Best Places To Visit In Summer In India
Are you looking for some unique summer vacation places? Check out the best summer destinations in India to go sightseeing and everything you need to plan a trip. With summer right upon us, it’s time to start making those summer holiday plans. The unforgiving heat, the haze and the pollution all make us city-dwelling folk long for an escape to best summer destinations in India for a welcome respite. But aren’t Mussoorie, Lonavala, Nainital, Manali, Coorg, Shimla, Ranikhet, etc., all done to death? Don’t break into a sweat, and we’ve researched for you!
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Here’s our list of some lesser-explored but no doubt the best places to visit in summer in India. From mountains to forests and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.
Life can easily be divided into two phases: before you’ve been to Leh & Ladakh, and after. If this isn’t already on your bucket list, make this priority number one because it is merely one of the best places to visit in summer in India. Anything that is said about these two places can’t do them justice; we only suggest that you go there sooner rather than later before tourism and climate change affect this majestic landscape even more.
How to get there: The easiest way is to take a flight to the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.
What to do: From Pangong Lake to Shanti Stupa, Zanskar Valley to Magnetic Hill, there’s plenty to do apart from gaze in awe at your surroundings.
Best time to visit: June to September
If you’ve ever said, “I’m dying to go to the north-east” but still haven’t been, we’re judging you. Shillong is beautiful, steeped in a rich history, offers an unspoiled, intensely beautiful landscape, exciting and varied things to eat, unique experiences, affordable accommodation. And some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. It’s no wonder that we put this on our list of the best places to visit in summer in India. Plus, Cherrapunji isn’t too far from here, so you can easily cross that off your bucket list as well.
How to get there: Fly to Guwahati airport and take a taxi up to Shillong or fly to Shillong’s Umroi airport.
What to do:
- Go boating on Umiam Lake.
- Visit Elephant Falls and Nohkalikai Falls.
- Of course, trek down to the famous Living Root Bridges, Kyllang Rock or Sophet Bneng.
- Are you looking for more adventure? Try river rafting or kayaking at the Kynshi River.
Best time to visit: September – May
3. Ziro Valley
On the shortlist to become a UNESCO world heritage site, Arunachal Pradesh’s capital may be a little bit harder to reach than other places, but it’s more than worth it. Because why be boring and not put effort into your summer vacation? Cradled by hills full of bamboo and pine trees, and surrounded by paddy fields everywhere, prepare for your mind to be blown with just how beautiful this place is. Don’t forget to be adventurous with the local food, mingle with the friendly Apatani tribe, and drink the local rice beer! This gets two thumbs up from us for being one of India’s best places in summer.
How to get there: The closest airport is Guwahati. From there, take the train to Naharlagun Railway Station. From there, take a six to eight hours bus ride to Ziro. Then pat yourself on the back for having made it!
What to do:
- Hit up the Ziro music festival in September, which goes on for four days & nights.
- Go camping in the lush green grasslands.
- Visit the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Go check out the Siddheshwarnath Temple, which is home to a natural Shivalinga discovered only a decade ago.
Best time to visit: Anytime except for April – June
4. Valley of Flowers
A high-altitude Himalayan valley with a long, rich history, the Valley of Flowers — as the name suggests — is home to many different colourful flowers that have taken on various shades of colours as time has passed. The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and is still home to several plant species that are considered threatened or endangered; several have never been found outside Uttarakhand. The Valley of Flowers National Park also happens to be the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’s second core zone.
It lies on the Zanskar range of the Himalayas, with the highest point being Gauri Parbat at 6,719 m above sea level, and the only way to reach here is by making a six-day-long trek. Who said making your way to the best places to visit in summer in India would be easy? But don’t worry, this is one of the easier treks to make, and you come away with memories of a lifetime.
How to get there: We recommend booking a trek with Adventure Nation, which starts at Govindghat, a small town located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand that serves as the base camp of the trek.
What to do: Be amazed at the panoramic beauty around you and visit one of the highest located gurudwaras in the world, Hemkund Sahib.
Best time to visit: July to September
Okay, technically, this is a hill town but with a name that means ‘gift of the forests’, how could we not add it to our list of the best places to visit in India during the summer season?! Once one of the more popular summer vacation places for the British, and now a regular honeymoon destination, it offers a lot in terms of culture, recreation and even architecture.
Located among granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls, and grassy hills at about 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centres around a human-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by an evergreen forest, which means that Kodaikanal has enough unique, offbeat, and exciting things to do and see.
How to get there: Catch a flight to Madurai, and then cover the 120 km by taxi.
What to do:
- Visit the Bear Shola Falls, Berijam Lake and Kodaikanal Lake, or the Shenbaganur Museum.
- A hike or cycling trip at Croakers Walk is a must for the ‘gram, of course.
- Hit up the Kurinji Andavar Temple if that’s your thing, or just rent a boat and cruise.
Best time to visit: April to September.
6. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
The 300 islands that make up this Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal are known for their palm-lined, picture-perfect, spotless white-sand beaches, mangroves, and tropical rainforests. If it’s your first time in this part of the world, we suggest Havelock Island, home to the Radhanagar and Vijayanagar beaches, each more beautiful and pristine than the other. But there’s a lot more to these beaches than meets the eye. And you’ll find all of it underwater.
A trip to Andaman & Nicobar is incomplete without snorkeling and scuba diving, or at the very least, sea walking in crystal clear, blue waters. Diving in Andamans is an experience to check off your bucket list. The coastal water surrounding these islands is home to one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world, so what you see down there, you’ll probably never see anywhere again.
Is this one of the best summer destinations in India? No doubt.
How to get there: Take a direct flight to Port Blair
What to do:
- Visit Cinque island, Tarmugly island, Parachattan waterfalls, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose island and Jolly Buy.
- Eat tons and tons of delicious seafood, and of course, enjoy almost every single water sport known to humankind.
- Plus, go on a trek; you might be surprised that it isn’t all just sand and water.
Best time to visit: October to May
7. Lakshadweep Islands
Another one of those summer vacation places that you always mean to visit but save for “next time”, India’s smallest Union Territory is a tropical archipelago of 36 atolls and coral reefs in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Kerala. Like Andaman & Nicobar, only a few are open to visitors (you will need to get permits, though).
From fishing at Minicoy Island to the Urja Mosque on Kavaratti, beautiful lagoons on Bangaram Island to snorkelling, scuba diving or kayaking on Kalpeni island, and visiting the lighthouse on Andretti island, there’s something for everyone. We promise it’s impossible to take a bad picture here, too, making this our pick for the best beach places to visit in summer in India.
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How to get there: Lakshadweep Island can be reached by ships and flights operated from Kochi. Agatti and Bangaram islands can also be contacted directly by flight from Kochi.
What to do:
- Enjoy unending water sports, including parasailing.
- Go to the marine museum.
- Do something different and get your scuba diving certificate from the Lacadive Diving School.
Best time to visit: October to May Suppose you’re still looking for summer tourist places in India off the beaten path or for summer destinations in India that will offer you experiences like no other. In that case, we also recommend exploring Tawang, Kohima, Majuli in Assam, Kalimpong, Thekkady, Pahalgam, Pelling, or Auli. Phew!