What are perfect hill station destinations to spend Summer holidays for couple’s in India?

Best Hill station destinations in India- Techexpedia
Best Hill station destinations in India- Techexpedia

25 Perfect Destinations To Spend Your Summer Holidays In India.

In this blog, I am going to list the top 25 perfect hill station destinations for couple’s in India to spend Summer holidays. These destinaions are perfect for couple’s but you can also visit with your friends and family too.

Come summers and everyone will be looking for a long getaway, away from the scorching high temperatures and hustle-bustle of the inland-city life.

With the mercury rising to unprecedented heights in India, everyone will be looking for places to visit in summer in India. From the lofty peaks in the Himalayas to the Blue Mountains and the Andaman Islands in the south, and from the Western Ghats to the eastern extents of the Himalayas in the northeastern states, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go for summer holidays in India.
So chillout and let start the list.

1. Ladakh – Family Escapade

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For those who need a thrilling destination for their summer holidays in India, Ladakh is the ultimate getaway. With a myriad of interesting best places to visit in Ladakh, you can be sure of an amazing vacation. The mighty mountain peaks, the breath-taking views, the stunning lakes, and the perfect weather makes it a perfect vacation destinations.

Places to visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

Things to do: Watch the Llamas perform colorful Champs, spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, ride a double-humped Bactrian camel and ride a bike up to the Khardung-La Pass

How to reach:

  • By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh

2. Srinagar – Backpack With Friends

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Srinagar, the summer capital, is the best among the places to visit in Kashmir. Popular for its Shikara rides, floating gardens, and serene beauty, the city has been regarded as cash-cow of J & K. The city has enjoyed importance since historic times and rulers have forever been attempting to win the paradise city for themselves. At the moment, it is one of the most loved tourist places in India in the summer.

Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill

Things to do: Shikara rides in Dal Lake, bird watching at Hokersar, wildlife seeing at Dachigam National Park, and shopping from the floating markets of vegetable & flowers in Dal Lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Srinagar Airport
  • By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar); Srinagar Railway Station is under construction

3. Manali – Backpacker’s Paradise

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Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. With the numerous popular places to visit in Manali, it has been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. Nestled idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Manali remains to be a popular honeymoon destination in north India. But it holds an equally important position among those who are looking for adventure activities or holy places.

Places to visit: Hadimba Temple, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Club House, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Gufa, and Vashisht Hot-Water Springs

Things to do: Paragliding at Solang & Rohtang Valleys, yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram, yak-riding at the wildlife sanctuary and dipping in hot-water springs at Vashisht

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bhuntar Airport (50 km from Manali)
  • By Rail: Una (245 km from Manali) on broad gauge

4. Kasol – Family Getaway

The magical valley - Kasol

If you are looking for a hippie summer destinations, then Kasol should be your top pick. This quaint hamlet in Himachal is frequented mostly by youngsters. The cafes serve delicious food and the German bakery has desserts that are to die for. The views of the mountains are majestic and the camps by the river make for a great stay option. It is an amazing place for youngsters. Places to visit: Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Chalal, German Bakery Things to do: Riverside camping and Chalal trek 

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bhuntar Airport (31 km from Kasol)
  • By Rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station (295 km from Kasol)

5. Nainital – Holiday With Friends

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Situated in the lap of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,938 m above the sea-level, Nainital is one of the prime summer holiday destinations in India. The quaint hill-station is often pictured as a forested valley amidst which lies a beautiful lake. Though the list of places to visit in Nainital is pretty long, the Naini Lake and the Naina Devi Temple attract the maximum number of tourists. Surely, you cannot think of summer vacation in India without Nainital. Places to visit: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and Naina Devi Temple Things to do: Boating in Naini Lake, view the sunrise from Tippin Top, view sunset at Hanuman Garhi, shopping at Tibetan market, and enjoy a ropeway ride 

How to reach:

  • By Air: Pantnagar Airport (65 km from Nainital)
  • By Rail: Kathgodam Railway Station (34 km from Nainital)

6. Dharamshala – Family Vacation

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For those who seek to spend the summers in India among the picturesque hills, Dharamshala is another great destination. Its temples and monasteries make it stand out among the places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The town is best known internationally as the home of Dalai Lama of Tibet. Since the introduction of ODIs and IPL T20s at the HPCA stadium, the hill station has been attracting a lot of regular sports enthusiasts from across the globe. The hill station is also going to be the first smart-city of Himachal Pradesh. Places to visit: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, and tea plantations of Kangra valley Things to do: Meditation, stay in Namgyal Monastery, boat ride in Dal Lake, and walks through the tea plantations 

