Top Summer Holiday Destinations in India
2. Coorg (Kodagu)
3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
12. Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
13. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
14. Wayanad, Kerala
15. Shillong, Meghalaya
16. Munnar, Kerala
17. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
|Chang La enroute Pangong Tso - Sceneries like this make motorcycle trip to Ladakh a highly sought after proposition|
|Pangong Tso is one of the most prominent tourist places in Ladakh. Photo courtesy Bricolage|
|Lush Environs make Coorg one of the popular hill stations in India where one could find respite from the scorching heat|
|Havelock Island, the Andamans is known for its swimming elephants|
|Rich marine life makes scuba diving an enthralling activity at Havelock, photo courtesy Barefoot at Havelock|
|Nishat Bagh is one of the most magnificent Mughal Gardens in Srinagar|
|Betaab Valley in Pahalgam is one of the top places to go in Kashmir|
Where’s the luxury you ask?
|It's the spectacular beauty of valleys like this that tourists rush to Kashmir for their summer holiday|
|Bhutan, the last Shangri La is the sole surviving Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom. Image courtesy news.jobbook.com|
|Tourism in Bhutan is unique and the Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable, ecofriendly approach.Image courtesy Goista|
Things to do in 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|
|A view of Rishikesh with river Ganges in the evening|
|A mesmerizing view of Rishikesh town and holy Ganges from the Himalayan View suite of Ananda in the Himalayas|
|Lake near Tawang|
|Ooty is known for its Botanical Garden|
Here's a recommended tour package: South India with Ooty
|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.
|Mahabaleshwar in Western Ghats is an ideal retreat away from punishing weather of Mumbai|
|Darjeeling is a scenic Hill station famous for its tea gardens and majestic view of Kanchendzonga|
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.
Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
|Panchmarhi is a popular hill station in Madhya Pradesh in the vicinity of Satpura tiger reserve|
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.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
|Named after Lake Kodai, this is one of the popular honeymoon destination in South India|
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.
|Along with being a popular summer destination, Wayanad in Kerala is one of the top monsoon destinations in India|
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.
|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 worshipped 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.
|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.
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, Coonor is a mesmerizing summer destination, placed at an above sea level of 1839 m. Enclosed by aromatic lush tea plantations; Coorg 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.