With the onset of summer, lots of people are looking for some blessed relief from the scorching heat of the sun. So why not escape to one of the many hill stations in India? Cool mountain breezes, and lush green valleys beckon you here. We’ve already looked at 8 Refreshing Indian Hill Stations To Visit, but here are some more places in India that are sure to be the perfect getaway spots

Coorg

Take a jeep safari at Nagarhole in CoorgIt is one of the most popular hill stations in that state Karnataka. Coorg is actually the more popular name for the Kodagu District, and it is known for its abundant greenery, hilly slopes covered in coffee plantations, wildlife and waterfalls. Nagarahole National Park, Raja seat, Abbey falls, Nisaragadhama Iruppu falls, Madikeri Fort, are just some of the destinations that are worth the visit.

Auli

Auli PeakThis hill station is located in the state of Uttarakhand amidst the snow-capped Himalayas. One of the best skiing destinations in India, you will find people flocking here throughout the year for an adventure. In the summer, it is an excellent destination for hiking, camping, and trekking through the rough trails of the Himalayas.

Also Read: What To Do In Auli – A Heaven for Ski Lovers

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi Waterfall
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Often called “Satpura ki Rani,” Pachmarhi is a hill station in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It has amazing views of the Satpura range of mountains and is also home to Handi Koh, a viewpoint overlooking a deep gorge and craggy cliffs. There are also many waterfalls here, including Apsara Vihar, Silver Falls, and Bee Fall. Pachmarhi is also famous for the ancient Pandava Caves, cut out of sandstone, where it is believed that the Pandavas from the epic The Mahabharata once stayed. Other things to do here are trekking, paragliding, and zip lining. 

Shimla

High Altitude Destinations, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, hill stations in IndiaPeople often escape to this amazing destination in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is filled with snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and vibrant people. But, it is not only the surroundings but also the amazing and adventurous activities that you get to do here. You can visit many lovely old buildings, go shopping, skiing, trekking, horse riding, and much more.

Also Read: The Top 22 Amazing Places to Visit in Shimla

Ooty

The Nilgiri Mountain train, declared a Heritage Site by UNESCO

In the lap of the Nilgiri Hills and in the state of Tamil Nadu, lies Ooty. Also known as Udhagamandalam, this hill station is famous for the heritage ‘toy train’ that runs to the nearby smaller hill station of Coonoor. Travellers can also enjoy the Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta, Avalanche Lake, Pykara Lake, the surrounding Nilgiris hills and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Ladakh

Panoramic view of Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh, India - hill stations in indiaSet amidst the Himalayas, Ladakh is famous for its abundance of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, high mountain passes and stunning views. Sometimes also called a “little Tibet,” due to the similarity in culture and heritage, it has a rich and diverse history. There is lots to do here, such as trekking, camping, bird watching, and rock climbing. Also visit popular destinations like Leh, Sham Valley, Nubra Valley, and Pangong Lake.

Also Read: Why You Should Visit Ladkah – A Ladakh Travel Guide

Gulmarg

A view after the fresh snowfall at the world famous ski resort in Gulmarg, KashmirSituated in the Baramulla District, of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg sits at an altitude of 2,730 meters. It is known for its snow-laden peaks and deep valleys, making it a perfect place to go skiing. You can also take trips to Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, and Khilanmarg or spend your time golfing. 

Munnar

Tea plantations in Munnar - Indian hill stations

Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district, Kerala. Nestled in the mighty Western Ghats Mountain ranges, Munnar is also known as “Kashmir of South India” and known for being an amazing Honeymoon Destination. Tea plantations, forests, wildlife, valleys and mountains make Munnar an attractive scenic beauty.

Though the list here speaks of only 8 hill stations in India, there are a lot of other summer destinations where one can go to escape from the summer heat. If we’ve missed any of your favourites, share them in the comments below. 

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