Call of the Mountains – India’s Top Hill Stations

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A getaway to the mountains is all that is needed as a retreat from the ruckus and monotony of life. Talking of India, Indians go weak in their knees at the mere mention of a holiday in the hills. Here’s a list of the hill stations in India that Indians swear by, in no particular order.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Delhi’s favourite getaway spot, Mussoorie is located in the Uttarakhand state of North India. Touted as the “Queen of Hills”, Mussoorie was once the summer capital of the British.

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This hill station has a number of hotels, luxurious spa resorts, breathtaking valley views, and food to die for. The very famous Mall Road of Mussoorie is a shopper’s paradise. Look for Oyo rooms in Mussoorie for a pleasant and budget stay.

Shillong, Meghalaya

The “Scotland of the East,” Shillong is any backpacker’s favourite destination.

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Famous majorly for receiving the highest rainfall in India, and being home to the country’s finest musical extravaganzas with the likes of blues band Soulmate, blues singer Lou Majaw, and the very recent Shillong Chamber group (India’s Got Talent fame).

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

An underdog in the category of “top hill stations of India,” Tawang has a magnificent blend of religion, history, and nature.

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Groomed with the surrealism of the Buddhist monasteries, and mystical Gompas, and adorned with the lacquer of pristine mountains, Tawang is an offbeat mountain destination in India. Should be an itinerary topper!

Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

The brain chilling atmosphere, the meadows, the landscapes and the luscious green panorama clad with clouds; what else does heaven look like? Must be somewhat similar, and if it’s in Kashmir, it is ought to be heavenly.

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No second thoughts, just head up for this divine abode.

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

The smaller and quieter cousin of Ooty, this quaint hill spot is a romantic pick with salubrious ambience, coffee plantations emanating the delectable aroma of coffee, and warmth of the locals who are more than willing to help any outsider without much botheration. Totally worth it!

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Lonavala, Pune, Maharashtra

The mystic hill station of Lonavala is situated at a distance of some 83 km from Mumbai via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The hill station is a favourite spot for the Bollywood, artists, and for those who need some time away from their busy and mechanical lives. If travelling by road, one can easily get a cab from Mumbai to Pune, and by default it happens to be Mumbai’s favourite station of retreat.

Author Bio: Sandeep is an experienced travel consultant, who enjoys travelling and loves to write about the destinations he has been to and shares his experience. He also writes about travel tips, world’s best holiday destinations, best hotels in a destination, travel packages, and flight information.

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