Top 10 Indian Hill Destinations for Your Next Holiday - Part 4 of 5

By Akshata Mishra on Jan 08, 2019
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This post is  a part of series Best Hill Station in India

With springs twirling by and summers arriving soon, what is keeping you from planning your vacation, yet? If you have been following our series, you'd know by now that we aim to cover all the hills garnering snowy beauties. Here's your next top list of beautiful hill stations of the country.

best hill stations in India part 4

31. Netarhat

Popularly referred to as "Queen of Chotanagpur", this hill station is situated at a high elevation. Hailed as a place which is frequented by the tourists for its sunrise and sunsets, it has crystalline rock formations with laterite or sandstone trap. One of the most beautiful weekend getaways of this area, it is located upon Chotanagpur plateau. It is a breath of fresh air during summers due to its cool weather and refreshing climate. The views from this place are breathtaking and absolutely stunning. To add to its natural beauty are the pear orchards and well pruned gardens. There’s monuments, buildings and churches from the British era. An added charm to the place is the numerous sunset points.

How to reach Netarhat

The nearest airport is the Ranchi Airport.

By road, one can reach this place through bus services. It is well connected to the cities of Ranchi and Daltonganj.

The nearest railway stations are at Latehar, Jharkhand.

When to visit Netarhat

It is a pleasant place to visit all throughout the year. Though, according to the weather analysis February to December is the best time to visit this place.

 Must See in Netarhat

  • Magnolia Sunset Point
  • Koel View Point
  • Upper Ghaghri Falls
  • Sadni Falls
  • Netarhat Hills
  • Lower Ghaghri Waterfall

Famous Delicacy in Netarhat

Thekua is a much savored sweet dish of this place. Prepared with whole meal flour, jaggery and ghee, it's a widely enjoyed delectable dish.

32. Matheran

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This is one place you can escape to, rejuvenate and rejoice. One must prefer trekking to the place as the walk up is fun on its own. You have to steer through dense but enticing forests, wherein you can spot cottages and a nice spot for bonfires and some chilling. The red mud road is as slippery as it is exciting to trail through. Matheran is a quite and peaceful city, with everything worthwhile to soak in, away from the heat and din of the city. The natural beauty of Matheran is a treat, with everything green dense and soothing. You can also gorge on sumptuous juicy blackberries when you hike to this place. Encircled with woods all around, it is literally a group of forests at an altar.

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How to reach Matheran

Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport to Matheran.

Matheran is well connected by road to places nearby, namely the cities of Pune, Panchgani, Bombay and Mahabaleshwar.

The nearest broad railway gauge to Matheran is situated in Neral at a distance of 20 km from it.

When to visit Matheran

Though Matheran has pleasant climate throughout the year, the best times to visit this place would be between October to November. It is the weather of monsoon retreats and freshness, just perfect for sightseeing and strolling.

Must See in Matheran

  • Echo Point
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Louisa Point
  • Sunset Point
  • One Tree Hill Point
  • Panorama Point
  • Neral-459 Toy Train
  • Alexander Point
  • Morbe Dam
  • Rambagh Point
  • Little Chowk Point
  • Ambarnath Temple
  • Hart Point
  • Honey Moon Point
  • Prabal Fort
  • Lord Point
  • Garbut Point
  • Monkey Point
  • Belvedere Point
  • Elephants Trunk

Famous Delicacy in Matheran

When in Matheran, do try out the delicious kokum juice. It’s sweet, refreshing and a treat.

33. Ranikhet

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With an atmosphere of good old fashioned military environment, this place is sprinkled across beautiful green hills with a bustling aura of greens and freshness. There’s the lovely views of the Himalayas in the backdrop and the serene roads, wherein you can go for a stroll and relax. This place serves as the perfect retreat and acts as a nice cozy getaway with tall trees studded all across. The whole place is very charismatic, owing to its old world charm and lovely setting.

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How to reach Ranikhet

There are no regular flights to Ranikhet. The nearest airport is at Dehradun and the nearest international airport is in Delhi.

Ranikhet is well connected through roadways to most major cities of the country.

The nearest major railway station to Ranikhet is at Kathgodam.The other nearest rail gauge is at Ramnagar.

