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Best Places to Visit in Summer in India 2021

Looking to plan hassle free and embalming summer holidays in India in 2021? Our selection of meticulously handpicked Best places to visit in Summer in India along with recommended summer tour packages have been assembled to offer you the widest choice of exotic, cool and sun soaked locales across India.

From the mighty Himalayan peaks, pristine North East to the tropical beaches of the Andaman 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 vacation 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 summer in India to plan your holiday.

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

Or browse through our list of the best summer Holiday 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 places to visit in India during summer season April to July.

Are you planning to go on Summer Holiday in 2021? These are some of the best summer places in India

Shimla: Victorian Architecture

The capital of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most popular hill stations in North India. The cool Himalayan breeze, scenic views, and heritage resorts make it one of the best summer destinations in India. From the Himalayan trails decorated by lakes and apple arcades to the Victorian Architecture and colorful markets, there is everything to enjoy during a family vacation, adventure holiday, or honeymoon in Shimla.

Things to do in Shimla

  • Explore Mall Road
  • Drive to scenic Jakhu Hill from Shimla
  • Visit Lord Hanuman's Temple
  • Visit the Viceregal Lodge
  • Stop at Annandale to experience Polo Games

Ladakh: Himalayan Adventure

The adventure capital of India needs no introduction. Its incredible natural beauty and cool atmosphere place Ladakh amongst the top summer holiday destinations in India. Buddhist monasteries, azure lakes, and exciting Himalayan passes make opportunities for bikers and hikers to experience amazing adventure activities in Ladakh.

Things to do in Ladakh

  • Take a bike ride through the rocky trails of Ladakh
  • Visit the blue Pangong Tso Lake
  • Enjoy a camel ride through the sand dunes of Nubra Valley

Nainital: Emerald Lakes

One of the most popular summer getaways from Delhi, Nainital is famous for its emerald Naini Lake surrounded by lush mountains. Scenic views, great accommodation options, and easy accessibility make Nainital one of the best tourist places in north India for summer vacation.

Things to do in Nainital

  • Enjoy boating in Naini lake
  • Visit Naina Devi Temple
  • Take a cable car ride to the snow viewpoint
  • Trek to the Tiffin Top
  • Explore Mall Road, visit the zoo, and Eco Cave

Darjeeling: Tea Garden Paradise

The tea gardens in Darjeeling make an appealing invitation for travelers to enjoy the stunning views and magical tea aroma in this charming hill station in Northeast. The views of Kanchenjunga, lush tea gardens, toy train ride, markets, and monasteries are the top attractions to cover during a family summer vacation in Darjeeling.

Things to do in Darjeeling

  • Visit the famous Ghoom Monastery
  • Visit the zoo and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
  • Explore Mall Road and bustling Batasia Loop

Munnar: Absolutely Serene

Munnar tops the list of the most beautiful hill stations in South India. The misty roads, lush tea plantations, mountains, and waterfalls make impressive views and charming climate for the best family summer vacations in India.

Things to do in Munnar

  • Witness the sprawling tea plantations
  • Enjoy Horse riding, cycling, trekking, etc.
  • Visit the gushing Athirapally Waterfall.
  • Explore Eravikulam National Park.
  • Visit Old Munnar markets

Rishikesh: Adventure capital

The stunning panorama, yoga retreat, and charming climate place Rishikesh amongst the best destinations for a summer vacation in India. The great opportunities for bungee jumping and white river rafting in Rishikesh also make the place one of the best adventure destinations in India in summer.

Things to do in Rishikesh

  • Take part in Bungee Jumping
  • Enjoy River rafting and camping.
  • Visit Yoga retreat.
  • Watch evening Ganga Aarti at the Ghat.

Auli: Skiing Paradise

Adventure seekers head to Auli during winter to enjoy skiing. For its stunning panorama, Auli is also tagged as one of the most romantic destinations in India. The snow-capped mountain peaks over the green pastures and the cool climate make it ideal for the best family summer vacations in India 2021.

Things to do in Auli

  • Travel to Joshimath by the ropeway and enjoy the panoramic view.
  • Go on trekking adventures to places like Gorson and Kuari Pass

Kashmir: Heaven on Earth

Kashmir is unarguably one of the best places to visit in India during summer. When we talk about summer destinations in India, Kashmir tops the list. Kashmir has everything a traveler likes to enjoy- flower-filled pastures, lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and houseboats. For a summer trip in India, Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam make a magic trio for every traveler.

