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17 Hill Stations You Must Visit to Usher in the Monsoon!

Starting from the crown state of Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, the Indian sub-continent is dotted with awe-inspiring hill stations. From the misty valleys of Wayanad to the soothing lakes of Nainital, here are a few of India's favorite hill stations. The rains beckon you! 

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Ooty - get lost in the mile-long tea gardens
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HolidayIQ reviewer Ravinder Priya shot this in Ooty

“Excellent hilly and green place to refresh yourself from the hectic life. The place is great with awesome mountain views and especially the toy train ride is just superb. A good place for a family outing or romantic outing. A place to taste the variety of tea.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Ashish Dwivedi.

“No words can describe the beauty of Manali. The snow covered mountains, blue sky, clear water and cold climate. Everything makes for the proper destination for holiday. We did whole moonlight river rafting and paragliding I must say it was once in a lifetime experience.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Sejal Maru.

Kodaikanal - escape into the clouds
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HolidayIQ reviewer P.s. Uthayakumar shot this in Kodaikanal

“A beautiful place with nature surrounded on all sides which give you a peace of mind. Air is so fresh that you can feel it. You can spend good 3 to 4 days. Out of which one day you can keep just to relax and feel the nature. Kodai lake, coaker's walk, pine forest are must visit.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Mayra Motwani.

Munnar - explore the beautiful walking trails
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HolidayIQ reviewer Monika Garg shot this in Munnar

“This, despite the current rise in people and trade, is a place that can take you to touch the clouds. The steep hills, the hairpins and the view from there, the green blanket, the long roads are completely worth it for the nature lover.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Indu Eby.

Gangtok - experience peace and serenity
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HolidayIQ reviewer Debasish Bhadra shot this in Gangtok

“If you want to visit most clean sophisticated and beautiful hill station of India then Gangtok stands second to none. A place full of warmth(of its people) and natural beauty with clean roads and streets. Most important tourist spots are Nathula pass, Tsomgo lake(don't forget to take YAK ride), Baba mandir(Lt Indian Army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh's shrine). shares HolidayIQ reviewer Prateek Vijay.

Shimla - explore the scenic beauty and colonial architecture
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HolidayIQ reviewer Rishi Narayanan shot this in Shimla

“Shimla is cooler than plans and we can reach by train too. Lots of things to do like heritage walk, flower lawns etc. I found Institute of Advanced Study is the best place to visit in Shimla. Kufri is good for kids. Mall road walk is good for kids who love to run.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Gaurav.

Coorg - tread the misty valleys
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“Set in the midst of spice country and coffee estates, the rolling topography of the area will allow you to embrace the countryside with ease and comfort. Some stunning views from locations spread all around will bring you back to this location again and again. Don't forget to collect some spices as you meander around this region.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Arundhati Banerjee.

Mussoorie - listen to the sound of silence
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HolidayIQ reviewer Rishi Narayanan shot this in Mussoorie

“If you wanna go in mountains then Mussoorie is the best place to go. You can go to Kempty Falls, Laval tibia, and Dhanaulti from here. Food in the market is really good and cheap. You can have a tummy full delicious food at low cost.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Akhil Chaudhary.

Mahabaleshwar - go boating at the Venna lake
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HolidayIQ reviewer Ashutosh Singh shot this in Mahabaleshwar

“If you want to get out from the hectic work schedules and the din't of city life which gets on your nerves. Head into nature's lap to the quiet and green environs of Mahabaleshwar. Nestled in the Sahyadri hills, Mahabaleshwar provides an ideal getaway to soothe frayed nerves and provide solitude away from the pollution and noise of city life.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Arvind Verma.

Srinagar - try the Shikara ride on the Dal lake
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HolidayIQ reviewer Ashish Shukla shot this in Srinagar

“Srinagar is known for its pristine natural beauty. There is also a tulip garden but it's not open all around the year. Hiking enthusiasts may climb up the hill overseeing the city to visit the Shankaracharya temple which provides a spectacular view of the city below.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Rohith Sivashankar.

“Katra is the city where you start Shri Vaishno Devi padayatra. The city has a good market, a lot of choice for food items. It's trail of approx 12.5 km one way. But it's not much steep. So if you have good endurance level, you can walk through.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Shashank Vaidya.

Mount Abu - marvel at the beauty of Nakki lake
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HolidayIQ reviewer Sourabh shot this in Mount Abu

“Mount Abu is epic place wherein you would get world famous temple, delusions food and awesome wheatear. You would have get here Rajasthan and Gujarat mixed culture, nice local people's very corporative also.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Rakesh Mathur.

Darjeeling - pick tea in the estates
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HolidayIQ reviewer Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri shot this in Darjeeling

“The queen of the hill of West Bengal is Darjeeling. Fantastic sunny weather, clear sky all together make the trip wonderful. Ecstatic sunrise over the Kanchenjunga from tiger hill fulfilled the trip. The mall, tea garden, zoo, ropeway, toy train, Keventers, Glenary's all together made our Darjeeling trip a memorable one.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Arpita Mondal.

Yercaud - relax and unwind
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HolidayIQ reviewer Shripad Shanbhag shot this in Yercaud

“The various viewpoints are a treat by themselves. You can soak into the beautiful clouds, and feel divine. My partner and I stayed at the Rock Perch and we were enthralled by nature, which gave us the best.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Shaheed K.

Wayanad - enjoy and feel God's own country's unpolluted breeze
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HolidayIQ reviewer Tinu Dalal shot this in Wayanad

“One of the best place that I had ever been in India. The environment over there is so calm and scenic that you will forget your daily hustling city life.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Gaurav Verma.

Nainital - row a boat amidst the alluring Naini Lake
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“A place of tranquility amidst chaos is a desperation of escape from monotony and rut. Coming up to the altitude of this lake city, people of all faith find a way to connect to divine and Nature together as one, be it in the clanging bells of temple or aroma of burning candles in church or in the serene silence of understanding Himalayas. Nautical and its lakes will leave any nature lover in awe.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh Suthar.

“Lonavala is an amazing place, a hill station. I visited there with my family, it was great fun there. The atmosphere in Lonavala is just breathtaking, it's calm it's cool, it is just perfect for a great escape, from your daily monotonous life.” shares HolidayIQ Aman Sheikh.

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