Famous Hill Stations in North India – Top 10 Picks

Hill Stations in North India

Published Date: February 21, 2023

North India is a vast region that encompasses 10-15 states in India. The majority of these regions get covered by:

  • The great Himalayas, 
  • Indo-Gangetic plains, and 
  • The Thar desert. 

From diverse cultures to historic importance centers, 

From tropical evergreen forests to a wide variety of flora/ fauna/ birds, and

From the holiest pilgrimage spots to tourist destinations, 

NORTH INDIA has everything! 

In this blog, we’ve briefed the top ten picks of the famous hill stations in North India. Undoubtedly, these are absolute tourist destinations for families, honeymooners, and solo travelers.  

  1. Manali
  2. Shimla
  3. Mussoorie
  4. Srinagar
  5. Kasauli
  6. Almora
  7. Nainital
  8. Dharamshala
  9. Gulmarg
  10. Leh & Ladakh

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Top 10 Famous Hill Stations of North India

Manali Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is number one among the most popular hill stations in North India as it has the most beautiful snowy peaks in the winter. Located in the northern part of the Kullu valley, it has amazing landscapes. People call it the “Queen toursof Hills.”

Places to visit in Manali: Mall road, Beas River, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, and Jog Falls.

Shimla Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh

Widely known as the “Summer Capital” of North India, it is the largest city of the Himachal Pradesh state. Geographically, it is built on seven other hills. The highest altitude in Shimla is contributed by Jakhu (Jakoo) hill.

Places to visit in Manali: Kali Bari, Mall road, Sanjauli, The Ridge, Kufri, Annadale, and Tara Devi Temple. 

Mussoorie Hill Station, Uttarakhand

Indeed, a thrilling hill station in North India. Because, you can enjoy the spectacular peaks, wildlife, local cultures, etc. And go for wildlife safaris, trekking, river rafting,  horse riding, paragliding, and a lot more.

Places to visit in Mussoorie: Camel’s Back Road, Lal Tibba, Happy Valley, Jwalaji Temple, Lake Mist, and Bhatta Falls.

Srinagar Hill Station, Jammu & Kashmir

Popularly called the “summer capital” of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sometimes it is also called the land of lakes owing to the presence of a handful of lakes and waterfronts in and around the city. Never miss the boating and floating vegetable market experience in this hill station. No doubt that it ranks top on the list of best hill stations in North India​.   

Places to visit in Srinagar: Dal Lake, Houseboats, Nishat Bagh & Shalimar Mughal Gardens, Pari Mahal, and Hari Parbat Fort. 

Kasauli Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh

Housed at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, it becomes such a tranquil hill station in North India. It was developed by a British king and hence became a cantonment or colonial hill station. 

Places to visit in Kasauli: Manki Point, Circuit house, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Christ Church, and the Gilbert Trail.

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Almora Hill Station, Uttarakhand

Located in the southern tip of Kumaon Hills, Himalayas, it is one of the most famous hill stations in North India. It is such a serene hill station in which you can enjoy the tribal cultures, local people, and wonderful cold climate. 

Places to visit in Almora: Lakhudiyar, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Jageshwar Temple, Kalimath, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Martola, and Zero Point.

Nainital Hill Station, Uttarakhand

Like Almora, this hill station is also located in the foothills of Kumaon Hills, Himalayas. If you wanted to enjoy lakes and snow-capped mountains, then you can choose this hill station. It has numerous lakes and thus people called it the “city of lakes.”

Places to visit in Nainital: Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Eco Cave Gardens, Nainital Yacht Club, St John Wilderness Church, and Jama Masjid.

Dharamshala Hill Station, Himachal Pradesh

Popularly referred to as the “winter capital” of Himachal Pradesh, it has picturesque hills, untapped forests, and perfect spots to begin your trekking. It houses many Tibetan monasteries and is thus called the “little Lhasa of India.” 

Places to visit in Dharamshala: Triund-Thatri, Bhimghasutri Pass, Toral Pass, and Kareri Lake. 

Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

This hill station mostly occupies the cup-shaped valley of the Pir Panjal range, Western Himalayas. It does not only have rich biosphere regions but perfect spots for activities like skiing, snowboarding, and trekking. It has the second-highest cable car ride point in the world. Travelers refer to this as one of the most gorgeous hill stations in North India

Places to visit in Gulmarg: St Mary’s Church, Golf course, Kingdori, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Gondola, Maharani Temple, Ningli Nalla, and Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering.

Leh Hill Station, Ladakh Kingdom

Right on the banks of the Indus river, this hill station in North India is an absolute tourist destination for explorers. The magnificent mountains in the Leh Ladakh region will leave you astonished!

Places to visit in Leh: Leh Palace, Pangong Lake, Ice and Shanti Stupa, Chamba Temple, War Museum, and Namgyal Tsemo Gompa.

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