India is known to be a hot country but there are a lot of places where people can go for some respite from the heat when it becomes too hot to handle. You can choose from small hill stations to snowy valleys of the Himalayas. For those who love the cold weather there are lots of options to choose from in India. It all depends on your budget and the time of the year you want to visit a hill station. Here are the top 10 places in India for cold weather lovers.
Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka that is known as one of the top hill stations in India. The highest peak rises to 1750 meters. There are few water falls that are popular tourist attractions including the Iruppu Falls and the Abbey Falls. There is also a national park and wildlife resort that you can visit. It is a good destination for people in the south who don’t want to travel too far.
Munnar is located in Kerala in the Western Ghats mountain range. It is famous for its tea plantations and you can pick up fresh tea right from the plants. You can also go for hiking and other adventure sports such as paragliding and rock climbing. You can also explore the Eravikulam National Park.
Chamba is a lesser known destination of Himachal Pradesh. It gets fewer tourists and so is not yet spoilt by too much commercialization. Temples and other monuments are good places to visit in Chamba. There are also beautiful places to visit nearby such as Dalhousie and Bharmour.
Nainital has always been a popular tourist destination since the time of the British. It is located in Utrakhand in the Kumaon district and is famous for the Naini Lake. You can also shop at the Mall road or visit nearby areas on walks or on horse back. You can do boating in the lake as well.
McLeodganj is a very popular destination in Himachal Pradesh, especially among the foreign tourists. It is the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan refugees. The monasteries are very beautiful and spiritual. There are a lot of meditation and yoga institutes to visit. You can trek to nearby mountains or just hang out in the market.
A heaven for cold weather lovers, Mussoorie is also a popular destination for honeymooners. Located in the hills of Uttarakhand, It has great facilities for tourists and offers many activities to choose from. Located just an hour from Dehradun, it is a popular weekend destination for people in nearby Delhi, UP, Punjab and Haryana. The highest peak is Lal Tibba at 2286 meters.
Kullu Manali has been the most popular tourist destination in India for many years. It still holds a lot of attraction for tourists and is a great place to visit to beat the heat and enjoy some cold weather. Even though proper Manali has become over crowded there are many great places to visit near Manali such as Nagar, Manikaran etc.
Shimla was the summer capital of the British for a reason. It is a great place to cool off in the summers. You can visit nearby places such as Kufri, Naldehra, Chail, Kasauli etc. or just enjoy the shopping at the Mall road. Jakhoo temple gives a good opportunity to tourists to test their endurance as they climb the steep hill to see the magnificent 108 feet Hanuman Statue which happens to be the world’s tallest hanuman statue in the world.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and a skip and hop away from Darjeeling. It is the best hill station to visit in East India. You can visit both places in the same trip and even take a taxi to the India China border at Lachung. At a height of 3000 meters, Lachung is favored by tourists to see snow and the border.
Srinagar used to be the most popular destination for summer tourists but the tensions in Kashmir had an adverse effect on its popularity. This doesn’t mean that it has lost any of its beauty or charm. It still is the most beautiful place in India and maybe the earth. The security and safety concerns of tourists have been handled and it is gaining some of its old glory back as a popular tourist destination.