Hill stations are the place where you’d want to travel over and over again – or for the better part, spend your life there. The misty air and solitude blending perfectly with the closeness of nature is what you get to experience in hill towns and nowhere else.
Let’s explore the 5 magical hill stations across the globe.
1. Darjeeling – India
When it comes to hill stations with surreal beauty, India surely takes the crown as the country is bestowed with many hill stations; some of them developed and popularised by the British. One such hill station in the country is Darjeeling.
Darjeeling is nestled in the Himalayas and snuggles green tea plantation, which the town (also a district of West Bengal) is popular for. Darjeeling is an eternal favourite hill station amongst travellers from the west as the town serves as a reminiscent of the British Raj – there are several British architectures in the town.
2. Sa Pa – Vietnam
There are some places that haunt you with memories once you visit, and Sapa is one of those places. Situated in Lao Cai Province, in north-west Vietnam, Sa Pa is a lovely hill town which is home to lush mountain ranges and rice fields – all fascinating visitors with breathtaking views.
There’s so much that you can do in Sa Pa – trekking, hiking, shopping and tasting local cuisines. Cat Cat Village, Love Waterfall, and terraced rice fields in Shin Chai Village are some of the places that you should visit in Sa Pa.
3. Zermatt – Switzerland
Zermatt is a hypnotically beautiful town located in the foothills of the highest peak of the Swiss Alps. Many travellers visit the town to witness the grandiosity of the Matterhorn – a one-of-a-kind peak with phenomenal beauty.
Zermatt is also considered as the mountaineering and ski resort of the Swiss Alps. Some of the places worth visiting in Zermatt include The Rhône Valley, Theodul Glacier and Pass, Gorner Gorge, and Sunnegga.
4. Thredbo – Australia
Thredbo is a small hill town in New South Wales which is popular for its snow and longest ski run. Although Thredbo has a permanent population of only about 471 people, the town is jam-packed with almost 300,000 visitors during summers.
Thredbo is the only ski resort in Australia. Some of the outdoor activities that the town is popular for include snow biking, night skiing, and snowboarding.
5. Pyin Oo Lwin – Myanmar
Originally known as Maymo, Pyin Oo Lwin was the summer capital for the British colonial administration. Although the name of the town was changed after the British departed, the colonial mansions and churches still remain.
Pyin Oo Lwin is popular as a hot-season get away till date. Some of the popular attractions of the scenic hill town include Pwe Kauk Waterfalls, National Kandawgyi Gardens, and Peik Chin Myaung Cave.
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