Looking to escape the chaos and stress of daily life? Take a short break to any of these five hill-stations that are located just a short drive or ride away from the capital.

The mesmerising splendour of the majestic Himalayas, the swift waters of fast-flowing rivers, lush green forests, pleasant climate, and the peace and solace of these small hill towns make Delhites rush here, both in summer and winter.

Check out the top five hill stations near Delhi that offer you a welcome, respite from the chaos and stress of urban life.

  1. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Rightly called the “Queen of Hills,” the pleasant weather and picturesque views of the Shivalik ranges, and the serene surroundings of Mussoorie, transport you to another world where time moves slow. At a height of 1800m above the sea-level, Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hill-stations near the capital.

What to Do: Unleash the adventurer in you with extreme activities like mountain biking, zip-lining, skywalk, or rock climbing. Or pamper your tired muscles with a soothing massage at the ultra-luxurious spas at five-star resorts like the JW Marriott, or the Savoy.

Distance from Delhi: 279 km

  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla is one of the most favourite hill stations of the Delhites. The summer capital of the British, Shimla has plenty of endearing colonial charm, a wonderful climate all around the year, and a peaceful ambience that makes it perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

What to do: Ride aboard the Toy Train for scenic vistas that will leave you mesmerised. Try out ice-skating and rafting at Tattapani or indulge in shopping at the Mall Road or Lakkar Bazaar.

Distance from Delhi: 344 km

  1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital lies at an altitude of 2,000 m above the sea-level, at the foothills of the Kumaon mountain ranges in the Himalayas. The town gets its name from the Naini Lake and is fondly known as the “Lake District of India.” A pleasant climate, charming vistas, quaint boat rides, and majestic trees; all make Nainital perfect for a weekend getaway from Delhi.

What to do: Try horse riding, yachting, or boating on the Naini lake, visit the Eco Garden cave, and the famous Naini Devi temple.

Distance from Delhi: 302 km

  1. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

The home of Dalai Lama, Dharamshala is known as Little Dhasa or Lhasa due to its Tibetan and Buddhist influences. Ideal for trekkers as well as those seeking to relax and rejuvenate, this little hill town is divided into two major regions – The Upper Dharamshala (headquarters of the Tibetan leader, Dalai Lama) and Lower Dharamshala (a commercial centre).

What to do: Take a day trip to the famous Naddi Village for a peek into the local culture and lifestyle, or Camp at Dharamkot and marvel at the beauty of the region.

Distance from Delhi: 475 km

  1. Leh, Himachal Pradesh

If you’re looking for a hill-station to spend a long weekend, then a trip to Leh is perfect. Though around 1,000 km away from Delhi, with plenty of non-stop flights from Delhi to Leh, you can reach this stunning hill-station within two hours.

The capital of Ladakh, Leh is the Mecca for adventure seekers and photography enthusiasts. With a surreal landscape and endless vistas to explore, a visit to Leh is the best way to disconnect from the rest of the world and connect with yourself.

What to do: Drive to the top of the Khardung La, the second highest motorable road in the whole world. Check out the magnetic hill, where your car drives on its own, thanks to the incredible magnetic field in the area.

Distance from Delhi: 1,012 km

The Hills are Calling!

Located very close to several mountain ranges, the hills are just a few hours’ drive away from the capital. So, pack your bags, enjoy the beauty of the hill stations, and come back rejuvenated and refreshed!