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8 Popular Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

Updated on September 10, 2019
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Himachal Pradesh, a beautiful state in North India, attracts tourists from all parts of the world with its snowy mountains, rivers, valleys, passes, holy temples, serene lakes, palaces, forts and hot springs. Is is a paradise for people with spirit of adventure. It offers many opportunities for trekking, climbing, rafting, paragliding and skiing.

Top Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh

Tourists from all parts of the world throng to these wonders of nature.


Located at an altitude of 2159 meters above sea level, Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is also the largest city in the state. Surrounded by green pastures and snow-capped peaks, Shimla is known as the "Queen of Hills".

The best way to reach Shimla is by toy train from Kalka. Visit between March and June. During these months the temperature will be between 15°C and 30°C. You can enjoy many outdoor activities in pleasant weather.

Shimla Hotels

The Oberoi Cecil
Hotel Willow Banks
Hotel Holiday Home
Hotel Sidharath
Wildflower Hall
Hotel Combermere
Hotel Kapil
Hotel Gulmarg
Radisson Hotel
Hotel Asia The Dawn
Hotel Surya

Narrow Gauge Kalka-Shimla Train

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Founded in 1819 by the British, this small hill station is located in Shimla district. Mahasu Peak is the highest peak in Kufri. It is accessible only by horse or mule. Skiing is a popular activity here.

Kufri in Summer

Kufri Photos


Located at an elevation of 2,250 meters, Chail was the summer capital of the princely state of Patiala. This quiet hill-station is tucked in the lap of nature.

Visiting Places in Chail

School Play Ground (highest cricket ground in the world), Sadhupul Lake, Chail Palace Hotel, Kali Ka Tibba, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib and Chail Wildlife Sanctuary are major tourist attractions in Chail.

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Located in Solan district, this hill station (1927 meters above sea level) is dotted with dense timber woods, pine forests, orchards, wild flowers and hills. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas from this town. Timber Trail, Monkey Point, Mall Road, Sunset Point, Lover's Lane, Gurudwara, Baptist Church, Christ Church and Sri Baba Balak Nath Temple are interesting places to visit in Kasauli.

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Known as the ‘Valley of Gods’, this hill station is on the banks of River Beas. It is well-known for its marvelous landscapes, apple orchards, rivers and hills covered with deodar and pine trees. It is 1230 meters above sea level. Kullu offers many opportunities to adventure lovers, like mountaineering, rafting and trekking.

Kullu Places to Visit

Prashar Lake
Tirthan Valley
Great Himalayan National Park
Bijli Mahadev Temple
Jalori Pass


Located at an altitude of 2,050 meters in the Beas River Valley, Manali is named after mystical sage-ruler Manu. This beautiful hill station offers you stunning views of the snow-clad Himalayas, gurgling Beas River, beautiful fruit orchards, holy vibes from various temples and shrines, and to top it all, a pleasant air filled with fresh aroma of burning pines.

Manali Hotels

The Himalayan
Holiday Heights Manali
Hotel Chandermukhi
Golden Tulip Manali
Hotel Vintage Manali
Hotel Natraj
The Manali Inn
Snow Valley Resorts
Hotel Shandela


Palampur is located in Dhauladhar Ranges, around 35 kilometers from Dharamshala. It is famous for its tea gardens, Victorian style mansions, streams, brooks and waterfalls.

Palampur is the tea capital of Himachal Pradesh. It is the starting point for various treks, including ones to Dharamsala and Kangra. The best time to visit Palampur is between March and June.


Located at an altitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan-Tibet Road in Himachal Pradesh, this beautiful hill station is surrounded by the Shivalik Range. Skiing is a popular activity here.

Narkanda in June

Narkanda has a pleasing and easygoing environment during summer months: April, May and June. Maximum temperature is around 30°C and minimum temperature 10°C.

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    • srirad0675 profile imageAUTHOR

      Srikanth R 

      2 years ago

      You are most welcome.

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      2 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Certainly Himachal Pradesh is a very beautiful and peaceful State in the country. I had the privilege of visiting Simla and Kullu many times and have memories of different spots at these stations. Thanks for reviving those old memories, Srikanth.


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