7 Popular Hill Stations in North India

Hill stations/resorts in India are among the top attractions for tourists in the country. Usually tiny settlements in between the hills or mountain ranges, these resorts are spread across all over the northern states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, offering a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.



Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the oldest hill stations in India. Popularly known as ‘Queen of the Hills’, the tiny resort city is known for its snow covered mountains and beautiful landscape. Featuring a subtropical highland climate, the city is home to numerous alpine trees, including pine, deodar and oak. Some of the city’s major attractions include the Viceroy Temple, Mall Road, Christ Church and the Ridge. Most of the buildings and structures in Shimla have neo-gothic architecture and colonial design of the Europeans. Shimla has the largest natural ice skating rink in South Asia.


Located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, McLeodganj is again a famous hill resort in northern India. Popularly known as ‘Little Dhasa’, the town is a great place to enjoy trekking and mountain excursions in the Himalayas. Triund Hill and Dal Lake are two of the popular attractions in the city. The city is home to several Buddhist temples and monasteries and is an apt place for those willing to explore the culture and traditions of the region.


Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Auli is a well-know hill station, also known as ‘Auli Bugyal’. This tiny hillside town is known for its snow covered mountains and beautiful coniferous trees. Located at an average elevation of 3050 meters above sea level, the resort town is a popular skiing destination in India. Gurso Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Trishul Peak and Rudraprayag are among the popular attractions around the town. The valley of Auli is also home to the largest ropeway ride in Asia.


Located in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful hill resort towns in India. Originally named ‘Gaurimarg’, the popular town is referred to as the ‘heartland of winter sports in India’. Situated at an average altitude of 2,650 meters, the town is best to indulge in mountain trekking, snowboarding and skiing. Gulmarg Golconda, Seven Springs, Strawberry Valley, Apharwat Peak and Ningle Nallah are among the top attractions in the town.


Located in the Dehradun District of Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is known for its scenic beauty and varied flora and fauna. Situated at an altitude of 1880 meters above sea level, Mussoorie is best to enjoy a quiet, peaceful holiday away from the city’s hustle bustle. Kempty Falls, Lake Mist, Mussoorie Lake, Jharipani Fall and Mossy Fall are among the popular attractions in the city.


Dharamshala is a much loved hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. Formerly known as Bhagsu, the city was once the Dalai Lama’s residence and headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration. Situated at an elevation of 1457 meters above sea level, Dharamshala is famous for its ancient architecture and beautiful landscape. Although everything in the town is an attraction, Bhagsu’s water fall is among the most talked-about tourist sites.


Named after Lord Dalhousie, Dalhousie, located in Himachal Pradesh, was established as the summer retreat for the British troops and officials. Situated at an elevation of 1970 meters above sea level, Dalhousie is known for its snow-capped peaks and old world charm. Popular attractions in the city include Karelanu, Bakrota Hills, Kalatop and Kalatop Forest and Dainkund Peak.