Looking to get away with this scorching high temperature, hot winds, and hustle-bustle of the inland-city life? Well, summer is just not about sweat, heat, and humidity, it is also about planning a summer vacation with your friends and family and spend the memorable moments amidst the wonderful landscapes of India. From the lofty peaks in the Himalayas to the Blue Mountains and the Andaman and Nicobar islands and from the Western Ghats to the eastern extents of the Himalayas in the north-eastern states, you have a plethora of options to choose your summer destination in India.

Here, we provide you a list of few top destinations in Indian where you can chill and relax during summers.

  1. Manali

When the summer reaches its peak and scorching sun treats you with a high temperature, one of the best places to visit in India is Manali. Manali is nestled at an altitude of 2050m, in the Beas River Valley, offering images of green mountains with breath-taking views amidst the snow-covered ranges, beautiful water streams, and various adventure activities.

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Manali has become a popular summer destination for backpackers and honeymooners in Northern India.

Things to do:

  1. Do not miss out on exploring Rohtak Pass to play the snow in summer. Wouldn’t it be too exciting to play snow in summers?
  2. Indulge in adventure activities at Solang Valley. You can try paragliding, quad biking, zorbing, and many more adventure sports. It’s one of the best things to do when in Manali.
  3. Explore the most amazing bird sanctuary in Manali

How to Reach:

  • The nearest Airport is Bhuntar in Kullu which is 50 km away from Manali.
  • The nearest railway station is in Chandigarh which is 291 km away from Manali
  • And if you are planning for a road trip, the best way is to drive 546 km away from Delhi.

Ideal Duration: 3-4 days

  1. Shimla

Shimla is one of the most famous hill-station destinations in India to visit during summers. Shimla is bestowed with a rich history and consecrated with natural beauty. Shimla’s cool and mild temperature makes it an ideal spot for a summer vacation in India. Shimla welcomes you with the great snow-clad mountains, beautiful rich greenery, and wonderful lakes. The spectacular mountain tracts are so unique that no one would want to miss it. If you are looking for a relaxing yet fun retreat, Shimla is the place for you! You can visit Shimla during the months of May and June to get away from the summer heat.

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Things to do:

  1. The most fascinating place for tourists is Mall Road.
  2. If you have a love for polo, you can explore Annandale which is 4km from the Ridge
  3. Interested in history? If yes, do visit Viceregal Lodge which was built during the British reign.

How to Reach:

  • The nearest Airport is in Chandigarh which is 115kms away.
  • The nearest railway station is Kalka, which is around 87kms and takes 3 hours to reach.
  • Planning for a road trip? Drive 360kms from Delhi.

Ideal Duration: 3-4 days

3.Leh-Ladakh

The high altitude cold desert surrounded by the Karakoram Peaks, decorated by beautiful lakes and rivers would surely lure you to visit this place again and again.  Leh-Ladakh has a lot to provide you with scenic beauty, various adventure activities, delicious food, trekking, monasteries, and many more. There are wonderful shops where you can shop soft pashmina shawls and stoles and woolen garments as well. And if you are a foodie, try out sipping hot thukpa soup with vegetables and delicious momos dipped in spicy sauce.

The place has everything you would want to explore. And the best time to Leh-Ladakh is during summers.

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Things to do:

  1. Visit Buddhist monasteries, like the Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery, and many more.
  2. Trek through the Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri to reach the Hemis National Park, the largest national park in North India and shelter for snow leopards.
  3. Trek through Chadar ice-trek over shaky snow bridges through the rustic villages.
  4. River raft through the rapid if River Indus
  5. Bike through the high-passes of Leh-Ladakh, this would be an ultimate adrenaline booster.

How to Reach:

  1. The nearest airport is Leh kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which is closest to Leh.
  2. The nearest railway station is Pathankot and Chandigarh.
  3. You can also opt for a bike and is one of the best options if you want to enjoy the beauty of Leh-Ladakh. There are two different routes: Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh. Ladakh is 434 km from Srinagar and 494km from Manali.

 

Ideal Days: Depends on if you want to go for trekking or sight-seeing. Trekking may take around days and only sigh-seeing is for 3-4 days.

