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8 Amazing Summer Tourist Places In India

Street graffiti found on a summer vacation in India

India has twenty-eight states and eight union territories and is abundant with different kinds of cultures. Ancient culture and history flourish in every state, which is why India gained the name, Incredible India.

The country is home to thirty-eight World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation. So, when looking for the best summer tourist places in India, read on.

You can’t go wrong choosing a summer vacation in India. That’s because India’s rich heritage and uncountable landscapes will leave you breathless.

Mountains, hills, rivers, deserts, meadows, beaches, waterfalls, forts, palaces, and whatever you name, you will find it here.

Meghalaya Dubbed Scotland Of The East

Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India, most famous for its capital, Shillong. Shillong is known as the Scotland of the East. The place is certainly worthy of the title as it is the best escape you can imagine during India’s harsh summers.

Around the state, visitors can find waterfalls, caves, and lakes reminiscent of Banff National Park, but without the turquoise hues.

Other than beautiful locations, you will also fall in love with the highways in the state. A simple ride on the roads across the country is enough to make you want to stay there forever.

Meghalaya, India is a fantastic tourist destination with incredible waterfalls
Meghalaya, India has incredible waterfalls

The roads are curvy, and Meghalaya’s clouds look like they’re right out of a painting. Some of the most visited sites in the state are Krang Suri Waterfalls, Laitlum Grand Canyons, Tyrshi Falls, Dawki River, Umiam Lake, Wahkaba Falls, Garden of Caves, Living root Bridge, etc.

The state is packed with so many beautiful locations that a whole month is probably not enough to explore. Not to forget, Cherrapunjee, a town in the state’s high altitude, is home to most of the state’s attractions.

Meghalaya is definitely a great summer vacation spot in India.

Srinagar, The Venice Of The East

The capital city of Jammu and Kashmir, also known as Heaven on Earth, Srinagar is one of the country’s most beautiful cities. The majestic view of the Himalayas accompanies you throughout all the fun activities you can do in the city.

Lakes and gardens are the main attractions of this city. Summer is the best time to visit as, during winter, most parts of the city are inaccessible.

Some of the places you can see are Gulmarg (flowers blooming in the meadows), Nigeen Lake (famous for shikara rides), Jama Masjid (a beautiful mosque), Mughal Gardens (the name says it all), and many others.

Apart from the many places to go to, the city is also rich in artifacts, Kashmiri Pashminas, carpets, walnut wood items, unique spices, traditional jewelry, etc.

Flowers in bloom in Gulmarg, India
Gulmarg, India is literally a meadow of flowers in the summer months

Coorg, The Scotland Of India

Coorg is one of the most popular hill stations near Bangalore, known for its coffee production and its mystical hills, waterfalls, and streams. Popularly known as Scotland of India, a summer visit to this place serves some jaw-dropping sceneries and finger-licking cuisines.

The location is open to different tourists, like adventure lovers, food lovers, nature lovers, peace lovers, and explorers. With Hills, mountains, and waterfalls along with a spectacular range of flora and fauna, this place can be your perfect escape.

Some places to visit in Coorg are Talacauvery, Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Tadiandamole Peak, Somwarpet, Kopatty Hills, etc. Apart from visiting these places, you can also do a lot of fun activities.

Fishing, trekking, boating, river rafting, and ayurvedic treatment are some of the activities you can do while sightseeing. The food, along with the homestays, is lovely in this region and will make your trip a worthwhile one.

Jaipur, The City Of Palaces

Nahargarh Fort at Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort at Jaipur

In the summer, Jaipur makes a great road trip from Delhi. Known as the city of palaces, Jaipur is filled to the brim with historical monuments, forts, and gardens that bring you closer to the ancient culture of the Rajputs’ royal heritage. 

The Rajput kings were known to have lived in these forts and palaces. Jaipur is also known as India’s pink city and presents you with famous Rajasthani jewelry, traditional Rajasthani cuisines, handicrafts, artifacts, and traditional fabrics.

Out of numerous places to visit, some of the most famous are Hawa Mahal (known for its many windows), Jal Mahal (a picturesque beauty), Rajmahal Palace (an epitome of love), Amber Palace (An architectural marvel), Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, etc.

Throughout the year, tourists bustle in the city streets filled with ethnic food and charming tradition. Jaipur is a city in which you will never run out of places to go.

Arunachal Pradesh, The Land Of The Rising Sun

Arunachal Pradesh is a state in the North-Eastern part of India. Its elegant beauty remains largely unexplored. Yet, those that come here, experience the encounter of a lifetime.

The best time to visit is during the summertime as snow blankets the whole land in winter. It is a reasonably large state, and there are locations worth visiting in every nook and corner of Arunachal Pradesh.

