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21 Best Destination to Visit in Uttarakhand for a Refreshing Summer Holiday 2020

21 Best Destination to Visit in Uttarakhand for a Refreshing Summer Holiday 2020
Last Updated: February 18, 2020

How eager are you to make your summer vacation 2020 count? Are you facing problems as in where to go on a summer holiday in India this year? Well, let me take you to Uttarakhand, a place that is rich in culture and offers appreciable hospitality, is famous yet manages to remain a mystery to many, holds religious significance and is always warm with affection. Unarguably, this North Indian state in India offers splendid opportunities that will make your holiday not only memorable but unforgettable! So, in our endeavour to make you smile and feel at ease when it comes to planning a vacation, we have meticulously handpicked the best summer places to visit in Uttarakhand for 2020. Without further ado, let me introduce them to you.

1. Chopta Valley, Rudraprayag

Chopta, Uttarakhand

Far away from the confines of the hullabaloo of the city, Chopta Valley is an ideal summer getaway in Uttarakhand, especially for nature lovers and adventure buffs. Boasting a rustic beauty with the breathtaking views of the Himalayas, Chopta Valley is the place from where the popular Chandrashilla trek and Deoria Tal Lake begins. It also holds immense religious importance as it’s home to the highest Shiva temple in the world, Tungnath, which also offers a spectacular view of the landscape. Consider visiting it in April or May to catch the awe-inspiring sight of the rhododendron flowers in full bloom.

Tourist attractions in & around Chopta Valley

  • Chandrashila
  • Tungnath Temple
  • Madhyamaheshwar Temple
  • Kalimath Temple
  • Ukhimath
  • Deoria Tal
  • Rohini Bugyal
  • Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary

Things to do in Chopta Valley

  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Birdwatching
  • Spot the Himalayan fauna

2. New Tehri, Tehri Garhwal

New-Tehri, Uttarakhand

Yet another wonderful destination for your summer vacation in Uttarakhand, New Tehri lures tourists with its soothing climate, gorgeous landscape and scoops and scoops of serenity. The destination brings you close to a lovely view of Tehri Lake where you can enjoy boating and watch the scenic view all around. The place is ideal for those who want to spend some time with pristine nature in peace. For adventure lovers, New Tehri offers trekking opportunities up to Nag Tibba, Masartal, Khatling Glacier, Panwali Kantha, and Sahastra Tal. And if you visit it in March, you will get to witness the Tehri Lake Festival, and enjoy a number of water sports.

Tehri Lake Festival Dates: 17th – 19th March 2020

Tourist attractions in New Tehri

  • Tehri Dam (world’s largest hydroelectric project)
  • Tehri Lake
  • Surkanda Devi Temple
  • Sivananda Ashram
  • Sem Mukhem Temple
  • Gautam Rishi’s Temple

Things to do in New Tehri

  • Trekking/Hiking
  • Boating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Banana rides
  • Water skiing
  • Surfing
  • Paragliding
  • Rowing
  • Canoeing
  • Air show
  • River-rafting
  • Kayaking

3. Uttarkashi

The holy town set on the banks of River Bhagirathi, Uttarkashi is a perfect summer getaway to plan a family vacation. The destination holds the same religious importance as does Kashi in Uttar Pradesh. This is not only because it houses temples, ashrams, and dharamshalas, but also because of its close proximity to Hindu pilgrimages like Yamunotri and Gangotri. What’s more? The destination is even a base for many trekking expeditions in Uttarakhand; home to the famed Nehru Institute of Mountaineering; and boasts apple orchards.

