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  • What could be a better way to beat the summer heat of Delhi than to visit an amazing hill station? Well, then these hill stations near Delhi will definitely be your savior. The magnificence of the soaring  Himalayas, enchanted heritage of societies and customs, silver waters of quick streaming waterways, mumbles of rich green woods and an explorer's want for peace and comfort. Summer season in Delhi implies singing warmth, making it difficult to spend a day in a serene way, pushing local people to design an occasion to some cold slope withdraw.

    There are a few flawless slope stations close Delhi, offering an extraordinary excursion to you with your friends and family. The national capital appreciates a brilliant position of being near slopes, making them effectively available. Be it for a family getaway or on a sentimental getaway, you can enjoy various relaxations and in addition enterprise exercises. Delhi is beneficially found near the slope conditions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and the slopes of Kashmir are additionally not very far away. This time get ready to make your vacation a special one with these amazing getaways near Delhi.

    Though the capital city,
     Delhi has scorching heat during summer, these amazing places in Delhi is a must visit that will definitely make your weekend an amazing one. Located not so far from Delhi, these amazing hill stations are accessible by train, bus or taxi, whichever option is convenient for you. The amazing surroundings will mesmerize you to the most while you head out for a trek or indulge in some thrilling activities.

    Within 300 km:

    -Dehradun: 243.2 km (Best for sightseeing, trekking)
    -Nahan: 250.6 km (Best for sightseeing, trekking, fishing, national park and fossil park visit, etc.)
    -Lansdowne: 260.7 km (Best for sightseeing, relaxation)
    -Parwanoo: 264.7 km (Best for sightseeing, trekking, hiking, cable car ride, fort visits, etc.)
    -Sattal: 296 km (Best for sightseeing, fishing, boating, trekking, hiking, kayaking, etc.)
    -Nainital: 296.8 km (Best for sightseeing, backpacking, camping, birdwatching, amusement park visit, etc.)

    Within 300-500 km:

    -Mussoorie: 322.6 km (Best for trekking, sightseeing)
    -Shimla: 342.8 km (Best for trekking, sightseeing, etc.)
    -Dharamshala: 474.8 km (Best for sightseeing, old temples, trekking, cycling, etc,)
    -Manali: 537.5 km (Best for trekking, sightseeing)

    These hill stations near Delhi offer myriads of adventurous activities too, some of which include rafting, trekking, national park visit, and much more. Hence, visiting these hill stations will surely be worth the money and time, energizing your body and soul.

    Some of the best hill stations around Delhi are categorized below:

  • 01Manali

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    Definitely, an irresistible tourist destination, majorly known as a famous hill station in North India is Manali with a plenty of things to share with the tourists. This tranquillizing and captivating hill station is located at a height of 6260 feet above sea level encircled by the mighty hills and thick forests. The unexplainable charm of Manali pulled a lot of tourists towards it and offered the best views one can’t imagine a place. The town’s major hero is the pristine river Beas flowing right through its heart and that is the reason behind Manali’s bewitching landscapes.

    Adventure seekers and nature lovers find this is a solacing space to have tremendous fun along with a promising kaleidoscope to enter the inimitable beauty of the town. For Leh Ladakh trips, people come to Manali as it is the base town to get to the famous Manali Leh Highway and Leh is located at a distance of 479 kilometres from Manali.

    Manali is always a perfect choice for those who love to do adventurous activities, for honeymoon couples, for families and solo travellers.

    Rohtang Pass, Tibetan Monasteries, Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, Beas Kund, Raghunath Temple, Jagannathi Devi Temple etc.

    Trekking, nature walk, biking, cycling, paragliding, zorbing, monastery visits, temple visits, sightseeing, mountaineering, rafting, and skiing.

    Distance from Delhi:
    536.3 kilometres and it will take around 10 hours to reach Manali from Delhi via NH44.

    Best time to visit:
    Manali can be visited throughout the year but there will be heavy snow during the months of January and February but then you can enjoy snow sports, skiing etc. But during peak seasons, there will be countless people come to visit Manali.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Experiences in Manali:

    1) Trek To Chanderkhani Pass
    Paragliding in Manali

    Paragliding in Manali

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  • 02Shimla

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    One of the most popular hill stations in India is Shimla located in Himachal Pradesh and it is the major tourist destination as well in the state. There are different attractions that keep inviting the tourists to them happily. Mall Road, the Ridge, toy train etc are some of the most famous attractions here. Shimla is quite suitable for honeymooners and families as it is located amidst beautiful hills and lush green forests.

