Essentials To Carry While Travelling To A Hill Station In India

 
In this fast-paced world, craving for a place to find solace is common.
India has a plethora of tranquil, picturesque hill stations all over the country for explorers like you. Picking a destination could seem tricky, but wait till you get to the packing. We’re gonna make it easier for you.

What’s So Special About A Hill Station?

 
It’s needless to say that the enchanting atmosphere of a hill station will magnetize you to it, offering you a blissful experience. A hill station is a sight to behold; the lush greenery of plantations and meadows, the perennially refreshing climate, and the breath-taking view of the peaks. This will help relax your mind, body and soul.
Your vacation plans need not change according to the weather. During winter, hill stations are much colder, and mostly, beautifully covered in snow. The sub-tropical climates make going to a hill station all the more fun; the bright, sunny mornings allow you to take an undisturbed walk, or even undertake an adventure sport there, the chill breeze and abundance of flora amplify the ambiance.
Either way, it’s a peaceful holiday!
 

Travel Packing Tips

 
Even after packing what comes to mind, there are still some essentials that are overlooked.
 

1. Woollens

A trip to a hill destination certainly requires bringing enough warm clothing. Be it summer or winter, the temperature is still relatively low and you’d at least need to have a fleece or puffer jacket, and accessories like gloves, cap and stockings with you. For a long duration trip, make sure to carry at least two good quality jackets/coats and breathable but warm base layers like sweatshirts or full sleeves T-shirts.

2. Walking Shoes

Source: Men's Shoes

A trip to the hills obviously calls for long walks amidst the beauty of nature, or probably even a short hike. For this, you will need a comfortable pair of shoes that will save you from feet sores, blisters or shoe bites and also have a better impact on your speed and endurance. If it’s a destination that receives snowfall, you’d probably want to consider carrying snow boots for a better grip and traction.

3. Backpack

Source: Backpack
The most important travel accessory; pack all you need in a durable, lightweight backpack that’s comfortable to carry around and one that has multi-level organization to make it easier for you. Store quick-access essentials like a water bottle, medicines, cap and gloves, and anything else you require on your trip. If you plan to go on a trek, you should opt for a high loading capacity rucksack that can hold your jacket, a trekking pole, tent, and anything else you might need.

4. Weather-Dependent Essentials

When you’re at a hill station, it could either be really cold, blazing hot during the day, and even light drizzles. So, you have to be prepared for it all.
Sunscreen and Moisturizer – Skincare will prevent dryness and sun exposure. Contrary to the misconception that you don’t need sunscreen at the hills, a sunblock with a good SPF can keep your skin safe from the unpredictable weather.
Rain Jacket or Rain Coat – A breathable yet watertight rain jacket or coat to keep you toasty dry when it’s pouring outside.
Apart from this, it is recommended to carry a packable umbrella, polarized sunglasses, gloves, and a cap.

5. Cash

Travelling to a hill station also means going away from the city centre. It’s always better to carry enough cash in hand and not rely on cards completely.

6. Sleeping Bag & Camping Tent

Source: Sleeping Bags & Tent

If you decide to camp out in the hills, you’d obviously need protective, comfortable sleeping gear for a restful sleep in the wilderness.
Carry a double-layered tent that comes with sufficient ventilation and an ergonomically designed sleeping bag that provides enough warmth and stretches out well.
 

Some Of The Best Hill Station Trips You Could Take In India

 

1. Shillong, Meghalaya – The Scotland of The East

The capital of Meghalaya offers nothing less than captivating landscapes and is especially beautiful during the monsoon season. It also has plenty of activities; a picnic by Elephant Falls, kayaking at Umiam Lake, or even a hike to the Shillong peak.
Best time to visit – September to May

2. Chamba, Himachal Pradesh – The Picturesque Place

The Chamba Valley is a perfect blend of mystical backdrops and cultural sites. It is home to several temples, mostly of Lord Narayanan. Go boat-riding or paragliding at Khajjar Lake, head to the Chamera Dam, or the 1925 Khalatop Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best time to visit – Summer and winter - January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December

3. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand - The Queen of the Hills

Mussoorie is among the most popular hill stations of the country. At 2000m above sea level, it offers scenic views of the Himalayan range, and numerous hiking and trekking trails in and around, taking you through rich flora and fauna. The Mussoorie Adventure Park has activities like zip-lining and rock climbing.
Predominantly known for ‘The Winter Line’, this natural phenomenon unmissable. As the sun sets below the Shivalik Ranges, the gradient sky is yellow, red and orange above a strip of the cityscape.
Best time to visit – April to May, or December to February if you want to witness snowfall

4. Ooty, Tamil Nadu – The Blissful Getaway

The most popular hill station of the Southern region, Ooty, short for “Ootacamund” or “Udhagamandalam”, is located in the Nilgiri Hills. It generally has pleasant, cool weather throughout the year, except for June-September when it receives heavy rainfall. It has rolling hills with lush vegetation, smaller hills with tea plantations, and many eucalyptus trees.
You can visit the 22 acre Botanical Garden, the 61m high Pykara Waterfalls, the Tea Museum, the Fernhill Palace built in 1844 for the Maharajas of Mysore, and the Mudumalai National Park, a well-known tiger reserve.
Best time to visit – October to April

5. Lonavala, Maharashtra - The Jewel of Sahyadri

Lonavala is one of the most beautiful experiential journeys you can take, away from the hustle of metropolitan cities.
Located in the Western region of India, in Pune, it is also referred to as the “City of Caves”. Home to luxuriant valleys, caves and lakes, it’s an ideal vacation destination. Even the surrounding regions of Lonavala are blessed with waterfalls like the Kune, Bhivpuri, Bhagirath and Jummapatti.
Best time to visit - December to February
However, be assured that any hill station you end up choosing will offer you a rejuvenating experience in nature’s lap.

#ReadyForAnything

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What should I bring to a hill station?

Hill stations are generally chilly throughout the year, so you definitely need to carry warm clothes whenever you decide to go. You will need a lightweight Husky or Down Jacket and a windcheater or a sweatshirt to wear inside, gloves and mufflers/winter caps, and an extra pair of socks, preferably high ankle. It’s important to carry a slip-resistant, easy-to-wash boots for hill climbing or trekking. 

What to wear when visiting mountains?

A good technical wind and proof jacket with a moisture-wicking base layer is the ideal outfit for when you’re at a higher altitude. We suggest layering up smartly so each layer solves a specific purpose, along with winter accessories like caps and gloves. For hikes or long treks, you should wear a lightweight water-repellent shoe with lots of ankle support.

What necessities should I pack for a trip?

Here are some travel essentials for when you head to a different place: A well-planned set of clothes depending on the weather, travel documents, all your electronic devices and their chargers, toiletry kit, medicines, face mask and sanitizers {extra}, and the right pair of shoes.

What precautions one should take while going to a hill station?

Travelling to a hill station in winter might be exhausting if you don’t plan it well. It is advisable to carry a warm blanket and extra layers of clothing. Avoid driving in harsh weather conditions, especially if it’s snowing, and carry a thermos flask so you can always sip on a hot beverage when it gets too cold. Carry all the medicines and toiletries you may need because hill stations are generally quite a distance from the city.

What should we wear on hill station in the rainy season?

The downpour need not dampen your adventures if you plan your outfits correctly. Choose loose-fitting apparel like tanks, and shorts, over jeans or heavier knits that will take a long time to dry. Plus, you will obviously need a completely waterproof rain jacket or poncho raincoat and high ankle boots to get you through the knee-deep pools of water. And of course, an umbrella.