Tourist attractions in Uttarkashi

  • Shakti Temple
  • Vishwanath Temple
  • Kuteti Devi Temple
  • Maneri
  • Gangnani, Dodi Tal
  • Dayara Bugyal
  • Nachiketa Tal
  • Gangotri

Things to do in Uttarkashi

  • Temple visit
  • Trekking
  • Stroll in the apple orchards

4. Auli, Chamoli

Auli in Uttarakhand

This serene destination is Uttarakhand’s very own skiing destination. Well, of course, there won’t be any snow when you go there during summer, but this beautiful place is just right for an unmatched summer holiday in Uttarakhand. Auli is a Bugyal, which means a meadow, and upon visiting it during the summer months, you can see it carpeted with flowers. On being here, the cable car ride from Joshimath to Auli is an experience that is not to be missed.

Tourist attractions in Auli

  • Narsingh Temple
  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Chenab Lake
  • Chattarkund
  • Gorson Bugyal
  • Kwani Bugyal

Things to do in Auli

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Cable Car Ride

5. Almora

Almora Kasar Devi Temple

The horseshoe-shaped Almora in the Kumaon region is one of the best places for a summer holiday in Uttarakhand. The picturesque destination preserves the heritage which can be clearly witnessed through the colonial-era buildings and traditionally painted wooden shops in and around the hill station. The pristine beauty and tranquil ambiance of Almora are worth experiencing.

Tourist attractions in Almora

  • Bright End Corner
  • Zero Point
  • Deer Park
  • Govind Ballabh Pant Museum
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Chitai Temple
  • Chitai Golu Devta Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Simtola
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Thana Bazar
  • Lakhudiyar Cave
  • Jageshwar
  • Bageshwar
  • Kasar Devi

Things to do in Almora

  • Trek to Zero Point
  • Shopping at Thana Bazar
  • Enjoy views of sunrise and sunset from the Bright End Corner
  • Visit the temples

6. Ranikhet, Almora

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is a holiday retreat that allows the restless souls moments of utmost peace and serenity. This beautiful hill station has a quaint charm and typical military atmosphere (it is a Kumaon regiment centre). Fringed by lofty mountains that are covered with pine and conifer trees, Ranikhet is known better for its pristine scenic beauty and calm ambiance.

Tourist attractions in Ranikhet

  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Chaubatia Garden
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple
  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Upat Kalika Temple
  • Sunset Point
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Majkhali
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Tarikhet Village
  • Ashiyana Park
  • Upat Golf Course

Things to do in Ranikhet

  • Stroll in the Chaubatia Garden
  • Attain blessings of God by visiting the temples
  • Enjoy Sightseeing
  • Try your hands at golfing at Upat Golf Course

7. Gwaldam, Chamoli

Filled with rustic charm, Gwaldam offers a rejuvenating holiday amidst impeccable beauty and utter peace and quiet. This untouched hill station is surrounded by pine forest and makes a base for a trekking expedition to Roopkund. It is one of those destinations where you would just go and love to do nothing at all but contemplate nature’s beauty.

Tourist attractions in Gwaldam

  • Badhangarh Temple
  • Buddhist Khamba Temple
  • Angora Farm
  • Baijnath
  • Machhi Tal

Things to do in Gwaldam

  • Trekking
  • Visit the temples
  • Enjoy the views of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti

8. Lansdowne, Pauri Garhwal

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is another best place for spending summer vacation in Uttarakhand. This beautiful hilly town is known as the major centre of the Garhwal Regiment of the Indian Army, and therefore, has been maintained extremely well. Covered with pine forest, Lansdowne is pristine, and of course, an ideal destination to take a break from the chaos of the city. Interestingly, Lansdowne is located around 258 kilometers from Delhi, which means that, along with being a summer destination, it makes for a wonderful weekend getaway from the city as well.

