Hill Stations in India
Hill Stations in India

10 Best off-Beat Hill Stations in India to Visit Post Covid

The second wave of covid has surely struck a lot of minds but don’t worry this blog helps you with 12 off-beat amazing hill stations in India you would want to visit. They say the mountains have this magical healing power. They bring the best out of you, so why not take a little detour to the mountains and get a new start again. Mountains away from the chaos would refresh one from inside and out. The mesmerising views, the exquisite wind would altogether be one good experience.

1. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Holy home to Dalai Lama, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh gives you an ultimate package for the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Known as one of the best hill destinations in India. The people, the food, nature all welcome with a wide smile. You would never feel like a stranger. It is situated at an altitude of 1488m in the Kangra Valley. The valley is divided into two Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. Both the places are separated by a small town known as Ganchen Kyishong. Dharamshala offers a wonderful vacation experience for family and friends. Tourists pay a summer visit to the place but you can also visit to enjoy the snow in winters.

Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, West Bengal

The two things you can do in Dharamshala are Trekking and shopping. Women of the house would definitely have a great time here. Would you like to know about more things that attract the tourist?

Attractions Nearby

  • Dal Lake
  • Monolithic Rock Temple
  • Bhagsu Waterfall
  • Dharamshala Cricket Stadium
  • Naddi Viewpoint
  • Chamunda Temple
  • Kangra Museum
  • Naam Art Gallery

Eat Streets

  • Peace Cafe
  • Common Ground Cafe
  • Crepe Pancake Hut
  • Trek and Dine
  • Lung Ta

Memory of the place

  • Tibetan Handicrafts
  • Satin wall hangings
  • Rugs and Carpets
  • Bags and Purses
  • Handmade diaries and paper
  • Pray Flags

2. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Without a doubt, Darjeeling is again one of the most stunning hill stations in India. This place is referred to as Queen of the Hills, making it a perfect destination for your winter vacations. Rich in greenery, the Toy Train and many more such attractions with colonial-era architecture. These hill stations allow you to have a wonderful experience of River Rafting, Trekking, taking a Toy Train Ride and also visit the zoological park.

Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling, West Bengal

Attractions

  • Tiger Hill
  • Observatory Hill
  • Darjeeling Toy Train
  • Bhutia Busty Monastery.
  • Mahakal Temple
  • Senchal Lake

Eat Street

  • Kunga Restaurants
  • Glenary’s
  • Nathmull Tea

A memory of the place

  • Darjeeling Special Tea
  • Carpets at the Tibetan market
  • Woollen clothes at Dragon Market
  • Hand Knitted Items from New Mahakal Market

3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Who hasn’t heard about Manali? The mountains invite you for a memorable trip. May it be family or friends Manali houses both and never leaves without a mark so permanent you couldn’t get rid of. Having the most incredible beauty this hill also has space for many activities. Manali is also very famous for the vacation of newlyweds. You can never have a day without trying something new at this place. A perfect destination for paragliding, trekking and river rafting. That covers major bucket list goals. For animal lovers, the hill station also gives attractive bird watching places. Also, tourists can stay at an Igloo at the Sethan.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Attractions

  • Rohtang Pass
  • Solang Valley
  • Mall Road
  • Hadimba Temple
  • Old Manali
  • Manali Wildlife Sanctuary

Eat Street

  • The Johnson’s Cafe and Restaurant
  • Drifter’s Inn and Cafe bar
  • Cafe Meraki, A farm cafe

A memory of the place

  • Woollen Clothing’s
  • Kullu Caps
  • Thangkas
  • Kinnauri and Kullu Shawls

4. Shillong, Meghalaya

Capital of Meghalaya, Shillong, a place of vibrant and soothing eyesight with tranquil nature. Not only is this hill station glorious but houses many romantic hotels for the newlyweds and the love birds out there. The place is a superb blend of charm and fluent essence. The magnificent land is full of beauty that is high over vales and hills. Shillong welcomes honeymoon couples and also a group of friends. Camping, Trekking, Rock Climbing and Golfing are some major activities one can enjoy. There are also other things in the station to experience like, Horse riding and boating.

Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong, Meghalaya

Attractions

  • Shillong Lake
  • Umiam Lake
  • Sweet Falls
  • Spread Falls
  • Meghalaya State Museum
  • Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture

Eat Street

  • Bread Cafe – Cafe in Shillong
  • The Shillong Perk
  • Dylan’s Cafe
  • The Grub

A memory of the place

  • Scottish Cloth / Dress material
  • Khasi Scrubs
  • Organic Products
  • Designer/ Vintage Wear.

