20 Most Beautiful Hill Stations near Delhi

Summer season in Delhi means scorching heat. Escape the heat and plan a holiday to some chilly hill retreat. While there are several pristine hill stations near Delhi, you can plan a short trip, weekend getaway or vacation with family, partner, friends or solo. As the national capital enjoys a wonderful position of being close to hills, your holiday is easily accessible. Be it on a family vacation or on a romantic getaway, you can indulge in a number of leisure as well as adventure activities.

Take a look at the 20 most beautiful hill stations near Delhi

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali in Himachal Pradesh

One of the most popular hill stations near Delhi, Manali lies amid the lush Beas River Valley at an altitude of 6260 feet above the sea level. This hill town is nestled at the end of the Kullu Valley along the banks of River Beas. Lovingly known as the ‘Valley of God’, Manali is one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. Blessed with salubrious weather, snow-clad Himalayan peaks, lush views and tranquil surroundings. In addition, Manali is a must visit place in Himachal Pradesh for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts.

Things to do: Zorbing, Paragliding and Zip-lining at Solang Valley; Shopping at the Mall Road; Snow activities at Rohtang Pass; River rafting in River Beas

Places to see: Hadmiba Temple, Vashisht Village, Naggar Castle, Bhrigu Lake, Manu Temple, and Manikaran.

Distance from Delhi: 540 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year


2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie in Uttarakhand

Lovingly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie has matchless charm of wonderful weather, peaceful surroundings, and wonderful views of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges. It is one of the most beautiful hill stations near Delhi. Lying at an altitude of 1800 m above the sea level on the top of a horseshoe crest on the mountains of Garhwal, this place is also known as the Gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. it is an exciting summer holiday destination in India.

Things to do: Evening visit to the Mall Road; A leisure walk at the Camel’s Back Road; Rope-way ride from Jhulaghat to the top of Gun Hills; Adventure activities like Skywalk, Zipline, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking,

Places to see:  Kempty falls, Company Bagh, Bhatta falls, Lal Tiba View point, Jwala Devi temple, Shedup Choepelling Temple, Jharipani falls.

Distance from Delhi: 279 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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3. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital in Uttarakhand

Also known as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital lies at the Kumaon foothills in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of around 2000 m, this former British hill station has placid lakes, scenic plains, charming hills, towering trees, and pleasing climate , perfect for a summer vacation in June. It is one of the amazing hill stations in North India and a famous getaway from Delhi. The hill station derives its name from Naini Lake and Naini Peak at an elevation of 2615 m. Families, couples on honeymoon or people trying to get away from the city are welcome to the scenic town in Uttarakhand.

Things to do:  Boating and Yachting in Naini Lake, Excursion to Bhimtal and Sattal, Horse riding along the Ridge

Places to see: Naina Devi Temple, Naini Peak, Raj Bhavan, Kainchi Dam, Mall Road, Eco Garden Cave

Distance from Delhi: 302 km

Best time to visit: October to May

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4. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar in  Jammu and Kashmir

A part of ‘Heaven on Earth’, Srinagar is the pride of Kashmir. The picturesque town snuggled amid snowcapped mountains is equally loved by family vacationers, honeymooning couples and adventure enthusiasts. A number of popular Bollywood movies have been shot here amid the lush valleys, snow-covered peaks, along with many other delights. Nestled the banks of Jhelum River, explore the several allures and varied experiences at any time of the year as per one’s liking. Blessed by snow come winter, Srinagar is one of the best places for honeymoon in December in India.

