40 Best Hill Stations To Visit In North India In 2020

Mountain landscape with hiking trail

You might be a frequent traveller or someone who loves staying at their home the most- but if there is one thing that months of self-quarantine have done, it is bringing out the travel addict in all of us! No more saying no to plans, being secretly glad when a friend ditches at the last moment, or being too busy to travel- we have certainly unlocked our inner wanderers and can’t wait to hit the road.

Certainly, when we are talking about wandering, hill stations are always the topmost priority. After all, is there a better way to unleash your inner Musafir, than going on a trip to the mountains? It is rightly said, that the air of the mountains is just different. Well, we don’t just mean it literally. The air of the mountains is the right sort of mantra you need to rejuvenate, discover yourself, and have the time of your life after these testing months. Here, we have a list of 40 hill stations in India that will make every penny you spend worth it!

North India is blessed with numerous stunning hill stations that are mainly concentrated in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand,  Jammu & Kashmir, and North East. 

    1. Mussoorie – Queen of Hills

    2. Nainital – The City of Lakes

    3. Shimla – The Picturesque Hill Station

    4. Manali – An Enchanting Paradise

    5. Shillong – A Delight for Nature Lovers

    6. Dharamshala – The Tibetan Hub of India

    7. Leh Ladakh – Heaven on Earth

    8. Dalhousie – Little Switzerland of India

    9. Gulmarg – The Skiing destination of India

    10. Auli – A secluded heaven

    11. Narkanda – A Land of awe-inspiring meadows

    12. Lansdowne -An Abode of Historical Significance

    13. Almora – A Cultural Capital

    14. Kausani – Home to Breathtaking Valleys

    15. Ranikhet – The Adventure Junkie’s Go-To Spot

    16. Binsar – The Perfect Getaway for Nature Lovers

    17. Dhanaulti – A Combination of Fun and Peace

    18. Spiti – The Land of Ancient Temples and Stupas

    19. Srinagar – Venice of the East

    20. Chamba – A Picture Perfect Holiday Destination

    21. Chail – A Tranquil Weekend Holiday Spot

    22. Kufri – The Land of Captivating Beauty

    23. Bir- A Panoramic Beauty

    24. Bhimtal – A Quaint Hill Town

    25. Kullu -Valley of the Gods

    26. Gangtok – The Hub of Diversity

    27. Darjeeling – Queen of the Hills

    28. Tawang – A Celestial Paradise

    29. Pangot- A Land to Spot Bird Species

    30. Pelling – Home to Natural Beauty

    31. Haflong – The White Ant Hillock

    32. Mashobra – The Birdwatcher’s Delight

    33. Aru Valley – An Artist’s Perfect Muse

    34. Ziro – A Land Lost in Time

    35. Munsiyari – A Snowy Paradise

    36. Chitkul – The Last Inhabited Village of India

    37. Abbott Mount – A Bridge to Inner Peace

    38. Sirmaur – A Panoramic Beauty

    39. Peora – The Scenic Hamlet

    40. Pabbar Valley – The Valley of Memories

Mussoorie – Queen of Hills

Located in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, Mussoorie is one of the best hill stations in Uttarakhand. This alluring hill station is adorned with numerous waterfalls, lakes, gardens, and towering hills which not only interest domestic but international tourists as well. Mussoorie has a very pleasant and cool climate throughout the year. There are several beautiful spots that you can visit to experience the natural beauty and tranquility of this place. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can try mountain biking, horse-riding, and cable ride as well. The scenic beauty of this place along with thrilling activities makes it an ideal destination for families and couples alike.

Major Tourist Attractions: Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Happy Valley, Bhatta Falls, Company Garden, and Jwala Devi Temple, Mussoorie Christ Church, Gun Hill, Lal Tibba, Nag Tibba, etc.

Nearest Airport: Jollygrant Airport in Dehradun, 

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station                                   

Nearby attractions: Bhatta Falls, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Lal Tibba, Haridwar, Chakrata, Kanatal

Best time to visit: March to June and November to January

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Nainital – The City of Lakes

Nainital is another popular hill station located in Uttrakhand at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges. It is among the best hill stations in North India owing to its pristine beauty and pleasant weather. Also referred to as the City of Lakes, Nainital has numerous beautiful lakes where you can enjoy boating and take in the beauty of nature. You can also take a ropeway ride to the Snow Viewpoint to witness the enchanting sight of the Himalayas. You will long to come back to the peaceful surroundings and beauty of Nainital.