Things to do in Kashmir

  • Cruise in the azure Dal Lake
  • Enjoy a gondola ride in Gulmarg
  • Visit the Bollywood shooting destinations in Pahalgam

Manali: Little paradise

Blessed with eternal natural beauty, Manali offers everything including adventure, serenity, and spirituality. While adventure lovers can indulge in trekking, skiing, paragliding, rafting, others can visit the temple, markets, and monasteries or just relax on the lap of nature. The marvelous panorama and Himalayan breeze make Manali one of the coolest summer destinations in India.

Things to do in Manali

  • Indulge in Mountain trekking and river rafting
  • Enjoy the cafe culture
  • Explore the markets
  • Visit the temples and monasteries

Gangtok: Friendly Hill Station

Unarguably one of the best summer holiday destinations in India, Gangtok is one of the most beautiful places to visit during your northeast trip. The capital city of Sikkim is nestled amid the clouds and surrounded by lush forest, mysterious caves, picturesque meadows, and gorgeous views of Khangchendzonga.

Things to do in Gangtok

  • Visit the Rumtek Monastery
  • Visit the Gangtok zoological park
  • Explore alpines flora and fauna along the Indo-China Route
  • Enjoy gorgeous views from Tashi View Point
  • Trek to Changu Lake and Tsomgo Lakes
  • Enjoy a ropeway journey to the highest point of the city

Meghalaya: Abode of clouds

Its beauty and serenity are unmatched. Nature is a sheer bliss here. Nowhere else you can experience such an amazing landscape that termed the Capital of Meghalaya Shillong as the 'Scotland of the East'.The exceptionally charming climate of Meghalaya makes it one of the best summer vacation places in India.

Things to do in Meghalaya

  • Enjoy Boating and water scooter riding on Umiam Lake
  • Visit the famous and glistening Elephant Falls and Nohkalikai Falls.
  • Explore the famous Living Root Bridges.
  • Visit Mawlynnong Village the cleanest place in the world

Kalimpong: Family Vacation Spot

Darjeeling and Kalimpong are like twin brothers making way for the best summer vacations in India with kids. But what gives Kalimpong an edge over Darjeeling is that it is untouched and less frequently visited by people. So, Kalimpong is for those who are looking for a quiet summer getaway from Kolkata and other places. This beautiful hill station in West Bengal is a perfect summer destination owing to its pleasant nature, panoramic views, and proximity to other tourist attractions in Northeast.

Things to do in Kalimpong:

  • Enjoy Paragliding, bird watching, and fishing
  • Relax by the side of the Teesta River

Coorg: Kashmir of Karnataka

The stunning sunset points, waterfalls and plenty of coffee plantations make Coorg the 'Kashmir of Karnataka'. Home to four national parks of South India, Coorg offers a cool climate and vistas during both the summer and monsoon that make it one of the best places for vacation in July.

Things to do in Coorg

  • Wonder at Abbey Falls
  • Hike to the Raja's Seat and Bylakuppe
  • Relax and enjoy water sports on the bank of the calm and peaceful Cauvery
  • Visit the gorgeous Iruppu Falls and Unchalli Falls
  • Visit the Igguthappa Temple and Omkareshwara Temple

Kashmir: Heaven on Earth

Kashmir is unarguably one of the best places to visit in India during summer. When we talk about summer destinations in India, Kashmir tops the list. Kashmir has everything a traveler likes to enjoy- flower-filled pastures, lush greenery, snow-capped mountains, lakes, and houseboats. For a summer trip in India, Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam make a magic trio for every traveler.

Things to do in Kashmir:

  • Cruise in the azure Dal Lake
  • Enjoy a gondola ride in Gulmarg
  • Visit the Bollywood shooting destinations in Pahalgam

Lonavala: The gateway from Mumbai

A beautiful hill station within an hour's drive from Mumbai, Lonavala tops the list of summer destinations in India for couples especially for Mumbai-dwellers. You can choose to relax in the lovely resorts or step out to explore the caves or click pictures with lush green backgrounds. Escaping the monotonous city life, Lonavala offers a myriad of activities to indulge in.

Things to do in Lonavala

  • Explore the historical sites like Korigad Fort, Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves.
  • Visit the Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy a night camping in Lonavala.

Mount Abu: Hill station of Rajasthan

When Rajasthan burns in the scorching summer, this only hill station in Rajasthan offers relief to the travelers. The cool breeze from the Aravali makes a charming climate to enjoy a family summer holiday tour in Mount Abu on a budget.

