Hills offer joyrides. Offering clean air and beautiful nature, they tempt us to stay away from city life and explore cold highlands at freezing temperatures while leading peaceful lives.
Here is a list of the top 5 hill stations globally that are a must-visit if the hills make your heart skip a beat.
1. Gulmarg, Kashmir
Located in the Baramulla District of Jammu and Kashmir, this snow-capped hill town is a trendy skiing destination and can be easily traversed via Srinagar Airport.
With picturesque surroundings and snow-capped peaks, this is perfect for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
2. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Known for its meadows of alpine flowers, this Valley has a variety of other flora like the Brahmakamal and the Cobra Lily. It falls under the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, preserving rare fauna like the Asiatic black bear and snow leopards.
The topography of this region creates a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and the Great Himalayas. This is a favorite destination for flower enthusiasts, trekkers, and botanists.
3. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
This quiet little hill town has a colonial setting and a pleasant climate filled with butterflies and strawberries, honey bee farms, and tea plantations.
It was a popular summer retreat for British officers in the colonial era and is still a popular bird-watching and trekking destination.
4. Mount Emei, China
A sacred Buddhist mountain, it is home to martial arts like Shaolin. This village combines Buddhist heritage and spirituality on an igneous setting.
Lined with monasteries, it is home to a spectacular sight known as the ‘Clouds Sea,’ where hues of purple and red are seen on the skyline when observed from the Golden Summit.
A small hill town in Nepal, this spot is covered by a vast expanse of the Himalayan ranges and is a popular adventure sports destination.
You can explore caves, indulge in zipping lining and river rafting when you want to warm up. If you’re going to please your eyes, visit the serene lakes.
So, this vacation season you might try visiting one of these hill stations.