To seek respite from the scorching sun and humidity, hill stations are the most favored tourist places in India to travel in summer. A bulk of the popular hill stations in India are in the North and North Eastern India, but West and South India also have fair share of some equally magnificent hill stations to go for summer vacations in India. Surprisingly even the desert kingdom of Rajasthan has a hill station for you to plan your break.
But there is more to summer holidays in India than hills.
Have you had enough of the hills? How about going scuba diving and snorkeling this June? Would you love to explore the pristine coasts and tropical islands with rich coral life, verdant forests and unspoiled landscapes?
Read on and find out the best places to visit in June in India to plan a summer holiday of your liking.
Things to do in Ooty visit attractions like Botanical Gardens, Rose Gardens, The Tea Factory, Echo Rock, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin's Nose, Sims Park, Annamalai Temple, Hidden Valley, Wax Museum, and many more. Adding the element of comfort and luxury, there are various hotels, inns, guesthouses, and resorts available.
Munnar: Spices and Plantations
Munnar is renowned for its emerald tea plantation and sublime vistas
Things to do in Munnar include tea tours, spice tours, nature walks, visit to Tea Museum and hikes along the nearby trails in the Western Ghats. If you are visiting Munnar for your holidays in June, you could include the nearby sights such as Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Attukal Waterfalls and Top Station.
Plan your summer holiday with this 6 days Munnar tour package that also include trip to Ooty, Thekkady (Periyar National Park) and Kumarakom.
Lakshadweep: The Tropical Paradise
|Kadmat Islands in Lakshadweep is one of the most secluded one and offers good snorkeling opportunities|
Lakshadweep Islands is one of the best places in India for scuba diving and snorkeling. Various water sport activities are also available at Kadmat, Bangaram and Agatti Island.
The charm of these islands lies in their remoteness from the mainland making them crowd free and less ‘touristy’. Then there are turquoise corals, pristine coastline dotted with coconut palms and stretches of beige sand that conjures postcard perfect moments.
Ladakh: The Land of Lamas
|At an awe inspiring altitude of more than 14,000 feet, Pangong Lake is one of the top attractions in Ladakh|
Ladakh is one of the best destinations in India to travel to in summer and during the entire monsoon season. Bereft of rain as it is, Ladakh is favored among the adventure and thrill seekers as the highway to this himalayan kingdom opens up in May. June is the best time to visit Ladakh if you want to avoid the crowd in Leh.
Amazing rock formations, ancient Buddhist culture, some of the highest motorable passes in the world, and turquoise high altitude lakes are the major allure of Ladakh.
|Likir Monastery against the awe inspiring landscape of Ladakh|
Some of the important Buddhist Monasteries to visit in Ladakh for a glimpse on ancient Buddhist cultural traditions are the Hemis , Thiksey, Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Shey, Rizong and Likir among others.
Several world famous trekking routes starts from Ladakh and draws visitors from around the world to this Himalayan wonder which include the Frozen River or Chadar Trek and Markha Valley Trek.
|Kerala is one of the top places for Ayurvedic therapies and spa in India|
Perhaps the best time to visit Kerala especially if you are looking forward to ayurvedic therapies and spa is upon the arrival of Monsoon. Based on the ancient science of healing and rejuvenation, Ayurveda is practiced at its authentic best at some of the finest Ayurveda resorts in India.
The reason why we recommend July as the best time to visit Kerala is that arrival of monsoon makes Kerala a relatively quieter place. It is the time of healing and rejuvenation as well as honeymoon and romance as the rains lashes “God’s own Country” and the palm fringed backwaters, emerald tea plantations and lush paddy field exude an aura of fertility and renewal.
And this is why monsoon happens to be the best time to visit Kerala for Ayurveda and rejuvenation.
|For Ayurvedic massages and therapies, it is best to visit Kerala during monsoon especially in July and August|
|The Tree House at Vythiri Wayanad in Kerala|
Don’t forget to attend SPLASH, a cultural fest organized by the Wayanad's tourism department, a monsoon carnival in July at Kalpetta. Highlights include local sports like vadamvali (tug-of-war), kabaddi (a team game similar to "tag"), archery, slow cycle races, crab tours, rock climbing, marathons, rafting and mud football.
|Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok at altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 ft)|
The place is highly under the influence of Buddhist monasteries. The place is also perfect for adventure seekers as they can involve in various activities like trekking. There also are various hotels, inns, guesthouses, etc., to provide comfortable accommodation during the stay in Gangtok.
