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Top Summer Holiday Destinations in India

Are you looking to plan a hassle free summer holidays in India in 2015? 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 center 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 break in 2015.

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 summer holiday destinations in India to help you choose and plan your vacation!

Top Summer Holiday Destinations in India

1. Ladakh
2. Coorg (Kodagu)
3. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
4. Kashmir
5. Bhutan
6. Rishikesh
7. Tawang
8. Ooty
9. Shimla
10. Mahabaleshwar
11. Darjeeling
12. ​Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
13. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
14. Wayanad, Kerala
15. Shillong, Meghalaya
16. Munnar, Kerala
17. Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
18. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

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. 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.

Do check out this travel journal  on motorcycle trip to Ladakh.

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.

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]

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? Be sure to check out this Andaman Holiday Package. And yes! don't forget to meet the swimming elephant Rajan during your stay.

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

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.

Bhutan-The-Last-Shangrila-In-The-Himalayas
Tourism in Bhutan is unique and the Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable, ecofriendly approach.Image courtesy Goista
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 Bhutan tour package. 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.

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.

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.

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.

[Here's a recommended tour package: South India with Ooty]

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.

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.


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.

​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.

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.

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.

Shillong, Meghalaya: Culture


Shillong
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.

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.

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu


Coonoor
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.


Last updated on 25th-Nov-2014 by

38 comments:

  1. Thank you for the useful information!

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    1. 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.

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

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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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.

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

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  5. I have been to Darjeeling...Its not worth going to...

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  6. i think bhutan is on my mind nw :)

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    1. 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 :-)

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

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

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

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

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    1. 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!

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

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  11. bookmarked the page, will wait for more updates.. well written and stated... enthusiasm is back on fire.. Ladakh on mind - his june :)
    thanks

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    1. 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!

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

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  12. 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!

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    1. 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 :-)

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  13. 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.

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

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    1. 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.

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  15. 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

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    1. 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! :-)

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  16. 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

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    1. 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 :-)
      Cheers!

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  17. 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.

    Thanks
    Mangesh M

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    1. 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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  18. These 5 things are an unquestionable requirement on the off chance that you are arranging an excursion to India in the Spring. Most Indians utilization hankies and they don't go out without one.

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  19. 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)

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

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  21. 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
    pankaj

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  22. Thanks for this information.

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