1. MANALI: Romance, Adventure, and Thrill
Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. With the numerous popular places to visit in Manali, it has been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. Nestled idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Manali remains to be a popular honeymoon destination in north India.
Whereas thrill seeker arrives in Manali to get high on adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, zorbing and trekking, honeymooners flock to have their first tryst with snow with day trips to Rohtang Pass. For backpackers it’s the quaint, serene hippie towns in the outskirts – Malana being the most popular one – and for long-term adventure seekers, it serves as a base for gearing up and getting ready before venturing out to conquer the trans-Himalayan terrains and undertake trekking and road trips to Leh, Spiti and beyond.
How to reach
- Nearest Airport: Bhuntar (50 Kms away from Manali)
- Nearest railhead: Chandigarh ( 291 Kms away from Manali)
- Road trip: Manali is 546 Kms away from Delhi
2. COORG −’ Scotland of India’
Coorg is one of those hill stations which has enriched lush valleys and is best known for its exotic natural beauty along with delicious cuisine. Fondly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ and sometimes as ‘Kashmir of the South’ due to its verdant beauty and salubrious weather conditions, Coorg has a special place among all hill stations in India.
Nestled at the altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level, the mountainous Kodagu (or Coorg) region is home to the Kodava people and Tibetan refugees. The natural majesty and lush environs of this hill station make it an ideal place for trekking, bird-watching, and rejuvenation.
How to reach
- Nearest airport: Mangalore (160 Kms away from Coorg)
- Nearest railhead: Mysore (95 Kms away from Coorg)
- Road trip: Coorg is 237 Kms from Bangalore
3. LADAKH — ‘ LITTLE TIBET’
Every biker’s dream vacation, Ladakh’s beige craggy hillscape set an appealing contrast to the blue lakes and sky. Summer is the considered the best time to visit Ladakh, placing it among loveliest summer holiday destinations in India. Famous Buddhist monasteries of India such as the Thiksey Monastery add vibrant hues to the panorama.
A trip to Ladakh – just like love – can’t be expressed in words. The mighty Karakorum with its cotton-wool peaks bounds Ladakh, a terrain characterized by vast barren valleys, lofty mountain passes, beautiful lakes, and the last undisturbed home of Tantric Buddhist population.Ladakh’s arid terrain undergoes drastic weather changes owing to its elevation. Temperature varies in extremes both during summers and winters. That’s the allure of Ladakh. Summer is the best time to visit this magical land of Lamas and that is why it is the top tourist place in India to visit during summer.
Every summer, motorcyclists from India and world gather in and around Delhi, Srinagar or Manali to embark on an adventurous trip to Ladakh by road. Manali – Leh Highway is the favorite among the thrill seekers.
How to reach
- Nearest airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
- Nearest railhead: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh
- Road trip: The closest major city from Ladakh is Delhi, 1300 km away. If you’re planning a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh, then assure you take enough stoppages enroute and allow yourself to acclimatize.
4. MUNNAR — ‘Kashmir of Kerala’
Stunningly mesmerizing, Munnar is a heavenly tourist destination in Kerala, blessed with tranquility, a nice weather, various tourist attractions and splendid scenery. Nestled at an elevation of 6000 feet above the sea level in Idukki district, Munnar was also popular during the British era as a summer resort. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers” referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
Away from regular city chaos, Munnar lies amidst the lush Western Ghats and is known to be the confluence of the three rivers Kundaly, Madhurapuzha, and Nallathanni.
The expansive tea plantations, verdant mountains, extensive spice and tea plantations, various tourist spots, aroma-filled air and picturesque locations attract tourists from all around the globe.
Munnar is also quite popular amidst adventure enthusiasts and offers opportunities for trekking, cycling, mountaineering, boating, elephant rides, fishing and so on. Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Tea Museum, Helicopter tours, Horseback riding, visit top station are some of the other popular attractions here.
How to reach:
- Nearest airport: Cochin (110 Kms away)
- Nearest railhead: Aluva (100 Kms from Munnar)
- Road trip: Munnar (131 Kms from Kochi)
5. KASHMIR — ‘Honeymooner’s Paradise’
When we talk about a summer destination, how can one forget to mention the best place to visit in India in summer – Kashmir? Gulmarg, Srinagar, and Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley form the perfect trio for any tourist to explore. Truly the 3 are no less than a paradise hideaways.
Whereas Shikara rides and visits to magnificent Mughal Gardens are the most popular things to do in Srinagar; it is the gondola ride to Khilanmarg that is one of the top things to do in Gulmarg.
Pahalgam is all about bounties of nature. There is the Betab Valley named after the movie Betaab which was filmed here, nearby is the picturesque Aru Valley where the recent blockbusters Jab Tak Hai Jaan featuring Shahrukh Khan and Highway featuring Alia Bhatt was filmed.
With one of the most popular tourist destinations in India since decades and a favorite among the Bollywood for shooting of movies, Kashmir boasts of very good infrastructure when it comes to tourism. Several prestigious hotel groups have their properties in Srinagar and Pahalgam whereas the all-new swanky Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg is already winning accolades from the connoisseurs of luxury.
How to reach
- Nearest airport: Srinagar
- Nearest railhead: Jammu, 290 Kms away from Kashmir
6.KODAIKANAL — ‘Princess of Hill Station’
Kodaikanal, also known as Kodai, is a popular holiday as well as honeymoon destination in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Placed at an above sea level of 7200 feet, Kodaikanal lies in Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. Slightly foggy and pleasant weather, meandering roads, lush forests and verdant hills of this hill town are some of the prime attraction of this hill retreat, which is quite close to Madurai.
It is a destination worth visiting during any time of year, especially summer. Kodaikanal offers opportunities for sightseeing including waterfalls and viewpoints, cycling, leisure walks, nature walks boating and horse riding. Visit this beautiful place, called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and soak in the serenity.
How to reach
- Nearest airport: Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
- Nearest railhead: Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)
Shimla is a well-known hill station in Northern India where you would see a mix of Indian magnificence along with British elegance. It is bequeathed with a rich history and is sanctified with natural beauty. If you’re looking for a relaxing yet fun retreat, Shimla has to be on your list of best places to visit in India in May and June.
How to reach
- Nearest airport: Chandigarh (115 Kms away)
- Nearest railhead: Kalka
- Road trip: Shimla (360 Kms away from Delhi)