Top 20 Unbeatable Exotic Indian Hill Stations

When the summer is just about to arrive there is an exotic chance to visit some wonderful chilled hill stations in India where the greenery will catch your eye sight and will make your summer worth every single minute you spend there. When you start making the list of all glorious places to visit and visualize the beauty of nature then do not forget add one of the bottom hill stations in India in your list.

Here are some of the top hill stations in India that can steal your eyesight within a second of time.

 1. Chemery

A very small village in Leh that represents the beauty of nature with the place of snow cover huge mountains all around it. When you think about one of the best  hill stations in India then you will never forget the visuals you see at the first moment in this tropical sense area. The huge amount of vegetation with grey sand all over makes it look more mesmerizing as well as astonishing for people to relax and feel more comfortable.

2. Sikkim

Sikkim

One of the most beautiful places for tourists and famous hill stations in India which is located in the North East India turns out to be one of the most small state placed over the Himalayan range. Its border is covered by a part of Nepal, West Bengal, Bhutan and Tibet. However, the height of the hills is not too big surrounded by tress enhancing the level of greenery.

The most interesting part of this hill station is that some areas have a pleasant climate whereas some have snowfall in Sikkim. For the people who love the nature and its beauty should visit this wonderful place during summer time to witness the top attractions.

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.

3. Shivling Peak, Uttarkhand

For the people who love and have huge passion for mountaineering this place is quite a wonderful and peaceful place for them to visit. However, Shivling is situated exactly in the north part of Uttarkhand and famously called by the local people as Matterhorn peak. Being a twin mountain this place is most importantly famous for sightseeing and for the ones who love photography.

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4. Manali

Kullu Manali

When it comes to visual love experience then romantic couples do not miss a chance to visit Manali as it is one of the most favourite and well known hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. One of the most attractive places to vidit is Hadimba Devi temple which showcases the true beauty of sculptures and unique wooden cravings.

You can attain the fun by skiing, motor biking as well as paragliding in Solang Valley as the mountains are snow capped with pleasant and peaceful climate which enhances the surrounding beauty.

If you aim of the tour is to attain relaxation, visualizing natural beauty with chilled climatethen you should not miss a chance to visit Manali.

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.

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 5. Kodaikanal

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Enhancing the beauty of Tamil Nadu Kodaikanal turns out to be a wonderful hill station as known after its nickname called as the Princess of Hill Station. Covered with dense thick forest all around with eucalyptus trees as well as orchids where the climate will never go beyond 20 degree Celsius.

In order to visualize the beauty of Kodaikanal you should pay a visit to Berijam Lake which represents its richness and wealth in a very unique way. If you are lucky enough then you shall get a chance to see the flowers which blooms only once in every 12 years span of time. If you are looking for a family destination for a pleasant tour and many attractive places to hang out then this place is similar to heaven for you as it retreats for all those people who indulge in looking a very wonderful vacation.

Kodai Lake is the spot for boating and other activities. 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.

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6. Pauri Garhwal

Being placed in Uttarkhand Pauri Garhwal turns out to be one of the most fascinating hill stations in India well known for various tourist attractions like Khirsu mountains for its astonishing views as well as photography, Tarakund famous for its trekking experience and lake, Kandoliya Devta temple for its marvellous sculptures, Chakhamba View point for its visual experience, the mountains covered itself with snow, water flowing through the valley makes it people to visit these place over and over again.

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7. Gulmarg

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Gulmarg

This place is termed to be known as meadow of flowers which is located in Jammu and Kashmir that turns out to be peoples eye capturing place. Even being a small and beautiful hill station which is few kilometres away from Srinagar, it is being placed at a height of about 2690 meters and above the sea level also being called one of the most popular skiing destinations.

One of the most attractive places is Gulmarg which is basically the Gondola Ride where you reach the topmost peak with help of cable car. You can easily enjoy the bottom view and even the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains as you go to the top.

Skiing, snowboarding and other cool stuffs you can experience in various spots in Gulmarg where you can stay in resorts over night in order to visualize the night beauty of the surrounding nature and peaceful environment. One of the best time to visit these places is in between January to March.

