10 Hill Stations You MUST Visit
We all know how the daily nuances of our routine can get to us. We could get so involved in the daily hustle bustle and nitty gritty details to the point that we forget why are we even doing it all in the first place – to have an enriching living experience. Taking a break from your routine is not a luxury, but a necessity these days. Save your soul from having a breakdown by fleeing away to a Mini Paradise offering you a world in itself, full of wonder, magic and possibilities!
Here are the best top 10 hill stations you must visit.
Read on to know where all you can go!
1. Mcleodganj and Triund
This pristine jewel situated amongst lush mountains – also known as Little Lhasa introduces you to a whole new culture, customs, food and people. Immerse yourself in the Tibetan ways, meditate in the monastery amongst hundreds of monks chanting and fill yourself up with the positive aura of the blissful place.
It’s as wonderful a destination for families, couples, friends as it is for solo travelers. Visit the Tsuglhakhang Complex, a serene temple complex known for its ornamental facade, vibrant prayer halls & mountain locale. Trek your way up to get a gorgeous view of Bhagsu Nath Falls- sheer beauty from a mortal’s eyes.Sports enthusiasts should visit the state-of-the art Cricket Stadium – which also was a home ground for the IPL team Kings XI Punjab.
Delight your taste buds and try the Tibetan cuisine- authentic momos and thukpas or explore the many eateries to savour some sensational crepes, pancakes, pies and tarts with your coffee in the beautiful weather.Visit Nick’s Italian Kitchen for their scrumptious desserts or Shiva’s café for their heavenly view.
If you’re an adventurous soul looking for some thrilling and extraordinary experiences, make sure to trek your way up to Triund and camp all night under the stars and live in the midst of raw nature. Trips to Mcleodganj are increasingly becoming synonymous with the backpacking culture amongst friend circles, students, couples and foreign visitors. This is one of the best experiences you can give to yourself to help you broaden your horizons and get outside of your comfort zone.
Doubt that you could add more serenity and excitement in your life at the same time? Well, we doubted too and then we visited Kasol. Thereon, everything changed. When the Gods were blessing all the lands with beauty, they sure were generous when they blessed Kasol! A wonderland village located by the pristine Parvati river, in the midst of high mountains and lush greenery.
If you’re someone who likes to truly feel the nature and be all there in the moment, explore and trek while trying different cuisines, then this is the place for your next travel vacation! Thousands of backpackers, trekkers and travel bloggers come to this modern mystical village every year for its breathtaking views, Israeli food, hippie culture, even camping and trekking.
Take a walk around the streets and you’ll notice cool cafés with striking graffitis, pleasant shops selling souvenirs and local products. You can expect a pleasantly refreshing energy in the air. Visit Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, for its famous hot spring and lip smacking langar. Make your way to the Evergreen café or the Moondance cafe for their Israeli food and then hop to the German bakery for its wondrous desserts.
Walk to Chalal or Malana, small villages to explore their culture and ways of life. Trek your way to Tosh or Kheerganga, not meant for the faint hearted. Missing the views from the top of the destinations is an absolute shame, so we suggest you gear up to experience divine beauty!
3. Jibhi and Tirthan Valley
Explore the raw appeal of nature’s beauty at its best in this little known picturesque hamlet that can make you think about the magical Universe and its beautiful wonders! On the contrary, this offbeat exotic destination is a mere detour on the most popular and shortest route connecting Manali and Shimla tucked away in the Banjar Valley.
Victorian pinewood cottages, peculiar and endearing pahadi culture, mountains covered with cedar and pine trees. All of this makes this little beauty a perfect place for exploring, hiking and getting away from the sometimes-maddening city life. Picture yourself waking up on a misty morning. Waking up to the sound of a soft drizzle, going to your window. You see moving clouds emerging from between mountains. It’s unreal, almost magical.
How wonderful would it be to go out and explore this undisturbed gem with no agenda on your mind. Simply relish and immerse yourself in the vast green meadows, ancient architectures, trekking to waterfalls and temples, and evening bonfires enjoyed with fellow travelers.
