If the heat of summer gets out of hand, then head for the hills. The majestic beauty of India’s hill stations offers respite to weary souls seeking a break from the daily drudgery. From Manali to Matheran, there is a lot to choose from and each of these places offer a taste of adventure as well as the much needed peace and quiet to travelers from around the world. These exotic hill stations also serve as great locations for a retirement home and have been the choice of many Indian families.
Here are top 5 Indian hill stations to beat a hasty retreat during your summer holidays:
There’s something delicate and refreshing about waking up in a tea estate and sipping a cup of authentic Darjeeling tea. We at Flying squirrel Holidays offer customized tea trail holidays for those seeking a luxurious experience at the hill stations. Darjeeling, the queen of hill stations, has been a popular tourist attraction since ages. It provides a glamorous view of the mighty Kanchenjunga range. You can tour the Batasia loop, Buddhist pagodas, ride the UNESCO world heritage – toy trains, watch the sunrise at Tiger Hills, and relish some local delicacies and more while you are on holiday in Darjeeling.
The exquisite charm of Manali has been a popular choice of honeymooners. Truly, romantic in its very essence, Manali is charismatic. Off late, Manali has emerged as a hotspot for adventure aficionados. From trekking, paragliding, rafting to skiing, Manali offers it all to lure the adventure junkies. While summers are pleasant, winters are pretty cold in Manali. Nevertheless, its famous Rohtang Pass has attracted travelers since ages. Explore the Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, Naggar Castle, Jana Waterfall and more. For those seeking just relaxation stroll by the lush green forests, flower carpeted meadows and blue streams.
If you are in pursuit of peace, visit Matheran. Motor vehicles are banned within Matheran and getting up to the town is half the fun of going there. You can either trek your way or board a toy train. Matheran, located on the south-western part of India, is scenic and calm. The picturesque hill station only promises to offer you peace from the hustle-bustle of city life. Temperatures remain pleasant throughout the year. While getting around spend some time learning about the natives. You will surely be mesmerized with the lifestyle, simplicity and humility of the local dwellers.
Coffee anyone? Well, if you are passionate about coffee, a visit to the pristine valley of Coorg shall be overwhelming. Coorg is known for its coffee, tea and spices plantations. This famous Indian hill station is all about scenic beauty and easy-going lifestyle. In a four-day itinerary, you may consider exploring Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Talacauvery, Iruppu Falls, Burude Falls, Tadiandamol Lake Mallalli Falls and Nallakunta Palace. For, those seeking a theme vacation, get in touch with us for a memorable tea trail experience.
Arunachal’s pride, the serene exotic hill station, Tawang is a traveler’s paradise. Life seems simple at this heavenly abode. Azure sky, lofty clouds, snow-clad peaks and stunning landscapes make it a pristine hill station in the North Eastern part of India. This quaint hill station beautifully captures the essence of Buddhist and north-eastern cultures. The Tawang Monastery is definitely a must-visit one. For in-depth insight into the culture and customs of the land, have a word with locals.
The diversity of landscape of the Indian subcontinent is simply amazing. And, there are enough hill stations to beat the scorching heat during summers. We have enlisted 5, there are more to choose from. You may visit Ladakh, McLeodganj, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Dalhousie, Munnar, Ooty, Shillong and so on.
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