37 Top Places To Visit In India In Summer

Are you looking to plan a hassle free summer holidays in India in 2019? Are you wondering which are your best bet for summer holiday destinations in India? Our collection of places to visit in India in summer offer you the widest possible choice of places to pleasant and sun soaked places across Indian subcontinent.
Be it the beachfront luxury at some of the finest south Asian beaches or the spiritually & mentally uplifting embrace of Himalayas; be it the yoga & meditation centers where the Beatles embarked on quest for Nirvana & inspiration or the tea and spices laden Western Ghats; take your pick from our wide range of destinations and vacation ideas to ensure that you have a perfect and memorable summer holidays in 2019.
This list of some popular and some off the beaten path tourist places in India is our endeavor to help you plan an unforgettable summer vacation in India whether its a family break, a get together of friends, escape from your corporate existence or a romantic getaway  and honeymoon trip.
So without further digressions, we move on to our list of  the best places to visit in India in Summer i.e. March, April, May, June, July August and September to help you plan your vacation!

Top Places to go for Summer Holiday in India

1 . Ladakh
2.  Sikkim
3.  Coorg (Kodagu)
4.  Manali

5.  Andaman & Nicobar Islands
6.  Kashmir
7.  Bhutan
8.  Rishikesh
9.  Tawang
10.  Ooty
11. Shimla
12. Mahabaleshwar
13. Darjeeling
14. ​Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
15. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
16. Wayanad, Kerala
17. Shillong, Meghalaya
18. Munnar, Kerala
19. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
20. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
21. Auli
22. Spiti Valley
23. Gulmarg
24. Dharamsala
25. Mussoorie
26. Kalimpong
27. Pachmarhi
29. Ranikhet
30. Pahalgam
31. Kullu
32. Nainital
33. Matheran
34. Srinagar
35. Masinagudi
36. Pithoragarh
37. Deoria Tal

Ladakh: Adventure, Romance & Buddhism

Fondly referred to as the “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is no more the India’s best kept secret when it comes to tourism and one of the finest places for summer holidays in North India. This high altitude cold desert in India is a once in a lifetime experience.  Remember the ad of Mastercard…there are some things that money can’t buy?
And that is why we have also featured Ladakh in our list of top 10 places to visit in India.
Chang La, Ladakh
Chang La enroute Pangong Tso – Sceneries like this make motorcycle trip to Ladakh a highly sought after proposition
Well Ladakh is one such thing. A trip to Ladakh – just like love – can’t be expressed in words. The mighty Karakorum with its cotton-wool peaks bounds Ladakh, a terrain characterized by vast barren valleys, lofty mountain passes, beautiful lakes, and the last undisturbed home of Tantric Buddhist population.
Ladakh’s arid terrain undergoes drastic weather changes owing to its elevation. Temperature varies in extremes both during summers and winters. That’s the allure of Ladakh. Summer is the best time to visit this magical land of Lamas and that is why it is the top tourist place in India to visit during summer.
Every summer, motorcyclists from India and world gather in and around Delhi, Srinagar or Manali to embark on adventurous trip to Ladakh by road. Manali – Leh Highway is the favorite among the thrill seekers.
There are a score of high mountain passes including the tough Baralacha La and the second highest Taglang La along with the vast mesmerizing Morey Plains and the thrilling Gata Loops which is why motorcyclists – and even the four wheeler riders prefer Leh – Manali Highway for a road trip.
What are the attractions you ask? Well the entire landscape of Ladakh is a sight to behold, the burnished mountainous terrain, sparse vegetation, snow capped mountains, the emerald Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and Hunder – also referred to as the desert in the sky – along with the magnificent monasteries in the sky are what makes Ladakh so special.
Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
Pangong Tso is one of the most prominent tourist places in Ladakh. Photo courtesy Bricolage
Ladakh also has the power to bring out the pest of poet, thinker, writer and photographer in you. And if you are uncertain because Ladakh falls in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, know this that unlike the rest of J&K, Ladakh has seen almost no violence since India got Independence.
And if you are a woman traveling alone in India considering the safety issue, rest assured that Ladakh is the safest place on the planet when its come to the safety and security of women. If you are planning to visit any other tourist place in India, do check out our post regarding Is India safe for women traveling alone.
Where is the luxury you ask?
Well there won’t be a Leela Goa or Taj Lake Palace like luxury in Ladakh but the Grand Dragon in Leh offers a lavish stay. If you are heading to Pangong Tso or Nubra Valley, there are many luxury tents and deluxe accommodations with running hot water faciltity.
Don’t expect eclectic cuisines as you will be served basic Ladakhi cuisines if you are venturing out of Leh but then the sight of the emerald water of Pangong Lake bound by mountains and the desert safari in the double humped Bactrian camel at Hunder are once in a lifetime experience…and they more than suffice for a luxury suite or wholesome meal.
The  best time to visit Ladakh – especially if you are looking forward to motorcycle trip to Ladakh – is June and September. However Ladakh also happens to be the one of the top places to India to visit during monsoon as it seldom rains here.
Luxe Recommendation: Hire a Royal Enfield either from Delhi or Manali and embark on an unforgettable motorcycle trip to Ladakh via Leh Manali Highway. Have at least 15 days up your sleeve. Enjoy an awe inspiring ride along the vast stretches of arid landscape, high mountain passes, vasr stretches of plain and sporadic signs of human settlements as you drive from Rohtang Pass towards Leh, the administrative center of Ladakh. For family and couples here’s this ultimate Ladakh Holiday Package.
Due to some restrictions and harsh climate, do refer to the travel essentials if you are planning a trip to Ladakh. Check out this Ladakh trip planner.
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Sikkim: Family, Adventure and Honeymoon Destination

Rumtek Monastery, SIkkim
Rumtek is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in North East India. Source
One of the most unexplored and mystical places in India happen to be the North East region. Bound by the majestic Himalayas with the gushing Teesta River crisscrossing the entire stretch of the land, Sikkim in North East India is one of the best tourist places in India to uncover. The fact that it is relatively unexplored makes it all the more appealing for discerning travelers and one of the top destinations for summer holidays in India. 

There are myriad opportunities for all kind of travelers when it comes to things to do and places to visit in Sikkim. There are Buddhist Monasteries, cascading waterfalls, unexplored caves,  gushing rapids, Himalayan trekking trails, high altitude lakes and lush valleys to be explored that makes Sikkim an ideal destination for family holidays, adventure trip and honeymoon tours in India.

Gurudongmar Lake, SIkkim
Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is one of the top tourist destinations in North East India
The picturesque valleys laden with over 200 species of orchids and rhododendron forests and relatively mild treks into pristine Himalayan ranges and the stunning Kanchendzonga makes Sikkim alluring as a popular honeymoon destination in India especially during Summer.  At Ravangla where the only tea estate of Sikkim is located, honeymooners could found a blissful escape surrounded in shroud of greenery lorded over by the mighty Kunchendzonga peak.
Kunchendzonga in the Morning from Sikkim
A view of Kunchendzonga in the morning from Sikkim. Source
Day hikes in Sikkim in lush valleys of Himalayas are especially favored by the visitors on a family holiday. The easy to moderate hikes that could be undertaken even by elderly and children passes through bucolic surroundings and wooded hills dotted with rhododendron forests and giant magnolia trees punctuate the deep verdant cove. One of the top places to visit in Sikkim also includes Tsogmo Lake, a high altitude lake with towering Himalayas in the backdrop. 

The lake remains frozen during winters but one could still visit it and enjoy hot sip of tea and momos on the frozen lake. Yet another important lake to visit in Sikkim is the Gurudongmar Lake. Don’t miss out on visiting Gurudwara Nanak Lama Sahib and nearby Buddhist shrine when you visit Gurudongmar Lake considered one of the holiest site in Sikkim.

Gurudwara Nanak Lama Sahib, Sikkim
Gurudwara Nanak Lama Sahib
For adventure lover, rowing down the Teesta River in rapids varying from grade 1 to 4 offers an adrenaline pumping experience. For more pro rafters, the extreme rapids of Rangeet River that flows through Sikkim and Kalimpong offers challenging stretches of rapids. 

If you like to soar like an eagle, then visit Sikkim in the month of October and November which is the ideal time for paragliding in Sikkim. Bright sunny sky and favorable weather makes it ideal time for paragliding and it is also when the annual paragliding festival is held in Gangtok, capital city of Sikkim.

For religious and cultural interactions, one could visit Rumtek Monastery, one of the most important centers of Tibetan Buddhism and a repository of ancient and medieval artifacts. Rumtek Monastery also happens to be the official seat of the Karmapa Lama. Yet another important place to study Tibetan Buddhism is the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok.


Coorg (Kodagu): Honeymoon & Family Vacations

Coorg Kodagu
Lush Environs make Coorg one of the popular hill stations in India where one could find respite from the scorching heat
Nestled amidst the lush rolling hills and valleys of the Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the most affluent hill stations in Karnataka offering unequaled luxurious holidays to tourists.
Fondly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ and sometimes as ‘Kashmir of the South’ due to its verdant beauty and salubrious weather conditions, Coorg has a special place among all hill stations in India.
Nestled at the altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level, the mountainous Kodagu (or Coorg) region is home to the Kodava people and Tibetan refugees. The natural majesty and lush environs of this hill station make it an ideal place for trekking, bird-watching and rejuvenation.
If you are traveling here in April-May, then driving along the winding roads over hills offers spectacular vista as you drive past spice and coffee plantations recently bloomed into fragrant white blossoms.
Located as it is in the Western Ghats, Coorg also offers trekking opportunities which vary from easy to moderate. While trekking in Coorg, you may hire local guides who arrange for food and lodging.
Other activity to let you indulge is golf with 3 golf courses which are located in Polibetta, Mercara and Coorg Golf Link in Bittangala.
Best Time: Except for Monsoon (June to September), Coorg is best visited throughout the year. Maximum temperature seldom go beyond 30 degrees even during peak summer season.
[Plan your trip with Indian Holiday’s Coorg Tour Packages]
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Manali: Top Honeymoon Destination in North India

Vashist Village, Manali
Views like this and serene setting makes Vashist Village one of the popular places to visit in Manali. Photo Source
One of the most popular destinations for summer holidays in North India is Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Nestled amidst the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar range of Himalayas offering spectacular views, gurgling water streams and an array of mountain adventure makes Manali one of the finest all season tourist destinations in India.
Whereas thrill seeker arrive in Manali to get high on adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, zorbing and trekking, honeymooners flock to have their first tryst with snow with day trips to Rohtang Pass. For backpackers it’s the quaint, serene hippie towns in the outskirts – Malana being the most popular one – and for long term adventure seekers, it serves as base for gearing up and getting ready before venturing out to conquer the trans Himalayan terrains and undertake trekking and road trips to Leh, Spiti and beyond.
Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass is one of the must to undertake day trips from Manali. Photo Source
For family holidays in summer, there are umpteen things to do in Manali that includes visit to religious places like Hidimba Temple, Tibetan Monasteries, Manu & Vashist Temple. Adventure activities like tandem paragliding and white water rafting in Beas River are also popular with families holidaying in Manali.
Tandem Paragliding, Solang Valley
Tandem Paragliding is a popular adventure sports activity available in Solang Valley near Manali
Solang Valley is probably one of the most popular excursions from Manali offering a load of anventurous activities to youths, couples and families alike. Far from the maddening crowd of the New Manali Town, Solang Valley offers some of the finest and serene accommodation options to visitors. Yet another recommended place to visit in Manali is Vashist with its rustic setting and tranquil ambience.
When to Visit: The best time to visit Manali is from April till October. Post October, it starts to get chilly and by December Manali receives its first snowfall. Rohtang Pass, Vashist become inaccessible during this time of the year.
Where to stay: When it comes to accommodation, Manali has a wide variety of value for money hotels and resorts where you could stay. The best of the hotels and resorts are located in the outskirts of the city with excellent view of the mountain peak and lush countryside. However, staying in the outskirts could also mean that visitors may have difficulty arranging for taxi/cabs if they are not traveling on their own vehicle. Some of the recommended places to stay in and near Manali are the Manu Allaya Resort, Johnson Lodge and Snow Peak Retreat.
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Andaman Islands: Romance & Adventure

Havelock Island, the Andamans
Havelock Island, the Andamans is known for its swimming elephants
Renowned as one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India, Andaman group of Island consists of 52 islands out of which 36 are inhabited. Apart from the relaxed tropical ambiance, amazing diversity of corals and marine life what draws the tourist to Andaman is existence of the remnants of Stone Age culture and the colonial inheritance.
Not long ago before India got independence, the freedom fighters were kept here in isolation in the Cellular Jail, now a museum and the place was notoriously referred to  as “Kaala Pani” literally meaning black waters.
Today this deep green tropical paradise is frequented by tourists from around the globe for this archipelago’s rich and diverse wildlife, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities and other water sports.
The Andaman Islands are connected by ferries and flights from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata.
Best time to visit: From January till April and from late May till October
Climate Info: Varies from 24°C to 35°C with Humidity above 70%
Things to do in Andaman
Well there are plenty of activities that you could undertake during your summer holiday in Andamans. For the starters there are Museums some remnants of British Raj and other more modern one. A light and Sound show, recounting the history of the infamous ‘Kaala Paani’ in the evening is a must thing to do in Port Blair which is the capital of Andaman Islands.
Another not to miss activity in the Andamans is visit to Havelock and head to Radha Nagar Beach, one of the rare unspoiled and best beaches in India. Also voted “the best beach in Asia” by Time magazine Havelock Island is where the action is. Most of the snorkeling, diving, Kayaking and scuba diving opportunities are available only in Havelock Island.
Where’s the luxury you ask?
With rising popularity as one of the most romantic islands in the world, quite a few luxury resorts have come up to cater to the discerning travelers. There is no dearth of hotels in Port Blair and even Havelock has got one of the best and ecological beach resorts in India.
If it is the romance that you seek, or tranquility that is your calling or if it’s just relax & rejuvenation or adrenaline pumping activities like scuba diving, snorkeling and Kayaking, there’s something for everyone at the Andaman Islands.