Things to do:  Shikara ride in Dal Lake; Excursion to Gulmarg, Shopping for woolens and wooden handicrafts from the local bazaar, Get photographed while adorning Kashmiri dress, Shopping at the floating market. Excursion to nearby places including Awantipura. Walur Lake

Places to see: Mughal Gardens, Chashm-e-shahi, Shankaracharya temple. Nishat Bagh, Hazratbal Shrine, Jama Masjid, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Shri Pratap Singh Museum, Pari Mahal

Distance from Delhi: 809 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year (except monsoon)

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5. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie in  Himachal Pradesh

One of the superb hill stations near Delhi, Dalhousie is a splendid summer retreat that lies at an altitude of 1970 m above the sea level. The gateway to the pristine Chamba Valley, this hill town has snow-clad mountains, breathtaking scenery, soothing ambiance, salubrious weather and many other delights. Named after Lord Dalhousie, the then Viceroy of India, who founded the town in 1854, this scenic place lies on the western edge of the Dhauladhar mountain range.

Things to do:  Trek to Guna Devi; Wildlife at Kalatop; Picnic at Panchpula falls, Trekking to Ganji Pahari; Excursion to Khajjiar

Places to see: Panchpula waterfall, Dainkund Peak, Chamera Dam, Khajjiar Lake, St. John’s Church, Bara Pather, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Laxmi Narayan temple, Satdhara falls, Subhash Baoli

Distance from Delhi: 560 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

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6. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla in Himachal Pradesh

The summer capital of the British and the capital of Himachal, Shimla is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Settled at an altitude of 2205 m above the sea level, Shimla allures family vacationers as well as newly-wedded couples in huge numbers. Blessed with colonial charm, stunning vistas, remarkable climate, peaceful ambiance and green scenery, it is admiringly referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. Shimla also tops the list of best places to visit in December for its snowy bliss.

Things to do:  A ride on Kalka-Shimla Toy Train (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Shopping at the Mall Road, Excursion to Kufri; Evening Walk at the Ridge; Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar; Rafting at Tattapani, Ice Skating; Camping at Shoghi

Places to see: Christ Church, Rashtrapati Niwas, Chadwick waterfall, Jakhu Temple, Scandal Point, Military Museum at Annandale, Nearby places like Narkanda, Chail and Tattapani, Himachal State Museum

Distance from Delhi: 344 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

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7. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala in  Himachal Pradesh

Located at an altitude of 1475 m above sea level, the gateway to the Kangra valley, Dharmshala is also one of the headquarters of His Holiness, Dalai Lama. Also known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa, due to the Buddhist and Tibetan culture, this pristine hill town has greenery and peace in abundance. one of the best places in Himachal Pradesh, it is ideal for trekking enthusiasts as well as leisure lovers. Lush mountains, snow-capped peaks, and oak and conifer groves look lovely. It is divided into Lower Dharamsala (a busy commercial center) and Upper Dharamshala (known as McLeod Ganj, the seat of Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama).

Things to do:  Camping at Triund in Dharamkot, Day trip to Kangra Valley, Triund Trek, Kareri Lake Trek, A day’s trip to Kangra; An excursion to Naddi village

Places to see: Dalai Lama Temple, Chamunda Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Indru Nag, and Gyuto Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Kareri Lake, Dal Lake, Namgyal Monastery, Norbulingka Buddhist temple. Kangra Art Museum, Galu temple

Distance from Delhi: 475 km

Best time to visit:  January to June and September to December

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8. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Kanatal in Uttarakhand

Perfect for a weekend getaway with your partner, a holiday with your family or a fun vacation with your friends, Kanatal is a hidden-gem in the Uttarakhand state. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, indulge in the bliss of abundant greenery, along with an extraordinary climate and several delights. This hill town is located at a distance of 78 km from Dehradun. For a perfect respite consider Kanatal, it is one of the best places to visit in June for summer vacation.

Things to do:  Camping, Trekking, Sightseeing, An excursion to Chamba and Dhanaulti, Nature walk and Trekking in Kodia Jungle

Places to see: Tehri Dam, Kodia Jungle, Shivpuri, Surkhanda Devi temple, and Dhanaulti Eco Park

Distance from Delhi: 321 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

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9. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

20 Most Beautiful Hill Stations near Delhi

Positioned at an altitude of 1700 m above the sea level, Lansdowne is a beautiful hill station that lies amid verdant pine and oak jungles. Green slopes, paradise-like ambiance and a wonderful weather make this place ideal for enjoying vacations that are filled with eternal peace. This was founded as a summer retreat in 1887 by the then Viceroy of India. Moreover this wonderful place offers a rejuvenating experience.

