Popularly known as the ‘Honeymoon Capital of India’, this exquisite hill station lies in Himachal Pradesh. Manali has 2 main areas viz New Manali which is a shopper’s delight and has the Mall road and the Mandi where you find jams, fruit barfis, apples, kiwis, etc. and on the other hand, Old Manali that has an ‘old world charm’ vibe to it with the beautiful Beas river flowing, with lush green pine trees covering the entire terrain. Manali has amazing cafes with an array of Israeli, English, Indian and other cuisines, live music and board games that take you back to those childhood days. Satisfy the foodie in you by trying out dumplings, their traditional dish – Siddu and Bhagsu cake, amongst other cakes and pastries from the famous and various German Bakeries at Old Manali. A few kilometers further is Rohtang Pass which boasts of snowfall even during the summer months and Solang Valley which has a plethora of adventure activities like zorbing, paragliding, etc. that you can enjoy with your better half.
A popular one from ‘Devbhoomi’, Himachal Pradesh is Shimla, which was once upon a time the summer capital of British India. For Shimla, the journey is as beautiful as the destination. Enjoy the picturesque journey with your significant other at the Mall Road, which is a vehicle-free zone and has great restaurants however, the waiting to get a table can test your patience, but every bit is worth its while. The Dhabas here also serve amazing and hygienic food. When in Shimla explore the Ridge, Jakhu temple, Johnnie’s Wax Museum, Christ Church and just hang around the Mall Road in the evening to see the town’s glitterati.
Cradled in the heart of Uttarakhand, 35 kilometres from Dehradun, lies the ‘Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie. Mussoorie is a small picturesque town and a paradise for nature lovers and love birds alike. Apart from the Mall Road, Kempty Falls and Dhanaulti, you could go to Camel’s Back Road, Gun Hill, visit Cloud’s end, trek up to Nag Tibba or explore Landour.
Another hill station on the list, this one is more or less famous for its natural beauty and thick coniferous forests. McLeodganj in Dharamshala is a popular tourist destination owing to the Buddhist Temple of Dalai Lama built in this region. You could also take a trek up till Triund and enjoy the picturesque views from up there. Dharamshala is all about rejuvenating your soul and is not flocked with many commercial activities.
The face of Jammu and Kashmir and also its capital, Srinagar is situated in the heart of the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River. The hill station is renowned for its gardens, lakes and the overly romantic right out of a movie, houseboats. Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh are amongst the popular gardens with Dal Lake that houses the most beautiful shikaras and also the Pir Panjal range. However, since it falls in J&K, it is best to keep yourself updated as to the current situation in the place as many times restrictions are imposed in certain parts of the city due to safety reasons.