Though in most places around India, May is one of the hottest months, it is also the best time of the year to visit several destinations that are otherwise snowbound. Especially in India, kids look forward to the summer break since it’s probably the only time the entire family travels to some new place. And paresnts don’t mind spending that extra little after the new financial year commences. (DON’T MISS More stories on Trip Planning) Over the years, several destinations around the world have gained popularity in India as the best places to visit in India in May. However, here is a mix of destinations that you can visit. While some of these you’ve probably visited earlier but would love to visit again, to places that you’ve probably never considered for a vacation. Here is a list of the top 9 places in India to visit this May. Also Read - Unlock 1 in Haryana: Faridabad to Follow Existing Guidelines For Now, New Directions Tomorrow

1. Ooty

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Ooty is by far one of south India’s most popular hill stations. Escaping from the heat of Chennai and Bangalore, most south Indians would escape to Ooty which is 7347 ft above sea level during the summers. Not only is it known for its natural beauty, coffee plantations and tea estates, but it is also known for the glimpses of the British Era that it takes you through. Though for most Ooty is become extremely commercial, there are homestays and landscapes that will take you to paradise! Also Read - Going by Centre’s Guidelines, Bihar Extends Coronavirus Lockdown Till June 30

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2. Nagaland

This is one of the best times of the year to visit the highly underrated north eastern state, Nagaland. During May, the Ao tribe of the state comes together to celebrate Moatsu. The festival brings the end of the sowing period in the hilly region. The first leg of the new harvesting season is held in high regard among the tribe and the successful completion is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

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3.Gangtok

Gangtok is a beautiful hill station in the north east state of Sikkim. Along with being the capital of this state, it is also home to the International Flower festival that takes you through the native flora of Sikkim. Apart from this natural treat, you can also enjoy the pleasant weather of the hills that offer a beautiful view of the himalayas.

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4. Dharamsala

While one may think there isn’t a lot to do in Dharamsala, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Himchal Pradesh, that serves as a getaway from the busy city lives and a gateway to various treks and adventure activities. However, it is also home to India’s first drug-free event called the Himalayan Music Festival which is hosted at McLeodGanj.

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5. Kedarnath

Kedarnath is one of the holy destinations among the chaar dhaam pilgrimage. destinations. It is located at an altitude of over 3,000 m above sea level in Uttarakhand. A visit to Kedarnath’s Shiva temple is one of the pilgrimages a lot of people wish to go on. The summers are the only time of the year when the temple is open to the public, given the extreme weather conditions

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6. Mount Abu

Mount Abhu is Rajasthan’s only hill station. Not only is it one of the best getaways from the hot and humid destinations in India’s desert state, it also hosts a summer festival that’s worth traveling to. With rich cultural experiences, you will also get to witness various forms of folk art including dance and music.

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7. Ladakh

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Ladakh is one of the most lucrative destinations in India. There are people from all walks of life who wiosh to visit Ladakh at least once in a lifetime. The beautiful mountains, monasteries and vast stretches of nothingness is probably what grabs most attention. Though we think the best way to explore Ladakh is on a bike, various people have their own experiences that cannot be explained in words.

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8. Kasol

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Kasol is in a few years goping to become the new Manali. This village in Himachal Pradesh is slowely emerging to be a hippie paradise. It allows budget travelers enjoy and make the most out of a trip!

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9 Bodh Gaya

Buddha Purnima falls on May 21. Bodh Gaya is the place where Buddha attained Nirvana. Located in Bihar, it is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and for people who like to learn about the culture. This is probably one of the better places to take your kids on an educational trip in order to bring them in pace with their history lessons!

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