The summer vacations are around the corner and there are many places around to move with your family and friends. India is filled with amazing hill stations, mountain regions and backwater shores where you can spend some time in peace with your friends. If you are looking for a break from hectic schedules and want to escape amidst nature,

Here are my top 20 places in India to visit this summer.

1. Manali

Manali, the coolest destination in India is full of snow filled mountains. The green hills give you an opportunity to breathe fresh air and enjoy a relaxed vacation. Manali is amongst the best hill stations in India and is the perfect place to visit this summer.  Its beauty is mesmerizing with miraculous flora and fauna and mesmerizing scenery.

The major attractions in Manali are – Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Rohtang Pass and Club House. The perfect setting of Manali makes it a perfect destination for the family trip. That’s the reason why it is one of the most visited hill stations in India.

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Manali

2. Ladakh

The craggy hill scape of Ladakh set an appealing contrast to the beautiful sky and lakes. The best time to visit Ladakh is summer. It is amongst the best summer holiday destinations in India. The pleasant time to visit Ladakh is summer and is ideal for those who can handle the moody weather.

Leh is the best place to visit in Ladakh with beautiful Pangong Lake. You can explore the rocky routes of Ladakh, experience sheer serenity beside Tso Lake. Take camel rides through the sands of Nubra Valley, which is considered as one of the best activities to do in Ladakh.

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Ladakh

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3. Shimla

Shimla, one of the popular destinations in Northern India is an ideal place to visit in summer. It has a rich history and blessed with natural beauty. If you are looking for a fun treat, Shimla has to be on the list of best places to visit this summer. It draws the attention of families and offers home experiences for those who are looking for a comfortable stay amidst picturesque surroundings.

Take time to visit Jakhu Temple that is perched on the top of the hill. It has the statue of Lord Hanuman. The best part is the Mall Road, where you can eat, shop and enjoy to the fullest.

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Shimla Mall Road

4. Nainital

Nainital, surrounded by lush hills and valleys is the most beautiful holiday destinations to visit in summer. It is a preferred weekend destination for cities like Noida and Delhi. The enchanting landscape of Nainital makes it a famous tourist destination in India. It has got a variety of surprises to its tourists.

Some of the best things to do in Nainital are – boating in Naini Lake, trekking to tiffin top and bird watching in Pangot Bird Sanctuary. Start your day trip to Nainital Lake followed by Sattal, Bhimtal Lake, and High Altitude Zoo. If you get time, do explore Eco Cave Gardens, Mukteshwar Temple, Kainchi Dham and Naina Peak.   You will fall in love with this place and plan to visit again and again.

Nainital
Nainital

5. Dharamshala

Dharamshala is no doubt a magical place in India that is perfect for your summer holidays. The valley is overlooked by snow-clad mountains and invites travel enthusiasts to experience the beauty of nature. You will enjoy each and every moment of your stay in Dharamshala. It is a calm and composed hill station that allows a perfect vacation with family and friends.

Some of the popular tourist attractions include – Kunal Pathri Temple, Kangra Art Museum, War memorial and Kotwali Bazar. The tea gardens on the way can be visited on the way to Dharamshala.

Dharamshala
Dharamshala

6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu in Rajasthan guarantees a lot of hustle bustle to the tourists. If you are a nature lover looking for peace and serenity, Jain temples are must visit. You can stop over Nakki Lake for a quick boating trip or walk down the sunset point to see the most beautiful sunset. Take some time to go through the wildlife sanctuary to explore the floral colors and diversity.

The list of places to visit in Mount Abu is endless. You will find yourself enjoying the sights of Trevor’s Tank, Adhar Devi Temple, Dilwara Temple, Guru Shikhar and Nakki Lake.

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Mount Abu

7. Darjeeling

Darjeeling is the city with scenic panorama. You can stroll through the gardens early in the morning, captivating the pleasant aroma of fresh tea. The gorgeous views of Kanchendzonga peak from tiger hill are mesmerizing. A ride on Darjeeling-Rangit cable car is definitely a thrilling experience for your family.

Spend an evening witnessing the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, the largest zoo in India. Kalimpong, which is 50 km away from Darjeeling is a must visit the place, as nature is at its best here.  The Mall Road, Dali Monastery Aloobari Monastery, Scrubbery Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda etc are must visit places.

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Darjeeling

8. Shillong

Shillong is another best tourist destination in North Eastern India that makes its way to the best places to visit in summer. There is a great similarity between the scenic views of Shillong and the beautiful landscape of Switzerland. It reflects the colonial charm and hence is known as Scotland of East.

It is a great joy to watch the beautiful mountains of Shillong. You can enjoy the view of Bangladesh from Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in entire Asia.

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Shillong

9. Lonavala

Lonavala is amongst the favorite summer destinations for many people.  You can either choose to relax in the beautiful properties or step out to explore the caves. If you are bored of monotonous lifestyle, Lonavala is a must to visit the place – as it offers a plethora of activities to indulge in. It is a paradise for people who love adventurous activities. You can do a variety of activities from camping to trekking to rock climbing in Lonavala.

The popular attractions are the Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, Bhushi Dam, Walwan Dam and Lohagd Fort.

Lonavala
Lonavala

10. Tirthan Valley

Tirthan Valley, located at a distance of 3 km from the entrance of Himalayan National Park is something you don’t expect to see in India. Though it is called “Paradise for nature lovers”, you can enjoy the variety of adventurous activities such as trout fishing,   trekking, wildlife watching etc. You can discover unexplored hill villages in India with an option of doing absolutely nothing.

