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    Mountains and Pangong Tso Lake at Ladakh

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    Come summers and everyone will be looking for a long getaway, away from the scorching high temperatures and hustle-bustle of the inland-city life. With the mercury rising to unprecedented heights in India, everyone will be looking for places to visit in summer in India. From the lofty peaks in the Himalayas to the Blue Mountains and the Andaman Islands in the south, and from the Western Ghats to the eastern extents of the Himalayas in the northeastern states, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to go for summer holidays in India. Here is a list of all the places that are surely worth a visit. Do not forget to note down your favorites among these!

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    Summer Holiday Destinations In North India

    North India has a pleasant climate to visit during the summer holidays in India, making it a perfect space and vacation. Have a look at the amazing tourist destinations below and make sure to book your holiday in one of these awesome destinations:

    1. Ladakh – Family Escapade

    Mountains and Pangong Tso Lake at Ladakh

    For those who need a thrilling destination for their summer vacation in India, Ladakh is the ultimate getaway. With a myriad of interesting best places to visit in Ladakh, you can be sure of an amazing vacation. The mighty mountain peaks, the breath-taking views, the stunning lakes, and the perfect weather makes it a perfect vacation destination.

    Places to visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park
    Things to do: Watch the Llamas perform colorful Chhams, spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, ride a double-humped Bactrian camel and ride a bike up to the Khardung-La Pass
    Places to eat: Wangchuk’s Ladakhi Kitchen, Jalsa Restaurant, Zomsa Restaurant, Leh Zakhang
    Places to stay: The Grand Dragon, Tushita, Adu’s Eternal, Barath Hotel And Guest House
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
    • By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh

    Must Read: 11 Best Things To Do In Ladakh That You Can’t Afford To Miss!


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    2. Srinagar – Backpack With Friends

    Many Shikaras waiting tourists on Dal lake at Srinagar

    Srinagar, the summer capital, is the best among the places to visit in Kashmir. Popular for its Shikara rides, floating gardens, and serene beauty, the city has been regarded as cash-cow of J & K. The city has enjoyed importance since historic times and rulers have forever been attempting to win the paradise city for themselves. At the moment, it is one of the most loved tourist places for summer holidays in India.

    Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill
    Things to do: Shikara rides in Dal Lake, bird watching at Hokersar, wildlife seeing at Dachigam National Park, and shopping from the floating markets of vegetable & flowers in Dal Lake
    Places to eat: Stream Restaurant, Ahdoos Hotel, Lhasa, Sunset Boulevard Restaurant
    Places to stay: Hotel Chachoo Palace, Fantasia Houseboats, Lake Palace Group Of House Boats, Four Points By Sheraton
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Srinagar Airport
    • By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar); Srinagar Railway Station is under construction

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    3. Manali – Backpacker’s Paradise

    The flowing river Beas at Manali with thee quaint hills in the background

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    Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. With the numerous popular places to visit in Manali, it is one of the most popular destination for summer holidays 2020. Nestled idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Manali remains to be a popular honeymoon destination in north India. But it holds an equally important position among those who are looking for adventure activities or holy places.

    Places to visit in Manali: Hadimba Temple, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Club House, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Gufa, and Vashisht Hot-Water Springs
    Things to do: Paragliding at Solang & Rohtang Valleys, yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram, yak-riding at the wildlife sanctuary and dipping in hot-water springs at Vashisht
    Places to eat: Casa Bella Vista, The Johnson’s Cafe And Hotel, Chopsticks Restaurant, Sunshine Cafe
    Places to stay: Royal View Cottage, Hotel Ambika Residency, HighQ Manali, Hotel Mountain Face
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bhuntar Airport (50 km from Manali)
    • By Rail: Una (245 km from Manali) on broad gauge

    Suggested Read: 10 Things To Do In Manali For Solemn Joy

    4. Kasol – Family Getaway

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    If you are looking for a hippie destination to spend your summer vacations in India, then Kasol should be your top pick. This quaint hamlet in Himachal is frequented mostly by youngsters. The cafes serve delicious food and the German bakery has desserts that are to die for. The views of the mountains are majestic and the camps by the river make for a great stay option. It is an amazing place for youngsters.

    Places to visit: Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Chalal, German Bakery Things to do in Kasol: Riverside camping and Chalal trek
    Places to eat: The Evergreen, Moon Dance Cafe, Little Italy, Jim Morrison Cafe
    Places to stay: Parvati Hill Cottage, Wood Rose, Moksha, Jim Morrison Homestay
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bhuntar Airport (31 km from Kasol)
    • By Rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station (295 km from Kasol)

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    5. Nainital – Holiday With Friends

    Aerial view of Khurpatal lake in Nainital

    Situated in the lap of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,938 m above the sea-level, Nainital is one of the prime destinations in India for summer holidays 2020. The quaint hill-station is often pictured as a forested valley amidst which lies a beautiful lake. Though the list of places to visit in Nainital is pretty long, the Naini Lake and the Naina Devi Temple attract the maximum number of tourists. Surely, you cannot think of summer vacation in India without Nainital. It is one of the popular places to visit in India during summer.