 

  1. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is popularly known as “Little Tibet”. The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley based in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. You will be awe-struck by its enormous snow clad mountains and the attractive panoramas. The place is full of monasteries and some have been established 1000 years ago, yet attract the majority of the tourists. You will love to discover the natural beauty of the Spiti Valley and its splendid monasteries along with exotic wildlife.

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Things to Do:

  1. Indulge in river rafting in Spiti and Pin rivers.
  2. Explore Flora and Fauna in the Pin Valley National Park.
  3. Visit the ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  4. Trek to Dhankar Lake, situated above the Dhankar Monastery

How to Reach:

  • The nearest airport is in Bhuntar in Kullu, 245 km away. One more airport that would be near is Chandigarh Airport around 500km away.
  • The nearest railway station which has good connectivity is in Chandigarh.
  • If you are planning to travel by road, you can either take a bus or drive a car from Delhi. This would be the best option.

Ideal Days: 3-4 days

  1. Auli

Auli is the coolest place in India during the summer. It is also one of the most popular skiing destinations in India. In the summer season, the backdrop of green pastures, snow-capped peaks, breath-taking scenic beauty, makes it one of the best places to visit during summers in India. The weather is so pleasant during this time that you would not want to go back. You can go for skiing, trekking, and river rafting.

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Things to do:

  1. Travel to Joshimath on-board the ropeway and enjoy the beauty.
  2. Trek to places like Gorson and Kuari Pass.
  3. Visit the artificial lake in Auli created by the government and made the place even more beautiful.
  4. Visit Nanda Devi National Park

How to Reach:

  • The nearest airport from Auli is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located at a distance of 280km.
  • The nearest railway station is located in Haridwar which is 285km away.
  • If planning for a road trip, the best way is to drive from Delhi, located 500km away.

Ideal Days: 2-3 days

  1. Dharamshala

If you are looking to spend your summer vacation among the picturesque hills, admiring beauty, Dharamshala is the place. The place offers many temples and monasteries that make it stand out among all the other places in Himachal Pradesh. The town is popularly known as “the home of Dalai Lama of Tibet”. This hill station is the first smart-city of Himachal Pradesh.

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Things to do:

  1. Visit Kangra Fort and Bhagsunatyh Temple
  2. Visit Bhagsu Falls
  3. Head to explore different monasteries and the best is to stay in Namgyal Monastery
  4. Explore tea plantations of Kangra Valley
  5. Boat Ride in Dal Lake

How to Reach:

  • The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport which is 13km away from Dharamshala
  • The nearest railway station is Pathankot Railway Station, 85kms away from Dharamshala

Ideal Days: 2-3 days

  1. Tawang

If you are looking for solitude and peace, Tawang is the place you should visit during these summers. Tawang is located at an altitude of 10,000 feet, bestowed with the purest form of nature. The place is best known for Tawang Monastery which relates to the 14th century. This is the second largest monastery of Asia and provides you with manuscripts, books, and artifacts related to Buddhism.

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Things to do:

  1. Trek to the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary (100sq. km. protected area) through the dense woods to enjoy the natural habitat of the orchids. You can also visit Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary.
  2. Drive through the Sela Pass to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surroundings. You can also enjoy the view of the Paradise Lake on the way which is one of the beautiful nature’s creation.
  3. Trek to the most challenging Gorichen Peak which is 22,500 feet hilltop. You will love the panoramic view once you reach this height.
  4. Bumla Pass is another trekking destination which is 16000 feet high and can surely boost up your adrenaline.
  5. Visit Nuranang Waterfalls which would rejuvenate you with splashes of cold water.
  6. Visit Shonga-tser Lakes, an enchanting water body that reflects the high-snow-capped peaks.

How to reach:

  • The nearest airport from Tawang is located in Tezpur, Salonibari Airport at a distance of 387km.
  • The nearest railway station from Tawang is Rangapara Railway station which is 383 km away.
  • If you want to travel by road there are excellent bus services introduced by Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC).

Ideal Days: 3-4 days

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head toward any of the above-mentioned places to enjoy your summer vacation and have a memorable trip with your friends and family.

Go, get going!

If you have any other destinations to visit during summers in India, please leave comments below.