10 Must-Visit Summer Travel Destinations in India

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Summer holidays seem exciting but selecting the right family summer vacation spots in India is a tedious task as India is filled with immaculate summer destinations.

There are a number of holiday destinations in India where the heat feels weak even as the summer Sun is scorching. While the list of best vacation spots in India may seem endless, we’ve come up with some of the most searched summer destinations in India.

1. Jammu & Kashmir

This is truly the crowning glory of India. The beautiful hills of Gulmarg and floating gardens of Dal Lake are some of the things that come across the mind as you think of Jammu & Kashmir which is often denoted by its acronym, J&K. The Tulip gardens here should also be on your must-visit list. The annual Tulip festival which exhibits over 60 varieties if Tulips occurs in the month of April. The Drass valley, which is the second most coldest inhabited region in the world, is also something which you shouldn’t miss on your trip. Mushko Valley, Nubra Valley and the Zoji-la Pass offer sights of a lifetime. Trekking and hiking are the major things to do here for adventure seekers.

2. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Truly a paradise for nature lovers, Tirthan Valley offers a plethora of delights and equal number of adventure delights including trout fishing and trekking. The Great Himalayan National Park has so much to offer for the visitors that the place is usually crowded with foreigners and locals alike. This is considered as one of the best ecotourism spots in India with its splendid flora and fauna. Lush green valleys, flowing rivers and marvelous lakes all make it a perfect summer vacation spot for the travelers. Rock climbing, rafting, rappelling, hiking and river crossing are also the most popular activities here.

3. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling is one of those places where Nature is at its pristine best and it is rightly dubbed as the ‘Queen of Hills’. Even if it is a bit congested during the summers, it still remains young as a beautiful summer destination. It is also home to some of the renowned monasteries including the Dali Monastery, Ghoom Monastery and Aloobari and Tamang Ghumba Monasteries. The Sandakphu is also a noted destination as the highest peak in the region. It also offers grandest views of some highest peaks in the world including Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. You’ll feel as if you’re amongst the tallest mountains of the world.

4. Gangtok, Sikkim

This northeastern state in India is packed with some of the most beautiful tourist destinations where you can feel the cool and soothing breeze coming from the Himalayan peaks. Even while the rest of the nation is experiencing the hot summers, the average temperature in Sikkim ranges between 13°C and 26°C. The Gurudongmar Lake, Yumesamdong and the holy Lachung Monastery are the places that shouldn’t be missed in summer. Nathu La and Tsomgo Lake are also the major places to visit. Adventure activities here include mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, river rafting, canoeing and hang gliding.

5. Pachmari, Madhya Pradesh

This place is a pure and cool retreat in the sweltering summers and offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life. One of the major tourist attractions here is boating in the Padmini Lake. Other major attractions include the Dhupgarh Mountain, ancient rock-cut caves and garden, Satpura National Park which offers high views and hiking trails, and the Apsara Vihar water falls. It looks like Nature is the way of life in Pachmari and the place is definitely worth visiting with family as it offers real tranquility. The forests here lush green all the year around with the wild bamboo, Jamun, Sal, Gular and Amla trees. The place was known as the summer capital for centuries. Jata Shankar Cave, Reechgarh, Bada Mahadeo and Priyadarshini Point are some of the top attractions here.

6. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar is truly an incredible family summer escape and was the summer capital of the Bombay Presidency. Beautifully nestled in the Western Ghats, the wonderful place is an ideal summer resort as it offers the most pleasant climate all around the year. The places is so full of tranquil ambience and verdant greenery that it has become the most thriving honeymoon destinations in India. The Needle Hole Point, Arthur’s Seat, Wilson’s Point and Kate’s Point are some of the sights that you just shouldn’t miss. The Venna Lake is also a major tourist attraction here. If you are looking for some adrenaline rush, there are many adventure activities here including horse riding, trekking, rock climbing and even archery.

7. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

Horsley Hills is named after a British collector, W. D. Horsley, who built his home here around 1870. This is one of the major tourist spots in India and an attractive hill station with cooler climate all around the year. As the hills are situated at a high altitude of 1,265 meters above the sea level, the place is charming and attractive even in the hot summer months with all its rich vegetation. There is an environmental park which is a major attraction and some view points that offer picturesque views of the hills. Adventure seekers can indulge in some adventure sports including trekking, rock climbing, zorbing and rappelling.

8. Coorg, Karnataka

Truly called as the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the popular summer destinations in India set amongst the majestic mountains in Karnataka. The misty landscapes, amazing hill stations and astonishing wildlife here make you fall in love with Nature. When you are done with romancing the landscapes and want to just be for yourself for a while, bird watching and walking are the best ways to explore the nature. Madikeri, Nagarhole National Park, Kushalanagar and Talakaveri are the best places to visit here. The Western Ghats here are ideal for exciting adventures including camping, hiking and trekking for both domestic and international travelers.

9. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

If you thought that this gem among the southern hill resorts is just famous for coffee and tea plantations and the towering eucalyptus and pine trees, better think again. The Nilgiri Hills here are home to the famous and rare blue flowers – the kurinji flowers – that bloom once in every 12 years. The last time they were in full bloom was in 2006. Which makes it clear that they will blossom again in all the grandeur in 2018 in their blooming season which is between August and October. The soothing climate here in the summers and the resplendent landscape make it a popular summer destination. The Pykara Lake and Waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, Deer Park, Lake Park and Kalhatty Falls are just some of the many places to see here.

10. Munnar, Kerala

A summer holiday spent in Munnar is truly the best holiday ever. The magic of Munnar lies in the green rolling hills, sprawling tea gardens and the fabulous climate making it a perfect summer getaway for the entire family. Particularly, Pothamadu is the place where the Nature welcomes you with its sprawling land Nyayamakad, Attukad and the Sita Devi Lake in Devikulam are some of the ideal spots for family vacations. While there are activities including trekking and even trout fishing, the place is best enjoyed by way of long walks. The Eravikulam National Park offers best views of the wild goats in a lush green setting while the Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Mountains and Attukal Waterfalls offer some of the picturesque views of nature with all the wildlife and waterfalls.