranges surrounding this region, it houses three of the most effective hydro-electric power plants in the country. On a visit to this hill station, besides witnessing the picturesque views and locations, you can also get an adrenaline rush by participating in adventure sports like paragliding and trekking.

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How to reach: Flights available from New Delhi and Chandigarh to nearest Kulu Manali Airport at attractive prices.

21. Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh

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Popular for its scenic beauty and meditation centre, Dharamkot is a unique and tranquil hill station located in the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh. Be it the peace and serenity that prevails or the different trekking routes originating in this town, it is one of the most enjoyed hill stations in India.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Kangra or take a train and get down at the nearest railway station at Kangra.

22. Gangtok, SikkimGangtok

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A mystical land where the cloud ushers life into the picturesque valleys! Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is cosseted by some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Pristine beauty and awe-inspiring location of this hill station make it an ideal place to enjoy ropeway cable ride and river rafting.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Bagdogra from a major city like Kolkata for super low fares starting at INR 1,279!

Packages: Best activities to do in Gangtok.

23. Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

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Nestled amidst the picturesque coniferous forests of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is the abode of the snow-clad peaks, spectacular landscapes and stunning views of the Himalayas. Also home to His Holiness Dalai Lama, it is the starting point of several enthralling treks around the Himalayan Range.

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How to reach: Fly straight to Dharamshala Airport from the Capital city New Delhi for just INR 4,415.

Packages: Best activities to do in Dharamsala.

24. Pelliang, Sikkim

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A vacation in this rustic hill settlement might get you pleasantly addicted to hills, mountains and clouds. Located in the western region of Sikkim, Pelling is one of the picturesque and virgin areas that offers the most stunning views of the Himalayas and Mt Kanchenjunga.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Bagdogra from a major city like Kolkata for super low fares starting at INR 1,279!

 

25. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

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Established during British rule as a colonial hill station, Kasauli is located at a height of 1,800m. Ornamented by scenic pine and oak plantations, the colonial architecture of this hill station offers a unique charm of India’s pre-independence era.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Chandigarh from New Delhi for just INR 1,914 without burning a hole in your pocket!

Packages: Best activities to do in Kasauli.

26. Tawang Town, Arunachal Pradesh

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Moving onto the North Eastern part of India, you will find one of the most serene and magnificent hill stations. Tawang, a sparsely populated hill town in Arunachal Pradesh also outshines other hill stations in India. Azure sky, lofty clouds, snow clad peaks and stunning views of the hills, mountains and the valleys make it a pristine hill station to visit in India.

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How to reach: Tawang can be reached by either road or flying down to the nearest airport which is Salonibari Airport.

Packages: Best activities to do in Tawang Town.

27. Thekaddy, Kerala

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Considered as the best hill station town in Kerala, God’s Own Country, Thekkady is the home to the renowned Periyar National Park. In addition to the natural beauty of Thekkady, be prepared to delve into the wilderness of the park and witness some of the rare and exotic wildlife species.

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How to reach: To reach Thekkady,  fly straight to Kochi airport from Bangalore without burning a hole in your pocket at just INR 1,739!

Packages: Best activities to do in Thekkady.

28. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

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This once a summer retreat of Lord Dalhousie; the British Governor General of India, this hill station has also been named after the general. Besides being one of the vividly celebrated hill stations, it is also known for its ‘healing water’ found in the Karelanu region.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Kangra or travel by road/train.

Packages: Best activities to do in Dalhousie.

29. Lavasa, Maharashtra

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Amongst all the hill stations in India, Lavasa is the most unique and trending destination. In addition to being the first ever planned hill station in India, it is also built in resemblance with an Italian town called Portofino. This yet-to-be completed hill station is located near Pune, Maharashtra and is a private property.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport of Pune from Mumbai at just INR 3,985!

Packages: Best activities to do in Lavassa.

30. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

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Located at the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range, Chikmagalur is often referred as the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka. Away from the banes of city life, this region is dotted with several hills, mountains and offers a salubrious experience of hill stations.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Mangalore from Bangalore at great prices starting at INR 3,258!

Packages: Best activities to do in Chikmagalur.