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8. Auli

Representing the beauty of nature in an unique way the Auli is a hill station located in Uttarkhand which has a backdrop of Himalayas covered itself with snow showcasing the nature beauty to its next level. It is being located at a height of 3000 meters above the sea level being one of the most famous skiing spot in the entire North India. This place is filled with lots of attractive places to visit like Trishul Peak which is one of the best ski range to enjoy.

Some of the best sightseeing places are Auli artificial lake, Joshimath, Winter Ski resort, Bhavishya Badri forest covered with dense grass. Due to its best visual experience people call this place as aesthetic beauty.

A few kilometres away from Auli, you can find Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar cave which is one of the most important spot for tourists who love a bit of exploration. If you tend to look for a nature filled experience then this place is surely made for you.

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9. Munnar

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Munnar

Being located in Kerela this is one of the most top romantic as well as family based hill station in South India. Munnar is placed over 6000 feet above sea level where many tea plantations, exotic forest areas, hill ranges, mountains for skiing as well as trekking are found which will make you journey more adventurous.

Some of the top attractive places in Munnar are Mattupetty Dam where you can go for a long morning walk as well as you enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise which enhances the beauty of nature and surrounding water, Mattupedi diary farm, Rajamalai, unique tea museum, Nourished sandalwood forest, Blossom park, Huge Amount of Tea Plantation, Echo point, Romantic places for boating and picnic, Beautiful wildlife sanctuaries.

This is a paradise for those who come to relax and remove all their stress and enjoy with their families as well as beloved ones.

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10. Tsuglagkhang

The religious belief spreads across Dharamshala and established as one of the greatest points of interest in tourists are the Tsuglagkhang Complex. Hidden away deep in the Himalayas Dharamshala turns out to be the most fascinating and a scenic tourism hill station with a huge thick deodar forest in its background.

This complex consists of Tibetan museum, in-house bookstore including the library, Monastery, monastery café and private residence of his holiness which will not charge you any kind of entry fees. It was built when the Dalai Lama made his first visit to India in 1959 and the complex will be opened from 6 am to 7 pm to all the tourists. To entertain the people who visit numerous Tibetan show their unique music and dance performance.

One thing which makes Dharamshala more fascinating is that it consists of two different areas which are covered by ten minutes bus journey or even a jeep ride. When it comes to adventures and fun then the stunning lake, beautiful scenarios, colorful sky, the vintage forest will make your tourism more astonishing. There are many beautiful places to visit in Dharamshala to make your trip well-organized in a well enjoyable manner.

11. Kareri Dal Lake

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Kareri Dal Lake

Being named after one of the marvelous parts of Kashmir, the Kareri Dal Lake is spread over one sq km usually the best tourism place in Dharamshala for boating, people to come and gather around for a picnic.

Only a few lucky people get a chance to have a visual experience of the Gala Annual fair being held there with kali-shiva temple being located on the banks. The lake steals everyone’s eyesight for being spelled to enhance the beauty in a unique manner covered with greenery around snow-capped mountains.

When it comes to meditation or to attain peace of mind and relaxing you away from the stress there is a Namgyal Monastery which is located near the lake which acts out to be one of the greatest and popular learning center in Dharamshala.

Monks who live in the monastery have their separate prayer and meditation rooms where they perform all their sessions to attain the neutral state of mind. The monastery contains its cafeteria which shall be opened from 10 am to 10 pm daily and the monastery shall be opened at 6 am till 7 pm. This monastery contains around 200 monks which tend to be one of the biggest Tibetan temples.

12. Bhagsunag

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Bhagsunag

Who does not love to take bath and refresh your thoughts in a holy dip man-made pool filled with fresh water with no entry fees?

People who visit Dharamshala they have this place on the list as one the most extraordinary places to visit in Dharamshala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva because of its ancient stories. The main reason which attracts the tourists is the surrounding beauty of the temple as it is located on the hills giving people a mesmerizing look.

When the waterfalls on the surface of stone it gives a mesmerizing sound to people to hear which makes them feel relaxed which also enhances the overall natural beauty which surrounds the waterfalls. You can relax in the falls by refreshing the soul and have some food to munch from the cafeteria located right next to the waterfalls. If you arrive at this place during monsoon then while entering you shall feel like you just entered the door to heaven it looks that charming with mist as the waterfall is 20 m in height covered by natural beauty.

