India is a well-endowed country in respect of exotic and picturesque tourist spots. Our extremely varied country has more than 20 mountain ranges and thousands of extremely beautiful hill stations. From Jammu Kashmir To Tamil Nadu, we have compiled a list of 15 most famous hill stations in India that must figure in your bucket list.

1. Nainital

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Nainital

Based in Uttarakhand, Nainital is a valley surrounding the volcanic lake ‘Naini’. It is a perfect for a nature lover either on a romantic outing or a family getaway. Nainital mountaineering club, boating on Naini lake, Astronomical observatory, Gurney house are some of the must visits in one of the most famous hill stations in India, Nainital.

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2. Shimla

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - ShimlaShimla is undoubtedly one of the most famous hill station in India. It was the summer capital of Britishers. Shimla is surrounded by lush green mountain range with a touch of beautiful colonial architecture. You might be put off by the traffic in Shimla but places like Mall road, Summer hill, Christ chruch, Jakhoo Hill, Shimla state museum compensate for that.

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3. Manali

 Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Manali

Manali is one of the top honeymoon destinations where tourists flock in every season. It is paradise for people who love water sports like river rafting or rope traversing or mountaineering  activities. Manali is on the must visit list of plenty of foreigners. Old Manali, Bhrigu Lake, Nehru Kund, Solang valley, Hadimba temple etc are some of the tourist destinations.

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4. Ranikhet

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a hill station and cantonment town in Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was built entirely by Britishers and is known for its breathtaking beauty and picturesque views. Chaubatia Orchard, Golf Course, Sunset Points, Jhula Devi Temple are the places you should visit if you’re visiting Ranikhet.

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5. Gulmarg

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Gulmarg

Kashmir’s Gulmarg is really a meadow of flowers like beautiful blueberries, daisies etc that are truly exotic in every respect. Places like Golf Course, Gulmarg Gondola, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve,  Shark Fin are good to visit. One of the most famous hill stations in India, Gulmarg has a magnificent golf course and a jet ski location.

6. Dalhousie

Most Famous Hill Stations In India -GulmargNamed after British General Lord Dalhousie, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is situated across 5 hills. It was once a summer retreat of the British and is one of the most beautiful hill stations in north India.  Major attractions include Alla, Tibetan Market, Dalhousie Cantonment and Bakrota Hills.

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7. Darjeeling

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Darjeeling

This gorgeous hill station in West Bengal  boasts of various tea gardens, beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking natural beauty. Darjeeling Toy Train, Senchal Lake, Tiger Hill Observatory Hill, Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo are some of the must-see places in this city which is one of the most famous hill stations in India.

8. Shillong

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Shillong

Meghalaya’s capital Shillong is often called the “Scotland of the East”. Its captivating beauty will definitely satisfy your wanderlust. Don’t forget to Visit Shillong Peak, Umiam Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Elephant Falls, Wards Lake, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture when in Shillong.

9. Tawang

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Tawang

Tawang lies in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It houses India’s biggest Tibetan Monastery and is filled with numerous nunneries, waterfalls, hot water springs and pristine lakes. Major tourist attractions are Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, L Nuranang Waterfalls, Bumla Pass, Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls etc. It is one of the most famous hill stations in India without a doubt.

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10. Khandala

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - KhandalaThis hill station in Maharashtra is a major tourist destination in the state. The lush green beauty of this hill station is complimented by numerous waterfalls and beautiful caves which makes it a part of the most famous hill stations in India.

11. Panchgani

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Panchgani

Panchgani is another Hill station in Maharashtra and is surrounded by 5 hills replete with a beautiful view of British and Parsi homes. Pratapgad Fort, Venna Lake, Table Land, Lord Karthikeya Temple, Connaught Peak, Lodwick Point etc are great places to visit in and around Panchgani.

12. Mount Abu

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Mount Abu

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. It provides a good mix of Gujarati and Rajasthani handlooms and artworks. Dilwara Jain Temples, Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Abu Road, Achalgarh, Trevor’s Tank are delightful places to visit.

13. Coonoor

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Coonoor

Coonoor is truly exotic hill station in the Nilgiri Mountain Range in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most famous hill stations in India and is also renowned for its aromatic teas. Trekking, hiking and bird watching  are the popular activities that you can indulge in when you’re there. Highfield Tea Factory, Dolphin’s Nose,  Wellington Gymkhana Club Golf Course, Lamb’s Rock etc are good spots to explore.

14. Devikulam

15 Most Famous Hill Stations In India - DevikulamThis awe-inspiring hill station is situated in Kerala and is very close to Munnar. It has several mineral water springs. Places like Eravikulam national park, Sita Devi Lake, Mattupetty Lake, Blossom International Park, Hill View Park, Kundala Lake, Thoovanam Falls, Pallivasal Falls, Keezharkuthu Falls are really spectacular.

15. Matheran

Most Famous Hill Stations In India - Matheran

Matheran is Asia’s only automobile free hill station, providing the cleanest and freshest air and atmosphere to dwell in. In addition to being one of the most famous hill stations in India, It is also the smallest hill station in India. Situated in Maharashtra, the toy train ride from Neral To Matheran is magnificent. Alexander Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, King George Point, Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, One Tree Hill, Chowk Point are truly breathtaking spots of natural beauty.

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