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Top 15 Summer Holiday Destinations in India for 2022

Summer in India is tiring and exhausting. When the mercury rises, people get drained out of energy and all they seek for refreshment for some days in pleasant weather. Summer vacation becomes the ultimate necessity at this time.

Fortunately, India is such a country that comes with high mountains in the North and green tea plantations in the South – there are multiple places in India where you can escape from the summer. Apart from these, there are also beaches where you can spend your ideal summer vacation with friends and family.

Where to go this summer in India?

Let us introduce a list of some amazing places including hill stations around the country and beaches, which can be your perfect summer holiday destinations in India this year.

Destination Name Summer Tour Package
Manali, Himachal 4 Nights 5 Days Kullu Manali Tour
Nainital, Uttarakhand 3 Nights 4 Days Nainital Tour
Kashmir Valley 5 Nights 6 Days Best of Kashmir Tour
Dharamshala, Himachal 3 Nights 4 Days Dharamshala Tour
Ranikhet, Uttarakhand 2 Nights 3 Days Ranikhet Tour
Darjeeling, West Bengal 5 Nights 6 Days Darjeeling Tour
North Sikkim 6 Nights 7 Days North Sikkim Tour
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 2N/3D Mahabaleshwar Tour
Munnar, Kerala 3 Nights 4 Days Munnar Tour
Ooty, Tamil Nadu 3 Nights 4 Days Ooty Tour
Andaman & Nicobar 8N/ 9 Days Best of Andaman Tour
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 4N/5D Kodaikanal Ooty Tour
Saputara, Gujarat 2N/3D Saputara Tour Package
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 2 Nights 3 Days Shimla Tour
Leh Ladakh 6 Nights 7 Days Ladakh Tour

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali

One of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India, Manali is a perfect amalgamation of gorgeous views of snow-capped mountains, verdant greenery, picturesque valleys and rushing rivers. The amazing natural beauty and cool climate of Manali, make it an ideal place to seek refreshment from humid summer.

Top Things to Do in Manali

  • Spend a relaxing time at the bank of the Manal-su river.
  • Go sightseeing at Club House, Manu Temple, Old Manali, Hadimba Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art and Van Vihar.
  • Experience snow at Rohtang Pass.
  • Go for some adventure sports like river rafting, paragliding, zorbing, etc.
  • Plan a day trip to Manikaran, Kullu Valley, Bhrigu Lake, Jogini Falls Atal Tunnel and Arjuna Gufa.

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Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital Lake

Nainital is undoubtedly one of the best hill destinations to visit in summer. Be it a weekend trip with friends or a family vacation, exploring Nainital is about rejuvenating yourself amidst peace and serenity in the lap of nature. This beautiful hill town of Uttarakhand is a popular destination for its magical lakes in the backdrop of marvellous mountain views.

Top Things to Do in Nainital

  • Take a boat ride on Naini Lake, Naukuchiatal, Bhimtal, Sattal etc.
  • Trek to the Tiffin Top and enjoy watching the sunset.
  • To get an amazing view of the city, trek to Naina Peak or Cheena Peak, the highest point of Nainital.
  • Go for a thrilling ropeway ride to watch the snow-covered mountains closely.
  • Visit Naina Devi Temple and enjoy shopping at the Tibetan market near the temple.

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Kashmir Valley

Kashmir Tour - Dal Lake

Kashmir Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This drop-dead gorgeous valley has become one of the top summer destinations in India over the years. A trip to Kashmir is all about sipping Kahwa Chai while watching the sunrise over the beauteous high mountains, exploring the culture of local people while walking through the green meadows and relishing authentic Kashmiri cuisines while discovering an offbeat village. Traveling to Kashmir Valley is one of the best summer retreats for anyone. If you are planning a trip to this ‘Heaven on Earth,’ you must include some of the stunning places in your itinerary. There are places like Srinagar, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Aru Valley, Pahalgam, Betaab Valley, and Patnitop – where you can make a lifetime memory.

Top Things to Do in Kashmir Valley

  • Enjoy a Shikara ride across Dal Lake, Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir.
  • Spend a day on a houseboat on Dal Lake.
  • Take a Gondola Ride to enjoy the views of snow-covered mountains in Gulmarg.
  • Enjoy a short pony ride in the beautiful valleys of Kashmir. You can try several options in Sonamarg, Patnitop, Betaab Valley, etc.
  • Celebrate Tulip Festival with the locals and discover a variety of tulips in the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden. However, this festival only happens during the month of April. It is suggested to check the website before going.
  • Enjoy trout fishing in the Lidder River in Pahalgam.

