Top 10 Summer Destinations to Visit in North India

Summers are generally the most unlikable period to travel, unless when one is in the midst of snow in Kashmir, trekking in the Himalayas or river rafting in Rishikesh. Let’s overcome this scorching heat of sun by embarking on a holiday trip to one of the favorite summer destinations in this North India tour. Know here about Top Places to Visit in North India in Summer:

1. Nubra Valley, Ladakh (Valley of Flowers in Jammu and Kashmir)

A visit to Nubra valley also known as valley of flowers in Jammu and Kashmir is a backpackers’ heaven. A mere gaze at the pious Buddhist monasteries, a leisurely walk, an accessible hike or even a long drive can fulfill your several years of thirst for adventure and serenity. Or an expedition to Gulmarg, Asia’s only hill-skiing resort with glistening meadows and snow-covered mountains can be thrilling and alluring. Or even lapping journeys on quaint looking houseboats in the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir can be intoxicating.

Nubra Valley Ladakh

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Suggested Tour : 15 Days - Delhi to Ladakh Nubra Tour

2. Kullu Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu Manali in Himachal Pradesh is the ultimate tourist destination for trekkers and backpackers. Snow covered peaks, Beas river, deodar and pine trees, fruit orchards offer scenic landscapes which helps one to overcome the daily grind in the cities. Or a summer retreat in Shimla’s cool climate, which is the biggest magnet for Indian tourists, can be refreshing and revitalizing. A visit to Dharamshala which is decked with Kareri lake, Strawberry Hills and sprawling tea gardens will be as enriching and enchanting as any other place in Himachal.

manali-snowfall-in summer

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3. Nainital, Uttrakhand

Nainital and Mussoorie are two popular hill stations in Uttarakhand where one can escape from the blistering heat of the summers and relax in the bosom of nature. Nainital offers boating yachting and fishing facilities in Naini Lake which is a memorable experience. Naini peak offers a breathtaking view of the hill station of Nainital. A sojourn in Nainital is incomplete without visiting Snow View Point which is the coldest region in Nainital.

Naini Lake Nainitaal

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Suggested Tour : 4 Days - North India Fishing Tour

4. Mussoorie, Uttrakhand

Nestled on the foothills of a Himalayas and circumscribed by lush green plantations, Mussoorie is the place which offers composed luxury to its jaded tourists. The high- rising Shivalik ranges, exotic flora and fauna and the gorgeous Doon valley are a sight to behold . The most coveted ropeway ride on the second highest peak of Mussoorie, the Gun Hill is an exhilarating experience.


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Suggested Tour : 12 Days - Chardham Tour Package

5. Rishikesh, Haridwar ( Yoga Capital of India)

If you are looking for peace and serenity, a trip to the holy town of Rishikesh surrounded by picturesque beauty with hoards of temples along the river Ganges can be yet another marvelous experience. Indulge in Yoga and meditation practices in the Yoga Capital of India and soothe your nerves. Once your cup of tranquility is full and you want some fun and excitement, then embark on a trekking trail to the lofty hills of the Himalayas or enjoy river rafting in the river Ganges.

Rishikesh Yoga North India

Suggested Tour : Yoga Tour in Haridwar & Risihkesh

6. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

This is a cold desert valley on the Himalayas. This is the middle ground between India and Tibet. This place is famous for trekking, mountain biking, magnificent view, mountain forests, crystal-clear rivers, glacier background, monasteries and much more.The place is at prime beauty during summer season as; the covering snow melts to reveal the real beauty. If you love to sit back and relax, choose jeep safari. Ki and Dhankar are the two main monasteries in this region. If you love to enjoy the art and culture of this region, visit Tabo monastery. You can spot murals, wall paintings, Lamas dance practice, musical performance, rituals and much more here. The place becomes snow dungeon during winter. The best time to visit is from May to October.

Jeep Safari, Spiti Valley

Suggested Tour : 15 Days - Golden Triangle with Himachal Tour

7. Srinagar, Kashmir

This is the largest city of Jammu and Kashmir. Located in the Kashmir Valley, this city stands on the banks of River Jhelum. The region is famous for water activities, houseboats, Kashmiri gardens, natural beauty, rich fruits and unique handicrafts. The place is gifted with many beautiful mosques like Hazratbal, Jamia Masjid and others. There are a few temples in this region, too. Go on a Shikara ride, enjoy the floating market and buy souvenirs. If you are up for some adventure time, enjoy trekking, paragliding, tandem flight and others. Top things to buy in Kashmir are Chainstich rugs, Pashmina shawls, paper machie products and others.

Dal Lake Kashmir

Suggested Tour : 7 Nights - Srinagar Ladakh Tour

8. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu is a unique hill station because of its location in the desert state. Located near the Gujarat border of Rajasthan, this hill station raises 1220m above the mean sea level. This is the best place to escape the scorching heat of summer. The highest point in the mountain is Guru Shikhar. The place is famous for all cliché hill station activities like natural sightseeing, viewpoints, adventure activities and much more. Apart from these, you can spot the Dilwara Jain temples, Achalgarh fort, Nakki Lake, Aravalli wildlife sanctuary and much more. Make it be trekking or a jeep safari in wildlife sanctuary, this place is famous for its natural wealth and panoramic view.

There are many options for safari and wildlife trips in India, so you can create the perfect vacation for you and your family.

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

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Suggested Tour : 16 Days - Rajasthan with Mumbai From Delhi

9. Darjeeling, Sikkim

The tea capital of India, Darjeeling is an exotic hill station located on the Himalayan foothills. The best way to enjoy the vacation is by starting it with a toy train ride to reach the hill station. If budget allows, enjoy a tea tourism amidst luxurious tea plantation. Geographically, it might be a small region. When it comes to tourism, this place is known for plenty of tourism activities like cable car, trekking, jeep safari, mountain biking, mountain walking, rock climbing and much more. For sightseeing, choose peace pagoda, temples, viewpoints, Himalayan zoo, Batasia loop, Observatory hill, rock garden, Srubbery park and much more.

Darjeeling Toy Train

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Suggested Tour : 5 Days - Darjeeling Tour Packages

10. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Visit this mountain base during summer for a colorful vacation. Although most of the snow activities will be closed during summer, you get to enjoy the green life of the region with gondola ride, trekking, golfing, horse riding, sledging and others. These are available only during summer season. If you are up for some sightseeing activity, visit Baba Reshi shrine, Alpather Lake, Kongdor cable car, Maharani temple, Khilanmarg and others.

Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car

Suggested Tour : 16 Days - Taj Mahal with Leh & Kashmir

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Choosing the right destination to visit in summers in North-India is no child’s play. From, the mighty mountains to gorgeous valleys, hill stations to verdant meadows, monasteries to temples, there is no dearth of option while you plan a summer holiday in North India. The list of above mentioned places is our sincere effort to enlighten you to plan an indelible summer vacation which you can enjoy with your family, your friends, your colleagues or your spouse. Plan a holiday even on a shoe string budget and make the most of it.

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