    The natural beauty of the place used to be an erstwhile summer capital of British India. It possesses colonial style buildings, historic temples and other attractions. The 12 kilometer long ridge with forested hillsides on all sides is the featured landmark of Shimla. During the peak seasons, it will be crowded and full of tourists and make the town vibrant unlike any other region in the state. Shimla is one of the most popular tourist place within 400 kms from Delhi

    Shimla Airport is the closest one to the town which is about 23 kilometers away from the city and there will be regular flights to Delhi.

    The Mall Road, the Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies, Jakhu Temple, Kalka Shimla Railway, Green Valley, Kuthar Fort, Kufri, Green Valley, Dhilon Pond, Naldeshra Golf Course, Viceregal Lodge, the Shimla Heritage Museum, Christ Church, Shimla State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Taradevi, Sankat Mochan etc are some of the must visit places in Shimla.

    Sightseeing, mountaineering, toy train visit and ride, the Ridge walk, hiking and trekking, heritage walk etc are the major activities that can be done here.

    Distance from Delhi:
    342.8 kilometers and you will reach there in around 7 hours if you travel through NH 44 and NH 5.

    Best time to visit:
    Winter is the most beautiful season Shimla adorns herself but tourists come to visit Shimla during the other seasons to avoid the heavy snowfall.
    Camping at Shoghi, Shimla

    Camping at Shoghi, Shimla

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  • 03 Mussoorie

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    We do not need to describe Mussoorie because great author Ruskin Bond has already done that in his immortal novels and short stories. He used this amazing town and the tourist places in Mussorie as the backdrop of his stories and natural beauty of this town has created many landmarks in the field of “nature’s romanticism.”
    If you are in love with nature’s romanticism and follow literature for that then the enchanting beauty of Mussoorie is your wonderland waiting for you. Sir Sachin Tendulkar, the demigod of the cricketing world loves this place as his regular hideout in a great climate and pleasant city.


    Located at the height of almost 1900 meters from the sea levels this landscape of nature has become a paradise for the tourists with a passage of time. This advantage point of nature has a history dating back to 19th century when the officers of ruling East India Company developed it as a holiday paradise in the hills. Located at the distance of 40 Kilometers from the state capital of Indian state of Uttranchal, Dehradun, Mussoorie also won this moniker of being the “queen of the hill stations.” More than 15 attractions full of nature, religion and culture are at your disposal when you are planning a stay in Mussoorie. This hill station also serves as a gateway to the glaciers of Yamunotri and Gangotri and we can consider it as an ideal place to spend summer vacations.


    The year of 1991 brought this town into spotlight because of certain cultural events and movements of political celebrities. We can term this phase as the beginning of the modern history of "Mussoorie the tourism Destination." Now this hill station has become a modern town where nature and modern day amenities are developing a new eco-system of fun, frolic, and entertainment for all age groups and honeymoon couples in particular. With a passage of time, Mussoorie has also become an educational hub because of the presence of some premium educational institutes and convent schools. The presence of these tourist places in Mussoorie also added a youthful spirit in the ambiance of this hill station.

  • 04 Nainital

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    Nainital, the hill resort town in the district of the same name, derives its name from the emerald, glassy, eye-shaped lake(tal) which the town is built around. The British Sugar trader, P. Baron, founded the town in the year 1841 and thank God that he did! There could not be a better getaway spot from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The moment you enter Nainital district, you step into a new, parallel world. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the transition to scenic splendour of the likes of the place is a treat to the senses, a characteristic balming bliss of an experience that one can only understand through live experience. No wonder then that the Kumaon Himalayas are regarded as “devbhoomi” ( land of the Gods), a divine manifestation of the most intricate natural laws, working for millennia, to carve out the perfect cradle in the arms of the lofty peaks, who remain standing as sentinels, offering solace and inspiring awe in humanity.

     Nainital’s appeal comes across as no less than a dreamscape. The British elites had used the location as a retreat during the harsh summers of the Indian mainland once upon a time, and the tradition remains alive for native Indians, as well as our foreign guests to this day. With the changing climatic patterns ushering in harsher summers, Nainital as a easily accessible and highly affordable getaway vacation spot appears as no less than a prayer answered. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple, St John in Wilderness, Hanuman Garhi for the pious ones, Mall road market,Tibetan market for the spendthrift ones, Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Jim Corbett National Park, Snow View point for the nature and adventure lovers, Nainital has a very inclusive agenda in terms of provisions - there is something for everyone.

