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Top Destinations to Spend Your Summer Holidays in India

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The summer has come with all guns blazing. The only respite from the scorching heat is the school holidays or a weekend getaway to escape the usual traffic woes and steer clear of crowded places. With a mention of school holidays, the follow-up thought is that of a quick vacation. Are you up on your holiday plan? Or is the idea of “peak summer season” laden with overpriced packages and airfare a concern? Or, perhaps, the fact that you cannot skip your work commitments? A quick excursion, however, should not be a problem. Whether you want to spend four to five days in the tropical Havelock Island of Andaman or spend a week hiking your way up to Kashmir’s most breathtaking mountains, India is a land of endless possibilities, with so much to offer.

So, why go abroad this summer? From the Eastern to the Western Ghats, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, here are India’s top destinations that you must consider visiting in summer, each so diverse, so magnificent, you cannot choose one.

Munnar, Kerala

Tea plantation in Munnar, India

Famous for its lush green hills, great climate and hillsides speckled with tea plantations for as far as you can see, Munnar is a place that’s truly one of a kind. Driving through the twined roads, sipping on refreshing coconut water, air filled with a strong fragrance of tea and the soothing sound of birds will set you in a vacation mood like none other.

There is so much to do in Munnar: Spend an evening soaking in Kerala’s rich culture at a Kathakali show or if you’re up for some thrilling adventures, paraglide or rock climb to witness some of the most scenic views you have ever seen and if you’re in the mood to rejuvenate, why not pamper yourself with a soothing massage to freshen up yourself.

Places to Visit in Munnar: Elephant Lake, Kundala Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Echo Point, Devikulam, Chinnakanal and Chithirapuram.

Things to do: Echo point trek, stay in a tree house, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake and elephant safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park

Leh Ladakh

Words cannot do justice to this surreal place. Ladakh is your ultimate option if you’re seeking the most thrilling vacation of your life. Rough terrain and snow conditions have made Ladakh a challenging place to visit. Hence, the state only opens its highways during specific time periods; this makes summer the ideal time to visit this paradise on Earth. The majestic mountains draped in the snow that surround miles of barren land, and the still reflecting waters of the infamous Pangong Lake will leave you speechless.

Places to Visit in Ladakh: Zanskar Valley, Khardung-La Pass, Pangong Tso Lake, Spituk Gompa, Hemis National Park, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley and Shanti Stupa.

Things to do: Spot the very rare snow leopards at Hemis National Park, ride a Bactrian camel and bike up to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung-La and spends night stargazing.

Manali, One of the Best Places to Spend Summer Holidays in India

Often nicknamed as the Switzerland of India, Manali is a spot that has gained major tourist attraction over the years. Endless green valleys, lakes and snow-capped mountains make Manali a visual delight. Even a 3-4-day trip to this beautiful town will give you the most fantastic experience. Engage in enjoying the white snow at the famous Rohtang pass or spend some time with your loved one strolling along the most beautiful hillsides and bird watching. Manali witnesses some of the rarest migratory birds.

Places to Visit in Manali: Jogini Falls, Manu temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Arjun Gufa, Rohtang Pass, Mall Road, Hidimba Devi Temple, Bijli Mahadev.

Things to do: Paragliding, Rafting, Skiing in Manali Solang Nallah, Visit Vashist Temple & Water Springs, Bhrigu Lake Trek.



A very popular hill in Northern India, and perhaps one of the most visited places in summers, Shimla manages to encapsulate the beauty of India with a touch of British royalty. A perfect combination of relaxing and fun, Shimla will set you in the most ideal mood. Shop and walk around the streets of the famous Mall Road, the city’s centre, every local’s favourite spot, or spend some time in the aura of the most sacred temples.

Places to visit in Shimla: Jakhoo Hill, a stunning view of the entire city 2455 m on top of sea level, 67 metres waterfall famously known as Chadwick Falls, Christ Church, Kari Bari Temple, State Museum.

Things to do: try a variety of food at Mall Road, see old Indian artwork, handicrafts and sculptures of Himachal and other states in the Shimla State Museum, trek in the Daranghati Sanctuary, put up a camp at Mashobra.

Suggested Read : 20 Best Things To Do In Shimla – Queen of Hill Stations

Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands

The most romantic honeymoon destination and India’s very own Bahamas, Andaman is a true paradise. Crystal clear blue waters, golden beaches and sunsets that will sweep you off your feet, The Andaman Islands are simply splendid. In addition to its magnificent nature and stunning beaches, the islands also offer a myriad of activities to indulge in such as snorkeling in the ocean amidst colourful corals, scuba diving, para gliding and many more exhilarating water sports.

