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9 Unbeatable Exotic Indian Hill Stations

Written by Manish Yadav

Summer is around the corner. It is time to choose some exotic hill station in tropical area to spend your summer. India is a lot of many hill stations. There are a lot of exotic hill stations that are wonderful vacation spots. If you are planning to choose one of the hill stations in India, this article will be very helpful. Here are the top 9 hill stations in India that can beat any other summer getaway spot in the world.


Chemery is a small village in Leh, the place of snow and mountains. This place is known for a 17th century Gompa and the picturesque spot. This Gompa has many valuable collections and sculptures for the travellers to enjoy. Moreover, the grey sand and lush vegetation makes this place one of the exotic hill station spots in India. This is the right spot to hit if you are looking for peace and relaxation.


Sikkim is located in the North East part of India. It is a small state on the Himalayan range. It is bordered by Nepal, Tibet, West Bengal and Bhutan. The hills in this state are low in height and are covered with evergreen and deciduous trees. It has a pleasant climate and some areas in Sikkim have regular snowfall. Summer is the right time to visit this place. This place is the best for those who love nature. There are about 5000 flowering plant species in this place. The top attractions in Sikkim are Lachung river, Pelling waterfall, Gangtok, Ravangla, Namchi Garden and Lakes, Yuksom mountain, Lachen, Kaluk and Aritar.

Shivling Peak, Uttarkhand

Shivling or Garhwal is located in the northern part of Uttarkhand. It is also called as Matterhorn peak. The Shivling Mountain is a twin mountain. This place is known for those who love mountaineering and those who love photography. It is also a pilgrimage spot. The top spots to visit in Shivling Peal are Tapovan, Kirti Glacier, Peak of Meru, Bhagirathi, Thalaysagar and Kedar Dome.


Manali is located in Himachal Pradesh. Manali is one of the favourite hill stations for romantic couples. It has snow capped mountain, pleasant climate and natural beauty. The top attractions to visit in Manali are Hadimba Devi temple where you can find many wooden carvings and sculptures, Solang Valley for snow related activities like skiing, motor biking and paragliding, Beas Kund for trekking, Rohtang Valley for trekking and skiing, Rahala Waterfalls, Pin Valley National Park, Manali Sanctuary, Nehru Kund, Jagatsukh, natural hot water spring, Tibetan Monasteries and many others. If you are looking for natural beauty, pleasant climate, greenery and a lot of outdoor activities, Manali is the best spot.


Kodaikanal is a wonderful hill station located in Tamil Nadu. It is also called as the princess of hill station. It is one of the best retreats for those who are looking for a wonderful vacation. The place is completely covered with thick forest, eucalyptus trees and orchids. The climate would not go beyond 20 degree C. You ought to visit the Berijam Lake for its rich flora and fauna wealth. If you are looking for a slow trekking and romantic walk, you ought to visit Coaker’s Walk. Kodai Lake is the spot for boating and other activities. You can also spot the flower that blooms once in 12 years. For some sightseeing, you can visit Dolphin Nose, Bryant Park and Green Valley View. There are a lot of other attractions in Kodaikanal. If you are looking for a family vacation in a tropical hill station, this is the right destination for you and your family.

Pauri Garhwal

Pauri Garhwal is located in Uttarkhand. It is known for many tourist attractions like Khirsu mountains for panoramic view and photography, Chaukhamba View Point for scenery, Kandoliya Devta temple, Tarakund for trekking and lake, Bonsar Mahadev for forest walk and many others. The snow capped mountain, valleys, historic attractions, trekking trails, peaks and many other attractions in this hill station pulls thousands of visitors every year during summer season.


Gulmarg is located in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also called as the meadow of flowers. It is a small and beautiful hill station located a little away from Srinagar. It is located at a height of 2690 m above sea level. It is one of the popular skiing destinations in India. The topmost attraction in Gulmarg is the Gondola Ride where you would take the cable car to reach the peak. You can enjoy a panoramic view of green hills, mountains and other attractions. You can also see valleys of colourful flowers from the peak. There are a lot of spots in Gulmarg where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and others. There are a lot of ski resorts in Gulmarg. The best time to visit these resorts is between January and March. Alpather Lake is another attraction that is a little far away from Gulmarg. Other attractions are Baba Reshi Shrine, Maharani Temple, St. Mary Church and many others.


Auli is an interesting hill station located in Uttarkhand. Auli has a backdrop of snow capped Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of 3000m above sea level. This is one of the skiing spot in North India. There are a lot of other attractions too. If you are looking for a skiing hill station, Trishul Peak is the best ski range you can find in this place. It is a place of aesthetic beauty. Auli artificial lake, Nanda Devi National Park,  Joshimath, Winter ski resort, Gurso Bugyal and Bhavishya Badri forest are some of the other attractions in Auli. If you are looking for a nature filled vacation, you ought to enjoy a trekking near Chenab Lake. A little away from Auli, you can find Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar cave. This is an important spot for those who love a little exploration. Auli is one of the family centred hill stations in India.


Munnar is located in the Venice of East, Kerala. This is one of the top romantic and family based hill station in South India. It is located at an altitude of 6000ft above sea level. Munnar has many tea plantation, wildlife, exotic flora, hill ranges, lush valleys, mountain for trekking and many others. There are a lot of tourist attractions in Munnar. The top attractions are; a morning walk along Mattupetty Dam as you enjoy the nature and water, visit to Mattupedi dairy farm, Kundala lake for romantic picnic and boating, top station, echo point, Rajamalai, tea museum, sandalwood forest, Attukad waterfalls, Blossom park, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary and tea plantation. This is a year-around attractive hill station and you ought to visit this paradise at least once in you lifetime.

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