Best Hill Stations of north India

Best Hill Stations of north India

By Saoli

The beauty of India's diverse terrain is not anonymous to the rest of the world. The country has always attracted tourists from soils far off who visit here to quench their thirst for adventure in the remotest parts especially those hidden in the lap of the verdant hills. Summers being unbearable in some parts of the country, people usually prefer taking a refuge there to beat the scorching summer heat. And what best can it be than escaping to a land surrounded by sublime hills and green meadows swept by cool climate. Hill stations found in north India are some of the most popular ones offering some breathing space from the fiery heat of summers.

Top 5 Hill Stations Of North India

Nainital:

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Located at the foothills of the lofty Kumaon range of mountains in Uttarakhand, Nainital is unquestionably pristine. The famous Naini Lake along with a couple of other placid lakes have earned it the reputation of the 'Lake District' of India. Nainital enjoys its location in a valley having a pear-shaped lake and encircled by towering mountains. Make sure to visit the temple devoted to Goddess Naina, from where the name Nainital is believed to have been taken. Among other tourist sites here are the Land's End, Tiffin Top, and Naina Peak.

Shimla:

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Doused in scenic beauty, Shimla is often referred to as the 'Queen of Hills'. The idyllic landscape, the thick woods, the snow capped mountains, and the ever welcoming crowd make Shimla a highly sought-after hill station. Among the nearby attractions are sites like Gurkha Castles, Christ Church, Churdhar Sanctuary, Jakhu Hill, St Michael's Cathedral, Kufri, etc. Shimla is an absolute bliss for the newlyweds. The hill station has a typical old-world charm that easily catches attention.

Leh-Ladakh:

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The pictorial Leh-Ladakh is beautifully graced by the majestic Himalayas and the marvellous Karakoram Range. It is divided along the valleys whose height escalates anywhere from 9000 feet to 25170 feet. The place is extremely silent and hence offers a peaceful holiday amid a picturesque landscape. The major attractions here are the Hemis Festival, Lamayuru Gompa, Baltoro Glacier, Siachen Glacier, Zanskar, Sankar Gompa, and Alchi. Do not miss the stunningly beautiful lakes of Pangong tso (Pangong Lake) and Tso Moriri (Lake Moriri). Also worth visiting are the sand dunes of the Nubra Valley. Watch out for the double humped camels making their way through the sand.

Mussoorie:

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Engulfed by the spectacular Himalayas, Mussoorie is a favourite holiday centre for a zealous adventurer. Located at a whopping 2500 meters above the sea level, this hill station offers plenty of indulgences for the tourists. From visiting the major attractions like the Gun Hill and Kempty falls to shopping to the heart's content at the local shopping market selling some of the best wooden stuff, ceramic vases, brass statues, traditional Ladakhi shawls, and Garhwali attire, a visit to Mussoorie is all fun and gaiety.

Manali:

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An ideal destination for trekkers, backpackers, and honeymooners, Manali is famous the world over for its unparallel scenic beauty. Often termed as the 'Switzerland of India', the hill station is located in the ravishing Kullu Valley. Indulge in a variety of outdoor sports here that range from mountaineering, skiing, hiking, to rafting, para gliding, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Some of the major attractions here are the Arjun Gufa (Arjun Cave), Naggar Castle, Jagatsukh, Roerich Museum, Solang Valle, and a lot of Tibetan Monasteries.