Things to do in Mount Abu

  • Visit the Nakki Lake and enjoy a boat ride
  • Walk down to the sunset point to see the most beautiful sunset
  • Visit the world-famous Dilwara temple
  • Visit the wildlife sanctuary and explore its floral diversity and colors


Top 36 Summer Holiday Destinations in India


Himachal Pradesh Himachal Pradesh
The Abode of the Himalayas is India's favorite summer destination and home to 100+ hill stations in India. Pine forests and apple orchards further add to its appeal.
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Ladakh Ladakh
The seemingly photoshopped Buddhist ex-kingdom is home to gompas flanked by whitewashed stupas. Ladakh's cold desert is nature's boon and bane to the Himalayas.
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Darjeeling Darjeeling
The real "Queen of the Hills" in West Bengal is also home to the Daarjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Daarjeeling is every bit the quintessential summer getaway.
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Uttarakhand Uttarakhand
From Yoga classes to rafting and wildlife stays to humbling pilgrimages – there's something for everyone in Uttarakhand. A particular favorite with foreigners.
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Kerala Kerala
"God's Own Country" is a true revelation in summers. If the numerous beaches, backwaters and Ayurveda in Kerala don't get you, the exotic culture and cuisine will!
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Shillong Shillong
The capital of Meghalaya is also one of the most picturesque and modern hill towns set along the Northeastern Himalayas. Vintage / Overhauled cars and waterfalls are a rage here.
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Shimla Shimla
An engaging hill town with colonial charm and a relatively developed capital city – all rolled into one. Shimla is to hill stations what Shakespeare is to literature – indispensible!
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Kashmir Kashmir
The original "Paradise on Earth" is a summer delight – cool locales, romantic Shikara on the picturesque Dal, blooming Shalimar Gardens are all views to cherish.
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Nainital Nainital
What was once the favorite summer retreat of the British is still a hot favorite among summer destinations in India. The ideal weekend getaway from Delhi and around.
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Gangtok Gangtok
The proverbial jewel in the crown of the North East India, Gangtok is the perfect potpourri of several ethnicities and their cultures, together bound in harmony!
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Munnar Munnar
One of the most beautiful places on Earth, Munnar is a true paradise. Refreshen your spirits in the scenic hill station blessed with beauty, adventure and cherished experiences.
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Rishikesh Rishikesh
White water rafting at grade 5 rapids? Or some soul curry in a Spa, Ayurveda and Yoga Ashram Himalayas? Maybe both! Choose whichever, you're still coming to Rishikesh!
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Ooty Ooty
Ooty offers the best respite from a somewhat harsh sun in South India. Also popular with religious devotees owing to the large number of temples present here.
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Mussoorie Mussoorie
Scenic bliss of mountains, charming colonial sights, plethora of adventure pursuits and more, Mussoorie is the epitome of all the fun you could have in summer.
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Goa Goa
The tiny emerald Goa, the most popular beach destination in South East Asia just got even hotter! Goa's balmy beaches dole out fun in crazy measures. Evident colonial hangover!
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Wayanad Wayanad
One third of the popular Ooty-Mysore-Wayanad circuit, Wayanad's imperious waterfalls and lush green cover strengthen its image as a popular summer destination.
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Andaman Andaman
The land of tropical bliss, Andaman Islands is a relaxing retreat for summer. The golden shores, cerulean waters and emerald forest present experiences of a lifetime.
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Gulmarg Gulmarg
India's own representation of a ski resort best in Asia, Gulmarg is a regular feature in Bollywood movies, thanks to its aesthetics, almost unreal landscape that pulls everyone.
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Sikkim Sikkim
Nestled in the lap of North East Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the favorite holiday destinations in summer. The kingdom of mighty mountains, monasteries, lakes, adventure, valleys and bliss awaits!
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Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga National Park
If wildlife is what spools your adrenaline, no other place will give you a greater rush. Watch wild rhinoceros in action in the middle of exotic flora and fauna.
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Kodaikanal Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal or just Kodai, if you please, strikes that perfect climatic equilibrium – not cold but cool enough, and not hot but warm enough. Ideal for 2 day trips.
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Dalhousie Dalhousie
This quaint little town in upper Himachal Pradesh was the favorite summer retreat of the British. The place still retains its colonial hangover and is a great host.
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Auli Auli
Basking in its green glory, Auli in summer presents views of snowcapped mountains, serene beauty and most of all, a relaxing getaway in the mountains.
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Ranikhet Ranikhet
Ranikhet majorly is a cantonment area surrounded by the humbling Himalayas on all sides. Comparatively more secluded than other 'touristy' hill stations.
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Corbett National Park Corbett National Park
Made famous by the great Ruskin Bond, the 1318 sq. km. national park is the one of finest examples of wildlife in India. Your best chance to spot the wild cat!
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Tawang Tawang
This quaint little town in Arunachal Pradesh is devoid of fancy attractions you'd find in other popular hill stations. Ideal for the idle vacationer to chill!
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Dharamshala Dharamshala
Overlooking the magnificent Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamshala enamors with charming monasteries, scenic trails and more. Ready for your summer expedition?
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Singapore Singapore
Singapore is all about summer vibe, culture and shimmering skyline. While the day passes by rejoicing the greenery and shopping, the night comes in with food tours, star gazing, and safari.
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Dubai Dubai
Discover the charms of the megapolis of Dubai. Have a fun family vacation, romantic getaway with partner while you bask in the delights of the world’s most happening city.
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Malaysia Malaysia
On some days Malaysia amazes travelers with its cityscapes, refreshing beaches, thrilling wildlife and stretched islands. On other days, it adds a twist of traditions, culture and lip-smacking cuisine.
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Bhutan Bhutan
Bhutan is the small and remote realm settling in the Himalayas. Discover the bliss of the last utopia on Earth and the world's most beautiful mountain ranges.
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Mauritius Mauritius
This island nation is dotted with magnificent white sandy beaches and the best summer vacations for couples. Observe dolphins playing is another attraction.
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Thailand Thailand
One of the most spellbinding locations in the world and famous as the "Land of Smiles". Thailand is one of the best places to visit in the summer outside India.
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is fast becoming among the best summer vacations with kids. The startling wildlife, sun-kissed seaside, and mouthwatering cuisines fascinate the tourists.
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Cambodia Cambodia
Cambodia is famous for its rich history, culture tropical beaches, and richness of natural attractions. It is among the top places to visit in summer outside India.
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Indonesia Indonesia
Indonesia is dotted with pristine beaches, enigmatic volcanoes, and jungles. No doubt, that it is the best place for summer vacations in the world.
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FAQs of Summer Destinations in India