    Places to visit: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and Naina Devi Temple
    Things to do: Boating in Naini Lake, view the sunrise from Tippin Top, view sunset at Hanuman Garhi, shopping at Tibetan market, and enjoy a ropeway ride
    Places to eat: Sakley’s Restaurant And Pastry Shop, Simz Cafe, Zooby’s Kitchen, Pots And Stones
    Places to stay: Hotel Chandra Inn Royal Rose, Hotel Lakeside Inn, The Manu Maharani, Shikha Resort By Golden Plate
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Pantnagar Airport (65 km from Nainital)
    • By Rail: Kathgodam Railway Station (34 km from Nainital)

    Suggested Read: 10 Best Things To Do In Nainital For An Amazing Holiday In 2020

    6. Dharamshala – Family Vacation

    Houses at Himalaya mountains in Dharamshala

    For those who seek to spend their summer vacations in India among the picturesque hills, Dharamshala is another great destination. Its temples and monasteries make it stand out among the places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The town is best known internationally as the home of Dalai Lama of Tibet. Since the introduction of ODIs and IPL T20s at the HPCA stadium, the hill station has been attracting a lot of regular sports enthusiasts from across the globe. The hill station is also going to be the first smart-city of Himachal Pradesh.

    Places to visit: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, and tea plantations of Kangra valley
    Things to do: Meditation, stay in Namgyal Monastery, boat ride in Dal Lake, and walks through the tea plantations
    Places to eat: Illiterati, Lung Ta Japanese Restaurant, KhanaNirvana, Seed Cafe
    Places to stay: Hotel Udechee Huts, Quartz Himalayan Brothers, Hotel Pine Spring, Hotel Forest Hill
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Gaggal Airport (13 km from Dharamshala)
    • By Rail: Pathankot Railway Station (85 km from Dharamshala)

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    7. Mussoorie – Solo Backpacker’s Dream

    Tourists taking bath at the famous Kempty Waterfalls near Mussoorie during summer holidays in India

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    Mussoorie, one of the extremely popular places to visit in India during summer, becomes quite crowded during these months. The varied flora and the lush green hilly lands attract a lot of tourists to the little fairyland. From shopping on Mall Road to ropeway cable car to Gun Hill, and from Kempty Falls to the Jwalaji Temple; the summer destination has a lot to offer to its visitors.

    Places to visit in Mussoorie: Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower, Jwalaji Temple, Rajaji National Park, Gun Hill, Library Point, Sir George Everest House, and Cloud’s End
    Things to do: Boating in Lake Mist, cable car ride to Gun Hill, roller skating in Kulri Bazaar, and paragliding around Mussoorie Lake
    Places to eat: Kalsang, Urban Turban Bistro, Funjabi Tandoorzzz, Clocktower Cafe
    Places to stay: Walnut Grove Resort, WelcomHotel The Savoy, Jharipani Castle, The Three Oaks Boutique Hotel
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (54 km from Mussoorie)
    • By Rail: Dehradun Railway Station (33 km from Mussoorie)

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    8. Kanatal – Family Trip

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    If you are looking for an offbeat destination to spend summer vacation 2020, then Kanatal is a quaint village located at a distance of 38 km from Mussoorie. The meandering roads lead the way to this beautiful place. It is surrounded by lofty mountains and is lush green. The sunrise and sunset views are amazing here. If you want to spend your summer amidst nature, then this is the perfect escape. Enjoy camping here.

    Places to visit in Kanatal: Surkanda Devi, Tehri Lake
    Things to do: Camping, trekking, Jetskiing in Tehri Lake
    Places to eat: Chacha Sip And Dine, Brothers Cafe And Restaurant, Forest Cafe, Milan Restaurant
    Places to stay: Hotel Dhanagiri, The Woodland Cottages, The Hillside Cottages, Nama-Stay
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (91 km from Kanatal)
    • By Rail: Rishikesh railway station (75 km from Kanatal)

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    9. Auli – Laidback Family Holiday

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    Auli is among the great summer destinations in India. The majestic snow covered peaks and the lush green meadows are the highlights of this town. And when you are here during the summer holidays, make the most of this snow covered paradise. The town of Auli is one of the best hill stations in India and an amazing weekend getaway. Enjoy the local sightseeing, delicious local cuisine, and wander around in this quaint town.

    Places to visit: Chattrakund Lake, Joshimath
    Things to do in Auli: Trek to Gurso Bugyal, Visit the Artificial Lake
    Places to eat: Hotel Sun Mount, Chinatown, Kailash Foods, Hatu Restaurant And Bar 
    Places to stay: The Himalayan Abode, Hotel Manik Resort, Hotel Mount View, Hotel Auli D
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun (279 km from Auli)
    • By Rail: Haridwar railway station (273 km from Auli)

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    10. Shimla – Family Summer Getaway

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    The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is a famous tourist destination that is perfect for summer vacation 2020. The cool temperatures make it an ideal spot to go on summer vacation here. The city is quite famous as it is easily accessible and have a lot of tourist attractions. It was also the summer capital during the time of the Britishers.

