Gorgeous Indian Hill Stations You Miss Out On Every Summer Because You End Up Going To Shimla Or Manali


Haflong 
Where: Assam 
Source: Trip Hills Tourism
The quaint little getaway is the only hill station in Assam and is a drive up from Guwahati. It's known to be home to as many as 2 lakh floral varieties and is said to be synonymous with true Assamese tribal culture, great food and the warmth of the locals. Haflong lake, Maibong and Jatinga Village are great tourist sites to visit while you're there.

Ponmudi 
Where: Kerala 
Source: Kerala Tourism
Ponmodi in Kerala is home to acres of tea gardens, national parks and rivers. But, the best part hill station is that, it is easily accessible from Kochi. One has the chance to view the perfect sun rise from the hill tops. The scenery around and the fact that you're mostly cut off from mainstream human civilisation makes you feel like you're the only person in paradise!

Tawang 
Where: Arunachal Pradesh 
Source: Central Tibet Administration 
Located at a height of approximately 10,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang lies right in the middle of Bhutan and Tibet. You feel like you're one with God and the Universe in this quaint little hill station which beautifully captures a mix of Buddhist and northeastern culture. The Tawang Monastery is a must visit. And for the adventure enthusiast, Tawang promises to be a great site for paragliding, rock-climbing and trekking. 

Dhanaulti 
Where: Uttarakhand 
Source: Uttarakhand Tourism
28 kms away from Mussoorie lies Dhanaulti, a quieter and quainter hill station perfectly cut out for the traveller who seeks solitude and quiet. It's the perfect destination to get away from the crowds and find yourself - either alone, or with the ones closest to you. If you're done with the gimmicky hill station holiday in Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is where you should head. 

Pelling 
Where: Sikkim 
Source: SnowLeopard
Accessible by train from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Pelling is a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and spirituality. The Pemayangste and Sanga Choling monasteries are the highlights of the hill station as is Pelling's scenic beauty and its historical architecture. You'll come back feeling spiritually and mindfully enlightened! 

Chopta 
Where: Uttarakhand 
Source: Uttarakhand Tourism
This is the hill station you head to if you're an adventure junkie who has a thing for trekking. Far from the crowd and the mindless noise that comes with frivolous 'vacations', Chopta is peaceful and beautiful and deserves to be experienced when you want to unplug and disconnect, in order to connect with a greater sense of being. 

Chaukori 
Where: Pithoragarh 
Source: Uttarakhand Tourism
While we're familiar with the beauty of Pithoragarh, it's Chaukori that needs a moment in the sun. It's a retreat for every traveller headed to Chaukori that is known majorly for its tea plantations. Stay up to see the exhilarating sun rise and watch the rays of the sun gleam into the sky as they bounce of the tops of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and the Panchauli mountains. 

Kausani 
Where: Uttarakhand 
Source: Travel Triangle
For those of you who don't know, Kausani is a great place to spot wildlife in India. Aside from that, the lesser known hill station in Uttarakhand is home to the Rudradhari falls and caves, as well as the Anasakti Ashram. You can even feast your eyes on the mesmerising view of the Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.