Top 30 Summer Holiday Destinations In India

Top 30 Summer Holiday Destinations In India

Summers in India are marked to be the best time to enjoy the vacations. It is the time when most of the family travels in India. As the Summers in India can be harsh and reach 40-degree Celsius at times yet gives you some amazing places with cool temperatures. The high altitude mountains and chill hill Stations are a welcome respite. From the majestic Himalayan snow-clad Mountains in the north to the emerald green, chilled climate tea plantation hills in the south, there is an abundance of places to visit in summer in India.

Here is a list of Top 30 Summer Holiday Destinations in India:

1. Leh Ladakh

Leh is known for its stunning natural beauty and is one of the most trending places in India to visit. The best youth's backpacker destination and a paradise on earth kind of place with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fascinating landscapes. With great people and amazing culture and all these features, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

Leh, Ladakh is famous for Pangong Lake  Magnetic Hill  Leh Palace, incredible Buddhist Monasteries, thrilling views.

Best Time to visit Leh, Ladakh is between the months of June and September.

2. Manali

Popular as the best summer destination in India and for being a famous honeymoon destination in India since ages. Snuggled amidst the snow-clad hill ranges, Manali is one among the most popular hill stations in India. Manali has everything to offer for tourists in every season be it fascinating views, snowfall, thrilling adventures, flora and fauna and whatnot. Manali is a must-visit place on your Summer Vacation in India.

Manali is famous for Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, stunning views during snowfalls, adventurous activities.

Best time to visit Manali is throughout the year except for the monsoons.

3. Dalhousie

Popularly known as the Switzerland of India, located in Himachal Pradesh is truly an abundance of natural beauty. Dalhousie is one of the best places to visit in India during Summer season. The chilled weather, greenery backdrop, British influenced structures, spectacular views and the ambience will make you fall in love with this place. 

Dalhousie is famous for Khajjiar, Satdhara Falls, Panchpula

Best Time to visit Dalhousie is throughout the year.

4. Shimla

Located in Himachal Pradesh, this place is a blend of historic richness and natural charm. Popular places to visit in Shimla at Mall road, the Ridge, also experience the toy train ride. 

Shimla is famous for Ridge, Kufri, Tattapani

Best Time to visit Shimla is between the months of October and June.

5. Pahalgam

Located in Jammu and Kashmir, attracts numerous travellers with its untouched and gorgeous natural beauty. Pahalgam is a place that gives a treat to the eyes and senses. Soaked in dense green and gigantic Himalayan ranges, it is a best Summers Holiday Destination in India.

Pahalgam is famous for Aru Valley, Betaab Valley and Lidder River

Best Time to visit the Pahalgam is throughout the year

6. Srinagar

Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth, popularly known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ and is located in Jammu and Kashmir. Just like the glittering diamond beauty of Srinagar is matchless, it is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar has a cool, pleasant climate all year round, which attracts myriad tourists every year coming for this beauty. The popular things to do in Srinagar include water boat rides amidst the breathtaking views.

Srinagar is famous for Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Srinagar, Nishat Bagh.

April and October are considered as the Best Time to Visit Srinagar 

7. Gulmarg

Settled at an elevation of 2730 m above sea level, Gulmarg is environed by snow-clad mountains, rich green plains, deep ravines, evergreen forested hills and enthralling valleys.

Gulmarg is famous for Gulmarg Gondola, Skiing school in Gulmarg, Khilanmarg, honeymoon destination in India.

Best Time to visit Gulmarg is between the months of October to June.

8. Mcleod Ganj

Mcleodganj is a beautiful hill station and a place with spiritual prominence located near Dharamshala. It is quite popular among trekkers. Mcleodganj is a blend of Tibetan culture with a British influence.

Mcleodganj is famous for Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex

Best Time to visit Mcleodganj is between the months of October and June

9. Rishikesh

Located in Uttarakhand and famously known as Yoga Capital of the World. Positioned along with the confluence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga. Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the junction of numerous ancient temples, modern cafes, plenty of yoga ashrams and many adventure sports. 