    Places to visit in Shimla: Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point
    Things to do: Shop at Lakkar Bazar, Enjoy at the Chadwick waterfall
    Places to eat: Himachali Rasoi, Cafe Simla Times, Cecil Restaurant, Eighteen71 Cookhouse And Bar
    Places to stay: Clarkes Hotel, Wildflower Hall, The Oberoi Cecil, Taj Theog Resort
    How to reach:

    • By Air: The nearest airport, Jubbarhatti, is located 23 km from the main city
    • By Rail: Kalka Railway Station

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    11. Kinnaur – Solo Backpacking

    One of the many narrow dark holes and blind turns on the Kinnaur Road

    One of the best places to visit in summer in India, Kinnaur is a destination that is famed for serenity and alluring beauty. The lush green forests, rugged mountains, and the flowing rivers of Satluj and Spiti makes this destination seem directly out of a storybook. Kinnaur gives travelers a chance to witness the finest amalgamation of cultures in this region. The locals here have adapted both Hinduism and Buddhism, making it one of the most religiously harmonious destinations. From temples dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva to the monasteries following Buddhism, one can witness numerous attractions sitting in the calm environment.

    Places to visit: Reckong Peo, Kalpa, Sarahan, Nako, Ribba
    Things to do: Visit the Bhimakali temple, explore the Kamru fort, indulge in local cuisine, witness the sunset, stroll around the lake
    Places to eat: Little Chef, Hotel Apple Pie, Sangla Cafe, Cafe 42
    Places to stay: Zostel, Banjara Camps And Retreat, Lake View Resort, Hotel Batseri Sangla
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla
    • By Rail: Kalka Railway Station

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    12. Pahalgam – Honeymoon Travels

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    Tucked away in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir is this untouched beauty named Pahalgam. A treat for the minds, eyes, and souls of a traveler, Pahalgam is among the places to visit in summer vacation that is bound to leave one in awe of the majestic landscapes formed by the natural marvels here. Famed for its numerous farms of saffron, Pahalgam is a destination that covers tiny houses, vast green fields, and the valleys that are as pleasant as it can get. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains in all four corners, this mountain village is totally worth a visit.

    Places to visit: Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Mamaleshwara Temple, Chandanwari
    Things to do: Trekking, fishing, golfing at Pahalgam Golf Course, camping at Aru Valley, rafting, and sledding in Chandanwari
    Places to eat: Dana Pani, Hotel Paradise And Restaurant, Cafe Log Inn, Sagar Ratna
    Places to stay: Paradise Guest House, WelcomHotel Pine N Peak, Hotel Island, Royal Hillton 
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Srinagar Airport (95 km from Pahalgam)
    • By Rail: N/A

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    13. Gulmarg – Thrilling Escape

    View of Gulmarg in Summer

    One of the most stunning places to visit for summer vacation in India, Gulmarg is one jewel of a destination residing in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulmarg is an impeccable and a popular skiing destination that has plenty to offer. From snow-covered Himalayas and deep meadows of flowers to evergreen forests and the second-highest Gondola Ride of the world, this destination is truly magical. Boasting about being the most beautiful town in the country, Gulmarg is a destination that appeals to each and every kind of traveler.

    Places to visit: Alpather Lake, Ningle Nallah, Shiva Temple, Baba Reshi Shrine, St Mary’s Church
    Things to do: Skiing and snowboarding on the Highland Park Slope, take a Gondola Ride, stroll around the outer circle, trekking, ice skating
    Places to eat: Bakshi Restaurant, Highlands Park, Yemberzal Hotel & Restaurant, Fluoreschence Hotel & Restaurant
    Places to stay: Gulmarg Resorts, The Vintage Gulmarg, Grand Mumtaz Resorts, The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Srinagar Airport (85 km from Gulmarg)
    • By Rail:Jammu Railway Station (290 km from Gulmarg)

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    14. Rishikesh – Friend’s Getaway

    Places to visit in Rishikesh in June
    Famed for being the top destination for rafting and other water sports, Rishikesh is that town that pops in the head when one is seeking an essence of spirituality. This destination earned its recognition by being the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’. The extensive number of ancient temples, cafes, yoga centers, and adventure activities makes Rishikesh truly a marvelous vacation spot. This destination has quickly emerged as one of the top destinations to pay a visit to in recent times. It is one of the best places to visit in summer in India.

