Best Hill Stations in India for Summer Holidays

When summer hit the various parts of the country! One question raised in every mind that where to go this summer? Which are the best hill stations in India for summer holidays with family etc? So here is our shot; to prepare a list for you that include some of the best hill stations of India that can be visited from every corner of the country.

The list of 9 best hill stations in India that are most popular among the families & adventure lovers!

Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)

Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir

Dal Lake in Srinagar

Srinagar gets the top spot in the list of best hill stations for summer vacations in India. This beautiful hill station of North India is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state. For the tourists there are lakes, gardens, bazaars, cool climate, accommodations to suit all budgets and delicious foods that makes it one of the most popular summer destinations in India. If you are looking for a hill station that can beat the heat; try Srinagar and if you want some more fun and adventure activities, try the nearby places from Srinagar that include Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonamarg etc.

These hill stations of Kashmir are very popular among families and is often included in Kashmir tour itineraries. So pack your bags and fly to Kashmir to seek escape from the summer amidst the lush valleys and towering Himalayas.

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

Shimla in Himachal Pradesh

View of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

One of the most familiar hill stations of North India, Shimla is as favorite with children as it is with senior citizens. Shimla with its vast repertoire of tourist attractions and activities that range from religious sites to historical site, and colonial charm to snow laden mountains attracts all kinds of visitors throughout the year.  For example there is Christ church which is second oldest church of north India, World highest statue of Lord Hanuman in Jakhu temple, Mall road is the star attraction of Shimla hill station where every traveler want to go because there is countless option to enjoy shopping and delicious food.

But if this is not enough if you are visiting Shimla this summer, there are some cool tourist destinations near Shimla where you could head to make your trip juicier and adventurous. There is Kufri where you can see snow round the year, Naldhera that is first love for golfing lovers and Chail renowned for its wildlife and palace which are the most popular excursions near Shimla.

Fast Facts about Shimla

  • Elevation: 2,205 m (7,234 ft)
  • Avg. summer temperature: 18 °C (64 °F)
  • Avg. winter temperature: 5 °C (41 °F)
  • Telecommunications – Worldwide links by the net, telephones and fax. Code 0177.
  • Food available – South Indian, Mughlai, Tibetan, Chinese, Continental.

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Ladakh: The Little Tibet

Frozen River in Ladakh

Fast Facts

  • Elevation: 3,500 m (11,500 ft)
  • Best Season : March to October
  • Avg. Summer Temperature: 8°C – 25°C
  • Avg. Winter Temperature: -5°C to -20°C
  • Best time to visit: June – September
  • Food Available: Tibetan, Chinese, North Indian

Popular Attractions:

Any “Best of India” montage would be incomplete without featuring Leh-Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. Not just the land of passes and gompas, Ladakh is especially a must visit destination for road trips. Attracting everyone from bikers to seasoned mountaineers, a trip to Ladakh, one of the most offbeat destinations in North India, calls for a great deal of planning.

Ladakh’s landscape is highly contrasting and is depicted in colors that only nature can. Culture is a far cry from rest of India and Buddhism is the most practised faith. There are multiple access routes to Ladakh, road trips being the most popular.

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Ladakh is not your average hill station and High Altitude Acclimatization may be a problem for some. For a rather elaborate account of Ladakh, its attractions, accommodation options etc., read our Ladakh Tour Guide. For even further research, we recommend this Leh Ladakh dossier and these tips on preparation for a Ladakh tour.

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Best Hill Stations in West India for Summer Holidays

Mahabaleshwar: The Jewel of Sahyadri

Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar

Fast Facts

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Altitude: 1372 mt above sea level
  • Languages: Hindi, Marathi, English
  • STD Code: 02168
  • Best time to visit: All year
  • Nearest Metropolitan: Mumbai (285 km)
  • Nearest Airport: Pune (120 km)
  • Popular Attractions: Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Venna Lake, Elephant Point, Pratapgarh Fort, Mount Malcolm

Mahabaleshwar is a rustic little city in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra. One of the top hill stations in India, Mahabaleshwar is also a popular honeymoon spot and an important religious destination. The Venna Lake is central to the city and hotels of all budget types are available to rent. Mahabaleshwar is especially known for its spicy cuisine and hot curries. Mahabaleshwar is easily accessible through a well connected network of roads from Mumbai, Pune and other major cities in Maharashtra.

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Saputara: Crown of Gujarat

Gira Waterfalls in Dangs, Saputara

Fast Facts

  • Elevation: 1000 m
  • State: Gujarat
  • District: Dang
  • Avg. Summer Temperature: 25°C – 38°C
  • Avg. Winter Temperature: 8°C – 25°C
  • Best Season: Mar – Oct
  • STD Code: 02631
  • Nearest Airport: Surat (176 km)
  • Popular Attractions: Vansada National Park, Purna Sanctuary, Artist Village, Gira Falls

Translated as “Abode of Serpents”, Saputara is a charming hill station tucked neatly in the Sahayadri hill ranges in Southern Gujarat, somewhere in the middle of Dang Forest Area. The town has only recently caught the public eye as a weekend getaway from Surat, Nashik etc. Saputara is particularly renowned for its adventure activities such as paragliding, boating, horse riding and rock climbing. The biggest attraction here is the Saputara Lake which is a tourist magnet due to the umpteen picnic spots it provides.

