Last-Minute Hill Station Bliss! Explore The Beautiful Nature Near Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, & Bengaluru

by Mallika Khurana
Last-Minute Hill Station Bliss! Explore The Beautiful Nature Near Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, & Bengaluru

Escape the bustling cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru and embark on a journey to the tranquil, misty realms of India’s hill stations. Nestled amidst the majestic mountains, these hill stations offer not only respite from the scorching heat but also a rejuvenating experience that transcends the ordinary. From the colonial charm of Shimla to the serenity of Matheran, the lush landscapes of Coorg, and the picturesque vistas of Darjeeling, each hill station has its own unique allure. The promise of cool breezes, lush greenery, and the opportunity to reconnect with nature beckons. Explore these 10 enchanting hill stations, where last-minute rooms may be waiting for you. 

Beautiful Last-Minute Hill Stations

Near Delhi

1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, is a renowned hill station known for its colonial architecture. Nestled in the enchanting hills, it stands as a timeless escape for those seeking colonial charm and breathtaking mountain vistas. Explore the Ridge, take leisurely strolls along Mall Road, and visit Jakhoo Temple, where friendly monkeys offer a unique welcome. It is a favourite among Delhiites for its cool climate and scenic beauty. This hill station offers a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, and resorts. 

2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Mussoorie, often referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations,” beckons with its serene ambiance and stunning landscapes. A dip in Kempty Falls, an evening stroll along Camel’s Back Road, and thrilling adventure activities like paragliding make it an alluring destination. Walk-ins and contacting hotels directly may yield results for last-minute bookings, especially on weekdays. Known for its serene atmosphere, Mussoorie has numerous accommodations, ranging from luxury resorts to budget hotels. 

3. Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Nainital, framed around the picturesque Naini Lake, is a treasure trove of natural beauty and serenity. A boat ride on the pristine lake, a visit to Naina Devi Temple, and the panoramic views from Snow View Point make Nainital a must-visit hill station. Try approaching local hotels directly to check for room availability. Nainital’s beautiful Naini Lake is certainly the highlight of this hill station. 

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Near Mumbai

4. Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Just a short drive from Mumbai, Lonavala is a favourite getaway for city dwellers. It offers the refreshing Bhushi Dam for picnics and swims, the ancient Karla and Bhaja Caves for exploration, and Tiger’s Leap for stunning views of the Western Ghats. Finding a good place to stay here will not be much trouble, even if you don’t have prior bookings.

5. Matheran, Maharashtra

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Matheran is a tranquil, no-vehicle hill station where you can find peace and relaxation. This beautiful place captivates visitors with its charming simplicity. A toy train ride through lush forests, boating at Charlotte Lake, and the captivating vistas from Panorama Point provide a serene retreat. Since it’s less crowded, you may have a good chance of finding a room at the last minute, especially on weekdays. 

6. Panchgani, Maharashtra

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Panchgani offers breathtaking landscapes and serene surroundings. It boasts Table Land, one of Asia’s largest plateaus, where leisurely walks offer panoramic views. Sydney Point provides picturesque landscapes, and the adventurous can experience paragliding for a thrilling perspective of the region. Like Matheran, it’s relatively less crowded, increasing your chances of securing a room on short notice.

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Near Kolkata

7. Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Darjeeling, the land of tea gardens and majestic Himalayan vistas offers tours of tea plantations, sunrise views at Tiger Hill, and a visit to the Batasia Loop, a remarkable engineering marvel with beautiful gardens. Once you’re there, you will find a perfect place to stay quite easily.

8. Kalimpong, West Bengal

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Kalimpong presents the tranquility of Deolo Hill with its panoramic views and the serenity of Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, a picturesque Buddhist monastery. Enjoy local Tibetan and Nepali cuisine at charming eateries. It is a quieter alternative to Darjeeling, making the last-minute hotel hunt much simpler.

Near Bengaluru

9. Coorg, Karnataka

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Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations and lush greenery. Known for its coffee plantations, it invites visitors to learn about coffee cultivation, admire Abbey Falls, and embark on wildlife safaris at Nagarhole National Park to spot elephants, tigers, and more. During the off-season or on weekdays, you have a better chance of finding a last-minute room. 

10. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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Ooty is a well-known hill station with various accommodation options. This place is enchanted with the historic Nilgiri Mountain Railway, vibrant botanical gardens, and serene Ooty Lake, where boating and leisurely walks complete the hill station experience. 

Planning ahead, even for a last-minute trip, can increase your chances of securing accommodations.

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