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6 Hill Stations for the Perfect Winter Getaway with Your Family

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Drumroll please! Winter is just round the corner. Do not squander it! Get out of the city and travel, nature beckons you to explore the hills. Rejuvenate in spectacular backdrops and spend some much needed quality time. 

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali, Himachal Pradesh
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Share source: Om Prakash, HIQ traveller from India visited Manali last year

Often referred to 'Valley of the Gods', Manali is punctuated by the pristine River Beas and a captivating landscape of beautiful orchards and snow capped mountains.

HolidayIQ tourist Deepika says, "Manali is one of the best hill stations in India. Those Manali mountains are risky, edgy but really beautiful." Adds Akash, "Adventure at its peak. Awesome experience, I had a wonderful time here! I enjoyed it very much!"

While in Manali, explore the Parvathi Valley around Kasol. HolidayIQ explorer Sumeet says, "it’s a town to stay and experience. You can meet people from around the world who indulge in Shiva’s way of living. Trek along the boulevards and breathe fresh air. Sit along the banks of River Parvati and listen to people’s tale and stories."

Closest Airport: Bhuntar airport is located in Bhuntar, in the state Himachal Pradesh

2. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty, Tamil Nadu
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Share source: Vamsidhar Reddy, HIQ traveller from India visited Ooty last year

From lakes to viewpoints and train rides to chocolates, Ooty promises a fun-filled weekend. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Suraj suggests, “I had an amazing trekking experience! Lose yourself in the wonders of nature as you trek the various trails. Carry a camera and water bottles along with you."

HlidaIQ reviewer Jagadeshwaran Prabhakar says, “This scenic spot is 25 km from Ooty. There is a lake along the Avalanche Dam. It is an excellent location for trout fishing and you can get rods on hire from the local fishery center. Avalanche is also the starting point for some excellent treks. It is in the forest zone, so return before evening. And do not forget to carry food and drinks.”

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport, 100 KM away. 

3. Katra, Jammu and Kashmir

Katra, Jammu and Kashmir
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Share source: Vijay Phirke, HIQ traveller from Thane visited Katra last year

Nestled in the Trikuta Mountains of the Kashmiri Himalayas, Katra small town and the gateway to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi

HolidayIQ Traveller Hithi says, “During the peak season, you can indulge in activities like mule riding. It is a great experience.” Peeyush adds, "Katra is a great place with full of natural beauty. Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi."

Closest Airport: Jammu Airport is also known as Satwari Airport which is located just about 48 kilometers away.

4. Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Uttarakhand Share source: Farish Rahman, HIQ traveller from Delhi visited Dehradun last year

In the princely Garhwal region of the Himalayas, perched on the lower ranges of the mighty mountains is Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. An education hub, the city has great weather year round and is a gateway to popular destinations like Nainital, Mussoorie and a few pilgrimage center like Haridwar. Dehradun is bordered by the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers of India

HolidayIQ reviewer Manish says, Dehradun is a very nice place for its serenity and peace.Winter season is worth to stay in Dehradun the snowy peaks of Mussoorie looks so enchanting.” Himanshu, HolidayIQ reviewer, adds, “lots of places to roam around to name a few shastdradhara, buddha temple and much more, honest people, good weather conditions, food and connectivity is good. Scenic sites give you peace of mind along with your partner.”

Closest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport which is situated at a distance of 20 km from Dehradun city center.


5. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand Share source: Arnav Mathur, HIQ traveller from Delhi visited Mussoorie last year

Mussoorie is not known as the queen of hills for nothing. It's a quaint hill station, occasionally burdened by the horde of tourists.

HolidayIQ reviewer Rajesh says, "Mussorie is a superb location for honeymooners and people want to relax. The views are fantastic esp the views near George house and on the way to kempty falls."

Manish tells HolidayIQ, “There are so many places nearby Mussoorie where you can visit for peace and nature's view. The bike ride from Dehradun to Mussoorie is really awesome due to the panoramic view on the sides. Best time to visit Mussoorie is winter season when the peaks are covered with snow.

Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which lies approximately 54 Km away. 

6. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar, Kerala Share source: Krishnakumar R, HIQ traveller from Alappuzha (Alleppey) visited Munnar last year

Munnar is everything you would want a hill station to be- gorgeous, lush and dream-like! The place is so beautiful, it feels straight out of a painting!

HolidayIQ scout Siddharth says, "Munnar certainly is the coldest and the best sightseeing place in whole of Kerala, I was stumped by the lake and tea plantation." Adds sangeeta, "Lovely weather, excellent greenery, lovely flowers. Nice places to visit, fresh air, zero pollution."

Closest airport: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 km away by road.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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