Most of the hill stations in India were developed by the British or European people to get respite from the oppressive summer heat.
Today, these hill towns spread across India are some of the top tourist places to travel to in India in summer and they are also very popular for places to go for honeymoon in India.we are listing these popular hill stations.
Matheran is a hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the smallest hill station in India. It is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is located around 90 km from Mumbai, and 120 km from Pune.. Matheran, which means “forest on the forehead” (of the mountains) is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is Asia’s only automobile-free hill station. It’s a soothing place to relax away from any noise and pollution.
There are around 38 designated look-out points in Matheran, including the Panorama Point that provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is dramatic. The Louisa Point offers crystal clear view of the Prabal Fort. The other points are the One Tree Hill Point, Heart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh Point, and more.
9. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill station in India, which is referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations”. It is a charming hill station and stands a midst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for the tourists. At an altitude of 2,133m, Kodaikanal is famous for its fruits and tastes like bananas, plums and lychees. The Kurinji flower, which is also known as the pride of Kodaikanal
8. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. At an altitude of 2240m, this hill station is blessed with conifers, pine and eucalyptus trees. An ecstatic location for trekkers, Ooty is clustered in an arena that is surrounded by four hills- Elk Hill, Snowdon, Doddabetta and Club Hill. These hills form a part of Nilgiri Mountains that are structured with the Western and Eastern Ghats. Doddabetta Peak, Pykara, Pine forest, Wenlock Downs, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi National Park, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake and Upper Bhavani are some of the popular attractions near Ooty.
7. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains.The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”, referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations. 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.
6. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is famous for its lush tea gardens. It is 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.
5. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level. Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake.
Nainital is popularly known as the Lake city and is surrounded by huge mountains that give it a picturesque look. The sparkling lake waters and the flickering lights all along the lake at nights create a magical aura and you can also enjoy the scenic beauty by taking long walks.
4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali stands high at an altitude of 2050 meters above sea level at the head of the Kullu valley of himachal pradesh. it’s a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give a special energy. Manali is also famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, paragliding and other adventure sports. Also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, Manali is the right place for both adventure lovers and tourists. Apart from Manali, the beautiful Kullu valley runs north to south of Beas river and is 80km long and about 2km at its broadest.
Kullu is the right place for anyone who wishes to escape the heat and dust of the world, to breathe the exhilarating air of the Himalaya and enjoy the spectacle of the variegated mountain scenery.
3. Srinagar, Kashmir
Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir .It is a place of splendid natural beauty, it’s often referred to as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens” or the “Switzerland of India”. The gardens have a distinctly Mughal influence, as many of them were cultivated by Mughal emperors. It is asia largest tulip garden in Srinagar, with a tulip festival held every April. The city is famous for its waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.
2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Starting with the picturesque Himalayas in the north, Shimla is undoubtedly one of the top hill stations for honeymoon in India.Shimla used to be the summer capital of the British Raj when they ruled India. Now it’s the state capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2159m and surrounded by snow covered mountains, green meadows and a wholesome climate. Decorated in the midst of pine, oak and rhododendron, Shimla is located in the midst of west Himalayas, thus you can experience pleasant summers and snowy winters. With a lot of diversity, Shimla is a perfect place for fishing, skiing, trekking and other adventurous sports. The Ridge, Jakhoo Hill, Kufri, Fagu, Chail, Glen, Prospect Hill and Kamna Devi Temple, and Himalayan Bird Park are main attraction of shimla. Also known as ‘the Queen of Hills’.
1. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie is called as Queen of Hills, located around an hour from Derahdun inUttarakhand.It is a popular weekend destination for north Indians, as well as honeymooners. The picturesque view of slanting hills covered with a wide variety of flora and fauna is simply a breathtaking sight. Tourism is the most significant segment of Mussoorie’s economy.
It has a nature walk known as “Camel’s Back Road”. This road takes its name from a rocky outcrop in the shape of a camel’s hump. Along the road, a cemetery is located about mid-way on the loop. There is also “Gun Hill” where a cannon was used to sound out midday for many years. Gun Hill is accessible by the cable car on the Mall road,.
Kempty Falls is a nice picnic spot for tourists, It is a main attraction of mussoorie. Company Garden is popular tourist destination. During season, the Company Garden has a vast collection of flowers and plants.