The View from the Top: Most Popular Hill Stations In India

Freaked out by the monotonous schedules of everyday life? Need some leisure time away from work; devoted to rest and pleasure? There’s a matchless exit available for you to sway your desires of pleasure and adventure, amidst the lap of green vales and at high altitudes, are these exotic hill stations in India. One would love the divine view of these high valleys and plains. These hills have fascinated millions of tourists from around the globe to take hold of their nature and serenity. It is certainly difficult to take a pick out of the more than 20 mountain ranges, embracing a number of hill stations and each one promising to be tourist friendly! Here’s a glimpse of a few of them that can include your hunt for hill stations in India:

 

1. Nainital in Uttarakhand

Nainital in Uttarakhand

Photo by rajkumar1220, CC BY 2.0

 

Also cited as the Lake District of India, the hill station of Nainital impresses its visitors. Ringed by the hills, the Naini Lake attracts a lot of tourists every year. Yachting in the Lake, one can view the beauty of the city; the famous street market at one hand and the divine aura of the Naina Devi Temple at the other. The hot air balloon rides and paragliding are the attractions available for the adventure freak. The ropeway here connects Nainital to the snow-view point and is a thrilling experience.

 

2. Shillong in Meghalaya

Shillong in Meghalaya

Bara Pani at Shillong – Photo by Masrur Ashraf, CC BY-ND 2.0

 

Known as the Scotland of the East, Shillong is just a 100 kms away from Guwahati. The architecture and the food culture of this city still conveys the legacy of the British rule in India. The inspiring awe of the city of Shillong from the highest view point of the state of Meghalaya is an enriching experience. The city is a host to several lakes and waterfalls. Shillong is a home to the first golf course in India, having 18 holes within. This beautiful hill station has enormous natural caves that grab the attention of every visitor.

 

3. Matheran in Maharashtra

Matheran in Maharashtra

Photo by Harsha S, CC BY-ND 2.0

 

Away from the pollution of the motor vehicles, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India. Declared as an Eco sensitive region, there is a ban on vehicular transport in this place, which makes every traveler walk down through its streets or enjoy the beauty of this hill station taking a horse ride. With a pleasant climate almost throughout the year, Matheran is a tableland enclosed with dense forests. The journey of the toy train on the Neral-Matheran narrow gauge is a scenic experience.

 

4. Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Mount Abu in Rajasthan

Nakki lake at Mount Abu – Photo by Koshy Koshy, CC BY 2.0

 

The only hill station in the state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is the most sought for run away from the scorching heat of both Rajasthan and Gujarat. The best way to travel across the hill station is through a hired bike. A ride to the temples, lakes and sunset point drives away all the fatigue and energizes your mind, body and soul. Known as an Oasis in the desert this hill station homes many waterfalls, lakes and evergreen forests.

 

5. Ooty in Tamil Nadu

Ooty in Tamil Nadu

A view of botanical garden Ooty – Photo by Thamizhpparithi Maari, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Also referred to as Ooacamund, this hill stations is a travelers’ paradise. Settled in the Nilgiri mountain ranges, this place pulls droves of tourists every year. The town has multitudes of parks that allows one to nose the scent of eucalyptus trees that surround the area. The wax museum of Ooty, put up in a century old bungalow and the stone house are the worth visiting spots in this hill station.

A thrilling drive through the hills of India, fulfils the wants of every holidaymaker. It not only connects you to nature through the high peaks but also allows you to interact with the creation of God in its eternal form.

Author Bio

Moving around to quench his travelling desires, Rohit has been to a lot of hill stations in India. In his search for solace in the hills, he has tagged some hill stations as a must visit for every traveler.  View more of his travel blogs at http://www.transindiatravels.com/.

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