When to visit Ranikhet

This place is packed full in the summers, wherein everyone is swarming to escape the heat of the plains. This best time to visit this place would be in the months of September to November and April to June, where you can laze out and enjoy a nice retreat from the heat of the plains.

Must See in Ranikhet

  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Regiment Museum
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Chaubatia Orchards
  • Kalka Temple
  • Chaubatia Gardens
  • Kainchi Dham
  • Methodist Church
  • Katarmal Surya Mandir
  • Dwarahat
  • Majhkhali
  • Upat Kalika
  • Sam Mandir
  • Ranikhet Observatory
  • Ranikhet Reserve Forest
  • Guru Gorakhnath Mandir
  • Chaubattia East Reserve Forest
  • Shiv Temple
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Bhumia Temple

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Famous Delicacy in Ranikhet

Singori is a Kumaoni sweet dish, prepared with condensed milk and coconut and served wrapped in a leaf named ‘Kolu’ which is a leaf found in the hills.

34. Tirumala

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This place is a combination of culture, nature, history and adventure in it. Graced in the uphills of Bangalore, it is famous for its scenic beauty, splendid views of the valleys which are an elevation to all your senses. It’s known for its peaceful atmosphere and a plethora of hill resorts, which are likely from the colonial era. It is one of the most famous historical hill stations in the country. It is a delight of a place for trekkers and explorers. It is specifically great for people who love history and have a knack to explore and get to know more while on the go.

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How to reach Tirumala

Nearest airport is at Renigunta, wherefrom one can reach their destination by road.

The nearest bus stand is at Tirupathi, where to a lot of buses come.

The nearest railway station is at Tirupathi, which is connected to quite a few major cities of the country.

When to visit Tirumala

It is generally crowded during the peak summer seasons of April or May, but can be frequented on other times too. It is also a nice place to visit during Diwali, October to November. In short the best time to visit this place would be from October to May.

Must See in Tirumala

  • Lord Balaji Darshan
  • Papavinasam Theertham
  • Akasa Ganga
  • Gorgabham
  • Venu Gopala Swamy Temple
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple
  • Deer Park
  • Talakona Waterfalls
  • Chandragiri Palaces and Fort
  • Rock Garden
  • Sri Vari Museum
  • Silathoranam
  • TTD Gardens
  • Chakra Theertham
  • Sri Venkateswara National Park
  • Swami Pushkarini Lake
  • Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park
  • Kalyani Dam
  • Gurramkonda Fort
  • Sanaka Sanandana Theertham
  • Kailasanathakona Falls
  • Tumburu Theertham

Famous Delicacy in Tirumala

The temples here serve excellent sweets like laddu and jalebi. It’s a must try as it is considered to be a blessing and the Lord’s sacred offering.

35. Thekkady

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If you happen to roam around Thekkady, you’ll spot a lot of wildlife, a few of them indigenous like Malabar hornbill, giant squirrel and black monkey. If you are lucky and have planned a trip around the hills, you may even spot a tiger. This is the perfect place to experience the two flips of God’s own country, the seas and the hills. The hills at Thekkady are low lying and hence replete with lush green plantations and ends at Kovalam, which is a serene seaside getaway. The place and the path to it is full with beautiful scenery and scenic views, of greens and flowers sprinkled in growth. There’s exotic cardamom plantations with cottages next to them to give you the cozy camping feels. There’s luscious plantations of arabica coffee and other spices, wherein you can walk through with guides, who will chop through the bushes for you. Overall, it's an excellent place to retreat and enjoy a nice exotic and close to nature weekend getaway.

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How to reach Thekkady

The nearest airport to Thekkady is at Madurai. Madurai is connected to important cities like Chennai.

State Public Transport Services connect Thekkady to quite a few nearby cities. It is a well connected pathway.

The nearest railhead is at Kottayam.

When to visit Thekkady

Beating convention, the best time to visit Thekkady is during the winter months of October to February. This is the most perfect season to go for wildlife safaris and excursions, including sightseeing, as the weather is cool and dandy.

