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Best Places to visit in May in India

With spring bidding farewell, summer is up on the calendar with the start of May. The month of typical summer season May comes with many happy travels in India. The warm weather comes with plentiful holiday delights. Even in the high temperatures, there is no dearth of places to visit in May in India. With its plethora of tourist attractions, amazing things to do, wonderful places to visit, extraordinary culture and loving experiences, India has more than thrilling choices to answer your question to where to do on holiday in May.

While holidays are here, families would surely love to hang out with their loved ones. For the lovebirds, there is much to indulge in. Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts are in for a treat as the warm weather gives them a plenty. In fact, the best places to go on holiday in May features the locales blessed by nature to be soothed by bliss. Get away from cities and the hassles to the very heart of tranquility. Mountains is summer are the ultimate heaven of bliss. From the days of the British Raj, the popular summer getaways were the hill towns.

Hill stations are without the best holiday destinations in May in India. The spread of Himalayas in India are blessed with charming locales in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and North East. The lush stretch of Western Ghats, one of the UNESCO heritage sites for its incredible biodiversity is home to scenic hill stations in South India.

Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Mussoorie, Nainital, Ooty, Munnar, Wayanad, Coorg and Mount Abu among many others are the top holiday destinations in May. This is also the perfect time to plan a trip to Darjeeling Sikkim, Meghalaya and Gangtok. Above all Ladakh, the unexplored “Land of High Passes” is a heaven. The remote region in the heart of Himalayas opens up its passes in the peak of summer to receive visitors after long-awaited months.

In the list of the best places to visit in May, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun also make its place. Rishikesh lying at foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of River Ganga is a beautiful getaway as it offers natural beauty in addition of the adventure sports, mostly river rafting, camping and bungee jumping. The hills become the best places to travel in May owing to its wonderful experiences. There are lush tea gardens, inspiring trekking trails, thrilling camping, river rafting, nature walks, joyful train rides, biking tours, motorcycle excursions and many other activities. For the ones who seek to get away from the crowds and go offbeat then there are amazing options of Andaman Islands, Wildlife National Parks, Goa, trekking trails in Himalayas and more,

With so many options at your disposal for places to visit in May, it seems to be a month of unlimited fun and excitement. Browse through our summer holiday packages and get the best deals on places to visit in May in India to enjoy family holidays, romantic honeymoon and other memorable vacations. 


Best Places to Go on Holiday in May

Shimla

The former summer capital of British India, Shimla is...

The former summer capital of British India, Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh. This hill station is equally popular amidst honeymooners and family vacationers and is flocked by travelers in huge numbers in May, mainly due to the wonderful weather. This hill town still carries its colonial aura and heritage buildings, which are two of its highlights too. Along with enjoying the amazing weather and delightful locations, do not forget to visit attractions like Mall Road, Jakhu Temple and more.

Ladakh

Ladakh, the ‘Land of High Passes’ is one...

Ladakh, the ‘Land of High Passes’ is one of the best places to visit in May. As the summer arrives in May, this remote region in Jammu and Kashmir opens up for visitors. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of rugged mountains covered in snow. Stop at ancient Tibetan monasteries. The high altitude lakes of Pangong and Tso Moriri are blessed. Pass through mountain passes, some of the highest in the world. Experience a desert in the sky with sand dunes, rare double humped Bactrian camels and more. Thrilling adventures of mountain biking, wildlife sightseeing camping and river rafting are also popular.

Darjeeling

Come May and most of India is under heat-spell, so...

Come May and most of India is under heat-spell, so hills offer the best vacations. Darjeeling under the shadow of Mt Kanchendzonga is one of the best places to visit in May. Set at an altitude of 2050 m in the North East Himalayas, the hill station abounds in natural beauty. Ride on the Darjeeling Toy Train, a UNESCO World heritage site. Marvel at the sunrise from the Tiger Hill. Explore tea estates, colonial buildings, monasteries, and other scenic sights. River rafting, trekking, mountaineering adventures await you. The Tibetan Roots of the town offer multi-ethnic gastronomy and shopping delights.

Munnar

One of the most popular hill stations of Kerala,...

One of the most popular hill stations of Kerala, Munnar lies in Western Ghats at an elevation of 1600 m above the sea level. A tranquil paradise boasts of exotic wildlife, tea, spice and cardamom plantation, picturesque locations, verdant surroundings, and numerous tourist attractions, crystal clear streams pull travelers from all around the world. The town has to offer something to all, be it honeymooners, nature lovers, adventure or wildlife enthusiasts and family vacationers. Nilakurinji is also available here, a flower that grows only once in 12 years.

Sikkim

A utopian paradise, Sikkim is one of the India’s...

A utopian paradise, Sikkim is one of the India’s most spectacular destinations and surprisingly unharmed by tourism at that. Sights of terraced field, blooming orchids and rhododendron and some of the most enchanting Himalayan trails make it one of the best places in India for summer holidays. Whether it is a family holiday, honeymoon or an adventure sojourn, brace yourself when you travel to this bucolic Himalayan retreat. There are rapids, mountains, verdant green and above all the hospitable populace and the ever endearing Buddhist monasteries that will surely charm you.

