Come summer, and we all get sick of the Delhi’s pollution and its summer heat. We all crave to breathe in some cool and fresh air. Your best bet to make this wish come true is to escape to a hill station nearby. To make things easier, we list five hill stations that you can visit during your next weekend off!

Kullu-Manali

Located at a distance of about 600 km from Delhi, in scenic Himachal Pradesh, Manali is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is a favourite of all types of tourists, from backpackers to adventure sports enthusiasts to couples. Manali offers beautiful snow-clad mountains, river valleys and even thermal springs. Manali’s always been a favourite of Bollywood filmmakers; the song “Yeh Ishq Hai” from Jab We Met was shot here. Click here you want to know more about the 7 awesome movies shot in Manali.

Dharamshala

Dharamshala is one of India’s most unique hill stations and the location for portions of Ranbir Kapoor’s Rockstar. Dharamshala is home to the Dalai Lama, and hence this place has a lot of Tibetan influences, making it quite unique. Dharamshala is located at a distance of around 500 km from Delhi and can be reached easily by road.

Shimla

With its rich heritage, lush green valleys and beautiful views of the snow-capped Himalayas, it’s no wonder that the British chose Shimla as their summer capital. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was so mesmerised by Shimla’s beauty that he shot large portions of Black here. Take a stroll through Mall Road to get a sense of the vibe of Shimla—and once you know it, you’ll always want to come back.

Dalhousie

Let the Scottish churches and Victorian bungalows of Dalhousie transport you back to the colonial era. Dalhousie was named after the British Viceroy Lord Dalhousie, and has some gorgeous tourist attractions. A visit to the Khajjiar Valley, also called the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, is a must.

Nainital

With vast, glorious lakes surrounded by green hills, charming cottages and markets, Nainital is one of the most popular weekend destinations for Delhi-ites. A popular honeymoon destination, the Nainital Lake—an eye-shaped lake from which Nainital gets its name—is a must-visit. Take a stroll around the magnificent lake or go boating; either way, you’ll love it!