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!
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
6. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
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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.
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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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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9. Champawat, Uttarakhand
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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.
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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 and myriad list of offerings earned it the title of ‘Jewel of the South’.
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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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