5. Pahalgam, Kashmir

Pahalgam is no less than the landscapes you see in the posters. It’s actually even more mesmerizing to watch with naked eyes. Experiencing life away from the chaos is to be at Pahalgam. This heaven is located on the western side of Jammu and Kashmir. Looking for a place to be adventurous? This hill station gives you all. You can enjoy rain in the month of December to February, extreme cold from the month of November to February and mild weather in the month of April till June. The heightened mountains, rushing rivers and dense greenery makes the place worth going to.

Pahalgam, Kashmir
Pahalgam, Kashmir

Attractions

  • Chandanwari
  • Lidderwat
  • Sheshnag Lake
  • Panchtarni
  • Amarnath Cave

Eat Street

  • Cafe Dana Pani
  • Cafe Log Inn

A memory of the place

  • Ladakh Art
  • Faiz Shawls
  • Kashmiri Art
  • Kissan Dry Fruits
  • Paul Clothes

6. Mirik, West Bengal

This place is an utter water beauty. Mirik being mostly famous for its lake called Sumendu Lake gives a beautiful boating experience. Not only this but also, visits to Tea garden and Horse riding. This hill station is one of the most beautiful places to visit with your family in East India. It’s green, It’s blue and it’s perfect for your eyes to have a soothing sight.

Mirik, West Bengal
Mirik, West Bengal

Attractions

  • Devi-Sthan
  • Mirik Lake
  • Ramitay Dara
  • Deosi Dara

Eat Street

  • Nesang’s Gorkha cafe
  • Margaret’s Deck Tea Lounge
  • Cafe 9 feet under

A memory of the place

  • Tibetan Carpets
  • High Quality Tea
  • Plants seeds
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Cane Furniture

7. Auli, Uttrakhand

Looking for a cold place to get through the heat in the summer? Auli is the place for you. The stations are perfect for a summer vacation. The beauty of the place cannot be described but only be experienced by naked eyes. If there was one word to describe the place, that would be WOW! Trekking is a one must do when visiting this place. The place has base treks like Gorson Bugyal and Kauri Pass. Also, the place is a home for skiing. A spectacular view is caught of the peaks like Neelkanth.

Auli, Uttrakhand
Auli, Uttrakhand

Attractions

  • Chenab Lake
  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Kwani Bugyal Trek
  • Valley of flowers
  • Chattarkund

Eat Street

  • Auli D’s Food Plaza
  • Cliif Top Restaurant
  • Roxy Restaurant

A memory of the place

  • All kind of woollen clothes

8. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ootacamund also famously known as Ooty. This station is majorly famous for its tea gardens. A place where you can get mesmerised in the thriving greenery of the tea plants. The location has been attracting honeymoon couples ever since. The cloudy sky above and soothing green land below, can you picture yourself being in heaven like that? The best thing to do is riding a cycle around the gardens and enjoying the lovely air hugging you. Ooty also gives you a wonderful experience of riding on a toy train.

Ooty
Ooty

Attractions

  • Thunder world
  • Ooty lake
  • Ooty Botanical garden
  • Ketti Valley View
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Thread Garden
  • Cairn Hill

Eat Street

  • Willy’s Coffee Pub
  • Le Cafe
  • Cocoapods Chocolate
  • Lazy Mongoose

A memory of the place

  • Handmade Chocolates
  • Aromatic Oils
  • Tea

9. Coorg, Karnataka

How would you like to have fumes of coffee all around the place? Coorg is a go-to place for the Coffee lovers out there. Again, Coorg is also a honeymoon destination for many. Take a food tour or a Coffee Plantation Tour. Go trekking or river rafting. Go camping or fishing, there are many ways to spend a great time there. A heritage tour and Quad biking are also things which you could do at Coorg.

Coorg
Coorg

Attractions

  • Namdroling Nyingmaga Tibetan Monastery
  • Dubare Elephant Cafe
  • Madikeri Fort
  • Abbey Falls
  • Irupu Falls

Eat Street

  • Ainmane Cafe
  • Pause the unwind cafe
  • Beans and Brew

A memory of the place

  • Exotic Homemade Wines
  • Silk Saris
  • Local Homemade Chocolates
  • Organic Spices
  • Honey and Oranges

10. Khandala, Maharashtra

One of the most known and visited hill station the Maharastra is Khandala. It’s not just a divine place to go to but also has a heavenly way leading it. The Mumbai-Pune express highway gives a knock-out experience to the travellers. You could see the clouds driving with you. There is a lot to visit in Khandala, may it be caves or mountains and waterfalls. People near Mumbai and Pune be very lucky to have a place to spend a week away from the stress.

Khandala, Maharashtra
Khandala, Maharashtra

Attractions

  • Lonavala Lake
  • Wax Museum
  • Bhaja Caves
  • Bhushi Caves
  • Rajmachi Fort

Eat Street

  • Cafe 24
  • Cafe Creme Lonavala
  • German Bakery Wunderbar
  • The Republic Cafe

A memory of the place

  • Lonavala peanut Chikki
  • Jelly boxes
  • Themed Gifts

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