Luxe Recommendation

Scuba Diving by Barefoot at Havelock
Rich marine life makes scuba diving an enthralling activity at Havelock, photo courtesy Barefoot at Havelock
When it comes to picking just one among the many favorites, Barefoot at Havelock is far ahead in the race when it comes to refined luxury. Located at Beach No 7 and winner of TripAdvisor’s  Travellers Choice Award 2014 in the Romance theme, this beach resort is perfect escape to relax, rejuvenate and commune with nature. If you are living here, the very best of hiking, trekking, birdwatching, diving and snorkeling is literally at your footstep.
The only hassle you might find is the odd buzz of the wildlife during night and no network connection for your mobile/Wi-Fi. But then the whole point of escape to one of the most romantic places in the world is just that…to remain undiscovered by the vagaries of modern life and masses. Isn’t it? And yes! don’t forget to meet the swimming elephant Rajan during your stay.

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Kashmir: Honeymoon & Family Holidays

Nishat Bagh, Srinagar
Nishat Bagh is one of the most magnificent Mughal Gardens in Srinagar
A list of summer destinations in India is never complete without the mention of the trio of Gulmarg, Srinagar and Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley. These 3 verdant paradises offer tranquil retreat and lots of sightseeing activities and nature walks which is a reason why they are one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India.

Things to do in Kashmir

Whereas shikara rides and visits to magnificent Mughal Gardens are the most popular things to do in Srinagar; it is the gondola ride to Khilanmarg that is one of the top things to do in Gulmarg.
Betaab Valley, Pahalgam
Betaab Valley in Pahalgam is one of the top places to go in Kashmir
Pahalgam is all about bounties of nature. There is the Betab Valley named after the movie Betaab which was filmed here, nearby is the picturesque Aru Valley where the recent blockbusters Jab Tak Hai Jaan featuring Shahrukh Khan and Highway featuring Alia Bhatt was filmed.

Where’s the luxury you ask?

Yet Another Charming Valley in Kashmir
It’s the spectacular beauty of valleys like this that tourists rush to Kashmir for their summer holiday
With one of the most popular tourist destinations in India since decades and a favorite among the Bollywood for shooting of movies, Kashmir boasts of very good infrastructure when it comes to tourism. Several prestigious hotel groups have their properties in Srinagar and Pahalgam wheras the all new swanky Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg is already winning accolades from the connoisseurs of luxury.
Luxe Recommendation:
In Srinagar, we’d definitely recommend a stay in one of the luxury houseboats at Dal Lake which are also a relic of Raj era. In Pahalgam, we’d recommend the Senator Pine n Peak set majestically on the Aru Road in Pahalgam. We’d recommend this 7 days Kashmir Tour Package for your summer holiday in Kashmir or browse through 72 Kashmir Tour Packages at IndianHoliday.com
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Bhutan: For Adventure, Culture & Nature

Bhutan: The Land of Thunder Dragon
Bhutan, the last Shangri La is the sole surviving Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom. Image courtesy news.jobbook.com
Well not exactly in India but still it could be reached by road only from India and the fact that Indian National do not need to pay $250 daily tourism fee or get the visa, we couldn’t resist but add this as one of the best places for summer holidays in India. Even if you are a foreign national, you would love to read on!
Wedged between India and China, Bhutan is remote and pristine destination where the ancient Buddhist tradition is still preserved.  Held separate by the formidable mountains, this Himalayan Kingdom also referred to as the ‘last Shangri La’ is perhaps the only country where developed is measured not by GDP but Gross Domestic Happiness.
Tourism in Bhutan is unique and the Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable, ecofriendly approach.Image courtesy Goista.com
Druk Yul, ‘the land of thunder dragon’ as it is locally referred to, the essence of Bhutan lies in its traditions, Buddhist culture, unspoiled landscapes and absence of ‘crowd’ tourism. It is also one of few last places in the world where Tantric Tibetan Buddhism, with temples of florid and lamas in maroon robes chanting to ancient instruments still survives intact.
Tourism in Bhutan is strictly regulated with government’s emphasis on “High Value, Low Impact Tourism.” There’s a hefty daily package for tourist (except from India, Bangladesh and Maldives) and the tourist visas must be initialized by a government authorized tour operator in Bhutan.

Things to do in Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery in Paro, Bhutan
Taktsang Palphug Monastery in Paro, also known as the Tiger’s Nest is a prominent prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex. Image courtesy Independent.co.uk
One of the positive impacts of tourism policy of this Himalayan Kingdom is the visitor’s ability to plan tailor made their tour to Bhutan. Tour themes in Bhutan could be easily segregated as 1) history and culture, 2) trekking or 3) nature tours in the most protected and pristine surroundings in the Himalayas.
Must visit places for a complete cultural experience of Bhutan are Punakha, Thimpu, Dochu La Pass, Gangtey, Wangdi Phodrang, Trongsa and spectacular Dzongs &monasteries.
Luxe Recommendation
Combining the sanskrit word for peace (Aman) with the Dzongkha word for circumambulation (Kora), Amankora is was the first foreign brand allowed to build hotels in Bhutan. The group has chains of luxury lodges across this Himalayan kingdom. For the ultimate spiritual and fine travel experience, go for the all-inclusive Amankora Journey that could be tailor-made.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Yoga, Spirituality & Adventure

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
A view of Rishikesh with river Ganges in the evening
It is known as the birth place of Yoga, the phenomenon that has caught the attention of people’s imagination around the world. Rishikesh is Uttarakhand is the hub for Yoga and meditation in India.
It burst into limelight after the Beatles arrived at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in their quest for nirvana and bliss in the late ’60s; Rishikesh has been a lure for seekers of spirituality with its numerous yoga centers, ashrams and temples.
Rishikesh is often referred to as the World Capital of Yoga owing to its global renowned among seekers of peace and contemplation. It is believed that meditation and a dip in the holy water of river Ganges in Rishikesh brings one closer to attainment of salvation.
Notwithstanding its acclaim as a place for tranquility and meditation, Rishikesh has emerged as one of the popular adventure tour destinations in India. There are numerous adventure activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping and mountain hiking to offer the adrenaline rush to the visitors.
Rafting from Shivpuri to Rishikesh is quite popular among the thrill seekers. Camping options are also available and it is very much possible to undertake this adventure from Delhi even during short weekend breaks.
However, the fact that Rishikesh is considered a holy city by Hindus, it is vegetarian by law and even alcohol are not sold. But there are numerous joints offering Ayurvedic cuisines & teas and vegetarian delicacies. Visitors could also try the German Bakery (near Laxman Jhula) or the Chotiwaala Restaurant (near the Ram Jhula) for gourmet cuisines and snacks.
Where’s the Luxe you ask
Not far away from the bustle of this yoga town is Narendranagar, home to India’s first destination Spa. Ananda in Himalayas, with its Victorian Balustrades and Mughal archways is a fine specimen of Indo-Islamic Architecture.
Nestled at an altitude of 3,300 feet 180 kilometers away from Delhi, this sprawling 100 acres spa is a veritable oasis, an escape from the heat, dust and din of the bustling megalopolis. The awe inspiring views of the undulating Himalaya, the ancient town of Rishikesh and the meandering Ganges only heighten the delight of luxurious stay in this once Viceregal Palace and abode of the Maharaja of Narendranagar.
Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh
A mesmerizing view of Rishikesh town and holy Ganges from the Himalayan View suite of Ananda in the Himalayas
It was not an exaggeration then when Celia W. Dugger of the Times described Ananda in the Himalayas as offering “austere luxury for the sybarite, hiking, squash and rafting for the athlete and yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic massage therapies – among many other treatments – for the stressed out.”
Luxe Recommendation
Try out one of the therapeutic massages or spa session at this sprawling resort or just take a break from the teeming city life and enjoy bliss in natural surroundings with some yoga session at Ananda in the Himalayas.
Care for rejuvenation, meditation and a little hedonism? Plan your luxury holiday at Ananda in the Himalayas.
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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: Adventure & Spirituality

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Lake near Tawang
One of the least populated towns in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most sought –after destinations in summer in India ideally visited in May and June before the arrival of Monsoon or after late September and in October.
It is located in the westernmost district of Arunachal Pradesh and shares its borders with Assam. It is a perfect retreat from the hustle-bustle and the scorching heat of summer. The need for weather change is one of the most motivating reasons to plan a trip to Tawang.
The reason behind Tawang’s popularity as a summer retreat is its positioning at the altitude of about 10,000 feet above sea level which accounts for its pleasant weather. This region is quite famous for the imposing 14th century Tawang Monastery. It was built at the will of 5th Dalai Lama ‘Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso’ and belongs to Mahayana sect of Buddhism.
Another major attraction of Tawang is the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary which houses thousands of varieties of orchids. Sela Top Pass, which remains covered with snow throughout the year, is the major route to get to Tawang.
Tourist places in Tawang: Hot water springs – Pankang Teng Tso Lake – Sangeshar Lake – Sela Pass – Tawang Galden Namgyal Lhatse
Fairs & festivals: The most celebrated festival of Tawang is ‘The Losar’, the famous Tibetan Buddhist festival, which took place in the months of February/March.
Travel Tips: Tawang is a restricted area. Foreign nationals need inner line permits to visit this hill station and permits are available from major cities such as Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
Souvenir/Shopping: One can purchase local and traditional handicrafts for taking back home as souvenir.
Best time to visit Tawang is from April till October. Be prepared for incessant rains if you are traveling here after the arrival of monsoon in India.
If you are planning to visit North East here’s a few packages with Gangtok and Darjeeling as base to help you plan your vacation in this pristine region.
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Ooty: Ideal for Honeymoon & Family Breaks in Summer

Botanical Garden, Ooty
Ooty is known for its Botanical Garden
Established as a retreat from the scorching heat of summer by British in then Madras,  Ooty is still pervaded by a distinct colonial charm.
The ride to this tiny hamlet of Raj era countryside in India is on a toy train (The Nilgiris Mountain Railways) which recreates the romance of bygone century, the scenery is stunning and its best if you have managed to get seat on the left-hand side.
After that, it’s a visual delight, with pretty cottages, bijou fenced flower gardens, lush surroundings, thatched-roof churches and terraced botanical gardens.
The charming little hill station Ooty is best for languid stupor. Although the urbanization and popularity of this place has taken its toll, you just need to venture a few kilometers out to find yourself amidst the peace of hills, an almost Shakespearean pastoral refuge.
Activities here include visiting various sunset points, botanical gardens, tea plantations, lakes and various waterfalls. Doddabetta Peak, Tiger Hill and Ooty Lake are most popular attractions here.

Best time: Ooty is a welcome relief from October till June which makes it one of the most evergreen hill stations in India which could be visited throughout the year.
Luxe Recommendation: Try the tastefully pre-packaged tour to South India to discover, culture, heritage and royalty along with visit to Ooty to reclaim yourself. 

Also Read:
Top 30 Things top do in Ooty

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Shimla: Honeymoon & Family Holidays

Wildflower Halls in Shimla
Wildflowers Hall  is a scenic retreat located in the lush valley of Himalaya overlooking jagged Himalayan peaks

Things changed dramatically for Shimla when the Scottish civil servant Charles Kennedy built his summer home in Shimla in 1822. When the British arrived here there was nothing but wilderness and climate and surroundings which reminded them of their home, Shimla was soon developed into the official summer capital of the Raj in 1864. It is now one of the top tourist places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.

Every summer till the last years of Raj, the entire East India Company and the government took refuge from sweltering heat of Delhi in cool and lush environs of Shimla. Construction of the Kalka–Shimla narrow gauge (now toy train) in 1903 cemented Shimla’s status as one of the leading hill stations of India.

Best Time: Shimla is best visited from October to June. In the summer, one could see rolling cotton wool peaks and during winter, you could frolic in snow and enjoy an array of snow sport and adventure activity. Shimla also happens to be one of the most popular places for honeymoon in India.

Luxe Recommendation: Stay at Wildflowers Hall in Shimla and indulge in Ayurvedic massages and spa therapies even as this premium Oberoi property offer impeccable service and spectacular views of the lush valleys and jagged mountain peaks.

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Mahabaleshwar: Family Holidays

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India
Mahabaleshwar in Western Ghats is an ideal retreat away from punishing weather of Mumbai
Mahabaleshwar is perched atop a height of 1372 meters above sea level in Satara district, around 115 kilometers southwest of Pune. 25 in numbers, the ‘Points’ in Mahabaleshwar will give you breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys from different angle.
In old days, Mahabaleshwar was known as Malcolm Peth and was under the influence of the foreign hands in the development of this hilly resort. Apart from that its princely past is reflected in the colonial mansions and palatial buildings that remind the visitor about the richness of artistic caliber of the bygone generation.
Known as Malcolm Peth in past, this hill station in Maharashtra will remind you of its glorious past with its colonial buildings, resplendent mansions. As the base of five lovely rivers, the scenic beauty of Mahabaleshwar presents awesome vistas, which enthralls the tourists.
It is picturesque hill resort nestled in the lap of sky-scrapping mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. It offers a mesmerizing view of the soaring peaks, lush valleys, sparkling rivers and verdant forests.
Mahabaleshwar offers a rejuvenating ambiance where you can savor charming views of nature at its blooming best.  There are many things to do in Mahabaleshwar such as boating, horse riding, trekking and sunrise & sunset watching. Other than this, one can roam around the bazaars for shopping.
Best time: Mahabaleshwar is open for tourists throughout the year. However, April to June is considered the best time to visit this scenic hill town during summer. Many also prefer to visit this tourist destination in July to soak in the natural beauty upon the monsoon’s arrival. If your passion is to enjoy the sizzles of nature in relaxed surroundings, Mahabaleshwar is where you should head to.
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Darjeeling: Tea, Adventure and Romance

Darjeeling Hill Station
Darjeeling is a scenic Hill station famous for its tea gardens and majestic view of Kanchendzonga 

Nestled on the precipice of a mountain ridge and bounded by verdant plantations of globally renowned teas, Darjeeling is so not West Bengal.

With jagged peaks of magnificent Himalayas offering spectacular panorama – you could even see the peak of Mount Kanchendzonga – Darjeeling is the place to be to savor unruffled luxury and to rejuvenate your senses.

