11 Hill Stations Near Delhi For An Awesome Holiday

Delhi is known for its bustling streets and vibrant vibe but only a true Delhiite will talk of its sweltering summers. While summers do bring lots of mangoes and 60 days worth of holidays in schools, you can’t deny that summer in Delhi has become increasingly unbearable (global warming, relax!). As yet another summer approaches, escaping the scorching heat of Delhi may be the only thing on your mind and it’s absolutely justified. With temperatures swinging above 40°C and heat waves becoming a norm, seeking respite in the nearby hill stations is your only solution (unless you have a thing for warmer places during the summer).

Allow us to help you do exactly that with this guide of 11 hill stations near Delhi, each offering relief from the scary heat and loo. Whether it's indulging in adventure activities or simply basking in the cool mountain breeze, these hill stations near Delhi promise an awesome summer vacation. So, bid adieu to the heat waves of Delhi and head to these picturesque retreats.

At a glance: 11 Hill Stations Near Delhi For An Awesome Holiday

Best Hill Stations Near Delhi

  1. Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh
  2. Nainital, Uttarakhand
  3. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
  4. Auli, Uttarakhand
  5. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
  6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  7. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  8. Binsar, Uttarakhand
  9. Chail, Himachal Pradesh
  10. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  11. Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh 

1.Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh

You know it’s a great vacation when you’re headed to Himachal Pradesh. Adding the charm to Himachal is ‘Quieter Shimla’. No, it’s not Shimla at night but Mashobra, a charming little hideaway located close to the capital city. While many of you may prefer spending your time sauntering along the Mall Road of Shimla, give Mashobra a chance and watch how you’ll be attracted with its bewitching beauty.

The town is filled with colorful fruit orchards, verdant oak forests, and bubbling streams for your kids to cool down in. This picturesque hill town appeals to all – a solo backpacker, a couple on a honeymoon, or a family looking to find great backdrops for a family photo.

Main Attractions:

  1. Mahasu Devta Temple 
  2. Reserve Forest Sanctuary 
  3. Tattapani River 
  4. The Presidential Retreat 
  5. Craignano Nature Park

Distance From Delhi: 366 km

Don’t feel like bidding adieu to the hills yet? Consider staying in and exploring Shimla before going home!

2. Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Perched at 2080 meters, Nainital rests at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. But for most of Delhi, it’s the hill station you go to every summer. Nainital gets its name from the glassy, tranquil, eye-shaped lake that’s located in the very heart of this town. Endowed with a dreamy landscape consisting of lofty, gurgling waterfalls, tall trees, and picturesque lakes, Nainital is one of the most famous summer getaways in India.

You might not find snow here during the summer months but don’t let that come in the way of a fun family vacation. Enjoy a blissful boat ride in the Naini Lake, ride horses, or spend some quality time with your family or yourself here.

Main Attractions:

  1. Tiffin Top 
  2. Bara Patthar 
  3. Eco Cave Garden 
  4. Naina Devi Temple 
  5. Raj Bhavan 
  6. Thandi Sadak

Distance From Delhi: 310 kilometers

Also read: Things To Do In Uttarakhand

3. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Staying in Delhi in April is a task for the bravehearts. To strut through the insane heat with layers of SPF and masks on is not something you can do everyday. And you shouldn’t have to, with Kasol nearby. Flanked by the Parvati River, this town is a favorite amongst backpackers and hippies. A vacation here might be your chance to gather your leaves and fulfill your backpacking dream. 

Kasol is also famous for its natural beauty, activities, and of course the “highs” it offers. After you’ve soaked in the views enough, test your body by going on trekking trails that lead to Kheerganga, Sar Pass, and Yanker Pass. The rustic cafes, the flea market, and the hip vibe in Kasol may draw comparison to Goa, minus the beaches and inflated prices.

Main Attractions: 

  1. Tosh
  2. Manikaran Sahib
  3. Manikaran Hot Springs
  4. Flea Market
  5. Barshaini

Distance From Delhi: 531 kilometers

Also read: Traveling To Himachal Pradesh

4. Auli, Uttarakhand

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Another cooler destination you should consider for a summer vacation is Auli. Located in the heart of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, Auli is where raw nature unfolds. You might even recall this destination to be amongst the top for skiing in India. But you don’t have to wait for the calendar pages to turn to December because it’s one of those all rounder getaways that are amazing even in summer.

The unending meadows located on hilly slopes at the height of 2,743 meters filled with majestic pine woods, deodar forests, and vibrant wildflowers will surely leave you hypnotized. Treat yourself and your partner to an exciting trip filled with treks and exploration in Auli. During summers, the terrains of Auli are appropriate for moderate-level treks and hikes.