    Places to visit: Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Beatles Ashram
    Things to do in Rishikesh: White water rafting, witness the Ganga aarti, beach volleyball, try waterfall trekking, get Ayurvedic massages, and practice yoga
    Places to eat: A Tavola Con Te, Zorba Organic Restaurant & Cafe, Bistro Nirvana, Little Buddha Cafe
    Places to stay: Zostel, Swiss Cottage & Spa By Salvus, Skyard, Narayana Palace by Salvus
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport (35 km from Rishikesh)
    • By Rail: Haridwar Railway Station (25 km from Rishikesh)

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    Summer Holiday Destination In Central India

    If you are looking for a place in the center of the country then you can head to Pachmarhi and places near this city. Read on to know more about it. You’ll be amazed at how many places in Central India can be explored in the summer with your family, friends or your significant other:

    15. Pachmarhi – Refreshing Solo Trip

    The beautiful waterfalls at Pachmarhi - one of the summer holiday destinations in India

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    The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is among the lesser-known summer holiday destinations in India. In addition to sightseeing, trekking and leisure activities can be enjoyed here. The decently high hills, forest gorges, stunning waterfalls, prehistoric caves, and rock paintings at Pachmarhi attract a lot of tourists every year.

    Places to visit: Apsara Vihar waterfall & pond, Pandava Caves, Jata Shankar Caves, Pachmarhi Lake, Bee Fall, Draupadi Kund, and Handi Khoh gorge
    Things to do: Boating at Pachmarhi Lake, bathing in the Apsara Vihar pond, and exploring the Pandava Caves
    Places to eat: China Bowl, Jalaram Gujarati Bhojanalaya, Rasoi Dhaba, Radha ki Rasoi
    Places to stay: Woodland Adventure Resorts, Jungle Huts, Champak Bungalow, Hotel Pandav
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bhopal airstrip (195 km from Pachmarhi)
    • By Rail: Pipariya Railway Station (47 km from Pachmarhi)

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    Summer Holiday Destinations In South India

    South India has quite a number of beautiful places to explore in the summers. Here is a list of our top picks. Read further to know about the exciting activities that these destinations have in store for you:

    16. Munnar – Solo Escapade

    A sunrise snapshot of a foggy morning at tea plantation valley in Munnar

    A perfect destination to spend your summer holidays in India, Munnar is famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and the vast expanse of tea plantations. With a myriad of things to do in Munnar, the hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is sure to make your vacations an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating affair.

    Places to visit: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal
    Things to do in Munnar: Stay in a tree house, trekking to the echo point, mountain biking, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, and elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park
    Places to eat: Rapsy Restaurant, Hotel Sri Nivas, Hotel Gurubhavan, Pizza Max
    Places to stay: Tea County, Elenjickal Homestay, Blanket Hotel & Spa, The Panoramic Getaway
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Cochin International Airport (125 km from Munnar)
    • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station (110 km from Munnar)

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    17. Kodaikanal – Family Excursion

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    Kodaikanal is to Bangaloreans what Nainital is to Delhiites or what Darjeeling is to Kolkatans. Meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests, and lakes of the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu make it one of the most popular summer holiday destination in India from the peninsula. From boat rides to treks, and from cycle rides to yoga; Kodaikanal has a lot of experiences to offer to its tourists.

    Places to visit: Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and Bear Shola Falls
    Things to do: Experience Brocken Spectre at Coakers’ Walk, ride a rowboat or pedalo at Kodaikanal Boat Club, cycle around the Kodai Lake, take a trek to Kukkal Caves, and practice yoga at the Kodaikanal Yoga Centre
    Places to eat: Muncheez, Tava Vegetaraian Restaurant, MannManam Restaurant, Ten Degrees
    Places to stay: Zostel, Villa Retreat, Mistycove, Kodai Resort Hotel
    How to reach

    • By Air: Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
    • By Rail: Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)

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    18. Yercaud – Offbeat Solo Holiday

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    If you are looking for a summer holiday destination in South India then Yercaud in Tamil Nadu is one town that you can consider. This is a pretty place famous for its coffee and spice plantations. Other than these, there are orange plantations too here. The weather is pleasant which makes it enjoyable for the tourists. The place is ideal for both families and couples.

    Places to visit: Emerald Lake, Deer Park, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls
    Things to do: Enjoy panoramic views from the Lady’s Seat and take plantation tours
    Places to eat: Hotel Selvam, Hotel Sri Venkateshwara, Salem Heights Restaurant, Eggetarian
    Places to stay: Atisaya, summer House, Casita Inn Resort, The Lavish Moon
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Salem Airport (38 km from Yercaud)
    • By Rail: Salem junction (38 km from Yercaud)

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    19. Ooty – Family Friendly Spot

    An aerial view of the Emerald Lake and the Blue Mountains around Ooty

    Udhagamandalam, or Ooty, is another prime destination in Tamil Nadu to spend your summer holidays in India. Located in the Nilgiri Blue Mountains hills, the hill station is often called the Queen of Hills. The famous toy train takes you through the nearby lush hills. The little hill station also offers a lot of places to visit and adventure activities to its visitors.