You could also take Darjeeling Mountain Rail (one of the popular “Toy Trains of India“) to explore and soak in the magnificent surroundings of this scenic hill station in India. June is ideal month to plan your trip to avoid summer’s scorching heat.

As with most other hill stations in India which were the playgrounds of erstwhile British rulers during Raj, you could find colonial mansions and churches as well as recent structures such as Buddhist and Hindu temples and botanical gardens.

The steep narrow streets are crowded with colorful souvenir and handicraft shops and a good steaming brew and excellent Indian and Tibetan fare are never far away. You could also choose from exciting trekking trails which trace ancient trade routes not to mention the breathtaking sights.

Best Time: Most tourists visit after the monsoon (October and November) and during spring (mid-March to the end of May) when skies are dry, panoramas are clear and temperatures are pleasant.

Luxe Recommendation: Glenburn Tea Estate is a awe inspiring refuge in calm and unruffled luxury amidst the rapidly urbanizing Darjeeling Town. This estate is a 150 year old plantation house with its old world charm and offers awesome panorama of Mount Kanchendzonga.

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​Pachmarhi: Family Holidays

Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Panchmarhi is a popular hill station in Madhya Pradesh in the vicinity of Satpura tiger reserve

Blessed with beautiful scenery, Pachmarchi is one of the most panoramic and lush hill stations in Madhya Pradesh. Bounded by the Satpura ranges, this enchanting hill retreat is an ideal location to spend a peaceful vacation in the lap of nature.  Visited by tourists all around the year, Panchmarhi has a number of hotels and resorts, offering a comfortable stay.

Some of the major tourist attractions in Pachmarhi worth-visiting are Bee Fall, Rajat Prapat, Dhoot Akhilesh, Gupt Mahadev, Dhupgarh, Apsara Falls, Handi Khoh and Chauragarh. The thick forests in Mahadeo Hill house a number of cave shelters, pure man-made wonders, which are probably 10,000 years old. This enchanting hill town has an absolutely calm feel.

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu: Honeymoon Special

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Named after Lake Kodai, this is one of the popular honeymoon destination in South India

Kodaikanal, also known as Kodai, is a popular holiday as well as honeymoon destination in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Placed at an above sea level of 7200 feet above the sea level, Kodaikanal lies in Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. Slightly foggy and pleasant weather, meandering roads, lush forests and verdant hills of this hill town are some of the prime attraction of this hill retreat, which is quite close to Madurai.

A destination worth visiting during any time of year, Kodaikanal offers opportunities for sightseeing including waterfalls and viewpoints, cycling, leisure walks, nature walks boating and horse riding. Visit this beautiful place, called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and soak-in the serenity.

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Wayanad, Kerala: Ecotourism, Wildlife & Ayurveda

Wayanad, Kerala
Along with being a popular summer destination, Wayanad in Kerala is one of the top monsoon destinations in India

Lying amidst verdant Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the most captivating hill town of Kerala that is also called the ‘Green Paradise’ as it shares borders with the greener patches of the state. Lush agriculture fields, thick forests and misty hills of Kerala add to its scenic charm. The place gets its name from Vayal Nadu, where Vayal means paddy fields and Nadu meaning the land, which makes Wayanad a land of paddy fields.

Wayanad bird sanctuary is one of the main attractions, blessed with rich flora and fauna, quite popular amidst bird watching enthusiasts. Soak-in the aroma of tea, coffee, vanilla, cardamom and pepper, while talking a leisure walk. Chembra Peak, Neelima, Meenmutty waterfalls, Chethalayam, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Sagar Dam are the other tourist attractions.

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Shillong, Meghalaya: Culture

Shillong with its emerald lakes, gushing waterfalls and beautiful natural landscape is a popular summer destination in India

The capital city of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, Shillong is the only station in India which is accessible from all the sides. Bounded by East Khasi Hills, this pristine holiday retreat offers retreat from the daily hustle-bustle of the city. Lying at an elevation of 1491 meters above the sea level, Shillong derives its name from U-Shyllong, the worshiped deity.

This nature’s paradise has been blessed with an amazing setting of rolling hills with pine trees with waterfalls, superb climate and more. When in Shillong, visit Bishop Falls, Umiam Lake, Police Bazar, Beadon Falls, Don Bosco Museum, Spread Eagle Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Golf Course, Mawsynram, Elephant Falls, Sweet Falls and Shillong Peak are major crowd pullers. The educational hub of the north-east is a must-visit because of its serene ambiance.

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Munnar: Romance & Adventure

Munnar, Kerala
Munnar, with its verdant tea plantations and spice farms is the tea capital of South India

Stunningly mesmerizing, Munnar is a heavenly tourist destination in Kerala, blessed with tranquility, a nice weather, various tourist attractions and splendid scenery. Nestled at an elevation of 6000 feet above the sea level in Idukki district, Munnar was also popular during the British era as a summer resort.

Away from regular city chaos, Munnar lies amidst the lush Western Ghats and is known to be the confluence of the three rivers Kundaly, Madhurapuzha and Nallathanni.
The expansive tea plantations, verdant mountains, extensive spice and tea plantations, various tourist spots, aroma-filled air and picturesque locations attract tourists from all around the globe.

Munnar is also quite popular amidst adventure enthusiasts and offer opportunities for trekking, cycling, mountaineering, boating, elephant rides, fishing and so on. Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Tea Museum, Helicopter tours, Horseback riding, visit to top station are some of the other popular attractions here.

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Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Beautiful sunset points and undulating landscape makes Coonoor one of the popular summer getaways in South India

The second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, Coonoor is a mesmerizing summer destination, placed at an above sea level of 1839 m. Enclosed by aromatic lush tea plantations; Coonoor is a famed weekend getaway from nearby places like Coimbatore and Ooty. This tiny tea garden town has been blessed with a pleasant weather that remains all through the year.

Bird watching is a popular activity here where you can spot beautiful and colorful local as well as migratory birds. A calm and serene hill town, its markets sell good-quality shawls, handmade antiques and Indian handlooms. Sim’s Park, Dolphin Nose Viewpoint, Lamb’s Rock, Pomological Station and Katary Falls are some of the prime attractions here.

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Mount Abu: Honeymoon and Family Holidays

Mount Abu
Mount Abu is one of the popular places for honeymoon in North India in summer

With the honor of being the lone hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu attracts pretty handsome amount of tourists from adjoining states particularly bordering Gujarat as well as international visitors. Offering welcome respite from the otherwise scorching summer that swelter Rajasthan as well as neighboring Delhi and Gujarat, Mount Abu becomes one of the best places to go for summer holidays in India as well as one of the hot favorites for honeymoon in North-West India.

Perched atop granite peak and surrounded by the lush Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, this hill town in Rajasthan is an important religious place for both Hindus and Jains. With home to over 80 exquisitely carved temples, most striking of which are the Jain Temples at Delwara – some of which are built over a 1000 years ago, Mount Abu sees constant flow of pilgrims throughout the year.
The center of activity in Mount Abu is the Nakki Lake, a place for lazing around with carved stones and boating activities. The other major draw is Dilwara Temples, which definitely rate as some of the finest specimen of temple architecture in India. 

The best time to visit this hill station in India for summer holidays is in April – May. The town get pretty bust as the June approaches due to the summer festival that is celebrated here annually from mid-May to mid-June.

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Destinations in Auli

Away from the crowded corners in Uttarakhand lies a paradise which has successfully maintained its charm and freshness. Determined to offer a unique Himalayan experience, Auli in the remote sections of the state throws its captivating effect in both the major seasons of the year. The dismal white of the cold being turned into the lively shades of green on the lowlands and with the majestic snow-capped mountains always standing on guard; a stunning contrast grasps the onlooker.

During summers, fresh life starts to ripen at Auli, which flows through forests of oak and deodar. Not to forget the apple orchards, naturally settled on various nature trails going from the insides of the valley. Such abundance of forestry and floral beauty makes Auli one of the best for trekking and camping during summers. Professionals of this sport agree with this. Therefore Auli never fails to witness a huge chunk of adventure lovers at the start of summers every year.
Rough in its senses but truly a traveler’s paradise; Auli not only boasts of adrenaline pumping action (rock climbing, waterfall rappelling) but it has a softer side that talks about pleasing your nerves with the spectacular sights of the surrounding Nanga Parbat, Nikanth Hathi Parbat and Mt. Nanda Devi making it difficult for us not to include it in our list of the finest places for summer holidays in India..
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Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

If the adventurer inside you wishes to enjoy the rough and cold terrains of the real Himalayas, you need not go as high as Ladakh but settle your plans for one of the valleys in Himachal Pradesh. It’s the Spiti valley, a desert mountain valley in the north-eastern part of the state, which can be termed as a sister concern of the remote Ladakh.

Some travel experts consider Spiti even more remote and rough than its northern counterpart. Being largely linked to Ladakh, it also the share the same limitations of heavy snowfall in winters. This is why we suggest this gut wrenching yet panoramic beauty of the Himalayas for the summers. Trekking, rock climbing, river rafting! You name it and the sport would be ready for you in a whimper.
Apart from all the adventure sports, what separates this barren valley from the rest in Himachal is its propensity to Tibetan Buddhism. Even the great Dalai Lama could not stop himself to choose his favorites; Ki monastery and Tabo monastery. These two are one of the oldest monasteries in the world.
The stark landscape, high mountain passes, sparse population and awe inspiring scenery encountered on the road that traverses through Spiti Valley makes it one of the top places for road trips in India and a popular route that 1000s of bikers look to conquer each year. If you are one of those daredevils looking for the thrill of Himalayan road ride and to witness the spectacular beauty of Spiti Valley, check out these Spiti by Motorcycle Tour Package.
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Gulmarg in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas sports snow-capped mountains in every direction, landscapes that are brightly lush like that of South India and flowery meadows and pine slopes that are simply breathtaking. Such an introduction of this hill station goes on all year round. However, the onset of summers in this part of the Himalayas portrays a slightly different picture of it. The trademark milky snowy carpet of Gulmarg gets worn off, leaving pastures and virgin forests bloom in their best form.
As all its spots get completely accessible during this time of the year, trekking becomes the order of the day for thousands flocking to Gulmarg. Pir Panjal, being situated around a towering height of 13,000 m offers various trekking routes that go through dense forests and merge into various mountain peaks.
Can be a little exhausting for amateur trekkers, but that seem to completely whoosh away as you will reach the end of your climb. The sight of Nanga Parbat at frequent intervals of the trek add to the pleasantries. Trek to the peak of Apharwat and Ferozpur Nala are among the most opted ones.
Contrary to its Himalayan rocky appeal, the hill station goes flat at some places. By this we mean a state of the art golf course that gets operational only in the summers. It sprawls over an area of 7500 yards and is the world’s second highest golf course.
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Himachal Pradesh’s most irresistible destination; a second home of mountain lovers, mostly foreigners, Dharamsala shines in the lights of spirituality enveloped in a Tibetan mist. Being the land of Dalai Lama and his entourage, the region has religion prospered in this floundering Himalayan topography; much to lure foreign celebrities (Uma Thurman and Richard Gere) to seek solace in Buddhist traditions.

For casual travelers like us, who love hill stations purposefully for its alluring beauty, the place is best to be visited at the setting up of summers. During this time the weather gets highly pleasing with a slight chill. It is not just for anything that the British named Dharamsala the summer capital of India. The place offers numerous possible hikes for the urban dwellers; giving first hand experiences of the blissful Himalayan nature.
Soul searchers can stick to the town longer than the usual. The place is a major center of yoga, meditation and spiritual retreats in Buddhist and Hindu traditions. During breaks, devote some solitary time in the Tibetan monasteries. The very famous St John in the Wilderness church is also a good option.
A summer trip to Dharamsala must be scheduled during the late spring and early summer as the region is destined to receive torrential rains in the after months.
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Mussorie in the state of Uttarakhand is called as the queen of hills. Fair enough for a region which like an authority welcomes the first glimpses of the snow covered Himalayan trenches for travelers running to escape the city heat of the summers. Particularly for the ones traveling from Delhi; being the closest hill station to the capital.
The urban side of the Queen sports a vintage appeal that is reminiscent of the affairs of the British prevailed here long time back. The central part of the town is dominated by the Kulri Bazaar, Gandhi Chowk and Picture Palace. Usually it stays buzzing and lively. If not that, sneak out of town and head to the Kempty falls for a quaint picnic time with family and friends. Other options; excursions to be clear, include that to Lal Tibba, Gun Hill and Jwalaji temple.
The Tibetan settlement of Happy Valley is also a fine spot amidst the oak and deodars within the town.
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Just like its brother Darjeeling, Kalimpong in the state of West Bengal becomes a true paradise during the time of summers. For a traveler, the town has trails leading to platforms, catching the perfect sight of Mount Kanchenjunga. However an adventurer will make the best of it by flying from that platform and scaling the verdant valleys just like a free bird. Yes, you can relish your love for paragliding the most during this time of the year.
The valley has just got fresh from a freezing spell of winters; lively and lush in the colors of nature. Crisscrossing different fragments of the nature of Kalimpong, Paragliding seems the ultimate fun. On making the touch down, proceed to some more fun in the lifeline of the hill station; Teesta river. The rapids here during summers are for all tastes; barely a splash to seriously big. For peace dwellers, bird watching and fishing are the best options as they have found a new definition in this high altitude destination.
The fact that makes Kalimpong a perfect place to visit in India in summers also lies in its religious quotient. The town is beautifully studded with colorful Buddhist monasteries, churches and temples which get adorned by the magical green engulfing the region.
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If you will climb down the Himalayan hills and pay some heed to those of the Satpura (Central India), then also you are on the bright side. Here we are talking about the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh; Pachmarhi.

Situated at a decent height of 1100 meter in the Satpura range of hills, Pachmarhi has its surroundings in the green and clean, despite having a large military presence in the vicinity. Tourism here mainly talks about rock paintings, pre-historic caves, lofty peaks, forest gorges and stunning waterfalls. Satpura Tiger Reserve, Handi Khoh, Dhoopgarh, Bison Lodge, Reech Garh, Irene Pool, Rajendra Giri to name a few. All these natural attractions require getting into the adventure gear and hike through the lushes of the region.
In the pre independence times, the hill station got flocked or one can say “introduced” to the western world by one fine fellow of the British army. Owing to this, the human settlements here sport a colonial ambience.
Pachmarhi, having located in the central latitude of the country, is prone to warm weather conditions. Thus, if this hill station amazed you for the coming summers, make sure you schedule the trip in the early months of the season.
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Uttarakhand is famous for many summer destinations in India owing to the Himalayan biodiversity. One of them is Almora. Clinged to a horse shoe shaped ridge in the Kumaon hills of the state, it is one of the few places that is still left untouched by rampant tourism and that is what makes it such a special summer destination in North India.

