Best Places to Visit in India in Summer

With the arrival of summer, one can feel the heat in full force. To escape this intense weather, one option is to take a break during the school holidays or on a weekend getaway. The thought of school holidays often leads to considering a vacation. Have you finalized your holiday plans? Or are you worried about dealing with expensive travel packages and airfare due to it being peak summer season? Perhaps, work commitments are preventing you from taking time off. However, there’s no need to worry about a quick excursion. India offers endless possibilities, whether you want to spend four to five days on Havelock Island in Andaman or a week hiking through the breathtaking mountains of Kashmir.

Here are India’s top summer destinations, from the Eastern to the Western Ghats, and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Each is so diverse and magnificent, you cannot pick just one.

Best places to visit in India in summer

1. Munnar, Kerala | Best places to visit in India in summer

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There’s nothing quite like Munnar, home to lush green hills, a wonderful climate, and hillsides dotted with tea plantations as far as the eye can see. As you drive through twined roads, enjoy refreshing coconut water, breathe in the strong scent of tea, and listen to birds sing, you will be transported to a vacation mood unlike anything else.

Among the many things you can do in Munnar are: Take in the rich culture of Kerala by watching a Kathakali show, or take on some thrilling adventures by paragliding or climbing to see some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen. If you are in the mood for rejuvenation, take a soothing massage to freshen up.

Munnar attractions include Elephant Lake, Kundala Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Echo Point, Devikulam, Chinnakanal, and Chithirapuram.

You can trek Echo point, stay in a tree house, ride a Shikara on Kundala Lake and go on an elephant safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park.

2. Leh,Ladakh | Best places to visit in India in summer

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Describing the greatness of this surreal destination is an impossible task. Ladakh is the perfect choice for an exhilarating vacation experience. Its rugged terrain and snowy weather make it a difficult place to access, leading to the state only opening its highways during certain periods. Therefore, summer is the most suitable season to explore this heavenly location. The breathtaking mountains covered in snow, vast stretches of barren land, and the tranquil Pangong Lake will leave you awe-struck.

In Ladakh, you can visit Zanskar Valley, Khardung-La Pass, Pangong Tso Lake, Spituk Gompa, Hemis National Park, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, and Shanti Stupa.

There are many things to do in Hemis National Park, including spotting the very rare snow leopards, riding a Bactrian camel, and biking up to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung-La.

3. Manali , Himachal Pradesh | Best places to visit in India in summer

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Known as the Switzerland of India, Manali has become a coveted destination for travelers. With its lush green valleys, serene lakes, and majestic snowy peaks, Manali is a feast for the eyes. A short 3-4-day visit to this charming town will undoubtedly leave you with unforgettable memories. Whether it’s admiring the pristine snow at Rohtang Pass or taking a romantic walk amidst stunning hillsides and spotting unique migratory birds, Manali offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness these rare feathered creatures in their natural habitat.

The following are places to visit in Manali: Jogini Falls, Manu Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Arjun Gufa, Rohtang Pass, Mall Road, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bijli Mahadev.

Paragliding, Rafting, Skiing in Manali Solang Nallah, Visit Vashist Temple & Water Springs, Bhrigu Lake Trek are some of the things to do.

4. Shimla , Himachal Pradesh | Best places to visit in India in summer

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The popular hill in Northern India, and perhaps one of the most visited places during the summer, encapsulates the beauty of India with a touch of British royalty. A perfect combination of relaxing and fun, Shimla will set you in the most ideal mood. Shopping and walking down Mall Road, the city’s center, is a must-see for any local, or you can experience the most sacred temples in the city.

Among Shimla’s top attractions are Jakhoo Hill, which offers a stunning view of the entire city at 2455 meters above sea level, Chadwick Falls, Christ Church, Kari Bari Temple, and the State Museum.

Visit the Shimla State Museum to see old Indian artwork, handicrafts, and sculptures of Himachal and other states, trek in the Daranghati Sanctuary, or pitch a tent at Mashobra.

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5. Islands of the Andaman Sea | Best places to visit in India in summer

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As the most romantic honeymoon destination in India and India’s very own Bahamas, the Andaman Islands are a true paradise. They have crystal clear blue waters, golden beaches and sunsets that will blow you away. In addition to its magnificent nature and stunning beaches, the islands also offer a myriad of activities to indulge in such as snorkeling in the ocean amidst colourful corals, scuba diving, paragliding and many more exhilarating water sports.

 6. Mount Abu, Rajasthan | Best places to visit in India in summer

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In the Aravalli Range, Mount Abu is 185 kilometres from Udaipur, the nearest city. There are many rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and lush, wide evergreen forests in the famous hill station, which is home to exotic flora and fauna. Mount Abu offers a variety of attractions, from forts to temples to valleys to lakes.

There are many places to visit in Mount Abu, including Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock, Government Museum, and Gaumukh Temple.

Achalgarh fort, Trevor’s Tank, Nakki lake, Raghunath temple are some of the things to do in the area.

7. Moosoorie | Best places to visit in India in summer

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Summer is a great time to visit Mussoorie, with its spectacular views. You can relax and enjoy pure thrills in Mussoorie at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, where you can enjoy bathing under waterfalls and paragliding in hilly lands. That sounds already calming, doesn’t it?

Mussoorie attractions: Dhanaulti forest and village environment, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill.

Enjoy homemade snacks at Chaar Dukaan, stroll along Mall Road while trying snacks and shopping.

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8. Gangtok, Sikkim | Best places to visit in India in summer

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It is a rather underrated place, but Gangtok is an excellent place to explore North East India. During May and June, Sikkim offers its tourists the ideal weather to enjoy themselves. A trip to Sikkim leaves one speechless after experiencing the aura and spirituality that Sikkim holds close to its heart, whether it is visiting the monasteries or admiring its wildlife.

Sikkim’s top attractions include Tsomgo Lake, Yuksom, Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley, Zuluk, Phodong Monastery, and Pelling.

The Rumtek Monastery showcases Buddhism’s ethos, the zoological park features various species of wildlife, the Indo-China Route offers the most surreal flora and fauna, and a scenic view from Tashi View Point. For a bird’s eye view of the city, trek up Chhangu Lake and Tsomgo Lake.

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9. Lonavala | Best places to visit in India in summer

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Located just over an hour from Mumbai, Lonavala offers some of the most luxurious properties and outdoor activities. The hill station will give you a very relaxed holiday, perfect for even weekend getaways. The famous dhabas in Lonavala serve mouth-watering butter chicken and black dal that will leave you wanting more. You should also be sure to purchase the famous chikkis, a great souvenir to take back home.

Visit Kune Falls, Bushi Dam, Della Adventure Park, Wet N Joy Water Park, Lohagad Fort, Pavana Lake in Lonavala.

You can explore Korigad Fort, Karla Caves, and Bhaja Caves, experience wildlife in Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary, and eat at one of Lonavala’s famous outdoor dhabas.

This was a list of some of the best places in India to visit in summer. So, pack, book your tickets, and dive into all the countless memories and experiences you’ll have.

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