Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, delights visitors with its lovely lakes and relaxing houseboats. In fact, lakes and gardens are in such abundance there that Srinagar is often referred to as the “Land of Lakes and Gardens”. Kashmir-Shrinagar is known as the “Heaven On Earth” due ton its magnificient beauty. The gardens have a distinctly Mughal influence, as many of them were cultivated by Mughal emperors. You’ll find Asia’s largest tulip garden in Srinagar, with a tulip festival held every April. Srinagar is a great place to come if you’re a golf enthusiast, as there are a number of courses there.
dal lake; Jama Masjid; Jwaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden; Mughal Gardens; Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden; Hazratbal; Manasabal Lake.
Places to stay:
Peacock house boats; Hotel Prince Inn; Batra Hotels and residences; Hotel Pacific; Hotel Centre Point.
Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh. This wonderfully cool and charming town sprawls along a mountain ridge, enveloped in oak, pine and rhododendron forests. It’s quite famous for its colonial style buildings and historic railway. Its a region that is highly appreciated for its ethnic culture and eternal beauty. “Nati”, a local form of dance could be seen performed by the ever-friendly jubilant locals. Shimla is also an architectural paradise, flaunting many splendid colonial architecture buildings. The old Christ Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows, is one of Shimla’s most prominent landmarks. The Observatory Hill is another great landmark. There are plenty of adventure sports and short hikes on offer in the vicinity as well which can be observed by travelling on a toy train.
Manali, is a retreat in Himachal Pradesh, well known for its bewitching beauty and numerous adrenaline pumping activities. Manali has a soothing backdrop of the Himalayas and offers a blend of tranquility and adventure that makes it one of northern India’s most popular destinations. You can do as little or as much as you want there. Manali is located in the Kullu Valley of himachal pradesh, it’s a magical place bordered by cool pine forest and the raging Beas River, which give it a special energy. From Heli Skiing to the Temples, it has a varied diversity of everything. Manali is also renowned as the “Prime Honeymoon destination”, of India.
Manali’s twin hill is Kullu known as the ‘Valley of Gods’. It has many mystical stories attached to its existence. Kullu and Manali are two twin hill stations that are flooded by the tourists throughout the year. Kullu is adorned by many beautiful scrapped temples and festivals. The grandeur and the vicinity of the Himalayas over-awe every single person who has ever visited this magnificent place.
Major Tourist Attractions(Shimla):
Jakhoo Hill; Shimla State Museum; Summer Hill; Mall Road; Christ Church; Tara Devi Temple; Annandale; Viceregal Lodge; Shoolini Temple; The Ridge.
Places to Stay(Shimla):
Himani; Park; East Bourn Resort; Rajat; Quality Inn; Radisson; Hotel Marina; Sukh Sagar Regency; King Palace.
Major Tourist Attractions (Manali):
Hadimba Temple; Rohtang Pass; Solang Valley; Vashist Hot Water Springs; Tibetan Monasteries; Mall Road; Club House; Manu Temple; Nehru Kund; Bhrigu Lake; Kothi.
Places to Stay (Manali)
Hotel Naveen; Celebrity Hotel; Manu Allaya Resort; Manali Resort; Apple Green Resort; Apple Paradise; Hotel Ankit Palace; Hotel Century Gangri
Major Tourist Attractions (Kullu):
Manikaran; Vaishno Devi Temple; Bijli Mahadev Temple; Sultanpur Palace; Raghunathji Temple; Basheshwar Mahadev Temple; Akhara Bazaar; Jagannathi Devi Temple; Great Himalayan National Park.
Places to stay (Kullu):
Budget Hotel; Standard Hotel; Luxury Hotel; Apple Valley; Resort; Kullu Valley; Silvermoon; Himalayan Hamlet; Victoria Palace; Sandhya Palace; Himalayan Village; Hotel Vaishali; The Nest.
