Posted 25 August 2022

Ideal summer destinations in India to beat the scorching summer heat

It is that time of year when the mercury soars above 40°C and the sun is scorchingly hot. You're scared already, aren't you? Don't worry, because there's an alternative to the summer heat: finding respite somewhere else. So, escape the plains and create sweet travel memories as the summer season is not just about heat and sweat. Thankfully the country offers a lot of picturesque beaches as well as calming hill stations, spoiling travellers with an array of options.

India's summer begins in April and lasts until June, and it is during this time that most of you will be planning summer vacations. From basking in the seclusion of the Himalayan destinations in the north to enjoying the fresh air oozing out of hill stations in the south, there are many reasons to travel within India during summers.

In order to assist you in selecting the most memorable summer vacation destination, we have written a short guide for you. Scroll through the list and pick the best ones for creating everlasting memories.

Twenty Indian destinations you must visit in summers

Wondering where to head to spend your next summer vacation? Hold on, as this list will surprise you and provide you with all the information about the summer destinations in India. So, get ready for an unforgettable trip.

1. Leh 

The enthralling beauty of Leh is hard to put in words. Deemed as an ideal destination for all the bikers, Leh is the place where you can create endless travel memories. From phenomenal and colourful monasteries such as Thiksey monastery, Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery to Leh Palace, Leh Market, etc, there are so many places to explore in Leh. Another tourist hotspot in Leh is Magnetic Hill where you will remain amazed how the law of gravity is defied. If you are in for adventures, then enjoy the thrill of trekking in the rugged terrain of Leh, one of the popular treks being the Chadar Trek.

  • Nearest airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

2. Shimla

The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla will keep you spellbound with its timeless beauty each time you set your foot here. Famed as one of the most popular summer getaways in India, Shimla is an apt destination for couples, families, friends and even solo travellers.

Whether you indulge in a shopping experience at Mall Road or offer prayers at the iconic Mansa Devi Temple, everything here is no less than a blessing. While you are here, do not miss the chance to click amazing views of the sunset from the Ridge.

  • Nearest airport: Shimla Airport

3. Coorg

Set amidst the lush green coffee gardens, Coorg in Karnataka is the perfect pick if you wish to stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Fondly called the ‘mini Scotland of India’, Coorg is the place for nature lovers to seek solace amidst its bounty. It is dotted with serene valleys, mighty mountains and alluring waterfalls that will keep you overwhelmed with their beauty. The warm smiles with which the locals welcome all the tourists add even more delight to all the tourists exploring this land of inexplicable charm.

  • Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport

4. Manali 

Bollywood's hit movie ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ may have hyped the ultra-touristy destination, Manali, but trust us this destination is worthy of all praises. Nestled amidst the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, Manali has everything for you to kiss away your worries and seek respite from the scorching summer heat. Enjoy the spectacular views from Rohtang Pass, experience the thrill of zorbing, or be a part of the daily activities performed by localities. Each day you spend in Manali is no less than bliss.

  • Nearest airport: Bhuntar Airport

5. Chikmagalur 

Yet another summer getaway in South India is Chikmagalur. Literally translated into ‘Young Daughter’s Town’, Chikmagalur is also a major coffee-producing land in Karnataka. Thousands of tourists visit the place to defy the suffocating heat waves. The chance to sip a cup of brewing coffee while cool winds hit your face, truly accentuates and makes the visit to Chikmagalur worthwhile. Also, explore the cascading waterfalls such as Jhari Waterfalls, Kadambi Falls and Shankar Falls to admire the alluring sight of nature’s beauty.

  • Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport

6. Kashmir

Amir Khusrau has once rightly said, “if there is paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here”. The Kashmir Valley is unarguably the best place to visit in the summer season as the soothing weather will make you forget all about the sunburns and intense heat waves. There is Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Srinagar which together contribute to the beauty of Kashmir. A few of the things to do while you are here are boating in the scenic Dal Lake, experiencing the thrill of skiing in Gulmarg or simply soaking in the awe-striking views of Kashmir.

  • Nearest airport: Srinagar Airport

7. Gangtok 

While talking about the summer destinations in India, how can we not talk about Gangtok? Tucked away in North East India, Gangtok is amongst the most phenomenal destinations in India. The temperature during the summer remains around 20°C which makes the place flocked with tourists during this season. If you are wondering about the tourist hotspots of Gangtok, then visit Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, and the Tibetan monasteries. And, of course, do not miss to relish the piping-hot momos and thukpa to have a memorable foodie time.

  • Nearest airport: Bagdogra Airport

8. Darjeeling 

Rightly called the ‘Queen of Himalayas’, Darjeeling which experiences a cool climate draws the attention of herds of tourists from different corners of India. Blessed with sprawling tea gardens, dense evergreen forests, colonial mansions and the ageless toy trains, Darjeeling is far from the madding crowd of the city. The jaw-dropping views of the world’s third-highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga is one ecstatic moment that we guarantee none of you can afford to miss while you are in Darjeeling.

  • Nearest airport: Bagdogra Airport

9. Auli 

Perched at an elevation of 4000 m, Auli is on the bucket-list of many travellers. Wondering why? Now, imagine on a summer day being treated to the astounding views of Garhwal Himalayas, indulging in a thrilling ropeway ride and to top it all enjoy skiing. Doesn’t all of this tempt you? The cherry on the cake is that Auli is jotted with colourful meadows and green environs that makes it an apt retreat for all the nature lovers who are looking for ideal summer getaways.

