When the days get warm and the heat too much to handle, a pristine hilly retreat makes for a lovely vacation and stress-free stay. Hill stations give you an adventurous experience, away from the dreaded and monotonous city life. Winding lanes, misty hills and spectacular landscapes-who wouldn’t want to soak in their charm and blissful appeal? Whether it’s a family outing or a special trip with your beau, these locations will certainly pique your interest.
Here are some serene hill stations to visit when you need to get away from busy city life:
Shimla, the once-upon-a-time summer capital of British India, is now a famous holiday destination. As the capital of Himachal Pradesh, it is surrounded by towering mountain ranges and oak-pine forests. Apart from sports hikes and mountain climbing adventures, Shimla is also famous for its colonial style buildings and toy train railways. A must-visit heritage site is the Christ Church that stands proud with its beautiful stained glass windows. Also to be enjoyed are the breathtaking views from Scandal Point and the Viceregal Lodge, a preferable spot to enjoy a picnic while watching the setting sun.
Bordered by pine forests and quaint red brick bungalows, Manali is one of North India’s best holiday destinations. It is located in the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh and offers a tranquil stay. The clean air, snow-capped mountains and colourful little shops are eye-catching in their simplicity. Manali is also ideal for water sports activities like kayaking, rafting and trekking.
Delighting tourists and locals with luxurious Mughal-styled houseboats and beautiful lakes, Srinagar is every travel connoisseur’s most treasured spot. Feed your adventurous side with snow skiing, mountain treks and rugged camp bonfires. If you happen to be in Srinagar during April, then consider going for the Tulip Festival, the largest flower lovers gathering in all of Asia.
Known for its tea plantations and lush greenery, Munnar is a favoured summer retreat of India. For tea lovers, this is your opportunity to see the plants being plucked straight from the gardens. Other interesting activities to keep your energy on the up include paragliding, rock climbing and trips to the Eravikulam National Park.
Ooty is a serene and soothing place to escape the heat during the scorching summer months. Situated deep within the Nilgiri Hills, its most popular attractions include the Government Botanical Gardens, Emerald Lake, Dodabetta Peak, among others. The Botanical Gardens play host to a lovely flower show in May as part of the iconic Summer Festival. To make your trip more memorable, take the picturesque toy train from Metupalaiyam.