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    Mountains and Pangong Tso Lake at Ladakh

    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 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 Himalayas in the north eastern states; India has a lot of options to help you chill out.

    For those who haven’t narrowed down on the options to consider, choose from the 20 perfect destinations to spend your summer holidays in India.

    Summer Holiday Destinations in North India

    1. Ladakh – A thrilling holiday destination

    Mountains and Pangong Tso Lake at Ladakh

    For those who need a thrilling destination for their summer holidays 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

    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: Don’t Tell Yourself You’ve Been To Ladakh If You Haven’t Done These Things


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    2. Srinagar – Heaven on earth

    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 in India in summer.

    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 vegetables & flowers in Dal Lake

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: 8 Lesser Known Secrets Of Kashmir That It Has Kept To Itself

    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 has been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. 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: 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

    How to reach:

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

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

    4. Nainital – The land of tals and devis

    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 summer holiday destinations in India. 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.

    Places to visit: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and Naina Devi Temple

    Things to do: Boating in Naini Lake, view sunrise from Tippin Top, view sunset at Hanuman Garhi, shopping at Tibetan market, and enjoy a ropeway ride

    How to reach:

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

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

    5. Dharamshala – Abode of Dalai Lama

    Houses at Himalaya mountains in Dharamshala

    For those who seek to spend the summers 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

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: 10 Terribly Overrated Destinations In Himachal & Where To Travel Instead

    6. Mussoorie – The undoubted queen of hills

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

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    Mussoorie, an extremely popular destination to spend your summer vacations in India, becomes quite crowded in summers. 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: 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

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: Top 15 Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

    Summer Holiday Destination in Central India

    7. Pachmarhi – The gorgeous Satpura ki Rani

    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

    How to reach:

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

    Summer Holiday Destinations in South India

    8. Munnar – Home to breathtaking spice plantations

    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 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: 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

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: 15 Captivating Tourist Places In Munnar All Nature Lovers Must Visit

    9. Kodaikanal – Popularly known as the Princess of Hill Stations

    A shot view of Dolphin Nose hill at the quaint Kodaikanal

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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

    How to reach

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

    10. Ooty – One of few toy-train cities in India

    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: Ride 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)

    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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    11. Coorg – Scotland of India

    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 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

    How to reach:

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

    12. Horsley Hills – A popular summer holiday destination in Andhra Pradesh

    A view of the magnificent Horsley Hills from a distance

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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

    How to reach:

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

    13. Andaman Islands – The newfound popular honeymoon destination of India

    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

    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

    Suggested Read: 15 Secrets That Andaman Has Been Keeping To Itself

    Summer Holiday Destinations in West India

    14. Mount Abu – A picturesque ‘oasis in the desert’

    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 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

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: 15 Best Hotels In Mount Abu

    15. Mahabaleshwar – An ideal summer retreat near Mumbai & Pune

    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 hill fort 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

    How to reach:

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

    Suggested Read: 50 Best Hill Stations In India To Escape The City Heat

    Summer Holiday Destinations in East India

    16. Shillong – A quaint town surrounded by rolling hills

    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 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

    How to reach:

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

    Must Read: 20 Must Visit Places When Travelling to the North East

    17. Tawang – A surreal and rather unexplored town in Arunachal Pradesh

    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

    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: 15 Secrets Of North East India Locals Have Been Keeping To Themselves

    18. Gangtok – The shimmering capital city of Sikkim

    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

    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)

    Suggested Read: 31 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit North East India

    19. Kalimpong – The legacy of the colonial era

    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

    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)

    20. Darjeeling – Home to Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain

    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

    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: 16 Darjeeling Experiences That You Won’t Find In Any Travel Guide

    For hassle-free summers in India, visit these summer holiday destinations and break-free from the punishing weather.


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