  • 05Dehradun

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    Situated at an astounding height of 1,427 ft above the sea level, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. One of the quaintest hill stations near Delhi, it is also the gateway to several other tourist destinations: Mussoorie, Auli, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Nainital. Nowadays, Rishikesh is a very popular destination amongst adventure junkies, travelers come from Delhi for river rafting packages in Rishikesh. Pleasant climatic conditions and the scenic beauty of Dehradun attract a plenitude of visitors from across different corners of the world.

    Attractions: Robber's Cave, Rajaji National Park, Central Braille Press, Forest Research Institute, Tapovan, Santala Devi Temple, Wadia Institue, Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar Temple and Indian Military Academy

    Activities: Temple Visit, Trekking, Wildlife Tours, Ice Skating and Sightseeing Tours.

    Distance from Delhi: 239km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Offbeat Activities in Dehradun:

    1) Paragliding In Dehradun
    2) Bike Ride In Dehradun
    3) Dehradun To Mussoorie Cycling Tour
    4) Dehradun To Garhwal, Rupin Pass Trek

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays:

    1) Stay at Shinura Nature Retreat, Dehradun
    2) Camping at Maldevta Farms,Dehradun
    3) Organic Farming at Elephant Walk Jungle Lodge
    4) Stay At Forest Rajaji National Park
    5) Stay At Kumaon Styled Van Serai At Jageshwar

    Stay at Riverstone Cottages

    Stay at Riverstone Cottages

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  • 06Lansdowne

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    Nestled amidst scenic oak and lush pine forests, Lansdowne was a cantonment town that was originally known as Kaludanda. Founded by Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India in 1887, it was later renamed after its founder. One of the more picturesque hills stations around Delhi, a visit to Lansdowne is a rejuvenating experience. This tourist place is within 400 kms from Delhi which makes it a popular road trip destination.

    Attractions: Picturesque valleys, War Memorial, Tip and Top View Point, Santoshi Mata Temple, St. Mary's Church, panoramic views of the Himalayas

    Activities: Trekking, mountaineering, bird watching, boating, paddling and jungle safari

    Distance from Delhi: 249km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Offbeat Places to Stay in Lansdowne:

    1) Stay At Kasang Regency Hill Resort In Palkot
    2) Stay At Blue Pine Resorts In Lansdowne
    3) Stay At Vanvasa Resort
    4) Stay At Hotel Snow Cliff, Lansdowne

    Adventure Activities at Riverside Sb Mount

    Adventure Activities at Riverside Sb Mount

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  • 07Nahan


    Sitting atop the Shivalik Ranges, Nahan is a remote hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Popular for its calm and serene ambience, this is one of the hill stations near Delhi which still remains free from the hands of commercialization and is naturally adorned with alluring lakes, scenic peaks, evergreen forest ranges and a pleasant climate to boost. This destination is a great option for travelers to trekking near Delhi.

    Attractions: Dhaula Kuan, Paonta Sahib, Rajgarh, Suketi Fossil Park and Lytton Memorial

    Activities: Wildlife Tours, Temple Visits, Trekking, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering

    Distance from Delhi: 260km

    Best time to visit: December to March


    Hill Top Stay at Simrour Retreat, Nahan

    Hill Top Stay at Simrour Retreat, Nahan

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  • 08Parwanoo

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    A scenic and quaint village located in the state border of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, Parwanoo is the gateway to several neighbouring tourist destinations. Situated at the lower base of the Shivalik Ranges, this hill station entices its visitors with its charm and warm hospitality. It is also one of the largest fruit processing units in the country.

    Attractions: Kasauli, Pinjore, Sabathu and Dagshai

    Activities: Cable Car Ride, Trekking, Sightseeing and Outdoor Activities

    Distance from Delhi: 272km

    Best time to visit: October to May
  • 09Dharamshala

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    Considered to be the second winter capital of Himachal Pradesh is Dharamshala where hundreds of tourists arrive throughout the year to enjoy the captivating serenity and the unbeatable climatic conditions prevailing. Bhagsu was the original name of Dharamshala. The fame of the city was enhanced due to the presence of the Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration.

