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India, the land of rich culture and tradition has always attracted tourists from all over the world with its cuisine and historical monuments. The hill station tours in India offer a refreshing change to the sun-baked tourists with its snow peaked mountain ranges and picturesque beauty. Be it for a romantic getaway or to rejuvenate from the daily hustle bustle of life, these hill stations offer the much-needed peace and solitude one deserves.

With over hundreds of hill stations sprawled across the country, Sunil Chauhan of Bharat Darshan Tourism has narrowed the list to top 10 popular places to beat the heat in style and engage you in various activities.

Shimla:

This is the snow-clad hill station popularly known as Queen of the Hills houses thousands of tourists every season and mesmerizes them with its colonial architecture and deodar forests. Being located at the foothills of Himalayan ranges, this hill station is a beauty to behold with quaint cottages and nature treks. It served as the summer capital during the British rule with its pleasant climate and is now the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Apart from being the popular honeymoon destination in the Northern part of India, it attracts tourists all over with the adventure activities like skiing, gliding, trekking, and mountaineering.

Ooty:

The south Indian state of Tamilnadu presents the tourists with a pleasant climate and manicured plantations as a treat for tired souls. Located amidst the Nilgiri hill ranges Ooty or Ootakamandu is known as a popular picnic spot and a weekend getaway destination. Rose gardens, waterfalls, deer park, tribal museum and a toy train ride are equally enjoyed by kids and adults alike. The boating rides on Ooty Lake and the tea plantation tour are not to be missed to experience this hill station to the fullest.

Manali:

Nestled on the banks of river Beas and Himalayan Mountains, this hill station offers a weekend getaway for the adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With highest mountain pass, deep valleys, winding roads and hot sulfur springs Manali is the proper mix destination for thrill seekers and for those who need a laid back holiday. The winter months offer a lot of snow-related activities to the tourists to get lost in the mystical land of culture and food. Wake up to the cool mountain breeze and connect with the nature to rejuvenate your senses.

Munnar:

This beautiful hill station is located in the Idduki district of Kerala. The name Munnar literally translates to the confluence of 3 rivers is a popular spot for nature lovers, honeymooners and families looking to be lost in the lap of wildlife. The hill station is set amidst the Kannan Devan hills of western ghat mountain ranges which cast magical spell to the visitors with manicured tea plantations, waterfalls, and wildlife sanctuaries. The liveliness in Munnar climate beckons tourists to explore adventure activities and reach the skies.

Nainital:

This hill station in Uttarakhand is a beautiful tourist spot attracting travelers from all over the world. The climate and peaceful environment make tourists extend their holiday to dwell in the lap of nature. The hill station is filled with lakes, lush green vegetation and floating clouds giving it a perfect honeymoon vibe to its visitors. Rock climbing, ropeway cable rides, and boating are some activities tourists indulge in while visiting Nainital. The trekking and nature walk trails offer an amazing experience and let you connect with nature and wildlife on a different level.

Kodaikanal:

It is located in the Dindigul hills of state Tamilnadu. It is fondly called the princess of hill stations owing its beautiful landscapes and cool atmosphere it offers. Surrounded by dense forests and lush vegetation it offers a paranoiac view and draws tourists, honeymoon couples. It offers relaxation with a view of hills and mountains. Cycling and horseback riding across the hill station are a must to enjoy the beauty of the hills. The waterfalls and boat rides make it a must-visit hill station for travelers seeking peace.

Mussorie:

Set against the Shivalik mountain ranges this majestic hill station is situated in the state of Uttarakhand. It serves as a gateway to holy destinations of Gangotri and Yamunotri for religious tourists and a perfect holiday spot for peace lovers. The steep winding roads, cascading waterfalls and manicured beautiful gardens is a visual treat with the misty divine atmosphere. The sumptuous greenery with varied fauna and flora adds beauty to this hill station making it a cherishing holiday to remember.

Darjeeling:

The hill station is almost synonymous with its famous tea is situated in the state of West Bengal. The hills fall under the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges which are the third highest peak in the world. The view of rolling hills with tea plantations and perfectly manicured greenery is a sight to behold. A ride in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways and view of the morning sunrise and a ride in one of the longest cable cars in Asia overlooking tea gardens make the hill station a hot spot for tourists.

Khandala:

This small hill station falls under Sahayadri ranges of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. This is an all in one tourist destination for those craving for adventure, historic caves, forts, and waterfalls. The hill station is blessed with lustrous lakes, valleys, brooks and hill tops. Trekking in the foggy hills of Khandala will surely bring out the adventure in travelers. The scenic landscapes with captivating hilly charm will fill you with new energy and happens to be the perfect weekend getaway spot.

Coorg:

The tranquil little hill station located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka is fondly called Scotland of India due to its ascetic view of nature and varied wildlife. It’s soul capturing the beauty and enchanting mountains with fresh coffee smell makes it hard to leave the hill station. The hockey festival and elephant training camps are the standout attractions which are special and unique to the region. The wildlife, bird watching and monasteries add fun to the holiday you have embarked.