Darjeeling: Magnificent Vistas and the Toy Train
|The breathtaking view of Darjeeling town against the backdrop of resplendent Himalayas|
The place is also praised for exotic flora and fauna at Himalayan Zoo. Also take time to visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Buddhist Monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, etc. Here, you can also enjoy wonderful Darjeeling Mountain Railways fondly referred to as the 'toy train' inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
|World Heritage Darjeeling Mountain Railways at crossing Batasia Loop|
Andaman Islands: A Tropical Bliss
|In Havelock Island one could go snorkeling with swimming elephant as their companion|
Steeped in history and home to ancient tribes, Andaman is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India. Tropical islands, rich marine life, unspoiled corals, pristine forests and creamy beaches are the major draw of Andaman.
Although Port Blair has become a crowded tourist place, Havelock with its secluded beaches, water sport activities like scuba diving and snorkeling is the place to be. Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock Island is considered to be the best place to go for snorkeling in India.
|Barefoot Scuba at Havelock Island is the highest rated PADI dive resort in Andaman|
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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
|Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora|
Well, not much to say about this place to recommend this to as one of the best destinations in India to visit in July. It’s a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and it remains open to visitors only for 3 months. With more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna in full bloom in the valley, the month of July and August is the best time to visit the Valley of Flower in Uttarakhand.
As if the beauty of this verdant paradise is not enough, the trekking trail which may include Hemkund Sahib if you want it; is a breathtaking venture into one of the most pristine stretches of Himalayas. That the camping is not allowed here and that you have to enter Valley of Flower after sunrise and leave it before sunset says a lot about the conservation efforts of the authorities who are working hard to keep this paradise from being lost.
Binsar: Back to Nature
|The spectacular panorama of the 5 mighty Himalayan peaks from Zero Point in Binsar|
One of the less hidden weekend getaways from Delhi, Binsar is ideal for family summer holidays in India. One of the must to do things in Binsar is trip to Zero Point. This point offer panoramic view of some of the majestic Himalayan Peaks including Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath and Nanda Kot.
Kodaikanal: Of Spices and Teas
|The lush tea plantations and scenic vistas make Kodaikanal one of the popular places to visit in June for summer holiday in South India|
|Upper Lake in Kodaikanal surrounded by lush hills and forests|
Check out this 8 days ultimate South Indian hill station tour package which includes visit to Kodaikanal, Ooty, Munnar and Kochi.
Dalhousie: Communion with Nature
|A view of Hills in Dalhousie|
The tranquil vibe of Dalhousie is best enjoyed through promenades with fascinating view of the valley and lush surroundings. The colonial charm of Dalhousie is evident in its Raj era buildings and churches. Things to do in Dalhousie include visits to St. Francis and St. James Church and yet another stroll to behold the Painted rock carvings done by Tibetan refugees depicting Buddhist deities.
Nainital: Lakes and Hills
|Naini Peak, Nainital, Uttarakhand|
Favorable weather and a host of activities like boating, nature walks, cable car rides, rock climbing and strolls down the mall makes it suitable to all kind of visitors. Nainital could be visited round the year except for the months of monsoon.
Mount Abu: An Oasis in the Desert
|Located close to Gujarat border, Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a much sought after hill station of Gujaratis who prefer to taste drinks stronger than lassi|
Things to do in Mount Abu include visits to Jain and Hindu temples (there are more than 80 of them), Nakki Lake, Toad Rock and wildlife sanctuary. The best time to visit Mt Abu is June and it also happens to be one of the places to visit in India during monsoon even in July and August.
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Bhutan: The Land of Thunder Dragon
|Bhutan is one of the last Himalayan Kingdom that remain intact to this day|
|Taksang Monastery, popularly known as the Tiger's Nest is one of the most awe inspiring sights in Bhutan|
|Camping and trekking are popular amongst adventure enthusiasts when they answer the call to visit Spiti Valley|
|Key Monastery in Lahul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh|
And here are some Himachal Tour Packages if you are interested in making a trip to this magical land this summer or monsoon for your holidays!
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Contributed by Nikhil Chandra