    Places to visit: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls
    Things to do: Riding the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hang gliding at Kalahatti (20 km from Ooty)
    Places to eat: Place To Bee, Cliff Top International Cuisine, Hyderabad Biryani House, Ooty Coffee House
    Places to stay: Hotel Meadows Residency, Beverly Villa, Paradise Perfect, Hotel Sri Balaji
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Coimbatore (105 km from Ooty)
    • By Rail: Mettupalayam (47 km from Ooty); toy train connects Ooty

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    20. Coorg – Solo Traveler Friendly

    View of Coorg from the seat of Raja in Madikeri

    Nestled amidst the lush valleys of the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the most affluent summer holiday destinations in India. It offers a lot to the tourists in form of the various places to visit in Coorg. Thanks to its verdant beauty and pleasant weather conditions, the hill station is often referred to as the Scotland of India.

    Places to visit: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, and Nagarhole National Park
    Things to do: Camping near Nalknad Palace, River Rafting in Barapole River, Jeep Safari to Kabbe Hills, Trekking to Nishani Hills, taking a Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri
    Places to eat: Raintree Restaurants, Tiger Tiger, Big Cup Cafe, Beans N Brews
    Places to stay: Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Forestview Coorg, Sree Durga Hotel Hill View, Vasathi
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bangalore (260 km from Coorg)
    • By Rail: Mysore (120 km from Coorg)

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    21. Horsley Hills – Vacation With Colleagues

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    Horsley Hills is a series of hills in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The hill station gets its name from the British collector – W.D Horsley – who built his home here in 1870. The locals, however, call the hill Yenugu Mallamma Konda after a saintly old woman who lived on top of the hill and was fed by elephants (yenugula).

    Places to visit: Viewpoint for sunset, Gali Bandalu (Wind Rocks), Mallamma Temple, Chennakesava Temple, Kaigal Falls, and Talakona Waterfalls
    Places to eat: Spicy Hut, Haritha Restaurant, Hotel Vana Vihar, Kalyani
    Places to stay: Haritha Hill Resort, Horsely Hill Holiday Homes Resort
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Tirupati (160 km from Horsley Hills)
    • By Rail: Madanapalle (43 km from Horsley Hills)

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    22. Andaman Islands – Honeymoon Destination

    Sun rays reaching the Radhanagar Beach during sunset

    Sunny skies, golden beaches, turquoise waters, and untouched environs make Andaman islands your perfect go-to destination during summer holidays in India. In addition to the scrumptious food and stunning views offered here, there are many places to visit in Andaman. To explore these places, book your Andaman trip right away.

    Places to visit: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu
    Things to do: Banana Boat riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, undersea walking, glass-bottom boating, riding the seaplane, swimming with the elephant, and attending the light & sound show at the Cellular Jail
    Places to eat: Anju Coco Resto, New Lighthouse Restaurant, Fat Martin, Full Moon Cafe
    Places to stay: Hotel De Pebbles, Senses Havelock Resort, Hotel Harbour View, Hotel Serene Palace
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
    • By Ship: Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag

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    23. Coonoor – Family Fun

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    The hidden jewel of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is a hill station that turns out to be the perfect option when planning the summer vacations in India. Coonoor is the second largest hill station sitting in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. Coonoor is that hill station that offers rich greenery, well-maintained hills, and the touch of Colonial culture to the travelers. The stunning landscapes and picturesque views of this destination simply leave one awe-inspired. Coonoor has turned out to be a perfect escape for the writers, poets, and other artists.

    Places to visit: Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Ketti Valley. Lamb’s Rock, Hidden Valley
    Things to do: Explore the tea factory, hike to the Law’s Falls, explore the Droog Fort, learn how to make cheese, trek till the Hidden Valley, and take a toy train ride
    Places to eat: La Belle Vie, Jharokha Restaurant, Green Fields, Open Kitchen
    Places to stay: Gateway Coonoor, Teanest, Neemrana’s Wallwood Garden, The Byke Sunshine Grand
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Coimbatore Airport (100 km from Coonoor)
    • By Rail: Podanur Junction (114 km from Coonoor)

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    24. Gokarna – Couples Romantic Escape

    Often regarded as the second-best beach destination after Goa, Gokarna is one of the best places to visit in summer in India for those who seek to soak in the sun and just relax. The salty water, sandy beaches, and the traditional vibes of the stays in this destination make it a perfect spot for some rejuvenation and revitalization. Reeking of tranquility and peace from every nook, Gokarna is truly magical. Just imagine strolling around the beach, sun rays falling on the skin, and the sounds of waves flowing alongside falling into your ears. It’s definitely an experience to remember!

