With summer temperatures in India going above 35 degrees, there is always an inevitable need to escape the heat and find solace in a cooler destination. India spoils its visitors when it comes to these destinations to travel to in summer and the journey can be very fulfilling. Here a few hotspots to visit when the mercury is rising. 

Shimla

Shimla is a serine hill-station located in Himachal Pradesh making it an ideal destination to travel in summer Known as ‘the Queen of Hill Stations’ its salubrious makes one of the favorite destinations. Shimla has tons of amazements to offer so a trip here will serve as a wonderful experience. 

Things to do in Shimla:

  • White water rafting at Tattapani
  • Spending time at Mall Road
  • Visit Christ Church on the Ridge near the mall
  • Trekking to Jakhu Hanuman Temple
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Snow-covered Mountain Houses in Shimla India

How to reach:

You can travel via toy train from Kalka to Shimla. Shimla also has frequent buses and cabs are from major cities. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh.

Manali

Manali, also in Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful town with snow-capped mountain peaks and greenery nurtured by the River Beas making a getaway to avoid summers in India. Manali has everything from scenic beauty, adventure, and picturesque landscape to make your vacation a memorable one. Adventure enthusiasts can try trekking, river rafting, paragliding and zorbing as well. One cannot miss a visit to Rohtang pass which is perfect to enjoy the snow. 

Things to do in Manali:

  • Visit Hadimba Temple
  • Adventure sports at Solang Valley
  • Visit Rohtang Pass to experience snowfall
  • River rafting in the river Beas
  • Go to Vashisht Hot-Water Springs
  • Camping and trekking
Paragliding over Himalayan mountains in Solang Valley near Manali in Himachal Pradesh, India

How to reach:

Roadtrip to Manali is pleasurable. One can go by bus, car, or private vehicle. The nearest airport is in Bhuntar and the nearest railway station is Chandigarh.

Anadaman and Nicobar Islands

Encompassed with sunny skies and turquoise beaches Andaman and Nicobar is one of the best places to travel in India in summer. Situated at the Bay of Bengal, these islands have tropical rainforests and historical sites with adventure sports. One can also sit back and enjoy tropical fruits in this holiday haven.

Things to do in Andaman:

  • Visit Port Blair
  • Adventure sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, etc.
  • Bird watching in the tropical rainforests
  • Enjoy and sunbathe in the beach resorts
Cinque Island is famous for underwater diving and other activities like camping, game fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The island is 26 Km away from Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India.

How to reach:

One can reach Port Blair by flight from Kolkata or Chennai. Sea cruise is also an option.

Darjeeling

A hill-station in West Bengal, Darjeeling is a popular summer destination in North eastern India. It is home to the Kanchenjunga mountain and green tea plantations. Darjeeling also has Tibetan monasteries. The beauty this destination has to offer will leave any traveller mesmerized. Know as the Mecca of tea Darjeeling has a beauty that wont let your heart stop. 

Things to do in Darjeeling:

  • Watch the sunrise from Tiger Hill
  • Trekking at Charlemont Hill to Peace Pagoda
  • Explore wildlife at Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
  • Visit the Tea gardens at Happy Valley Tea Estate
  • Visit Batasia Loop and Gorkha War Memorial
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, is a 2 ft narrow gauge railway,is entering to the Batasia loop,Darjeeling, west bengal, India. after a heavy rainfall, Family Vacations
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

How to reach:

The best way to reach Darjeeling is by toy train. Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and the closest airport is in Siliguri. Cabs are also available.

Munnar

Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country, is home to the hill-station, Munnar, which is famous for its tea plantations. A beautiful place to escape the summer heat, Munnar is known for flowers, birds, spices and pleasant weather too.

Things to do in Munnar:

  • Enjoy the tea gardens
  • Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, 
  • Trekking to Echo point
  • Explore Tata Tea Museum
  • Trek to Anamudi Peak
  • Visit Elephant lake
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Tea estates at Munnar

How to reach:

Munnar is well connected to cities. Kochi International Airport and Ernakulum Railway station are the closest air and rail connections.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is located on the banks of River Ganga. It lies at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is home to yoga centres, ashrams and temples.

Things to do in Rishikesh:

  • River rafting at River Ganga
  • Visit ancient temples
  • Camping on the river banks
  • Meditate at the ashrams

How to reach:

The closest airport to Rishikesh is either Delhi Airport or Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun. The nearest railway station is in Haridwar.

Shillong

Shillong, also known as ‘Scotland of the East’ is a hill-station in the North East of India. It is home to scenic waterfalls, sparkling lakes and beautiful churches. The natural beauty and serenity is truly unmatched making it one of the best places in India that’s perfect for a summer holiday

Things to do in Shillong:

  • Boating in Ward’s Lake
  • Visit Shillong peak
  • Kayaking at Kynshi River
  • Explore churches
  • Visit Dawki
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Umiam Lake, Shillong, East Khasi hills, Meghalaya

How to reach:

Shillong Airport in Umroi is the closest Airport. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station situated 105 km from Shillong. Bus and cab services are available to and from Shillong.

Nainital

Nainital, the hill town of Uttarakhand is one of the best places to travel in summer in India. The place is known for its lakes and breath-taking views of snow-clad mountains.

Things to do in Nainital:

  • Visit Naina Devi Temple
  • Boating at Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Sattal, etc.
  • Shopping at Tibetan market
  • Visit Snow point by cable car
Naini Lake view from above the mountain, Family Vacations
Naini Lake view from above the mountain

How to reach:

Drive to the hill city. The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport and Kathgodam Railway Station in the closest railway station to Nainital.

Ooty

Ooty is a heavenly hill station in the south of India. The land is filled with lush woodlands, beautiful gardens surrounded by the coos of the Nilgiri mountain Railway making it a soothing destination to visit in summer.

Things to do in Ooty:

  • Take the scenic ride aboard Nilgiri Railways, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Watch the sunrise from Doddabetta Peak.
  • Take the peaceful boat ride on Ooty Lake

How to reach:

  • Nearest airport from Ooty is located in Coimbatore, which is 85 km away.
  • Ooty has its own railway station named Udhagamandalam Railway Station.
  • Road trip: Nearest major city from Ooty is Bangalore, at a distance of 280 km.

Summers in India can be harsh for locals and foreigners alike, so a vacation is the best reason to escape it. Indian has an abundance of places that act as a haven for it. Surely, the best places to visit India in summer are known as popular tourist places as well. 

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