Things to do:  Boating in Bhulla Lake, Bird Watching, Trek to Hawagarh and Snow Viewpoint, Nature Walks, Enjoy wonderful views from Tip and Top View Point, Jungle Safari at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, Camping

Places to see: St. Mary’s Church, Durga Devi Temple, St. John’s Church, Garhwal Regimental Museum, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhairav Garhi Temple, Bhulla Lake, Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya

Distance from Delhi: 260 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

10. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu Rajasthan

The only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, the picturesque Mount Abu is located near the border of Gujarat, amid the Aravallis. This hill town in addittion has been blessed with serene environment, comparatively low temperatures, and various man-made delights also. Also, head to Guru Shikhar the highest point in the hill town for capturing nature’s bounty.

Things to do: Boating in Nakki Lake, Excursion to Dilwara Jain temples, Beautiful sunset at the Honeymoon Point, Bird watching at Trevor’s tank, Shopping in the local bazaars

Places to see: Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikar, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Trevor’s crocodile park, Toad Rock, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance from Delhi: 762 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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11. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli in Uttarakhand

One of the most popular skiing destinations in India, Auli lies at a height of 3049 m above the sea level. The hill town boasts of a variety of skiing slopes, dotted with coniferous trees, which are ideal for amateur as well as professional skiers. In addition, the place also has the longest cable car in Asia (4 km), which connects it to the holy town of Joshimath, and is the only way to arrive here. This hill town is a sought-after honeymoon destination too. Savor wonderful views of the snow-clad Trishul Peak and Nada Devi Peak.

Things to do: Snow games, Skiing, Cable Car Ride, Auli Gorson Trek

Places to see: Joshimath, Badrinath, Chenab Lake, Gurson Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Auli Artificial Lake (world’s highest manmade lake), Nanda Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Vishnu Prayag

Distance from Delhi: 506 km

Best time to visit:  April to August and January to mid-March for skiing


12. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet in Uttarakhand

Also known as the ‘Queen’s Land’, Ranikhet is a verdant hill town with plenty of exotic wildlife, varied species of flora, surrounded by Himalayan mountains. Located at an altitude of about 1869 m above the sea level, it is an erstwhile summer retreat of the British. One of the most peaceful weekend getaways from Delhi, it is a scenic place that is also home to the Indian Army’s Kumaon Regiment. The ever so cool climate is an added bonus.

Things to do: Trek to Tarikhet and Sitlakhet, Nature Walks, Golfing, Picnic at Bhalu Dam and Chaubatia Gardens

Places to see: Jhula Devi Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Chaubatia Gardens, Haidakhan Temple, Upat Golf Course, Majkhali, Bhalu Dam, Dwarahat, Katarmal Sun Temple, Army Golf Course, Ram Mandir

Distance from Delhi: 356 km

Best time to visit: October to June

13. Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Dehradun in Uttarakhand

The capital city of the Uttarakhand state, the unspoiled and quaint hill town of Dehradun lies at a height of 1427 feet above the sea level. It is surrounded by other wonderful places like Auli, Rishikesh, Mussorrie, Haridwar and Nainital. Green environs and peaceful ambiance attract nature-lovers to this place. Moreover, the place has a wonderful mix of natural as well as man-made delights for its visitors.

