55 Hill Stations In India That Must Be On Your Vacation List

Yeh haseen vadiyan yeh khula aasman!

Akshada Borhade

11 months ago|10 min read


Like me, are you all also waiting for this pandemic to end? So that we all can grab our suitcases and rush to enjoy the vacation at some cool breezy place for a break from everyday routine and boredom. Those beautiful mornings amidst the misty, foggy mountains and those starry nights to enjoy and get peace. 

In case you all are hunting for a place like this misty one. Then pat yourself as you have come on the right path. 

This article will suggest you 55 hill stations in India for you to enjoy a misty vacation. 

Let us start from the northern part of India.

Northern Part:

Jammu and Kashmir:

Jammu and Kashmir | Hill Stations In India

1. Srinagar: 

It is the largest city in Jammu and Kashmir, and also it's capital. It has many places to visit like lakes and houseboats to have fun. For shopping many beautiful materials, goods you will find. Srinagar is one of the best hill stations in India.

2. Patnitop:

Patnitop is another scenic hill station in Jammu Kashmir. 

It is known for its treks and camping. Dense forests and lakes are major tourist attractions. 

3. Gulmarg:

This authentic hill station is best suited for holidays, honeymoons, and much more. Jammu and Kashmir are well known for snowy mountains and skiing. But hill stations like Gulmarg are so blissful that even gods will love to come and reside here. 

Now let us move ahead in the northern part.

Leh and Ladakh:

4. Leh and Ladakh:

Leh and Ladakh | Hill Stations In India

This place is a heavenly hill station to visit. Many exotic places, palaces, monasteries are present. Adventurers here will be most happy as it offers river rafting, mountain biking, mountain trekking, and a lot more. This hill station in India is a must to be at and enjoy.

Himachal Pradesh: 

Himachal Pradesh | Hill Stations In India

5. Manali:

In case we are listing down the hill stations to visit and enjoy. Then Manali is a must to pay a visit in India. Manali offers a combination of adventures as well as many places to visit and be happy. Skiing is in the heart of the northern part.

6. Shimla: 

Shimla, this hill station is a must to visit in India. Shimla is known as the queen of hills. Dense forests, scenic mountains give this place a score of a hundred for its beauty. 

7. Mcleodganj:

Mcleodganj is a place best to visit if we wish to acquaint ourselves with the Buddhism culture. A good hill station in India for camping. Beautiful lakes filled with melting snow are a scenic getaway to experience. 

8. Kasol:

Kasol is a small village located in Himachal Pradesh. It is known as Amsterdam of India. Trekkers, adventurers, and nature lovers come here to find scenic beauty and peace amidst this majestic hill station in India. 

9. Dalhousie:

It is a hill station that offers us waterfalls, dense trails of forests, and lush green areas allowing us to rest peacefully amidst it. There are small places to visit in Dalhousie, which are called Mini Switzerland of India.

10. Khajjiar:

Khajjiar is the mini Switzerland of India. Panoramic view and lush green place including a golf course too. This place also holds historical importance.

11. Spiti: 

To experience beautiful landscapes, Himachal Pradesh offers the best hill stations in India. Spiti is an exotic valley and hill station. Whitewashed Buddhist monasteries are a bonus to visit. 

12. Dharamshala:

Dalai Lama's hometown is Dharamshala. If you wish to preach and look at a different culture, Dharamshala is your pick. It is the resthouse for many pilgrims. Waterfalls make this place even more beautiful. 

13. Kasauli:

Lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, trekking, camping, and much more Kasauli has to offer. Many different adventures one can experience here. 

14. Palampur:

Palampur is a tea plantation and also a beautiful hill station to visit. Adventure sports are a must when it comes to hill stations in India of Himachal Pradesh.  

15. Kufri:

Kufr stands for lakes which means it is known for its lakes and scenic beauty of hill station. It is famous among trekkers. Trekker enthusiasts do visit this hill station in India. 

16. Bir:

Many monasteries and stupas are present in Bir. 

Adventurous sports are a significant tourist attraction in Bir. Bir is known as the Paragliding capital of India. 

17. Chamba:

Chamba is known for its charming and attractive view. Everything a nature lover demands is present in Chamba. Lush greenery, sparkling waters in lakes, forests, alpine trees, and much more. 


Uttarakhand | Hill Stations In India

18. Mussoorie: 

The utmost tourist attraction in Uttarakhand is Mussoorie. It is well known for its gigantic waterfalls. You can find her calmness and peace of mind to carry back home. 

19. Auli:

Auli means meadows. Auli provides skiing, trekking, and a much more adventurous experience. 

It is a ski resort. 

20. Nanital:

Nanital is called the Queen of Lakes. A picture-perfect hill station to visit in India. The essence of flowering plants and misty mountains add to Nanital's beauty. 

21. Rishikesh:

Rishikesh is known for its different temples and places of religious importance. 

It is known as the Yoga capital of the world. Do spend some time at this beautiful place in India. 

22. Lansdowne: 

The best thing about this place is that it is known as the unspoiled hill station of India. Lakes, churches, temples, memorials, and much more. A beautiful long's trail is a must in this hill station of India.

23. Mukteshwar:

For a divine experience, Mukteshwar is a must-hill station in India. From temples to scenic views, Mukteshwar offers us everything. An unaltered place to visit and enjoy. 

24. Almora:

Oaks and pine forests define Almora as an extinguishing beautiful hill station in India. Almora is the start of many trek destinations. 

25. Valley of Flowers:

As the name suggests, a valley of flowers is a national park in Uttarakhand. A colorful rainbow of flowers lined in front of your eyes with an essence of wonderful and peace-giving flowers makes this place an extraordinary one to visit. 