Major Tourist Attractions: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Eco Cave Garden, Naina Devi Temple, Governor’s House, High Altitude Zoo, Peoria, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Nainital Mountaineering Club, and Mall Road.

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Nearby attractions: Bhimtal, Bageshwar, Kausani, Rishikesh, Almora, Ranikhet

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February 

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Shimla – The Picturesque Hill Station

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a stunning hill station, frequented by tourists throughout the year. Surrounded by lush greenery and snow-capped hills, this breathtaking destination is overflowing with scenic views that will capture your heart.  Shimla is not just an ideal holiday spot for nature lovers but is also a delight for adventure seekers. You can indulge in numerous enthralling activities like river rafting, paragliding, forest camping, ice-skating, skiing, and cycling through the captivating ‘Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary’. With several viewpoints offering picturesque views of the hills and the beautiful sunset, Shimla is also one of the best hill stations for a romantic holiday. Soaked in old-world charm, this quaint and cosy hill station is one of the most popular hill stations of North India.

Major Tourist Attractions nearby: The Ridge, Kufri, Chail, Shimla Christ Church, Shimla State Museum, Jakhoo Temple, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Chadwick Falls, nd Lakkar Bazaar among others.

Nearest Airport: Jubbarhatti airport is located at a distance of 22 km from Shimla

Nearest Railway Station: Kalka Railway Station                                   

Nearby attractions: Mashobra, Kufri, Fagu, Naldehra, Kiarighat, Theog, Solan

Best time to visit: March to June and November to January

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Manali – An Enchanting Paradise

Manali is a top tourist destination located in Himachal Pradesh. With charming views, sparkling water streams,and dense forests, this hill station is a sight to behold. From temples, museums to little villages, bustling markets, and adventure activities, Manali has something for everyone. Manali is also a paradise for tourists who want to spend some “me” time in the arms of nature. The most popular tourist spots in Manali are Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass which are flooded with tourists. During your trip to Manali, you can enjoy the bewitching beauty of nature and also indulge in several thrilling activities like Paragliding, zorbing, river rafting, skiing, and camping.

Major Tourist Attractions: Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Beas Kund trek, Van Vihar, Old Manali, The Great Himalayan National Park, Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Tibetan Monasteries.

Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Jogindernagar Railway Station                                   

Nearby attractions: Hampta Pass, Sethan, Deo Tibba, Kasol, Manikaran, Malana, Tosh Valley, Kheerganga

Best time to visit: October to February

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Shillong – A Delight for Nature Lovers 

Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a popular hill station in North East India. Popularly called the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong offers a bundle of attractions from waterfalls, lakes, towering mountain peaks, zoo, museum, and golf courses. If you wish to spend time away from the bustling cities, you can plan a trip to Shillong. The calmness in the surroundings along with the pleasant climate makes this North East Hill station a great holiday destination. Shillong is a perfect location for a relaxing yet fun trip with your friends, with your partner, and your family. This alluring town must be visited to experience the enchanting calmness and bountiful natural beauty.

Major Tourist Attractions: Umiam Lake, Wards Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Mawlynnong, Don Bosco Museum, David Scott Trail, Lady Hydari Park, nd others.

Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Guwahati                                   

Nearby attractions: Cherrapunjee, Shnongpdeng, Nongkhnum, Nohkalikai Falls, Laitlum 

Best time to visit: March to June

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Dharamshala – The Tibetan Hub of India

The abode of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Dharamshala which is in close proximity to Delhi and Amristar is among the popular hill stations in North India for tourists seeking spirituality and peace amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Located in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, this city is separated as the upper and lower division where the lower division is Dharamshala and the upper-part is called Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj as well offers some interesting spots for every kind of visitor and peaceful old-town charm. There are numerous tourist spots all around the city but Dharamshala is a known Tibetan hub with strong Tibetan influences. With several museums and Monasteries, this hill station is an ideal choice to explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. Tourists can feel serene amidst breathtaking backdrops, glittering waterfalls, and beautiful lakes.

Major Tourist Attractions: Tsuglagkhang, Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsu waterfall, Dal Lake, Bhagsunath Temple, Triund, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, and the Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, etc.

Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot                  

Nearby attractions: Bir, Mcleodganj, Manali, Naggar, Prashar Lake, Khajjar, Dalhousie

Best time to visit: September to December, Mid-March to Mid-July

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Leh Ladakh – Heaven on Earth

Leh Ladakh boasts of a mesmerizing backdrop, jaw-dropping landscapes, and vibrant culture. Cuddled by the Karakoram ranges in the north and the Himalayas in the south, this destination is truly a piece of heaven on Earth. The spell-binding beauty of Leh Ladakh with an amalgamation of Indian, Tibetan, and Buddhist culture makes it a popular tourist destination. There are plenty of tourist attractions in Leh Ladakh that are extremely beautiful and pleasant. Head to this pristine destination with a group of friends and enjoy the cool breeze and the beauty of nature.

Major Tourist Attractions: Pangong Lake, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Moriri Lake, Chadar Trek, Phuktal Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Khardung la, and others.

Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi

Nearby attractions: Zanskar Valley, Kargil, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hills, Hall of Fame, Chang La Pass

Best time to visit: April to July

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Dalhousie – Little Switzerland of India

Dalhousie is another prominent hill station located in Himachal Pradesh which is known for its alluring natural beauty. From majestic snow-clad mountains to stunning river streams and waterfalls, Dalhousie is blessed with charming landscapes and enchanting beauty which makes it a must-visit hill station in North India. Dalhousie has a plethora of sightseeing spots from churches and temples to Victorian and Scottish architectural marvels. Adventure seekers can enjoy fun activities like river crossing, river rafting, and trekking in Dalhousie.

Major Tourist Attractions: Satdhara Falls, Khajjiar, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Dainkund Peak, Bakrota walk, St.John’s Church, Subhash Baoli, Chamunda Devi Temple, and others.

Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station                                   

Nearby attractions: Prashar Lake, Amritsar, Mcleodganj, Khajjar, Palampur, Barot

Best time to visit: March to May or October to Jan

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Gulmarg – The Skiing destination of India

Situated in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is predominantly known as the best skiing resort in India. The name Gulmarg translates to “meadow of flowers”. The pleasant weather, beautiful surroundings, blooming gardens and stunning lakes of this hill station attract tourists from around the world. A paradise for adventure buffs, Gulmarg is the one-stop destination where you can enjoy activities like skiing, snow biking, and sled riding. Located amidst the fascinating beauty of nature, this quaint town is also dotted with numerous places of attractions which turns it into an ideal holiday destination for both a family trip and a romantic honeymoon. Enjoy serenity and tranquility in Gulmarg and spend some time in nature’s lap.

Major Tourist Attractions: Gulmarg Gondola, Khilanmarg, Alpather Lake, Maharani Temple, St.Mary’s Church, Ningle Nallah, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, and Golf course.

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: December-end to mid-February

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Auli – A Secluded Heaven

 

The most recent addition to the list of the best hill stations in North India is Auli which is located in the state of Uttarakhand. Auli is one of the best destinations to enjoy skiing in India. Nestled between the Garhwal ranges, this little town is known for its panoramic views and splendid beauty. Auli has become a go-to holiday spot for honeymooners, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the country. Apart from skiing, you can also indulge in various other activities including trekking and ropeway rides. Auli is a great choice for a peaceful yet fascinating vacation.

Major Tourist Attractions: Gurson Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Trishul peak, Joshimath, and Chattarkund.

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

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Narkanda- A Land of awe-inspiring meadows

 

Famously known as the “Gateway to Apple Country”, this hill station located about 65 km from Shimla looks like a scene right out of a book. Covered with the towering Himalayan range on one side, and the line of maple trees on the others with silent roads making their way through it, Narkanda is the book people just don’t seem to want to reach the ending of. Narkanda has some of the best slopes for skiing in hill stations. A key feature of this place is that it is usually not as crowded as other popular hill stations, and offers the perfect abode to relax and rejuvenate yourself. The beautiful orchards and panoramic lakes make it a personal favourite of many visitors.  

