10 Places to Visit in India During Summer in 2020

Summers can be tough. The heat and sweat can be too much to bear. During this hard time, taking a summer vacation to your Nani’s house is an all-time hit. The company of cousins and the loving grandmother can beat the heat.

If you are feeling adventurous and would like to take a trip this summer, with your family or friends, we have got just the list for you. Don’t worry about spending too much either as these travel offers might be the second thing that you would like this summer after a vacation itself. We have curated a list of top travel destinations in India for this year.

Top 10 Places to Visit in India in 2020

1. Manali

Manali Summer Holidays

Why this destination is famous/ not famous:

  • Picturesque views
  • Adventure sports
  • Temples and monasteries

Are you a proclaimed traveler? Or are you yet to find out the type of traveler that you are? In either of the cases, the fantabulous scenic beauty – Manali is apt to spend your Summers at. The magnificent surroundings of the snow-caps and the cityscapes will make you fall in love with the town.

How to get there?

The hill station is in Himachal Pradesh and can be described as nestled in the mountainous ranges. The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport. For roadways, you should take a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh. If you are travelling through rail, you may have to get down at Chandigarh, or Una and Kalka depending on where you board from and take a bus to Manali. The nearest railhead is at Una about 250 km away.

Things to do

Trek
The best part about trekking in Manali is that you have a lot of trekking options – rocky surfaces, lush meadows, splendid lakesides and more.

The trek towards the Bhrigu Lake is particularly exciting. Not only because the lake remains frozen for a major part of the year, but also due to the captivating views on the way that will impress any nature lover.

Parvati valley, Beas Kund, Hampta Pass, Chanderkhani Pass, Deo Tibba Base Camp, and Chandratal Lake are the other thrilling treks to explore.

Adventure Sports
Paraglide in the open skies or befriend the running waters by river rafting with friends or family. Give a go-to jeep safari to visit wild animals on the way at Pin Valley National Park. Feel the rush of the lively roads. Name it, and you’ll get it.

You’d also find tons of short courses to make you ready for the fun like skiing. You never get tired of visiting the place any number of times.

Ski
Solang valley, a popular ski center, is about 13 km from the main city and has a rush of scenic beauty and natural bliss. Conquer the ravishing slopes while you slide down in enthrallment. Irrespective of whether you are a pro or a beginner, the 2.5 km run at Solang Valley has facilities to make skiing enjoyable for all.

Things to carry

  • Light woolen/fleece clothes, & scarfs to beat evening chills (you never know) like a boss
  • Trekking essentials like boots, stick and appropriate wear
  • Moisturizers, sanitizers
  • Water-resistant essentials like gloves, footwear and goggles

2. Ladakh

Ladakh Summer Holidays

Why this destination is famous/ not famous:

  • Buddhist Monasteries
  • Landscapes
  • 0 Gravity
  • 2-hump Camels

In Ladakh, you won’t get bored with the scenic marvelousness and the constant calling to explore. You can’t enough of the clear skies, the valleys and the beautiful lakes. You get to visit several Buddhist monasteries and explore the local culture and people. The exquisite delicacies Skyu and Khambir and are a must-try when you are in Ladakh.

If you’re getting the adventurous hop on a bike and start an incredible experience of a lifetime to Ladakh.

Things to do

Bike Riding
Mount your bikes on the high altitudes of Khardung La. The terrain is rough but one of the most adventurous things you could do in Ladakh. The picture gets better and better as you move up. And for the final treat, mesmerizing mountainscapes and views of the winding roads makes all the hard work worth it.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going

River Rafting
Another adventure is in line. Rafting through the cold Zanskar river is a chilling yet thrilling experience. There are multiple rapids to choose from. Rafting in the river is one the craziest rafting you can try. Nothing in Ladakh is less than a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Camel Safari
Camel rides are an exciting venture here. You wouldn’t find these double-humped camels everywhere and when in Ladakh, they take you to all the niches and corners around to give you a fil experience of the surroundings. The Camel Safari in Ladakh is one of the best Camel safaris around the globe.

Camping
Ladakh is a perfect ambiance for adventurous camping ninjas. Living with joy under the starry skies and dreaming about the best things in life is a top-class experience.

Spend the night on vast grounds by the lake, listening to the calls of nocturnal animals. The mild apprehension that you possess, especially if it’s your first time, will make the night unforgettable.

Everything about Ladakh is unique.

Witness 0 Gravity
When you put the car on neutral and release all brakes, you see the car moving up the slope against gravity. The phenomenon is experienced at the road leading to Magnetic hill and is created by an optical illusion. But as of now, let’s call it magic!

