Summer Hill Stations You Must Not Miss In India

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Summer holidays are a good opportunity to take a break from the monotonous routine life and have a much needed change. Loaded with enormous syllabus and several examinations round the year, children too await eagerly for a summer outing with their parents or teachers. Some families or couples or groups even plan their summer holidays well in advance and they ensure that from booking travel tickets to reservation of hotels or guest houses, everything is in place to avoid last moment hassles. But there are some who either don’t get a chance to plan it much, but they too never miss a chance to visit a tourist place in summer.

 

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These days some well-to-do Indian families opt for foreign locales during summer, but we all know India has enough beautiful picturesque destinations which are no less attractive than places in other countries. Here are eleven most popular summer hill station tourist destinations in India, where the footfalls are usually very high in summer.

 

DARJEELING – GANGTOK:: Small hilly town near the Kanchenjunga range is one of the most sought after hill stations in India. Although Darjeeling town is small, the district of Darjeeling spans over more than 3,000 square kilometers. Numerous mountain peaks, lakes, tea gardens, scenic places, sightseeing points, waterfalls, temples, monasteries, parks, museums and historic places of Darjeeling and Gangtok has many attractions to hold the tourists for days. Read More>>

 

SHILLONG:: With the rolling hills of pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, the British named Shillong as “the Scotland of the East” – an impression first brought to mind by Barapani (or Umiam), the stunning loch-like reservoir on its fringes, and the sight of the local Khasi women wearing gingham and tartan shawls. Read More>>

 

SRINAGAR :: Located in the Kashmir valley on the bank of River Jhelum, Srinagar is popularly called ‘Paradise on Earth’. The very word ‘Sri’ means wealth, hence the summer capital city of Jammu and Kashmir is often called ‘the city of wealth’. Read More>>

 

SHIMLA :: The reveling scenic delights, waking up to the misty mornings in the mountains, walking down the lanes, going for a shopping spree in Shimla (or Simla) is a visitor’s rare dream of a perfect summer trail on a hill station. Soaking in Shimla’s scenic and spiritual splendor, visiting the nearby spots attracts thousands of visitors round the year. Read More>>

 

KULLU and MANALI :: Lofty mountains with finest of slopes, water streams and splashing rivers make Kullu and Manali in the foothills of Himalayas, most sought after destinations for visitors who thrive for a summer break. With numerous temples, Kullu is often called the ‘Valley of Gods’, where Dussehra festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. Read More>>

 

LADAKH :: From trekking and mountaineering to Buddhist tours of various monasteries, Ladakh has it all. Popularly known as ‘Lama Land’, or ‘Little Tibet’ Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging between about 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet. Interestingly, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes. Read More>>

 

OOTY :: Ooty or Ootacamund in Tamil Nadu is one of the widely visited tourist spots during summer. It is nearly 2,400 metres above the sea level and has several beautiful locations. For its beautiful locales, hundreds of Indian cinemas have been shot in Ooty. Read More>>

 

KODAIKANAL :: Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a beautiful city, often called as honeymooners’ haven. The city nestles beautifully amidst the folds of the Pali hills and is home to the rare ‘Kurinji-flower’, which blossoms once in 12 years, imparting an ethereal beauty to the hills. Read More>>

 

MUNNAR :: Calmness, serenity and harmonious environment, aromatic breeze, network of mountain valleys, magnificent view of Rocky Mountains and the town, tea gardens and green fields of Munnar attract many leisure tourists, honeymoon travelers, family vacationers to this popular hill station of Kerala in South India. Read More>>