Things to doWildlife Safari at Rajaji National Park, Picnic around Sahastradhara and Lacchiwalla, Wildlife spotting at Malsi Deer Park, Trekking, Paragliding, Shopping at Tibetan Market

Places to see: Tapkeshwar Temple, Robber’s Cave, Tapovan, Santala Devi Temple, Mindrolling Monastery, Forest Research Institute, Zonal Museum, Tiger falls

Distance from Delhi: 245 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

14. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh

Nestled amid chestnut, pine and oak groves, along with mist-covered peaks, Kasauli is a serene hill town, which is placed at an altitude of 6100 feet above the sea level. Founded by the British in 1842 as a Cantonment town, today also it has a Victorian feel. Also, this place even finds its mention in the great Hindu epic, Ramayana. Do not miss a visit to Kasauli Brewery, the world’s highest brewery and distillery. In addition, the Dhauladhar Ranges with natural trails form a wonderful background. If you like being away from city chaos, close to the nature, this is the place to be.

Things to do:  Nature Walks, Shopping at the Mall Road, Camping, Trekking, Walk on the popular Gilbert Trail, Toy Train ride from Dharampur to Barog, Day’s excursion to Barog

Places to see: Sunrise and Sunset Point, Monkey Point, Christ Church, Sabathu Fort, Kasauli Breweryk, Krishna Bhavan Mandir, Gurkha Fort

Distance from Delhi: 289 km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

15. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Chail in Himachal Pradesh

Popular for its mist-clad surroundings, historical importance, green jungles, splendid vistas and pleasant climate, Chail is also home the highest cricket ground in the world. It is located at a distance of around 44 km from Shimla and boasts of unparalleled tranquility. Also, it was once the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala. A holiday at this quaint hill town is blissful. The views are wonderful and captivating. Also, do not miss out on shopping at the local market.

Things to do:  Golfing, Wildlife spotting at the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Horse Riding, Day’s excursion to Kufri and Shimla, Picnic at Sadhupul Lake, Angling in Giri River

Places to see: Chail Palace, Kali Tiba, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib, Sadhupul Lake, Himalayan Nature Park

Distance from Delhi: 337 km

Best time to visit:  April to July and September to March

16. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

20 Most Beautiful Hill Stations near Delhi

One of the top 20 most beautiful hill stations near Delhi, Mukteshwar offers fresh air to breathe and stunning views for your eyes. Start driving from Delhi towards Moradabad and Ramgarh and you arrive at this pristine hill town, amid the Kumaoni Hills. It is a wonderful combination of leisure and adventure activities. It has been named after 350-year old Lord Shiva’s shrine, Mukteshwar Dham. There are plenty of apricot, apple and plum orchards. This peaceful heaven offers detoxification to your mind, body and soul. Treat your eyes to the breathtaking views of Nanda Devi Peak.

Things to do: Climbing and rappelling at Chhaulli ki Jali, Nature Walks, Excursion to Dhanachuli village, Trek to Sitla

Places to see: Mukteshwar Dham, Veterinary Research Institute of India, Chauli ki Jalai, Mukteshwar Maharah Ji temple, Tapovan, Methodist Church, Ramgarh, Nathuakhan, Brahmeswara Temple

Distance from Delhi: 350 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

17. Almora, Uttarakhand

Almora in Uttarakhand

A scenic hill station at an altitude of 1651 m above the sea level, Almora is placed on a 5 km long horseshoe-shaped ridge. This place was originally founded by the rulers of Chand dynasty but later on was developed by the British. This hill station is a delight for cultural aficionado as it is known to be the cultural heart of the Kumaon region. VIPs like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda were also known to be fond of this place.

Things to do: Wildlife at Mrig Vihar Zoo, Explore Zero Valley, Shopping at Lal Bazaar, Nature Walks, Visit to Deer Park, Wildlife viewing at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Get your hands in shawls and wooden handicrafts

Places to see: Nanda Devi Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Bright End Corner, Martola, Kalimat, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jagheswar Temple, Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum, Zero Point

Distance from Delhi: 363 km

Best time to visit: April to June and September to November

18. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Kufri in  Himachal Pradesh

Located at a distance of just 13 km from Shimla, Kufri is a peaceful escape for nature lovers. If you wish to get away from the crowd of Shimla, this is the place to be. The hill town boasts of exotic wildlife, serene ambiance, green environs and various other delights for its visitors. Located at an altitude of 9000 feet above the sea level, its charm attract tourists from all across the country. In fact Kufri can be counted as one of the best places for family holiday in India.