Things to carry

  • Thermal undergarments, sweatshirts, pullovers
  • Waterproof bags for cameras, bags for wet clothes
  • River sandles, bathing suit
  • Gloves and biker jackets if you plan to ride up the tortuous roads

3. Darjeeling

Darjeeling Summer Holidays

Why this destination is famous/ not famous:

  • Backdrop of one of the world’s highest peaks
  • Tea plantations
  • Sceneries

If stunning views is your thing, Darjeeling will give you loads of adrenaline. This town is marvelously landscaped by nature. Lush green tea plantations and the dainty sunset views make Darjeeling a great summer destination.

Darjeeling is in West Bengal. If you intend to fly, land down at the Bagdogra airport. The nearest major railway station from Darjeeling in New Jalpaiguri (NJP) from where you can hire taxis towards Darjeeling.

It’s a 3-hour ride. If you have some more hours in hand, experience the Darjeeling toy train from NJP. The ride takes 7 lazy hours, yet enjoyable with all the beautiful views and the local acquaintances.

Things to do

Visit to the Tea estates
Darjeeling produces the world-famous Darjeeling tea. You find several tea estates that are spread over lands as far as you can see. Local women look like drops in the green ocean. You can also pluck and get home some of the famous tea by talking to the local farmers. The aroma on the land can fill the heart of a tea lover with joy.

The Himalayan touches
The Himalayas have a thrilling effect on Darjeeling. The surreal views of snow caps can be enjoyed from the observatory hills in Darjeeling.

Witness the sunrise from the Tiger Hills with a glimpse of Everest peeping from behind. It’s a sight to be treasured.

Things to carry

  • Woolen jackets and boots for the altitudes
  • Hand gloves and warm hats for unexpected temperature drops

4. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar Summer Holidays
There are plenty of very exciting spots for tourists in this hill station of Maharashtra.

The Mahabaleshwar produces strawberries on the largest scale and is one of the best in India.

High waterfalls, lush green forests, are other things that make the hill station a marvelous beauty.

How to get there
A road trip to the hill station from Pune (3 hours) or Mumbai (5.30 hours) is a delight. Driving through the long and winding roads to a tourist attractions is an adventure. There are plenty of busses from Pune, Mumbai and other major cities in Maharashtra.

The nearest airport is in Pune and the Wathar’s railway station is the nearest rail connect from Mahabaleshwar.

Things to do

Site seeing
Mahabaleshwar is all about witnessing the land like you wouldn’t anywhere else. Spots like Elephant’s head point, Arthur’s seat, Wilson point are breathtaking sceneries. If you love the beauty of nature and the serenity, the spots mesmerize you.

Feast on the food
Try put strawberry milkshakes, smoothies and even the fruit from local shops. It’s a treat worth indulging int. It wouldn’t harm to buy chunks of it home as strawberries remain eatable for up to 7 days in the fridge.

Explore the greens
Unwind through any tensions or worries in the bliss and charm of nature. Mahabaleshwar is a haven for lovers of nature.

Things to carry

Bags, Binoculars, Camera

5. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Summer Holidays
Kodaikanal is where you get stunning waterfalls and scenic beauties. It’s where you have the star shaped Kodai lake. The town is located amidst beautiful lush valleys, lakes and cloud top mountains.

How to get there
It can be reached through buses from all surrounding cities like Bangalore, Madurai, Trichy, etc. The nearest airport is Madurai, and the railway station at Kodai road is the nearest rail connection to the city.

Things to do

Water beauty
Kodaikanal is a haven for lakes and waterfalls. Berijam Lake and Bear Shola Falls are other mesmerizing waterfalls where you can have a fun time around.

Rocks, caves and valleys
The Kukkal caves are located at an altitude of 6200 feet above sea level. It is a great place to trek to. The mysteriously jaw-dropping look of Devil’s kitchen is a must-watch. Kodaikanal is home for plenty of high cliffs, valleys, and forests.

Things to carry

  • Warm clothes
  • Camera
  • Ear caps for high altitude

6. Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Nandi Hills is a peaceful and amazing adventure. The scenic beauty is inspiring and the raw taste of nature is present in the ambiance.

Views along the hilly terrain during dawn and dusk hours are not only picturesque but define nature in its very raw form. The beauty and the authenticity of Nandi Hills make you fall in love with it.

Where is it

The district is essentially accessible from almost all neighboring cities in Karnataka. Taxis can be hired from the railway station at Chikkaballapur while tourists from all the other places can fly to Banglore and hire a cab.

Things to do

Shopping Spree
One can indulge in shopping from the local shops. The hues and designs are inspired by the local culture.

Cycling
The peaceful roads are great for cycling and bike riding. The morning climate at Nandi Hills is a great time to go on an adventure exploring the hills with your friends, family or partner.

Ancient caves and temples
Bhoganandishwara temple located at the foot of Nandi Hills is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka. The interiors are detailed, and pillars are carved intricately making the temple a masterpiece of architecture.