The sleepy little town of Almora is where the poets, writers and those seeking solitude and time for reflection and rejuvenation in the lap of mother earth head too.
The town is full of temples that are dotted across its lengths and the breadths. Kasar Devi temple, Raghunath Mandir, Nanda Devi, Binsar Mahadev and Rudreshwar Mahadev temple are the popular names. The traditional markets also play a pivotal role in upholding the town’s lucky cultural image that hasn’t been hampered since the mythological times; as mentioned in the sacred texts of the Hindu religion.
On moving little away from this buzzfeed of civilization, you will find the quaint charm prevailing in its environment. Appears no ordinary, Almora from its height of above 1600 m offers spectacular view of the nearby peaks of Kasan Devi, Nanda Devi and Trishul.
Summers are not at all tough here. A comfortable temperature with a cool breeze would be among the firsts to welcome you here.
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Just a little aside from Almora is another charming Himalayan sojourn Ranikhet which share its story with a legend and the military. However, the atmosphere of the men in uniform does not steal the charm from the profile of this hill station. Ranikhet resides at a comfortable height to admire the western peaks of the Himalayas. Amidst tall pine trees the hill station retains its peaceful ambience that go undisturbed even in the chaos of the main town.
Nature excursions in and out of Ranikhet are a lot comfortable even in the summers. On the other side, its civilization talks about various sightseeing options; Jhula Devi temple, Mankameshwar temple, Bhaludam, Chaubatia Orchard, Military museum.
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Places to Visitr in India in Summer
Betaab Valley, Pahalgam

It’s a trekker’s paradise! Settled little above the height of 7000 ft, Pahalgam is dotted with forests of alpine and coniferous, graciously drawn over the region’s lofty peaks. This famous hill station in Northern India has always been fancied by movie directors and film makers. The reason being not just its high altitude green cover that gets painted the best in summers but also the numerous streams and ravines that run throughout the valley, sprawling flowerbeds, deep cut mountain valleys and blissful nature trails suited for travelers of different kinds.

Talking about hiking trails in Pahalgam, the highly revered journey to Amarnath shrine starts from here and is best to be opted for during summers. To take you away from the chaos of pilgrim crowd is the Lidder valley trek.
Quite an easy trek, the path will walk you through glorious alpine scenery and flowery meadows. Feel free to hire a horseman to take you through the less explored corners of this beautiful paradise.
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Himachal Pradesh talks about Kullu and it doesn’t stop talking then. The talk starts with the cradle of Kullu; Pir Panjal in one direction, Paravati and Barabhangal ranges in the other and then it shifts to the nearby mountain villages that rise above paddy fields, thick alpine forests and snowy ridges. Need to mention the numerous trekking opportunities that these Himalayan creations are leaving for you?
Well, to sum up this; the adjoining Parvati and Pin valleys hold the key for the real trekking experience in this part of Himachal Pradesh. Travel to this land in the months of summers and you will find all your trek routes open. The Spring festival, known as ‘Pipal Jatra’ is an additional bonus for traveling to Kullu at this time of the year.
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Summer Holiday Destinations in Nainital

A perfect honeymoon spot in the Himalayan bounty, Nainital has a picture of forested valleys amidst which gently sails a lake. Looking at the huge influx of tourists from domestic as well as international lands, numerous hotel constructions have made their way on the banks.

From the windows the sight of the beautiful lake and the surrounding Himalayas rising above the green forests says about the beauty of Nainital on its own. In order to admire this beauty of the region, mark the summer months as your holiday time. Summer temperature stays moderate with a cool breeze to make the evening sightseeing plans really wonderful.
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An alternative that seems to be very tiny, but a refreshing one; Matheran in the state of Maharashtra is famed for its alluring scenery that is slightly not like those of the Himalayas. It is famed as the smallest hill station in India and is relatively a better substitute that offers a kind of quaintness, the kind of which is vanishing from the other destinations in India. It resides on the Sahyadri range, away from the city heats, in a cool and less humid environment.
Unlike the other hill stations of Maharashtra, Matheran’s fun starts even before you reach it. The narrow gauge toy train which is the face of Darjeeling has its look alike even here. Don’t bother taking the road, as nothing beats the train ride to make it to the heart of the settlement. Moreover, your vehicles won’t be allowed inside. Come to think of it, the place is a lot green and less polluted than the other big shots in its segment.
Relax and unwind in its breathtaking ambience, go on a hiking trail across its shady jungles; well that’s the mantra here.
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Srinagar: Gardens & Gondola

Places to Visit in India in Nishat Bagh
Nishat Bagh
Now how about a well settled administrative city for your summer vacations in India. Sounds boring? We will make you think again because it’s no ordinary destination. Flaunting a dramatized mountain location; surrounded by Himalayan land forms, lakes and swamps, Srinagar the capital of Jammu and Kashmir is amongst the best in our exclusive list of places to visit in India in summers.
Since historic times, the place has been the favorite. Then there were the Islamic dynasties and rulers, now there are locals and tourists attempting to adjust in its chutzpah.
Shikara (houseboat) rides in the placid Dal Lake, historic gardens on its bank; lovely creations of the Mughals, are the city’s prime indulgences and visits.
Meet these pleasantries of this beautiful city in the cool summer evenings. Following it must be the attractions within the concrete lines of the city that speak about religion from the most sacred of the mouths; Hazratbal shrine, Makhdoom Sahib and Shankaracharya Mandir.
Shopping at the bazaar area of Lal Chowk can be booked for the late evenings.
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Masinagudi: Wild and Wonderful

Masinagudi: Wild and Wonderful
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Being a part of an ecology so lush, Masinagudi in the southern corner of India tempts tourists from all over throughout the changing seasons. To be precise, it has its address in the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains, which makes it completely adorned with alluring beauties of nature. Ideal to beat the scorching the city heat, the hill station has its special charm in the months of summers (cool in the evenings).

Hiking and trekking across the dense forests is highly adventurous. Did we forget to mention that Masinagudi is a part of the Mudumalai National Park? Going by it, the nature trails in the region facilitated wildlife safaris. Catch the sight of a variety of wild animals; Indian Bison, elephants, Chital (Indian deer) would be the regular posers for your camera.
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Pithoragarh: Nature’s Bounty

Where to go in India in Summer
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Another one from the state of Uttarakhand; Pithoragarh savors the title of Mini Kashmir, is located in nearby the borders of Nepal, in the breathtaking Soar valley. Like the other spectacular hill stations of North India, Pithorgarh too came under the spotlight of the British. Owing to which, the hill station sports colonial architecture that run across missionary schools, churches and government buildings.

Summer trips to the hill station open access to numerous glacial treks and high altitude natural reservoirs. Its rugged charm also has a mention of Askot sanctuary, which certainly is a treat to wildlife enthusiasts and nature admirers. Amidst all this, the region never forgets to pay its devotion to the deities (Arjuneswar temple, Dhwaj temple, Kapilaswar cave).
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Deoria Tal: Best of Two Worlds

Summer Holidays in India: Deoria Tal
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Perched at an elevation of 2438 meters above sea level, Deoria Tal is an emerald lake located near Sari Village in Uttarakhand. During early morning on a clear day, Deoria Tal blesses the trekkers with reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water.
The easy trek to the lake starts from the Sari Village where one could find provisions as well as homestays. The trek is well marked and can be easily done without guide. Deoria Tal is situated amidst lush green inclined field surrounded by dense trees. The lake serves as a popular trekking destination in the region because of its ease of access and soothing scenic beauty.
Deoria Tal lies in the Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. If lucky, then you can spot animals drinking water from the lake early in the morning. Therefore, an overnight stay at Deoria Tal is must. However one has to pay the mandatory entry fee while visiting this lake as it is part of the reserved area. Deoria Tal is one of the best places to visit in India in April and May. However it could be visited round the year if you are looking for adventure.
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Last updated on 05th March 2019 by Nikhil Chandra

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176 Responses

  1. Nabanita Sinha says:

    Thank you for the useful information!

  2. Nikhil Chandra says:

    I am glad that you liked the information that I presented in this post. BTW, I'd soon be updating this post with some more information and places to visit in India during summer. Would look forward to your feedback.


    All the tourist places are really nice. Nice Blog.
    Thanks for sharing the useful information.

  4. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Thanks Alagu. It's good to know that you found this post informative. Any suggestions on how to improve or expand this list?

  5. Simran Joshi says:

    Wow! What a list Nikhil Chandra. This is one helluva read with equally breathtaking photos. Riding on Toy trains at Darjeeling, Ooty and Shimla is some of the most alluring activity to indulge in especially for a railfan.

    I see you have a nice mix of hill stations in South and North, However I was expecting more destinations from Himachal and Uttarakhand or even Kerala.

    But then as with every list, there's only so many that you could write about. I'd say you missed out on Gangtok, McLeodganj or even Matheran or Lonavala/Khandala. Would have loved to see them in this list of best places to visit in India in summer

  6. Karthik Kaliappan says:

    A Very Nice Blog Nikhil. It was very useful for me. I was confused on visiting some places in April and May. By visiting your blog, I have got many useful informtion.

    Thanks for sharing the information.

  7. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Karthik,
    I am glad that you liked it and that it was useful. So where are you traveling this summer? 🙂

  8. Admin says:

    Awesome post, found it really very informational post. Thanks and keep sharing such kind of helpful post with all.

  9. Satish Nehra says:

    Awseome information Nikhil, Thanks for sharing and keep on updating 😉
    You rock (y)

  10. ujjawal says:

    Hey nikhil,
    Nice blog. .it was very useful for me
    Thanks for sharing the information

  11. kuntal sharma says:

    i think bhutan is on my mind nw 🙂

  12. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Thanks Simran 🙂

  13. Nikhil Chandra says:

    That's a brilliant choice. I myself am planning a bike trip to Bhutan. Ever since my friends did the motorcycle trip to Bhutan riding all the way from Delhi to the Land of Thunder dragon, I am in awe and planning a similar mototrcycle trip of my own. Hopefully I'll do so next year as this year I might be riding to Nepal 🙂 That's also one of the best places to visit in Indian Subcontinent in summer. On my list is Pokhra and as far as I could ride my bike towards Mount Everest 🙂

  14. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey Ujjawal! Thanks for dropping by 🙂
    I am glad that you liked the post. So where will you be traveling in India this summer?

  15. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Thanks Satish for stopping by and taking your time out to drop your kind words of appreciation. It definitely goes a long way as in to inspire and motivate to keep the good stuff coming. I am glad that you liked this write up 🙂

    I'd look forward to more visits and feedback from you on how this blog is doing!

  16. Nikhil Chandra says:


  17. Richa Kharbanda says:

    bookmarked the page, will wait for more updates.. well written and stated… enthusiasm is back on fire.. Ladakh on mind – his june 🙂

  18. sushma srikanth says:

    Hi ….Can you advice what other places can be visited during summer. I have 2 kids with age of 3 and 2, so I am looking at some place where one can relax and enjoy and also visit some places that would be of interest to the kids as well. Thanks!

  19. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Ladakh is a great choice! I myself rode all the way to Ladakh from Delhi a couple of years ago and believe me it's a magical and thrilling bike ride all the way to Leh and back 🙂

    Wish you all the best for your summer holiday in Ladakh!

  20. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey Sushma!
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂
    I would be much wiser to recommend you the places that you could travel to for summer holidays in India with small kids, if you could share the month and region (as in North, South etc.) or just where you are based so that I could accordingly recommend the name of other places that could be visited.

    If you are traveling with small children, nothing beats Kashmir as a summer holiday destination in North India. There are a lot of activities that could keep your children in high spirits. There's the boat ride in Dal Lake in Sri Nagar and an array of Mughal Gardens like Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh.

    Then you could combine this with trip to Gulmarg where you could do Gondola Ride and couple it up with an Angling session in Pahalgam.

    Other destination where you could head is Nainital in Uttarakhand. You could spend time here or may combine it with trip to Bhim Tal and Naukuchiatal. For more sightseeing and adventure. You could go sightseeing and there's a ropeway too and lots of boating opportunities.

    In South India there's Kodagu in Tamil Nadu which is yet another good place to visit and Ooty with quite a few activities to keep your children interested.

    Well I could suggest more but you see without the knowledge of the region you are traveling to, it would not be possible for me to recommend a place as India is a huge country with so many incredible places to visit 🙂

  21. ujjawal says:

    Hey nikhil,
    Nice blog. .it was very useful for me
    Thanks for sharing the information

  22. ephemeral says:

    I have been to Darjeeling…Its not worth going to…

  23. vrushali karande Shinde says:

    how is coorg in this season

  24. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Coorg or Kodagu is good till June. There's heavy rainfall from July till September. If you are planning to go to Coorg for your summer holiday in India then this (I mean now) is the best time to visit.

  25. sri_FLY says:

    hi nikhil ,thanq for ur info….
    nd i want to go coorg, i want information about traveling details by train..

  26. Ajaykaran Ahuja says:

    Hey nikhil..I am also planning for a ladakh trip with my friends..but tell me how can I register for the bike trip??

  27. Nikhil Chandra says:

    For that I'll need to know from where are you traveling…BTW The nearest rail line to Madikeri town is the Mangalore to Hassan railway line with Sakleshpur or Subrahmanya as the closest railway stations. This route located north of Coorg along a east-west direction. Sakaleshpur to Madikeri distance is about 90 km and Subrahmanya to Madikeri distance is approximately 70km.

