Top 20 Summer Holiday Destinations in India

Are you looking to plan a hassle free summer holidays in India in 2016? 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 2016.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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

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 20th-Dec-2014 by


  1. Thank you for the useful information!

    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.

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

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

  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

    1. Add Auli(Uttarakhand) also in the list

  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.

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

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

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

    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 :-)

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

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

    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?

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

    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!

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

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

    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!

    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??

  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!

    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 :-)

  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.

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

    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.

  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

    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! :-)

  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

    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 :-)

  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.

    Mangesh M

    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!

  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.

  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)

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

  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

  22. Thanks for this information.

  23. 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.

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

    1. 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!

  25. HI Nikhil,

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

    1. 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 :-)

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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)

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

    1. 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 :-)


  31. 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.

  32. 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.??

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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..


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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.


  40. 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!

  41. 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

  42. 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.


  43. 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 ;-)

  44. 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

  45. 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.....!!!!!!!!

  46. 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.

  47. 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 ;)

  48. 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...

  49. 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?

  50. 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.

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. Amazing! Having perused this I thought it was extremely informative.India is most likely a brilliant place.I have additionally more useful post identified with Tailor made tour package in India and must visit visitor destinations.

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

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

  57. how about visiting mussoriee in May,is it worth

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

  59. Hey Nikhil,
    It's great that you too the effort to help fellow travelers.
    You can also Write something about Vacation Homes, Villa, Apartment on Rent for better help for vacation lovers