Must See in Thekkady

  • Spice Village
  • Niraamaya retreats Cardamom Club
  • Elephant Junction
  • Park Entry Post
  • Ecotourism Centre
  • St. George Orthodox Church
  • Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali Centre
  • Periyar Lake
  • Periyar National Park
  • Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mudra Cultural Centre
  • Green Park Ayurvedic & Spice Plantation
  • Gavi Forest
  • Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden
  • Mullaperiyar Dam
  • Mangala Devi Temple
  • Tropical Chocolate Factory

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Famous Delicacy in Thekkady

Puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake, simmered in coconut shavings. It is usually served with Kadala curry and is cherished with ripe bananas or coconut too at times. It is a popular dish for breakfast throughout Kerela.

36. Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi hill station in Madhya Pradesh

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It is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh and hence a jewel in its own. It is graced with waterfalls, cave temples and forested areas, wherein relaxing is easy and refreshing. It is quite revered as it offers a much needed break from the hot central plains. There is so much refreshing scenic beauty that this place has to offer that you could just sit or stroll around, while taking an occasional dip at one of its natural pools.

How to reach

Bhopal Airport is the nearest airport to this place.

The place is well connected to the major surrounding cities by decent bus and cab services.

Pipariya is the nearest and adjacent railhead to this place.

When to visit

Studded in the innermost part of the country, the best time to visit it would be in the month of October to March. It is in these months that apart from the scenic beauty you can enjoy the pleasant weather too.

Must See

  • Satpura Tiger Reserve
  • Chauragarh
  • Jata Shankar Cave Temple
  • Satpura National Park
  • Handi Khoh
  • Mahadeo Caves
  • Pandav Caves
  • Shivaratri Mela
  • Rajat Prapat
  • Duchess Falls
  • Astachal Caves
  • Ramykund Pool
  • Apsara Vihar
  • Reechgarh Viewpoint
  • Bee Falls
  • Christ Church
  • Pachumli Kund
  • Shiva Shrine

Famous Delicacy in Pachmarhi

Babroo is a famous sweet delicacy of this mountain town. Made with dough and sugar, it keeps you warm and energised while tickling your taste buds.

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37. Dhar Kalan

This little town is located in the Pathankot area of Punjab. It is a small villa with a lot of natural beauty and chills to offer. Located at the border of two states, it is graced by Jammu on one side and Himachal on the other side. There’s clear streams with boats scattered all throughout, lone long serene roads, red brick houses and large expanse of stony mud roads. It’s an offbeat picturesque hill station with a lot of warmth and the quintessential village lifestyle.

How to reach Dhar Kalan

The nearest airport is the Gaggal Airport in the Kangra Valley.

A road trip from Jalandhar or Bathinda in Punjab would be the best way to reach Dhar Kalan.

Jammu Tawi Railway is the nearest railhead at a distance of 103 km from this place.

When to visit Dhar Kalan

The best time to visit this place would be in the months of March to May. It is the spring season, when the temperatures are moderate and the weather serene.

Must See in Dhar Kalan

  • Dher
  • Raipuria
  • Lunhera
  • Karod-Kalan
  • Palwada
  • Bohar Dhar
  • Thikri
  • Amjhera
  • Dehrisaray
  • Sanoli
  • Dhar
  • Talwada
  • Kesoor
  • Ahirkhedi
  • Bodia
  • Tirla
  • Digthan
  • Dasai
  • Khajuriya
  • Kanoota

Famous Delicacy in Dhar Kalan

Lassi is a sweet thick concoction of beaten curd and milk. It is usually flavored with rose syrup and garnished rich with dryfruits. Thick in consistency, it is served and had best cold.

38. Aizawl

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This is perhaps the most easygoing of all Indian state capitals. It is one of those relaxed and laid back places, wherein you can shop and simply soak in nature’s natural beauty. It’s edged at the ridge with its bare claws and specifically designed to meet the need of the influx. It is a remote place and yet one of the largest cities in the state. From a bird’s eye view it looks replete and full with houses. The main market is usually bustling with people, who are all in to explore this north-eastern state.

Also Read about things to do in Aizawl

How to reach Aizawl

The nearest airport to Aizawl is in Imphal. The nearest international airport to it is in Kolkata.