Major Attractions: Hatu Peak, Hatu Mata Temple, Stokes farm, Mahamaya Temple, Tanni Jubbar Lake, Jau-Baug, Kacheri

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Arriving at Shimla Railway Station is a feasible option due to its nearness to Narkanda

Best time to visit: April to June

Lansdowne – An Abode of Historical Significance

Lansdowne is a name that is familiar to many people. Named after Lord Lansdowne, a Viceroy of British India, this quaint hill station is situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Presently, it also houses the Command Office of Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. Lansdowne always has something in store for everyone – From the iconic stories for history buffs to activities that will give adventure junkies an adrenaline rush. 

Major Attractions: Bhulla Tal, Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Darwan Singh Museum, Tip N Top, War Memorial Lansdowne, St Johns Church

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar                                   

Best time to visit: October to March

Almora – A Cultural Capital

If you are looking to visit a hill station that will transcend you into another realm through its beauty, then Almora is just the right fit for you. Its picture-perfect visuals, snowy peaks of the Himalayas, picturesque little villages, and the friendliest locals make every visitors travel to experience the most memorable one!

Major Attractions: Zero Point, Bright End Corner, Jageshwar Temple, Kasar Devi Temp;e, Katarmal Sun Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Lakhudiyar, Martola, Kalimath 

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

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

Kausani – Home to Breath-taking Valleys

Called the “Switzerland of India” by Mahatma Gandhi, Kausani in Uttarakhand is certainly a surreal experience. Its misty valley, pine forests, and otherworldly beauty is just the right mantra that will rebuild your spirit and make you feel at home away from the clutter of the fast-paced city life.

Major Tourist Attractions: Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Gwaldam, Baijnath Temple, Kausani Tea Estate, Local Market, Someshwar

Nearest Airport: Dehradun Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to June

Ranikhet – The Adventure Junkie’s Go-To Spot

Situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is a relaxing go-to spot for mountain lovers and a personal favourite of adventure enthusiasts. The innumerable options for trekking, hiking, rock climbing, and camping in Ranikhet make sure that you never get a day of boredom when you’re visiting this hill station. 

Major Attractions: Chaubatia Garden · Majkhali · Jhula Devi Temple · Upat · Kalika · Bhalu Dam · Dwarahat · The Kumaon Regimental Centre

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to June

Binsar – The Perfect Get-away for Nature Lovers

One of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, Binsar is a must-visit destination for those who crave to be close to nature and its elements. While here, many people visit the popular Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary to experience bird-watching and practice wildlife photography. A view from the “Zero Point” at this sanctuary is also breathtakingly beautiful. One can spot the Himalayas, Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, and other famous peaks from here.

Major Tourist Attractions: Zero Point. Kasar Devi Temple. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Chitai Golu Devta Temple. Bineshwar Mahadev Temple. Khali Estate

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: October to March

Dhanaulti – A Combination of Fun and Peace

Located at a 24 km distance from Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is the perfect place for a reunion of your thrill-seeking and artistic, quiet self.  You can go on adventure activities like sky walking and quad bike adventures to satiate your thirst for adventure. On the other hand, the tranquillity of this hill station is also like relaxing music that will fine-tune your mind, body, and spirit. The visuals of Dhanaulti, from snow-capped mountain views to rolling hills, can serve as the muse to anyone’s inner artists. 

Major Attractions:  Dashavatar Temples,  Deogarh Fort,  Eco Parks, Dhanaulti Adventure Park, Tehri Dam, Chanderi Town

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun                                   

Best time to visit: March to June

Spiti – The Land of Ancient Temples and Stupas

While some hill stations are beautiful for their lush greenery and flora, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh introduces a different kind of beauty to its visitors. This cold desert mountain valley is filled with barren hills and rough terrain with towering hilltops- that it looks like a snapshot right out of a movie. Spiti’s true essence lies in its ability to protect its natural, pristine self and share a piece of its history with its visitors.

Major  Attractions: Chandra Taal, Kunzum Pass, Spiti Valley, Baralacha La Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Suraj Tal, Hampta Pass

Nearest Airport: Kullu Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station                                    

Best time to visit: March to June

Srinagar – Venice of the East

Popularly known as the “Venice of the East”, the northernmost city of India is a perfect symbol of the cultural beauty and charm of the Kashmir Valley. It is popularly known for its gardens, traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, dried fruits, lakes, shikharas, and everything else absolutely beautiful. The best part about visiting Srinagar is that, not only do you get to enjoy the charms of everything that hill stations have to offer but also to swoon in the cultural beauty of the place.