Q: Which are the best places to visit in summer in India?

Ans: India is home to mountains, hills, beaches, exotic forests, and other places that provide some relief from the scorching heatwave during the summer. Some of the best places to visit in the summer in India are Manali, Shimla, Ladakh, Auli, Ooty, Kashmir, Andaman Beaches, etc.

Q: Which are the coolest places in India during summer?

Ans: India is blessed with mountains, hills, beaches, lush forests, and other places to visit in summer that provide some respite from the scorching heatwave. Some of the coolest places in India during summer are:

  • Munnar
  • Nainital
  • Kashmir
  • Rishikesh
  • Kodaikanal
  • Ooty
  • Manali
  • Shimla
  • Darjeeling
  • Kovalam
Q: Which are the best places for a summer vacation in South India?

Ans: South India is home to some of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Also, there are charming beaches in South India perfect for spending a lovely summer holiday in India. The best places for a summer vacation in South India are Coorg, Coonoor, Munnar, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Kovalam, etc.

Q: Which are the best countries to visit in the summer?

Ans: India experiences hot summer and some passionate travelers look for summer vacation destinations outside India. The best countries to visit in summer are Thailand, Singapore, Australia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, etc.

Q: Can I experience snowfall during the summer months in India?

Ans: No, you cannot experience snowfall in the summer months in India i.e; April, May, and June.

Q: What are the best places in India to go for honeymoon in summer?

Ans: You can't see your love feeling uncomfortable in the scorching summer heat. Thankfully, India is home to some charming hill stations that are counted as the best places to go for honeymoon in summer. Nainital, Shimla, Mount Abu, Kashmir, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Lonavala, Munnar, Ooty, etc. are the top summer honeymoon destinations in India.

Q: What are the best destinations in India for summer vacations with kids in May & June?

Ans: For kids, summer vacation is the time to indulge in 'out of the book' activities. Traveling to some other places make them more efficient in their task. The best destinations in India for summer vacations with kids in May & June are Mukteshwar, Gangtok, Mount Abu, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Dalhousie, Mysore, etc.

Q: What are the best places in India to go in summer with your family?

Ans: From north to south and east to west there are a plethora of summer holiday destinations in India. You can go for a summer holiday in India with your family to some hill station, beach destination or historical sites in India. Udaipur, Mount Abu, Gulmarg, Ladakh, Dharamshala, Amarnath, Ooty, etc are the best places to go in summer with your family.

Q: What are the best places to travel in India in June and July?

Ans: June and July mark for an amalgam of summer and monsoon in India. During this time you can visit several cool destinations in India to escape the scorching summer heat and enjoy the charm of monsoon. The best places to travel in India in June and July are Ladakh, Auli, Shimla, Rishikesh, Goa, Mount Abu, etc.