    Kangra is the nearest city to Dharamshala which lies at a distance of about 18 kilometers. McLeodGanj tourism has the base in Dharamshala as it is a major suburb of the city. It is divided into two different sections like Kotwali Bazaar and the other markets are called Lower Dharamshala. Its a very beautiful and picturesque destination to visit, and very popular destination to visit as this tourist place is within 500 kms from Delhi.

    Though it is a winter destination, the city has grown up to encompass many international shops and brands on its roadsides and streets to attract tourists on a large scale. For adventure lovers, this place due to its is quite famous for adventure camping near Delhi, and many tourists come here on weekends from such crowded cities to detox themselves.

    Dal Lake, Bhagsunag Falls, Kangra Fort, Tsuglad Khang Complex and Namgyal Monastery, Kangra Art Museum, Norbulingka Institute, The Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple, Masrur, McLeodganj, Kareri Lake, Gyuto Monastery and Naddi Village are the top most attractions situated in and around Dharamshala and of course the festivals during Buddha Purnima have quite a significant impact on the tourist field of Dharamshala.

    Sightseeing, shopping, monastery visits, temple visits, heritage walk, trekking, camping, paragliding, mountain biking etc are the main activities that can be done in Dharamshala

    More about Kareri Lake Trek-Explore Here!

    Distance from Delhi:
    474.5 kilometers and one will take around 9 hours to reach Dharamshala from Delhi via NH 44.

    Best time to visit:
    Dharamshala has a pleasant climate during the summer months from April to June and then there will be heavy rains during monsoon. From December to February, you can expect heavy snowfall as well. You can plan a trip according to your convenience; if you like watching rain in the hill station, then monsoon can be surprising or if you would like to spend time amid snow, the winter is the best choice. But you would be able to enjoy sightseeing and visiting all the major sites during summer months. 
  • 10Sattal

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    A little ahead of Nanital in the state of Uttarakhand, lays a paradise not one, not two but SEVEN lakes, which is called Sattal. It lies about 23km from Nainital at an average altitude of 1370m. If you are a wilderness lover, then this peaceful retreat is the right place near Delhi should be your next destination. Indulge in all the grandeur of nature which is coupled with gorgeous forests and picturesque water bodies. A holiday sojourn at Sattal is exceptional for families looking for a quiet adventure. Bond with your loved ones or just by yourself, a holiday getaway at Sattak is nothing short of Magic!

    If weather permits, you can also engage in adventure sports such as rappelling or trekking in the surrounding mountains and hills. The lake also has a healthy population of carp and Rohu fish; however, fishing permits need to be obtained beforehand. A getaway at Sattal will assure you that heaven does exist!

    Distance from Delhi: 283km

    Activities: Boating, Sightseeing

    Best time to visit: March to June and September to December

    Camp Suriya Goan, Saattal

    Camp Suriya Goan, Saattal

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  • 11Kanatal


    Be it for a family vacation, weekend getaway near Delhi or a fun trip with friends, the hidden valley of Kanatal will surely amaze you! Hidden from all the touches of the modern world, this scenic and evergreen hill station in Uttarakhand boasts of its pristine beauty, pleasant climate and stunnig views of the Himalayan Range.

    Attractions: Shivpuri, Kodia Jungle, Dhanaulti and Tehri Dam

    Activities: Adventure Camping, Trekking, Sightseeing and

    Distance from Delhi: 300km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays with Activities:

    1) Hill Top Experience at Avalon Himalayan Cottages, Kanatal
    2) Traditional Pahadi Homestay at Kanatal
    3) Experience Adventure at Camp Wildex in Kanatal
    4) Nature Stay At The Terrace In Kanatal

    Trekking and Camping at Kanatal

    Trekking and Camping at Kanatal

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  • 12Kasauli

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    Serene and tranquil, Kasauli is nestled amidst the misty and salubrious oak, pine and chestnut groves. Perched at a height of 6,100 ft above the sea level, this hill station offers a nostalgic glimpse of the Victorian age from the British Raj in India.

