Explore The Best Hill Stations in North India

With majestic snow-capped mountains, evergreen forests, attractive valleys, famous hill stations, chilly mountain weather, tons of pure oxygen, and not to forget – the culture, spirituality, and delicious food, the northern region of India is spectacularly beautiful. And if you intend to travel to North India, there is nothing better than driving through winding mountainous roads and picturesque valleys with the sound of a hustling river. So, if you are looking to relax and unwind on your next holiday, consider visiting one of the ten best hill stations in north India listed below:

1. Manali

With all its grandeur and elegance,  SaffronStays Monarch Manor is a must-visit in Manali

Nestled in the majestic Himalayas, Manali is one of India’s best hill stations to visit. It provides an incredible fusion of nature, adventure and cultural history. Visit the historic temples and roaring waterfalls, or engage in adventurous activities like rafting and paragliding amidst breathtaking landscapes. And to relax and rejuvenate, head to SaffronStays Monarch Manor, Manali, a majestic home adorned with everything wooden. The most remarkable and noticeable aspect of this home is the sheer size of the front door, which is about 24 feet tall and is said to be the tallest main door of any home in Manali. Another noteworthy feature of this gorgeous home is the attic room with a transparent rooftop, making it a perfect spot to lay down and enjoy nights of stargazing in the hills. Surrounded by the serene majesty of the highlands, this vacation home has four bedrooms and a lovely yard guaranteeing a fantastic experience whether you’re travelling with family or work.

2. Raison

Bask in the stunning mountain and valley views from SaffronStays Persimmon House, Raison

If you wish to head to a town free of tourist trappings, noise and hustle, Raison is your destination. It provides breathtaking views of tiny homes, shepherds leading their sheep to graze, cold rivers that rush straight past the meandering trails, vibrant colours and calm sunsets. SaffronStays Persimmon House, Raison, is a 4-bedroom villa in Himachal Pradesh that derives its name from the persimmon fruit trees abundant in the neighbourhood. This home is about 200m away from the beautiful Beas River, where you can enjoy dipping your feet in the cool waters. The home is also the perfect workcation spot for its unique location and tranquil environment. The home is located close to the paragliding stations and river rafting camps, making it a haven for adventure enthusiasts.

3. Kullu

Catch a glimpse of the snow-laden hills in the winters surrounding SaffronStays Mont Arcadia

Kullu welcomes tourists to a gorgeous open valley with sweeping vistas of the beautiful highlands. At the height of 1,230 metres, Kullu is covered with deodar and pine trees and is surrounded by rich vegetation, clear river streams and a pleasant atmosphere. SaffronStays The Mont Arcadia, Manali, near Kullu, is the home to go to for your holiday. The warm and homely vibe of the cottage makes it ideal for adults as well as children. You can never get enough of the spectacular panorama of the sweeping emerald-green valleys and towering mountains that this villa offers. In addition, Mall Road, a mini-paradise for shoppers, is just a 20-minute drive from this home.

4. Naggar

Take a tour through the apple orchards during your stay at SaffronStays Kesar Villa
Spend time reading your favorite book in the cozy nooks of the book cafe in Manali

Looking for a laid-back, peaceful break? Head to Naggar, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, located on a slope (1800 metres) along the fast-flowing Beas River. And to make your stay the one where you can relax beneath the blanket or sit on your balcony, sipping a coffee, admiring the splendour of Himachal Pradesh is SaffronStays Kesar Villa, Manali. Deep forests and Himalayan mountains surround this 5-bedroom villa in the Naggar-Manali. And that’s not all! This home has enormous apple orchards you can’t help but be impressed by. Head to this locale in August, and you can try your luck at picking some juicy apples too.

5. Dehradun

SaffronStays Elysian, Dehradun
SaffronStays Elysian has a blend of earthy and modern vibes

Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is a lovely city surrounded by sweeping green woods and a ring of white-tip mountains. This stunning location is a must-see tourist destination in India! And there is no better place than a private villa to immerse in the city’s distinctive charms and joys. What better than SaffronStays Elysian, a modern villa designed in earthy colours, to experience the snow-capped mountains and lush greens. At this brick-and-stone boutique home, you can begin the day with a spectacular view of the rising sun from majestic snow-capped mountains with a warm cup of chai in your hands or gather together at the outdoor fire pit for a bonfire on cold nights staring at the starlit sky. With green lawns and multiple trails around this home, the home is ideal for travelling with your furry friends too. 

6. Shimla

SaffronStays Hardy’s Hideaway is an ideal home for relaxation and meditation

Formerly the summer capital of the British Raj, Shimla today is one of India’s most stunning travel destinations. With fascinating natural beauty, a rich colonial history and a plethora of engaging activities, this quaint town has so much to offer. If you wish to experience the classic pahadi stay experience, SaffronStays Hardy’s Hideaway, Shimla, is where your search end. Nestled among gorgeous orchards and a valley, this historic 4-bedroom residence, a 3-hour journey from Shimla Airport, is a beacon that attracts everyone seeking a retreat from urban sprawl. This pahadi pad embodies the true character of this city. 

7. Barog

SaffronStays Grandview Haven in Barog
Bird’s eye view of the hills rolling all the way to the horizon from SaffronStays Grandview Haven 
SaffronStays Grandview Haven, Barog

Barog is a unique tourist destination similar to Shimla, but without the noise and bustle of the capital city, even during the holiday season. To explore this city, stay in a private villa like SaffronStays Grandview Haven, Barog. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this magnificent and secluded pet-friendly 3-bedroom house sits at the top peak in the Barog Valley in the calm hinterland of Barog, Himachal Pradesh. This villa is a perfect vacation home with incredible valley views and lush green lawns. 

8. Mukteshwar

Views of the gorgeous mountains and cascading valley from the rustic SaffronStays El Sueno cottage

The little town of Mukteshwar takes its name from the 350-year-old Mukteshwer Dham Temple, whose reigning deity is Lord Shiva. The mountain summit on which Mukteshwar Temple lies provides breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayan range. Consider staying in a private villa in this magnificent Himalayan city, where you can wake up with a coffee and enjoy it while gazing out at the massive mountains. SaffronStays El Sueno, Mukteshwar is a boutique 2-bedroom, pet-friendly villa for pet owners, couples, small families and close groups of friends. Listed as one of the Most Beautiful Homes in the North by Asian Paints, this cottage checks all boxes if you are looking for a rustic, secluded home surrounded only by natural beauty. Every time you dream of the mountains and valleys, this is one home you will want to come back to. 

9. Mussoorie

Experience serenity amidst the incredible mountains of Mussoorie at SaffronStays Maison Calme

A holiday in the hills would be incomplete without mentioning Mussoorie. This hill town is one of the best vacation places to visit in India to enjoy a relaxed holiday while discovering the splendours of nature, culture and religion. Adventure activities also abound at this highland station. However, if you want to unwind in luxurious surroundings, we recommend booking a private villa. Experience peace like never before in the magnificent mountains surrounding SaffronStays Maison Calme, Mussoorie. The 2-bedroom home is surrounded by natural beauty and gorgeous landscapes that will put you in a good mood right away. Your holiday experience will only get better once you arrive.

So, if you are planning your next trip, a holiday in the hills of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh should be on your priority list. Stop putting off your hill-station holiday plans and book a vacation now!

About Resham Bhatia