The riverside retreat, cloud-kissing mountains, serene Serolsar Lake, hidden waterfalls, and temples fill you with new energy. The popular tourist attractions are – Chehni Kothi, Tirthan River, Parashar Lake etc.

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Tirthan Valley

11. Coorg

Coorg, a well-known hill station in Karnataka has an enriching past. It is known for its exotic beauty along with delicious Canadian cuisine. The scenic beauty of mountains and valleys in Coorg offers everything that is worth taking your breath.  You will enjoy the long and leisure walk in the nearby forest areas.

A trip to Coorg rejuvenates and makes the experience of traveling with family and friends more special.  The gorgeous Iruppu Falls, Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park and Mallalli Falls make it the best place to visit this summer. Trekking in Coorg is another best option to spend your time.

Coorg
Coorg

12. Gangtok

Gangtok has many tourist attractions that make you feel WOW. Though some of the places in Gangtok are a little away, you will remember each and every moment of your trip. The city has well-maintained roads and beauty that you will never forget in your life. Be it is the panoramic view of Dzongu or angling on Teesta river, you will feel each moment of the trip be worth it.

Pelling, situated in the district of Gangtok is amongst the top family vacations in India. Gangtok promises all kinds of amenities to tourists with many chilled out attractions that add excitement to the family vacation.

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Gangtok Mountain

13. Munnar

Munnar, situated at a height of 6000 feet offer tourists a wonderful experience. The lush green tea plantations, exotic species of flora and picturesque valleys make it a beautiful hill station. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves with African elephants, white tigers, and other unique species.

The prime attraction of Munnar is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The gleaming lights around the lake and the cheerful crowd will make your day. The centrally located lake in Munnar is a major attraction, where people enjoy boating.

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Munnar

14. Kashmir

Kashmir, also known as Valley of fun and adventure is a well-known tourist destination in India.  People visit this place to explore the beauty of snow filled mountains. The heartwarming hospitality of people in Kashmir adds charm to the valley.

If you are planning to spend summer holidays in Kashmir, you have four places – Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Srinagar. There are many breathtaking spots in Kashmir that offer great value for your money. You can go for skiing in Aru Valley, river rafting in Lider River or take part in leisure walks amidst snow-clad mountains.

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Kashmir

15. Ooty

If you are looking for a peaceful destination away from hustle bustle of city life, Ooty is the best place to visit in India. It has a few splendid cottages and buildings with the magnificent view of falls. You can do a variety of activities such as – trekking, boating, horse riding etc. The dense shoal forest and natural grasslands characterize the hills with an impressive scenic sight. Ooty is known as Queen of hill stations in India.

The soothing climate and beautiful landscape makes it one of the popular hill stations in India. The popular tourist attractions are – Lake Park, Botanical Garden, Dodabetta, Pyakara Lake and Kalhatty Falls.

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Ooty

16. Horsley Hills

Horsley Hill in Andhra Pradesh provides a good break from the hustle bustle of city life. You will get the best opportunity to be with nature all the time. Whether it is the eucalyptus trees lining on the road or Gulmohar trees making your way to your place, you will feel that life has slowed down too much since the time you are there.

The best things to do in Horsley Hill are – rock climbing, trekking, zorbing, and rappelling. The central Lake offers a picnic spot ideal for the family.

Horsley Hills
Horsley Hills

17. Kalimpong

Kalimpong, located in Northern parts of West Bengal is a perfect destination to spend summer holidays. This place is an assimilation of different traditions and cultures that made it a perfect place for vacation. The picturesque landscape has enhanced the grace of this place to a great extent. One can expect a peaceful stay against the rolling hills of Bengal. Trekking and para-gliding are the attractions of this place. It is situated at a height of 4,500 feet, making it ideal for adventurous activities.

The best spot for trekking in Kalimpong is Samthar. If you are a bird lover, you must visit this place. Jhandidhara, Lava, and Rissisum are the notable places to visit near Kalimpong.

Kalimpong
Kalimpong

18. Drass – Nubra Valley

It is the second coldest inhabited region in the world. Also known as Gateway of Ladakh is at an elevation of 10,990 feet in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. You can take a 3-4 day long trek in May and visit the neighboring places as well.

Starting from the base of Zoji-La Pass, Drass valley offers signs of the lifetime. If you love trekking or mountain climbing, do visit Drass. The other attractions in Dras are – mystical shyok river, wide landscapes, and Mushko Valley.

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Statue of Maitreya Buddha, Nubra Valley

19. Tawang

Tawang, situated at a height of 10000 feet is one of the best tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. This mountain town in Asia is located amidst amazing waterfalls, misty rivers, and breathtaking valleys.  It is the best place to go for monasteries. The beautiful Tipi Orchd Sanctuary is an ideal place that flatters you with its natural beauty.

Some of the best places to visit in Tawang are – Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Nuranang waterfalls, Shonga-tser Lake and Bulma Pass.

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Tawang Gate

20. Kodaikanal

Last, but not the least — Kodaikanal located in Tamil Nadu is a great summer destination. You can enjoy with your family exploring the city, reclining in the lap of nature and enjoying the beauty of lush green gardens and rich fauna.

The major attractions in Kodaikanal include – Telescope House, Thalaiyar Falls, Green Valley View, Kukkal Caves and Bryant’s park. With the pleasing atmosphere and calm environment, Kodaikanal can keep visitors relaxed throughout their stay. A trip to Kodaikanal this summer can rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

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Kurinji Andavar Temple

Well, there is the no better option to spend time with family and friends other than these 20 summer destination. Plan an interesting escape to any of the above destinations in India this summer.

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