  • Nearest airport: Jolly Grant Airport

10. Almora 

Snuggled amidst the Himalayas, Almora’s landscape spells colonial charm at every corner. This is the place where you can witness nature’s glory at its peak and the best part about it is, the beauty is completely unadulterated and unhampered. This horseshoe-shaped hill station is also blessed with a number of spiritual sites such as Nanda Devi, Patal Devi Temple and the list goes on and on. If you are a shopping fanatic, then do not forget to collect unique artefacts for your loved ones from Lal Bagh Market, Chowk Bazaar, etc.

  • Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport

11. Mahabaleshwar

Cradled in the wilderness of Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station in Maharashtra. Apart from its finger-licking strawberries, there are mighty peaks, meandering rivers and colourful flora which makes this hill station a holiday delight in all senses. This exotic hill station has attractions like Arthur’s Seat, Needle Hole Point, Veena Lake, and so many more to let you enjoy your vacations to the fullest. The place is also famous as the “summer capital of Bombay'' for its cool and serene weather.

  • Nearest airport: Pune Airport

12. Kalimpong 

Another hill station in West Bengal is Kalimpong which was once also a part of the ancient Silk Route. It is one of those jaw-dropping destinations that never fails to captivate the attention of tourists from all over. Spot exotic wildlife species at Neora Valley National Park, witness the views of turquoise blue water while you raft through Teesta rivers or simply interact with the locals of the place who will share a number of interesting stories with you.

  • Nearest airport: Bagdogra Airport

13. Mount Abu 

Recognized as the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is no less than a blessing for all those seeking an escape from the scorching summer heat of the desert land. It is not only a tourist destination but also home to a number of Dilwara temples. Whether you are a religious soul or history lover, you can always gain immense insider details, while you explore these temples. Moreover, the friendly and cool atmosphere coupled with all the tourist destinations guarantees that you have the best time in Mount Abu.

  • Nearest airport: Dabok Airport

14. Ooty 

Ooty or Udhagamandalam settled amidst the mesmerising Nilgiri hills remains jam-packed during the summers to escape the rising temperatures. This quintessential hill station nestled in South India is the storehouse of expansive tea gardens. The mishmash of captivating peaks and alluring lakes are sure to make you visit this place again and again and every time you visit Ooty, you will fall in love with it even more. Doddabetta Peak, Tea Factory, Ooty Lake, Muniswara Temple are some of the places that you must explore in Ooty.

  • Nearest airport: Coimbatore Airport

15. Shillong 

One of the most beautiful destinations you will come across in the country is none other than Meghalaya’s bustling capital, Shillong. The place derives its name from Lei Shyllong, a deity worshipped at the Shillong Peak. Shillong is also called ‘Scotland of the East’, and its serene landscape makes it a perfect summer retreat in India. The occasional drizzles along with cool winds blowing frequently make Shillong all the more desirable destinations for a number of travellers. Talking about the tourist attractions in Shillong, there is Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong View Point and many more.

  • Nearest airport: Umroi Airport

16. Andaman & Nicobar Islands 

Enough of hill stations, now want to explore a beachy destination that offers relief from summer heat? If so, then Andaman & Nicobar can be the best pick for you. Although a beach vacation may not be very tempting during summer, yet you will forget all of these once you start exploring the phenomenal beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Amongst the most popular beaches of Andaman & Nicobar are Radhanagar Beach, Neil Island and Havelock Island which offers the best views of azure water, clear sky, palm trees and resting boats. If the idea of vacation means adventure for you, then you can also explore the thrill of water activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and sea-walking at the picturesque beaches.

  • Nearest airport: Port Blair Airport

17. Ranikhet 

The place literally translates into ‘Queen’s land’ and is another popular summer destination in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is a quaint hill station that is blessed with a very peaceful environment and is dotted with pine trees, apple orchards and expansive gardens. It is also the home to Jhula Devi Temple, Dunagiri Temple, Haidakhan Temple, etc and also offers many adventurous activities to all the adrenaline junkies. Overall, if you are looking for a memorable getaway, then Ranikhet can be one of the best choices.

  • Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport

18. Yercaud

The land of seven forests, Yeracud in Tamil Nadu is far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Tucked away in the laps of Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is blessed with vast and lush green forests. Moreover, the expansive coffee estates along with great weather make people commonly refer to it as the ‘Ooty of the poor’. From Emerald Lake, Pagoda Point to Botanical Garden there are an endless number of places to explore in Yercaud.

  • Nearest airport: Salem Airport

19. Mcleodganj 

Nestled amidst the Shivaliks, Mcleodganj is the kind of destination that every traveller often dreams of. Be it the ancient monasteries, dazzling cafes, or the spectacular Dhauladhar ranges, everything about the place is special in its own way. The place witnesses an amalgam of Tibetan and British influences and even serves as the point for adventurous treks such as the Triund trek.

  • Nearest airport: Gaggal Airport

20. Lonavala 

Last but not the least, it won’t be wrong to say that Lonavala is amongst the most-visited hill stations in Maharashtra especially by most of the Mumbaikars. Settled amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Lonavala is a paradise for all the nature lovers out there. So, escape from the monotonous life and relax at the luxurious resorts in the laps of nature or explore some of the famous attractions such as Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla Caves Rajmachi fort and the list continues.

  • Nearest airport: Pune Airport

So, with no dearth of summer destinations in India itself, it is possible for you to seek relief from the summer heat and unwind in a cool atmosphere. But, before you start planning, remember to book your tickets first and foremost to avoid all kinds of last-minute hassles. Just get in touch with us and we will be happy to help you out in all possible ways. Wishing you a memorable summer vacation!

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