  28. kalyan kumar says:

    Mahabaleswar is not all a good place for visit in summer or in winter. One will find scorching sun in both seasons. I went their in December 2012 with lot of expectations and was very disappointed. only best time to viist is between july to september, but local people are very rude and cheating. Better go matheran, a small hill station in mumbari suburbans

  29. pranky says:

    love this post of urs…. i m luking fr some destination n i gt to knw abt tawang…. its our 1st anniversary n ur post helped me….. thnx nikhil

  30. Nikhil Chandra says:

    I am glad that this post helped you in planning your 1st anniversary. That's the biggest compliment that this post has received till now! 🙂

  31. Mangesh says:

    Hi Nikhil .. Great Information ..reflecting your good observation and study ! Appreciate it !

    I am planning my honeymoon vacation in mid June … 7 days trip around 14 June 2014,

    Could you please please advise me some good places ?
    I am from Mumbai and would like cold places to visit.

    Appreciate your guidance in advance bro.

    Mangesh M

  32. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey Kalyan!
    Well I agree cheats and touts are found at almost every tourist places in India. But regarding the place, what I have to add is that it is your personal experience. No place leaves two person with same impression of experience. I have faced similar things during my travel to various places across India. Be it a trek to Dodital, Parashar Lake, Goa, Nandi Hills, Puri or Vaishno Devi pilgrimage. For some, traveling is more about fun and frolick whereas for others, it is seeking the less explored.

    Its all about how one sees things and perceive communion with the place. It is just like a falling leave from a tree is just a leave falling for one person but for a Wordsworth or Keating its a poetry in motion. No offense mate 🙂

  33. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Dear Mangesh,
    Thanks for dropping by and your generous compliments 🙂

    Since you are from Mumbai, Hill Stations in South India seems a proper choice as they will be nearer to the place you live. Lonavala Khandala is a good choice especially upon the arrival of monsoon. But since you are seeking "cold places to visit" which I assume means snow and stuff then you have no choice but travel to hill stations in North India.

    And not just any hill station will do. YOu have to travel as far as Manali and beyond to Rohtang Pass where you'll find snow…mind you plenty of it. It's a magical place but a bit crowded with both honeymooners and families flocking to this paradise in upper Himalayas.

    You could also find snow in sonamarg at Thajiwas Glacier. Sonamarg is a picturesque destination and well suited for honeymoon in India. Combine it with trip to Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg and you have one of the best itinerary for honeymoon in India.

    There are lots of things to do in Kashmir which include a romantic shikara ride in Dal Lake, visits to 4 majestic Mughal Gardens in Srinagar, Betaab Valley (named so after the picturization of movie Betaab featuring Sunny Deol and Amrita SIngh) and Aru Village in Pahalgam. You could even try river rafting in Lidder River near Pahalgam. Then there is that awe inspiring Gondola Ride in Gulmarg that takes you to Khilanmarg and there too you'd find snow but mind you Gulmarg is crowded.

    However close to your home Kodaikanal, Coorg and Ooty are good option but then they are also crowded tourist destinations. If you seek serenity and seclusion then you may also try hill stations in Uttarakhand where you might find snow at some places but it would be rare. Binsar, Auli and Kausani are some good places to go for honeymoon in Uttarakhand.

    Let me know if you want any specific details or more information.

    I hope this helps 🙂

    Cheers and all the best…I wish you a very beautiful beginning of your married life!

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  35. Priyanka says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    Thanks for the details. I am a person who is fond of travelling and would plan and arrange things readily for our friends to go. Information shared by you helps alot. Hey would like you to recommend Vizag,Udaipur and Mount abu sort of a places which in my experience says ,one can have good short duration here. Well in this regard I would like you to suugest a good place to chill away from this scorching heat for a day or two near Vadodara.(exc. Udaipur,Amhbedabad,Mumbai,Lonavala,Mahabaleshwar,Matheron..as I told you these have already been visited)

  36. Jitender Mohan says:

    Thanks for this information.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hi nikhil
    Could u plz tell me which place is best for my Children on thier summer vacation.

  38. saigoldman says:

    nikhil can u plz guide me,as i am bit confused where to go between 15/6—30/6/14. how is goa,anadman or nepal. plz suggest

  39. Anonymous says:

    HI Nikhil,

    Please suggest a place for honeymoon vacation in Mid May (probably from 10 May onwards).

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hie Nikhil.. Can you suggest me one place which would be apt as a birthday gift for my guy this April?

  41. Budget hotels in kodaikanal says:

    Nice post on great information, i was looking for the same for my coming tour to there in May with my family.Thanks and keep sharing.

  42. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Depends upon which part of India you live in. If it is the North India, Himalayas offer most romantic escapes. If you are not apprehensive about camping and trekking, I'd suggest that you go for camping and trekking in Himalayas. Dodital, Nag Tibba or even Ropkund is a good option in Uttarakhand. Or you could try the moderate Triund or Chadra Tal trek in Himachal.

    Or if your guy loves adventure go for bungee jumping, river rafting and flying fox activities in Rishikesh and camp by the white sandy beaches for a night. Gangtok and Meghalaya in North East region are also very good option for great places to visit in India in April.

    Down South, Goa will be hot and humid so Western Ghats is what I'll recommend. However, Coorg and Ooty will be crowded. Kodiakanal is relatively calmer and once again for adventure try Yercaud or Yelagiri. Backwaters of Kerala are always a good option and you could also try Wayanad and Munnar which are the top destinations to visit in Kerala in April.

    It would be easier for me to recommend the places you should go with your guys which would be apt as a birthday gift if you could tell me about your travel preferences as in history, nature, adventure or culture etc.

    I hope this helps…cheers!

  43. Nikhil Chandra says:

    It would have helped greatly, if you could have told me in which part of India you live and which part you want to travel so as to suggest you the nearest locales to help you plan your honeymoon in India in May 🙂 However I'll try my best to answer your question.

    1. Places to go for honeymoon in North India in May:

    May as you know is the time when monsoon in India has reached almost all parts of the country. The only few places bereft of rain are the places in SPiti Valley in Himachal and Ladakh in Kashmir. Infact if you love to explore the road less travelled and looking for peaceful time together along with adventure, Ladakh is – in my personal opinion – one of the finest places for honeymoon in India in May. Then the most popular destinations for honeymoon in North India in this season are Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.

    However, if you love rain, then you could always go for Udaipur in Rajasthan which has been voted most romantic city in India. Monsoon fills up the many lakes that dot the city and the entire atmosphere is recharged with uplifting monsoon showers. Mount Abu in Rajasthan is yet another popular honeymoon destination in India in May. In Madhya Pradesh, Mandu coupled with Orchha and Khajuraho is also an option for honeymoon in May provided you love rain.

    2. Places to go for Honeymoon in South India in May

    One of the top monsoon destinations in India is Kerala. With its quant villages scattered along palm-fringed backwaters, balmy hill stations and pristine beaches, Kerala is one of the top places to go for honeymoon in India in May. Try Thekaddy, Wayanad, Alapuzza, Kochi, Varkala and Kollam for your honeymoon itinerary. Athirapally Waterfalls is a must in your itinerary if you are planning to go for honeymoon in Kerala. Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu and Coorg in Karnataka are 2 of the offbeat places to go for honeymoon in South India in May.

    Hoever, I would personally recommend Andaman Island as one of the best places to go for honeymoon in India in May. Its pristine beaches, tropical weather, loads of adventure activities like snorkeling, parasailing and historical places make it one of the top honeymoon destinations in India

    3. Places to go for Honeymoon in West India

    If you love a dash of history and if rain sounds like romance to you Lonavala Khandala near Mumbai, Ajanta & Ellora in Aurangabad and Mumbai is a good idea for honeymoon in India in May. Add Goa to your itinerary and you have a great honeymoon tour for your beautiful beginning. The good thing is that May is off season in Goa and hotels are available at great discounted price. Plus the crowd that throng Goa is almost absent making it a great time to enjoy cozy moment with your spouse at serene beaches of Goa.

    I hope it helps. Let me know you you need any more assistance 🙂

  44. amit kumar says:

    Very well written and informative blog. Laddakh and Sikkim really deserve to be top two summer destinations in India. For Sikkim, i would say, it's a good destination for everyone round the ear. It has something for everybody to explore.

  45. Delhi Town says:

    India is jam-packed with beautiful travel experiences. Ladakh, kashmir and sikkim are top in my bucket list. the article is just amazing and images are so good. I really appreciate you, Simran for sharing this summer travel recommendation to us.

  46. neeti says:

    Hi Nikhil, my family is planning a small vacation of about 3-4 days in June. We live in Kerala. Family with kids, aged parents. Suggest accordingly.

  47. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Neeti,
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Since you have only 3-4 days, I believe you will be visiting destinations nearby in South India only. And since it will be June, plains are out of question as the summer heat will make it difficult to do the sightseeing during day.
    It would have helped greatly, if you'd have mentioned the starting point of your trip. However with what I have, this is what I will suggest:
    Option 1: Combine Munnar with Ooty or do the Ooty + Kodaikanal. All of these are hill stations and well suited for family holiday in South India in summer. There are plenty to do for kids as well as elders.

    Option 2: Go to Munnar, Thekkady and Kumarakom. With this option, you will have a mix of hill station, wildlife (in Periyar National Park) and backwaters.

    There are other options too like Kochi and Mudurai but then again you'll have to be more detailed in your specific details such as region that you are thinking of visiting or experiences/interests that you are looking for for me to give you more details tailored to your needs.

  48. Gunn Hinduja says:

    Very informative….planning a trip to ladakh…need to know few more details for d same if u can provide me. Thanks.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    I am from Raipur and wants to travel with my wife to some place in May. Can you suggest me a good destination apart from J&K, Manali and North East.??

  50. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Very informative blog !!! I am planning a 5 day trip in the month of May along with my family. Family includes elderly parents 60 + and a 3 year old kid too. Can you please suggest places preferably in north India. We live in Mumbai though and looking to cool off our heels in some hill station(though not very cold)

  51. Jyoti Gupta says:

    Hey nikhil
    M based in mumbai..i wanna go in first week of april wd one year old baby
    Plz suggest sm places for one week trip

  52. Jyoti Gupta says:

    Hey m based in mumbai n wanna go for one week trip wd one year old baby in first week of april….plz suggest sm places

  53. Md.Tajirul Haque says:

    A long resourceful article……

  54. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Gunn and extremely sorry for this late reply. If you are planning a trip to Ladakh this will help…

    Let me know if you have more questions 🙂


  55. Ansshuman Daas says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    One of the best lists I have read..

    What would be a good place to visit this April, west-ward or north, not south.. Say a 2 day short romantic trip..


  56. Phani says:

    Hi Nikhil ,

    I am from Hyderabad, I would like to visit, South India on mid of May.Could you suggest best places to visit . I will be travelling with my wife to celebrate my first marriage anniversary. Thanks in advance. Waiting for your reply.


  57. Anonymous says:

    Hi I m planning to take my parents for a vacation in may june. Only 3 of us. Can u suggest us few good places when they can relax and enjoy. Keeping in mind that they are old.

  58. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Phaneendra,
    Thanks for stopping by!
    From what I gather, since it is the first anniversary of your marriage, you must surely be looking forward to a romantic holiday in South India. And since it is mid May I am sure you’d be looking for a place with cooler climes.

    If I may, I’ll recommend some of the fine hill stations in South India which are also considered to be the most romantic places as well as honeymoon destinations in South India.

    In any such list, Kodagu region of Karnataka, more popularly known as Coorg will feature on the top. It is an extremely picturesque and alluring hill station in south India. Coorg is best known for its verdant coffee plantations and mesmerizing scenic beauty. Abbey Fall is a must visit place if you are travelling to Coorg as well as Raja’s Peak for stunning sunset views.
    Other hill stations that you may try are Ooty & Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu but Ooty – popular as it is – could be a crowded mess. However if you leave the heart of the town, Ooty is as romantic as it gets and then there is the captivating toy train ride that adds to the romance of any tour to Ooty.

    Houseboat experience in Kerala is yet another romatic experience that you may try in May but beware of the humidity and heat. However houseboats now are fitted with air conditioning so that will take care of the heat. Munnar in Kerala is another hill station that you may try. Munnar dotted with tea & spice plantations is very picturesque destination and ideally suited for summer and romantic holiday in South India.

    If wildlife is something that appeals to you (or for that matter even if it doesn’t but nature and serenity does), I’d suggest that you head to Masingudi (Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary) located in Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. An elephant safari here definitely counts as a romantic experience.

    In Karnataka, Kabini is a good choice for adventure as well as scenic retreat amidst the lush countryside and Nilgiri Hills. There are several waterholes as well as excursions if you are looking for outdoor activities.

    Let me know if you have something different in mind. I have not suggested beaches such as Varkala, Marari or Kovalam in Kerala as they will be very humid and hot in mid May. However if summer sun doesn’t bother you much, you could head to these places as well. This is an ideal time for good deals as it will be off season and crowd too will be less.
    Wish you a happy holiday!

  59. kumar says:

    Hi I want to take my parents for vacation in may june. Only 3 of us. Pl suggest us few good places where they can relax and enjoy. Keeping in mind that they are old.

  60. Khushbu Sinha says:

    Hi Nikhil. Good job u done n congrats. But m still confused, where to go with my 8 mnths of baby in May 23rd to 28th??? M living in Delhi. Pls suggest me urgently for further process..Gangtok, Darjeeling, Andman,Goa or Kerala?? Or other place?? Plsss reply me..waiting for ur reply..thnxxxx

  61. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Khusbu,
    Sorry for replying late. And thanks for commendation…much appreciated 🙂

    As for where should you travel with your 8 month old child, I'd say that Andaman is really out of question in the month of May and even Kerala should be avoidable provided you are considering North East.

    The thing is that the weather in Andaman and Goa and to a lesser extent Kerala is tropical. That means hot and humid climate. Traveling and sightseeing could get really tiresome. Traveling in Andaman would require traveling on sea that could get really tough for a child.

    However if you have Munnar/Thekaddy/Kumarakom etc in mind, then Kerala is still doable.

    What gives an edge to destinations such as Darjeeling, Gangtok and North East as a whole is the favorable weather. Sightseeing would involve moderate physical activity and the weather would be pleasant with chances of showers if you are going further up to Meghalaya. However, I'd say that a 4-7 day itinerary that may include Darjeeling – Gangtok – Kalimpong and Pelling would be ideal for a summer holiday with family in May.

    Feel free to ask in case you require more information.