Jibhi is known for its apple orchards, trout fishing and authentic hand-woven shawls from Yak wool. Trek your way up to the Jalori pass and further to Serolsar lake and to the ruins of Rhagupur fort. Take a stroll around in Chaini village and visit the leaning Chaini tower and Krishna temple.
Now, transitioning to one of the most sought-after hill stations. If there was a place that could offer you a friendly culture, good food, scenic locations, nature, adventure and parties altogether, we would definitely know that it’s Manali. This place is a well curated package in itself! Off late, Old Manali has really taken a lead. It is emerging as a preferred location for stays due to the popular hep cafes in the area.
Culture enthusiasts can visit Jogini falls, Hadimba temple, Museum of Himachal culture and art, Yoga ashrams, Tibetan monasteries and Arjun gufa. Naggar and Gulaba village are secret getaways for nature lovers, They are better known for their lush grasslands besides the flowing Beas River.Do you happen to be a thrill seeker? Then head off and indulge in paragliding, skiing, biking, water rafting and strenuous steep uphill trekking.
No matter what excites you the most, there’s something for everyone in Manali. After all its the most popular hill station with good reason! Check out our Instagram page to see the pictures from our Manali trip.
Another one of the lesser known places in Uttarakhand, there’s no one word to describe this vast ‘Bugyal’(which means ‘meadow’ in their regional language). You get the best of adventure, pilgrimage, nature in one place. Auli is a revelation in itself! It’s called ‘The skiing destination of India’. In fact, the only slope in India to have been approved by International Skiing Federation for competitive skiing.
You’d be surprised to know that it has the highest man-made lake in the world. It helps in creating artificial snow, an initiative by the government to extend the skiing season of the hill town! What’s more, is that it also hosts one of the longest ropeways in India. Which makes you sail in the air 3010 meters above sea level covering approximately 4 kilometers in distance!
If you’d ever wish to experience a panoramic view of the meadows, flower valleys while travelling in clear skies, well, this is your chance! Catch yourself reminiscing the enthralling views of the majestic Nanda Devi peak, ravishing Chattrakund lake and Gurso Bugyal, some of the famous spots in Auli.
It’s located near mythologically and spiritually rich places as well, Badrinath (the most significant one from the Char Dham) and Vishnuprayag happen to be really close to Auli. Stay tuned to our page on Instagram (@Tripffee) for getting updates about upcoming trips to this wonderland!
This quaint little town in Uttarakhand would surprise you with the plethora of experiences and activities that it has to offer to you! A significant hill station during the colonial times, the essence of British regal period can still be felt in the air.
A mysterious aura is amplified by the scenic oak and pine trees all around. This town is of immense historical value and hosts aesthetic architectural structures. Spend leisure time boating and bird watching in the man-made Bhula Tal lake with your binoculars and spot the hundreds of different species of birds that migrate to Landsdown every year.
History buffs could visit Darwan Singh Museum, which is the War Memorial museum, and to the enthralling Bhim Pakora, St. Mary’s as well as St. John’s Catholic Church. Furthermore, it offers you to relish a piece of wildlife by indulging in some adventure and stimulating your senses at Kalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
There are multiple pilgrimage places like Tarkeshvar Mahadev Temple, Kaleshwar Temple to spiritually cater to Shiva dieties. Above all, this place is an inspiration to the creative individual inside you. One should definitely put this on your list to experience India’s divine beauty
7. Dalhousie and Khajjiar
This former princely state, exudes an old-world charm, of the quaint little cottages in Europe’s countryside and the splendid architecture of churches and buildings. A heartwarming town is nestled between the magnificent Dhauladar ranges, named after the famous British Governor, Lord Dalhousie. A trip to Dalhousie would be incomplete without visiting ‘The Mini Switzerland of India’- Khajjiar.
Picture a large green meadow on a warm sunny day. It will keep you occupied by its sheer beauty and variety of activities such as zorbing, paragliding, golf and horse riding etc. Trek or drive to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary and indulge in nature photography while you’re riding in a jungle safari.
