Be it summer or winter, spring or autumn, travellers and nature lovers need breaks from the humdrum monotony of city living. Reaching via good roads and superb connectivity to the refreshing and beautiful hill stations of Himachal by short drives from the capital city is not a big deal. Most of the hill stations of Himachal can be reached conveniently and are very crowded in the peak tourist seasons. Summer season in Delhi translates to scorching heat and sweat. Escaping the heat and planning a nice cool holiday to some chilly hill retreat close by is among the favourite thoughts among Delhi tourists. There are quite a few pristine hill stations near Delhi where you can plan short trips, weekend getaways, family vacations or tours with partner, friends and colleagues. Whether you go for a family vacation or for a romantic sojourn, Himachal hill stations will keep you enthralled with beauty, snow, adventure, peace and tranquillity.

Manali

Manali is one of the most popular hill stations located near Delhi, approximately 540 kilometres away. It is a picturesque hill station famous for snowfall and snow viewing during winters because of its height. It is surrounded by the lush Beas River Valley and is at an altitude of 6260 feet. It is fondly known as the ‘Valley of God’ and can be identified as one of the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. It offers the blessing of snow-clad Himalayan peaks, panoramic views and tranquil surroundings. Manali is a top favourite destination in Himachal Pradesh for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy zorbing, paragliding and zip-lining and various snow sports at Solang Valley and at Rohtang Pass. Shop at abandon along the Mall Road attempt river rafting in River Beas. Visit the famous Hadmiba Temple, Vashisht Village, Naggar Castle, Bhrigu Lake, Manu Temple and Manikaran in and around Manali.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie forms a gorgeous summer retreat that lies at an altitude of 1970 metres above the sea level, approximately 560 kilometres away from Delhi. This hill station is known as the gateway to the pristine Chamba Valley and is a favourite hill station to enjoy snow in winters. It has snow-clad peaks, breath-taking scenery, soothing climate and infinite tranquillity. This hill station was named after Lord Dalhousie, who the Viceroy of India under British rule. He founded the town in 1854. It has the scenic Dhauladhar mountain ranges as its backdrop. Dalhousie is a nature and adventure lovers’ paradise where you can trek to Guna Devi and Ganji Pahari, watch wildlife at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, enjoy at Panchpula waterfalls, Khajjiar Dainkund Peak, Chamera Dam, St. John’s Church, Bara Pather, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Satdhara Waterfalls and Subhash Baoli.

Shimla

Shimla is the exotic summer capital of the British and the capital of the state of Himachal and is an extremely popular weekend getaway of Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 2205 metres and 344 kilometres away, Shimla is an alluring paradise for family vacationers and honeymoon couples. Shimla possesses an unfathomable colonial charm, stunning natural beauty, pleasant climate, peaceful and green meadows and valleys and is referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It tops the list of most visited places of Himachal Pradesh for its enchanting glamour. A toy train ride on Kalka-Shimla Toy Train which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the best of shopping at the Mall Road with day excursions to Kufri, Naldehra, Narkanda, Chail and Tattapani will make a memorable holiday. Cool walk at the Ridge, rafting at Tattapani, ice skating and golfing, camping at Shoghi, visiting Christ Church, Rashtrapati Niwas, Chadwick waterfall, Jahkhu Temple, Scandal Point and Annandale are enjoyed a lot.

Dharamshala

Located 475 kilometres away from Delhi at a height of 1475 metres above sea level, Dharamshala is a mini paradise and the gateway to the Kangra valley. Dharamshala is a picture perfect hill station on the Dhauladhar ranges of Himalays and is the headquarters of His Holiness, Dalai Lama. It is also known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa and has an unique appeal on account of heavy bearings of Buddhist and Tibetan culture. This pristine hill town has greenery and peace in abundance and is ideal for trekking enthusiasts as well as leisure travellers. Surrounded by lush mountains, snow-capped peaks, and thick forests of oak and conifer Dharamshala is heavenly. Camping or trekking at Triund in Dharamkot, day trip to Kangra Valley, Kareri Lake and Naddi village, visiting the Dalai Lama Temple, Chamunda Temple, Namgyalma Stupa, Bhagsunath Temple, Indru Nag, Gyuto Monastery, Dal Lake, Namgyal Monastery, Norbulingka Buddhist temple, Kangra Art Museum, Galu temple and St. John’s Church in the Wilderness form the highlights of Dharamshala trip.

Kasauli

Kasauli is a hill crested, forest cradled, beauty nestled charming and quiet hill station covered with the thick greenery of pine and oak groves and surrounded by misty mountain peaks. Kasauli is merely 289 kilometres from Delhi and situated at an altitude of 6100 feet. It was founded by the British in 1842 as a Cantonment town and is replete in a Victorian feel. Kasauli has also found mention in the great Hindu epic, Ramayana. Do not miss a spellbinding natural trekking trails and a visit to Kasauli Brewery, the world’s highest brewery and distillery while on Kasauli trip. Go for nature walks, shopping at the Mall Road, camping, trekking, toy train ride from Dharampur to Barog, watch the Sunrise and Sunset Points, Monkey Point, Christ Church, Sabathu Fort, Kasauli Breweryk, Krishna Bhavan Mandir and Gurkha Fort.

Chail

Chail is enigmatic with misty mountains, historical importance, green jungles, spellbinding vistas and cool weather. Chail is a popular day-trip destination from Shimla being situated approximately 44 kilometres away from Shimla and is also the home to the highest cricket ground in the world. It has unparalleled tranquillity and was once the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala. Spend a blissful holiday at this quaint hill town amidst wonderful and captivating views. Enjoy shopping at the local market, golfing, wildlife spotting at the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, horse riding, Sadhupul Lake, angling in Giri River, visiting Chail Palace, Kali Tiba, Sidh Baba Ka Mandir, Gurudwara Sahib and Himalayan Nature Park. Chail is located around 337 kilometres from Delhi.