    Attractions: Baptist Church, Brewery, Sunrise and Sunset Points, Christ Church and Monkey Point

    Activities: Campings, Sightseeing, Trekking, Paragliding, Nature Walks and Camping

    Distance from Delhi: 300km

    Best time to visit: March to November

    Offbeat Activities in Kasauli:

    1) Rappelling At Sanawar In Kasauli
    2) Adventure Day At Kasauli In Shimla

    Camping in Kasauli

    Camping in Kasauli

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  • 13Bhimtal


    One of the largest lakes in the state of Uttarakhand, Bhimtal is a truly serene place of immense beauty! Go in the right season and you can see misty clouds descending right into its depths, fighting for contrasts with the green and blue surface of the lake. The surrounding forests lend a feeling of immense peace and tranquility. The lake has been named after Bhima, who is a character in one of the greatest epics of India, The Mahabharata. The skies reflected on the surface of the lake give it a surreal feel!

    As you approach Bhimtal through the Moradabad- Haldwani route, you can see the lake on your right side. There are numerous resorts around the lake where you can make your stay arrangement for the getaway. A school of ducks waddles along merrily, pausing to give you company! Bhimtal is a much calmer and underexplored region than the more popular Nainital. You can indulge in some boating across the lake or take a brisk walk in the surrounding jungles. There is just beauty all around you as you approach Bhimtal, the picturesque hill station near Delhi.

    Distance From Delhi: 307km

    Activities: Boating, Jungle Walk

    Best time to visit: February to April and August to November

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays:

    1) Camp Shaama, Gyandhura

    Camp Kalsi Adventure Experience

    Camp Kalsi Adventure Experience

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  • 14Naukuchiatal


    Similar to Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal is a sprawling lake surrounded by lush jungles and forests of immense beauty and varied range of flora and fauna. The name ’Naukuchiatal’ translates to mean the lake of nine edges. As you take Hapur Byepass from Delhi, you will be crossing the town of Kathgodam through Rudrapur to reach this picturesque destination. One of the lesser known Hill stations near Delhi, is is easily one of the prettiest.

    The noteworthy aspect of this lake is that it is fed by an underground perennial spring and boasts of a walking track around the lake. Now, who wouldn’t love to take morning walks in such beautiful surroundings! You can also indulge in boating across the lake surface or try your hand at a leisurely session of fishing or angling! The hills around the lake are perfect for those short treks if you are an adventurous soul. You can find some great resorts around the lake that are perfect for stay and comfort.

    Distance From Delhi: 313km

    Activities: Sightseeing, Shopping

    Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

    Offbeat Stays and Activities in Naukuchiatal:

    1) Paragliding At Naukuchiatal

    Paragliding at Traveller’s Paradise Resort, Naukuchiatal

    Paragliding at Traveller’s Paradise Resort, Naukuchiatal

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  • 15Ranikhet

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    Also known as the 'Queens Land', Ranikhet is a pleasant hill station located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Bestowed with exotic species of flora and fauna, lofty mountain peaks and fascinating wildlife, this hilly retreat is located at a height of 1,869m above sea level and offers breathtaking views of the western peaks of the Himalayas.

    Attractions: Rani Jheel, Army Museum, Jhula Devi Temple and Rama Mandir

    Activities: Trekking, Fishing, Nature Walks, Golfing and Local Sightseeing Tours

    Distance from Delhi: 341km

    Best time to visit: March to October

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays with Activities:

    1) Essence Of Nature Resort, Ranikhet
    2) Daankudi – Heritage House, Ranikhet

    Experience Adventure at Woodsvilla in Ranikhet

    Experience Adventure at Woodsvilla in Ranikhet

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  • 16Chail

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    Home to the highest cricket ground in the world, Chail is located around 44km from Shimla. Known for its misty stance, lush forests, pleasant climate and historical significance, this hill station near Delhi was once the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala.

    Attractions: World's Highest Cricket Ground, Chail Sanctuary, Military School and Gurudwara

    Activities: Sightseeing and Outdoor Activities

    Distance from Delhi: 347km

    Best time to visit: April to July and September to November

    Offbeat Stays in Chail:

    1) Glass Cottage Experience In Chail, Shimla
    2) Camping At Snow Trail, Chail, Shimla
    3) Adventure Camping At Chail In Shimla

    Night Camping in Jungle Livinn Camps and Resorts, Himachal Pradesh

    Night Camping in Jungle Livinn Camps and Resorts, Himachal Pradesh

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  • 17Mukteshwar


    Take the route that passes from Delhi, Moradabad and Ramgarh to reach Mukteshwar. Sitting atop the Kumaoni Hills of Uttarakhand; it is a popular hill station near Delhi. Deriving its name from Mukteshwar Dham, which is a 350 year old temple of Lord Shiva, Mukteshwar is home to all that is pious and pure. Although it is home to the Veterinary Research Institue of India, IVRI, it is also the famous abode of a saint who was known as Mukteshwar Maharah Ji. The temple complex of this revered saint is now a ‘Tapovan’ which means jungles of meditation and peace. Just get here and lose yourself in the peace and serenity!