In the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is the hill station of Nainital which features the serene, emerald colored Naini Lake and action filled strip called The Mall, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and markets. It is often referred to as the ‘Lake District’ of India Enjoy one of the many forest walks, explore the surrounding area on horse back, or relax on a boat in the lake. Based in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand surrounding the volcanic lake Nani, Nainital is adored by millions and is often. It is a destination for all, whether you are looking for a perfect family outing, or a romantic getaway. It is well connected by the major cities and offers a lot to rejuvenate your body and soul. Nainital Mountaineering Club; the name is enough to cheer the adrenaline seekers. With the variety of treks and the picturesque locations, Nainital is surely a must visit location.
Major Tourist Attractions:
Boating on Naini Lake; Naina Devi Temple; Mall Road; Raj Bhawan; Gurney House; Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo; Tiffin Top; Astronomical Observatory; Snow View Point.
Places to Stay:
Hotel Moon; New Bharat; Hotel India; Alpine Club; Pavilion; Himalaya; Naini Retreat; Arif Castel; Vikram Vantage.
Mussoorie, located around an hour from Derahdun in Uttarakhand, is a popular weekend destination for north Indians, as well as honeymooners. 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 perched in Uttarakhand, is famed as the “Queen of Hills”. It is an extremely beautiful hill station to explore. While glaring over Dehradun, it provides the “déjà-vu” missing out in one’s life. An evening walk on the Mall Road is enough to entangle you to get “relocated to Mussoorie” and cherish long-lasting memories. Flooded with many top boarding schools of India, Mussoorie is a tourist and education hub of Uttarakhand.
Major Tourist Attractions:
Rishikesh; Mussoorie Lake; Christ Church; Kempty Falls; Lal Tibba; Company Garden; Jwala Devi Temple; Happy Valley; Gun Hill; Nag Devta Temple; Mussoorie Heritage Centre; Mall Road; Camel’s Back Road
Places to Stay:
Shiva Continental; Monarch; Hill Queen; Nand Residency; Silver Rock; JW Marriott; Royal Orchid; Jaypee Residency.
It is the capital of Sikkim. Gangtok is one of most famous and serene and captivating cities in the world. Its the most pleasured hill station of India and attracts huge number of tourists from all over India and abroad. Gangtok offers a lot of adventure thrilled activities. The scenic view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga makes its topography really breath-taking.
Tsomgo Lake; Saramsa Garden; Cholamu Lake; Hanuman Tok; Seven Sisters Waterfalls; Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary; Ganesh Tok View Point; Kanchendzonga National Park; Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
Places to Stay:
Hotel Tashi; Sidlon Residency; Orange Village Resort; Silk Route; Denzong Residency.
Once a summer retreat of the British, Dalhousie today is another attraction for tourists all over the country. Named after British General Lord Dalhousie, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is situated across 5 hills namely, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bakrota and Bhangora. Situated at an altitude of 2700m, Dalhousie is a beautiful hill station that offers a panoramic view of Dhauladhar mountain range Dalhousie is popularly known as the land of Dalai Lama. The town is the reflection of rich Hindu culture as it is dotted with several temples and preserves the unique art and handicraft dating back to the mid 6th century AD.
Alla; Karelanu; Dainkund Peak; Khajjiar; Bakrota Hills; Village Lohali; Dalhousie Cantonment; Sadar Bazar; Tibetan Market; Panchpula; Kalatop; Panjpulla; Subhash Baoli.
Places to Stay:
Dalhousie Palace; Hotel President; Indraprastha Resort; Grand View; Peace Channels; Alps Resort.
Established in the early 19th century by the British as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government, Ooty is now a soothing place to escape the summer heat in Tamil Nadu. 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. Ooty or Ootacamund is the capital of the Nilgiris. It is famous for the picturesque picnic spots, but; still the chief attraction remains the mile long tea gardens. Whether you are a kid or an adult, nobody skips the Nilgiri Toy Train ride. It takes you along the picturesque topography of the Nilgiris.
Droog Fort in Coonor; Avalanche Valley; Dolphin’s Nose; Lamb’s Rock in Coonor; Rose Gardens; Kalhatti Falls; Mudumalai National Park; Mukurthi National Park; Deer Park; Tribal Museum.