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Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala-McLeodganj

Famed for serving as a safe haven for the Dalai Lama and Tibetan refugees, Dharamshala is considered the spiritual retreat of India. The perfect destination for a summer holiday flaunts an everlasting elegance and spiritual significance through its natural beauty and culture of people. You can also opt for adventure activities offered in Dharamshala.

Top Things to Do in Dharamshala

  • Relax in a camp amidst nature on a riverside or in a jungle.
  • Complete Triund Trek and rejuvenate yourself.
  • Go for a day trip to Kangra Valley.
  • Opt for paragliding and feel an adrenaline rush.
  • Learn about the Dalai Lama and his teachings, Tibetan people and their culture.
  • Enjoy a walk towards Bhagsunag Temple and the waterfall.

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Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is located at an elevation of 1,829 metres in the foothills of the Himalayas. Developed in the British era, this popular hill station of Uttarakhand in the Almora district is also famed for being the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the India Army. Referred to as ‘Queen’s Land,’ Ranikhet is one of those places in India that reflects the beauty of the Himalayas.

Top Things to Do in Ranikhet

  • Go for a day trip to places like Majhkhali, Golf Course, Bhalu Dam Dwarahat, Haidakhan Babaji Temple, etc.
  • Go hiking from Chaubatia Orchards to Holm Farm, or Meghdoot to Jhula Devi Temple.
  • Learn to play golf at one of the golf courses.
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the valleys while paragliding at Wildrift Paragliding Camp.
  • Take permission from the Forest Department of India and enjoy fishing in Bhalu Dam.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling Hill Station

Darjeeling is no doubt one of the best places to visit in summer in India. It is known as ‘Queen of the Hills’ and remains an all-time-favourite budget-friendly destination for people from Bengal, as well as India. On a bright sunny day when the sky is clear, the majestic view of Kanchenjunga from the roadside cafe or the garden of Batasia Loop is one of the prime reasons why people want to visit this place again and again.

Top Things to Do in Darjeeling

  • Go for a stroll around Mall Road and visit Mahakal Temple, market etc.
  • Have a breakfast platter in Keventer’s at the rooftop sitting place.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Zoo and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Museum etc.
  • Relish Tibetan cuisine at Kunga Restaurant.
  • Go for a day trip to the offbeat places like Takdah, Tinchuley, Lamahatta etc.

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North Sikkim

Gurudongmar_Lake Sikkim

One of the popular summer tourist destinations in Northeast India, North Sikkim is home to some dramatic landscapes, ancient monasteries, a variety of flora and fauna and a bunch of humble people. The northern part of Sikkim is also famed for Gurudongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Considered sacred by Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, Gurudongmar Lake is a place from where you can experience the Himalayas the closest. Apart from this lake, there is another attraction in North Sikkim – Yumthang Valley. In summer, the valley gets covered by a blanket of flowers which turns it into a canvas. You can also experience snow in Zero Point if you are visiting North Sikkim in the summer.

Top Things to Do in North Sikkim

  • Start your itinerary from Gangtok. Have a walk-through Mall Road or MG Road in Gangtok.
  • Start your day trip in the early morning towards Lachen and enjoy the waterfalls beside the road.
  • Watch the sunset over the Teesta River while on the road towards Lachen.
  • Start for Gurudongmar Lake from Lachen in the early morning. Gurudongmar Lake is at an elevation of 5,430 metres, so it is advised to take precautionary measures to avoid Altitude Motion Sickness before going to the place.
  • Enjoy snowfall at Kalapatthar, Zero Point etc.
  • Enjoy a majestic view of Yumthang Valley in Lachung.

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Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar Monsoon Weekend from Mumbai

Mahabaleshwar, the scenic hill station in Maharashtra is one of the best summer vacation destinations in India. Located in Satara District at an elevation of 1,372 metres, Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station, which is filled with steep hills, rock-cut mountains, lush greenery, lakes, valleys, waterfalls and ancient forts, temples, and caves. It is also popular for its strawberry farms. Due to the abundance of strawberry production, Mahabaleshwar is also known as the ‘Land of Strawberries.’

Top Things to Do in Mahabaleshwar

  • Enjoy boat rides on Venna Lake.
  • Feel an adrenaline rush while trekking to Pratapgarh Fort.
  • Enjoy bird photography at Babington Point.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Arthur’s Seat, Dhobi Waterfall, Roman Catholic Church, Connaught Peak etc.
  • Opt for a jungle trek in Tapola.

