India is a true example to denote unity in diversity, may it be in topographies, climates, cultures, or traditions. There are numerous vacation spots that are popular as summer destinations, other as winter destinations and some are popular all round the year. As now summers are at peak, there are several destinations in India that appeal tourists to pay a visit and ensure splendid experience. To help you with your planning for this summer vacation, here is a list of top 10 desirable summer destinations in India.
1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh:
This least populated part of Arunachal Pradesh is sought-after for spending summers. The areas are dwelt by Monpa People, who were a part of Monyul or Lhomon kingdom, which controlled the region from 500 BC to 600 AD. The monasteries are also the source of attraction for the tourists. Some of the tourist attractions are Tawang War Memorial, Sela Pass, Jaswant Garh, Craft Centre, Bap Teng Kang, Gorichen Peak, Bap Teng Kang Waterfall, Gorsam Chorten, Shonga-tser Lake, Geshila Peak, Banga Jang Lake, Tsachu Hot Spring, Nuranang Falls, etc.
2. Shillong, Meghalaya:
The picturesque waterfalls and rolling hills covered with pine tree are some of the natural setting of this place. Shillong has been a major British settlement and the same is reflected in the food habits and architectural heritage. The surrounding exhibits excellent artwork and the calm ambiance add a magnificent element. You can explore attractions like Golf Course, Police Bazar, Mawsynram, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake, Umiam Lake, etc. Additionally, the place is blessed with some wonderful waterfalls such as Spread Eagle Falls, Elephant Falls, Sweet Falls, Beadon Falls, and Bishop Falls that are worth visiting.
3. Darjeeling, West Bengal:
Along with the natural setting of this place, the toy train is one of the main attractions for the tourist. Destinations like Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Peace Pagoda, etc., could be explored to get close with nature and enjoy the mystical ambiance. Darjeeling is also sought-after destination by nature lovers as they can enjoy the exotic flora & fauna at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Happy Valley Tea Gardens, Lloyd Botanical Garden, Senchal Lake, Kanchenjunga, etc.
4. McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh:
The hill city of McLeod Ganj obtains its name from David McLeod, former Governor of Punjab during the British Era. Nestled at the upper footing of Dharamshala, this place buzzes with tourists during summers. The handicrafts and local jewelry could be bought as souvenirs. The calm atmosphere of the place is well-suited for the tourists looking for a rejuvenating trip to break the monotony of daily living.
5. Nubra Valley, Ladakh:
Nubra Valley is popular as the Orchard of Ladakh or Ldumra (meaning ‘valley of flowers’). The spellbound scenery attracts nature lover to explore the natural richness of the place. Nubra Valley which requires you to obtain inner line permit is reached by crossing Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world.
Hunder and Panamik are the main destination in Nubra Valley. Hunder also known as ‘desert in the sky’ is best visited for its sand dunes. It’s the only place in India where you could do bacterian double humped camel safari. Panamik in the vicinity is best visited for its sulphur springs and monastery.
6. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya:
If you are looking for some adventure, Cherrapunji is the destination to be visited this summer. In India, this is the only place that has no off season and buzzes with tourists all round the year. The natural setting of the place helps in ascertaining relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Among the main attractions of the place, Mawsmai Falls have never ceased to amaze people. Moreover, you can also enjoy visiting other attractions like Nokrek National Park, Krem Mawmluh Cave, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Mawkdok Dympep Valley View, etc.
7. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh:
The mystic ambiance of the place is perfect for calm vacations, away from the scorching sun. This place is a major attraction for tourists from all across the globe. The dense gulmohur, jacaranda, eucalyptus, and allamanaa trees never cease to amaze people. Apart from this, you can also explore attractions like High View, Environmental Park Lake Gangotri, Horsley Hills Museum, and Gaalibanda.
8. Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep:
If you are looking for a vacation spot with beaches and water sports, then Kadmat Island is the destination you should opt for. This island is also popular as Cardamom Islands and is most preferred choice for tourists requiring relaxing vacation. The picturesque natural setting of the place is itself great attraction, but Mosque, Deep Sea Fishing, Marine Wealth, Museums, Sailing, Water Sports, Sand Bank, and Limestones, make Kadmat Island worthy visiting.
9. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand:
This small town with close proximity with Delhi (240 km) and Dehradun (43 km) is one of the major tourist destinations in India. With great significance since ages, this place is considered sacred. People going for religious trip of ‘Char Dham Yatra’ start their journey towards Gangotri from Rishikesh, and later moving forward to Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The natural setting of this place attracts devotees as well as adventure seekers. Various adventurous activities like mountaineering, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and rock climbing can be enjoyed.
10. Coorg, Karnataka:
The greenery is astounding and the river Kaveri adds the element of magic to the beauty of this place. For nature lovers, this place has abundant of attractions to showcase. You can visit Iruppu Falls, Abbi Falls, Mallalli Falls, and Chelavara Falls to view the mystical environment of Coorg. Apart from this, you can also enjoy the flora and fauna by visiting Nagarhole Park, Dubare Elephant Camp, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. Namdroling Monastery, a Tibetan monastery, is also worth visiting.
To jot the top 10 destinations for summer vacation in India is not at all difficult as no matter wherever you go, you have abundant to explore. During summers, the northern regions of India are flocked with tourists due to cool and calm atmosphere. On the other hand, some areas of east, west and south make an ideal destination for the vacationers to enjoy their holidays away from the scorching sun while travel to India. Select your destination and start planning today to avoid last minute disheartenment due to peak season bookings to amazing destinations.