31. Chopta, Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand is the home to several hill stations and Chopta is one amongst them. The Himalayas serve as the backdrop of this pristine hilly retreat and also adds to its appealing beauty. Often called as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of Uttarakhand, it is a sought-after destination amongst trekkers and nature lovers.

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How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Dehradun from the capital city at low fares starting at INR1,975 without breaking a sweat!

Packages: Best activities to do in Chopta.

32. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

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Visit Chail in Himachal Pradesh and you will witness the highest cricket ground in the world. The once summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala, this quaint hill station boasts of a scenic outlook and other attractions. While in Chail, you can also enjoy adventure activities like Burma bridge, rope walk, rock rappelling and several others.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Chandigarh from New Delhi for just INR 1,914 without burning a hole in your pocket!

Packages: Best activities to do in Chail.

33. Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

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Located in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Palampur is embraced by gazing peaks, tea plantations, striking pine forests and other natural marvels. While the Dhauladhar Mountains at the back of Palampur offers a picture-perfect background, the narrow yet intriguing terrains leading to the town makes it more enchanting and a must –visit hill station in India.

[Witness the awe-inspiring views of Dhauladhar ranges in a snow trek to Kangra valley ]

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How to reach:  Fly to the nearest airport at Kangara from major cities. Can also be reached by road and rail.

Packages: Best activities to do in Palampur.

34. Champhai, Mizoram

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Surrounded by hills on all the sides, this hill town in Mizoram is truly a visitor’s delight. Inhabited by different tribal groups, Champhai offers stunning panoramic views of the Myanmar Hills and the surrounding hills. It is also known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’.

How to reach: Fly straight to Aizwal from Kolkata at  low prices starting at INR 2,497.

 

35. Amboli, Maharashtra

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A natural treasure trove in Maharashtra, Amboli is the land of fantasy and wonderment! Located 690m above the sea level, it is a natural home to exotic flora and fauna. Being secluded from the rest of the world, you are promised to have enchanting times here.

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How to reach: Fly straight to  nearest airport of Goa from major cities. Can also be reached by road/train.

36. Coorg, Karnataka

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Located in the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the scenic and pristine hill stations in Karnataka. Embraced with lush evergreen forests, alluring waterfalls, pleasantly flowing streams and rivers, holidays in Coorg spell a sojourn of natural beauty, peace of mind and enjoyable times.

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 How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Mangalore from Bangalore at great prices starting at INR 3,258!

Packages: Best activities to do in Coorg.

37. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

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Acclaimed as the second best hill stations in the Nilgiri Range, Coonoor boasts of a mild climate. While the alluring beauty and splendour of the Nilgiris add to its magnificence, rolling hills of tea plantations, colourful gardens and heart-warming atmosphere of Coonoor makes it a perfect getaway for the devotees of hill stations.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Coimbatore from Chennai at drop dead air fares starting at INR 1,063.

Packages: Best activities to do in Coonoor.

38. Saputara, Gujarat

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Located at an altitude of 1,000m and atop a plateau, Saputara is one of the picturesque hill stations in Gujarat. Over the last few years, it has emerged as an ideal tourist spot offering various fun and exciting activities like boating, ropeway rides and several others.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest Surat Airport or travel by train till Bilimora Station.

Packages: Best activities to do in Saputara.

39. Sonmarg, Jammu & Kashmirp

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Sonmarg or the ‘Meadow of Gold’ is one of the most magnificent hill stations in Kashmir. Located 2,800m above the sea level, it is dotted with several enticing glaciers and picture perfect alpine forests. A favourite ground for Golden Mahseer and Trout fishing, the entry to Sonmarg remains restricted in the winters due to excessive snowfall; only Indian Military personals are allowed during this period.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Srinagar from New Delhi at super low prices starting at INR 1,799!

40. Panchgani, Maharastra

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If you want to witness and experience how flourishing the colour green can be, you must visit Panchgani! Discovered during the British era, this tranquil hill station is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra and is guarded by five different hills.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport of Pune from Mumbai at just INR 3,985!

Packages: Best activities to do in Panchgani.

41. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is indeed one of the most sought-after hill stations in India. Once the summer capital of India, it now serves as one of the main tourist destinations of the country. Be it the winters or the summers, Shimla always offers a pleasant climate and ample of sightseeing options to its visitors.

