A thriving cosmopolitan, Gurgaon has come a long way from being a small town to the buzzing city that it is today complete with skyscrapers, high-end restaurants and everything in between. However, staying and working in the city for too long can take its toll, especially during May and June when the summer season is at its peak. If are looking to escape the city life for a few days, there is nothing better than taking some time off and heading to the hills. Luckily enough, most of the hill stations near Gurgaon can be easily reached via road (and an overnight journey)!
Wondering where to go? Here are the best hill stations near Gurgaon for you to choose from.
Hill Stations near Gurgaon
If you wish to holiday as the British did, Lansdowne is the place for you. Situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, this pretty little town has an old-world charm to it with its oak and pine forests and colonial-era houses, and the mighty Himalayas in the backdrop. You can relax in the fresh air of this town, and take in the most picturesque views of the sunrise and sunset. Explore the Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary, go for trekking or plan a picnic to make the most of your stay.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 279 km (Drive of 7 hours approx.)
Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli is a quaint hamlet still untouched by touristy crowds. Its Gothic-style churches, short trekking trails and verdant nature trails make it a perfect retreat for summers. Wake up to the beautiful views of the sunrise, watch the sun go down at Sunset Point or simply embark on a peaceful walk along the Gilbert Trail. For the thrill seekers, there are plenty of trekking routes like Garkhal, Kalka and Jabli to explore.
P.S: When in Kasauli, do take a tour of the Kasauli Brewery to sample the finest Scotch whiskey!
- Distance from Gurgaon: 338 km (Drive of 6 hours 30 minutes approx.)
Untouched by commercialization, Kanatal is a small village that offers an experience unlike any other touristy hill station in Uttarakhand. Known for its scenic beauty and tranquillity, this place is ideal for that much-needed break from the chaos of cities. Besides soaking in the picturesque views from the Tehri Dam, you could go for a trek to Kodia Jungle, camp in its woods, or indulge in other thrill-inducing activities such as rock climbing and rappelling near the campsites.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 351 km (Drive of 9 hours approx.)
Merely 25 km from Nainital, Naukuchiatal should be on your list of must-visit hill stations near Gurgaon for its picture-perfect views. This small village is most famed for its nine-cornered lake, surrounded by verdant forests, terraced fields and majestic mountains. Enjoy boating in the 175 ft. deep lake, take a morning stroll near it or better yet, try angling in its placid blue waters. The scenic hill station also makes a great place for picnics, nature walks and birdwatching.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 358 km (Drive of 8 hours 30 minutes approx.)
Formerly the summer capital of the British, Shimla remains one of the best hill stations to visit if you wish to break the monotony. Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, this town is covered by pine trees and offers some stunning views of the valley. There’s a lot more to do in Shimla than just hanging out at the Mall Road. Go shopping for wooden artefacts at the iconic Lakkar Bazaar or enjoy ice-skating at Asia’s oldest and India’s only open-air ice-skating rink.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 393 km (Drive of 8 hours 15 minutes approx.)
Located on the Hindustan-Tibet Road, Narkanda is one of the most beautiful hill stations near Gurgaon. It is around a 2-hour drive from Shimla, and the entire route to Narkanda is complete with scenic vistas. The winding roads take you through terrains which offer a bird’s eye view of the idyllic small villages en route. While Narkanda is popular for its cherry blossom season and the beautiful apple orchards, the 7-km-long trek to Hatu Peak is definitely a must-try here.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 454 km (Drive of 10 hours approx.)
7. Tirthan Valley
Perhaps Himachal’s best-kept secret, Tirthan Valley located in the district of Kullu is the perfect option for unconventional travellers. From cloud-kissed mountains to riverside retreats hidden amidst forests, the place is perfect for spending some time away from the city. Trek to Serolsar Lake, especially during winters, to admire the most beautiful views of its frozen pool. A 4-hour long trek to Jalori Pass is also an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 546 km (Drive of 11 hours 45 minutes approx.)
With beautiful views of the Beas River flowing by and the snow-capped slopes of Dauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges in the background, who wouldn’t want to escape to the magical Manali? A hit among people coming from Delhi and neighbouring cities, Manali sees a lot of tourist crowds all year round. While some come here for river rafting, others set on for offbeat treks. Of course, local tourist attractions like Mall Road and Hidimba Temple are the quintessential stops.
- Distance from Gurgaon: 589 km (Drive of 12 hours 40 minutes approx.)
These are just a few of the most popular hill stations near Gurgaon. You can also add Dalhousie (611 km), Dharamsala (525 km), Mussoorie (308 km) and other such destinations on your list of places to visit during summers. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you might enjoy visiting Auli (419 km) for skiing or Bir Billing (582 km) for the ultimate paragliding experience in India.
For more suggestions, read our blog on ‘Getaways from Gurgaon for Short & Long Weekends’.