Tourist attractions in Lansdowne

  • Bhulla Tal
  • Tippin Top
  • Darwan Singh Museum
  • The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
  • St. John’s Church
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Bhim Pakora
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Santoshi Mata Temple
  • Kanvashram

Things to do in Lansdowne

  • Enjoy camping
  • Boating on Bhulla Lake
  • Hiking and Nature Walk
  • Birdwatching
  • Seek blessings at the temples and churches

9. Munsiyari, Pithoragarh

camping-in-munsiyari

Summer can be the perfect time to get a little adventurous, and there can be no better place than Munsiyari to offer yourself a perfect break! A perfect place for trekking, Munsiyari is snuggled amidst folds of snow-clad mountains. The destination is situated on the bank of Goriganga, and is adorned with rhododendron, pine and deodar forests. Along with trekking, one has the opportunity to go bird watching (Khalia Top) here as well.

Tourist attractions in Munsiyari

  • View of Panchachuli Peaks
  • Birthi Falls
  • Maheshwari Kund
  • Thamri Kund
  • Darkot
  • Khaliya Top
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Kalamuni Temple
  • Tribal Heritage Museum
  • Balanti Potato Farm
  • Madkot Hot Water Springs

Things to do in Munsiyari

  • Trekking/HIking
  • A visit to the temples
  • A dip in the Madkot Hot Water Springs
  • Birdwatching at Khalia Top
  • Nature walk

10. Kausani, Bageshwar

Kausani Himalaya

Kausani is an ideal place for honeymooners and a popular summer weekend getaway from Delhi. Kausani is a favourite haunt for those seeking respite from the maddening rush of city life. It is also a great place to witness the famous Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Trishul. Since it is a well-known hill destination in Uttarakhand, hotel and other bookings in the summer can be a bit difficult. Therefore, it is advisable that you make the bookings well in advance.

Tourist attractions in Kausani

  • Anasakti Ashram
  • Rudradhari Waterfall
  • Lakshmi Ashram
  • Sumitranandan Pant Gallery
  • Kausani Tea Estate
  • Stargate Observatory

Things to do in Kausani

  • Nature walk
  • Stroll in the Tea Gardens
  • Star Gazing at Stargate Observatory

11. Mussoorie, Dehradun

Mussoorie Uttarakhand

One of the most preferred haunts of the tourists in summers, Mussoorie, along with being a summer getaway, makes for an excellent honeymoon destination as well. Beautiful landscape and salubrious climate is the highlight of this hill station, in fact, for shopping and eating as well, Mussoorie is a great place to be at. The hotels in Mussoorie are expensive during the peak season; therefore, it is recommended that you book well in advance.

Tourist attractions in Mussoorie

  • SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre
  • Lal Tibba, Cloud’s End
  • Shedup Choepelling Temple
  • Nag Devta Temple
  • Jwala Devi Temple
  • Mussoorie Christ Church
  • Mussoorie Adventure Park
  • Company Garden
  • Kempty Falls
  • Jharipani Falls
  • Mossy Falls
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Gun Hill
  • K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
  • Sir George Everest’s House Museum
  • Bhadraj Temple
  • Jabarkhet Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mall Road
  • Landour

Things to do in Mussoorie

  • Nature Walk
  • Hiking
  • Trek to the temples
  • Boating on Lake Mist
  • Cable Car Ride from Gun Hill
  • Exploring Wildlife at Benog Wildlife Sanctuary and Jabarkhet Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shopping at Mall Road and Landour Bazaar

12. Harsil, Uttarkashi

Harsil Village

A bewitching summer destination, Harsil is snuggled amidst lofty green rolling hills. This petite destination is no less than a fairyland that is established on the bank of Bhagirathi River. A summer trip to Harsil can be a perfect place to bask amidst pristine ambiance. Dense deodar and rhododendron forests, apple orchards, salubrious climate, and impeccable peace, I mean what else do you need on a summer vacation? The beautiful hill station is far away from the confines of the maddening crowd of the city, and is thus a destination that offers peace and rejuvenation.

Tourist attractions in Harsil

  • Dharali
  • Mukhwas Village
  • Sat Tal
  • Gangotri
  • Gaumukh
  • Nelong Valley

Things to do in Harsil

  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing

13. Dhanaulti, Tehri Garhwal

Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand

Offering rustic charm and utter tranquillity, Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand is an excellent summer holiday spot for those who want to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Its splendid landscape has managed to grab the attention of many travel enthusiasts who are always searching for something new to explore.