    A soon as you enter Mukteshwar, blooming orchards of apples, plums and apricots will greet you with their fresh and soothing fragrance! A mountain holiday coupled with adventurous activities is the offering of this stunning destination. You can take part in sports like climbing and rappelling at  Chhaulli ki Jali, which is a picturesque place to view a sunset! The rocks crop out of Chauli ki Jalai at weird but interesting angles which makes for excellent scenery. Walk through the placid Deodar Forests and make this destination last longer in your travel plans!

    Distance From Delhi: 342km

    Attractions: Mukteshwar Dham, IVRI, Chauli ki Jalai

    Activities: Climbing, Rappelling, Forest Walk

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Divine Experience with Camp Purple, Mukteshwar

    Divine Experience with Camp Purple, Mukteshwar

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  • 18Almora

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    Perched gracefully at a height of 1,651m on the Garhwal Himalayas, Almora is one of the oldest hill stations near Delhi where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. The peace and serenity that prevails in this hilly getaway got into the attention of dignitaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda.

    Attractions: Temples, Museum, Lal Bazaar, Zero Valley, Hills and Valley

    Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Temple Visits, Village Tours, Cultural and Nature Walks.

    Distance from Delhi: 349km

    Best time to visit: March to November

  • 19Munsiyari


    The drive upto Munsiyari through the Moradabad Bye Pass right upto Almora, Bageshwar, Thal and Chaukori is marked by the mystic sight of looming and pointed snow clad peaks. The drive that passes across sights of immense and surreal natural beauty is one filled with immense peace and serenity. As you pass by, each vista unfolds to reveal valleys and mountains of unrealistic beauty! Until late, trekking in Munsiyari was not allowed without and inner line permit, but after lifting off the restrictions, Munsiyari has emerged as the choicest trekking destination in the North of India.

    You can spot the looming and majestic peaks throughout the town! The Panchachuli peaks, in particular, are a constant reminder of the beauty of nature. It is said that the Panchachuli is where the Pandavas cooked their last meal before progressing to heaven. The Goriganga, NandadeviRamganga and Dhauliganga, all tributaries of the Ganges flow and irrigate these lands to transform into a heaven of greens.

    Distance from Delhi: 583km

    Attractions: Birthi Falls, Maheshwari Kund, PancNanda DeviTemple

    Activities: Trekking

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    No matter what time of the year it is, hill stations never cease to offer the perfect respite to visitors. Also, since all of these retreats are well connected with Delhi, they are easily accessible from within the city. Plan a vacation with your family members, friends or colleagues in any one of these destinations.

  • 20Auli

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    Surrounded by picture-perfect coniferous oak forest ranges, Auli boasts of being home to the longest cable-car ride in Asia; 4km. Located at a height of 3,049m above the sea level, this pristine hill station is also a popular skiing destination in India. The misty slopes in here are ideal for the expert as well as amateur skiers.

    Attractions: Tapova, Vishnu Prayag, Joshimath, Badrinath and Skiing Festival

    Activities: Skiing, Cable Car Ride, Trekking and Pilgrimage

    Distance from Delhi: 500km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays:

    1) Stay At The Himalayan Eco Lodges In Auli

    Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2018

    Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2018

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  • 21Chamba

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    In addition to the alluring beauty of the tiny hill station of Chamba are the river Ravi and the lofty mountains posing as the backdrop. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, the history of this quaint town dates back to the 2nd century. Legend has it that Chamba is named after 'Champavati', the daughter of Raja Sahil Varman.

    Attractions: Rang Mahal, Chaugan, Akhand Chandi Palace, Saho, Chhatrari and Temples

    Activities: Trekking, Rafting, Cultural Tours, Temple Visits, Horse Riding and Rock Climbing

    Distance from Delhi: 572km

    Best time to visit: April to October

  • 22Dalhousie

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    Standing the test of time, Dalhousie also called Switzerland of India, has successfully preserved its old world charm and appeal. Comprising of five different hills - Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora, it is the gateway to the picturesque Chamba Valley and is known for its mesmeric beauty, pleasant climate and snow covered mountain peaks.