One of the National Highways connects Aizawl to rest of the country. Bus and taxi services ply between the other cities and Aizwal. It’s available from Silchar Shillong and Guwahati.

Silchar Railways is the nearest to Aizwal which is in Assam.

When to visit Aizawl

The best time to tour Aizawl is in the winter months of November to March. It is the most pleasant time of the year to visit this place, as the skies are clear and the weather pleasant.

Must See in Aizawl

  • Bara Bazaar
  • Luangmual Handicraft Centre
  • Mizoram State Museum
  • Durtlang Hills
  • Mini Zoo
  • Berawtlang Tourist Complex
  • Bung
  • Paikhai
  • Tamdil Lake
  • Dumpa
  • Kolasib
  • Vantawng Falls
  • Champai
  • Lunglei
  • Phawngpui
  • Saiha

Famous Delicacy in Aizawl

Chhangban Leh Kurtai is a famous sweetmeat of this place. It is beige coloured soft yet formed sweet, which is slippery to hold and melt in mouth.

39. Kotla Hill

Situated in the Ambala district of Punjab this is a small town, replete with facilities at the border of the state. There’s lush greenery and waterfalls to explore, along with well formed paths with vehicles running over. There’s roads cut out of mountains and views of the talls from between green hills and overlooking rivers. It is a small place to explore but natural, untouched and pristine.

How to reach Kotla Hill

The nearest airport to this place is at Chandigarh.

There are no specific bus services that ply between this place and any other city. You can hire a cab or use your own transport.

This place doesn’t have a railway station of its own yet. The nearest one however is the Ambala Cantt Railway Junction, which is less than 10 kms away from it.

When to visit Kotla Hill

The best time to visit this place would be in the summer months of March to May. It’s chilling during winters and hence, this is the most appropriate time to visit it, when it’s pleasant and not too uncomfortable.

Must See in Kotla Hill

  • Kotla Fort
  • Bagula Mukhi Temple
  • Dhauladhar Hills
  • Kangra Valley
  • Chambal Ranges
  • Water-run Gharat
  • Tibetan Monastery
  • Hanuman Mandir
  • Ram Tirath Ashram
  • Trilokinath Temple

Famous Delicacy in Kotla Hill

Pinni is a customary sweet dish famous in this area. It is normally prepared in the winter months to keep you warm. It is prepared with flour and a rich concoction of dry fruits and sugar syrup.

40. Auli

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This one is an electrifying gem, famous for its startling views and adventurous tone. It is an offbeat hill station near Delhi, which is picking up fame only recently. Hailed as one of the coldest places in the country, it is located near Badrinath. It is picking up as a popular skiing resort of the country. With snow clad hills and feathery soft grainy snow on land, it has shaped itself as a a popular tourist hub only recently.

How to reach Auli

Dehradun is the nearest airport to this place.

Both state and private bus and cab services ply to this place from Delhi and other nearby cities.

The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh.

When to visit Auli

To enjoy the scenic beauty of this place and sightseeing one can visit this place in the months of April to August. To ski around one can visit in the months of January and February.

Must See in Auli

  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Joshimath
  • Winter Ski Resort
  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Bhavishya Badri
  • Trishul Peak
  • Chenab Lake
  • Saildhar Tapovan
  • Chattarkund
  • Vanshinarayan Kalpeshwar
  • Kwani Bugyal

Famous Delicacy in Auli

Til ke laddoo is a famous sweet dish of this hilly region. They are little balls of sesame seeds, marinated and simmered in melted jaggery, to give it a rich sweet taste.

It is amazing how India is decked with gorgeous snow-capped beauties on all corners and nooks. Be it a small hill station, off-beat and less frequented or a sprawling and thriving maidens, readily becoming popular tourist spots. There’s a certain sense of charm and mysticism that hill stations have in general. A certain warmth and aura of the unknown. There’s many more such amazing hill stations to follow in the list.

So, until next time, stay tuned!

To explore More hill stations in India in this series check out:

Top 10 Hill Destinations for Your Next Holiday - Part 3

Indian Mountains- Where to Go for a Vacation - Part 5

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