Summer Holiday Destinations In India

From the mighty Himalayan peaks, pristine North East to the tropical beaches of the Andamans and Lakshadweep or even the Nilgiris - inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, there is no dearth of options when it comes to choosing summer holiday destinations in India.

Add to this some of the renowned luxury hotels in Himalayas with award winning spa centers, summer holidays in India gets a lot more emotionally, mentally and spiritually uplifting affair. Find comprehensive information on some of the most blissful and mesmerizing places to visit in India in summer to plan your holiday.

Or save time and head straight to our collection of summer holiday packages in India with destinations as spectacular as Ladakh, mesmerizing as Himachal, pristine as Andamans or culturally rich as the North East.

or browse through our list of the best summer destinations in India, featuring cool hill stations, pristine beaches and rejuvenating Ayurveda resorts. For those who are planning a summer vacation in India, here are some amazing options for holiday destinations during the hot months.

Top 15 Summer Destinations in India

1 Kashmir

Kashmir We all have heard the famous adage "If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this". The phrase rightly describes Kashmir, popularly claimed as the paradise on earth. The white snow capped mountains, apple orchards, quaint shikaras on the pristine lakes and colorful flowers', all seems like nature's own tapestry. The Dal Lake is a favorite haunt for many tourists. Besides this, Kashmir is also referred to as the "City of Temples". You will find some of the greatest shrines situated here. To name few of them would be the Ranbireshwar Temple, Lakshmi Narayan temple and Peer Baba Shrine at Satwari.

2 Shimla

Shimla The northern part of India is abundant with summer destinations. To name one would be Shimla, situated in Himachal Pradesh. An enchanting hill station that you would want to visit again. The winding mountain pathways, the soothing climate, and few holy shrines located at the body of the hills all create an atmosphere of its own. The name of the hill station is taken from the phrase "Goddess Shyamla", which denotes one of the avatars of the Indian Goddess Kali. No wonder why the place has a religious touch and mystical allure about it. Shimla is all about nature and its bounty.

3 Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar A little distant from the subcontinental mainland and yet a part of India, Andaman and Nicobar islands deservedly is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. The beautiful archipelago consists of 574 islands, some inhabited and mostly deserted. Tourists are particularly impressed with the colonial influences the islands' inhabitants have so lovingly nurtured. The Islands together provide for a multi-theme holiday destination, all thanks to its virgin beaches, lush green plains and generously diverse wildlife. Some key tourist destinations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Havelock Islands, Post Blair and Red Skin Island.

4 Kullu Manali

Kullu Manali Popularly known as the Switzerland of India, Kullu Manali is a famous romantic destination for couples and honeymooners. At the same time, owing to its atmosphere and scenic beauty it is also a family holiday destination especially in the summer months. A small valley town situated in Himachal Pradesh, this is a perfect place to saunter for the trekkers, nature lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. The Kullu valley is a treasure trove of beautiful flowers that enhances its overall beauty. Also make it a point to spend some time visiting the ancient shrines and the trekking trails. It sure is a treat to the eyes!

5 Ooty

Ooty Wondering which place to choose as your summer vacation destination? For the ones having an affinity for high mountain peaks and the green valleys, can opt for Ooty. Known as the "Queen of hill stations", this is also a scenic picnic spot. One of the major attractions here is the "Udagamandalam", which is a thrilling mountain train journey. Besides this, Ooty is also the abode of the Nilgiris, popularly termed as the "Blue Mountains". As you sojourn along the hills and alleys, the exotic smell of the tea gardens would entice you. Be a part of the all pervading grasslands, green forests and mountains this summer!

6 Munnar

Munnar A beautiful hill station in the south Indian state of Kerala, perched at an altitude of 1600 m above the sea level, Munnar is your summer destination if you love being around greenery and hills. A haven of tranquility, it was a privileged summer resort even during the British times. Boasting of rich flora and fauna and blessed with an amazing atmosphere, Munnar is the perfect place to enjoy a memorable vacation. This irresistible town offers a breathtaking scenery to its tourists consisting of verdant plantations, cliffs, streams and valleys. Popular amidst family vacationers, adventure enthusiasts and honeymooners, it is home to a number of tourist attractions as well.

7 Nainital

Nainital Are you looking for a break from the dust and the heat? If yes, you can simply plan a tour to Nainital and land in any one of the hill resorts present there. This is an eminent summer destination in India and attracts a huge number of tourists during the summer months. The high mountains and the vast stretches of green across the horizon add to the pictorial beauty. The name of this famous hill station is believed to have been taken from the Goddess Naina. There is also a temple dedicated to this goddess, present in Nainital that you can visit.