Major Attractions: Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh Mughal Garden, Nishat Bagh, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Nigeen Lake, Chashme Shahi

Nearest Airport: Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport Srinagar

Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: April to June and December to February 

Chamba – A Picture Perfect Holiday Destination

Chamba in Himachal Pradesh has had so many songs dedicated to itself, and we think we understand why that might be the case! This hill-station is simplistic in its pristine beauty and lush green meadows. Also known as the “Land of Lord Shiva”, Chamba also has lived to witness great historic temples and forts being built in its home.

Major Attractions: Khajjiar Lake · Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary · Chamunda Devi Temple · Chamera Dam · Manimahesh Lake

Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: April to June

Chail – A Tranquil Weekend Holiday Spot

Situated in Himachal Pradesh, Chail was built as a summer retreat by the Maharaja of Patiala during the British Raj. It is particularly famous for its serene beauty and architectural traces of a historical context. You can have a trip to the past by visiting these places like the Chail Palace and Kali Tibba Temple.

Major  Attractions: Palace Hotel, Kali ka Tibba, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Gurudwara Sahib, Sadhupul Lake, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Chail Cricket Ground, Himalayan Nature Park

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh International Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kalka Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to June

Kufri – The Land of Captivating Beauty

Kufri is a tiny hill station located near Shimla. It is particularly famous for its out-of-the-box activities that make the sun a daily routine here. From skiing to tobogganing- this hill station is loved by many for its quirky activities and natural spots. It gets particularly popular during the winter region because of the influx of visitors who want to try out ski races in this snowy paradise.

Major Tourist Attractions: Mahasu Peak, Kufri Valley, The Himalayan Nature Park, Indira Tourist Park, Kufri Fun World, Green Valley, Fagu

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Shimla Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: April to June, December to February

Bir- A Panoramic Beauty

To travel is to reconnect with your own being and this hill station in Himachal Pradesh certainly lives up to this mantra. Being a Tibetan Settlement colony, Bir houses a lot of monasteries and other institutions. When you are here, you learn how to observe, breathe, and fall in love with life. It is the kind of retreat where you can actually be secluded and find time to be alone with your thoughts in a place that treats you with gentle kindness.

Major Tourist Attractions: Chokling Monastery. Dharmalaya Institute. Sherab Ling Monastery. Bir Tea Factory. Deer Park Institute. Baijnath Temple Bir. Drukpa Kagyu Monastery. Sunset Point (Landing Site) · Dharmalaya Institute

Nearest Airport: Dharamshala Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Ahju Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: October to June and December

Bhimtal – A Quaint Hill Town

Situated at an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level, Bhimtal is an ancient place in Uttarakhand that is named after Bhima of Mahabharata. It is home to some ancient temples like Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple and Karkotak Temple. Also, popularly known as the “Glittering Lake City”, a visit to its beautiful lakes is an experience you should definitely not miss out on.

Major Attractions:  Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple · Bhimtal Lake · Aquarium on The Island ·  Victoria Dam ·  Karkotaka Temple

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to June, July to September, October to February

Kullu – Valley of the Gods

Kullu is an open valley located in Himachal Pradesh that is known for its apple orchards and beautiful sights of forests filled with pine and deodar trees. The place is also commonly known as the “Valley of the Gods” as it is believed that it was once home to many Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Some of its locations like the Rohtang Pass and Beas River have earned well-acknowledged popularity amongst visitors. 

Major Tourist Attractions: Bijli Mahadev Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Chanderkhani Pass, Manikaran, Great Himalayan National Park, Manikaran. Naggar Castle. Raghunathji Temple. Raison. Dhakpo Shedeupling Monastery 

Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to June

Gangtok – The Hub of Diversity

If there is one word to describe Gangtok, it is certainly “vibrant”. This magical place in Sikkim is not only the perfect abode in nature with its misty mountains and fantasy-like visuals. But, it is also a hub of bustling markets, a colorful local culture, the arts and spiritual value of the city, and the constant love it keeps getting from travellers from all over the world.

