Updated: Nov 19, 2020
India has some of the finest hill stations in the world. Right from mountainous hill stations, to beachy and clear sky hill stations to lush and dense greenery-filled hill stations, Indian hill stations will spoil you with choices. Very difficult choices.
Over the years, there are have been many additions to the long list of hill stations in India. Some famous, some unexplored, and some hidden gems in the hill station domain.
The Flapper Life gives out names of the hidden hill stations in India, you must explore.
1. Sirmaur [ Himachal Pradesh]
Known to be a land of finest peaches, Sirmaur has been a long-kept secret in the magical valley of Himachal. Stainless beauty, covered with historical and religious places, this hill station is ideal for those who wish to find travel treasure.
In Sirmaur, one can visit Habben valley known for its spirituality, Churdhar is known to be a trekkers paradise. As per local legends, Churdhar is the place where Lord Hanuman found the divine Medicine that saved Lord Laxman’s life.
One can visit Haripur Dhar to witness the small fort of Haripur and see the Maa Bhangayani Temple, which is dedicated to a local deity. You cannot miss Renuka Ji, an adventurous picnic spot and land of sacred waters.
How to reach: By air, the nearest airport is Dehradun Airport which is 2 hours from Sirmaur and by road, Shimla to Sirmaur is a 4 hours drive.
Best time to visit: October to February.
2. Peora [ Uttarakhand]
Popularly called the ‘fruit bowl of Uttarakhand’ Peora is the unexplored jewel in the crown of Uttarakhand. A major eco-tourism destination, Peora is surrounded by dense forests and wild cats, not to forget the mesmerizing view of the mighty Himalayan ranges. Peora is known for its rural and rustic homestay.
In Peora, one can see the Kasar Devi temple, the sun temple. As for activities, one can trek, camp, bird watch, fruit pick and surround themselves in the untouched beauty of the place.
How to reach: The best way to reach Peora is via Delhi by train which takes 8 hours.
Best time to visit: September to March
3. Kokernag [ J&K]
This unknown side of Jammu and Kashmir will sweep you off your feet in just one day. Kokernag, known to be a land of freshwater springs and has Asia’s largest trout fishery. Although all the places in Jammu and Kashmir scream beauty and grace, the hill station of Kokernag is alluring.
In Kokernag, one can visit crystal clear waterfalls, beautiful kokernag rose garden, botanical garden, and the most important tourist spot of Kokernag – Achabal. A beautiful Mughal garden.
How to reach: The nearest railway station to Kokernag is located in Anantnag at a distance of about 25 km i.e. 45 mins.
Best time to visit: June to August
4. Lambasingi Hills [ Andhra Pradesh]
Lambasingi Hills has bagged the title of ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’. With famous tea and coffee plantations, Lambassingi hills will hypnotize you with its subtle beauty.
In Lambasingi hills, you should visit Kothapalli waterfalls, camping over the hills of Lambasingi, visit the Thajangi Reservoir with a background of hills and waterfall. You should not miss the Susan garden filled with yellow flowers over a stretch with sun rays falling on them.
How to reach: The nearest airport is Vishakhapatnam Airport, 107 km from Lambasingi. The nearest railway station is Chintapalle, which is situated 19 km from Lambasingi.
Best time to visit: November to January
5. Tungi [ Maharashtra]
Mangi Tungi, a hill station located in the lap of Maharashtra, overlooking Lake Pavna and Tikona fort is a hill station that will take your breath away. Mangi Tungi is twin peaks that are connected with a beautiful plateau that blooms with vibrant wild-flowers.
In Tungi, apart from the authentic Maharashtra cuisine, one can trek, camp, relax. Photographers, Mangi Tungi is your paradise. The dense greenery is ought to give you tons of clicks and memories.
How to reach: The nearest railway station is Manmad. By Road 451 km from Mumbai to Mangi via Shirdi, Nashik.
Best time to visit: July to December. [ October can get hot]
Of the lot, which hill station do you plan to visit?