Things to do: Amazing rides at Kufri Fun World, Yak Safari, Nature Walk, Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak, Skiing in winters, Hiking, Himalayan Aviary for bird watching

Places to see: Kufri Zoo, Mahasu Peak, Himalayan Nature Park, Indira Tourist Park, Shimla, Fagu, Bhima Kali Mata temple

Distance from Delhi: 358 km

Best time to visit: All Throughout the year

19. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Kangra in Himachal Pradesh

Located at the foothills of the Dhauladhar Ranges in the Kangra Valley, the beautiful Kangra town is located along the banks of River Banganga. The place is quite popular for its religious significance. This is known to be an ancient village, which even finds its mention in texts of Alexander the Great, regarding earliest wars. It has also has been blessed by tranquil ambiance, and picturesque vistas. There is a certain spiritual feel in the air, which has a soothing effect on one’s mind and soul.

Things to do: Bird watching at Maharana Pratap Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Walk, trekking, Seek Lord’s blessing at the Baijnath temple, Excursion to Pragpur

Places to see: Maharana Pratap Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Dal Lake, Kareri Lake, Gupt Ganga Temple, Kangra Fort, Mata Brajeshwari Devi Temple, Nagarkot Fort Museum, Tashijong Monastery, Chamunda Devi Temple

Distance from Delhi: 469 km

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

20. Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand

Boasting of wonderful views, peaceful ambiance, and a spiritual air, Uttarkashi is a riverside heaven for nature lovers. In addition, this hill town is the base for Gangotri Yatra and is dotted with a number of temples. It is also the starting point of a number of famous treks. This place is a wonderful mix of pilgrimage and adventure activities. It is also known as Kashi of North. It is positioned at an altitude of 1352 m above the sea level.

Things to do:  Trek to Dayara Bugyal and Dodital, Temple visits, Trekking to Hark i Doon, Visit to Nachiketa Lake

Places to see: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Annapurna Devi Temple, Kali Mata Temple, Bhairao Temple, Dayara Bugyal, Bannder Poonch Peak, Dodital, Duryodhan Temple, Maneri Dam, Nehru Mountaineering Institute, Kuteti Devi Temple

Distance from Delhi: 449 km

Best time to visit:  November to March

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Know more about hills stations near Delhi:

1. Which is best hill station near Delhi for Summer Vacation?

Shimla, Manali, Nainital, Auli, Kasauli, Ranikhet, Binsar, Kausani, Mussoorie are top hill stations to visit near Delhi that have extremely pleasant weather during summer season.

2. Which is best hill station near Delhi for Winter Vacation?

Auli, kufri, Nainital, Mukteshwar, Kausani, Chopta, Dharamshala, Chail, Lansdowne are some of the best hill stations around Delhi for a relaxing winter holiday.

Geetika Handa

is a travel writerwho has an interest in sharing her experiences with all. She provides a detailed account of any travel topic she chooses to write on. You can get detailed information and tips about choosing the right kind of holiday packages in the country from her write-ups.

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  8. Veenu Singla says:

    Hi Geetika! Thanks for this long list of beautiful hill stations. The places you have mentioned are amazing and make us easier to decide which place is best to visit. Himachal is the best place to visit as it is known paradise for nature lovers.

  9. Manya says:

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  10. Sarath says:

    Does it snow in Shimla during December. I am planning to take my entire family for a maiden Snow visit.
    We are anyways visiting Agra, so would like to know about nearby hill stations where it snows during December.

    PS: Planning to start trip from Chennai to Delhi on 23rd December.

  11. Misha thakur says:

    These pictures are very inspirational and can inspire anyone to visit there. I like travelling but I never visited in Dehradun, Uttarakhand yet and planning a trip with next week.

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