The heat and humidity during summers in India are intolerable. However, the incredible landscapes of the cool hill stations provide you with an escape from the most stunning backdrops. From waterfalls and lush green hills to sparkling lakes and exquisite architecture these hill stations have it all.
Moreover, most of the destinations covered here are less frequent, so you will have the benefit of having gone off the beaten path. Another obvious advantage is the fact you are likely to find the accommodations and most of the activities here to be economical.
Let's have a look at 5 such magical destinations tucked away in the hills and mountains of India.
Budget travellers who are looking to keep costs to a minimum while also having an unforgettable experience in tranquil mountains would do well to head to Almora. It is one of the most economical hill stations anywhere in India.
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Travellers will easily be able to find comfortable accommodation for varied budgets at Almora such as guesthouses and homestays. Homestays are an excellent option as they offer travellers an intimate experience of the local culture of the town.
Situated at a height of 1,651m, the hill town is renowned for its cultural heritage in addition to breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Visitors can also explore Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary or heritage sites such as Chitai, Temple, Almora Fort, and Nanda Devi Temple.
Getting Here (Nearest Station - Kathgodam)
The nearest railway station to Almora is Kathgodam, however, most major cities and towns around India are not connected to Kathgodam directly. So, it would be best to take a train to Delhi from where you may take another train directly to Kathgodam.
- 12951 | TEJAS RAJ SPL - Mumbai (MMCT) To Delhi (NDLS)
- 12313 | RAJDHANI EXPRES - Kolkata (SDAH) To Delhi (NDLS)
- 22691 | RAJDHANI EXP - Bangalore (SBC) To Delhi (NZM)
Mussoorie, the second destination on our list is often called “The Queen of the Hills.” Located in Uttarakhand, it has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Himalayan regions for decades. Mussoorie is also highly renowned for its pleasant weather, scenic beauty, and colonial architecture.
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Located at a convenient vantage point on a hilltop, the town offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. It is high up above the mountains of Garhwal atop a horseshoe crest. Doon Valley and the majestic Himalayas are particularly spectacular views you can take in from here.
Probably the best way to experience the sheer majesty of the region is to ride the cable car that plies between Mall Road and Gun Hill. Another fantastic way to get an aerial view of the surroundings is to go paragliding. Or, if you prefer to explore on the ground, there are several popular trekking routes here including the Nag Tibba trek, Yamunotri trek, and Har Ki Dun trek.
Getting Here (Nearest Railway Station Deharadun)
- 12055 | DDN JANSHTBDI - Delhi (NDLS) To Dehradun (DDN)
- 19019 | BDTS HW EXP - Mumbai (BDTS) To Haridwar (HW)
- 12369 | KUMBHA EXPRESS - Howrah (HWH) To Dehradun (DDN)
Located in the Kandhmal District, Daringbadi is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Odisha. Owing to its pleasant climate, lush green forests, and stunning natural beauty, it is often known as “The Kashmir of Odisha.”
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Daringbadi is surrounded by magnificent hills covered with dense forests which makes it an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. The many trails in and around the town offer awesome views of the surrounding landscapes.
Ecotourism is a popular attraction here which includes activities such as nature walks, bird watching, and camping in the forests. Visitors can also take tours of the villages of the many indigenous tribal communities living here such as the Kandha Tribe.
Getting Here (Nearest Railway Station - Brahmapur)
- 11019 | KONARK EXPRESS - Mumbai (DR) To Brahmapur (BAM)
- 12863 | HWH SMVB EXP- Howrah (HWH) To Brahmapur (BAM)
Amarkantak is a picturesque town located in Madhya Pradesh in central India. It is a notable pilgrimage site for Hindus since it is home to the Narmada Kund which is believed to be the source of the Narmada River. The clear blue water of the kund and the surrounding greenery make for a breathtaking view.
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The hill station is home to numerous ancient temples, that are a must-visit for tourists. Some of the town's popular temples include the Narmada Udgam Temple, the Kapildhara Temple, and the Shri Yantra Mandir.
Amarkantak is also a hub for beautiful handicrafts such as wood carvings, bamboo handicrafts, and stone carvings. These can be found and purchased at many of Amarkantak’s local markets. Trekking and jungle safaris are some of the other attractions of this beautiful hill station in Madhya Pradesh.
Getting Here (Nearest Station - Bhopal)
- 12156 | NZM RKMP SF EXP - Delhi (NZM) To Bhopal (BPL)
- 20103 | LTT GKP SF EXP - Mumbai (LTT) To Bhopal (BPL)
- 13025 | HWH BPL EXPRESS - Howrah (HWH) To Bhopal (BPL)
This small village situated in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris district is surrounded by tea plantations and dense forests making it a popular destination for eco-tourism. The serene and picturesque environments of the lush green tea estates are an excellent option that also allows you to get a glimpse into the tea-making process.
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Kukkal is also surrounded by many notable wildlife sanctuaries including Bandipur National Park and the Mudumalai Sanctuary. Visitors will be able to go on a safari where they can spot animals such as elephants, leopards, tigers, and many more.
A trekkers paradise, Kukkal has numerous trekking routes offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The trek to the peak of Kukkal Hill is the most challenging yet rewarding trek and is also the most popular.
Getting Here (Nearest Station - Dindigul)
- 12665 | HWH CAPE SF EXP - Howrah (HWH) To Dindigul (DG)
- 16339 | NAGARCOIL EXP - Mumbai (DR) To Dindigul (DG)
- 12652 | SMPARK KRNT EXP - Delhi (NZM) To Dindigul (DG)
India has a multitude of beautiful hilly destinations that offer a much-needed respite from the searing heat of the summer. Relief from the heat is just one of the attractions of these hill stations. They have plenty more to offer regarding cultural experience and local cuisines. The more adventurous travellers can set out on treks, and camp in the forest.
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