26. Ranikhet:

Natural beauty is the best definition suited for Ranikhet. It is a cantonment and a hill station in Uttarakhand. A golf course is also present here. 

Further now moving to the eastern part of India:

Eastern Part:

Eastern Part | Hill Stations In India


27. Gangtok:

Gangtok is a beautiful hill station in India. The capital city of Sikkim is Gangtok. Adventurer seeking new adventures, this place best fulfills your needs. This place offers you river rafting, coolness, and peace with mist present in the air.

West Bengal:

28. Darjeeling:

Tea, tea, tea! Fresh tea essence is spread all over Darjeeling. A teak, tea hill station in India. Darjeeling is known as the queen of hills. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, is situated here in Darjeeling. 

29. Kalimpong:

Kalimpong is known as a paradise for nature lovers. This place offers many thrilling adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, horse riding, and much more.


30. Shillong:

It is a scenic hill station situated in Meghalaya. Music is at the heart of Shillong. 

You will surely be awestruck by the waterfalls present in Shillong.

Arunachal Pradesh:

31. Tawang:

Lakes, monasteries, falls, peaks, and a lot more. An exotic combination of Buddhist culture and colorfully breathtaking natural beauty.

Let us quickly explore the northwestern part.

North Western Part:


32.Mount Abu:

It is a beautiful hill station in India near the Aravali ranges. Rajasthan's culture, food, and scenic beauty will attract tourists all over the world. 

Mount Abu is a green flag to visit.



Saputara, in the Sahyadri range. It is a great place for road trips, pleasant, sparkling waterfalls. And, of course, adventures will never leave your side if you are visiting the northern hill stations in India. 

Central India:

Madhya Pradesh:


Pachmarhi is popularly known as Saputara ki Rani. 

Sparkling waterfalls and breathtaking scenic view defines Pachmarhi as the best hill station in India. 

Western Part:



The land of strawberries. Mahabaleshwar is an exotic hill station. It has a scenic view, a misty atmosphere, and a windy place giving you the chills all over the spin. 


The land of chikkis. Chikki is sweet made of groundnut. Lonavala is one of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. Beautiful lush greenery and caves are present. 


It is a huge volanic plateau. It is a very mesmerizing hill station. If you visit Mahabaleshwar, do visit Panchgani as they are nearby. A perfect plan of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani sounds like a great deal. 


This hill station in India is well known for its cool climate and beautiful colonial structure. Ancient forts and waterfalls add to the beauty of this hill station.

39.Malshej Ghat:

 Waterfalls and Malshej ghat is the perfect combination. Malshej ghat offers a pleasant and humid climate sending those goosebumps all over your body. 


This place offers the largest earthen dam making the area more attractive. Waterfalls are a must to visit in hill stations situated in Maharashtra.


This place and the cool weather is the best memory to cherish forever. Sunset points and waterfalls make this place so alluring to look. 

A quick suggestion, if you visit any of the hill stations in Maharashtra, do eat Kanda bhajis (Onion Pakora) sitting near a waterfall or on any of the scenic places. Hot pakoras and chilling weather are the best combinations. 

Southern Part:



Luxury, ancient architecture, pleasant weather, adventure is what you are looking for then Coorg offers you this all in one place. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India.


Monastries, palaces, coffee plantations, waterfalls have a different place in a travelers heart. It is a breathtaking rainforest and leaves you spellbound with its lush greenery.


This hill station in India has received its name because of its distinct shape of mountains. Kudremukh means horse face. It is best suited for trekkers. This hill station offers you a view of many different birds and animals like peacocks. 


Chikmagalur is also a tea and coffee plantation place leaving its essence all over the place, making it refreshing. Waterfalls, temples, and adventures are here.

Andra Pradesh:

46.Araku Valley-Visakhapatnam:

One can experience different traditional dances, greenery, dense forests, waterfalls, and much more in the Araku valley. To acquaint yourself with the tribal lifestyle, Araku Valley gives you this experience. 

47.Nallamala Hills:

It is one of the largest hill stations in Andra Pradesh. One can find dense forests, valleys, orchards, peace, and calmness here. 

Nallamala Hills is a must-hill station to visit in India.



Munnar is the most visited hill station in South India. Wildlife, forests, lush greenery, waterfalls, and much more to enjoy.


Camping and trekking are at the heart of Wayanad. If you visit Kerala, do visit Wayanad for an incomparable experience. This place also serves as the best honeymoon destination. 


One of the best nature-rich hill stations in India is Idukki. Idukki is known as the spice gardens of Kerala. Sanctuaries, wildlife, and greenery best define this place.

Tamil Nadu:


Ooty is India's Switzerland. It is a combination of tea plantations, hill stations, sculptures, architecture. The name itself stands for blue hills that hold when one visits this exotic hill station in India.


It is one of the most visited hill stations in Tamil Nadu. It is known as Princess of Hills. Boating and wandering around will help you find inner peace and calmness. 


This hill station comes amongst the forests offering boating, camping, boathouse. It has a Japanese nursery to give coolness to our eyes. 


Yelagiri is a small hill station located in between the towns of Vaniyambadi and Jolarpettai. Beautiful waterfalls and lovely temples complete this place. 


Nilgiri mountain train ride is a fun ride in Coonoor. Misty waterfalls, trekking, and getting lost in lush greenery is a bucket list to do.
Now let us end this misty and pleasant journey of hill stations across India. I am sure you all must have started planning which place to visit this monsoon. Hill stations always have every Indian's heart. The breathtaking, majestic waterfalls always leave travelers awestruck. 

A break from all your daily routine is a must. And if this break takes you to a hill station. Then you will carry back the home freshness and new energy. 

So get ready to sing Yeh haseen vadiyan yeh khula aasman. 

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