    Places to visit: Mahabaleshwar Temple, Kudle Beach
    Things to do: Beach trekking, banana boat ride, food tour, thrift shopping, beach camping
    Places to eat: The Little Paradise Inn, The Rock Namaste Cafe, Cafe Surya, Namaste Cafe
    Places to stay: Viraz Valley, Coconut Tree Resort, Sunset Cafe, Suryodaya Nature Retreat
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Dabolim Airport (140 km from Gokarna)
    • By Rail: Ankola Railway Station (20 km from Gokarna)

    Suggested Read: 33 Romantic Honeymoon Places In South India For 2020 That Cast Utter Magic

    25. Mysore – Family Sojourn

    explore the one of the cleanest cites of India

    Also known as the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore is a city that reeks of history and heritage from every nook. This destination is one of the best vacation places in India that has plenty to offer. Mysore boasts about being known for various things including silk sarees, intricate architecture, fragrant sandalwood, and the calming yoga. Sitting on the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, this city appeals to an extensive number of tourists all year long by virtue of its rich cultural heritage. The temples in Mysore are something that never fails to ooze out the essence of spirituality.

    Places to visit: Mysore Palace, Somanathapura Temple, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Shuka Vana, Bonsai Garden
    Places to eat:
    Gufha Restaurant, Oyster Bay, Barbeque Nation, Hotel Original Vinayaka Mylari
    Places to stay: 
    The Mansion 1907, Laika Heritage Stay, Sonder, Zostel
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Mysore Airport
    • By Rail: Mysore Railway Station

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    Summer Holiday Destinations In West India

    One can also explore the cool towns in Rajasthan during the summer season. The hill station there like Mount Abu has a pleasant climate. Have a look to know more about the places you can visit there:

    26. Mount Abu – Honeymoon Spot

    The intriguing Toad Rock at the beautiful Mount Abu

    A hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, Mount Abu remains to be west India’s best entry to the list of summer holiday destinations in India. Referred to as an oasis in the desert, it is home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and evergreen forests. From hills to the lake, fort to temples – Mount Abu has a little for every kind of traveler.

    Places to visit: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort, Toad Rock, Guru Shikhar, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Peace Park, and Sunset Point
    Things to do: Witnessing sunset at Sunset Point, boating at Nakki Lake, and riding a pony near Nakki Lake
    Places to eat: Mulberry Tree, The Grand Arbuda Restaurant, Sher-E-Punjab, Mother’s Kitchen
    Places to stay: Palace Hotel, Cama Rajput Club Resort, Ratan Villas, The Colonial Manek Manor, Hotel Hilltone
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Udaipur Airport (185 km from Mount Abu)
    • By Rail: Abu Road Railway Station (28 km from Mount Abu)

    Suggested Read: 15 Best Hotels In Mount Abu For A Stay That’s Miraculous

    27. Mahabaleshwar – Senior People Friendly

    An aerial view of the green valley and tropical highlands at Mahabaleshwar during rains

    Perched atop a height of 1,372 m above the sea level, Mahabaleshwar is another ultimate getaway for the summer holidays in India. The breath-taking views of the valleys and mountains, the colonial buildings, verdant forests, sparkling rivers, sonorous waterfalls, and Pratapgarh hillfort have been major crowd pullers. The scenic hill station is, without doubt, an ideal retreat away from the hustle-bustle and the punishing weather of Mumbai.

    Places to visit: Venna Lake, Pratapgarh Fort, Parsi Point, Lingmala Falls, and Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
    Things to do: Horse riding, boating at Venna Lake, and trekking up to the Pratapgarh Fort
    Places to eat: The Grapevine Restaurant, Farmhouse Bistro, Meghdoot Restaurant, Little Italy Restaurant 
    Places to stay: MTDC Resort, CP Cottage, Prashant Cottages, Hotel Dreamland
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Pune Airport (120 km from Mahabaleshwar)
    • By Rail: Wathar Railway Station (60 km from Mahabaleshwar)

    Suggested Read: 52 Best Hill Stations In India That You Must Explore At Least Once In Your Life

    28. Matheran – Romantic Getaway

    most beautiful sight

    Sitting in Maharashtra, Matheran happens to be one of the cutest vacation places in India. Exhibiting stunning views of the Western Ghats, Matheran happens to be a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra. For those who seek to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, and simply embrace the tranquility should definitely consider paying a visit to Matheran. This idyllic, little town is free of any sort of transportation and has capability of teleporting one to the golden days of red-soiled roads and car free pathways.

    Places to visit: Louisa Point, Panorama Point, Charlotte Lake, Monkey Point, Echo Point, Porcupine Point
    Things to do: Waterfall rappelling, trekking to Chanderi Caves, strolling around the lake, visiting the viewpoints
    Places to eat: Garden View, Kokan Katta, Amantran Restaurant, Hotel Gulshan Heritage
    Places to stay: Matheran Bungalow, Westend Hotel, MTDC Resort, Hotel Lake View
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
    • By Rail: Neral (21 km from Matheran)

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    Summer Holiday Destinations In East India

    Eastern part of India is a paradise. The summer months are quite comfortable to explore the cities of the eastern region. Have a look before you plan your vacation:

    29. Shillong – Couple Friendly

    Storm clouds gather over the Khasi Hills as dawn breaks over the deep valley gorges near Shillong

    For those considering the north-eastern states to spend summer holidays in India, Shillong is arguably the best option. The lush hills with pine trees, shimmering lakes, mystical waterfalls, and adventure activities offered to make Shillong a major tourist attraction. As an added advantage, Shillong is the only hill station in India that is accessible from all sides.