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Munnar, Kerala

Munnar Kerala

Munnar, the quaint hill station in South India, is famed for its largest tea-growing region. The beautiful canvas of cascading tea plantation and its weather – make it a perfect spot to spend a relaxing summer vacation in India. Located in the lap of Western Ghats, Munnar offers a pleasant vacay to every traveller when the temperature rises.

Top Things to Do in Munnar

  • Enjoy a stay in a treehouse.
  • Explore Tata Tea Museum and learn about tea production.
  • Enjoy a short trek to Anamudi Peak, Lakshmi Hills, and Cheeyaparra Waterfalls.
  • Visit Elephant Lake, Kundala Lake and Echo Point.
  • Enjoy Ayurvedic Spa therapy and refresh yourself.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty-Destination-to-Relax-Ooty-Tamil-Nadu

A resort town in Tamil Nadu, popular as a summer retreat over the years since the British era, Ooty is one of the most favoured destinations for summer vacation in South India. Driving through the hairpin curves amidst the greenery and exploring the colonial past of the town, a trip to Ooty will make you content and revived. Although you can visit Ooty at any time of the year, summer is the best time for a perfect escape to save yourself from the heat.

Top Things to Do in Ooty

  • The first thing you should not miss is to enjoy a Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train ride.
  • Learn about the variety of flowers and trees in the Botanical Garden.
  • Drive to the Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint.
  • Visit Doddabetta Peak and watch a beautiful panoramic view of the Nilgiri area.
  • Celebrate summer festivals in Ooty organised by the Tourist Department.

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Andaman and Nicobar

Ross Island Andaman

Just for a change, if you don’t want to visit mountains or hill stations, there is another option. Plan a beach holiday and there is no place other than Andaman and Nicobar that comes first in mind as one of the best destinations for summer travel. The emerald water of the sea, pristine beaches, tropical forests, historical places and tribal inhabitants – all make the place an absolute choice for a summer vacation. There are multiple islands where you can stay and enjoy the beach life for some days.

Top Things to Do in Andaman and Nicobar

  • Refresh yourself with coconut water while watching a sunrise on the beach.
  • Enjoy snorkelling and sea diving and watch corals under the sea.
  • Enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset from the Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island.
  • Taste tropical fruits and sea fish.
  • Explore Cellular Jail and learn about the history of India and freedom fighters.
  • Visit India’s only active volcano on Barren Island.
  • Trek to Limestone cave.

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal Hill Station

Kodaikanal, located in Tamil Nadu is known as the ‘Princess of Indian Hill Station.’ Looking like a green canvas nestled in the Nilgiri forest, Kodaikanal remains one of the best destinations for summer vacation among travellers across India. The peace and tranquillity of this place is unmatched and for a nature lover, Kodaikanal is the best possible place to spend a summer vacation.

Top Things to Do in Kodaikanal

  • Trek to Vattakanal Waterfall.
  • Enjoy a short hike to Dolphin’s Nose and capture a glimpse of the serene landscape from there.
  • Enjoy a paddling boat ride on Kodai Lake.
  • Opt for a night camping experience around Dolphin’s Nose, Pine Forests and Vattakanal.
  • Take pleasure in locally made white and dark chocolate flavours.

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Saputara, Gujarat

Saputara Hill Sation Gujarat

Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in Gujarat, Dang District. It is situated at a height of 875 metres above sea level, covered with lush greenery, richer landscapes, glaring waterfalls and undulating mountains. In the local language, Saputara means the ‘habitat of snakes’ and the tribals of the region worship snakes. Saputara is one of the perfect getaway destinations for nature-lovers, adventure enthusiasts and people who want to learn about tribal culture.

Top Things to Do in Saputara

  • Go for a boat ride on Saputara Lake.
  • Visit the Artist Village and buy locally made tribal art and clothes.
  • Explore Hatgarh Fort.
  • Drive to Vansda National Park and relax on the bank of the Ambika River.
  • Enjoy watching a beautiful sunset.

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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

One of the largest cities in North India, Shimla always stands at the top of the list of places to visit during summer. This famous hill station is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and flaunts a charming landscape of colonial buildings in the backdrop of magnificent Himalayas. Shimla was previously declared as the ‘British Summer Capital of India,’ and it truly means what it says. The pleasant weather during summer, the cool breeze – is all you want to escape from scorching summer. Moreover, there are several places around Shimla that you can add to the itinerary.