Places to Stay:
Hotel Lakeview; Woodberry Residency; Deccan Park Resort; Fortune Resort; Sullivan Court; Taj Savoy.
Darjeeling, in West Bengal is a very very famous hill station especially for the Bengalis and also a lot of peop[le from all over India and from abroad visit this place for its stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, the 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 for just roaming around, and exploring the tea estates, villages, and markets. Darjeeling is also known as the dreamland of the east. Its natural beauty is enough to lure a tourist and keep him captivated all his or her life. The hill station has many exotic waterfalls, hills blossoming with flowers of every shade, and the tea gardens. The Darjeeling Tea is one of the most popular teas in the world.
Darjeeling Toy Train; Senchal Lake; Ghoom Monastery; Mahakal Temple; Observatory Hill; Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo; Tiger Hill; Bhutia Busty Monastery; Dhirdham Temple
Places to Stay:
The Retreat; Summit Grace Hotel & Spa; Sonar Bangla; RJ Resort; Shanti Palace; Riddhi Siddhi Residency.
In the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, 120 km from Madurai is located the beautiful hills of Kodaikanal with its awestricken forests and hills and beautiful scenery. 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, 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. Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and is often called “Kodai”. It is well-known for its spices, homemade chocolates, herbal teas and coffees, oils and the orchids. The landscape of Kodai has compelled people to call it the “Princess of Hills”.
Berijam Lake; Coakers Walk; Kodai Lake; Kurinjiandavar Temple; Ddolphin’s Nose; Bryant Park; Green Valley View; Kopdaikanal Solar Observatory.
Places to Stay:
Aarem Valley Castle; United 21; Kodai International; GRT Nature Trails; Kodai by The Lake Resort; The Carlton.
Khandala is a vey famous hill station in Maharashtra that has attracted many tourists. It is very well connected to the cities of Pune and Mumbai. There are many beautiful caves, mountains and waterfalls that when mixed with the greenery of the hill station is one vista that anyone cannot afford to miss. Lonavala twin hill station to Khandala. It is famous worldwide for the sweet “chikkis” that are made here. It has many caves, lakes and waterfalls. Karla caves are the must visit caves as they have connections to the Buddhism dating back to the 9th Century.
Mahabelashwar is the perfect tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra. It is a most visited hill station of the state. There are umpteen numbers of lakes offering an opportunity to the visitors to try their hand in boating and fishing.
The closest hill station to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Matheran offers plenty of walking trails and lookouts. The most unique thing about it and what makes it so special, is that all vehicles are banned there — even bicycles making is Asia’s only automobile free hill station, providing the cleanest and freshest air and atmosphere to dwell in. It’s a soothing place to relax away from any noise and pollution. Get there by taking the scenic toy train and then ride a horse around. It is. The most mesmerizing part of the trip is the toy train ride from Neral to Matheran that covers the entire topography of the hill station.
Places to Stay(khandala):
Hotel La Revival; Zara’s Resort; The Dukes Retreat; Velvett Country; Sunrise Hill Resort; Fun & Food Hotel
Places to Stay(Lonavala):
La Exotica; Lonavala Mayur; Loogana Resort; Fariyas Resort; Della Resort; Star Regency; Adarsh Hotel; Lions Den; Hotel Chandralok.
Major Attractions (Matheran):
Alexander Point; Echo Point; Charlotte Lake; King George Point; Louisa Point; Monkey Point; Porcupine Point; One Tree Hill; Chowk Point.
Places to Stay (Matheran):
Royal Hotel; Paramount; Horseland; Adamo Resort; Cecil Hotel; Woodlands Hotel.
Major Attractions (Mahabaleshwar) :
Pratapgarh Fort; Venna Lake; Mahabaleshwar Temple; Tapola; Panchgani; Lingmala Waterfalls; Elephant’s Head Point
Places to Stay (Mahabaleshwar):
Hotel Poonam; Gautam; Ramsukh Resorts and Spa; Royal Orchid; Pratap Heritage.