Rishikesh is famous for River Rafting, Lakshman Jhula and Triveni Ghat

You can visit Rishikesh throughout the year.

10. Mussoorie

This chilled beauty is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Popularly known as The Queen of hill stations. The intrinsic natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular Summers Holiday Destination in India and it is the best choice of honeymooners. Enjoy the beautiful view of the green slopes calm and composed by the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, Mussoorie is the best place for you to be in Summer Vacation in India.

Mussoorie is famous for Lal Tibba, Lake Mist  and Kempty Falls

Best Time to visit Mussoorie is between the months of September to June

11. Corbett National Park

Set amidst the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It houses a variety of species of flora and fauna including some rare ones such as tigers and is a treat for wildlife lovers and photographers.

Corbett National Park is famous for Jungle Safari, Elephant Ride, Corbett Waterfall

Best Time to visit Corbett National Park is between Mid October to Mid June

12. Tawang

Located in Arunachal Pradesh and marked as The birthplace of Dalai Lama. Set at a high altitude of about 3048 metres, Tawang is known for its numerous beautiful and significant monasteries. 

Tawag is famous for Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery and Madhuri Lake

Best Time to visit Tawag is between the months of September and March

13. Shillong

Located in Meghalaya and popularly known as Scotland of the East. 

Shillong is a beautiful city surrounded by pine trees, it is the capital of Meghalaya. Set at an elevation of 1496 meters, Shillong prevails in chill weather which is best to beat the summer heat in the country. Shillong is a hill station and it is renowned for its charming sights and unique traditions. The drizzles and the cooling gentle wind and the soothing climate make Shillong the suitable place to visit in all seasons. Also, you would get to witness the various tribal communities.

Shillong is famous for Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake and Elephant Falls

Best Time to visit Shillong is between the months of September and May

14. Kohima

Located in Nagaland and as a land controlled by the Nagas. Kohima is the hilly capital of Nagaland, settled at an altitude of 1500 metres above the sea level, it is enriched with picturesque hills, dense green forests and a charming landscape. It is the best place for all the adventure seekers and an excellent hub for trekking, camping and hiking.

Kohima is famous for Dzukou Valley, apfu Peak, Kohima Museum and Touphema Village

Best Time to visit Kohima is between the months of October and June

15. Cherrapunjee

Located in Meghalaya, known as the darkest place on the Earth, Cherrapunjee provides travellers with a clean and pristine environment and is a great place to sit back and unwind. It is the best place to visit in India during summer.

Cherrapunjee is famous for Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Dawki, Mawlynnong

Best time to visit Cherrapunji is between the months of October and May.

16. Majuli

Located in Assam, Majuli is the World's Largest Fresh Water Island positioned in India. It is just 20 kilometres away from Jorhat city. 

Majuli is famous for Kamalabari Satra, Dakhinpat Satra and Garmur

Best Time to visit Majuli is between the months of July and March

18. Darjeeling

Located in West Bengal and popularly known as Queen of the Himalayas. Its jaw-dropping sights, mesmerising sunrises, the fresh beauty of the hills, the historic relevance and the warm ambience you get from the local people all together combine to make Darling the best hill station. Steep mountain ridge, acres of lush green tea plantations, elevated at a height of 2,050 meters above sea level gives a chilled climate throughout the year and this beautiful hill station is the absolute getaway for a romantic honeymoon in India and the best Summer holiday destination in India.

Darjeeling is famous for Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Tiger Hill and Batasia Loop

Best Time to visit Darjeeling is between the months of February and March or between September and December

19. Gangtok

Located at Sikkim and it is known as the Gateway to Sikkim. Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. It offers travellers a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The wonderful hill station snuggled in mountains and big clouds. It is also a base for numerous trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising radiant beauty and the beautiful curves of hill roads are even more thrilling.

Gangtok is famous for NathuLa Pass, MG Road and Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

Best Time to visit Gangtok is all around the year.

20. Munnar

Located in Kerala, it is popular for its plenty of Tea Gardens, pristine lakes and lovely hill-station. It is the commercial centre for some of the world’s largest tea estates. Munnar has many protected areas which house endemic and highly endangered species such as Nilgiri Tahr and the Neelakurinji.