How to reach: Fly to Shimla Airport or drive down by road!

Packages: Best activities to do in Shimla.

42. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

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Located in Andhra Pradesh and at around 140km from Bangalore, Horsley Hills is quite a mystical hill station. According to the legends, this vicinity was once inhabited by a miracle girl, who had magical power of healing. Named after W.D. Horsley, this place is also a popular ground for adventure activities like zorbing, rappelling and trekking.

How to reach: Can fly down to Bangalore International Airport or get down at Madanapalle station which has connectivity with Hyderabad and Tirupati.

 

43. Khandala, Maharashtra

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If you are a keen lover of Hindi movies, you have already witnessed the beauty of Khandala. Located atop the Bhor Ghat in Maharashtra, this hill station is one of the most celebrated retreats in the country. A popular ground for hiking, it shot to fame after the song “Aati kya Khandala” in Aamir Khan starrer movie ‘Ghulam’.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport of Pune from Mumbai at super low ticket prices starting at INR 3,985!

Packages: Best activities to do in Khandala.

44. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

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During the Brithsh Rule, the tranquil and evergreen ambience of Mahabaleshwar used to be the summer capital of Bombay. Located on the Western Ghats and at a height of 1,353m above the sea level, it is also known as the ‘Land of Strawberries’. Be it a family trip, outing with friends and colleagues or on for a honeymoon, Mahabaleshwar can be an ideal option in Maharashtra.

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How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport of Pune from Mumbai at super low ticket prices starting at INR 3,985!

Packages: Best activities to do in Mahabaleshwar.

45. Yusmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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Hill stations in Kashmir region are considered the most beautiful in the country. Located around 47km from Srinagar, Yusmarg is one such captivating hilly retreat. According to legends, Jesus Christ once visited this vicinity and thus it is also called the ‘Meadow of Jesus’ by the locals. While snow clad peaks, picturesque outlook and fascinating sights of Yusmarg can keep the visitors engrossed, its option for different adventure activities also fulfil the requirement of thrill and excitement among the visitors.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest airport at Srinagar from New Delhi at super low prices starting at INR 1,799 without paying through your nose!

 

46. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

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The Queen of Satpura, Pachmarhi is a quaint hill station in the Satpura Range of Madhya Pradesh. Located at an elevation of 1,100m, this hilly retreat is popular for its scenic beauty, picture-perfect outlook and the tranquil ambience. Sharing history with the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Pachmarhi offers a plenitude of tourist delights like Dhurgarh, Sunset Point, Sangam, Silver Falls and several caves.

How to reach: Fly down to Bhopal airport that offers connecting flights from various major cities like Delhi, Indore and Mumbai.

 

47. Almora, Uttarakhand

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Almora; the perfect meeting ground of culture, history, heritage and natural beauty, is located in the Kuamon region of Uttarakhand. Situated in one of the eastern corners of Uttarakhand, it is the home to some of the notable temples like Nanda Devi, Asht Bhairav, Rudreshwar Mahadev Temple and many more.

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Pantnagar from the capital city, New Delhi for INR 4,007 without burning a hole in your pocket! 

Packages: Best activities to do in Almora.

48. Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

Blue Mountain by Thangaraj KumaravelImage credits: Thangaraj Kumaravel

Visit Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu and witness the Nilgiris changing its colour! Popularly known as the ‘Blue Mountains’, it is in this scenic and quaint hill station that the Nilgiris turns green. Endless patches of tea plantations are responsible for the change in appearance of the hills.

Hilltop House by Thangaraj KumaravelImage credits: Thangaraj Kumaravel

Scenic View by Thangaraj KumaravelImage credits: Thangaraj Kumaravel

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Coimbatore that connects with major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. 

49. Mirik, West Bengal

Mirik Lake by BISHAL RAIImage credits: Bishal Rai

One of the many hilly jewels of West Bengal, Mirik is all about natural beauty and splendour. Located mystically amongst the hills of Darjeeling, this small hill town offers a tranquil holiday experience ornamented with prismatic views of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Surrounded by lush and evergreen pine forests and exotic gardens, the Sumendu Lake is main attraction of Mirik.

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Bagdogra that connects to cities like Kolkata. Can also be reached by road and rail.