Places to Visit in Andaman Islands: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, Mount Harriet And Madhuban, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Ross Island.

Things to do: Scuba diving in Havelock Island, banana boating, snorkelling, kayaking, night kayaking, enjoy private sightseeing tour in Port Blair, glass boat ride, dolphin watching in the ocean, experience sea walking, light and sound show at Cellular Jail National Memorial.

Suggested Read : Dos and Don’ts when travelling in the Andaman Islands

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Situated in the Aravalli Range, 185 kilometres from the nearest city of Udaipur, Mount Abu is often referred to as an oasis in the desert. The famous hill station is home to the most exotic flora and fauna amongst being home to many rivers, waterfalls, lakes and lush widespread evergreen forests. From forts to temples, valleys to lakes, there is something for everyone in Mount Abu.

Places to Visit in Mount Abu: Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock with a view of the lake, Government Museum, Gaumukh Temple.

Things to do: Raghunath temple, enjoy wildlife at the Trevor’s Tank, Nakki lake, views from Achalgarh fort.


Mussoorie - Summer Holidays India

An increasingly popular place to visit in summer, Mussoorie offers a spectacular vista. From bathing under waterfalls to paragliding in hilly lands, Mussoorie is a place to enjoy pure relaxation and thrill while simultaneously being in the midst of tranquil hills and untouched nature at an altitude of 7000 ft above sea level. Wow, that already sounds calming, doesn’t it?

Places to visit in Mussoorie: forest and village environment in Dhanaulti, highest point in Mussoorie Lal Tibba, Gun Hill.

Things to do: Horse riding at Camels Back Road, enjoy homemade snacks at Chaar Dukaan, stroll along Mall road while trying snacks and indulging in some shopping.

Suggested Read : Travel to Mussoorie – The ‘Queen of hill stations’



Welcome to what is known as the queen of hill stations, Ooty. The cold weather, mesmerising meadows and a variety of places to see will leave you awestruck. Make several memories with your family and friends at this scenic destination that promises resplendent views worth capturing.

Places to visit in Ooty: Dobbabetta Mountain, Government Rose Garden, Pykara Lake with waterfalls, Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake, Deer Park, Kalhatty Waterfalls and Ooty Rose Garden.

Things to do: Enjoy boating at the Boat House, tea factory tour, Shooting point, Upper Bhavani Lake and Mudumalai National Park, safari at Mukurthi National Park.

Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok Sikkim - Summer Holidays in India

A rather underrated place, Gangtok is a wonderful place to explore the beauty of North East India. During May and June, the city of Sikkim offers its tourists an ideal weather for a vacation. From visiting the monasteries to admiring the wildlife, a trip to this beautiful place leaves one speechless after experiencing the auras and spirituality that Sikkim holds close to its heart.

Places to Visit in Sikkim: Tsomgo Lake, Yuksom, Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley, Zuluk, Phodong Monastery, Pelling

Things to do: Visit Rumtek Monastery which portrays the ethos of Buddhism, experience various species of wildlife at the zoological park, witness the most surrealistic flora and fauna on TheIndo-China Route, beautiful scenic views from Tashi View Point, Trek up to to Chhangu Lake and Tsomgo Lake for a birds-eye view of the city.

Lonavala, Amongst Best Places to Spend Summer Holidays in India

Lonavala - Summer Holidays in India

Just over an hour drive from Mumbai, Lonavala offers some of the most luxurious properties and outdoor activities. The hill station, for certain, guarantees a very relaxed holiday and is perfect for even a weekend getaway. A must try in Lonavala is the mouth-watering butter chicken and black dal at the famous dhabas that will leave you wanting for more. Also remember to purchase the famous chikkis, a perfect souvenir to take back home to friends.

Places to Visit in Lonavala: Kune Falls, Bushi Dam, Della Adventure Park, Wet N Joy Water Park, Lohagad Fort, Pavana Lake.

Things to do: Learn about the history of the area at Korigad Fort, Karla Caves, and Bhaja Caves, experience the wildlife in Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary, eat at one of Lonavala’s famous outdoor dhabas.

Here. That was a list of some of the most beautiful places in India that you ought to visit in summer. So, get packed, book your tickets and dive into all the countless memories and experiences that await you.

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