Munnar is famous for Echo Point, Atukkad Waterfalls and Pothamedu View Point

Best Time to visit Munnar is between the months of September and May

21. Wayanad

Located in Kerala and this place is truly Nature's abode. Enchanting waterfalls, ancient caves, cosy resorts and comfortable homestays, this attractive town is recognised for its spice plantations and wildlife.

Wayanad is famous for Banasura Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak, Periyar National Park and Periyar Tiger Trail Bamboo Rafting

22. Coorg

Located in Karnataka and is renowned as The Scotland of India. Amidst massive green mountains with an unendingly misty landscape, Coorg is heaven for all the nature admirers. It is quite famous for its Kodavas traditions and culture and its keen hospitality.

Coorg is famous for Abbey Falls, Talacauvery Golden Temple, chilled climate, exotic homemade wines and cosy homestays.

Best Time to visit Coorg is between the months of October and March

23. Ooty

Located in Tamil Nadu and popularly known as Queen of the Nilgiris.

Its intense Blue Mountains and ever charming beauty and climate allures numerous travellers. Ooty is a famous honeymoon destination in India for many decades. It is the most popular place to visit in South India during Summers. 

Ooty is famous for Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Lake and Emerald Lake.

You can visit Ooty anytime throughout the year 

24. Mysore

Is located in Karnataka state and renowned for its rich heritage and culture. It exhibits great historic royalness of South Indian rulers. Famously known as The City of Palaces, it is filled with the history of its dazzling royal heritage, intricate architecture, it is world famous for its silk sarees, yoga and sandalwood, to name just a few. Positioned in the foothills of the Goddess Chamundi Hills and its rich cultural heritage attracts millions of tourists all year round.

Mysore is famous for Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Somanathapura Temple

Best Time to visit Mysore is throughout the year

25. Nagarhole

Located in Karnataka and it houses various species of rare wildlife animals and birds. It is an abode of rich flora and fauna and is host to Nagarhole national park, marked and honoured as one of the best wildlife parks along with the Bandipur bird sanctuary.

Nagarhole is famous for Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park, Kutta

Best Time to visit Nagarhole is between the months of October to May

26. Kabini

Located in Karnataka and abode to the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary,

previously a private hunting area for the British. This popular wildlife destination has a rich diversity of flora and fauna making it an impressive and interesting tourist spot.

Kabini is famous for Jungle Safari, Kabini Elephant Safari, Boating in Kabini

Best Time to visit Kabini is throughout the year

27. Mahabaleshwar

Located in Maharashtra and popularly known as The land of Strawberries. It is a hill town in the Western Ghats, aside from strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also famous for its many rivers, majestic cascades and majestic peaks.

Mahabaleshwar is famous for Elephant's Head Point, Chinaman's falls and Dhobi waterfall

Best Time to visit Mahabaleshwar is between the months of  October and June

28. Kodaikanal

Located in Tamil Nadu and renowned as The Princess of Hill Stations. Kodaikanal is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India especially in the Southern part of India, for many decades. Wonderful climate, hills wrapped in mist, cloud-clad mountains and gorgeous lakes and stunning valleys.

Kodai is famous for Green Valley View, Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls

Best Time to visit Kodai is between the months of September and May

29. Auli

Located in Uttarakhand and renowned for being the famous skiing destination of India. Packed with the amazing apple orchards, aged oaks and pine trees Auli holds a matchless natural beauty. Besides skiing, you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas.

Auli is famous for Skiing in Auli, Gurso Bugyal, View Points


Located in Himachal Pradesh, this amazing valley is a must-visit place when you are in Himachal Pradesh. Spectacular valleys and Long roads offering sights of cold deserts and snow-clad mountains, with seasonal greenery and beautiful backdrop make Spiti the best place to visit in Summer. This place is accessible by road only 6months in a year due to the heavy snowfall.

Spiti is famous for Chandratal Lake, Key Monastery  and Kunzum Pass

Best time to visit Spiti is between the months of June and September 

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