  62. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil, loved your post, I was thinking of Havelock during end of may and I have a two and half year old daughter, so do you think planning a holiday that time would be wise.

  63. Nirmal Jangid says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    I am planning for my honeymoon in the last week of June 2015 for about 4-5 days. Can you please suggest some good destinations?

  64. Durjay says:

    HI Nikhil,

    I am very happy to see Mount Abu in this list. I am from Mount Abu, your blog remind me my childhood memories. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blogs.

  65. Anand BV says:

    Great list, I think everyone should vist the above listed places before they plan to go out of India. Proud to be Indian

  66. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil. Good job u done n congrats. But m still confused, where to go in july? M living in Delhi. Plsss reply me..waiting for ur reply..thnx.

  67. Abhay Bansal says:

    Hii…i m planning for a holiday wid my frnds where should we go for a great adventure in a last week of july…??? Plzz help us…

  68. Richa Sati says:

    Hey Nikhil,
    It's great that you too the effort to help fellow travelers.
    i am in a dilemma. I am planning trip with my family in mid-June. But all the spots we are planning to visit, especially in north-east, will probably witness showers. I wouldn't want the rains to ruin the trip.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance 😉

  69. Deepak Agrawal says:

    Hey Nikhil,

    AWESOME writeup…. Simply WOW…… Best one is, to see you replying to all the information request…….

    I TOO need your help… I am trying to plan my honeymoon trip in first week of June but too confused with destination options.

    I want to travel in North India Only… but CONFUSED between Utrakhand, Himachal and Kashmir….

    What I am looking forward for:

    Less Crowded Place
    Cold Place
    5 – 6 days trip
    Covering Couple of Locations (Near-by)
    Resort with Pool

    Pls HELP me with some information and insight.

    Regards n Thanks in ADVANCE…..!!!!!!!!

  70. Aditi Morale says:

    Nikhil sir, thanks for this wonderful and informative piece of writing. But still I have a doubt. I have recently finished my tenth standard exams and having my vacations. A tour to which of these places mentioned above will be the most refreshing and wonderful enough to relieve my whole year stress of studies ? Actually a family tour is to undertaken in the month of may this year , probably to a hill station or a similar place having lush green pastures, enchanting hills and valleys , meadows and sparkling rivers. Considering all these things which place will be ' best from the rest ' ?
    – Aditi

  71. RAHUL says:

    Hey Nikhil,
    Thanks a bunch for such an informative blog. We'll be flying to India on a short vacation of 10 days in May. And there comes Coorg in our mind (thanks for describing it) but, Will the Coorg happen to our baby of 6 months? A big concern!!

    All the same, please suggest a way to customise the tour with selective sights like:
    1. Madikeri Fort.
    2. Raja's Seat.
    3. Talacauveri.
    4. Nagarhole National Park.
    5. Abbey Falls.
    6. Nisargadhama Island.
    7. Omkareshwara Temple.
    8. Kakkabe.
    9. Dubare Elephant Camp.

    Do "they" provide airport pick up and drop + sightseeing with a personal vehicle and driver?

    Loads of regards,
    -A Demanding Tourist 😉

  72. Anonymous says:

    Mahabaleshwar is hot even in March,and the actual beauty reveals itself during monsoon and winter season.

  73. Anonymous says:

    Add Auli(Uttarakhand) also in the list

  74. SONIT SONI says:


  75. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Sorry missed out on quite a few replies. However, should anyone want any assistance, I am available to answer any queries that you might have regarding places to visit in summer.

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  77. Praveen says:

    Nice info. Munnar, Kerala is also a good summer holiday destination

  78. Biswajeet Rout says:

    how about visiting mussoriee in May,is it worth

  79. Unknown says:

    can we visit Goa in summer ,how would be the weather there

  80. PRASHANT S says:

    Give any two options for April second week family tour destination….

  81. Vacation Home Rental says:

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  82. neha says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Hope you are enjoying your tours.
    Its really amazing to go through the snapshots of all less explored but famous destinations through your blog.

    I am planning to go on honeymoon next year in the month of March.
    Could you suggest us a place which is more lively, adventurous, romantic…… and suitable for this particular month.

  83. Anupama Sudhakar says:

    Hi Nikhil ,

    I am from Bihar, but staying in bangalore with my husband.Sugegst me whether north India or south India will be good on mid of April.Could you suggest best places to visit . I will be travelling with my husband to celebrate my first marriage anniversary. Thanks in advance. Waiting for your reply.


  84. Anupama Sudhakar says:


    I am planning to go on honeymoon this year in the month of April.
    Could you suggest us a place which is more lively, adventurous, romantic…… and suitable for this particular month.
    please suggest me places in India ..

  85. Anupama Sudhakar says:

    waiting for ur reply nikhil

  86. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Its tropical always so it would be kinda hot. But you'll get very good deal for hotels which is one of the plus. If its raining you'll see quite another enchanting side of Goa.

  87. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Visiting Mussoorie is always worth it. Don't miss out on Lal Tibba. I'd recommend walking instead or driving. Gun Hill and Kempty Falls is yet other 2 places that you should cover on your Mussoorie trip.

  88. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Where do you want to go for holiday in April? North, South, East or West? In North, I'd recommend McLeodganj and Shimla. In South I'd recommend Kodaikanal and Coorg. In West I'd recommend Jodhpur or Gir and in East, I'd recommend Darjeeling or Gangtok.

    Let me know if you have a specific region and particular interest so that I could be more precise in recommending you the place.

  89. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Anupama,
    I apologize for keeping you waiting. Couldn’t reply earlier as I was on the move and amidst the mountains but now that I am back, I’ll try to be of as much help as I could 🙂

    First of all, if you could have stated the kind of activities you or your hubby enjoy, and the places or interests as in hills, adventure, historical, snow, water or beach; then it really helps me lot to be as concise and to the point in my answer as I can be.

    However I’ll try my best to assist you to the best of my ability. However, if you find it not to your liking you could always fill me in with the kind of places you enjoy, the experience you are looking for or what interest you guys share so that I could assist you in planning first anniversary of your beautiful beginning.

    Both North and South have some beautiful destinations if you are looking to choose the hills as inevitably the romance and allure of hills are seldom matched by any other experience except for in some case beaches.

    So if it’s the hills you are looking for a romantic first anniversary of your marriage and since you are staying in Bangalore; I’d only recommend North if you are looking for the snow factor or else South itself has some of the most salubrious, romantic and some quitter hill stations in India.
    Since you are living in Bangalore for quite some time now, should I assume that you have been to Ooty, Munnar, Coorg etc?

    And since you are from Bihar, shall I assume that you went for your honeymoon somewhere in North India? It would have saved me a lot of effort if you could have told me the hills you have travelled to 🙂

    Anyways, if you haven’t; I’d recommend that you choose Sangla Valley, Spiti, Narkanda etc for your first anniversary if it’s the North India you could manage. Take at least a week or I’d say 8-10 days and cover the entire Spiti Valley. It’s secluded, it’s ancient, its spectacular, its romantic and most of all, and it is mostly beyond words to describe. It’s a kind of place from where you never want to come back.

    Could have recommended Manali but it will be way too crowded. But still if you wish to go, choose Old Manali for accommodation and arrange your tours from there only.

    Kashmir is cliché and crowded, so I’d avoid it. Ladakh is too cold in April but it’s an option. North East especially Sikkim, Manipur and Arunachal are at their best at this time of the year. A week long holiday will cover most of the destinations in these three North Eastern states. They are less crowded and the scenery captivating making them very romantic destinations indeed.

    Now, coming back to cities, Rajasthan has some of the cool romantic destinations like Udaipur and Jaisalmer sam sand dunes but alas April would be scorching hot in Rajasthan.

    My fave destination Uttarakhand is yet another place I’d recommend. Consider destinations like Auli, Kausani, Mukteshwar or the unexplored Binsar and Almora. If you wish, I could provide you with detail.

    Coming back to South, if your answer to my first question is no; then leave the overhyped and crowded Ooty and head for quieter hill stations like its little sister Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu which is neither too cold or too hot in April and offer at par picturesque setting. Wayanad in Kerala and even Munnar is very good option for romantic getaway in ‘God’s own Country’. In fact these destinations are not just good for anniversary but are also considered some of the best places in South India to go for honeymoon in April.

    I think I am getting carried away here so I’d stop and if you perchance read this and answer the points that I raised, I am sure I could come up with something more precise and up to your liking. I could see I have recommended kind of entire India to you.

    You know what I mean. It raises more questions than it solves. Pardon my digressions. Would look forward to your reply.

    Just a word of caution everything stated above is from my personal experience hence are inevitably subjective and forthrightly biased 🙂


  90. Anupama Sudhakar says:

    Thanks a ton dude 🙂

  91. Anupama Sudhakar says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    Unable to reply you for my 65th comment.So replying you in 64th comment.Thanks a ton dude for replying with so many destinations.How was your vacations?I would like to share few more information with you.We went to Goa for our fist honeymoon.As it is our second honeymoon come 1st anniversary,planning to visit some hill station or beaches.I am totally confused.Ya but the trip should be adventurous,romantic n memorable too.We are planning for 4-5 days trip.I think these information will be helpful for you to suggest any particular area.Let me know whether North India or South India should be preferred.
    Waiting for your reply.

  92. Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikhil,
    My family and I are planning a trip in mid-February and since we live in Uttarakhand and have visited places nearby we want to visit some place other than Himanchal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Currently, we are contemplating Gujarat, Kerala and Andaman Islands (pretty random, I know :P)
    I would love your inputs on the place that we should visit during that time. 🙂
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Richa 🙂

  93. Nikhil Chandra says:

    With just 4-5 days in hand, tour to North India will definitely get hectic especially the Northern hilly terrains of Himalayas as April will be too hot for the Northern Plains. I'd suggest that since you have only 4-5 days up your sleeve the popular adventurous and romantic circuit of Ooty – Kodaikanal – Munnar – Kumarakom – Kochi too will get hectic. What you can do it select the first part or the later. My recommendation for if the crowd don't deter you is to choose Ooty – Kodaikanal as you may find Kochi and Kumarakom quite humid at this time for year or else I'd have definitely recommended you the later.

    If you think you could manage (Which you definitely can) I'd insist that you include Munnar in your trip as it one of the most romantic hill stations in South India with a beauty which is unmatched and with limited number of tourists which have nowadays become bane of Ooty tourism.

    Let me know if you need more details.

  94. Naresh Reddy says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    I am planning to have a small trip for 4-5 days on our first marriage anniversary from 5th-10th June. We stay in Mumbai and we already had been to Manali and Shimla. Let me know some best places down South.

    Thanks in advance…
    Naresh Reddy

  95. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Munnar is something I'd definitely recommend to try out this time along with Periyar may be. These two are best to be enjoyed in June. Let me know if you need details.

  96. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey Richa,
    Sorry for replying late.
    Good to hear that you have decided to break the monotony of mountains by choosing to stay clear of Uttarakhand, Himachal and Kashmir while planning for your trip. Mid May, Andaman would be terrific but it’s generally the airfare (18-20K per person) that puts off the tourist. If you are willing to pay for the airfare, then your first choice should be this tropical paradise with its pristine beaches, historical places and loads of adventure activities. It is well suited for family holidays in India.

    If not then Kerala should be your second choice. A sliver of state located in the Southern coast of India, Kerala has something to offer to everyone. Pristine beaches, palm-fringed backwaters, teeming wildlife and mouth-tingling cuisines along with hill stations (Which I guess you’d like to give a miss but I’d recommend otherwise).

    If it is Kerala that you’d like to choose, my recommended tour circuit for family holiday is (assuming you have a week’s time) is to start off in Kochi then travel on to Munnar followed by the backwater paradise of Allepey and Kumarakom and on to the delightful beaches of Kovalam and conclude your tour in the capital Thiruvananthpuram.
    Covering these places will give a glimpse into the complete aspects of Kerala for which it is fondly referred to as ‘god’s own country’.

    Gujarat is more of a religious destination and it is recommended if your family consists of elderly members. Dwarka and Somnath are two of the most religiously important shrines for Hindus located in Gujarat. You can either club it with historical beach destination Diu or else head to the salt desert of Rann of Kutch which is fast catching up with tourists from around the globe and where you may also catch up with ongoing Runn Utsav. If call of the wild is something that interests your family then also add Gir, the only place to see lions in their natural habitat in India.
    Let me know if you have some specific interests in mind that suits well to your family’s liking so that I could suggest accordingly as I have mostly omitted historical and archaeological sites which don’t interest many families traveling together. And if it is Gujarat don’t forget to include Ahmedabad in your itinerary. For more specifics…drop me a line!

  97. Nikhil Chandra says:

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  98. Naresh Reddy says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Really a great information provided by you. As I am still confused, I would need your suggestion. I am planning to travel for 4-5 days in June first week to celebrate our first marriage anniversary. We have already been to Manali and Shimla and we stay in Mumbai. Can you please suggest some best places for us as a couple.


  99. Kiran Goyal says:

    Very beautiful places. I just want to go on these places.

  100. Rashi says:

    Great piece of information, just want to know which place is best to travel alone for a female; or in case we have any travel groups operating in certain places.

  101. Red Devilz says:

    Hey Nikhil,

    I am planning for week long trip along with my wife and my Kid (She's 3) during the month of May, i am from Mumbai, have been to Lonavla and Khandala number of times. Any places which you could recommend to beat the heat? I prefer North, but i am confused as to which place should i visit. Since i am traveling with my Kid for the first time that would be a bit far, i want her to have the utmost fun.

    Awaiting your feedback.

    Thanks a Ton!!


  102. Anonymous says:

    Hi nikhil
    I am planning for 10-15 days.along my friends during the month of June.i am from Delhi.i am confused between two places.Ladakh and nepal.is there need visa for Nepal?