    Places to visit: Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves
    Things to do: Waterfall rappelling at Elephant Falls, cave exploration, shopping at Bara Bazaar, boating in Umiam Lake, and yacht riding at Umiam Lake Water Sports Complex
    Places to eat: City Hut, Qzine, The Wok Chinese, Lamee Restaurant
    Places to stay: Woodland Hill Stay, Aerodene Cottage, Quinton Enclave, Living Roof
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Shillong Airport in Umroi (40 km from Shillong city)
    • By Rail: Guwahati Railway Station (105 km from Shillong)

    Suggested Read: 23 Must Visit Places When Travelling To The North East In 2020

    30. Tawang – Offbeat Holiday Destination

    Clouds pass over the yellow roofed monastery at Tawang on an early summer morning

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    Tawang is one of the most sought after destinations to spend your summers in India. The imposing 14th century Tawang Monastery has been a major pilgrimage center and tourist attraction. With Buddhist monasteries and mystical gompas on one end and war memorial on the other, the quaint hill station from Arunachal Pradesh has magic imbued in every nook and corner.

    Places to visit: Paradise Lake at Sea Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfall, and Pankang Teng Tso Lake
    Places to eat: Dragon Restaurant, Woodland Restaurant, Orange Restaurant Lounge Bar
    Places to stay: Hotel The Oak, Zambhala Hotel, Hotel Mount View, Thunderbolt Guest House
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Salonibari Domestic Airport at Tezpur (317 km from Tawang)
    • By Rail: Tezpur Railway Station (315 km from Tawang)

    Suggested Read: 11 Offbeat Summer Vacation Destinations For Families In India In 2020

    31. Gangtok – Solo Traveler’s Paradise

    An bird-eye view of the cityscape of the Gangtok city at night

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    Gangtok, the urban settlement and capital city of Sikkim, is another summer destination in India. With monasteries, leisure activities, and adventure activities, Gangtok has every reason to be your perfect summer getaway.

    Places to visit: Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Phodong Monastery
    Things to do: River Rafting in Teesta, riding a yak at Tsomgo Lake, paragliding, and ropeway cable-ride from Deorali
    Places to eat: The Coffee Shop, Taste of Tibet, Thakali, Shuffle Momos
    Places to stay: Zostel, The Mighty Gardens, Netuk House, The Elgin Nor-Khill
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok); 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra
    • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Silguri (148 km from Gangtok)

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    32. Kalimpong – Family Favorite Spot

    Lights of the guest house create an orange blanket after reflecting from the misty clouds at Kalimpong

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    Darjeeling and Kalimpong are the best entries from West Bengal in our list of summer destinations in India. But what gives Kalimpong an edge over Darjeeling is that it is untouched and less frequently visited by people. So, for those looking for a quiet summer getaway, Kalimpong is for you. Sitting on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, the hill station is a perfect summer destination owing to its pleasant climate, magnificent views, and proximity to other tourist attractions.

    Places to visit: Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, Mac Farlen Church, Tsonga Gompa, Morgan House, Dr. Graham’s Homes, Hanuman Tok, and Science City
    Things to do: Paragliding, bird watching, and fishing
    Places to eat: Art Cafe, Roxberry Pub & Cafe, Maurya Restaurant, Mayel Lyang Cafe
    Places to stay: Hotel Garden Reach, Hotel Parijat, Komfort Inn, Hotel Tres Kalimpong
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (79 km from Kalimpong)
    • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Silguri (77 km from Kalimpong)

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    33. Darjeeling – Family Friendly Trip

    Train passing a beautiful garden and entering into fog at Darjeeling

    Towered by the majestic Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level) and surrounded by the emerald-green tea plantations, Darjeeling is among the best hill stations in India. Ride in the cute toy train through the Himalayas, walk through the tea gardens of Dooars, watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill or simply relax in the Revolver Hotel of West Bengal; there is a lot to do on your trip to Darjeeling.

    Places to visit: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial
    Places to eat: Kunga Restaurant, Nanking Restaurant, Gatty’s Cafe, Sunset Lounge
    Places to stay: The Elgin, Happy Valley Homestay, Armadale Homes, Magnolia Residency
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (68 km from Kalimpong)
    • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Silguri (71 km from Kalimpong)

    Suggested Read: 17 Things To Do In Darjeeling In 2020 That You Won’t Find In Any Travel Guide