Top Things to Do in Shimla

  • Enjoy a ride on the Shimla-Kalka toy train. You will be thrilled to pass through the 864 bridges, 103 tunnels and 919 curves on the route.
  • Have a stroll around the Shimla Mall Road and enjoy the views from the hills.
  • Hike to Jakhu Temple and check the murals representing Hindu myths.
  • Visit the Viceregal Lodge and take a glimpse of the British Raj.
  • Enjoy a day trip to Kufri, Chail and soothe your eyes with the greenery.
  • You can also visit Narkanda if you want to spend a day in the snow.

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Leh – Ladakh

Pangong Lake Ladakh

Imagine you are having a road trip on the ‘World’s Highest Motorable Road,’ and passing through the highest mountain passes, deep-blue coloured lakes, crystal clear skies, ancient Buddhist Monasteries and astounding landscapes, you will find all of these only in Ladakh. Moreover, the cherry on the top is – the Ladakhi culture. It is a unique combination of Indo-Aryans along with Tibetan descent. With vast geographical outlooks, cultural diversities and enticing adventures on the road – Ladakh surely makes it worth visiting once in a lifetime.

Top Things to Do in Ladakh

  • Enjoy sightseeing around Leh, visit Leh Palace, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Main Bazar and Shanti Stupa. It is recommended to stay in Leh for two days to get adapted to the climate of the place. You can also take some precautionary measures as the city is located at an altitude of 3,500 metres.
  • Visit the villages like Alchi, Likir, and Lamayuru along the Indus River. Click pictures of the Sangam.
  • Enjoy a two-days trip to Nubra Valley and ride on the ‘World’s Highest Motorable Road’ Khardung-La pass. Visit Diskit Monastery and enjoy a double-humped camel ride at Hunder.
  • Visit Turtuk Village, India’s northernmost village, which is situated just a few kilometres away from the border of Pakistan and learn about the culture of the Balti people.
  • Visit beautiful Pangong Lake, situated at the height of 4,250 metres and soak in the beauty of the landscapes.
  • You can also visit Tso Moriri Lake, one of the impressive lakes of Ladakh, situated at an altitude of 4,530 metres.

These above-mentioned 15 places considered the ultimate places where you can enjoy a charming weather, explore amazing sights and indulge in adventures while escaping from the daily hectic life and the torture of summer. So, choose one accordingly and make a plan for this summer to one of these summer holiday destinations in India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the top tourist places in Himachal Pradesh for Summer?

Himachal Pradesh always comes first on the list while people make a plan for summer vacation. This fascinating state is undoubtedly an all-time favourite destination for all travellers. Although, you can visit any part of Himachal Pradesh in summer, here is a list of some top tourist places you can definitely add to your summer itinerary:

  • Manali
  • Shimla
  • Dharamshala
  • Kufri
  • Kullu
  • Kasol
  • Kinnaur
  • Kaza
  • Nako
  • Palampur

Which are the best places to visit in summer in India with family?

Everyone loves to spend holidays with family, be it a summer vacation or a winter one. India is such a country which is home to several summer destinations that anyone will be charmed to visit. Here are some of the names of the best travel destinations for summer:

  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Pelling, Sikkim
  • Ooty, Tamil Nadu
  • Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh

What are the coolest places in India for spending summer vacation?

India is home to the largest percentage of the Himalayas. So, fortunately, there are so many places where you can spend a chilled summer holiday in India. Here are some of them:

  • Dras, Ladakh (Best time to go from June to September)
  • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh (Best time to go from March to May)
  • Srinagar, Kashmir (Best time to go from April to October)
  • Leh, Ladakh (Best time to go from June to October)
  • Lachen, Sikkim (Best time to go from March to October)

Which are the top budget-friendly summer tourist destinations in India?

India has so many budget-friendly places to visit in summer. Whether you are a college student or a family man and want to plan a summer trip at an affordable budget, no worries, India has different options for different travellers. Check out these budget-friendly summer tourist destinations below:

  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Gokarna, Karnataka
  • Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
  • Ravangla, Sikkim

Which are the best places to visit in the summer in Maharashtra?

To take a fresh break from the humid weather and rising temperature, there are plenty of places in Maharashtra you can visit in summer. Summer is one of the best times in the year to explore some of the most beautiful places in the state. The best summer tourist places in Maharashtra are:

  • Lonavala
  • Malvan
  • Amboli
  • Khandala
  • Mahabaleshwar

Published: 02 Jun, 2022

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.