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Manali (including Kullu & Rohtang)Top 10 Popular Hill stations

Easily is the most popular hill station in India. It has lot many things, that others in the list don’t offer—it is situated on the banks of the river Beas. It is right on the doorstep of the himalayas and is actually the gateway to most adventure road trips in Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Hence it gives a mix of tranquility and adventure. 40 kms before Manali is Kullu and is so closely associated that all travel itineraries mark Kullu-Manli in same breath. Another 42 kms ahead of Manali is Rohtang Pass which gives tourists coming to Manali a perennial chance to play on snow all the year round.

Srinagar Top 10 Popular Hill stations

Its not called paradise on earth for nothing. It has been eternal favourite made extremely popular by bollywood movies in decades of fifties and sixties in the last century. Overcoming a long period of turmoil, Kashmir valley in general and Srinagar in particular is now witnessing healthy number of tourists. Its water everywhere with two big lakes- Dal and Nageen and river Jhelum flowing in. Mughal Gardens of Srinagar are world famous. Now it also has the largest tulip garden in Asia, where millions of tulip bulbs bloom in month of April every year. Everything about Srinagar is magical whether its about staying in house boats or making excursions to Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Khilanmarg.

ShimlaTop 10 Popular Hill stations

A name that always pops up first when we talk about India’s hill stations. It used to be the summer capital of the Britishers when they ruled India. Famous for its colonial architecture and UNESCO World Heritage railway that takes one from Kalka to Shimla. Traveling in this toy train is an experience within itself. The Mall road and the ridge had been iconic. Combined with Kufri, Shoghi and Mashobra this can be certainly the most visited hill station in India. Images of first snowfall of the winter in Shimla are always among the most awaited ones. Proximity to the major north Indian cities also makes it the most preferred ones.

NainitalTop 10 Popular Hill stations

Nainital has been equally popular among honeymooners as Shimla and Mussoorie. Similar to them this was also a popular summer retreat in the days of the British Raj. Nainital is in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It features the serene emerald coloured Naini Lake and action filled strip called The Mall, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and markets. Enjoy one of the many forest walks, explore the surrounding area on horse back, or relax on a boat in the lake. Occasionally gets snow in winters and China Peak is one of the prime attractions. It is closest hill station to national capital New Delhi, hence gets a lot of occasional tourists. Also gets bundled up with tourists coming to Corbett National Park in the terai region.

MussoorieTop 10 Popular Hill stations

Often dubbed as Queen of Hills, Mussoorie is almost equidistance to Nainital from Delhi, hence easily favoured as weekend destination for the north. It also completes the trinity of the three British period summer retreats around Delhi, the other two being- Shimla and Nainital. Located right on the hills adjacent to capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, Mussoorie has its own charm. One of the reasons for Mussoorie's popularity is that it has a lot of facilities developed especially for tourists. Take a cable car to Gun Hill, enjoy a beautiful nature walk along Camel's Back Road, have a picnic at Kempty Falls, or ride a horse up to Lal Tibba (the highest peak in Mussoorie). Mussoorie also offers a superb view of the Himalayas.

DarjeelingTop 10 Popular Hill stations

Similar to Shimla, Darjeeling too holds most of its romance to the toy train that runs from Siliguri to the hill station. This fabulous journey has been showcased in many films. It is the only hill station in West Bengal. World over Darjeeling is also famous for its tea. In addition, it's blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak. Some of Darjeeling's most popular attractions include historic toy train, monasteries, botanical gardens, a zoo, and the Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway cable car (the longest cable car in Asia). Darjeeling is a wonderful place to walk around, and explore the tea estates, villages, and markets. Close to Gangtok and Kalimpong makes it a choice for longer travels to east.

MunnarTop 10 Popular Hill stations

As with Darjeeling, Munnar is another hill station famous for its tea estate, but this one is down south in Kerala. It is Kerala’s only hill station (obviously). Hence, it is also different from typical north Indian Hill stations. But it has natural beauty in abundance. The Kundala Tea Plantations, which border a picturesque lake, offers the best opportunity to see the tea being picked and processed, and to try fresh tea straight from the gardens. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in south India, explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and paragliding.

OotyTop 10 Popular Hill stations

To the other side of Nilgiris is Ooty, another of India’s most famous honeymoon spots, down south. This too, established in the early 19th century by the British as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government, is now a soothing place to escape the summer heat in Tamil Nadu. Ooty is a visual delight filled with pretty cottages, fenced flower gardens, thatched-roof churches. If you travel there during the peak season in April and May, do be prepared for it to be crowded though! Ooty's most popular attractions include the 22 hectare Government Botanical Gardens (a flower show is held there every May as part of the Summer Festival), boating on Ooty Lake, and climbing Dodabetta Peak for an excellent view of the Nilgiri hills. The drive from Munnar to Ooty itself is said to be the one of the most picturesque trips in the world.

KodaikanalTop 10 Popular Hill stations

Secluded Kodaikanal is nestled 120 kilometres from Madurai in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu. Its name means "Gift of the Forest", and you'll find many varieties of flora and fauna there. Orchards of pear trees, and charming buildings with gabled roofs, will greet you as you enter the town. There's an annual horticultural show at the landscaped botanical Bryant Park in May, waterfalls where you can enjoy a picnic beside, boating on the lake, and plenty of walking trails. Herbs and aromatherapy oils are some of the more interesting things to buy in Kodaikanal, with the eucalyptus oils being particularly popular.

Mount AbuTop 10 Popular Hill stations

Only hill station in the Aravalis and in Rajasthan. You will not have a snowfall here, but temperature goes below freezing point in winters occasionally. As with Nainital, this hill station is also castled around a beautiful lake- Nakki lake. Guru Shikhar peak nearby is the highest peak in the Aravali ranges. It is also a favourite honeymoon spot for couples from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Close proximity to Udaipur is an added advantage for this place which draws many tourists coming to the City of Lakes. 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.

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