The north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh brings in millions of tourists from across the world every year, owing to its captivating scenery. Characterized by snow-clad mountains and serene natural beauty, this ‘Abode of Snow’ is home to hundreds of villages, all beautiful in their own right. Read on to discover a few of the highlights on These Stunning Villages in Himachal Pradesh, India...
Well folks, I am back with a summer holiday getaway plan for all of you. Everyone of you must love the sweet taste of mango during the summer, because when the hot sun is trying to bake you out and you tackle it by eating a sweet and ripe mango then it truly fills you up with delight. As what is summer without mango and especially travelling?
As at this time, as usual schools and colleges shut down for summer breaks and families look for places to visit in India in summer for a relaxing vacation that also tends to offer them respite from the scorching sun. For visitors from overseas too, summer offers the best bargains to make the most of India. So gear up here we go on a journey for tan and exotic summer destinations in India.
Ladakh – Ultimate Getaway
First up is the thrilling destination for your summer holidays in India, Ladakh which is also the ultimate getaway. With a myriad of interesting places to visit in Ladakh, you can be sure of an amazing vacation. The mighty mountain peaks, the breath-taking views, the stunning lakes, and the perfect weather makes it a perfect vacation destination. This is truly one of a kind to feature in our most visited summer destinations in India list as it will tend to have a humid climate during summer and a little bit of chillness during the night.
Places you can visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park.
Things you can do here: Watch the Llamas perform colorful Chhams, spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, ride a double-humped Bactrian camel, and ride a bike up to the Khardung-La Pass.
Manali – Backpacker’s Paradise
Next up is Manali which is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. There are numerous popular places to visit in Manali, which is the reason so as to why Manali is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. Nestled amidst the beautiful and mighty Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Manali remains to be a popular honeymoon destination in north India. And it also offers holy places to visit other than the adventurous activities. This is a great place to visit in our list of the most visited summer destinations in India.
Places to visit here: Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls and Arjuna Gufa.
Things you can do here: Paragliding at Solang & Rohtang Valleys, yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram, yak-riding at the wildlife sanctuary and dipping in hot-water springs at Vashisht.
Nainital – The land of Tals and Devis
Next place is situated in the lap of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 1,938 m above the sea-level, Nainital is one of the most visited summer destinations in India. This quaint hill-station is often pictured as a forested valley amidst which lies a beautiful lake. Though the list of places to visit in Nainital is pretty long, the Naini Lake and the Naina Devi Temple are the hotspot to the maximum number of tourists.
Places to visit: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and Naina Devi Temple.
Things to do here: Boating in Naini Lake, view sunrise from Tippin Top, view sunset at Hanuman Garhi, shopping at Tibetan market, and enjoy a ropeway ride.
Dharamshala – The humble abode of Dalai Lama
Next up is a place meant for those who seek to spend the summers in India among the picturesque hills, Dharamshala is another great destination. The temples and monasteries of Dharamshala are what make it special, But this place is home of an internationally known man who goes by the name Dalai Lama. The introduction of ODIs and IPL T20s at the HPCA stadium, has led to the hill station acting as a hotspot for young sports enthusiasts from across the globe. The hill-station is also going to be the first smart-city of Himachal Pradesh. These all act as the reason for me to feature it on our list of most visited summer destinations in India.
Places to visit: Bhagsunath Temple, Kangra Fort, Bhagsu Falls, Dalai Lama Temple complex, tea plantations, and of-course the HPCA stadium.
Things to do here: Meditation in Namgyal Monastery and walk through the aromatic tea plantations.
Munnar – Home to breathtaking spice plantations
Next place is the perfect most visited summer destinations in India, Munnar is famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and vast expanse of tea plantations. With a myriad of things to do in Munnar, the hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is sure to make your vacations an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating affair.
Places you can visit here: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal.
Things to do here: Stay in a tree house, trekking to the echo point, mountain biking, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, and elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park.
Kodaikanal – Popularly known as the Princess of Hill Stations
Next up is a place which is Kodaikanal, Kodaikanal is to Bangaloreans what Nainital is to Delhiites or what Darjeeling is to Kolkatans. With green meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests, and lakes of the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu make it one of the most visited summer destinations in India from the peninsula. From boat rides to treks, and from cycle rides to yoga; Kodaikanal has a lot of experiences to offer to its visitors.
Places you can visit here: Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and Bear Shola Falls.
Things to do here: Experience Brocken Spectre at Coakers’ Walk, ride a rowboat or pedalo at Kodaikanal Boat Club, cycle around the Kodai Lake, take a trek to Kukkal Caves, and practice yoga at the Kodaikanal Yoga Centre.
Ooty – One of the few toy-train cities in India
Udhagamandalam, or Ooty, is another prime destination in Tamil Nadu to spend your summer holidays in India. Located in the Nilgiri Blue Mountains hills, the hill station is often called the Queen of Hills. The famous toy train takes you through the nearby lush hills housed here. The little hill station also offers a lot of places to visit and adventure activities to its visitors. These reasons totally make Ooty come upto the level of our list of most visited summer destinations in India.
Places to visit here: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls.
Things you can do here: Ride the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hang gliding at Kalahatti (20 km from Ooty).
Coorg – Scotland of India
Next up is a place amidst the lush valleys of the beautiful Western Ghats, and it is none other than Coorg which is also one of the most affluent summer holiday destinations in India. It offers a lot to the tourists in form of the various places to visit in Coorg. All thanks to the verdant beauty and pleasant weather conditions of Coorg, the hill station has been often referred to as the Scotland of India.
Places you can visit here: Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Irrupa Falls and Nagarhole National Park.
Things you can do here: Camping near Nalknad Palace, River Rafting in Barapole River, Jeep Safari to Kabbe Hills, Trekking to Nishani Hills, taking a Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri.
Darjeeling – Home to Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain
Next up is Darjeeling which is towered by the majestic Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level) and surrounded by the emerald-green tea plantations, Darjeeling is among the best hill stations in India. Ride in the cute toy train through the Himalayas, walk through the tea gardens of Dooars, watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill; there is a lot to do on your trip to Darjeeling. This is a perfect fit for the list of the most visited summer destinations in India.
Places you can visit: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial.
Things you can do here: Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute totry out your mountaineering skills, ride in the Toy-Train, eat Thukpa and Momos, visit Keventers Restaurant, chew Churpi which is a local treat to kill the winter blues, visit Bhutia Market, get great Tattoos embossed on your body.
Srinagar – Heaven on Earth:
Last but not the least is the beautiful Srinagar, which is the summer capital.Popular for its Shikara rides, floating gardens, and serene beauty, the city has been regarded as cash-cow of J & K. At the moment, it is one of the most loved tourist places in the country. Without Srinagar the list of the most visited summer destinations in India would have been incomplete.
Places you can visit here: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill
Things you can do here: Shikara rides in Dal Lake, bird watching at Hokersar, wildlife seeing at Dachigam National Park, and shopping from the floating markets of vegetables & flowers in Dal Lake.
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