Tourist attractions in Dhanaulti

  • Dhanaulti Eco Park
  • Aloo Khet
  • Surkanda Devi Temple
  • Dhanaulti Adventure Park

Things to do in Dhanaulti

  • Stroll in the Eco Park
  • Sky ride, zip swing, camping, and other thrilling activities at Dhanaulti Adventure Park
  • A visit to the temple

14. Mukteshwar, Nainital

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is yet another jewel of Uttarakhand with which you can fall in love with in an instant. Tucked amidst the mountains, this quaint hill station offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayan range along with lovely climate, calm and pollution-free environs. Tourists can enjoy trekking up to the wooded forests, and enjoy the view of peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti.

Tourist attractions in Mukteshwar

  • Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Rajarani Temple
  • The view of the Himalayas
  • Renewable Park
  • Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow
  • Chauli ki Jaali
  • Methodist Church
  • Kilmora Shop

Things to do in Mukteshwar

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Paragliding
  • Watch sunrise above the Nanda Devi Peak
  • A visit to the ancient temples
  • Buy Kumaoni knits and handicrafts from Kilmora Shop

15. Binsar, Almora

Binsar

Like many hill stations in Uttarakhand, Binsar is also a quiet and beautiful destination that seems perfect for a summer vacation, especially for wildlife lovers. On being in Binsar, you shouldn’t miss out on the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can enjoy bird watching and wildlife photography.

Tourist attractions in Binsar

  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Binsar Sanctuary Museum
  • Bineshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Golu Devta Temple
  • Binsar Zero Point
  • Mary Budden Estate
  • Khali Estate

Things to do in Binsar

  • Explore rich flora and fauna at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Seek blessings at the temples
  • Nature walk

16. Chakrata, Dehradun

chakrata

A destination that will let you unshackle yourself from your hectic life, Chakrata is an off-beat summer place in Uttarakhand. With the majestic nature around and the noiseless environs, this gorgeous hill station has become a popular destination for a summer holiday. At Chakrata, along with contemplating the beauty of nature, you can enjoy bird watching, hiking, and small treks as well.

Tourist attractions in Chakrata

  • Chilmiri Neck
  • Deoban
  • Budher Cave
  • Tiger Fall
  • Ram Tall Horticulture Garden
  • Kanasar
  • Mundali, Moi Gad Fall
  • Thana Danda Peak
  • Kimona Waterfall
  • Chakrata Forest Check Post

Things to do in Chakrata

  • Camping
  • Birdwatching at Deoban
  • Horse Riding at Chakrata Forest Check Post
  • Watch scenic sunset at Chilmiri Neck
  • Nature Walk

17. Pauri

Pauri, Uttarakhand

Known for its unforgettable sunset, Pauri is yet another destination in Uttarakhand that is great for enjoying the summer holidays. Perched on the slopes of Kandoliya Hills, Pauri boasts exquisite natural beauty. Also, it is an ideal place to witness the hospitality and culture of Uttarakhand. Thankfully, this place is located away from the prying eyes of the tourists, and thus maintains a peaceful and cosy environment. For those up for a little adventure, there are a few small treks that one can take up; fishing and rafting in Ganga (near Srinagar) are also your options to make your holiday in Pauri livelier.

Tourist attractions in Pauri

  • Kandoliya Temple
  • Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev
  • Nagdev Temple
  • Danda Nagraja Temple
  • Ranshi Stadium
  • Chaukhamba View Point

Things to do in Pauri

  • A visit to the temples
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Walk
  • River Rafting
  • Fishing

18. Chaukori, Pithoragarh

Chaukori

A peaceful hamlet, Chaukori is a mesmerizing destination in the Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. The picture-perfect location of the place makes it a suitable contender for a memorable holiday in Uttarakhand. Chaukori is known for its beautiful sunrise and sunset and stars-full sky at night. This hill station has a quaint setup, which inspires one to get closer to nature.

