15 Best Hill Stations in the World

 “Mountains are calling and I must go”

John Moir

Hill-station is always considered a magical place depicting different stories connected to them. It is a glorious part of the nature that soothes the soul and body as a whole. It is no surprising that people put efforts to search for hill-stations, which are easily accessible, economical and comfortable to stay on. Now we introduce some of best Hill-stations in the world in random order. Readers are requested to go for their choice according to their requirements.

Here are the 15 best hill stations in the world –

1. Crimea, Russia

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Crimea is a small peninsula, at an elevation of 1545m, washed by the warm waters of two seas namely the Black Sea and the Azov Sea. Millions of tourist come to Crimea to admire the beauty of this wonderful land. The places to visit at Crimea are magnificent palaces and landscape parks, Petre, Yaltra, legendary hero city of Sevastopol and others.

There are comfortable hotels with all the facilities to relax. There is a wide range of excursion to choose from. One can book for air tour, ship tour or other adventure tours. Moreover there are a couple of attractions to visit including the aquarium and animal shows, botanical gardens and zoo etc. The residents of this warm beautiful city are very hospitable and welcoming.

2. Fairbanks, USA

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Fairbanks is the largest town at an elevation of 136m. It is a dreamland for the tourists. The winter stays for a longer period than summers. It is a home to number to attractions which make visitors come to Alaska throughout the year. In summers the tourist prefer cruise ship travelling, which include travel to Fairbanks. For the rest of the year the traffic is concentrated around the winter season.

The tourist attractions in Fairbanks are Fountainhead antique auto museum, Running Reindeer ranch, Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors center, University of Alaska Museum of the North, Bouchards international dog mushing and sled museum, The Aurora Ice museum, Pioneer park, Georgeson Botanical garden, Mckinley Explorer, Chena river state recreation area, large animal research station, palace theatre and Chena Indian village. The winter attractions incudes the northern lights, ice carving and winter sports.

3. Great Smoky Mountain, USA

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The Great Smoky Mountains right in the heart of Applachians is the most visited of all the national parks in America. One can fish, camp, ride horses and much more. This place is known for outdoor adventures and breathtaking landscapes. The range Smoky Mountains is also called Smokies. The places that draw attraction of tourists include 800 Miles of walking trails, fireflies of Elkmont, Grotto falls, Roaring fork trail, Rich Mountain road, Cades Cove, Andrews bald trail, Clingmans Dome, Newfound gap road, Sugarlands visitors center, Chimney tops, Gataloochee valley and others.

4. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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Grand Canyon is one of the Americans most spectacular wonders. It is 18 miles across at its widest point. It is 277 miles long and more than a miles deep. For the mountain lovers it is the most visited and liked hill destinations. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon a holy site, and made pilgrimages to it which has now become a great attraction for the tourists.

5. Gangtok, India

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Gangtok is a capital of mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim located at an altitude of 1600m. This place can be reached through Bagdogra airport or through New jalpaiguri railway station. The roads are good. It rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey monastery in It is a happy blend of tradition and moderinity. The place is no less of any thriving town.

The best time to visit Gangtok is feburary- march or October-November. Some of the key places to visit are Banjakhri theme park, M.G. Marg, Ropeway, Rumtek monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Enchy Monatery, Tashi view point and the Local bazaar, Lal bazaar. The monasteries, museums, natural lakes, zoological parks as well as flower gardens enhance tourism in this place.

6. Hunza, Pakistan

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Hunza is the mountainous valley in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is famous for lush green beauty and a cool weather. It is loved by the tourist because of its picturesque and panoramic views. The carpet roads are being built to Hunza and beyond. Though the drinking water is in taste bitter and in appearance bolar but it is very fresh and have positive results on human health. The whole valley is rich in fruits like cherries, almonds, apples, apricots, and other fruits etc. The best time to visit Hunza is from April to October as the temperature in hot weather is 27’c. The more visited places at Hunza are Rakaposhi peaks, Altit Fort, Baltit Fort, Rush lake, Gulmit, Attabad lake and karimabad etc.

7. Shimla, India

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Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh in India built on seven hills with the height of 2200m. It is the most favored and desired hill station among the tourist especially the newlyweds. It has cozy, clean, decorated and calm hotels to stay. The restaurants are clean and the food is delicious. The best coffee is served in Barista café. It is liked by the tourist because of its beautiful hills and exotic woods. Moreover it is a home to a number of buildings styled in the Tudorbethan and neo-Gothic architectures. Due to steep and favorable terrain, various mountain biking race and largest natural ice skating has been held in that area.

8. Thredbo, Australia

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Thredbo is a small hill town with 470 permanent residents and a ski resort in the snowy mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is at an elevation of 2037m. This alpine village is an attraction for the tourist not only to enjoy the snow and ski sports but other snow sports, rock climbing, cycling, trekking are the different activities that drawn the visitors here. Comfortable hotels are available to provide residential facilities to the tourists.

9. Zermatt, Switzerland

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Zermatt is a hilly area located at the hight of 1608m. The best way to reach Zermatt is through train because cars are not allowed in the village. The roads are well paved and porter’s facility is provided by different stations to hotels and to your desired destination. The hotels are comfortable and beautiful. The top ranked hotels in Zermatt includes five- star deluxe hotel, Mont Cervin Palace and Monte Rosa.

The famous mountain here is Matterhorn, but other 29 gigantic mountains are the beauty of this place. This small village is famous for its scenic beauty of rolling green stretches, beautiful flower covered valleys and an excellent weather.

10. Darjeeling, India

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A small city in West Bengal, Darjeeling has emerged as one of the most visited hill stations in the country. A favourite resort town for people in West Bengal, Darjeeling caters to tourists and locals alike; with warm friendly smiles.

The beautiful views of Mount Kanchenjunga are truly breath-taking. Also, known as ‘the Queen of the Hills’, Darjeeling provides visitors with a number of places to visit and events to experience. The Buddhist Monasteries, Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, and famous Darjeeling Toy Train are among the must-see sights in this city.

11. Bled, Slovenia

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Putting it simply, Bled is quite literally a paradise on Earth. Timeless, romantic and beautiful beyond words, you would have to witness it to believe it. With a tranquilising Lake Bled ideally surrounded by mountains, the town offers a sense of calmness amidst the chaos of our lives.

If mountains and lush green meadows are your definition of peace, Bled in Slovenia is the international hill station tailored made for you. From luxury travellers to backpacker’s paradise, Bled is for everyone and leaving Bled behind you would be one of the highest things you would have ever done.

12. Faroe Islands, Denmark

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An autonomous country of the kingdom of Denmark, Faroe Island is a paradise for nature lovers. With an unpredictable climate and lush green meadows would keep you company for the most part of the trip. Surrounded by the sound of waves crashing on the rocky cliffs and wild winds that threaten to blow you away,

The mountains are not the tallest on the Island, but the volcanic mountains offer some really mesmerising landscapes that will make you an Insta legend.

13. Munnar, India

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At an elevation of 1700 m Munnar houses spectacular views of coffee plantations and the dense hills and is located in Kerela state of Southern India. It is famous for the flower Neelakurinji which blooms every 12 years. That’s a sight not to be missed!

14. Manali, India

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Located at a height of 2050 m above sea level, this is a hot favourite amongst travellers across the globe. It is situated in Himachal Pradesh, the apple state of India. True to its name, Manali offers a wide range of natural beauty from apple orchards, flower valleys to rolling snow capped mountains as well as green pastures dotted with flocks of sheep.

15. St. Moritz , Switzerland

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