    34. Kohima – Family Friendly

    Homestays In Kohima cover

    The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is one of the most stunning vacation places in India that never fails to impress a traveler. With its lands being full of untouched natural beauty to the brim, Kohima is a region that reeks of tranquility and serenity. The lush green forests, scenic landscapes, humble locals amalgamated with the intricate architecture makes Kohima what it is. This destination has a historic significance latched to itself by virtue of being a part of World War II. The colorful culture of this city is what makes travelers fall in love with it even more.
    Places to visit: Kohima Museum, Dzukou Valley and Japfu, Touphema Village, Kohima Zoo, Khonoma Village, Shilloi Lake
    Things to do: Explore the village of Khonoma, shop at the Keeda Bazar, visit the Kohima War Cemetery, trekking to Mount Japfu, take a bite of world’s hottest chilli
    Places to eat: Amaris, Fifa Cafe, Orami, Dream Cafe
    Places to stay: Razhu Pru, Niraamaya Retreats, the Heritage, Kohima Camp
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Dimapur Airport (74 km from Kohima)
    • By Rail: Dimapur Railway Station (74 km from Kohima)

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    35. Ziro – Solo Escapade

    Ziro Valley

    Sitting in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is a small village that is one of the most offbeat places to enjoy the summer vacation 2020. Nothing less than paradise on earth for those who seek peace and quiet, Ziro is a quaint, ancient town that is home to the ApaTani tribe. The village is famous for the rice and paddy fields that cover the hills in this region. Offering an extremely pleasant throughout the year, Ziro is truly magical.
    Places to visit: Tarin Fish Farm, Kile Pakho, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Shiv Linga, Dolo Mando
    Places to eat:
    City Hotel, Hotel Blue Pine, A&C’s Kitchen, New Dillo Resort
    Places to stay: 
    Siiro Resort, Kasa Resort, Ziro Palace Inn, Zimin Ziro Hotel
    How to reach:

    • By Air: Tezpur Airport (280 km from Ziro)
    • By Rail: Naharlagun (100 km from Ziro)

    Further Read: Mysore Honeymoon: A Handy Guide To Romance Amidst Historical Monuments

    For hassle-free summers in India, visit these summer holiday destinations and break-free from the punishing weather. The summers in India can be harsh for most of the locals and foreigners. For a much-needed break, you can opt for the aforementioned places to spend your summer holidays in India. Plan your trip to India and have a great vacation. We promise you’ll have the time of your life!

    Frequently Asked Questions About Summer Holidays In India

    Q. Which are the summer holiday places in India?

    A. Munnar, Yercaud, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coorg, Horsley Hills, and the Andaman Islands are some of the best places to visit in South India for a memorable summer holiday with your loved ones.

    Q. Is Ladakh worth visiting in summer?

    A. While Ladakh is super famous for its Chadar Trek and snow-covered landscapes, it is a heaven to look at during the summer too. You can indulge in experiences like trekking, kayaking, camping, and more easily during the season and witness Ladakh’s beauty in all its glory.

    Q. How many months does the summer season last in India?

    A. Usually, the summer season in India lasts from the month of March to June. However, the weather remains a bit hot and humid in July as well till the time monsoon arrives in the country.

    Q. Which is the best place to spend your summer vacations in North India?

    A. While there are many options like that of Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Agra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and many more, Kashmir happens to be one of the best places to spend your summer vacations in North India.

    Q. Which are the best places to spend your summer vacations in South India?

    A. Other than some of the best places like that of Ooty, Coonoor, Yercaud, Kodaikanal, Alleppey, and Munnar, some of the offbeat destinations like Coorg, Horsley Hills, Andaman, Chikmagalur, and Pondicherry happen to be some of the best places to spend your summer vacations in South India.

    Q. Can we visit the Tulip garden of Srinagar during summer?

    A. Once the winter season is gone, the first flowers to bloom in the Valley are Tulips. The Tulip garden is one of the main attractions of Srinagar in the early summer.

    Q. What are the best months to travel to Srinagar?

    A. From April to October, the tourists will be able to admire the fascinating beauty of the city because it is during these months that the entire valley blossoms up with the vibrant colored flowers. Also, the weather is pleasant and favorable for sightseeing.

    Q. Can we see snowfall in Manali during the summer months?

    A. No, there is no possibility of fresh snowfall in Manali during summer. You can expect short spells of rain though. The overall weather is pleasant during the summer.

    Q. What are the famous places to visit in Dharamshala?

    A. Namgyal Monastery, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple, Bhagsunag Temple, Gyuto Monastery are the spots that you can explore in Dharamshala.

    Q. What is the distance from Dehradun to Mussoorie?

    A. From Dehradun to Mussoorie, it is about 33kms and would take 1 hour 17 minutes to reach the destination.

    Q. Is it worth visiting Kempty fall?

    A. Yes, it is a must-visit. Kempty falls is a natural fall that is exquisite and mesmerizing. This cascading waterfall has swimming pools, restaurants for refreshment and boating activities.

    Q. What is the temperature of Shimla in the summer?

    A. Shimla is moderately warm during the summer months. The average temperature at this time is 19°C – 28°C which isn’t very extreme.

    Q. Why is Munnar a famous tourist destination?

    A. Munnar is a place known for its medicinal plants and herbs. It is one of the major hill stations of Kerala which is blessed with sublime beauty and greenery. The tea plantations, rivers, national parks, and lakes are things to visit when in Munnar.

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