With schools closing and the heat beating down your back, it’s time to gather the family and head to the hills. With perfect weather and lush greenery coupled with fun things to do, here’s a list of hill stations across India that will ensure the whole family is entertained. The best part? You can create countless travel memories for under Rs 5000. Get. Set. Pack!
Take Your Excitement To New Heights In Shimla
There are certain places you love to stay, and then they are places that stay with you forever. Shimla, also known as ‘The Queen of Hill Stations’, is clearly one of them. Once there, you’ll be greeted with snow-clad mountains, rich greenery, quaint lakes & timeless colonial structures. This picturesque hill station will offer the best ‘We’ time, exactly as you imagined.
You shouldn’t miss: Shimla Ridge, Glenn Forest, Annadale Ground, Jakhoo Hill, Daranghati Sanctuary, Shimla Ridge and Summer Hill.
Take Your Family to Cloud 9 With The 9 Lakes In Nainital
Whatever the season, the Lake District of India never fails to impress. Located in the Kumaon district of Uttarakhand, this sparkling gem in the Himalayan stretch gets its name from the legendary Naini Lake, which is in the shape of an eye. The entire town is set around this lake and encircled with 7 majestic hills known as Saptashring. Head to Nainital with your loved ones and watch them be amazed.
You shouldn’t miss: Eco Cave Garden, Nainital Zoo, Hanuman Garhi, Naini Devi Temple, Naini Peak and Naukuchiatal.
Go Chocolate Picking in Ooty
May is the best time to plan a holiday to Ooty. Not only is the weather perfect, but there is also enough to do to keep your days packed with fun. Moreover, if you go before 30th May, you’ll be right in time to attend the summer festival at the Ooty Botanical Gardens that includes cultural events, adventure activities, boat races and pageants on the Ooty Lake. Things to take home include chocolates, Nilgiri tea, medicinal oils, shawls, and other items.
You shouldn’t miss: A ride in the famous toy train, the Rose and Botanical Gardens and Wax Museum, Doddabetta Park, Annamalai Temple, Pine forest, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Glen Morgan tea estate.
Where to stay for under 5,000: Sherlock Hotel, King’s Cliff, Fairstay Ooty, Emarald Hotel, Wyoming, The Grange Hotel.
Experience The Perfect Blend of Tea and Beauty in Munnar
This hill station in God’s Own Country is a stunning stretch of mountains interspersed with green tea plantations and swathes of thick forests. Designated as the summer resort of the British during the colonial period, Munnar’s refreshing beauty and mild climate makes for the perfect vacation. During the day, you can explore tea estates and museums while evenings are ideal for trekking and rock climbing.
You shouldn’t miss: Tea gardens, Echo Point, Atukkad Waterfalls, Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park, Mattupetty Dam and Top Station.
Where to stay for under 5,000: Eletaria Resort, Mistletoe Homestay & Café, Ecotones Camps, Great Escapes Resorts, Aranyaka Resorts and Tea Valley Resort.
Feast on Fresh Strawberries and Cream in Mahabaleshwar
It might be a little crowded around this time, but the perfect weather to escape the sultry summers of the plains, the fresh air, lush green flora, cloudy mountains and sparkling brooks will make up for the crowds in Mahableshwar. There are several points that offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. After you’ve explored the amazing sunrise, indulge in boating, horse riding or trekking, and finish that off with a spectacular sunset. Don’t forget to feast on strawberries and cream, mulberries and the freshly-grown corn.
You shouldn’t miss: Venna Lake, Panch Ganga temple, Mapro Garden, Pratapgad, Lingamala Falls, Tapola, Elephant’s Head Point and Bombay Point.
Where to stay for under 5,000: Hotel Rahil International, Honey Wood holiday Homes, Sunny Mid Town, Savoy Village and Hotel Bharat.
Experience a Different Kind of Jam in Panchgani
Looking for a hill station with perfect weather coupled with a beautiful environment? Pick Panchgani. The literal meaning of Panchgani is five hills thus making it a spectacular spot with the backdrop of mountains on one side and the coastal plains on the other. Don’t leave without trying the yummy fruit jams and paying a visit to Table Land, the location for many Bollywood Movies, the most recent being ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Agent Vinod’.
You shouldn’t miss: Sydney Point, Table Land, Parsi Point, Devil’s Kitchen and Mala’s Fruit Products.
Where to stay for under 5,000: Mount Castle, Hotel Mala’s, Silver Leef and Hotel Mount View Executive
Tranquility & Adventure Await The Family In Gangtok
Floating in clouds, this picture-perfect city of Sikkim is perched cozily on the majestic Shivalik Hills. The view of Khangchendzongo casts a magical spell on its spectators that they cannot help but be mesmerized for life. Besides being a mecca for adventure enthusiasts with rafting and trekking options, this serene town is an abode of beautiful monasteries and gompas for a spiritual experience. Trust us, your family is in for a lifetime of fond memories in Gangtok.
You shouldn’t miss: Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Tsomgo Lake, Saramsa Garden, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery and Himalyan Zoological Park.
Where to stay for under 5,000: Zip Rooms Gangtok, Summit Golden Crescent, Tara Palace, Summit Nam Nang Courtyard & Spa, Hotel Doma Palace, Greendale Residence and Hotel White Mountain.
Gift Your Family A Lifetime Of Memories In Darjeeling
Nothing creates lasting memories like an amazing family trip. And Darjeeling is the ideal place. Amidst the backdrop of mightily snow-clad Himalayan peaks, this heavenly retreat leaves you in awe with its hillsides carpeted with emerald tea bushes. And once you’re done enjoying nature’s splendors, you can immerse yourself in its cultural diversity.
You shouldn’t miss: Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Senchal Lake, Mahakal Temple, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Ghoom Gompa, War Memorial and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Where to stay for under 5,000: Summit Grace Hotel & Spa, Summit Swiss Heritage Hotel & Spa, Hotel Sonar Bangla and Hotel Crown Retreat.