India is known for its hot climate, rain season, and an abundance of gorgeous religious and cultural sites, but it is also a country of numerous hill stations that offer mind-blowing views of the Himalayas, as well as beautiful tea plantations and picturesque flower-filled valleys. From the snowy peaks of Jammu and Kashmir to the magical Dharamsala, we present you 8 best north Indian hill stations to escape the summer heat.
Leh Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir)
The phantasmagorical views of Leh are known all over the world. Perched between two mightiest mountain ranges – Karakorum and breathtaking Himalayas – Ladakh is a real gems for all adventurers. It features beautiful places like Pangong lake, Leh Palace, and Magnetic Hill, which are only the tip if the iceberg that is Leh. Explore rare mountain cultures, enjoy scenic views, and visit ancient cave temples.
Also known as the Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie is a tranquil piece of paradise located amidst the Garhwal Himalayan ranges in the state of Uttarakhand. With untouched hills, scenic snowy peaks and gorgeous green meadows, Mussorie is a great destination for a peaceful vacation among the clouds.
Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh)
Dharamsala, the residence of Dalai Lama, is a pecular place the strikes with an amalgam of Tibetan and Indian cultures. Located in Kangra district, Dharamsala is divided in several layers with different ambience – some are mostly inhabited by monks, while others are packed with cosy cafes playing live music and Tibetan shops with amazing handmade items. It’s a place like other!
must-see places of Himachal. And don’t forget the numerous temples and trekking trails!
Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
Manali is among the most popular hill stations in India and rightfully so. With its jaw-dropping views, clear lakes and streams, lush green forests, and mysteriously misty mountains, Manali is a perfect getaways for mountain lovers, honeymooners, and adventure seekers. Its picturesque Rohtang Pass and beautiful Solang Valley are among the top must-see places of Himachal. And don’t forget the numerous temples and trekking trails!
Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
The capital of Kashmir may very well be the most picturesque place you’ve ever visited. It is like a painting that came to life! Its Dal Lake offers the most serene ambience with colourful boats roaming all around, while Mughal Gardens offer truly striking examples of Persian architecture.
Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand are packed with breathtaking views and amazing lakes, yet Nainital is one of the most beautiful out of all of them. The uniquely shaped Naini Lake is surrounded by beautiful hills and even more lakes (that’s why it is also called the City of Lakes). With fresh air and an abundance of natural beauty, Nainital attracts tourists all year round as its climate is mild and very pleasant.
Kasar Devi (Uttarakhand)
As you go deeper into the mountains of Uttarakhand, you will find an array of peaceful hill station, each offering a spectacular view and a unique calm atmosphere that will make you fall in love with the place. Kasar Devi is exactly like that! Located not far from the busy Almora city, Kasar Devi offers views of snow-capped Himalayas, and a bunch of peaceful guesthouses to spend as much time as you want in this blessed place.
Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh)
Dalhousie is also known as the Switzerland of India and that name says it all. It’s a small village that oozes the charm of Victorian architecture combined with striking mountain sceneries, pine forests, flowery meadows, and mountains clad in mist. Sandhara Falls, Khajjiar, and Panchpula are the must-see places in Dalhousie.