Hill Stations in South India for Summer Vacations

Ooty or Udagamandalam: A Pastoral Retreat

Botanical Garden Ooty

Fast Facts

  • Elevation: 2,240 m (7,350 ft)
  • Avg. Summer Temperature: 25.0ºC-10.0ºC
  • Avg. Winter Temperature: 21.0ºC-0ºC
  • Annual Rainfall: 1210 mm
  • Languages spoken: Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Badaga and English
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (96 km)
  • Popular Attractions: Ooty Lake, Lalith Kala Academy, Deer Park, Botanical Garden

Udagamandalam, formerly and lovingly known as Ooty, needs no introduction and is right up on the list of the best hill stations in India. Nestled deep in the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, Ooty’s subtropical highland climate is a favorite with tourists from India and outside and the town is one of the most visited hilly retreats in south India.

One of the popular destinations for family vacations in India, Ooty is renowned for its emerald lake, pastoral setting, and plenty of things to do apart from the sightseeing activities.

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Coorg: Spices and tea

Abbey Falls Coorg

Fast Facts

  • Climate    Tropical Wet (Köppen)
  • Precipitation: 2,725.5 millimetres (107.30 in)
  • Avg. summer temperature: 28.6 °C (83.5 °F)
  • Avg. winter temperature: 14.2 °C (57.6 °F)
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore (180 Kms)
  • Popular Attractions: Nagarhole National Park, Abbey Falls, Omkareshwar Temple, Madikeri Fort

Coorg is a little hill town in Karnataka that is often referred to as the “Scotland of the South”. The place is a wanderer’s haven and buzzes with couples and newlyweds on their romantic holidays in India. A rich, thick forest cover adorns its mountains and cool, temperate climate provides the right refuge from the blistering heat in the plains. Coorg abounds in sunrise and sunset points, strategically located all over the town.

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Hill Stations in North East India

Darjeeling: A Himalayan Retreat

Toy Train in Darjeeling

Fast Facts

  • State: West Bengal
  • Elevation: 2,050 m (6,730 ft)
  • Best months to visit : March to mid-June and September to mid-December
  • Languages: Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, and English
  • Cuisine: Tibetan, Chinese, Bengali
  • Nearest Airport: Bagdodra (95 km)
  • Popular Attractions: Chowrasta Mall, Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Batasia Loop, War Memorial, Peace Pagoda

The colonial city of Darjeeling was a summer favorite of the officers from the East India Company and not without a reason. The city is a smorgasbord of cultures and a geographic potpourri with diversity being its forte. If one would say Darjeeling has still preserved its Tibetan roots intact, other may argue about its obvious colonial hangover.

The wonderful little Himalayan Express, lovingly known as the Toy Train and inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a wonderful addition to the already huge list of attractions in Darjeeling. The expansive tea plantations and the mystical bazaars only further add to its charms making darjeeling one of the popular places to go for honeymoon in India.

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Kalimpong: Pristine Haven

Best Hill Stations in India

Fast Facts

  • Elevation: 1,247 m (4,091 ft)
  • Languages: Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, English
  • Best Season: Mar – Jun, Sep – Dec
  • Weather: Summer 17 to 30°C, winter 3 to 15°C
  • Popular Attractions: Losar Festival, Flower Nurseries, Dr Graham’s Home, Gompas

Kalimpong in West Bengal provides for an all-round holiday experience. Once the headquarters of the Bhutanese governor; Kalimpong, today, is a laid back town and a popular destination in North East India that has preserved its Buddhist cultural overtones amidst a sea of natural beauty. Once you are here, there are plenty of activities to partake in such as hikes, nature walks, river rafting and angling. Better still, Kalimpong’s proximity to other popular tourist destinations like Sikkim and Darjeeling further strengthen its viability as a summer retreat.

Also Read:

Places to go for Honeymoon in NorthEast India

Top Things to do in North East India

Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in North East India

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Last Updated: 11-07-2016

​Nikhil Chandra is a freelance travel writer, blogger and photographer based in New Delhi. He loves to go on long rides on his bikes, is an avid listener of rock, blues and country music, and could read any book he lays his hands on. He travels because it stretches his perspective in unexpected ways. Nikhil also loves to explore historical buildings and believes that the crumbling remains of old structures and monuments are as romantic as love poems of Pablo Neruda. Through his writing and photography, he endeavors to paint a canvas redolent of the scents, sights, textures and vibrancy of life and nature.

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1 Response

  1. Himani says:


    I love the way you post this article. Excellent information given here, this will help to all tourist who are planning to visit hill stations in India.

    Thank you

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