Combine your adventurous trip with a spiritual edge by visiting Bara Pathar temple. It pulls pilgrims to itself from faraway places each year. Revel in history at the Rang Mahal, showcasing a unique blend of British and Mughal culture in its architecture and art.
Shop your heart away at the Tibetan market. Collect some souvenirs for your home and friends, and when your senses can’t resist any more, finally give in by devouring fresh lip-smacking momos! Now that’s our idea of a great vacation ?
8. Bir Billing
Mixture of culture, adventure and spirituality, Bir Billing is a haven for the individual who wants to dive into its essence. It’s the adventure hub of India famous for paragliding, hand gliding and mountain biking.
It’s influenced majorly by Tibetan culture. You will get to see lively and colorful monasteries, each of them hosting peaceful monks leading their lives with simple graciousness. Having conversations with them will expand the horizons. Some of the monasteries worth visiting are Sherabling and Chokling monastery surrounded by beautiful forests and philosophies.
Nature is in abundance here. There are lots of tea factories and eco institutes that are open to visitors so that the travelers can know about organic farming, green building and other methods that city-dwellers are otherwise ignorant towards.
Buddhism and meditation are naturally practiced and encouraged here. You could attend meditation retreats and workshops organized by local organizations here. Give your busy mind a break from the monotony and unnecessary chatter. Stroll through the Tibetan colonies, tea gardens and get yourself a massage. Bir Billing is the place to be right now!
Pay attention, all adventure enthusiasts, trekkers, Buddhism followers and nature photographers, this one’s for you! It’s time to revive and relish Spiti Valley, ignored by tourists for too long due to unavailability of any direct route to this haven.
Avoiding this picturesque destination, it’s just not worth it! This is a world within a world, as said by Rudyard Kipling about Spiti. Mind you, this hill town is not an ordinary one. Sparkling, shimmering and clean lakes amidst cold, barren mountains is a sight to see, don’t you think? Monasteries dated back to over 1000 years, will blow your mind with their enthralling photogenic locations, ancient architecture, shrines, sculptures, stupas and paintings.
Some of the monasteries or as they call it, Gompas worth visiting are- Key Gompa, Tabo and Lhalung. If you ever feel like going to a paradise, make sure you trek to Chandratal lak. Its green meadows and dry mountains hosting a lake with crystal blue water, if this isn’t heaven, then what is? Get some peace and quiet at Dhankar lake.
Majestic and stunning all the way! Curious about the wildlife in cold deserts? Don’t worry, Pin Valley National Park will cater to the nature-lover in you. Set up a date with a mummy in Giu village, which hosts a lama who has been mummified in a glass chamber. Let the wild child in you collect fossils and Tibetan souvenirs, found in abundance here. Let your next offbeat destination be Spiti!
The grandeur and phenomenal beauty of Leh – Ladakh is no secret. You’ll forget to keep up with your virtual existence on your devices if you immerse in the depths of these desert mountains. A wildly popular destination one just can’t afford to miss is the Pangong Tso lake. It was seen in the very last scene of the movie 3 idiots.
Awesome for camping and simply watching the lake change its colors during the whole course of the day. Adventure junkies, make your way toward the Khardungla Pass, passageway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys. It’s managed by the very cool BRO – Border Road Association. Their safety signs, although meant to be taken in full seriousness, will troll and delight you! The sand dunes at Nubra valley will amaze you with their Arabian Nights vibes.
Just like the rebel in you defying rules, there’s a Magnetic Hill which defies gravity! It’s a magical world, this place. We suggest you might as well try your superpowers here. ? Take the wanderlust in you to the wondrous Hemis National Park, the largest one in South Asia.
Endangered beings like leopards, Tibetan fox, Eurasian brown bear can be found here. Offering a panoramic view of Leh town is the Royal Leh palace. It’s a great source for gaining more insights into the culture and history of Ladakh.
It won’t be fair to the talk about Leh-Ladakh and not about its religious and spiritually significant destinations. Shanti Stupa, Shey Monastery, Diskit Monastery and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib will make you bow in reverence to their sheer charm. Above all, Ladakh will offer you peace. It will thrill you to the very core of your being, but only if you let it…