Indian summers can be rough. The scorching heat often sucks the energy out of you leaving you exhausted and therefore, not in the mood for any recreational activities post work. This is when you want to take a break and head to a location where summer doesn’t really feel like summer. This is when you start dreaming about snow-clad peaks, cool breezy streets and pleasant hill stations. All you want to do is transport yourself and your family to a place where you will not feel like you have sweat your guts out after a long walk. India is blessed with a number of summer spots that are perfect for people of all ages. Here are the top 10 places where you can go on a summer vacation in India with your family. ALSO SEE 10 places in India where summer actually feels like winter
The capital of India’s northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is one of the most picturesque holiday spots in India. Its mesmerizing lakes with beautiful houseboats, tulip gardens, surrounding mountain peaks that provide breathtaking views make it a wonderful destination for family vacations. During summer, the weather in Srinagar remains pleasant between 10 degree C and 30 degree C making it a great time for sightseeing.
Shimla is the most popular hill station in north India. It has been a favorite among families for years especially during summers. Its pleasant weather, breathtaking views and abundant number of food and accommodation options make Shimla ideal for people of all ages. No matter how popular it gets, Shimla will never go out of style thanks to its charming natural beauty and lovely weather conditions.
Ooty is known as the Queen of hill stations for a reason. It is one of the finest vacation spots in south India. Located amidst the Nilgiri range, Ooty is surrounded by astounding greenery. Its lakes are enchanting and serve as perfect picnic spots. Its gardens are amazing hang outs for kids and nature lovers. A summer trip to Ooty with your family can be the best way to escape the heat and make memories for a lifetime.
Gulmarg is one of Asia’s prime skiing destinations in winter but during summer, it becomes a pleasant sightseeing spot for those who like snow-clad peaks and clean, white slopes. The Gulmarg gondola is a favorite among tourists and the view from the top can be quite enchanting.
Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh is for those with a spiritual bent. Not only is it home to the Dalai Lama, it also provides great views of the Kangra valley making it perfect for nature lovers. Dharamsala is one of the finest getaways for those living in north India as it takes you away from your mundane routine and places you in the heart of nature and spirituality. DO SEE What to do in Dharamsala: Your complete 5-day Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj itinerary
Located in northeast India, Sikkim is an underrated tourist attraction which deserves a lot more credit. Its stunning lakes, snow-clad peaks and magnificent monasteries transport you to a world where life is much simpler and way more beautiful. It is the best holiday spot for families looking for an offbeat, lesser explored vacation destination.
Rolling green tea plantations and amazing views of the great Kanchenjunga range await you at Darjeeling in West Bengal. The weather during summer is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. You can take long walks and experience great views from the ropeway. The food here is delicious and the people, friendly.
Wayanad in Kerala is known for its perfect location amidst the lush green Western Ghats. Its paddy fields and mist-laden mountains make for a great vacation amidst nature. The weather in Wayanad is slightly on the hotter side so it is best to visit it before May. This is when the place is ideal for wildlife trips, photography and sight-seeing. CHECK OUT 47 interesting things you should do in Wayanad
If you have watched last year’s popular Bollywood movie Kapoor and Sons, then chances are that you are already in love with Coonoor. Known for its charming green forests and pretty views all around, Coonoor is a delight for those looking for some quiet time. Summer temperature ranges from 15 degree C to 25 degree C which makes it a great time for walking around and taking in the pleasant ambiance of this wonderful hill station.
And then there is the famous hill station of Nainital in Uttarakhand! Its mesmerizing lake around which all the action takes place is as astonishing as its people and food. Its ancient temples and breathtaking mountain views are great reasons for people of all ages to visit the lovely hill station in north India. The nearby Jim Corbett National park attracts wildlife overs from all across the globe.
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