  103. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Visa is not required for Nepal. 10 – 15 Days are good to have you are planning to visit any of these destinations. Both are mountainous terrain and offer much adventure. I have been to Ladakh and I'd say that it is indeed an awesome place to travel to in India especially in June and add extreme thrill and adventure if you decide to go on a road trip to Ladakh. Even Nepal for that matter is a good destination for road trips. If you could tell me more about what are you expecting from your trip then I could be more specific. However as I said both are awesome places to go if you love nature, adventure, mountains and lakes. With Nepal, you can later flaunt that you went for a foreign trip in June 🙂

  104. billingsunriseadventure says:

    Thanks for sharing.i am a big traveler many i going many places but bir billing place is the best place for my life.Bir billing from himachal pradesh.bir billing is famous in paragliding,camping and trekking.

  105. Radhika Reddy says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    We are planning to visit Ladakh during the summer (May).
    I have a five years kid. Would it be good approach to take her Ladakh. What I have heard is we face lot of breathing problems there.I am from Hyderabad and planning to reach Ladakh by flight. Please suggest.

  106. Sacbe says:

    Hi Nikhil, which would be a real cool place to visit during June-July? We are from S. India. We are a family of 3 with teenage daughter. Need to relax, a bit of trekking and shopping too.

  107. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Dolly,
    Acclimatization (getting used to high altitude air condition which may lead to breathing problem for some) is one of the major concerns when it comes to trip to Ladakh. Upon arrival in Leh, spending minimum 2 days (which may include local sightseeing on the second day)in Leh is strongly recommended. Located as it at an altitude higher than 10,000 feet, some visitors might face breathing normally an issue as the concentration of oxygen at that elevation is quite low.
    However, as opposed to adults, it has been observed that children face lesser issues when it comes to acclimatization in high altitude condition. If your kid is not having any breathing related issues then breathing issues are less likely to occur.

    Just keep in mind a few things while traveling around Leh Ladakh. Do spend your first 2 days in Leh to get used to breathing condition. Also keep diamox (medicine that helps with acclimatization) handy. If you or your child face any breathing issues or dizziness and headache while traveling to places such as Khardung La or Chang La descend immediately. Do not rush things in as in get excited and run on passes or for that matter most of the places that you travel to in Ladakh.

    Do remember if you or your ou have any symptoms of breathlessness after a little exercise, heart problem, then you need to consult your physician before visiting Ladakh or better reconsider your trip.

    I hope it helps. Let me know if you need any more assistance.

    All the best!

  108. Nikhil Chandra says:

    I would have recommended North East if not for July as it would be raining cats and dogs in most of North East India by then.

    Since you are from South India and you are looking for trekking, there are several places in Nilgiri Hills or the Western Ghats region which are ideal for trekking but once again monsoon is a factor to take into consideration if you are travelling in June – July. Coonoor is one of the places you could consider at this time. Considered as sister to hill station to Ooty, Coonoor boasts of several moderate trekking trails that could be easily covered by your teenage daughter. Even though many tourists avoid Munnar during the monsoons, this is yet another great time to visit the hill station if you’re looking for a quiet vacation. Carry an Umbrella though.

    I have covered many destinations in India in this post. If you could be more specific with your requirement as in the days in hand and the region you are willing to travel to (as in North India or South), I could be f more help with destinations, activities and packing tips as the places I'd be recommending are also considered as best places to visit in India in monsoon.

    I look forward to your reply so that I could be help you recommend holiday destination of your liking.


  109. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Sherin,
    North sounds great. Since you have a week time (and assuming you are willing to fly from South), there are quite a few places that you could enjoy in North India.

    Since you are travelling in May, most of the Northern Plains and also the entire South India except for the Western Ghats are best avoided. Up North, Kashmir is one of the destinations that I would recommend highly. Srinagar combined with Sonamarg, Gulmarg and/or Pahalgam would be real fun for both you guys as well as your child. Gardens, lakes, shikara rides, gondola ride and pony rides are some of the activities that kids enjoy a lot.

    Also in North Nainital combined with Bhimtal, Mukteshwar and Corbett is yet another fun option to be consodered if you are planning your holiday in the month of March in June.

    If you are okay with mountains, then do let me know as I could suggest a few more. June will be hot but Delhi is one of the destinations in Northern plane that I would definitely recommend as fun place to visit in June with kids.

    If you could provide me with few more leads I could be to the point as there's no use repeating the destinations that I have already covered in the post.

  110. Oliver says:

    India is beautiful, the location is great landscape, I have known some beautiful scenes in the film 3 idiots ^^

  111. Ankit Dixit says:

    hi Nikhil,
    this is Ankit, want to plan my honeymoon trip starting from 24 april for 8 to 10 days. Start point is Delhi. number of days can be extended based on the location.
    want to avoid heat and crowded locations.
    Can you please suggest a plan?
    Would be a great help.


  112. Red Devilz says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Any luck with the above??

  113. Santhosh says:

    Hello friend, very pleased to go over all the experiences and suggestions. I am returning back to India after a 6 months business visit in US, and looking forward to a best relaxation period for few days along with my wife in April 1st week. Can you suggest me any best places. I'm not looking for any adventure/tricking, much roaming but, need a break to chill. Your suggestions are much appreciated, look forward to converse with more experiences.

  114. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil,
    Lovely blog and very informative. I am planning a trip to Manali in early May this year, plan to cover Shimla and Kulu too of course. Its a 7 to 8 day trip and I want to know what all would you recommend we cover during this period. Dont want it to be a very hectic trip as would like it to be a combination of leisure and pleasure 🙂 I loved the info about Solang Valley and Vashist and its definitely on my to do list.Looking forward to your recommendations. Thanks

  115. Anjaana says:

    Thanks Nikhil for short n sweet guide about Places to visit, it helped me a lot. I just wanted your suggestion for south India trip in late May Tamilnadu or Kerala or both cab be covered in one week vacation, plz suggest.

  116. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey Ankit,
    Since you want to avoid heat most of the Northern and Southern plain as well as entire Western region of India is out of question. Again if we apply the filter "crowded" most of the popular destinations such as Manali, Kashmir, Shimla, Kausani, Mussoorie, Nainital in North India are again ruled out. Even Ooty in South is crowded. But let me also tell you that there are the most popular places for honeymoon in India at this time of the year.

    Now if you want to go to honeymoon in South India in April, just reply to this reply of mine and I'll come up with as many options as possible for a cool, serene place where you could enjoy a beautiful beginning with your wife. For now let me focus on North and all these recommendation are what I'll rate as 10/10. But I must start with a disclaimer. Both these region are my personal favorite.
    My first recommendation to you for honeymoon in North India in April is North East India. Why I recommend this is that it is still (to some extent) off the beaten path destination where you will find postcard perfect scenery, come into contact with various indigenous culture and friendly people and cool climate and places where 'touristy' crowd is mostly absent.

    Sikkim in North East India is one of the finest places to go for honeymoon in India in April. Mount Khangchendzonga dominates the landscape with the peak visible from most of the state. The allure of Sikkim lies in its majestic mountains, green valleys, wilderness & sense of adventure, delightful cuisines and friendly local. The state is virtually explored and its biodiversity is just incomparable. This small state abounds with spellbinding natural diversity which include 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties and 23 bamboo varieties to name a few.

    Be it cultural activities, adventure like trekking and rafting, lakes and glaciers or wildlife sanctuaries, you could choose to experience a range of activities while planning your honeymoon in Sikkim. Even if you are not interested in any such activities, the romantic natural landscape and peaceful atmosphere makes it an ideal place for romantic retreat.

    Yumthang Valley, Tsomgo and Gurudongmar Lake, Pelling, Namchi and Ravangla are some of the top places that should feature in your itinerary if you do plan to visit Sikkim for your honeymoon.
    Auli in Uttrakahand is yet another place that is a good option however it is not that offbeat place anymore as it used to be. Uttarakhand overall is a good place for honeymoon as it is often overlooked as honeymoon destination in favor of more popular Kerala, Goa, Kashmir and Himachal at this time of the year. However, since you have 8-10 days up your sleeve you’d need more places to add to Auli which sadly are far away and would consume 1-2 days of your traveling time. If you leave Auli from your itinerary, you could cover Binsar, Almora, Bageshwar, Ranikhet and Kausani is 8 – 10 days starting from Delhi. Mind you that there are not plenty of thing to do at these places. These are tranquil scenic retreats where you’ll have ample of time to spend together.

    Lahaul Spiti is yet another isolated place that I’d recommend for a breathtaking experience blissfully away from mass tourism. It is one of the most spectacular valley with awesome vistas of stark and rugged mountains just like Ladakh, spectacular glaciers and snow laden fields, ancient monasteries and spellbinding natural formations. An itinerary here should include visit to Kaza, Tabo, Nako and Keylong. The key attractions are Ki mansatery, Dhankar Gompa, Tabo Monastery and Pin Valley National Park.

    I hope you are not disappointed by my recommendation. Let me know if I could be of more assistance with more specifics.


  117. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Santhosh,
    Could you tell me if its North India or South India or for that matter West where you are more likely to visit?


  118. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Or just tell me the base as in the starting point of your trip.


  119. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Anjana,
    Glad to know that you found this “short and sweet guide” helpful.
    Although my expertise doesn’t incude much of South India, there a few places that could be recommended at this time of the year. Traveling in late May will mean encounter with monsoon. The Southwest monsoon hits Malabar coat in Kerala at around 1st of June. However lucky for you that Tamil Nadu doesn’t receive much rain during Southwest monsoon as it gets most of its rain from Northeast monsoon, from October to December.

    Now, I was talking about rain as it could become a factor if you are travelling late in May and have Kerala and Tamil Nadu in mind.
    Besides rain, heat and humidity are two of the major factors that affects travel decision making at this time of the year. If it’s not hills in May-June, it will be mostly hot and humid in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu and by holiday you also mean outdoor activities and sightseeing then most of the major attractions and tourist places are definitely not recommended at this time of the year.

    If it’s indoors, resorts, relaxation etc. then beach destinations are definitely up for grabs e.g. Gokarna, Bekal, Kovalam and Varkala etc.

    If not then let me start with the hills 🙂

    Ooty and Kodaikanal are two of the finest hill stations in Tamil Nadu that could be visited in late May. Wha will work to your advantage is that it is not the peak tourist season hence there will be lesser crowd and accommodation too would be cheaper. I’d be brief here as I have already covered these destinations in this post.

    The only exception to not visiting coastal town is Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu where weather is between 15-30 degrees. Evening are cooler due to cool sea breeze making it comfortable for sightseeing in the evening.

    Coming to Kerala, well it’s a destination which is promoted as all-weather destination but still heat and humidity are somethings you should definitely consider before planning your trip.

    Munnar is one of the finest places to visit in Kerala at this time and for that matter any time throughout the year and definitely has my thumbs up. Another recommended place is Wayanad with its amazing biodiversity. Mountain scenery, spice plantations, lush paddy fields and diverse wildlife makes it one of the finest yet off the popular tour circuit destinations in Kerala. There are several fine resorts here which offer eco-friendly hospitality.

    Now did I make it any clear or have I left you with more confusion? Would love to know 🙂

    Do let me know if you would want my assistance in simplifying this things a bit more!

  120. Nikhil Chandra says:

    In Manali, Vashisht, Manikaran and Solang Valley are some of the places that you should cover during your stay beside the popular Rohtang Pass visit to have fun in snow. In Shimla besides Mall Road, Mall, Ridge and Jakhu temple, try also to visit the Glen, Chadwick Falls and the Green Valley in the vicinity. Shoghi is yet another recommended excursions that you should take from Shimla.

    If you still have time after Shimla and Manali and I guess you’ll have since you have eight days in your hands, you might also consider including Dharamsala in your itinerary. Let me know if you would for I may have a suggestion or two.

  121. Tommy says:

    Thank Nikhil. So helpful. I like "Ladakh: Adventure, Romance & Buddhism" but i can't drive motorbike, Where do I find a travel mate? pls.

  122. Bhavani says:

    Wow , great Nikhil . thanks for the useful information for the summer trip.

  123. Pooja Thakur says:

    It was an amazing post. I really liked it. Very useful for my next trip.

  124. Unknown says:

    Dear Nikhil,

    I am planning my honeymoon in May for 7 days…I am from Jabalpur M.P…Please suggest any cold place which would be convinient for me to reach from Jabalpur

  125. Anonymous says:

    Excellent blog filled with very useful information and inspiration, first of all thanks a ton for that, now coming to your expertise, please help me with your valuable suggestions so as to enable me to plan my honeymoon.
    I am from Guwahati, Assam and planning for a 7/8 days trip in the mid of April. Since we both are nature lovers, Arunachal Pradesh is one of our options but at this point of time we are not interested in Meghalaya. Please suggest for any other place which will suit our needs. Your suggestions will be highly appreciated.

  126. Bon Voyage Travels says:

    vry nyc info Nikhil ji

  127. Priya Wadhwa says:

    this is great..places that are really not listed elsewhere. Thanks 🙂

  128. Unknown says:

    Dear nikhil
    I am from Bombay .
    Planing for a holiday for 6/7 days with my 2 year daughter and wife in mid of may.
    Planing for a cool destination .
    May be north India with less of travel .
    Would you recommend manali.
    Kindly guide.

  129. Sneha Roy says:

    Hey very nice post really sharing such a knowledgeable tutorial, and photography is very natural and awesome.
    Thank's 🙂

  130. Anonymous says:

    I am from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Can you please suggest some destinations to visit with family in North India Or South India. Mount Abu, Udaipur, Mussorie, Mahabaleshwar etc places I already have visited.

    I am thinking for Nanital, Corbit park. I want to go after 20 May.

    Please guide.


  131. Anonymous says:

    Hello Nikhil. first of all, i wish to congratulate you on writing such a beautiful description of practically all vacation destinations in India. For people like me, who have not been to many places, this write up is an eye opener. Nikhil, we are planning a summer vacation in june this year and our family has many small kids. We are from punjab. Can you suggest me places for a relaxing summer vacation wherein both adults and kids can enjoy together. We plan to go in the firt week of june and look forward to a week long holiday. thanks Nitin

  132. Unknown says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Thanks for the wonderful work and the very useful blog. Most importantly the best suggestions, advice and inputs for the holiday trips and making others happy. Great job and keep it. Now comes my questions

    I am planning for a vacation for about 6-8 days in June first week. We are four of us with 20 years old boy and 15 years old girl. We have covered many places in the north (Rothang pass, Nathula pass & the related areas like Skim, Dargeling, Kalipong, Manali, Simla, Chandigarh etc). Would like to explore further in the North and North east side. May be Meghalaya / Assam, Shilong side or Places in Uttarakhand (Nainidal, Musoorie etc) or Bhuton.