How to reach:

  • By Air: Gaggal Airport (13 km from Dharamshala)
  • By Rail: Pathankot Railway Station (85 km from Dharamshala)

7. Mussoorie – Solo Backpacker’s Dream

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Mussoorie, an extremely popular destinations to spend your summer vacations in India, becomes quite crowded in summers. The varied flora and the lush green hilly lands attract a lot of tourists to the little fairyland. From shopping on Mall Road to ropeway cable car to Gun Hill, and from Kempty Falls to the Jwalaji Temple; the summer destinations has a lot to offer to its visitors. Places to visit: Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower, Jwalaji Temple, Rajaji National Park, Gun Hill, Library Point, Sir George Everest House, and Cloud’s End Things to do: Boating in Lake Mist, cable car ride to Gun Hill, roller skating in Kulri Bazaar, and paragliding around Mussoorie Lake 

How to reach:

  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (54 km from Mussoorie)
  • By Rail: Dehradun Railway Station (33 km from Mussoorie)

8. Kanatal – Family Trip

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If you are looking for an offbeat summer destination then Kanatal is a quaint village located at a distance of 38 km from Mussoorie. The meandering roads lead the way to this beautiful place. It is surrounded by lofty mountains and is lush green. The sunrise and sunset views are amazing here. If you want to spend your summer amidst nature, then this is the perfect escape. Enjoy camping here.

Places to visit: Surkanda Devi, Tehri Lake

Things to do: Camping, trekking, Jetskiing in Tehri Lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (91 km from Kanatal)
  • By Rail: Rishikesh railway station (75 km from Kanatal)

9. Auli – Laidback Family Holiday

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Auli is a great town to be in during the summers. The majestic snow covered peaks and the lush green meadows are the highlights of this town. And when you are here during the summer holidays, make the most of this snow covered paradise. The town of Auli is one of the best hill stations in India and an amazing weekend getaway. Enjoy the local sightseeing, delicious local cuisine, and wander around in this quaint town.

Places to visit: Chattrakund Lake, Joshimath

Things to do: Trek to Gurso Bugyal, Visit the Artificial Lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (279 km from Auli)
  • By Rail: Haridwar railway station (273 km from Auli)

10. Shimla – Family Summer Getaway

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The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a famous summer tourist destinations. The cool temperatures make it an ideal spot to go on summer vacation here. The city is quite famous as it is easily accessible and have a lot of tourist attractions. It was also the summer capital during the time of the Britishers.

Places to visit: Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point

Things to do: Shop at Lakkar Bazar, Enjoy at the Chadwick waterfall

How to reach:

  • By Air: The nearest airport, Jubbarhatti, is located 23 km from the main city
  • By Rail: Kalka Railway Station

11. Pachmarhi – Refreshing Solo Trip

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The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is among the lesser-known summer holiday destinations in India. In addition to sightseeing, trekking and leisure activities can be enjoyed here. The decently high hills, forest gorges, stunning waterfalls, prehistoric caves, and rock paintings at Pachmarhi attract a lot of tourists every year.

Places to visit: Apsara Vihar waterfall & pond, Pandava Caves, Jata Shankar Caves, Pachmarhi Lake, Bee Fall, Draupadi Kund, and Handi Khoh gorge

Things to do: Boating at Pachmarhi Lake, bathing in the Apsara Vihar pond, and exploring the Pandava Caves

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bhopal airstrip (195 km from Pachmarhi)
  • By Rail: Pipariya Railway Station (47 km from Pachmarhi)

12. Munnar – Solo Escapade

Munnar kerala view - Techexpedia

A perfect destination to spend your summer holidays in India, Munnar is famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and the vast expanse of tea plantations. With a myriad of things to do in Munnar, the hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is sure to make your vacations an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating affair.