Nainital

Nainital, the ‘City of Lakes’ is a one of...

Nainital, the ‘City of Lakes’ is a one of the most charming hill stations in India. May is a perfect time to visit the hill town as it offers respite from summer. The salubrious weather is soothing and perfect for vacations for all. The glistening Naini lake waters are perfect for boating. The picturesque sunsets are unforgettable. Named after Goddess Naina, visit the holy temple for blessings. There are a lot of activities on offer like boating, trekking, horse-riding etc. Do not miss to capture the breathtaking views. Get to the high lookout to witness the magnificence of snowcapped Himalayan peaks.

Meghalaya

Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful north-eastern...

Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful north-eastern states that is still away from the regular tourist activity and this boasts of unspoilt and untouched scenery. The month of May brings in an amazing weather in the state. It also boasts of a rich wildlife population because most of its part dense forest. The state is very peaceful and so you can have a peaceful vacation in Meghalaya. Do not miss a visit to the nearby villages to notice the lifestyle of the regions ethnic tribes who have their own distinct traditions.

Mussoorie

The mesmerizing hill town of Mussorrie in Himachal...

The mesmerizing hill town of Mussorrie in Himachal Pradesh is fondly known as the “Queen of Hills’ and is visited by family vacationers as well as honeymooners in huge numbers. The amazing weather in May, the lush green hills, popular attractions including waterfalls, temples and viewpoints are the prime attractions. Placed at an altitude of 2000 m above the sea level at the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan area, it is a perfect destination to enjoy a peaceful vacation with the loved ones.

Himachal Pradesh

The sweltering summer can be avoided by easily...

The sweltering summer can be avoided by easily escaping to Himachal Pradesh. The soothing lap of the Himalayas has the recipe of blissful holidays. Imposing mountains, spiritual sites, inviting valleys and lush forests make travel to Himachal in May worthwhile. Add to it a plethora of adventure options like trekking, paragliding, river rafting raising the fun quotient and offer lifetime memories. The charming hill town of Shimla or Manali, the offbeat Dharamshala, McLeodganj, Lahaul & Spiti Valley, Himachal has more than enough choices!

Uttarakhand

Offering a blissful retreat, Uttarakhand is haven for...

Offering a blissful retreat, Uttarakhand is haven for all, especially in the scorching sun in May. Enjoying salubrious weather, the entire state has much to offer in means of places to see, things to do and other amazing experiences. Wonderful hill towns like Nainital, Mussoorie, Auli, Binsar, Chopta Valley, etc. cast a spell. Also the path of salvation, the holy Chardham Yatra begins bringing devotees to pay obeisance. The welcoming Dev Bhoomi make it one of the best places to visit in India in May.

Kochi

These is the only place in India where made in China...

These is the only place in India where made in China is the most sought after thing and not just for Indians but from visitors from all corners of the globe. But Chinese Fishing Nets are just the teasers. In Kochi, there is so much to do that even the fussiest of travelers always complain about being on their toes scampering from one place to next to take it all in. There are synagogues, mosques and crumbling remain of the Raj with colonial exuberance that makes Kochi a must visit place in India.

Ooty

The pleasant weather in the month of May makes Ooty,...

The pleasant weather in the month of May makes Ooty, originally known as Udhagamandalam, a popular tourist destination. Also referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations”, it boasts of some extremely mesmerizing locations, picnic spots, gardens and more. Located at an elevation of 2240 m above the sea level, Ooty is equally popular amidst family vacationers and newly-wedded couples.  Treat your eyes to the beautiful scenery and soak-in the aroma coming from the verdant tea estates. Do not miss visiting the popular attractions and viewpoints.

Gangtok

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is blessed with natural...

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is blessed with natural beauty and amiable weather. May is the best time to go visiting. Blessed by the mighty Mt Kanchenjunga, this town has a pleasant charm, plethora of sightseeing attractions and adventures. For all those who want to escape summer, Gangtok is the right pick! Explore the Tibetan monasteries including Rumtek monastery. Trekking, paragliding, river rafting and mountaineering are some popular adventures to try. The lovely town have abundant shopping and dining pleasures. For incredible experiences visit Nathu La pass, the glacial Tsongmo Lake and scenic towns a short way from Gangtok.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan never fails to mesmerize people even in May....

Rajasthan never fails to mesmerize people even in May. Just as gold shines brightly in the sunlight, the royal state to exudes matchless charm in summer. During the day the sun bothers a bit but star gazing at night offers once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Exploring Jaipur while traversing India’s Golden Triangle makes summer vacations in India memorable. Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’ is yet another beautiful place to visit in Rajasthan in May. If not sightseeing, staying at a luxury hotel will surely appeal to your senses!