    Attractions: Subhash Baoli, Khajjiar, Bara Pathar, Baktora Hills, Tibetan Marke and Kalatope

    Activities: Trekking, Lake Visits, Temple Tours, Cultural Visits, Village Tours and Boat Rides

    Distance from Delhi: 565km

    Best time to visit: May to September

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Experiences in Dalhousie:

    1) Trekking In Aamod, Dalhouise
    2) Trekking In Dalhousie
    3) Experience Camping At Joth
    4) Traditional Day At Dalhousie

    Adventure Day Out at Dalhousie

    Adventure Day Out at Dalhousie

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  • 23Palampur

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    The picturesque and lush tea estates in Palampur boasts of the title 'Tea Capital of North India'. In addition to this, the charming atmosphere and the scenic appeal of this hill station makes it a popular retreat in Himachal Pradesh. Its meticulous beauty is completed by the fact - it is a confluence point of the hills along with the plains!

    Attractions: Sourabh Van Vihar, Temples, Tea Estates and Nature Parks

    Activities: Tea Plantation Tours, Trekking, Sightseeing, Paragliding, Angling and Picnics

    Distance from Delhi: 505 Kms

    Best time to visit: September to June

    Sightseeing Tour in Palampur

    Sightseeing Tour in Palampur

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  • 24Kangra

    The town of Kangra lies in the Kangra Valley and rests along the gushing currents of the Banganga River, which goes on to join the Beas River. Resting along the slopes of the Dhauladhars, this river is almost pious to the villagers of the surrounding towns. The ancient town also find mention as being the sight where one of the earliest wars was fought, according to the texts of Alexander the Great. The Indianepic of Mahabharata also lists the town as Trigarta. This is an allusion to the fact that this ancient twon has been a place of human settlement for many years.

    Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Kangra is sheltered by the mighty Dhauladhar Mountains on either sides and is one of the most picturesque place sin the state.  The temples in Kangra are what has given the town its pious status. The best time to visit this Hill station near Delhi is however, when there are a number of festivals in the valley like Sayar Fair, Baisakhi Festival, Navratra, Shivraytra and many more! The lakes of Kangra are more than just picturesque, they look like a magical moment frozen in time. The Maharana Pratap Sagar, Dal lake and Kareri lake are all equally beautiful. In fact, for its natural diversity, the Maharana Pratap Sagar was declared wildlife sanctuary in 1983. Almost 16 to 20 Thousands of exotic birds flock to its banks in the migratory season.

    Distance From Delhi: 469km

    Attractions: Kangra Valley, Dal Lake, Kareri Lake, Chintpumi

    Activities: Trekking, Forest Walk, Religious Worship

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Jalsu Pass Trek

    Jalsu Pass Trek

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  • 25Uttarkashi


    A river side haven of peace and serenity, Uttarkashi rests on the banks of the great river Bhagirathi. The route from Delhi passes through the scenic towns of Narendranagar, Chamba, Haridwar and Rishikesh before landing you in the lap of this breathtaking beauty of Uttrakashi. Widely revered by devotees all over India, Uttarkashi has slowly emerged as the chosen destination for all those who want to explore the valley of Gangotri, the origin of the pious Ganges River. The temple town is known for its homage abodes to various gods and goddesses such as Annapurna Devi, Kali Mata and the great Lord Bhairao.

    The starting point of various treks such as Dayara Bugyal and Dodital as well as the Yamunotri Trek, it is the starting point for many adventure enthusiasts and pilgrimages alike! Uttarkashi is indeed a paradise like hill station near Delhi.

    Distance From Delhi: 449km

    Attractions: Gangotri Galcier, Dodital, Dayara Bugyal, Bannderpunch, Duryodhan Temple

    Activities: Trekking, Religious Worship

    Best time to visit: November to March

    Fun With Nature Resort, Uttarkashi

    Fun With Nature Resort, Uttarkashi

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  • 26Thanedar


    It is said that appearances can often be deceptive and it cannot be truer than in the case of Thanedar village, a quaint hill station located a little drive away from Shimla, close to the town of Naldehra. To drive to Thanedar is to drive into a spurt and burst of colours of happiness! The birthplace of Apple farming in the north, it is here that you can see lush green trees swaying against the backdrop of impossibly blue skies and cotton candy clouds. While the mustard fields dance merrily to the tunes of the wind, the brown earth keeps you rooted in the dream like destination.

