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5 Best Hill Stations of India

The hills have been successful in holding up the century-old traditions and cultures that have prospered the lives of the people in Incredible India. India is dotted with the awe-inspiring hills all over the country starting right up from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu easily accessible by Indian Railways. 

1. Shimla

Shimla is the top most travelling destination for tourists in India due to its climate and accessibility – exclusively known for its ethnic culture and eternal beauty. It is quite famous because of its historical style railway and buildings along The Mall.

Major Tourist Attractions: Jakhoo Hill, Shimla State Museum, Mall Road
Nearest Railway Station: Kalka
How to Reach: Road journey from Kalka 85 km

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2. Manali

Manali with a soothing backdrop of snowcapped Himalayas offers a blend of adventure and tranquillity and is bordered by cool pine forests and the raging Beas River providing it with a special power.

Major tourist attraction: Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass.
Nearest Railway Station: Ambala 360 km, Chandigarh 350 km
How to Reach: Road journey from Chandigarh

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3. Darjeeling

A ticket on the iconic Darjeeling toy train takes you for a ride through rolling green hills and scenic locales. Darjeeling is one of the prettiest hill stations with the lush green tea gardens which are absolutely perfect.

Places to visit: Tiger Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Batasia Loop.
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri 88 km
How to Reach: Road journey from New Jalpaiguri or travel by Darjeeling Toy Train

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4. Srinagar

Srinagar is said to be the Land of Lakes and Gardens due to the presence of abundances of lakes and gardens which were mostly influenced by the Mughals - attracts tourists with its lovely relaxing houseboats.

Places to visit: Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Wular Lake
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi 305 km
How to reach: Srinagar Airport is 15km away. Or road journey Jammu Tawi    

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5. Ooty

The panoramic view of Ooty, surrounded by lofty mountains, dense forests, beautiful lakes, eucalyptus trees and tea gardens make it worth visiting.

Places to visit: Droog Fort in Coonoor, Avalanche Valley, Dolphin’s Nose
Nearest Railway Station: Mettupalayam 47 km
How to Reach: Road journey from Mettupalayam

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