Major Tourist Attractions: Nathula Pass · MG Road, Gangtok · Rumtek Monastery · Tsomgo Lake · Ganesh Tok , Tsomgo Lake, Rumtek Monastery, Tashi Viewpoint, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: September to June

Darjeeling – Queen of the Hills

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal, one cannot say Darjeeling and simply not imagine wide, green tea plantations as far as the eye can see. However, there is so much more to Darjeeling than just that. It offers a taste of adventure to thrill-seekers, a sense of calmness for those looking for solitude, a spiritual journey to those undertaking it, and a series of perfect visuals to those who decide to enter this beautiful land.

Major Tourist Attractions:  Kanchenjunga Mountain. Tiger Hill. Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Japanese Peace Pagoda.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Darjeeling Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: April to June

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Tawang – A Celestial Paradise

Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is known by another Tibetan name, Galden Namgey Lhatse, which means a true name within a celestial paradise on a clear night. Certainly, as the name suggests, Tawang is known for its serenity and charm. However, one of the most popular attractions in Tawang that attracts thousands every year is the famous Tawang Monastery.

Major Tourist Attractions: Tawang Monastery, Tawang War Memorial, Nuranang Falls, Jaswant Garh, Peng Teng Tso Lake, Urgelling Gompa, Taktsang Gompa, Sela Pass, Bumla Pass

Nearest Airport: Salonibari Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Tezpur Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: April to June 

Pangot- A Land to Spot Bird Species

Located at a distance of just 15 kms from Nainital, this picturesque village in Uttarakhand is famous for its forests and various species of birds. As the name suggests, the hill station is definitely a paradise for bird-watchers, housing more than 300 species of birds. It is also a favourite go-to spot for those who want to visit a remote destination and others who get to try out mountain biking, trekking, and other adventure sports that make a memorable trip.  

Major Attractions: Naina Peak, Kilbury Road, Khurpa Taal, Sariyatal, Himalaya Darshan

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

Best time to visit: October to June

Pelling – Home to Natural Beauty

Pelling is a relatively non-commercialized gem situated in West Sikkim, and it has all the right reasons to go on our travel itinerary. Marked by scenic beauty, the friendliest locals, breath-taking visuals like those of Mount Kanchenjunga and gorgeous lakes- it is one of the most beautiful retreats that you can add to your plans.

Major Tourist Attractions: Yuksom · Pemayangtse Monastery · Sangachoeling Monastery · Kanchenjunga Fall · Rabdentse Ruins

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Jalpaiguri Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: September to May

Haflong – The White Ant Hillock

Major Tourist Attractions: Haflong Lake, Haflong Hill, Panimoor, Maibong, Evangelical Free Church Of India Church. Maibong Historic Place. Panimur WaterFall. Presbyterian Church Of India Church

Nearest Airport: Silchar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: New Haflong Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: October to February

Mashobra – The Birdwatcher’s Delight

If you have a keen interest in bird watching, then this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is just the perfect place for your next trip. Some common bird species that curious travellers can spot here include the Himalayan eagles, partridges, and chukars. Otherwise, Mashobra is also a frequented spot by trekkers and hikers who just can’t seem to get enough of everything this picture-perfect place has to offer. Just about 81.9 km away, there’s Kasauli, nestled amidst beautiful woody forests of pine and cedar trees

Major Tourist Attractions: Reserve Forest Sanctuary · Craignano · WildFlower Hall · Tattapani River · Lakka Bazaar · Chadwick Falls 

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Shimla Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to May

Aru Valley – An Artist’s Perfect Muse

 

Aru Valley – An Artist’s Perfect Muse

Placed in Jammu and Kashmir, Aru Valley is particularly famous for its scenic meadows and serene environment. It is one of the best spots for sightseeing and other activities like fishing in the Aru River, Heli-Skiing, and memorable picnics. There is a sense of calmness in this place that makes you feel at home all at once.

Major Tourist Attractions: Aru Valley. Betaab Valley. Lidder River. Mamleshwar Temple. Chndanwari. Kolahoi Glacier

Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: July to September

Ziro – A Land Lost in Time

A quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is particularly famous for its rice fields and pine hills. However, Ziro has so much more to offer with its vibrant annual music festival, cultural traditions, lip-smacking cuisine, and of course, the mind-blowing visuals.

