With some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, India is the home to abundant fascinating hill stations that have always attracted tourists from various geographical locations of the world. The Himalayas, the stunning Aravali ranges, and the mesmerising Western Ghats tend to have some of the best hill stations in India. Amongst these, many have picturesque lakes and valleys as their focal point, making them excellent places for adventure sports like boating and paragliding. This article lists some of the best hill stations that are also couple-friendly to visit, especially during the winter season.
Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, is itself the tourist attraction just by its name. The city is known to delight tourists with its lovely lakes and relaxing traditional houseboats. Srinagar has lakes and flower gardens in such abundance that the city is often referred to as the ‘Land of Lakes and Gardens’. The gardens have distinct Mughal ambiance as many of them were cultivated by the Mughal emperors. It is said that Srinagar holds Asia’s biggest Tulip garden where the tulip festival is held every year in April.
Established in the early 19th century by the British as the summer headquarters of the Chennai government, Ooty is now a very popular place to escape the summer heat in Tamil Nadu. Tourists often prefer the winter season to visit Ooty because of its cool and calm atmosphere. Ooty’s top attractions include the 22-hectare Government Botanical Gardens, where the flower festival is held every year. Be it boating in Ooty lake and climbing Dodabetta Peak for an excellent view of the Nilgiri hills, Ooty gives you special opportunities to explore your travel fantasy.
The closest hill station to Mumbai, Matheran is an excellent weekend getaway where you can escape the daily tantrums and hustle of your life. Matheran offers plenty of walking trails and lookouts. The most unique thing about Matheran is that all types of vehicles, including bicycles, are banned at the hill station. Thus, the place is soothing enough to keep you away from the noise, pollution, and all the disturbances caused by the concrete jungle.
Snuggled in the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats, Saputara is the hill station in Gujarat. Saputara is popular for its lush green forests, huge mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy, windy, smooth roads, and vivid landscapes. Saputara is also known as the ‘abode of serpents’. It is located at a height of 875 metres above sea level and is a perfect getaway for eco-lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and people who love adventure sports. When you visit the hill station during the winter season, you must try the super-sweet natural strawberries there.