13. Kangra Fort

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Kangra Fort

You do not get to see a fort on the hills very often but the Kangra fort gives you a jaw-dropping look of Manjhi as well as Banganga River. Tourists usually visit these hill station places to take beautiful pictures of them along with the surrounding nature only from 9 am to 6 pm. Well this place does not provide free entrance nut you will have to pay INR 150 per person in case if you are an Indian or INR 300 if you are a foreigner.

If you are a fan of art and historic collection of antic pieces surrounded with cool weather then this place is just made for people like you. This art museum is placed near the Dharmashala bus stand which displays a mesmerizing collection of Buddhist culture being held from many centuries. This museum consists of a rare collection of coins along with pottery and old Tibetan tribal ornaments. The art museum was established in late 1990 and due to its significant appearance, it is now considered as one of the best and not-to-miss places to visit in Dharamshala.

14. Naddi Village

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Naddi Village

Never had a village experience before and would be interested to try it out then do not forget to visit Naddi Village. It is a beautiful scene to visualize and is charming which is situated at the top of the hill very far away from crowded areas. The surrounding view is what makes you relax and enjoy with your family as well as friends. If you are not satisfied then you can stay overnight to rejoice and experience the night view of the village along with beautiful sunrise.

You might have seen many temples in many historic places around you but this temple is distinct from all of them as it represents Indo-Aryan style architecture showing many great tales of Indian ancient stories located near the village. The temple is made up of perfect chopped rock which provides charm to the beauty enhancement making it quite astonishing for the viewers from all around the world. The craving made in the temple is acquired from one of the best scenes from Ramayana showcasing the true beauty of art mixed with nature.

If you believe in the spirit of the church then never forget to miss out this ancient church which was basically established in 1852 and is situated very close to Dharamshala on the way towards McLeodGanj. The church showcases the olden neo-Gothic form of architecture with one of the famous Belgian glass windows. Spending some peaceful time in the evening or morning will wake up your mind from deep inside refreshing your mind and soul.

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15. Ooty

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Ooty

Thousands of tourists visit India every year just to pay their visit to one of the most popular hill stations in India. Ooty which is being placed in the south state of Tamil Nadu. Representing one of the unique beauties in its way the Ooty is known as Queen of the hill stations. There are many impressing and fascinating things to do for the tourists. Visit these places during the rainy season to visualize the true beauty of one of the most famous hills known to be as Nilgiris. Not only the elder people but even kids have much fun as there are many theme parks for their entertainment.

The deadly beauty of Nilgiris and the picturesque beauty which makes it everyone’s favorite destination for their vacations which offers breathtaking views all around covered with greenery to enhance the beauty of nature. During olden days this places was considered to be known as the main gateway for the Britishers majorly during the colonial period. The climatic condition is so romantic in this city that people from all around the world love to visit these places from April to June and September to November. One of the most exotic trees which are usually found in this city are Eucalyptus.

Surrounding itself with greenery the Ooty claims to have an enormous amount of several tea estates which are spread all over the mountains to enrich the overall beauty. The main important thing which makes this hill station famous is that there are a tea and tourism festival held every year which attracts many of the tourists to spend a good quality of time at this beautiful place. Moreover, Ooty has got its cottage industries which is covering all kinds of economic matters of the hill station. Some of the famous places are Botanical Gardens, Stoe house, Toda Huts, Ketty Valley, The Fernhills Palace.

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16. Mount Abu

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Mount Abu

Traveling to Mount Abu itself is the most fascinating part as never seen before due to its spiral roads. This turns out to be the only hill station in Rajasthan which catches the fantasy of the people every time to pay a visit.  Some of the beautiful places to pay your visit are Dilwara Jain Temples which showcases the art and stoned sculptures in a very unique way, Arna village and the Mogli Land to visual the true beauty of nature where it meets mankind, Honeymoon point where you shall find love in the air which couples do love to visit, Trevor’s tank built by one of the most famous kings of Sirohi-Maharao Kesari Singhji Bahadur.

A temple is being located at a height of 1772 meters above sea level known as Guru shikar which represents the beauty of religious matters. One can easily enjoy the view as it is placed at the mountain peak. There is a saying that one can see and visualize the beauty of the temple who has incarnated the presence of Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva. Other most fascinating temples are located at mountain peak like Siva temple and Chamundi Temple as well as Mira temple.