Brahmashram is an ancient cave. Tourists visit the cave to witness the beautiful sunset and sunrise. You get complete solitude and peace here and is the place for you to reflect and concentrate.

7. Mysore

Mysore
Different from the other entries in this list, Mysore will give you the essence of historical heritage and ancient art. Architectural beauty and palaces are the wow factor of Mysore. If you like historic designs, visit Mysore and explore the beauty in it.

How to get there?

Mysore is in the Karnataka state of India. It’s fairly easy to reach through major railways and busses. One can take a bus from Bangalore International Airport. Road trips to Mysore are famous in tourists.

Things to do

Architectural beauty
Mysore palace, Somanathapura temple, Jaganmohan palace are only a few of the many monuments in Mysore that define its sheer architectural beauty.

Shopping
Mysore’s silk sarees are world-famous. Artifacts, handicrafts, and paintings are some other things to not miss out on. These will form great gifts or even to decorate in your own home to make it feel grand like Mysore.

8. Ziro

Ziro Arunachal Pradesh
A lesser heard of a town in Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is an experience like nothing else in the country. It’s an opportunity to get to know a completely new tribe ‘Apatani’. The way they live, their eating habits and their means to earn a living all are unique. And so is their ideology. Ziro is proposed to be included as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

How to get there?

Ziro is about 150 km from Itanagar and can be reached by railways from the Naharlagun railway station in 3 hours. If you want to travel by airways, reach Guwahati airport, and then take a taxi.

You can take this tour as a part of the visit to the different beauties of Arunachal Pradesh or all by itself. In both cases, Ziro’s mesmeric beauty and uniqueness will add to your book of wonderful experiences.

Things to do

Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary
The sanctuary is home to endangered species. It is a huge piece of land and full of flora and fauna. Pack your bags and start on a trip to see the best of the bird species and plants. The sanctuary is a must-visit when in Ziro.

Shopping
The culture in Ziro is colorful and lively and that shows in their outfits. The festive vibe continues throughout the year. The place is also famous for exceptional bamboo products and handicrafts that will make excellent souvenirs.

Myoko festival
Myoko is a festival celebrated in Ziro dedicated to friendship and family bonding. The celebration goes for about 10 days to a month and is packed with fun activities, sports, singing, and merriment. One of the highlights is that people leave their homes open for others to come. They serve them with meals & rice beer.

Things to carry

  • Cotton clothes
  • Daily essentials
  • Torch and lights if you plan to trek later in the evening as it gets pretty dark quite early.

9. Mount Abu

Mount Abu Rajasthan
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, India. Scenic views and temples are wonderful sights in the town. You can enjoy the thrilling and fun-filled activities of Mount Abu in a day. However, the historic essence and the unique geology can tempt you for some more time.

Get the tourist bus at the Roadways bus stand for a nominal cost for a day outing. The bus takes a tour of all the major attractions and drops you at the same location by sunset. Attractions like Gurushikar, Honeymoon point, the museum and more are covered. The tour starts at 9:30 am so it’s better to arrive a night before.

In case you have taken your own vehicle, visit the plenty of attractions in Mount Abu and have a great road trip. You can also hire 2-wheelers and explore the niches and corners of the town.

Things to do

Rock Climbing
‘Mount Abu mein rock climbing nai kiyya toh kya kiya!’ Embark on a robust ride through the rocks of Mount Abu. The rugged surface will surely challenge the daredevil inside you. This is a place to be for adventure lovers.

Trek into the hills and through the lush green scape pf Mount Abu. This experience at the Rajasthani Hill station is one of a kind.

Site seeing
You will get to see enthralling and picturesque views during your tour. Whether it’s from the balcony of your hotel or on the grounds exploring, you are sure to capture some beautiful memories.

Spelunking
Dive into the mysterious caves of Mount Abu. As you progress in your trek near the caves, you will be astonished by the amazing architecture and frequent encounters of wildlife.

Boating
Naki lake in Mount Abu is famous for boating. The water is calm, and the experience is very refreshing. The place is normally full of tourists. The pedal boat is fun to ride. Or you can create some memories in the Shikara boat with your family.

Things to carry

  • ID proof for adventure activities
  • Sunscreens, mosquito repellents
  • Waterproof bags
  • Comfortable shoes

10. Kochi

Kochi
Kochi is filled with breathtaking views of the waters and the skies. The place is a haven for nature lovers and has so many opportunities for fun, entertainment, and shopping.

Kochi is a major city in Kerela and can be accessed through its own airport, and railway junction.

Things to do

Port visit
Kochi has been a port for decades. Visit this hustle and bustle of the port. You get to have a view of the whole city and the larger than life activities happening around on your way to the port.

Visit the Kerela Kahtakali center to enjoy the traditional dance.

What you need to bring?

It is warm in Summer so you should have your summer and beachwear ready.

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