There is nothing like the beauty of a hill station and India has plenty of hill stations to boast of. The lush greenery, the soothing climate add onto its beauty.
It is a perfect place to escape to from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in arms of nature that surrounds you. Here is a guide to a few hill stations you should head to for a calming experience.
Mussoorie, popularly known as ‘Queen of Hills', is a well known hill station situated in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of 1,880 mt above sea level on the foothills of the Great Himalayas. The place is well-known for providing amazing views of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley. It is also known as the gateway to the religious centres of Yamunotriand Gangotri.
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Ooty is a picturesque town located in the beautiful hills of Nilgiris. The official name of the town is Ootacamund and has been abbreviated to Ooty for the convenience of the tourists who flock in large numbers to this hill station of south India. The Nilgiri Hills that surround the town of Ooty is responsible for its scenic beauty. The hills are also called the Blue Mountains.
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Shimla, the beautiful hill station is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. This place which is also known as ‘The Summer Refuge' and is perched at an elevation of 2,202 mt above sea level. The place derived its name from 'Shyamala' another name of Goddess Kali. Jakhu, Prospect, Observatory, Elysium, and Summer are the important hills of the place. The place was declared as the summer capital of British India in the year 1864.
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Matheran is an amazing hill station inMaharashtra,the smallest and the most popular. At a dizzying altitude of around 807.72 mt, this tourist spot is nestled in the hilly region of the Western Ghats range. You will just fall in love with the surreal sunrise and sunset that can be seen from here. TheHart Pointprovides with a bewitching sight of the multi coloured lights emanating from the busy night life of Mumbai.
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Kodaikanal is a beautiful and picturesque hill station placed in the Palani hills in the Western Ghats. The town also has been christened as the Princess of hill stations due to its scenic beauty and popularity. It is one of the most famous holiday destinations today and has been a hit among honeymoon couples. Perched amidst a dense forest with an enchanting natural beauty of trees, rocks and waterfalls makes the place a must visit.
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The perfect romantic getaway from the crowded metropolitan life in Mumbai, Lonavala is a popular hill station in the western region of the state of Maharashtra. Located at 625 mt above the seal level, this exquisite hill station forms a part of the breathtaking Sahayadri hills. Away from the loud hustle and bustle of the city, this hill station has been famed as a health resort given its fresh, unpolluted environment and the pleasant climate that stays all year round.
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