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Written by Preetha Manivelan on May 12, 2020 Share on

Top Hill Stations In North India – What Makes It Unique And Worth Visiting?

Planning for a beautiful escape from the routine? Hill stations are just perfect to spend your holiday in a blissful location with snow-capped mountains surrounding it. This could easily entice you with its ambience. Imagine yourself being in one of the top hill stations, enjoying a pleasant climate during the summer and charming natural beauty during the winter. From strolling through pristine trees to witnessing some amazing views of the sunset, a trip to one of the top hill stations in north India is everything you need.

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A view of Shimla in winter, India
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Top hill stations to visit in north India

Unsure of which hill station to choose from the lot? Here are some of the top hill stations in the north of India and reasons why it is extra special.

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  1. Srinagar
  2. Pahalgam
  3. Gulmarg
  4. Mussoorie
  5. Manali
  6. Shimla
  7. Nainital

1. Srinagar

Lying beautifully on the very banks of the Jhelum River, Srinagar is known as the Kashmiri Venice for a reason. Srinagar is one of the top hill stations in north India as it has Asia’s largest Tulip garden. You also get to witness the charming beauty of the Dal Lake and have ‘shikara’ rides which take you to several other gardens within the lake. The tulip festival happening during the first two weeks of April is beautiful beyond comparison. If you are a lover of handicrafts, this pure paradise has some traditional Kashmiri handicrafts made for you.

Shikara rides in Dal Lake, Srinagar
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2. Pahalgam

Having unparalleled natural beauty with the mystical Himalayas, Pahalgam truly is more than a hill station. The place has trekking and rafting to keep your day adventurous and little homes on the pristine green land with bright faces of the locals to keep your day soulful. This scenic hill station holds all the true colours of nature at its best and makes itself one of the top hill stations in north India.

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Homes on pristine green land, Pahalgam, one of the top hill stations in India
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3. Gulmarg

Besides carrying the glory of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg stands as one of the best hill stations in north India. If you are a person wanting to try something adventurous, never miss skiing in this place as it is something Gulmarg is popular for. Besides skiing and snowboarding, it also has the second-highest cable car in the world. Visit this beauty and witness how beautiful the world will appear in white.

Snowboarding in Gulmarg, one of the top hill stations in India
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4. Mussoorie

Whether it is admiring the pristine nature, witnessing splendid views or exciting cable ride, Mussoorie is a perfect choice! Gracefully situated at the feet of the Garhwal Himalayan Range, about 7000 feet up in the clouds, it is always a perfect day in Mussoorie. Besides hypnotizing you with picturesque views, the place also offers some adventure activities like Paragliding, Sky Ride, Safari and many more. Never miss to try out some and make your adrenaline rush.

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5. Manali

If you are a snow lover, then Manali is one place you shouldn’t miss having in your go-to list. With pleasant temperatures during the summers, and freezing weather during the winters, Manali is no less than a heaven. Be it the adventure and sports or feel-good surroundings, Manali has something to offer for everyone. The breathtakingly beautiful nature and mountains in white will leave you hypnotized in a matter of seconds. You have skiing, hiking, mountain biking and so much more to add fun to your vacation. If you are planning Manali for winter, then one thing not to be missed is the Winter carnival, a famous event in the valley.

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Paragliding in Manali, one of the top hill stations in India
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6. Shimla

Though Himachal Pradesh in north India has some fascinating hill stations to visit, there is something special about the capital of the state. With its jaw-dropping natural beauty and popular attractions, it gives one a lovely holiday in the hills. No matter what season you plan your trip, Shimla always offers a pleasant climate and various sightseeing options to its visitors without missing out on some adventurous activities like skiing, paragliding and trekking. Make sure to visit this one of the amazing hill stations in north India to experience the best of everything.

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7. Nainital

Nainital is a piece of heaven, fondly known as the Lake District of India. It is one awesome way to beat the heat in the scorching summer. Being a magical hilltop destination, Nainital is popularly known for the Nainital Lake. Most of the couples seem to have a romantic boat ride in this lake. In addition, we also have some major attractions to make you realize why Nainital is one of the top-visited hill stations in north India.

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A view of boat in Nainital lake, India
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With such amazing hill stations in the north of India which could delight you at every turn, why not create your own itinerary with Pickyourtrail? Let us know your choices and our travel consultants will come back to you with the best plan to make your vacation perfect.

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