Well, summer is here and we know you’re looking for places to visit that are not that far away.

In India you’ll find some of the best places to visit in the world so get ready to explore them. 

We have created a list of the 10 best places to visit in India throughout the summer months and it doesn’t matter if you’re looking for excitement, tranquility or just a change of scenery. 

So grab your sunglasses, pack your bags start with that itinerary and get ready to embark on this energizing adventure with us! 

1. Manali : The Charming Mountain Haven 

Sunrise view of manali with the himalayan range in the background

Manali puts you at an elevation of 6730 ft and trust us when we say this you’ll feel closer to heaven.

It is for sure one of the best places, to escape the summer heat and is only 502 kms away from Delhi. 

If you’re looking to pump that adrenaline a bit, you’ll find a bunch of activities here like paragliding, rafting, trekking and more. 

Alternatively, if you’re just looking for some peace just try walking without a plan or visit the Hadimba Devi Temple or Jogini Waterfall.

If you’re one of those looking for an extra thrill factor rent a bike and rev up to Rohtang Pass.

At 4,000m in altitude, you’re sure to find that thrill and peace together. 

If road trips aren’t your thing the closest airport is in Bhuntar, 50 kms away.

Read more about the places to visit in Manali

2. Shimla: The Capital of Summer Coolness

Shot of christ church in shimla during winter snow

Shimla is no 2 on our list of places to visit.

At an elevation of 7238 ft Shimla offers a variety of ways to beat the heat, from ice skating to skiing and it doesn’t just end here.

It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a hub for a variety of activities. 

It’s located about 343 kms away from Delhi.

You can choose to glide through the hairpin bends on a mountain bike or through the skies with paragliding. 

That said don’t forget to visit major tourist attractions like Christ church, the mall and Johnny’s wax museum. 

The closest airport is Shimla airport located in Jubbarhatti, 22kms away.

3. Ranikhet: Where Orchards Meet Peaks

Landscape view of ranikhet

Ranikhet is approximately 344 kms away from Delhi and it offers a peaceful summer experience at an altitude of 6132 ft.

Orchards and breathtaking mountains are what make this hill station in Uttarakhand so famous among travellers. 

On the contrary if you’re looking for some adventure, engage in some adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing, and mountain biking. 

Also make sure to stop by the Jhula Devi Temple, golf ground, Ashiyana park and Bhalu Dam at some point during your trip.

Pantnagar airport is nearest to Ranikhet and is about approx. 119 kms away.

4. Nainital: More than Just Lakes and Mountains

Aerial shot of people riding boats in nainital lake
Photo by Auris Studio

Nainital also known as the Indian Lake District! It is a haven for campers, trekkers and people who are looking for an adventure.

It is located 6837 ft above sea level and is only 319 kms from Delhi. 

You can soar through the air while paragliding, ascend to great heights with rock climbing and visit popular tourist attractions like Tiffin Top and Eco Cave Park here. 

The closest airport from Nainital is Pantnagar airport which is only 65 kms away.

5. Mukteshwar: Hiking Paths and the Enchantment of Mountains

View of the himalayan range from mukteshwar

Mukteshwar is located 358 kms from Delhi and offers visitors the opportunity to embrace the heights at 7500 feet.

This refuge is tucked away in the Kumaon Hills and is the perfect place to go trekking, camping and paragliding. 

Discover the sanctity of the Mukteshwar Dam Temple take in the cosmos at the Starscapes Observatory and allow the Bhalugaad Waterfall to unveil the mysteries of mother nature.

If spending time on the road is not a part of your itinerary you’ll find the closest airport from Mukteshwar to be Pantnagar Airport. It’s 91 kms away. 

6. Auli: The Place to Go for Skiing, Snowboarding, and Serenity

Aerial shot of artificial lake in auli

Auli is the best ski resort and hill station in Uttrakhand and its elevation is an astounding 8200 feet.

For all you adrenaline junkies out there you can get your heart racing by skiing and snowboarding here. 

Auli is also a great place for peaceful walks.

You’re sure to give in to the splendour of the Auli Artificial Lake if your walks lead you there. Try it! 

Additionally, take in the breathtaking scenery of the oak and coniferous trees that are all around you while riding the cable car up to the top of the mountain. 

Auli is approx. 487 kms away from Delhi and the closest airport is the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, 179 kms away.

7. Spiti Valley: A Desert Among Peaks

Aerial shot of key monastery in spiti valley

AKA ‘Little Tibet’, Spiti Valley is majestically nestled between Tibet and India and is 680 kms from Delhi.

It has an elevation of 12,500 feet and is one of the popular destinations for bikers.

If you’re planning to go here prepare yourself for some high-altitude adventures like river rafting, yak safaris and camping.

Rent a bike, download the directions on Google Maps and explore the vast terrain of this cold desert.

Experience peace in the face of the Langza Buddha Statue, be mesmerized by the Chandra Taal Lake and experience ancient Buddhist architecture and tranquility in the Key Monastery.

The closest airport is Bhuntar Airport and it’s 236 kms from this majestic terrain.

8. Ladakh: A Thrilling Journey in the Himalayas

One of the best places to visit pangong lake in ladakh

You’ll find Ladakh in every places to visit list out there. It is one of the most popular destinations for touring.

It’s a place where that plain from your dreams comes alive thanks to its jaw-dropping scenery and crystal-clear lakes. 

It’s a paradise for bikers, trekkers and anyone who’s interested in experiencing high altitudes, beautiful and often dangerous terrains.

It’s located over 9800 ft above sea level and is 935 kms away from Delhi. 

As for activities, there’s the Chadar trek, cycling, river rafting, camel and yak safari to name a few. 

As for the shopaholics you can go on a shopping-spree at the Leh Market and find some amazing Buddhist artefacts, and some great souvenirs like this one:

While it’d be difficult for us to list all the things you can do here, we’re sharing some of the things you just can’t miss: visit the serene Pangong Tso (lake), go to the mighty Khardung La Pass, ride through Nubra Valley, visit the Diskit Gompa (monastery), and Shanti Stupa. 

The nearest airport is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport and it’s just 3.8 kms from the main city.

Read about the Best Places to visit in Ladakh

9. Kasol: A Trekker’s Paradise

Kasol is a hilly version of Amsterdam and is located 483 kms from Delhi. It has an elevation of 5184 feet. 

There is no shortage of opportunities for excitement when activities like paragliding, hiking and camping are available. 

Walk the Chalal Trek Trail, immerse yourself in nature at the Nature Park and discover peace at the Kasol Temple.

The closest airport is the Bhuntar Airport, about 30 kms away.

10. McLeodganj: A Place Where Cultures Collide

Sunset view during triund trek from mcleodganj

McLeodganj is located 478 kms north of Delhi at an elevation of 6831 feet.

This is a place where Tibetan and British influence come together. 

Over here you can get some insight into Tibetan culture at the Tibet Museum and some peace and quiet at Dal Lake.

You can also visit the Bhagsunag waterfall and Namgyal monastery.

If you’re into trekking, try the beautiful Triund trail and soak in its awesomeness. The nearest  airport from here is the Kullu Manali Airport also called the Bhuntar Airport. It’s just 30 kms from Kasol.

Recommendation : Ladakh &, Spiti should both be on your list of places to visit.

Our summer guide to the most breathtaking landscapes to visit near you now complete.

Enjoy your time outdoors! These locations can provide you with whatever it is you’re looking for, be it excitement or just peace and quiet. 

So what are you waiting for? Gather your belongings and go discover the summertime enchantment that is India! Let us know your thoughts on these places in the comments below.

Which one are you planning to strike out from your bucket list?

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