“The mountains are calling and I must go”.  John Muir.

Is there anyone in the world who can resist the call of the mountains? Mountains are veritable magnets, which attract people with their magnetic charm and beauty. India is a treasure trove of natural beauty and the hills and mountains of this naturally bejewelled country are like gems and emeralds in its golden crown. Let us peep into the bioscope called India and take a breath taking view of some of the most beautiful mountain destinations of the country.


The name by itself is enough to conjure up images of lush green tea gardens, white clouds floating at arm’s length, and mesmerizing landscapes. Darjeeling occupies a regal position when it comes to mountain getaways in India. Remnants of the British Raj including a heritage mountain railway add an old world charm to this enchanting destination. As you breathe in the invigorating mountain air filled with the fragrance of tea leaves, your eyes are likely to feast on the spectacular sight of the sun’s rays gently touching the snow clad peak of Kanchenjunga, the third largest mountain peak in the world. You can also check out the Khush Alaya resort for a pleasant stay in this beautiful hill station.



If it is Darjeeling in the North, then it is Ooty in the south. Ooty is a popular hill station owing to its beauty as well as the proximity to the urban centres of Bangalore and Mysore. Verdant tea gardens play hide and seek with towering groves of eucalyptus trees. Head out to Ooty to breathe in some fresh mountain air blended with the aroma of eucalyptus and tea. While in Ooty also be ready to be seduced by tempting homemade chocolates. The call of Ooty, nestled snugly in the Nilgiri hills is indeed irresistible. Check out some of the best places to visit in and around Ooty. Consider reserving a place at the Sterling Elk Hills resort for a wonderful stay.



If heaven is up there, then the picturesque town of Manali, situated up in the Himalayan valley at a height of 6,726 feet must indeed be heavenly. This beautiful valley is surely the gateway to paradise, leading up to the Himalayas. Manali is a place to frolic in the snow with the entire family, a place to pluck apples fresh off the trees, a place to trek to your heart’s content and a place to create magical memories and take them home. Here is our recommendation of top places to visit in Manali. Book your stay at the White Mist in Manali and have the ‘best of both worlds’ – plush comfort and convenience.



Gangtok is a charming city nestled in the Himalayan ranges and the capital of the state of Sikkim. A city which enjoys a temperate climate year round and yet is close to the snow covered mountains of the Himalayas. A beautiful city and a haven for shopping, Gangtok is also the pit stop for adventurers on the way to more rugged places in the wilderness, like Nathula and Gurudongmar Lake. Check out the top tourist attractions of the city here. Head out to Gangtok for a walk on Mall road and an encounter with the mystique of Tibetan Buddhism. Choose the Delisso Abode resort for a comfortable vacation in Gangtok.



Follow in the tracks of the early Christian missionaries of the 19th century on a voyage of discovery in Kodaikanal. As you take a walk around the circumference of the picturesque lake, marvel at the enchanting beauty of the surrounding mountains peeping out from layers of mist. Listen to the rhythm of waterfalls creating a symphony with melodious notes of exotic birds. Indulge yourself in some invigorating outdoor activities like walking, bicycling and horse-riding in the enticing environs of Kodaikanal and take home the experience of a lifetime. The By The Valley resort offers all comforts necessary to make your holiday perfect.



Get ready for a kaleidoscopic experience as you head to Mussoorie, not too far from the heat and dust of the National capital Delhi. Mussoorie in the state of Uttaranchal is situated about 35 Kilometres from Dehra Dun and is a perfect getaway for the entire family. It was in 1823 that an Irishman called Lt. Frederick Young of the East India Company was so infatuated with the beauty of the area that he built a hunting lodge and this became the foundation stone for the town that we know as Mussoorie today. Mussoorie offers activities like skating, trekking, etc. that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Here is a complete guide to Mussoorie that might be helpful for your next trip.


You can also reserve your accommodation with the Dancing Leaves resort that overlooks a stunning view of the town.


Nainital is another jewel in the crown of the state of Uttaranchal. With a pristine and pear shaped lake set in the midst of mountains, Nainital’s ethereal beauty is the stuff that dreams are made of. It is the ideal location for a natural soothing of nerves frayed by the madness and chaos of the urban jungle. A leisurely and romantic cruise on the lake is guaranteed to unleash the romantic side of the most unromantic of persons. Make the holiday even more convenient by reserving a spot at the Bhawanipur Greens resort.



The name sounds Kufri resonates well with the word Kulfi which roughly translates into ice cream. If you love snow, head out to Kufri in the winter months to catch some skiing. Kufri is quite near to Shimla and the quaint and charming town provides an ideal backdrop for some moments of fun with a dash of tranquility. Kufri is the place where you can take long walks enjoying the mountain air and the unfolding panorama of nature, and if you get tired, you can always hop on to a Yak. Book your holiday with us at The White Ridge, to get the best of lush mountains.


Do you hear the sound of the mountains? Can you feel the fragrance of sandalwood, apples, tea, eucalyptus, and pine when you sniff the air? Then it is time to pack your bags and head of to any of these mountain destinations. And do remember wherever you go, there is a Sterling Holidays Resort waiting for you.