Hill Stations of India

The higher the altitude, cooler is the temperature. Therefore, locations suitable for human habitation on high altitudes of ‘hills’ are found most suitable to get respite from the scorching sun. India has seven principal mountain ranges of which the Himalayas are the largest and stretch over 2560 km. Out of more than 80 hill stations of India, almost 50 were founded by the British rulers.

DALHOUSIE
Named after the then viceroy of India, Lord Dalhousie, the hill station sprawls over five hills, located an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.

DARJEELING
Also known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Darjeeling is located at a height of 6,800 feet above sea level. The tea gardens and magnificent views of sun rise and sun set amidst the mountains of Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu are the hallmarks of Darjeeling. Admirer of nature, adventurers, photographers, birdwatchers, vacationers and honeymooners find it the most habitable place during summer.

GANGTOK
Lexically meaning ‘hilltop’, Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, flanked by the river Ranipul. The entire Kanchenjunga range of mountains can be viewed from here. One can experience the rich age old era of folklore and ethnicity marked by metropolitan contemporary amenities.

GULMARG
The innate snow-capped hill crests and vivid countryside of Gulmarg has protracted vacationers and has been the backdrop of many Bollywood projects. The gradients of Gulmarg make it Asia’s only heli-skiing route.

KODAIKANAL
It is located at an altitude of 6,854 ft above sea level, in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghat in Tamil Nadu. The picturesque lake shaped like a starfish is the main attraction of tourists.

LONAVAL-KHANDALA
Located in the Sahaydri ranges, these are twin hill stations separated from each other by a distance of 5km. It is 64 km away from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. They stand at 622 meters above sea level.

MAHABALESWAR
Located at an altitude of 1,372 meters above sea level, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in the Western Ghat in Maharashtra. The lake Venna and 30 valley points are the main attraction of this hill station.

ARAKU VALLEY
It is located at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, near Hyderabad. Those with geological interest find it most attractive because of its stalactites and stalagmites.

MANALI
Located at an altitude of 2,050 meter, the Kullu valley is famous for orchard industry.

MUNNAR
Located at an altitude of 1,524 meters above sea level, Munnar is surrounded by the serene environment of Kannan Devan , 136 km off Cochin. Tea estates, lakes and deep forest are its main attractions.

MUSSORIE
Located in the Garhwal hills, at an altitude of 2,003 meters above sea level, Mussoorie, The Queen of hills can be reached by travelling 34 km from Dehradun.

NAINITAL
Located at an altitude of 1,938 meter above sea level. More info about Naitital

OOTY
Located at an altitude of 7,500 ft in the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, Ooty is renowned as an all-season hill station.

SHIMLA
Located at an altitude of 2,159 meters above sea level attracts tourists for taking up adventurous activities such as river-rafting, angling, trekking and rock climbing.

SRINAGAR
Situated on the bank of the river Jhelum,Srinagar is famous for Mughal gardens, valleys and chinar trees.

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