On one such trek, you’ll stumble upon the Chattrakund Lake. Settle there in silence and let go of all the fatigue as you dip your feet in the azures of the cold water.

Main Attractions:

  1. Chenab and Chattrakund Lakes 
  2. Trekking to Kwani Bugyal and Guarso
  3. Gondola Ride
  4. Joshimath Temple
  5. Cable Car Riding

Distance From Delhi: 389 kilometers

Want to know more about Skiing in Auli? Read all about it here!

5. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

This serene hill station is perfect if you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway from Delhi. Sprawled over five hills, Dalhousie is as pleasant as you’d want it to be for a summer escapade. Dotted with British structures, rustic villas, charming cottages, and deodar forests, Dalhousie is cozy for a family retreat.

The vibrant rhododendron flower beds scattered all over the town will certainly make you fall in love with Dalhousie. Remember to visit here early in April because they bloom only till mid of the month. People love going on shopping sprees in the Tibetan markets here. The local products like the Chamba shawls, chappals, chillies, and the native walnuts are highly sought-after by all the tourists. Also, when you’re here, do try the authentic dishes like atkori and the madra that’ll make you drool!

Main Attractions: 

  1. Subhash Baoli 
  2. Bakrota Hills
  3. Dainkund Peak
  4. Paragliding
  5. Zorbing
  6. Palampur
  7. Bir-Billing
  8. Panchpula

Distance From Delhi: 566 kilometers

Also read: Dalhousie Travel Guide

6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Famed as the Queen of the Hill Stations, the enchanting beauty of Mussoorie has been immortalized by the great author, Ruskin Bond. Mussoorie entices everyone with its clear skies, gorgeous valleys, and hip neighborhoods – something your kids must see to know the world isn’t just buildings and smogged skies.

Not only is Mussoorie a dreamy destination, it’s also fairly close to Delhi. For all Delhiites, that means you can save on the travel expenses reasonably and spend a little more during your trip. A family trip always has a memory of a boat ride, with kids flapping arms in the water, and Mussoorie too offers your family just that experience at Mussoorie Lake.

Main Attractions: 

  1. Soham Heritage and Arts Centre
  2. Dhanaulti
  3. Kempty Falls
  4. Gun Hill
  5. Lal Tibba
  6. George Everest’s House

Distance From Delhi: 313 kilometers

Also read: Mussoorie Travel Guide

7. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Some places don’t need a build-up, not because they aren’t worth it, but because the name speaks for itself. One such star destination is Manali (we’re up for some discussion if you deny knowing this place). Nestled between snow-clad peaks and located near the banks of the crystal-clear Beas River, Manali is a must-visit hill station for everyone. While the snow can become a rarity during summer, go a little uphill to Koksar to find fresh snow.

Apart from the snow, you can get your adrenaline in by going mountain biking on the hills or white-water rafting the beautiful Beas River. If you’re traveling with family, you might want to take the children to the Hidimba Temple which they’ll recognize in a jiffy, because yeh jawaani hai deewani. Next up, you should be at Mall Road so you can collect as many quirky pieces of clothing, accessories, home decor, or even macrame as souvenirs!

Main Attractions:

  1. Vashisht Hot Springs 
  2. Tibetan Monastery 
  3. Naggar Castle 
  4. Pandoh Dam 
  5. Arjun Gufa

Distance From Delhi: 533 kilometers

Also read: Traveling To Manali

8. Binsar, Uttarakhand

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If leaving behind the cacophony of the city is your goal this summer, it’s best you travel as farther away from the city as possible. When you travel that farther, you reach the hills. Choose to go a little bit farther and you’ll reach Binsar. It’s a small slice of heaven located amidst the dense deodar and oak woodlands of Uttarakhand. Despite the beating heat during summer, it’s recommended to carry a pair or two of warm clothes because Binsar can get chilly even in April.

Binsar is situated amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary making it a favorite for animal and nature lovers. The smell of the fresh pine infused in the air and the gorgeous sunrises/sunsets will make you want to stay here forever, but alas, is that possible? Binsar is also a birdwatcher’s paradise and it has several ancient temples scattered around if you wish to seek a spiritual retreat.

Main Attractions: 

  1. Zero Point
  2. Patal Bhuvaneshwar
  3. Birdwatching
  4. Jageshwar Temple
  5. Golu Devata Temple

Distance From Binsar: 405 kilometers

Also read:  Best Historical Places In Uttarakhand

9. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Adorned with lush green deodar and pine forests, Chail is a peaceful Himalayan hamlet that overlooks the canyon of the beautiful Satluj River. It’s just a two-hour drive from Shimla's Mall Road and is ideal for a day trip. However, if you do wish to stay here longer you can choose to stay in the resorts here. Maple Resort and Ekant Retreat Resort are good options. The scenic beauty of Chail comprises three main hillocks – Pandewa, Rajgarh, and Sadh Tibba.