    As you advance towards the town of Barobag, the tops of the hills open up a tapestry of colours! From white clad peaks of the Himalayas to the green topped crests of the mountains nearby. The Sutlej River dances merrily in the deep hillside gorges and the air is filled with songs of several birds. Wouldn’t you just love to be one surrounded such beautiful nature!

    Distance from Delhi: 435km

    Attractions: Arya Samaj Mandir, Tani Jubber Lake, St. Mary’s Church

    Activities: Trekking, Apple Picking

    Best time to visit: February to December

  • 27Mandi


    A gem of Himachal Pradesh, Mandi derives its name from a sage who used to practice penance here. Well connected to Pathankot by rail and road, Mandi is a peaceful retreat tucked away in the valleys of Himalayas. A picturesque hill town, Mandi is also the sight of the confluence of the Beas River and Suketi Khad streams. This bowl shaped wonder of the Himalayas is also one of its chief administrative towns. The economy is largely agrarian, making it the perfect place to observe and absorb the Himalayan farming traditions and lifestyles.

    While here, you can also explore the ancient architectures of Panchvaktra Temple, Ardhnareshwar Temple and Triloknath Temple. From Mandi, you can also drive down to the scenic Prashar Lake and Barot. 

    Distance From Delhi: 423km

    Attractions: Prashar Lake, Barot Valley, Bir Monastery, Panchvaktra Temple, Shikari Devi Sanctuary

    Activities: Market, Trekking, Sightseeing

    Best time to visit: March to October

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Experiences in Mandi:

    1) Trek To Kamrunag Lake
    2) Trek To Randhidhar
    3) Trek To Shikari Mata Temple
    4) Hotel Trekker's Nest, Mandi

    Trekking and Camping at Janjehli

    Trekking and Camping at Janjehli

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  • 28Binsar


    A haven of peace and serenity, Binsar is located in the state of Uttarakhand, a little ahead of Almora. If a stay in the jungles is your idea of therapy, then this is the perfect hill station around Delhi to do so. The fresh smell of the pine forests will herald you arrival to this destination as you take the Delhi to Almora road onwards to Binsar. The drive that passes through various mountains is in itself a charming experience which shows you the best of nature on a platter. The forests filled with lush oaks and Deodars smile down upon you and the air is filled with the merry cacophony of bird sounds. There are over 166 species of birds in these forests and more, just waiting to be explored.

    In Binsar, there are a number of classy resorts as well as affordable stay options to choose from. While here, you can also delight yourself to the view of the Himalayas from the zero point, which is a t a mere distance of 25km from the Greater Himalayan Range. The sunrise and sunset views from here are simply amazing! You can also drive down to the ancient temples of Jageshwar and Patal Bhuwaneshwar, which is a magical drive through forest streams and waterfalls.

    Distance From Delhi: 402km

    Activities: Village Walk, Wildlife walk

    Attractions: Wildlife Sanctuary, Zero Point, Jageshwar Temple, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, Kasardevi Temple

    Best time to visit: October to March

  • 29Kausani

    Kausani is indeed one of the best places to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas and its enthralling peaks. On a clear day, this hill station offers mesmeric views of paramount peaks namely Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli. It is located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand and attains a height of 1,890m.

    Attractions: Pant Museum, Anashakti Museum, Rudradhari Waterfalls and Tea Gardens

    Activities: Trekking, Tea Plantation Visits, Sightseeing, Temple and Ashram Visits

    Distance from Delhi: 401km

    Best time to visit: July to September and December to February

  • 30Kufri

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    Situated only 13km from Shimla, Kufri is yet another pictorial hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Well connected to Delhi, it is one of the most sought after winter destinations in India. Nature and wildlife lovers can satiate their yearnings for a delightful holiday here in Kufri.

    Attractions: Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, Indira Tourist Parks and Kufri Zoo

    Activities: Adventure Sports, Yak Safari, Nature Tours and Zoo Visits

    Distance from Delhi: 372km

    Best time to visit: November to February

    Offbeat Experiences in Kufri:

    1) Snow Skiing In Kufri Fun Campus
    2) Go Karting Activity In Kufri Fun Campus
    3) Fun Day Out For Adults At Kufri Fun Campus

    Day Tour of Kufri in a Car

    Day Tour of Kufri in a Car

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