India is undeniably one of the popular choices for foreign tourists for holidaying. The country’s magical charm lies in its natural settings, high altitude hill-stations, pretty beaches, gastronomy, cosmopolitan cities, sacred temples, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries. Tourism in India is usually at its peak during winter (Oct to February) due to the balmy weather. Summer (March to May) is the low season for tourism due to the scorching heat of the sun as India has a tropical climate. But summers in India aren’t really hot at all places! There are plenty of coolest places to visit in India during summer.
What are the best places to visit in India during summer?
For beating the summer heat in India, we recommend visiting the high-altitude tourist destinations with cooler weather conditions than the low-lying leveled tourist spots. From Pahalgham in Jammu & Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Coorg in Karnataka to Ooty in Tamilnadu, there’s no dearth of such high-altitude summer destinations in India. Here’s our take on the best summer places in India 2020.
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Mussoorie is a popular summer retreat for beating the summer heat and a must visit place for summer in India. The hill-station sits in the Doon Valley of Dehradun city in the Indian state of Uttarakhand at the foot of the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range. Take a travel plunge to this most beautiful high-altitude destination for admiring its dense pine forests and winding roads. The must-dos are antique shopping at the famous Kulri Bazaar, taking a night tour of the stunning Mussoorie Lake and visiting the Jwala Devi Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Nainital is a high-altitude resort town set in the Kumaon region of the northern state of Uttarakhand. Nainital allures people with its year-round pleasant weather, cable car rides and the stunning Nainital Lake which tourists use for taking boat rides. Nicknamed as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital is a picturesque hill-station surrounded by seven majestic mountains, collectively referred to as ‘Sapta Shring’. The must-dos are visiting the official residence of the Governor, taking a cable car ride for getting panoramic views of the town, and going on a boat cruise in Nainital Lake.
Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh
Mashobra in Himachal Pradesh must be on top of your bucket-list of places to visit in India during summer. The town is located jut 12km from Shimla and can be accessed easily from Shimla by public transportation modes of private cars or buses. Nicknamed as ‘Sleeping Shimla’, the beautiful town is an offbeat summer destination for getting lost in its wilderness of apple orchards and pine trees, far away from the hustle and bustle of the main hill-station, Shimla.
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
One of the coolest places to visit in India during summer is Dalhousie- a top summer retreat founded in the 1850s by the iconic Lord Dalhousie, a British Viceroy. The popular hill-station spans across five beautiful hills, located in close proximity to the Dhauladhar mountain range in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. The must-dos are exploring the old-style colonial buildings of the town and visiting the nearby scenic spot Khajjiar, also known as mini Switzerland.
The quaint little town of Pelling in the Indian state of Sikkim makes a perfect summer destination for families who like to unwind themselves in a serene atmosphere with cool climatic conditions. Located at the foothills of the iconic Kanchendzonga Mountain, about 130km from Gangtok, the beauty of this high-altitude town lies in the mindboggling views to the surrounding mountains. The must-dos are watching the Snow Leopards at Kanchendzonga National Park, taking a stroll on Sikkim’s highest bridge-Singshore Bridge, and visiting the Sanga Choling Monastery.
Now that you have got a thorough picture of the coolest places to visit in India during summer, don’t you think it’s about time you planned a travel itinerary to your favorite summer destination in India? New Delhi can be a good jump-off point for exploring all the high altitude destinations listed in our blog post. Have your cheap flights to New Delhi booked with Indian Eagle right away for huge savings on airfares.