 

50. Matheran, Maharastra

Dancing Clouds by Omkar A KamaleImage credits: Omkar A Kamale

Matheran; the smallest hill station in Maharashtra, is located on the Western Ghats. At a height of 800m above the sea level, it is a perfect example of how nature thrives and flourishes at its best. In order to conserve its ecosystem, it has been declared as an automobile-free region; it is in fact the only automobile-free hill station in Asia.

Rainbow by Omkar A KamaleImage credits: Omkar A Kamale

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Mumbai or Pune depending on convinience. Can also be reached by road and railways.

Packages: Best activities to do in Matheran.

51. Auli, Uttarakhand

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Be it the snow clad peaks, stunning views of the glaciers or the longest cable car ride in Asia, everything adds to the pristine beauty of Auli. Located in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, it is a spectacular skiing destination and a major hill station in India.

Misty Vales... by RajeshImage credits: Rajesh

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Dehradun to reach Auli.

Packages: Best activities to do in Auli.

52. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunjee by Pankaj KaushalImage credits: Pankaj Kaushal

Meghalaya, the abode of the clouds is the home to Cherrapunjee and known as the land of mist and magic. Once the rainiest place on earth, this balmy hill station is located on the Khasi Hills of North Eastern India. A sojourn to Cherrapunjee will take you to some of the most picturesque and fascinating waterfalls in India.

Be it a family trip, honeymoon, office tour or simply a short journey with friends, hill stations in India are a favoured option. It is in these hilly retreats, you can soak yourself in good times, shed off the stresses of mind and attain peace of mind.

How to reach:  Can be reached by road from different major cities and towns in India. 

Packages: Best activities to do in Cherrapunjee.

53. Lonavala, MaharashtraLonavala

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Lonavala is one amongst the most popular hill stations in India. Situated at an elevation of 622 m above sea level, this place is bestowed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. Located amidst the Sahyadri Ranges, this hill station proffers a picturesque panorama.

One can indulge in innumerable activities at lonavala, like trekking, fishing, picnicking, sightseeing and much more. Lonavala is blessed with mesmeric green vistas like valleys, hills. It is also known as the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’. The nature’s true essence is pouring out.

How to reach:  Fly straight to the nearest airport of Mumbai which has connectivity to major airports in India. Can also be rached by trains connecting Mumbai and Pune.

Packages: Best activities to do in Lonavala.

 54. Araku Valley, Andhra PradeshAraku Valley

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Araku Valley is an exceptionally picturesque hill station in India. Located to the south of Andhra Pradesh, in the Visakhapatnam district this place is well known for its mesmerising landscape. The coffee plantations, the hills enveloped in green woods and the enticing valleys have made the Araku Valley an ideal tourist destination.

The Borra caves, the Ananthagiri hills, the Tribal Museum and the Sangda waterfalls are some of the fascinating destinations to be visited here. When at the Araku Valley, one can either indulge in adventure activities like trekking or just relax in embrace of nature’s soothing arms.

How to reach:  Vishakhapatnam is the closest Airport to Araku. Can also be reached by many roadways.

 

55. Ziro, Arunachal PradeshZiro arunachal pradesh (2)

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Visit Ziro, an attractive and age old town in Arunachal Pradesh. Popularly known for its beautiful pine hills and rice fields, this place allures several travellers. It is also an abode to a very enchanting Shiva lingam that attracts innumerable worshipers every year.

Blessed with enticing hills that are covered with a variety of flora and fauna, this place is a hub for trekkers and picnic lovers. The hotels and resorts at Ziro, proffer amazing hospitality and a rejuvenating experience. One can plan a trip to this hill station anytime of the year and enjoy a perfect weather.

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Image Source: Rita Willaert

How to reach: The best option is to fly to Guwahati and do the road journey or take the overnight train to Naharlagun.

Packages: Best activities to do in Ziro.

56. Chamba, Himachal PradeshChamba

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Himachal Pradesh is bestowed with a number of hill stations that make a perfect tourist destination. Chamba is one such hill station located in the Himalayan state. It is an olden town situated where River Ravi and River Sal meet, at a height of 996 M above sea level.

