Summers are approaching thick and fast and we all will be again getting suffocated from the scorching high temperatures mixed with all the hustle-bustle of city life. Being mostly in the torrid zone, India is known to pick up mercury levels and along with it comes, sweat! It is a matter of time that people will be looking for places to beat the heat. Luckily, we have innumerable options of summer holiday destinations in India where we can just hide from the summer heat.

Because of this urge to be comfortable in the summer, it has become one of the most favorite time of the year for a holiday, making hill stations and destinations alike our summer retreats.

But most prominent hill stations are often overcrowded as we often overlook the options we have. From the lofty peaks in the Himalayas to the picturesque islands in Andaman, we have spectacular summer holiday destinations where we can chill out.

For those who still didn’t get time to narrow down the possible summer holiday destinations for your next trip, you are in the right place. We have shortlisted our bucket list of summer holiday destinations with this 10 Best Summer Holiday Destinations In India to beat the heat this coming summer. So, just be handy with your note and follow along!


Summer Holiday Destinations In India


Ladakh – A Beauty Beyond Adjectives

Also referred to as the ‘Land of high Passes’, Ladakh is a beauty to adore. Placed at the base of the mighty Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges, Ladakh boasts of owning a varied yet picture-perfect landscape. It remains the ultimate destination for thrill seekers and adventure junkies. You can enjoy the stunning pure lakes, breath-taking glimpses of mountain peaks and top it all with the thrill of adventure sports. Famed as a Buddhist ex-kingdom, the arid region is dotted with stunning displays of nature with a mix of culture and spirituality, making Ladakh ideal for honeymooners, family vacationers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss :

  • Pangong Tso Lake ( World`s highest saltwater lake)
  • Nubra Valley
  • Tso moriri Lake
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Khardung-La Pass ( World’s highest motorable road)


Things To Do:

  • Watch the Llamas perform colorful Chhams
  • Visit the Hemis National Park ( If you`re lucky, you may spot a snow leopard!)
  • Visit the Hall of Fame Army Museum
  • Check out the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers
  • Go for a safari on the Bactrian Camels at Hunder


How To Reach:

  • By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport (IXL), Leh.
  • By Road: Srinagar – Leh Highway / Manali – Leh Highway
  • By Rail: Jammu Tawai Railway Station (JAT)


Gangtok – The Land of the Five Treasures

Nestled in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, this small town is the tourist hub in the state of Sikkim. Whether you are looking for serene beauty, lush forests, gurgling rivers, its an ideal summer holiday destination for any nature lover! You will be at peace walking one of the many never-ending walking trails and the hospitality provided by the locals. On top of all these, adventure lovers can enjoy the pan-city cable car rides, mountain biking, and several other activities. Surely, the hidden treasure of India.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:   

  • A Drive to Nathula Pass ( Indo-china Border)
  • A day at the gorgeous Lachen and Lachung
  • Visit the Tsomgo Lake
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Kyongnosla Waterfall


Things To Do:

  • Stroll around the marketplace of MG Marg
  • Visit Hanuman Tok
  • Go for a crazy cable ride over the city
  • Go for river rafting in Teesta River
  • Go paragliding and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and vivid nature.


How To Reach:


  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport (IXB), Siliguri
  • By Road: Sevoke Road, Siliguri
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP)



Sandakphu – A Wonderland for Trekkers

What’s better than a walk in the rhododendron trails of the Eastern Himalayas! Known as the paradise for trekkers, Sandakphu is the highest peak in the state of Bengal, sometimes taking you to it’s Nepal territories as well. This trek located in the Singhalila Range in the Bengal district of Darjeeling offers you the only canvas in the world of Mt.Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga in one frame. Despite its altitude being 12,000 ft, the terrain is very pleasing and gradual, making it accessible to families.


On one of my visits here, I noticed several senior citizens complete it with ease.