Offering some grand views of the Himalayan peaks, Chail is a personal favorite destination of hikers. And oh, did we tell you that Chail is extremely renowned for housing the highest cricket ground in the entire world? You can also explore the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary and spot some exotic species like the Barking Deer here. 

Main Attractions: 

  1. Chail Maharaja’s Palace 
  2. Sadhupul Lake 
  3. Gurdwara Sahib 
  4. Kali Ka Tibba 
  5. Siddh Baba Mandir

Distance From Delhi: 343 kilometers

Also read: Homestays In Chail

10. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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If you’ve lived in Delhi all your life, you know this place far too well, yet you won’t resist another trip to this divinely soothing getaway. Resting on the banks of the holy Ganga River, Rishikesh is a favorite haunt because it doubles as a holy pilgrimage and fun adventure spot. You can even interact with some of the hip crowds and lose yourself in the culture of the Himalayan communities.

The grand temples and the yoga ashrams of this town attract solace seekers from all over the world. The majestic hill ranges, the deep valleys, and the turquoise, clear waters of Ganga enhance the hypnotic beauty of this location. This hill station is majorly visited for its water sports like rafting, body surfing, cliff jumping, and many more. On your trip here, don’t forget to attend the morning aarti by the Ganga Ghat here! The vibe of the brightly lit diyas and loud chants echoing in the cool winds at early hours of dawn is an experience you just can’t miss.

Main Attractions:

  1. Ram and Laxman Jhula 
  2. Beatles Ashram
  3. Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
  4. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  5. Rishikund
  6. Kaudiyala, Devprayag, and Triveni Ghat

Distance From Delhi: 263 kilometers

Here’s all you need to know about practicing soulful yoga and enjoying white water rafting in Rishikesh!

11. Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh

Formerly hidden from the eyes of tourists, Parwanoo is a hill station destination that has picked up the fast developmental pace of any other industrial city. Snuggled between the states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo is the nearest hill station from Delhi. You can even stop here for a day or two if you’re heading to Shimla because it’s enroute. Once you reach here, do go on the Timber Trail that’s one of the most famous attractions. You’ll get to see panoramic views of the Shivalik Range in a cable cart.

Adorned with some serene lakes, lush green meadows, majestic pine and fir forests, and vibrant fruit orchards, Parwanoo is an ideal destination for a weekend picnic. Known for producing some of the best marmalades, organic jams, and fruit juices, Parwanoo attracts all sorts of fresh fruit lovers.

Main Attractions: 

  1. Pinjore in Panchkula
  2. Gorkha Fort 
  3. Mansa Devi Temple 
  4. Shri Balaji Temple
  5. Kali Mata Mandir and Nagarkoti Mata Temple

Distance From Delhi: 263 kilometers

Also read: Camping In Himachal Pradesh

Summing Up

Summers can get scary in Delhi but with such a wide list of hill stations near it, you’ll tackle the season well enough. All you need to do is get your leaves in check and approved and head to any one of these to unwind amidst mountains, woods, and more nature.

FAQs

Where Should I Go For A 1 Day Trip Near Delhi?

Here are some of the best locations for a one-day tour from Delhi by road:

  • Damdama Lake
  • Murthal
  • Neemrana Fort Palace
  • Taj Mahal
  • Sariska National Park

Which Is The Most Beautiful Hill Station In India?

The following are some of the most beautiful hill stations in India.

  • Gulmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir
  • Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Gangtok, Sikkim
  • Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
  • Binsar, Uttarakhand

Where Can I See Snow Near Delhi?

Rohtang Pass near Manali, Kufri, Shimla, Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Mussoorie, Dalhousie, and Khajjiar are some of the best places near Delhi to visit for snowfall in the winter.

How Far Is Manali From Delhi?

Manali is located about 550 kilometers away from Delhi.

What Are The Best Hill Stations Near Delhi To Visit With Friends?

Here are some of the best hill stations near Delhi to visit with your group of friends.

  • Solang Valley
  • Kasol
  • Kufri
  • Rishikesh
  • Shimla

How Many Hill Stations Are There In Delhi?

Delhi has no hill stations. However, there are nearly 25 plus hill stations near Delhi with impeccable views.

Which Hill Station Has River?

Manali has the beautiful Beas River running right in its middle while the River Ganga borders Rishikesh.