Well known for some antiquated temples, this place has a pristine aura and it attracts innumerable devotees. Visit Chamba and attend the Suhi Mata Mela and the Minjar Mela and get acquainted with their culture. Relax amidst the serene environment and admire God’s beautiful creations.

How to reach-  The Pathankot airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 120 kilometres. Taxi’s can be used to reach the airport.

Packages: Best activities to do in Chamba.

57. Kufri, Himachal PradeshKufri (2)

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Kufri is a paradise for all you romantic souls out there. Located in the mesmeric Shimla district, this hill station is based at the foothills of Himalayas. Bestowed with a chilly climate, the best time to visit this place is during the summer season.

Get hypnotised by its scenic beauty; the greenery and the snow clad hills. In the winters, kufri looks like a white Goddess as it pulls over the blanket of snow. Also, indulge in thrilling activities like skiing and tobogganing, trekking and hiking when here.Kufri (1)

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How to reach- The closest airport to Kufri is Jubbarbhatti Airport near Shimla located at a distance of about 20 kms which has access to the Capital City.

Packages: Best activities to do in Kufri.

58) Yelagiri

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If you are an adrenaline junkie, then Yelagiri is one of the ideal hill stations to visit in India. Located in the south, this place is a hub for adventure sports. All you daredevils should come here and treat your rush with activities like trekking, paragliding and rock climbing.Yelagiri (2)

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It also proffers a fascinating panorama, totally worth sightseeing.  Blessed with a number of temples across its hills, Yelagiri has a serene aura. The Summer Festival here attracts innumerable participants and tourists from all around the countr

How to reach: The nearest airports to Yelagiri  are those of Bengaluru (193 km) and Chennai (219 km). One can hire a taxi or get a bus to reach Yelagiri.

Packages: Best activities to do in Yelagiri.

59) KausaniKausani (2)

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Popularly known as ‘Switzerland of India’, the captivating landscape of Kausani allures a lot of visitors. Situated in Uttaranchal, this place lies at an elevation of approximately 6075 ft above sea level. Enveloped by dense pine woods, Kausani looks heavenly and pristine.Kausani (1)

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One can also be in awe of the mesmerising view of the Someshwar valley and also the Garur and Baijnath Katyuri valley, from here. Be it a family picnic, a get-together with friends or a romantic outing with your partner; Kausani is the perfect destination to visit.

How to reach: Catch a flight to the nearest airport of Pantnagar or use railways and roadways.

Packages: Best activities to do in Kausani.

60) LansdowneLandsdowne

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Lansdowne is a quaint hill station, situated in the Garhwal district Uttaranchal. Based at an altitude of 1706 m above sea level, this place is endowed with a pleasant climate all around the year. The thick oak and blue pine forests that cloak Lansdowne are highly admirable.

Famous for its alluring vistas and peaceful environment, this place is an ideal traveller’s destination. For those who are seeking some thrill can indulge in activities like trekking and nature walks, bird watching, boating and paddling and much more.

How to reach: Fly to the nearest Dehradun airport which offers connectivity with the Capital City New Delhi.

Packages: Best activities to do in Lansdowne.

61) KulluKullu

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Kullu is one amongst the most captivating hill stations in India. Nestled in the ‘Valley of God’s’, it renders a serene and peaceful environment. Being located at an altitude of 1230 M, on the banks the River Beas, Kullu is a chilly and mesmeric hill station.

The enticing landscapes at Kullu that encompass the green woods, magnificent hills, shimmery rivers, make this place an ideal tourist spot. It is also a hub for adventure activities. Visit this place with family and friends and enjoy thoroughly.

How to reach: Fly directly to Kullu Airport from various cities across the country.

Packages: Best activities to do in Kullu.

62) RanikhetRanikhet

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Get hypnotised by the mesmeric view of the magnificen Himalayas, while you relax at the picturesque hill station of Ranikhet. Situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet encompasses lush green woods and fields. It is famous for its immaculate and peaceful aura.

Enveloped by rocks, hills and meandering terrains, Ranikhet also proffers a number of escapades, for all you adrenaline junkies. Relax on Mother Nature’s lap and feel rejuvenated and revitalized. It is also an perfect place for sightseeing.

How to reach: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Ranikhet. Can also be reached by the nearest railway station, Kathgodam