This mountain peak is just 15 kilometers far away from Mount Abu nearby Aravalli Range. How the sun rises and then sets down in the evening can be beautifully visualized. Enjoyed at the same time which relaxes the mind and leaves the work to nature to showcase itself beautifully.  All these beautified imageries which have taken shape into reality will make you remember of this place even after your long vacations. This is one of the best and less visited hill stations in India.

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17. Darjeeling

Darjeeling

What does it ring to your mind when you hear the name Darjeeling, of course?

Well it surely will be the best vacation if you make plans for visiting Darjeeling which shall impress you many ways with many places to unlock the true beauty of nature. You will surely pinch yourself after looking at the scenery with your own eyes as it will be marvelous but you will never believe that even such places exist on the earth surface where humanity meets the true enhanced beauty of nature. Darjeeling is also popular hill stations in India.

Moreover, there are enormous places in Darjeeling which shall steal your eyesight for some time like Badamtam Tea estate where you shall visualize the plantation of tea plants over wide top hills, Observatory hills where you can have the top view of Mahakal temple which is dedicated to lord shiva and some of the other Buddhist temples, Tiger the hill where people gather around in the early morning to visualize the sunrise and also is famous to be known as a sunrise point, tensing and Gombu rocks, snow leopard breeding center, Shrubbery Park, Allobari Sompa, Toy train ride which shall ride over the city.

Many people carry their children along with the huge basket meant for picking up the tea leaves below the beautiful sky on the top of the mountain is the best view to see which you shall not find anyways else. All this joy is just being placed at around 6710 feet high above sea level where one can easily dream of sipping a bit of green tea which is quite special in this region. This city in the early days was used to be a part of Sikkim until the British people came and sorted out into its city then named to be as Darjeeling which is termed to be situated in West Bengal.

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18. Amboli

Amboli

Amboli

Heaven made on the earth surface is termed to be known as Amboli which is being located in Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra which is one of the most fascinating hill stations in India every found and traveled by the tourists as it is located at an altitude of 690 meters above the sea level.

Even though the roads are very narrow to reach Amboli the huge thick dense forest and steep mountains steal peoples visual for a while which makes it even more mesmerizing. However, the Amboli is the last hill station before the coastal plains begin at the south part of Sahyadri Hills.

It tends to be world most important Eco hot-spots as it is surrounded by unusual flora and fauna making it a worth to see hill station. All the people who stay nearby mandatory visit this place during rainy season as it gives immense pleasure for the family as well as romantic couples. The Amboli came into existence as one of the main stag posts all the the way from Vengurla to the main city of Belgaum which was used by the British people who intend to supply a huge amount of their garrisons in southern as well as the central part of India.

The main source of water which falls through the mainstream of waterfalls in Amboli is Hiranyakeshi river which is located in the hills covered by Amboli village. One of the most fascinating things about the water source is that it arrives from the ancient Shiva temple which is mounted inside the cave where exactly the water for the river emerges from. What attracts the tourist to visit this place is the huge amount of rainfall along with the mist during only monsoon season. One more interesting fact that steals the beauty of Amboli is that there are total 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a few are being located but still some are hidden inside the beauty of nature.

19. Coorg

Coorg

If you aim of your vacation is to attain peace of mind and visualize the true beauty of nature then this place is no less than heaven for you. This place is always ready to offer its tourists with whatever it possesses by the unique beauty of divine nature with thick dense forest which is surrounded by mist in the early morning. The coffee plantation on that small hills and steep slopes beside every road enhances the beauty in its own way making the Cauvery River fall. And flow on the hills from a very fine the distant refreshing place will make your vacation blossom the love of nature into your heart.

In the south Indian part, Coorg is one of the unique name which will make you remember. The true beauty of hills which is quite fascinating and is nothing but a localized version of the place named as Kodagu. Getting used to the names and understanding their origins becomes very easy when you travel to such southern hill stations in India which contains many vivid sceneries of nature which are your constant companion in your vacation to Coorg.

The rich language of Coorg which is being witnessed is not only in terms of culture or not even in terms of tradition. But it is also actually in terms of the beauty of nature and its history which is being written in old manuscripts, forts as well as palaces. The basic history of this place during various kingdoms is termed to be remembered as ethics as well as preserved monuments.

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