Places to visit: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal

Things to do: Stay in a tree house, trekking to the echo point, mountain biking, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, an elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park

How to reach:

  • By Air: Cochin International Airport (125 km from Munnar)
  • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station (110 km from Munnar)

13. Kodaikanal – Family Excursion

Kodaikanal family excursion - Techexpedia

Kodaikanal is to Bangaloreans what Nainital is to Delhiites or what Darjeeling is to Kolkatans. Meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests, and lakes of the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu make it one of the most popular summer holiday destination in India from the peninsula. From boat rides to treks, and from cycle rides to yoga; Kodaikanal has a lot of experiences to offer to its tourists.

Places to visit: Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and Bear Shola Falls

Things to do: Experience Brocken Spectre at Coakers’ Walk, ride a rowboat or pedalo at Kodaikanal Boat Club, cycle around the Kodai Lake, take a trek to Kukkal Caves, and practice yoga at the Kodaikanal Yoga Centre

How to reach

  • By Air: Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
  • By Rail: Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)

14. Yercaud – Offbeat Solo Holiday

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If you are looking for a summer holiday destination in South India then Yercaud in Tamil Nadu is one town that you can consider. This is a pretty place famous for it’s coffee and spice plantations. Other than these, there are orange plantations too here. The weather is pleasant which makes it enjoyable for the tourists. The place is ideal for both families and couples.

Places to visit: Emerald Lake, Deer Park, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls

Things to do: Enjoy panoramic views from the Lady’s Seat and take plantation tours

How to reach:

  • By Air: Salem Airport (38 km from Yercaud)
  • By Rail: Salem junction (38 km from Yercaud)

15. Ooty – Family-Friendly Spot

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Udhagamandalam, or Ooty, is another prime destination in Tamil Nadu to spend your summer holidays in India. Located in the Nilgiri Blue Mountains hills, the hill station is often called the Queen of Hills. The famous toy train takes you through the nearby lush hills. The little hill station also offers a lot of places to visit and adventure activities to its visitors.

Places to visit: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls

Things to do: Riding the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hang gliding at Kalahatti (20 km from Ooty)

How to reach:

  • By Air: Coimbatore (105 km from Ooty)
  • By Rail: Mettupalayam (47 km from Ooty); toy train connects Ooty

16. Coorg – Solo Traveler Friendly

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Nestled amidst the lush valleys of the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the most affluent summer holiday destinations in India. It offers a lot to the tourists in the form of the various places to visit in Coorg. Thanks to its verdant beauty and pleasant weather conditions, the hill station is often referred to as the Scotland of India.

Places to visit: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, and Nagarhole National Park

Things to do: Camping near Nalknad Palace, River Rafting in Barapole River, Jeep Safari to Kabbe Hills, Trekking to Nishani Hills, taking a Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bangalore (260 km from Coorg)
  • By Rail: Mysore (120 km from Coorg)

17. Horsley Hills – Vacation With Colleagues

 Horsley Hills vacation with friends - Techexpedia

Horsley Hills is a series of hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The hill station gets its name from the British collector – W.D Horsley – who built his home here in 1870. The locals, however, call the hill Yenugu Mallamma Konda after a saintly old woman who lived on top of the hill and was fed by elephants (yenugula).

Places to visit: Viewpoint for sunset, Gali Bandalu (Wind Rocks), Mallamma Temple, Chennakesava Temple, Kaigal Falls, and Talakona Waterfalls

How to reach:

  • By Air: Tirupati (160 km from Horsley Hills)
  • By Rail: Madanapalle (43 km from Horsley Hills)

18. Andaman Islands – Honeymoon Destination

Andaman Islands - Honeymoon destination - Techexpedia

Sunny skies, golden beaches, turquoise waters, and untouched environs make Andaman islands your perfect go-to destination during summer holidays in India. In addition to the scrumptious food and stunning views offered here, there are many places to visit in Andaman. To explore these places, book your Andaman trip right away.

Places to visit: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu

Things to do: Banana Boat riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, undersea walking, glass-bottom boating, riding the seaplane, swimming with the elephant, and attending the light & sound show at the Cellular Jail

How to reach:

  • By Air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
  • By Ship: Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag

19. Mount Abu – Honeymoon Spot

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A hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, Mount Abu remains to be west India’s best entry to the list of summer holiday destinations in India. Referred to as an oasis in the desert, it is home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and evergreen forests. From hills to the lake, a fort to temples – Mount Abu has a little for every kind of traveler.

