Hill stations of India:- Hey there, fellow travel aficionados! We are the [Mishrasree], and we can’t wait to take you on a whirlwind journey through the mesmerizing hill stations of India.
Our unforgettable summer vacation had it all – from jaw-dropping landscapes and tantalizing local cuisine to pulse-racing adventure spots!
So, get ready to be transported into a world of wonder as we share our captivating family escapade through India’s hidden gems.
Fasten your seatbelts and join us as we unveil the secrets of these magical destinations that left us spellbound and craving more!
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Shimla – The Queen of Hill Stations #1
Our first stop on this unforgettable journey was Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh.
Situated amidst the magnificent Himalayas, Shimla won our hearts with its delightful colonial architecture, pleasant weather and welcoming locals.
For our accommodations we chose Oberoi Cecil where we experienced outstanding accommodations and remarkable hospitality.
The Mall Road – This bustling shopping center was lined with charming shops selling local handicrafts, cozy cafes, and the iconic Gaiety Theatre; making for the ideal way to take in Shimla’s charm! Taking a leisurely stroll along this stretch was the ideal way to experience Shimla.
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study – an exceptional piece of Victorian architecture which served as Lord Dufferin’s residence – provided us with a thrilling guided tour through its historic halls, learning more about their remarkable past.
Jakhu Temple – Situated atop Jakhu Hill, this ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman offers spectacular panoramic views of the city from its perch on top.
Must-try Restaurant: Wake & Bake Cafe is an idyllic spot where guests can savor delicious breakfast fare and freshly-brewed coffee while taking in breathtaking vistas of Shimla.
Manali – The Valley of Gods #2
Our second stop on our itinerary was Manali, an idyllic mountain town popular among adventurers and nature lovers.
Boasting lush green valleys, winding rivers, and snow-capped mountains as a scenic backdrop for our family adventures,
Manali made for an incredible trip!
Solang Valley – known for being Manali’s adventure capital, we experienced exhilarating activities like paragliding, zorbing and horseback riding while being immersed in gorgeous landscapes.
Hadimba Temple – Situated amidst towering cedar trees, this ancient wooden temple dedicated to Hadimba offers visitors an exquisite spiritual experience. With its unique architecture and serene environment, Hadimba’s presence provides peace and enlightenment.
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Vashisht Hot Springs – We soaked in the rejuvenating, therapeutic hot springs before visiting the ancient Vashisht Temple for some spiritual refreshment.
Must-try Restaurant: Johnson’s Cafe & Hotel, famed for its succulent trout dishes and irresistibly flavorful wood-fired pizzas in an intimate, relaxing atmosphere.
Dharamshala – The Little Lhasa #3
Our journey continued as we made our way to Dharamshala, renowned for its strong Tibetan influence and stunning natural beauty.
Home of the Dalai Lama himself, Dharamshala offers vibrant culture and serene monasteries that truly made this visit unforgettable.
Tsuglagkhang Complex – As the official residence of the Dalai Lama, this spiritual center features beautiful temples, museums, and libraries that give visitors an insight into Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
Bhagsunag Waterfall and Shiva Temple – We ventured out on an unforgettable hike to experience the picturesque Bhagsunag Waterfall, and visited an ancient Shiva Temple nearby, taking in its peaceful atmosphere.
Norbulingka Institute was our next destination, an institution dedicated to preserving Tibetan art and culture where we enjoyed guided tours through their workshops and lush gardens.
Must-try restaurant: Illiterati Café, a cozy café with a picturesque view of the mountains, offering a selection of European and Tibetan dishes, as well as a library to browse through while enjoying your meal.
Dalhousie – Switzerland of India #4
Our next stop was Dalhousie, famous for its colonial charm, breathtaking landscapes and mild, refreshing climate.
We enjoyed leisurely strolls through its quiet lanes taking in panoramic vistas and lush greenery along our journey.
Khajjiar – often dubbed as ‘Mini Switzerland,’ offers lush meadows with serene lakes for watersports such as zorbing and horseback riding as well as picnicking opportunities surrounded by dense forests and snow-capped mountains – truly making for an impressive sight.
Panchpula – Panchpula’s picturesque picnic spot featuring cascading waterfalls was the ideal venue for family outings featuring photography sessions and light trekking activities.
St. John’s Church – As an architectural treasure from colonial America, this picturesque church provides a tranquil space to contemplate or simply rest your head for some quiet contemplation.
Must-try restaurant: Kwality Restaurant boasts an extensive menu of Indian, Chinese, and Continental dishes in an intimate yet welcoming environment.
Mussoorie – The Queen of Hills #5
Our 2nd last stop on our tour was Mussoorie, an exquisite hill station known for its pleasant climate and breathtaking mountain vistas.
Here we were charmed by vibrant markets, lush gardens, and tranquil walking trails that awaited us.
Kempty Falls was a breathtaking waterfall amidst lush greenery that proved an excellent respite from the summer heat. Our family picnic included numerous photo opps to capture these memories!
Gun Hill – Accessible via an exhilarating cable car ride, Gun Hill is Mussoorie’s second highest peak and provides breathtaking panoramic views of both Doon Valley and snow-clad Himalayas.
Happy Valley was an idyllic valley containing both the Tibetan Buddhist Temple and IAS Academy, offering visitors an idyllic spot for leisurely strolls and peaceful meditation sessions.
Must-try restaurant: Kalsang is an intimate eatery offering delectable authentic Tibetan and Chinese dishes served up with friendly service and warm hospitality.
Ooty – The Blue Mountains
Our final stop on our journey was Ooty in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri Hills. Ooty’s verdant tea gardens, winding roads and mist-covered hills created an enchanting environment which left us spellbound.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway – We took advantage of this UNESCO World Heritage Site by enjoying an idyllic train ride through lush hills and sprawling tea plantations, taking in spectacular views along the way.
Ooty Botanical Gardens – Ooty’s sprawling botanical gardens feature exotic flowers and plants as well as an ancient fossilized tree, perfect for an afternoon picnic and leisurely strolls among nature.
Doddabetta Peak was the highest peak of the Nilgiris Range and offered breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of Ooty and its environs.
Must-try restaurant: Earl’s Secret at King’s Cliff Hotel was our absolute favorite spot, serving delectable Anglo-Indian cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.
Our summer adventure through India’s hill stations was truly memorable, from breathtaking landscapes and rich history, delicious food, thrilling adventures and lasting memories we created a lasting legacy of memories together as a family.
If you are planning a trip to India with loved ones soon – be sure to explore these lovely destinations – until our next journey –
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