8 Darjeeling

Darjeeling For the ones located in the eastern side of India, the best summer destination that you can visit is Darjeeling. The place has got much of its acclaim from the famous Ghoom monastery that is located on the hill slopes. Walk around the winding paths as you soak in the fresh air. It is sure going to be a refreshing experience. This apart, you can also take photographs of the snow capped peaks of Everest, Jammu, Kanchenjunga and Kabru. On your stay don't forget to taste the famous Darjeeling tea. You can even get tea packs on your way back home.

9 Uttaranchal

Uttaranchal What exactly do we want in a summer destination? To site few features, would be a pleasant climate unlike the summer heat. Bright flower blooms and lakes unlike the dry lakes and arid ground. If this is what you are aiming for, then Uttaranchal is the best place to be in the summers. The phrase that best defines the state is "natural beauty". You can see nature in its untamed form. Though there are resorts and hotels, but the landscape and the pictorial locales have not been commercialized. This apart the place is also famous for its sanctuaries, national parks, lakes, forests and mountains.

10 Srinagar

Srinagar For the ones who love art, paintings and portraits, choosing Srinagar as a summer destination would be a good choice. The place can be best defined as a "collection of beautiful images". This is what you would feel as you glance over the river bridges, the famous Dal Lake, the houseboats and the vast meadows. It is situated at a distance of 900 kms, in north of Delhi. Besides the picturesque locales, the place is also home to several shopping marts. You can get the famous Pashmina shawls, carpets, and chainstich rugs from the local emporiums here. The development of travel and tourism has led to the growth of luxury resorts.

11 Leh Ladakh

Leh Ladakh When it comes to finalizing your summer destination there is no place like Leh Ladak. It is encompassed by two greatest mountain ranges in the world, namely the Karakoram and the Great Himalayas. There are two other mountain ranges that lies diagonal, namely the Zanskar Range and the Ladak Range. Leh Ladak is topographically situated at an altitude that ranges from 9,000 feet at Kargil to approximately 25,170 feet at Saser Kangri, located at the Karakoram. Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Leh Monastery and Gompa, Spituk Monastery and Sankar Gompa are few of the top tourist attractions that you can visit on your trip.

12 Gulmarg

Gulmarg Gulmarg known as the "Meadow of Flowers" is quite its namesake as far as the scenic beauty. With the lush green slopes, flowers in different shades and the valleys, the backdrop is very much like a "dream fantasy" set of a movie. The setting is picture postcard. Owing to its pictorial charm, this is a famous honeymoon destination for couples. Some of the fresh varieties of flowers that bloom here include the Buttercups, Daisies, Bluebells and the Forget Me Not's. The snow capped mountains pave the path towards the Nanga Parbat. This apart, the maize and the rice fields add to the scenic beauty.

13 Gangtok

Gangtok Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is an ideal summer holiday spot that you can visit. There is a cozy and comfy feel about the place. What will attract you the most is the soothing atmosphere and the simple, happy go lucky people. It is a small town that is rests on top of a ridge at a height of 5,800 feet. You can see Kanchenjunga, the world's third largest peak located to its east. It overlooks Ranikhola River. The meaning of Gangtok is lofty hill that somehow suits the overall scenery. The Enchey Monastery is one of the places that you must visit.

14 Goa

Goa The land of sand and sun, Goa is an amalgamation of colonial wonders, architecture, beaches, and the majestic forts. Portuguese have awarded the state of Goa a unique culture and lifestyle still popular among international visitors. Honeymoon or leisure trip, Indian Holiday brings Goa tour packages for visitors willing to explore every nook and corner of the paradise. Avail the tour packages of Goa for sightseeing and combined trip to other states. Indian Holiday offers you exclusive Goa tour packages ranging from 15 nights and 16 days trip to 6 nights and 7 days of Mangalore Goa tour.

15 Kerala

Kerala Kerala is located on the tropical southwestern coast of India. One of the most popular tourist destinations, Kerala attracts tourists from around the globe. Kerala tour Packages offer a plethora of options, in a culturally rich, naturally salubrious and spectacularly captivating setting. The state has endowed with extraordinary natural beauty and unique culture.To experience the ayurveda resorts in Kerala, backwaters and cultural attractions of "God's own country," we can help you plan your tour packages. We are one of leading Kerala tour operators.

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Most Popular Summer Holiday Destinations in India