Hill stations in India were previously used by European colonialists as a place of refuge from the scorching Indian summers during the British rule. The Indian subcontinent features seven principal mountain ranges and the Himalayas is the largest of them all. Many of these hill stations feature picturesque lakes, naturally created gorges and canyons – making them the perfect place to enjoy boating.
Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir – The most popular and liked skiing destination in India, Gulmarg (meaning ‘meadow of flowers’) is located 52km from Srinagar. The once summer home of kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir, on a visit to Gulmarg, you can witness how beautiful the world appears in white! Besides skiing and ice-skating, you can also chance a ride on the second highest cable car in the world.
Jogindernagar, Himachal Pradesh – Named after the ruler of Mandi, Raja Joginder Singh, this quaint hill station is often entitled as the ‘Powerhouse of India’. It is due to the mountain ranges surrounding this region, it houses three of the most effective hydro-electric power plants in the country. On a visit to this hill station, besides witnessing the picturesque views and locations, you can also get an adrenaline rush by participating in adventure sports like paragliding and trekking.
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh – Established during British rule as a colonial hill station, Kasauli is located at a height of 1,800m. Ornamented by scenic pine and oak plantations, the colonial architecture of this hill station offers a unique charm of India’s pre-independence era.
Lavasa, Maharashtra – Amongst all the hill stations in India, Lavasa is the most unique and trending destination. In addition to being the first ever planned hill station in India, it is also built in resemblance with an Italian town called Portofino. This yet-to-be completed hill station is located near Pune, Maharashtra and is a private property.
Chail, Himachal Pradesh – Visit Chail in Himachal Pradesh and you will witness the highest cricket ground in the world. The once summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala, this quaint hill station boasts of a scenic outlook and other attractions. While in Chail, you can also enjoy adventure activities like Burma bridge, rope walk, rock rappelling and several others.