High-altitude mountains pack the state, and from the peaks, the picturesque views of the mighty Himalayas are indescribable.

Filled with tribal culture and ethnicity, the place is perfect for camping, trekking, and other adventurous activities. The most popular areas include Ziro Valley, Bhalukpong, Roing, Itanagar, Namdapha National Park, Nuranang Falls, and Dirang, a hot water spring. 

Tawang’s whole town is as if it has come to life from a novel because of its scenic beauty. It is at an elevation of 10,000 ft. and is perfect if you are looking for a getaway amidst the Himalayas.

A road trip from Guwahati, Assam to Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, will be an experience of a lifetime.

Spiti Valley, Little Tibet

A Buddhist boy with red parasol
A Buddhist boy with a red parasol

Positioned between Tibet and India, Spiti Valley has gained the name “Little Tibet.” Filled with lots of fun activities to do, it’s a lovely gem in Himachal Pradesh.

The valley is famous for river rafting, camping, trekking, Buddhist Monasteries, star gazing, etc. Every place around the corner has its own beauty, and you will undoubtedly relish visiting this vacation spot in India.

Some must-see places are Chandratal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Suraj Tal, and Key Monastery. The abundance of monasteries representing the historical presence of Buddhism makes it an ideal Indian tourist place to visit in summer.

If you are into photography, then Spiti Valley is the place for you. Its picturesque lakes in the valley are heavenly. Unlike other tourist attractions, this one is not one of those crowded places; hence you can have your own sweet time in the valley and explore all you want.

Agra, Home To The Taj Mahal

The city of Agra is the home of Mughal Architecture. One of the seven wonders in the world, the Taj Mahal, belongs to this city. Due to its presence, Agra is a top tourist destination in India during the summertime.

Taj Mahal is a brilliant example of the excellence of Persian and Mughal architecture. It is a place one should visit at least once during one’s lifetime.

The view of the Taj Mahal during sunset will leave you spellbound. Every historical site in Agra professes stories of love and passion from the past. I’d recommend a tour guide to escort you through the various venues to grasp all the forts and palaces in detail.

Taj Mahal in Agra, India is a popular tourist spot in summer
The Taj Mahal is a popular tourist spot in India

Apart from the Taj Mahal, there are numerous other famous places in Agra. The Agra Fort, a red sandstone marvel, was built initially as a military structure, and later transformed into a beautiful palace by Emperor Shahjahan.

Additionally, the Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah (a palace of white marble with unique carvings and stonework), and Kinari Bazar (filled with Agra culture, a crowded market abundant with ethnic jewelry, clothing, shoes, food, etc.) are must-visits.

Ponmudi Hill Station, The Golden Peak

Ponmudi is one of those places where the weather is pleasant all around the year. Being a colder area of India, visitors travel here to escape the sweltering heat and humidity of other regions.

Located 55kms away from Trivandrum, it’s considered one of the best places for relaxation in the country’s southern region. Being, part of the Western Ghats Mountain range it’s popularly known as the Kashmir of Kerala in the South.

The temperature of the place hardly goes above 27 degrees. Some of the mentionable tourist attractions in the region are Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Echo Point, Meenmutty Falls, and many more.

The area is also abundant in wildlife, and if you are lucky enough, you will spot animals like leopards, Asian elephants, sambar, Malabar grey hornbills, lion-tailed macaques, etc.

You will also have an opportunity to taste the traditional cuisines of the South, along with the warm hospitality of the full range of homestays around the place.

Summer Tourist Places In India: Conclusion

As you can see, these unique places in India offer no scarcity of beautiful locations, no matter where you are in this country.

In every nook and corner of India, you will explore something unique, be it local culture or ethnicity, a peaceful view, maybe even a rare animal, or merely the stretch of a highway under the clear blue sky.

A critical aspect of tourism is the locals, and India’s warm-hearted people and the most beautiful homestays, hotels, and resorts will exceed your expectations.

India can claim to be one of the best summer tourist destinations as no other country can provide you with this kind of vastness of culture.

Every state has its own unique historical background and traditions. Language, culture, food habits, clothing, and lifestyle will find richness and uniqueness in all aspects of life in every state.

From high-maintenance modern lifestyle to tribal culture in small villages, you will find it all here. Tourists who came to India recall the country as being incredible.

The best part of India’s tourism is that travel here is budget-friendly. You can easily spend a month roaming around this country without emptying your pockets.

Travelers can get to most parts of the country by bus or train. The benefit of low-cost transportation is that you get to experience the rawness of the culture.

Every state has an airport and several railway stations. Travel will surely not be a problem in this country. Hence, plan a trip to India this summer and visit all the marvelous places mentioned here and enjoy the serene and splendid views.

Happy travels ~ Karen

Suraj patil

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Nice and informative article

Forever Karen

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Thank you for your kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the article.