    Could you pl. suggest the best itenary that i can plan for this year and rest i can plan for subsequent yearly vacation.

    BTW, i am in Chennai. Also, we covered all the places in TN, Kerala, Karnataka area.

  133. Paragliding in Bir Billing says:

    Nice blog… Huge thumbs up. certainly the tourist destinations you have mentioned here are undoubtedly among the best places in India and especially for spending summer vacations parts of North India and North-east India are amazing. The pictures in the blog are very lovely with spectacular views. Also i would like to add one more destination on your list which is Bir Billing. This place is very close to Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh just around 65 KM, not so crowded, calm, with cool atmosphere. Bir Billing is well known for paragliding in India and around the world. This place is growing as tourist adventure destination. One should really come to visit this place once in lifetime…

  134. Shipra Mahendra says:

    Hi nikhil
    Really its was nice reading the blog. I want ur opinion regarding my summer vacation for 10-12 days with my 2 small kids. I belong to the place lucknow . So plz if u can help it will be very helpful thanks

  135. Amrita Singh says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    This information is very helpful! My daughter and her fiance will be visiting from the US in mid-August for a week. On their last visits they have visited Agra/Jaipur, Simla, Rishikesh and Dalhousie so they wanted to do something different. They were thinking of Goa or Kerala. However it seems that the monsoons will be in full force at that time. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

  136. Amrita Singh says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    This information is very helpful! My daughter and her fiance will be visiting from the US in mid-August for a week. On their last visits they have visited Agra/Jaipur, Simla, Rishikesh and Dalhousie so they wanted to do something different. They were thinking of Goa or Kerala. However it seems that the monsoons will be in full force at that time. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

  137. Nikhil Chandra says:

    And when will you be traveling. Could you give me your tentative dates of travel so that I could suggest you the destinations accordingly.

  138. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Thank you for liking the post 🙂

    Yes mid-August monsoon will be in full force. Still Kerala is considered a good monsoon destination. Beaches won't be that much fun but there's so much more to Kerala than just beaches. It is ideal time for Ayurveda in Kerala if they are interested.

    Alleppey, Varkala, Thekaddy, Vythiri, Kochi are some places which could be visited at this time.

    Coming to Goa, well for those who have traveled to Goa during monsoon, they find it the best time. The beauty of Goa minus the crowd and great deals on hotels makes monsoon one of the best times to visit Goa for those looking for lesser crowds to enjoy Goa's surroundings. If one is not averse to rain this is the time I'd personally recommend to visit Goa.

  139. Anonymous says:

    destination in end of july for max a week plzz and the blog is awsm

  140. Pooja says:

    I think you have covered all beautiful and must visit destinations in this post.I was literally enjoying while reading about any destination.

  141. Abdullah Hasan says:

    Hi Nikhil have a good day

    I am from Malaysia. You do a good job for people who like travelling.
    we are going to Himacal Pradesh coming November (1 – 12 Nov). Can you suggest me the place we would visit in 6 days. I like snow, sight seeing, tracking, sun set/down, budget hostel/guest house,

    Thanks for your post I was literally enjoying while reading and seen your amazing photo.

  142. Golconga fort Hyderabad says:

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  143. raoy says:

    wow.. i just know that india have many beautiful places to visit. hopefully one day i can get there.

  144. SkyCandy says:

    definitely a good list of some of the best places in India. Nice ob done. Keep it up and thanks for sharing…

  145. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil. I am from Gujarat can you suggest best place to visit in 1st week of May

  146. Indian Railway IRCTC App says:

    i am from uttarakhand, Know about uttarakhand "it is a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites"

  147. Grandaimadventure says:

    Thanks for sharing this list is very useful.

  148. Anonymous says:

    Dear Nikhil
    Yours is a superb blog. And the way you delve into details to guide the travelers is really praiseworthy. I am planning for a 7 to 10 days trip with family ( my wife and 2 daughters aged 15 and 12) during between May last week to June 1st week.Want to experience the leisure with fun and adventure for all.My daughters want to experience the fun on snow .If you can help please. Thank you. 🙂

  149. Farnham taxis says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article about the most beautiful places in India. I think its very useful for people in India as well as foreigners.

  150. manish wadhwani says:

    hi nikhil. first of all, i would like to thank you for sparing time and providing such useful information through this blog.
    we (me, my wife and parents) are planning for upcoming may (5-6 nights). pls guide for such destination which is easily accessible by flight; as my parents cannot travel long journeys due to their old age.

  151. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Manish,
    Thank you for your kind words 🙂
    I would love to assist you in your travel plans. However a few pointers will definitely help me come up with a plan to suit you and your family best. In May, the summer is at its peak so I am guessing you are looking for holidays in hill stations. However, would you be interested in North India or South India (I guess it will depend on your location)?

    Trip to any hill station will require some traveling around on foot. North Indian hill stations are steeper whereas South Indian hill stations are much less elevated.

    I would have recommended Kashmir any day but we don't know how situation there will be like. Although tourism is slowly returning to the state but you never know.

    Shimla is another good destination but to reach Mall, you need to walk as vehicles are not allowed on the Mall Road or Ridge. Dharamsala (McLeodganj) is yet another good option in North if you live close to Delhi. However both these destinations would require 8-10 hours of ride.

    In North East India most of the sightseeing activities include long walks. Sikkim is a good place for family holiday in North East. However nearest airport is Bagdogra and then it is 4-5 hours ride to Gangtok.

    Ooty is a good option in South India for Family Holiday and so is Munnar. Nearest airport to both these hill stations are located approx 100 kms.

    You see, it can get confusing with me offering so many option, so if you could tell be the region you are interested in and the activities you are looking forward to undertake. Also how much traveling your parents would be comfortable to do?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

  152. Vinay Choubey says:

    Hii Nikhil,
    I am from Kolkata and my first anniversary in 1st may so kindly suggest me to visit best romantic & cool weather place.

  153. Traveoport says:

    I love to nanital, its a place of god. thank you very for sharing this info.

  154. Scott says:

    Shimla is an ideal destination to spend your summer holiday in India. The reason I would pick Shimla is the fact that the climate is bearable in summers neither too hot nor too cold

  155. Nikhil Chandra says:

    I would suggest that you go to either Sikkim or Meghalaya if you haven't. You'd love it. And it is near to where you live 🙂 All the more reasons to visit North East. Let me know if you need any further assistance.

  156. Gangula Narahari says:

    Hi Mr. Nikhil Chandra,

    Good day!!

    We are from Hyderabad, First time Planning to travel with family 02 Kids (12 Years and 9 Years boys) in April Last Week or May first week, kindly suggest Shimla tour and any best places with 7 to 8 days.

    Thanks in advance.


  157. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Dear Mr. Narahari,
    Sorry for replying late. In 7-8 days you could cover much of Delhi – Manali – Shimla circuit. Here's what a tentative itinerary would look like. Of course you could tailor it to suit your tastes and the activities that you like e.g. adventure or religious etc.

    Day 01: Delhi – Manali
    Natural Beauty, Manali. Travel by surface from Delhi to Manali. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of day free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 02: Manali – Rhotang Pass – Manali
    Today embark on full day sightseeing tour that should include visits to Kothi Gorge, Gulaba, Marhi, Rohtang Pass (Upto Snow Line in case Rohtang is closed due to snow fall) and Sollang Valley. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 03: Kullu – Manikaran
    Morning half day city tour visiting Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Vashisht Village and Tibetan Monastery. In the afternoon transfer to Kullu enroute visiting Vaishno Devi Temple. On arrival check in at hotel. Evening free to visit Kullu town and shop for the famous Kullu Shawls. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 04: Manali – Shimla
    Travel by road from Kullu to Shimla. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 05: Shimla – Chail – Kufri – Shimla
    Today full day excursion visiting Chail, Kufri and Naldehra. Evening free to stroll in the famous shopping place of Shimla town – The Mall & The Ridge. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 06: Shimla – Chandigarh
    Morning half day city tour visiting Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Sankat Mochan Temple and Jakhu Temple. Afternoon depart for Chandigarh by road. On arrival check in at the Hotel. Overnight stay.

    Day 07: Chandigarh – Delhi
    Morning city tour of Chandigarh visiting the famous Rock Garden – the lifetime dream of Mr. Nek Chand, Sukhna Lake – the beautiful lake that is the major attraction of Chandigarh. In time drive back to Delhi.

    Let me know if you require any further assistance.

  158. Carol says:

    Hey Nikhil,

    I am planning for a vacation this summer. Got to see your blog and decided to visit Darjeeling & Gangtok. I am planning to visit with my daughters who are 15 and 12 .Will there be any fun and adventurous activities to do for us.I need a good guide ,car and hotel booking facilities during my trip.Can you suggest any travel agency who can help us in bookings.

  159. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hi Carol,
    Toy Train Ride, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway Ride are some fun and adventure activities in Darjeeling whereas in Gangtok, Ropeway Cable Car, Rafting, Paragliding, Morning Excursion to Tashi View Point, Himalayan Zoological Park and Trip to Banjhakri Waterfalls are some activities and fun things you could do with your kids.

    I would recommend Indian Holiday Pvt Ltd, a two time National Tourism Award winning company based in Delhi. You can visit their website http://www.indianholiday.com

    In my opinion, opting for a tour operator is better than going for a travel agency as tour operators offer personalized service and are there in case you have a situation during your trip. However, you can ask quotes from 2-3 tour operators just for the sake of cost comparison and compare the service and personalization that they offer.

    Hope you have a nice trip.

    Feel free to get back if you need any further assistance.

  160. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Thanks you for appreciation 🙂

  161. Anonymous says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Hope your doing well!

    I am planning to go out for a vacation 5-6days along with my wife and son who is 2 yrs old, I am based out of Hyderabad.

    I'm very particular of not travelling for hours in the car.

    Please let me know excluding places Manali,Kerala,Ooty,Coorg.

    Preferably in April or May'2017

    I would really appreciate and look forward to hear from you ?

    Thanks and Take care 🙂

  162. Nikhil Chandra says:

    Hey there!
    Well anywhere you'll travel – considering you are traveling in April May which is the peak summer – I believe you are looking for places with cool climate. If I am right then believe me, for any hill stations in India, you will have to use taxi/cabs for traveling longer distances. If you are comfortable with 5-6 hours of traveling, then I would recommend that you should give a try to North East India. And since you are not looking to travel much on taxi, I'd suggest Sikkim as a preferable family destinayion. The nearest airport is Bagdogra from where taxi (4 ppl) will drop you to Gangtok in 3-5 hours. You can visit Darjeeling too which is nearby and considere one of the best places to visit with toddlers in India.

    If you are looking for destinations near you, try Munnar which is also one of the best child friendly destinations in India. A lot of activities really.

    I have already mentioned 37, so you can take a pick from the above too 🙂

    You may also try Gulmarg, one of the finest summer holiday destinations in North India. Activities like pony ride, gondola ride are good way to enjoy holidays with family.

    Let me know if you need any further assistance.


  163. Unknown says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Excellent write up by you on the destinations & also regular follow-ups on the queries posted by others. Really commendable!

    I am planning a visit in April/ May for 8-10 days to Bhutan with my wife & 2 kids. Have you been there? Can you suggest an itinerary and other tips for travel, hotel or any other issues.


  164. Nutan Rathor says:

    Hi Nikhil, I want some information from you as I am planning a trip to Ladakh with 4 friends in April, can you suggest some good places that we can complete in 4 days. We want to see only those places which are very famous and beautiful.

  165. Nutan Rathor says:

    Hi Nikhil, I want some information from you as I am planning a trip to Ladakh with 4 friends in April, can you suggest some good places that we can complete in 4 days. We want to see only those places which are very famous and beautiful. At the same also wanted to share about a unique place a little ahead of RaniKhet in Uttarakhand called Dhamas where we had gone for our office’s annual party in 2015. It has a very distinct topography.

  166. satya says:

    hello nikhil… thanks for the list..its nyc to see the way u r considerate in answering all the queries…could u please suggest me the best and most safest place ..i am planning this summer…being a girl i need to be more safe at the same tym i would like to travel alone

  167. sagar chamoli says:

    Very nice & descriptive article..Loved it..!!

  168. Vish Vesh says:

    very good infos , very glad to read this. hope one day to visit any one of the place with my family. tq, Vish frm Malaysia.

  169. DEEPSHIKHA M says:

    great list , very useful for travelers, must visit such beautiful places

  170. sunirmal says:

    This is an ultimate summer holiday destination guide, these places are worthy to visit in summer. Normally as i stay in north east india, shillong is my fav place to visit, i used to go in every summer vacation in shillong, really nice place to spend good hours.

  171. Synastic ko says:

    hey Nikhil iam from uttarakhand and iam confused where i should go in this summer but as half of the vacations have passed i can't get any trains or flights now .my family includes my childrens and my wife so please suggest me a family location where i could go by car and is safe

  172. trekking sapa says:

    Hi Nikhil,

    Thanks for the wonderful work and the very useful blog. Most importantly the best suggestions, advice and inputs for the holiday trips and making others happy. Great job and keep it. Now comes my questions

    I am planning for a vacation for about 6-8 days in June first week. We are four of us with 20 years old boy and 15 years old girl. We have covered many places in the north (Rothang pass, Nathula pass & the related areas like Skim, Dargeling, Kalipong, Manali, Simla, Chandigarh etc). Would like to explore further in the North and North east side. May be Meghalaya / Assam, Shilong side or Places in Uttarakhand (Nainidal, Musoorie etc) or Bhuton.

    Could you pl. suggest the best itenary that i can plan for this year and rest i can plan for subsequent yearly vacation.

    BTW, i am in Chennai. Also, we covered all the places in TN, Kerala, Karnataka area.

  173. Nirvana Trip says:

    Excellently detailed. with amazing photography thank

  174. Harshal Patil says:

    Detailed article thanks for sharing this amazing information
    Keep Posting.

  175. Joza Fatima says:

    Thanks for details article, liked your list very much

  176. whitestork holidays says:

    thanks for the information

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