Q: What are the best places to visit in North India for summer holidays?

Ans: The charming hill stations of North India always top the list of best summer holiday destinations in India. The scenic landscape, holy places, historical sites, and adventure spots make your summer vacation in North India special. The Best places to visit in North India for Summer Holidays are Shimla, Nainital, Ranikhet, Mount Abu, Kashmir, Haridwar and Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Mcleodganj, Dalhousie, Mussoorie, etc.

Q: Which are some family vacation destinations for a budget holiday in India?

Ans: Many pocket-friendly places in India are perfect for spending a budget holiday though they are equally attractive and charming. Kasol in Himachal Pradesh, Pondicherry, Kodaikanal, Goa, Itanagar, Pushkar, Darjeeling, Mcleodganj, Varanasi, etc. are some of the best family vacation destinations for a budget holiday in India.

Q: Which are the best places for a summer vacation in North East India?

Ans: Northeast region in India is popular for its charm that offers distinct travel experiences in every season. The best place for a summer vacation in North East India is Gangtok, Pelling, Guwahati, Darjeeling, Shillong, Kalimpong, Cherapunji, Tawang, Agartala, etc.

Q: What are the famous places to visit in Kerala for summer vacations?

Ans: Kerala with minimum fluctuation in temperature is unarguably one of the best summer holiday destinations in India. The cool breeze from the Arabian Sea and the charming weather around Western Ghats Mountain make for many famous places to visit in Kerala for summer vacations. Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady, Bekal, Kumarakom, Alleppey, etc. are some of the best summer holiday destinations in Kerala.

Q: What are the best places for adventure holidays in India in summer?

Ans: India is home to some amazing adventure spots. From the Himalayan trails to the Islands of Andaman, you will find some of the best places for Adventure holidays in India in summer. The best adventure activities in India in summer are Paragliding in Manali, White Water Rafting and Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh, Jeep Safari in Ladakh, Scuba Diving in Andaman, Caving in Meghalaya, and Skydiving in Mysore, etc.

Q: How is summer in India?

Ans: The summer is the hottest season in most parts of India. From April to June, almost all parts of the country experience fiery heat. Therefore, visiting the hill stations and mountainous regions in summer would be the best idea to beat the scorching heat, enjoy their heavenly beauty, and soak in charm and appeal.

Q: Which are the best places for trekking in summer in India?

Ans: The best places for trekking in India during summers include -

  • Kedarkantha Trek
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Goechala Trek
  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Hampta Pass Trek
  • Kuari Pass Trek
  • Beas Kund Trek
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Bhrigu Lake Trek

Many of the trekking trails are situated in Himachal Pradesh because of its pristine panorama. Others are located in Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Nepal.

Q: Which are the best places to plan a trip in summer with friends in India?

Ans: If you are planning a summer trip with your best buddies, here are the best places to visit an amazing holiday - Manali, Leh-Ladakh, Andaman, Goa, Darjeeling, Mcleodganj, Spiti Valley, Nainital, Kasol, Dalhousie, Kinnaur, and Sikkim.

Q: Which are the best places to visit in summer for couples in India?

Ans: Here are the best places to visit for couples in India to spend time with a special someone - Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Manali, Shimla, Nainital, Coorg, Meghalaya, Darjeeling, Andaman, Leh-Ladakh, Ooty, Mahabaleshwar, and Panchgani.

Q: Should I visit beach destinations in the summer in India?

Ans: Beach destinations in summer are hot and humid. Due to the off-season, you can find exciting deals and discounts on hotels. If you still wish to visit, beach destinations like Goa and Andaman are less crowded and great for thrilling water activities.

Q: Which are the best hill stations to visit in summer in India?

Ans: If you wish to escape the scorching summer heat, here are some of the best hill stations to visit in summer season in India - Manali, Gulmarg, Shimla, Nainital, Srinagar, Mussoorie, Palampur, Haldwani, Mcleodganj, Pelling, Shillong, and Munnar.

Q: Which are the best places for trekking in summer in India?

Ans: Home to varied cultures and religions, India celebrates these festivals in summers -

  • Gangaur, Rajasthan
  • Baisakhi, Punjab
  • Chithirai Festival, Tamil Nadu
  • Moatsu Festival, Nagaland
  • Mount Abu Summer Festival, Rajasthan
  • Ooty Flower Festival, Tamil Nadu
  • Shimla Summer Festival, Himachal Pradesh
  • Bhumchu Festival, Sikkim
  • Hemis Festival, Ladakh
  • Yercaud Summer Festival, Tamil Nadu