Coupled with pristine Rhododendron forests and lush green flora and fauna, this trail is bound to mesmerize with you with its aura.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Srikhola
  • Manebhanjan
  • Chitrey
  • Bikeybhanjan
  • Tonglu


Things To Do:

  • Visit the famous Mall Road in Darjeeling
  • Visit the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Go to Pashupati Market in Mirik
  • Visit the Rock Garden


How To Reach:

  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport (IXB), Siliguri
  • By Road: Drive from NJP / Siliguri
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP)


Kashmir: Paradise on Earth

Kashmir, the “Paradise on Earth”, is known for its captivating beauty. Despite being ravaged by political unrest and terrorism, Kashmir continues to allure visitors into its wonderland. It offers such breathtaking views that it becomes extremely difficult to avoid being here. From the very scenic Tulip, Chashma Shahi to the marvelous hill stations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Sonmarg; Kashmir has it all. Needless to say, the charm of the shikhara in the famous Dal Lake to its embroidery, it furthers grips the crown of the most alluring summer holiday destination in India.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Sonmarg
  • Gulmarg
  • Pahalgam
  • Leh
  • Kupwara


Things To Do:

  • Take a Shikara Ride
  • Visit the Mughal Rock Garden
  • Take a pony ride to the Amarnath caves
  • Spend a night on a houseboat
  • Visit the Tulip Garden


Ooty –  The Queen of Hill Stations

Located in the laps of the misty Blue Mountains or The Nilgiris range of mountains, this quaint hill station is popularly known as the queen of the hills. The mesmerizing scenery added with windy roads, lush gardens and a miniature toy train, Ooty will seriously strike you if you haven’t been there already! Ooty has been used as a movie location for rightful reasons, from beautiful tea gardens, lofty mountain scenery, dense forests and sprawling grasslands, surely Ooty remains on every other bucket list of summer holiday destinations in India.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Upper Bhavani Lake
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Shooting Point
  • Emerald Lake
  • Rose Garden


Things To Do:

  • A ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train
  • Visit the Botanical Garden
  • Visit the Glen Morgan Tea Estate
  • Take a trek in the Nilgiris
  • Go boating at the Pykara Lake


How To Reach:

  • By Air: Coimbatore Airport (CJB)
  • By Road: Drive from Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai
  • By Rail: Ooty Railway Station


Manali – Lover’s Paradise

Surrounded by majestic hills and pristine forests, Manali is one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in India, irrespective of the seasons. Located at one end of the famous Kullu Valley, this quaint town creates a mesmerizing landscape with the Beas River flowing through the town. Manali will definitely overwhelm you with its apple trees and spellbinding roads. Adventure lovers also crave this place, as it carves the path to many treks as well as adventure sports which we fall for time and again. Manali is surely a not-to-miss among the summer holiday destinations in India, especially in the summers.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Solang Valley
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Hadimba Temple
  • Manikaran
  • Malana


Things To Do:

  • Visit the Jogini Falls
  • Take a dip in the Vashist ‘Healing’ Hot Water Springs
  • Rafting in the Beas River
  • Zorbing
  • Visit Beas Kund


How To Reach:

  • By Air: Bhunter (Kullu) Airport


  • By Road: National Highway 21


  • By Rail: Chandigarh Railway Station




Shimla – Honeymoon Hub

Snow clad mountains, rich greenery, picturesque roads and beautiful lakes, Oh, there’s very little Shimla cant offer. No wonder it remains the most visited holiday destination in the country. With the British colonial essence still present in its buildings, Shimla offers you a rich heritage coupled with natural beauty, making Shimla the most desirable summer holiday destination in India. A beautiful hill station in the Himachal paves the way for a perfect escapade from the scorching heat in the lower valleys.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Summer Hills
  • Jakhoo Hill
  • The Scandal Point
  • Chadwick Falls
  • Mall Road


Things To Do:

  • Take a full day Heritage Walk
  • Sightseeing in Shaily Peak
  • Shopping at Lakkar Bazaar
  • Go ice skating
  • River Rafting in Sutlej River


How To Reach:

  • By Air: Shimla Airport, Jubbarhatti
  • By Road: National Highway 22, through Chandigarh
  • By Rail: Shimla Railway Station, through Kalka


Shillong – Scotland of the East

Mesmerizing waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and impressive mountain topography makeup the city of Shillong. The capital of Meghalaya is an ideal place to unwind amidst all the natural beauty and serenity. The picturesque roads and its colonial heritage, you can go on and on with the possibilities of visual pleasure. Shillong is the place to be in the northeast of the country to discover the hidden wonders of nature, making you feel right at home in the lap of the lush green hills and hidden lakes. No wonder Shillong remains to be one of the most desirable summer holiday destinations in the country.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Umiam Lake
  • Shillong Peak
  • Elephant Falls
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Mawsynram


Things To Do:

  • Angling in Dawki
  • Kayaking at Kynshi River
  • Visit the Living Root Bridge
  • Explore the caves in Kren Mawsmai
  • Stay in a Tree House  


How To Reach:


  • By Air: Umroi Airport, Barapani
  • By Road: National Highway 40, through Guwahati
  • Rail: Guwahati Railway Station, Assam



Munnar – Southern Paradise

Located amidst the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala, this picturesque hill station beckons lovers from far and near. You may think that southern India remains extremely humid, not a good idea. Well, you are right, but not in Munnar. Refreshing breeze, acres of tea plantations, beautiful valleys, and mountains, Munnar will enthrall you to the point that you fall in love with her. The hill range has many breathtaking sights and landscapes ideal for a honeymoon getaway or even for a family vacation. Munnar remains one of the most beautiful summer destinations in southern India, making you come back here again and again.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Kundala Lake
  • Echo Point
  • Tea Museum
  • Marayoor Sandalwood Forests


Things To Do:

  • Enjoy Kathakali dance
  • Take a Guided Morning Walk
  • Visit Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation
  • Visit Top Station
  • Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park


How To Reach:


  • By Air: Cochin International Airport, Kerala


  • By Road: National Highway 49, through Kochi
  • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station, Kerala




Auli – Skiing Destination of India

Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees, there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Located in the holy Garhwal Himalayan Range, Auli is famous worldwide as one of the skiing destinations in India. Auli is rapidly catching the attention of honeymooners, nature lovers, and adventure junkies and for all the right reasons. Auli is home to spectacular vistas, majestic views of Mt.Nanda Devi, lush wooded vegetation and toppled with wild flowered pathways. Auli is still a new entrant in the hill-station list in India but is one of the most serene summer holiday destinations in India offering you natural beauty and thrill of adventure in the land of the gods.


Places You Shouldn’t Miss:

  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Gurso Bugyal
  • Chattrakund
  • Chenab Lake
  • Vishnuprayag


Things To Do:

  • Stay at the Himalayan Eco Lodges in Auli
  • Skiing in Winter Ski Resort
  • Visit Trishul Peak and Nanda Devi Viewpoints
  • Ride the Chair Car Ride
  • Pilgrimage in Devbhoomi


How To Reach:


  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • By Road: National Highway 58, Uttarakhand


  • Rail: Haridwar Railway Station



So there you go, 10 Best Summer Holiday Destinations in India. India is a place where you can get everything decorated like a full meal. There are holiday destinations so remote, that average tourist try to exclude them from their itineraries. But it will well evident that people who dare to cross their comfort zone, get nirvana in such locations.


In this article of 10 Best Summer Holiday Destinations In India, you would find holiday destinations which are well within civilization or connected with major transport systems of the country. Summers are coming and coming fast, it’s better to wrap yourself up amidst one of these holiday destinations. So don’t just think about it, go and plan your holiday destination with your partner, friends or family, for you will find more to this world, which is found rarely in normal city lives.


Bon Voyage!


So where are you planning to go this summer? Or You thought of a better place to spend your summer holidays? We will be happy to know from you. Let us know in the comments!

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Sayantan Chakraborty

A Nomad by nature, Co-Founder and Writer at | Puts Pen into use for travelers alike who have the same taste of traveling the world.

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