5 best hill stations near Delhi

Someone just said ‘Summers are approaching’. But hey, they are already here aren’t they? Aren’t we sweating buckets already! Can it get worse than this? But hey, there’s more to be seen and known. Why not pack your bags and take a break to the hill stations in the Himalayas?

Dont’ look further, here are a few suggestions:

  • Shimla- Queen of Hill Station

Shimla Queen of hill station (pic source-prachigoswamy)

Arguably, the most popular hill station in northern India. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and it is the largest city in northern India. Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali. It covers the area of 25 sq km and situated at the height of 2,200 m above mean sea level. Shimla is famous for its well-knit roads, flawless cleanliness and colonial style building alongside the historic temples and alluring natural beauty which bound to leave any tourist overwhelmed. The best places to visit here are The Mall, Kufri, The Ridge, Christ Church, Kalka Shimla Railway, Annadale, Viceregal Lodge, Jakhoo hill, Green Valley, Kamna Devi temple, Tara Devi temple, Shaily Peak. The average temperature during summers varies from 15 -27C. The distance from Delhi to Shimla is 350 km (approx).


  • Manali- The Valley of Gods

Manali "Valley og God"                                                                        Manali (Mcleodganj)

Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh and at a distance of 270 km from Shimla. The Valley of Gods derives its name from the eternal Hindu lawgiver Manu. It forms part of the north of Kullu Valley. The River Beas flows right through the town, creating the alluring and magnificent landscape. The best places to visit here are Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas River, Hidimba Devi Temple, Jogni Waterfall, Manu Temple, Bhrigu Lake, Vashisht Baths, Manikaran Gurudwara. The average temperature during summer is moderate and in the range of 10-25C. The distance from Delhi to Manali is 540 km (approx).


  • Mussoorie- Queen of Hills

MussoorieMussoorie (pic source-indianluxurytrains.com)

The capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun. Mussoorie is located at a distance of 35 km from the state capital. A famous hill station and situated at the height of 2,005 m above the sea level, the Queen of hills derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub “Mansoor” which is endemic to the area. Here, you will find both beautiful waterfalls and sceneries as well as the architectural marvel of colonial structures. The places to visit in Mussoorie are Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, Mussoorie Lake, Jwalaji Temple, and The Mall. The average temperature during summer is 15-25C. The distance from Delhi to Mussoorie is 258 km (approx).


  • Dharamshala

Dharamshala                                                                Dharamshala (pic source- Travelogs)

Situated 18 km from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is an amazing hill station. It boasts of an average altitude of 1,457 m above sea level. There is also the holy residence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader. Dharamsala is considered one of the best places to learn and explore Buddhism and Tibetan Culture. The must visit places are McLeod Ganj, Kotwali Bazar, Triund Hill, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Bhagsu waterfall, Church of St. John, War Memorial, Gyuto monastery, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple and Tea garden. Don’t forget to do the Triund trek. The average summer time temperature is 20-30C. The distance from Delhi to Dharamshala is 520 km (approx).


  • Ladakh

Visit LadakhAlluring view of Ladakh

Ladakh means “The Land Of High Passes” is a region in Jammu Kashmir state. Bound by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is a must visit for all adventure enthusiasts. Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 m at Kargil to 7,762 m at Sanser Kangri in the Karakoram. The amazing people and culture and alluring scenery give the feeling of heaven on Earth. The best places to visit in Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Leh Palace, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Shanti Stupa, Lamayuru Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Magnetic Hill and Tso Moriri. The average temperature in the summer season is 15-30C. The distance from Delhi to Ladakh is 1020 km (approx).

So where are you heading to beat the summer heat?

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Prafull Vinayak has a thing for travel! He loves sharing exciting and interesting information about the places he wanders in. He loves laying hands on interesting facts about places he visits and passionately informs people about the same. A Computer engineering graduate from Kurukshetra University, he loves writing codes in his free-time, checks out theatre activities nearby. A big-time movie buff that he is, he can beat almost anyone at a Bollywood quiz!

14 thoughts on “5 best hill stations near Delhi”

  1. Those hill stations are lovely! I was in Delhi last year and tried to see if we can sneak in a day or two to see the northern parts. Unfortunately, we had difficulty figuring out how to get there and still make it back to Delhi before our flight. Next time though! These look really breathtaking and worth a trip.

  2. The top 5 hill stations, clearly and the most accurate, also when you go up the hills of Dharamshala, we get to go to Mcloedganj and above that is the heavenlyTriund. This looks a great article, I have visited to all these places, and you are sure to get some fun over there with the grandeur of hills.

  3. Beautiful list. I would like to add to it, Dalhousie and Palampur. Beautiful and not so full of tourists. Have been to Shimla and Manali. There is a unique charm about the hill stations of Himalayas that beats everything else

  4. Great list. These are the top ones which come to anyone’s mind for a vacation in hills. I have been to all of these places except Ladakh which is high on my list.

  5. I am off to 3 places on this list next month and I am quite excited. Definitely hoping that it won’t be too crowded in June. Any other tips for people traveling to the area for the first time?

  6. These places are such an amazing. I have been to Delhi for only once. but I did not travel any of these. I would love visit India again next year especially in winters and go to these places. Thanks for the recommendation. Cheers!

  7. I love hills and mountains. It gives a sense of feeling that I am flying up in the sky. I can see places so serene and people so small. I would love to visit Ladakh and witness its alluring view. I would also like to try camping on that place.

  8. Oh I really want to pack my bag and go to those hills. The weather in my country is sweltering (although it’s starting to rain a bit). What I wouldn’t give to be in a place where the weather is cool. Out of all these places, Ladakh seems to be the most beautiful, at least based on the photo. Would love to go.

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