Kodaikanal

The misty atmosphere, cool breeze and the amazing...

The misty atmosphere, cool breeze and the amazing weather of the breathtaking hill station of Kodaikanal makes it a must-visit in the month of May. Popular as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is flocked by newly-wedded couples as well as family vacationers in decent numbers. Placed on the upper Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal plays host to a number of festivals, dog shows, flower shows and dog shows during this time. Along with sightseeing, do not forget to get your hands on embroidery work, cheese craft items and homemade chocolates.

Goa

Witness a different side of Goa in May which entirely...

Witness a different side of Goa in May which entirely changes its image as the party capital! Less-crowd, warm sea waters, serene beach shacks, gently swaying palm groves and just the beaches and you! Planning to visit Goa in summer, especially in May allows you to enjoy some ‘Me’ time. Treat your taste buds to delicious cuisines with Goa Food & Cultural Festival. Go on a Heritage Zatra and learn about the glorious past of the small yet enchanting state. Don’t forget to relish mouthwatering Mangoes in this month.


Australia

May in Australia is the last autumn month that slowly...

May in Australia is the last autumn month that slowly gives its way to winters. This is a wonderful weather with pleasant temperatures and low humidity, when the visitors can partake in various kinds of leisure activities. Melbourne, Sydney, Phillip Island, Perth and The Pinnacles, Brisbane, Cairns, Uluru, Great Barrier Reef, Canberra, Darwin, Adelaide, Hobart, and Queensland are some of the best places in Australia, which must be visited at this time. Whale watching in Sydney is one the highlights. This is also the time of some festival celebrations like the Whaleshark Festival at Exmouth and the Captain Cook 1770 Festival in Queensland.

France

France in May offers unforgettable memories to its...

France in May offers unforgettable memories to its visitors. The weather at this time is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Strasbourg, Normandy, Alsace, Burgundy, Lorraine, Annecy, and Auvergne are some of the best destinations in France that can be explored at this time. One can indulge in a number of activities. Enjoy boat riding in the lakes. Visit the churches. Get awed by majestic castles. Savor lip-smacking delicacies during shopping and so on. Festivals happening at this time are going to offer a sneak-peek into the region’s culture. You just need to avoid the public holidays that fall in this month while planning your vacation.

Turkey

May is one of the best months to visit the mesmerizing...

May is one of the best months to visit the mesmerizing Turkey and explore its varied attractions. Not even a single moment of your vacation can be dull in this beautiful country. Sightseeing and other activities can be done easily during this time of the year. This is the season of spring when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear. You can visit some of the best places such as Antalya, Dalaman, Istanbul, Fethiye, Cappadocia, Izmir and many more. Do not miss a visit to the beach resorts of Marmaris and Kusadasi. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are ideal for expeditions.

Nepal

Home to the highest mountain peak in the world, Nepal...

Home to the highest mountain peak in the world, Nepal is every mountaineer’s and trekkers’ dream destination. Visitors come here seeking to scale the Mount Everest, which is probably the most alluring aspect of Nepal tourism. Then there is the less arduous but equally breathtaking Annapurna circuit and many other Himalayan peaks to be conquered. For seekers of faith & salvation, there are some major Hindu temples in Nepal. For seekers of spirituality, Nepal also happens to be the birth place of the great spiritual leader Gautama Buddha.

Bhutan

Referred to as the land of thunder dragon and the...

Referred to as the land of thunder dragon and the ‘last Shangri La’ Bhutan is the last surviving Himalayan Kingdom where the gross national happiness is valued more over gross national product and taken as the measure of the country’s progress. The culture has been meticulously preserved and so is nature which is the reason you get to explore the most unspoiled Himalayan terrain and get to meet some of the most kindred and friendly souls on the earth. However, tourism is strictly monitored in Bhutan and luxury - as in luxury - is sparse.

China

China in May boasts of salubrious weather and warm...

China in May boasts of salubrious weather and warm sunshine, right before the dry weather, making it an ideal time for visiting this country. Sightseeing and other outdoor activities can easily be done during this time of the year by tourists. There are plenty of amazing places here that you can explore. Do not miss visiting Beijing, Datong, Hohhot, Harbin, Xinjiang, Qinghai, Dunhuang, Xi’an, Tibet, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Chongqing, Zhangjiajie, Kunming, and Kaili. The list of things to do in China is endless. There are wildlife sanctuaries, ancient towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, well-maintained gardens, and other wonderful structures here.

Europe

The scintillating continent of Europe is dotted with...

The scintillating continent of Europe is dotted with innumerable places to visit as the month of May brings-in a salubrious weather. The continent caters to tastes of all kinds of tourists from across the globe. France, England, Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Turkey, Portugal, Scotland are some of the best places to visit in Europe in May. There are nature walks, art & culture, romantic locations, family attractions, natural wonders, special spring tips, sumptuous food, various outdoor activities and warm weather on offering for visitors. Not one minute is going to dull in the European continent.


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