Today, time is the most expensive thing that very we have with us. We all are busy with our hectic schedules. Whether it’s about our professional life or our personal life, we all live in a world full of responsibilities and duties. But in this busy schedule, there’s one thing that we are missing. And that is, to take care of ourselves.
Although meditation helps, we need something more to replenish our minds and souls. One of the best ways to do so is to take a BREAK and visit some of the best hill stations in India.
Have you ever wondered why all the monks travel to the hills, to meditate?
It is because there it has the fragrance of simplicity. Far away from the city life, when you breathe the fresh air while looking at the tremendous scenes from the mountains, you feel a vibrating sensation in your body, making you feel alive.
The tremendous eye-capturing beauty of the mountains is ineffable. So, the best way to take a break is to pack your bags and get a memorable trip to the mountains. So, these are some of the best hill stations to visit in India that you can add to your bucket list.
Best Hill Stations to visit in India
Shimla is one of the most adorable tourist places. There might be very few people who wouldn’t have heard about Shimla. Covered with snowy mountains and a layer of green valleys, Shimla maintains its honor as the Summer Capital of Himachal Pradesh since the Colonial Era.
There are many places to visit while you are in Shimla. You explore the natural beauty of the place and breath in the fresh air of the chilling mountains, which leaves your mind at peace.
If you wish to make your trip immortal, do not forget to experience the toy train that runs from Kalka to Shimla. A trip of 2-3 days would be sufficient to explore the place, including the blazing market, getting woolen, and wooden handicrafts for your loved ones.
The beauty of this place cannot be described in words, the place can be for sure called Heaven on Earth. It has some breath-holding scenes of beautiful nature, which are graced up with the adorable Naini Lake in the center of the city.
Nainital is one of the best places to get over your adventurous thirst. Experiencing from para-gliding to horse riding one can make endless memorable moments at the beautiful place. The place brings back the juvenile you.
The place can be explored with ease within 2-3 days exploring your favorite adventurous sports. Do not forget to get a ride exploring the wildlife of Jim Corbett National Park, one of the oldest national parks along with boating in the beautiful lake surrounded by mountains all around.
The next place on my travel bucket list is Srinagar – Jammu & Kashmir, listed in the top beautiful hills of Kashmir Valley along with and around the Jhelum River.
Hills aren’t the only attraction of Srinagar. The houseboats, lakes, and historic gardens around the city add to its beauty. A trip of 4-5 days would be sufficient to explore the place high in the mountains. Experience of boating on the surface of the Dal Lake, watching the cultural houseboats afloat around give Goosebumps all over the body, making you feel like you’re truly in heaven.
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Himachal Pradesh got a small but tremendously beautiful place for the tourists to visit, McLeodganj. McLeodganj, known as the town of Dalai Lama is a place where one can experience the essence of the Tibetan culture. A trip of 2 days is sufficient to fully explore the Tibetan town and the beautiful scenes of the mountains with the blanket of snow over them.
One could explore the small, colorful shops all around the place, spin the prayer wheel known in the Tibetan culture, or could simply eat the steaming hot plate of momos. Another place to make some beautiful memories.
Shillong is another hill station, attracting many tourists from all over India. The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong lies on the Khasi hills. Best place to visit for rain lovers, as Meghalaya is famous for receiving the highest rainfall in the whole world. One can spend 2-3 days in Shillong exploring waterfalls and smelling the sweet fragrance of flowers in the air of the city.
One should visit the Elephant Falls, not forgetting the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, to explore different cultures.
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Ooty is the most famous hill station to visit in South India. The place was also known as a summer retreat during the colonial period, the Britishers called it Snooty Ooty. It is covered with jaw-dropping landscapes, lakes, and tea plantations where one can sit for hours just admiring nature.
It would take 3-4 days to fully explore Ooty, including the colonial-style cottages and the beautiful tea plantations around the area.
One should not miss on Botanical Garden while a stay in Ooty, and also not the rose garden famous for featuring around 3600 varieties of rose.
Manali is like Paradise on earth for the ones who need to experience snow with jaw-dropping scenes. The place is very famous among adventure lovers. Located in the Kullu valley, at an altitude of 2050 m above sea level, it attracts a large number of tourists to unpack the place and explore its beauty.
4-5 days are sufficient to fully enjoy being in Manali, exploring all the mountain adventures, and experiencing the silence of the mountains, which makes it bliss.
While you are there, do not miss out on the breathtaking scenes of the glaciers, peaks, and valleys visible from the Rohtang-pass which is only 53 km away from Manali.
Covered with a beautiful layer of tea plantations with the snow-filled mountains in the background, Darjeeling gives a treat to the eyes. Darjeeling is located at an altitude of 2042 meters in the region of the lesser Himalayas.
A 3-4 days trip would be sufficient to explore the beautiful city, the tea estates, visit Buddhist monasteries, or trek to Tiger Hill. The trip can be made even more enjoyable by taking a ride in UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train traversing through the war memorial and Batasia Loop.
Mussoorie is another beauty situated in Uttarakhand, which provides you with awesome views of the green Doon Valley ornamented with the snowy Himalayas in the back scene. This place hits differently to the tourists. Mussoorie is about half an hour’s drive away from the capital of the state Dehradun.
3 days trip would be sufficient to explore the beautiful scenes of the valleys along with experiencing peace at Mussoorie.
A trip to Mussoorie cannot be completed without taking the ropeway ride to Gun Hill. From the 400-feet high, one can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Doon Valley and the surrounding area.
Munnar is a charming hill station in the state of Kerala, where one can experience a variety of green shades while looking at the wide range of tea plantations all around the hill station. The adventure admirers can follow up a trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India.
3 days or more would be perfect for a memorable tour to Munnar, including trekking, Ayurveda spa, yoga, and many other activities to enjoy.
Do not miss out on visiting the Tata Tea Museum for getting friendly with the process of tea processing, while getting a closer look at the sample fresh tea, picked freshly from the garden.
So, whether you are a solo traveller or someone who prefers travelling with loved ones, these are the10 most beautiful hill stations in India to visit in 2021.