Tourist attractions in Chaukori

  • Nag Mandir, Berinag
  • Gangolihat
  • Patal Bhubaneshwar
  • Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple
  • Ghunsera Devi Temple

Things to do in Chaukori

  • Visit the temples
  • Watch the mesmerising sunrise and sunset
  • Nature walk

19. Peora, Nainital

Peora Uttarakhand

A tiny hamlet, Peora is one of the finest destinations for ecotourism that is cradled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Boasting natural beauty, the destination offers an uninterrupted breathtaking view of the outer Himalayan Shivalik ranges. So, if you are looking for an untouched quiet little place where you would like to do nothing but only chill, Peora is where you should go.

Things to do in Peora

  • Admire the view of the Himalayan Shivalik range
  • Take a walk on the mystic trails
  • Buy herbal products like a face pack and spices from the local factory

20. Raithal, Uttarkashi

Raithal, Uttarakhand

Yet another quaint village where you can simply relax amidst nature. Raithal offers an opportunity to experience an ideal Himalayan mountain life, marked by inspiring yoga mornings and leisurely walks. Not just this, visiting this summer destination you shall also explore the traditional Garhwali architecture with wooden houses and carved windows. Don’t forget to take a sneak peek at the Goat Village here to experience village tourism at its best. Adding to this, Raithal is the base point to the beautiful Dayara Bugyal.

Things to do in Raithal

  • Visit the Someshwar Temple
  • Explore the Garhwali architecture
  • Savour Garhwali Cuisine
  • Experience the village life
  • Trek to Dayara Bugyal

21. Kanatal, Tehri

Cottage View Kanatal Uttarakhand

With sun-kissed peaks and the coniferous trees, Kanatal is yet another quiet place where you can make the most of your summer breaks. Even though the place is small, it offers unmatched experiences that remain etched in the memories forever. Apart from relaxing amidst nature, you can indulge in a little adventure here that will make your holidays a refreshing one.

Tourist attractions in Kanatal

  • Surkanda Devi Temple
  • Kodia Jungle
  • Tehri Lake
  • Tehri Dam

Things to do in Kanatal

  • Nature Walks
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Valley Crossing

I hope this list will help you plan your summer vacation better. For any other assistance, you can contact us at info@tourmyindia.com.

We at Tour My India, design Uttarakhand tour packages that suit every budget and pocket. We also provide our customers the opportunity to customize their holiday packages as per their needs and preference. We also ensure that your dream of having a perfect holiday comes true with our sincere efforts.

Quick Answers to Some of the Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Vacations in Uttarakhand:

Q. What are the best destinations to visit in Uttarakhand with kids?

Some of the best destinations to visit in Uttarakhand with kids are:

  • Almora
  • Ranikhet
  • Lansdowne
  • Mussoorie
  • Mukteshwar
  • Dhanaulti
  • Binsar

Q. What are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand with elderly people?

The best places to visit in Uttarakhand with elderly people for the summer holidays are:

  • Ranikhet
  • Almora
  • Mukteshwar
  • Mussoorie
  • New Tehri
  • Uttarkashi

Q. What are the best destinations to visit in Uttarakhand for a newly-wed couple?

Auli, Ranikhet, Mussoorie, Lansdowne, and Mukteshwar are the best destinations to visit in Uttarakhand for a newly-wed couple.

Q. What are best recommended tips for travelling to Uttarakhand?

Here are some of the best recommended tips for travelling to Uttarakhand for the summer holidays. Make sure you don’t forget to carry;

  • a good pair of walking shoes
  • an umbrella and light woolen clothes
  • sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
Published: 20 Jan, 2015
Swati Mishra

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Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!

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