Places to visit: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort, Toad Rock, Guru Shikhar, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Peace Park, and Sunset Point

Things to do: Witnessing sunset at Sunset Point, boating at Nakki Lake, and riding a pony near Nakki Lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Udaipur Airport (185 km from Mount Abu)
  • By Rail: Abu Road Railway Station (28 km from Mount Abu)

20. Mahabaleshwar – Senior People Friendly

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Perched atop a height of 1,372 m above the sea level, Mahabaleshwar is another ultimate getaway for the summer holidays in India. The breath-taking views of the valleys and mountains, the colonial buildings, verdant forests, sparkling rivers, sonorous waterfalls, and Pratapgarh hillfort have been major crowd pullers. The scenic hill station is, without doubt, an ideal retreat away from the hustle-bustle and the punishing weather of Mumbai.

Places to visit: Vienna Lake, Pratapgarh Fort, Parsi Point, Lingmala Falls, and Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple

Things to do: Horse riding, boating at Vienna Lake, and trekking up to the Pratapgarh Fort

How to reach:

  • By Air: Pune Airport (120 km from Mahabaleshwar)
  • By Rail: Wathar Railway Station (60 km from Mahabaleshwar)

21. Shillong – Couple Friendly

A Shillong gateway -  Shillong – Couple Friendly - Techexpedia

For those considering the north-eastern states to spend summer holidays in India, Shillong is arguably the best option. The lush hills with pine trees, shimmering lakes, mystical waterfalls, and adventure activities offered to make Shillong a major tourist attraction. As an added advantage, Shillong is the only hill station in India that is accessible from all sides.

Places to visit: Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves

Things to do: Waterfall rappelling at Elephant Falls, cave exploration, shopping at Bara Bazaar, boating in Umiam Lake, and yacht riding at Umiam Lake Water Sports Complex

How to reach:

  • By Air: Shillong Airport in Umroi (40 km from Shillong city)
  • By Rail: Guwahati Railway Station (105 km from Shillong)

22. Tawang – Offbeat Holiday Destination

Tawang – Offbeat Holiday Destination - Techexpedia

Tawang is one of the most sought after destinations to spend your summers in India. The imposing 14th century Tawang Monastery has been a major pilgrimage center and tourist attraction. With Buddhist monasteries and mystical gompas on one end and war memorial on the other, the quaint hill station from Arunachal Pradesh has magic imbued in every nook and corner.

Places to visit: Paradise Lake at Sea Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfall, and Pankang Teng Tso Lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Salonibari Domestic Airport at Tezpur (317 km from Tawang)
  • By Rail: Tezpur Railway Station (315 km from Tawang)

23. Gangtok – Solo Traveler’s Paradise

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Gangtok, the urban settlement and capital city of Sikkim, is another summer destination in India. With monasteries, leisure activities, and adventure activities, Gangtok has every reason to be your perfect summer getaway.

Places to visit: Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Phodong Monastery

Things to do: River Rafting in Teesta, riding a yak at Tsomgo Lake, paragliding, and ropeway cable-ride from Deorali

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok); 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri (148 km from Gangtok)

24. Kalimpong – Family Favorite Spot

Kalimpong – Family Favorite Spot - Techexpedia

Darjeeling and Kalimpong are the best entries from West Bengal in our list of summer destinations in India. But what gives Kalimpong an edge over Darjeeling is that it is untouched and less frequently visited by people. So, for those looking for a quiet summer getaway, Kalimpong is for you. Sitting on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, the hill station is a perfect summer destination owing to its pleasant climate, magnificent views, and proximity to other tourist attractions.

Places to visit: Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, Mac Farlen Church, Tsonga Gompa, Morgan House, Dr. Graham’s Homes, Hanuman Tok, and Science City

Things to do: Paragliding, bird watching, and fishing

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (79 km from Kalimpong)
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri (77 km from Kalimpong)

25. Darjeeling – Family Friendly Trip

Darjeeling – Family Friendly Trip - Techexpedia

Powered by the majestic Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level) and surrounded by the emerald-green tea plantations, Darjeeling is among the best hill stations in India. Ride in the cute toy train through the Himalayas, walk through the tea gardens of Dooars, watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill or simply relax in the Revolver Hotel of West Bengal; there is a lot to do on your trip to Darjeeling.

Places to visit: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (68 km from Kalimpong)
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri (71 km from Kalimpong)

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