7 Top Hill Stations To Visit In India

 7 Top Hill Stations To Visit In India

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India has a lot of beautiful places to visit, but for those looking for something really off the beaten path, there are plenty of hill stations to explore. These are small towns or villages located high in the hills, typically at elevations between 900 and 1,800 meters (3,000 and 6,000 feet).

Many hill stations were originally summer resorts established by the British during the colonial era.  Some still maintain that appeal today and have large populations of expatriates living in them.  In addition to being pleasant retreats from sweltering lowland heat, India’s hills provide scenic vistas with dramatic views of forested mountains, cascading streams, waterfalls, and rivers below. Some hill stations are also good bases for rediscovering India’s rich cultural heritage and engaging with its people. Outside of India, the best-known hill stations are on the western Tibetan plateau in China, Nepal, and Bhutan.

 

About 20 of India's hill station towns have been designated as "Hill Stations" by the Government of India (GOI).

In addition to hosting tourists, these towns also offer a wide range of activities such as walking, camping, fishing, etc...

Here is a list of top hill stations in India :

1. Mangalore

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There are many picturesque places to visit in and around Mangalore I am going to share with you a few of my favorite spots.

If you are looking for beaches, Malpe beach is situated just 50 kilometers from the center of Mangalore. It has an ideal climate all year round and is a popular surfing spot too. Another popular destination near Mangalore is Charmadi Ghat which rests 55 kilometers from the city center. This beautiful location is famed for its natural beauty, and it features some spectacular landscapes as well as breathtaking waterfalls amongst the lush greenery around it.

Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple is located 33 kilometers north of Mangalore. This temple, built in the 15th century, is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and has witnessed numerous cases of miraculous happenings. The architecture of this temple is noteworthy and it also features a wide array of exquisite sculptures.

Wellington Island is a vital tourist attraction near Mangalore, and it takes just around one hour to reach this destination from here by road. This island has some spectacular buildings which are characterized by varieties of architectural styles. Other attractive places include the St Mary's Church, the military mess building, and several old monuments, etc.

2. Kukke Subramanya Temple

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The Kukke Subramanya Temple is situated at a distance of 58 kilometers from Mangalore and is also known as Dakshina Kashi (another holy place for Hindus). This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan who is considered as the God of God by most Hindus.

The Kukke Subramanya Temple is situated at a distance of 58 kilometers from Mangalore and is also known as Dakshina Kashi (another holy place for Hindus). This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan who is considered as the God of God by most Hindus. The main deity in this temple is also known as Subramanya and is believed to be the God of victory and the protector of all the kings.

The main idol in the temple is made out of a black stone carved out in a very beautiful manner. In addition to sculpted idols, there are also sculptures of 'Maha-Linga' made up of neem leaves which are considered sacred in Hinduism.

The Kukke Subramanya Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan, an important figure who is believed to be the God of gods and considered one among four gods called 'navagrahas'.

This temple was built by Shilahara king of Kalyana Chalukya dynasty. In the 13th century, the powerful Nanjangud raja of the Belagavi kingdom [Rajas in southern Karnataka] ensured that this temple was restored and renovated. From then onwards, the annual festivities and religious practices were held in this temple. Various idols are placed in different places inside the temple premises. There are three temples inside the main complex, each dedicated to one of Lord Murugan's ten incarnations and also to his parents - Lord Shiva and Parvati.

3. Udupi

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The town of Udupi is well known for its beach, temples, aquarium, and marine life. The Udupi Beach facing the Arabian Sea is the largest beach in South India.

Udipi beaches are also home to many marine animals like sharks which makes them popular among photographers and dive enthusiasts.

The city is also known for its Udupi restaurants, serving authentic vegetarian food, which is spread throughout the world.

It was formerly known as "Oedipus" (from the Kannada ಒದಿಪು). The town has a historic temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, built during the Chola period. It was also ruled by Adilshahis of Bijapur and Mysore kings.5. There are many places of tourist attraction like Chikmagalur Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Caves, Kodavila Mahatmyam Temple etc.

4. Shimla

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There are many picturesque places to visit in and around Shimla like the Jakhu Temple (7 km from Shimla), Christ Church (3 km from Shimla), Lakkar Bazaar (2 km from Shimla) etc.

The Jakhu Temple is a temple on top of the Jakhu Hill. It is the oldest temple in Shimla and one of its kind in India. The Christ Church is one of the oldest churches in Shimla which was built by Reverend John Anderson in 1847. It is located at a radius of 3 km from Shimla and 3km from the Police Bazar Khas. Lakkar Bazaar which is also known as Lakkar Mandi, situated at a 2 km radius from Shimla but only 1km away from Police Bazar Khas, has a cozy environment with many shops where people can buy handicrafts, home furniture, etc.

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has assigned Shimla as the winter capital and summer capital.

Shimla is a winter tourist destination and receives over 140 tourists daily during peak season. It enjoys an average annual rainfall of 1400 mm. Summer is relatively drier: the average annual rainfall is around 500 mm. Both the seasons offer equally picturesque views of the Kangra valley from above, with plenty to keep visitors entertained without having to leave Shimla.7. The Kufri Lake is situated at a distance of 9 kilometers from Shimla and has a boating facility. It is also known as the Summer Capital of India

5. Naldehra Golf Course

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The Naldehra area with its popular Naldehra Golf Course is situated at a distance of 9 kilometers from Shimla and offers the best-golfing experience in India. It is the only 18 holes golf course in Shimla and has a very laid-back atmosphere. The Naldehra Golf Course was designed by famous golf course architect Peter Thompson and is often referred to as 'The Wild West. The Naldehra area with its cool climate has attracted many top-ranking golfers since the inception of the course. You will see people playing different sports in this region during your stays like skiing, skating or cycling. It lies in the foothills of the Himalayas and has beautiful weather throughout the year.

6. Himachal Pradesh

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Himachal Pradesh is a state in north India and one of the many states comprising the Indian Himalayas. It's a perfect destination for travelers to explore the natural beauty of India, trekking or mountain biking. There are many places to visit in Himachal Pradesh, but we'll only be talking about five of them today!

-Shimla: The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is also known as the Queen of Hills. It has fine architecture and a lot to see in its history. If you want to visit places like Mandi House Museum, State Library, St.There are many places of tourist attraction like Dharamsala, McLeodganj, Tibetan Market etc.

-Parvati Valley: The valley is best known for its hot springs that have been renowned since ancient times. The valley has been at the center stage of Shiva stories and myths. You can stay at resorts or try out camping. This place will give you serenity and peace while staying close to nature.

7. Mysore

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For those who’ve found themselves in Mysore, you may be wondering what to do and see. There are a number of intriguing places to visit around the city and its outskirts, making it a perfect weekend getaway from the busy life of Bangalore or Kerala.

This post will discuss some of the best places to visit in and around Mysore, including their history, unique features, and why they should be added to your bucket list. The article will also include descriptions of each location's "must-see" features as well as directions on how to reach each destination by public transportation or personal vehicle with an approximate travel time from Mysore city center.

The Mysore Palace is a beautiful palace that was built-in 1636 by the Wodeyar kings of Mysore. The palace has been the seat of the royalty of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore, as well as an official residence of the state government.

Since 2011, this majestic complex has been listed as a heritage and cultural city by UNESCO due to its historical legacy and architectural beauty. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Karnataka and attracts over 10,000 visitors every day – making it one of the most popular destinations in Mysore. There are many picturesque places to visit in and around Mysore like the Jaganmohana Palace (10 km from Mysore), Chamundi Hill (15 km from Mysore), Maratta Shale Hills (21 km from Mysore), etc.