Major Attractions: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary ·  Meghna Cave Temple · Kile Pakho · Midey · Ziro Puto · Dolo Mando

Nearest Airport: Tezpur Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Naharlagun                                   

Best time to visit: April to June, October to March

Munsiyari – A Snowy Paradise

 

Munsiyari – A Snowy Paradise

In local parlance, the name ‘Munsiyari’ refers to a ‘place with snow’. If you think that’s a weird name to call a hill station, you should definitely check out Munsiyari in Uttarakhand when it is snowing there. With misty mountains, beautiful tulips blooming and snow-clad mountains- Munsiyari is one of those hidden gems in North India that should definitely be explored.

Major Tourist Attractions: Thamari Kund Lake · Maheshwari Kund Lake · Birthi Falls WaterFall · Kalamuni Top Hill · Ralam Glacier

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Railway Station

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                               

Best time to visit: March to June, mid-September to October

Chitkul – The Last Inhabited Village of India

 

Chitkul – The Last Inhabited Village of India

Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh is famous for being known as the last inhabited village of India. It is situated on the banks of the Baspa River and also the last point in India that one can travel to without a permit. You should definitely visit Baspa River while in Chitkul, the view of crystal-clear water in the backdrop of magnificent mountains will certainly stay with you.

Major Tourist Attractions:  Last Dhaba of India-Akhri Dhaba ·  Rejoice at Baspa River Banks · Mathi Temple· Chitkul Fort · Hydro flour mill

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Shimla Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: March to May

Abbott Mount – A Bridge to Inner Peace

Abbott Mount is a secluded gem of a hill station in Uttarakhand that has managed to retain its pristine beauty and charm. It has a cluster of thirteen cottages set amidst five acres of land, all with a beautiful church in its home. This is the place where time moves a bit slower than the city and people find their happiness in the simplicity of life.

Major Tourist Attractions: Lohaghat · Mayawati Ashram · Banasur ka Kila · Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Sirmaur – A Panoramic Beauty

 

Sirmaur – A Panoramic Beauty

Sirmaur is the southernmost district of Himachal Pradesh and one of the most unheard hill stations in North India. Its essence is mainly rural with ninety percent of its population living in villages. It is the kind of retreat where you can actually be secluded and find time to be alone with your thoughts in this place that treats you with a gentle kindness.

Major Tourist Attractions: Renuka Lake. Churdhar Peak. Maa Bala Sundari Temple. Gurudwara Paonta Sahib. Maa Bhangayani Temple

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Jagadhri Railway Station                             

Best time to visit: March to June

Peora – The Scenic Hamlet

 

Peora – The Scenic Hamlet

When we are talking about unexplored gems, there is no way Peora wouldn’t make it to the list! This tiny hamlet in Uttarakhand is a place that is away from any kind of tamper to its natural essence and beauty.Here, in its lush green slopes and wide valleys, you actually get to meet nature in its raw essence.

Major Tourist Attractions: Kasar Devi. Kasar Devi Temple. Sun Temple, Ranikhet.

How to reach?

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station                                   

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

Pabbar Valley – The Valley of Memories

Placed in the easternmost corner of Himachal Pradesh, Pabbar Valley is the perfect go-to spot for trekking. It has so many avenues for unexplored treks that go through bright green valleys filled with oak and deodar trees. This one is really one of those gems that are frequented by a few curious travellers, so if you want to lose yourself in a more slow-paced environment, then this is just the right choice for you.

Major Tourist Attractions: Try the unexplored trek tails like- Gadsari – Saru Trek, Janglik – Chandernahan Trek, Rohru- Buran Ghati Pass, Rupin Pass

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: Kalka Railway Station

Best time to visit: March to June

Though Travel is not going to be the same as before for a little while, you can surely visit some of these places with all the COVID-related safety precautions. After all, a little unwinding doesn’t harm. It’s well-deserved! While International Travel seems like a far-off dream, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand govt welcome the travelers by easing the restrictions. 

Questions and Answers

Can I travel to Himachal Pradesh now?

Yes, you can now easily travel to Himachal Pradesh as the state allows inter-state travel with no e-pass or registration required. However, we strongly recommend you get a COVID test done just before traveling, ensuring everyone’s safety.

Can I travel to Uttarakhand with my Family?

Yes, the Uttarakhand govt has lifted  all restrictions on inter-state travel but registration is mandatory on the Dehradun Smart City Limited website 

Is a COVID test mandatory to travel?

Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand govt have eased the rules on COVID test reports, however, it’d advisable to get the COVID test done for your own and everyone else’s safety.

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