India, being one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries, has a lot to offer especially considering the 365-day tourism destination place when it comes to travelling. Each region of the Indian peninsula is unique and diverse.
From beaches to deserts, mountains to caves; rainforests, tropical forests; bio-resource; in terms of archaeological richness, in counts of UNESCO Heritage sites, you name it, as India will surely be having something wonderful enough to fall in love with travelling again! Transportation via Railways and airways makes these places easily accessible, Indian Airways’s flagship airline carrier service Air India has also taken the initiative to promote Indian tourism by increasing its reach to few of the Indian untouched remote tourist spots.
North India hides some of the most wonderful places with millions of picturesque landscapes under its topography when it comes to summers. It serves as an ideal place to serve tourists some of India’s best summer tourist destinations. Here is a list of top 6 places to visit in North India during summer:
Lying in the Himalayas and the Karakoram laps, Leh-Ladakh is one of the most popular and well-known bikers’ summer-ride-&-retreat spots. With a wealth of landscape defining the true nature of the mountains & snow, the land of Leh-Ladakh is also rich in cultural heritage, being close to the Indus river.
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The place is also well-known among trekkers for the amazing and one-of-a-kind treks that it has to offer, Nubra Valley is a favourite spot. You can experience Tibetan culture first-hand on the way as you reach the different places there.
There are plenty of attraction points to visit and plenty of adventurous activities to perform, a couple of which you can surely add to your bucket list. The official languages spoken in this region are Urdu, Ladakhi, Balti, and Tibetan.
Best Spots to Visit: Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-la Pass, Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Zanskar Valley, Magnetic Hill, Chadar Trek, and Royal Leh Palace.
Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh.
Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar.
Located in the Western region of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is a popular tourist and Buddhist pilgrimage. The place is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Dhauladhar range and Pir Panjal Mountains and has several pilgrims and trek spots to visit.
Mcleodganj is one of the major attractions of Buddhist pilgrims and scholars since it hosts the residence of the highest spiritual leader Dalai Lama who was the former head of the state of Tibet. Dharamshala also hosts a wide variety of historical and spiritual places mixed with the beautiful scenic beauty of the foothills of the Himalayas.
The official languages spoken in this region are Hindi, English, Tibetan, Nepali, and Pahari.
Best Spots to Visit: Kangra Fort, Dalhousie, Baijnath, Naggar, and Manali are a few other major attractions near Dharamshala, which attract major tourists and display the cultural richness of Himachal Pradesh.
Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Gaggal
Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot.
The town is located in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, a northern Indian State. Uttarakhand’s seventh most populated city, Hrishikesh, or the Yoga Capital of the World, is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage for Hindus in the Indian Subcontinent.
Enriched with Hindu culture and a population who believes in the benefits of Yoga in daily life, all entwined in the scenic beauty of Holy Rivers like Bhagirathi and Alaknanda. Apart from being just a Hindu Holy City with temples, Hrishikesh offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of adventure sports opportunities.
Hrishikesh is one of the must-visit places if visiting north India. The official languages spoken in this region are Hindi, Garwhwali, Kumauni, Punjabi, and Nepali.
Best Spots to Visit: Tehri Lake, Gumkhal, Haridwar, Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Mohanchatti, Byasi, Ranichauri.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh
Often referred to as the Glittering jewel in the Himalayan Necklace and the Lake District, “Nainital” should be a place to visit while visiting Uttarakhand. If you are a fan of lakes, then Nainital, if your go-to destination is on the foothills of the Himalayas engulfed with natural beauty mixed with crystal clear lakes, makes Nainital a hotspot for tourists seeking relief from the scorching summer heat.
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Naini lake is a major attraction for visitors due to its unique eye shape and mythologically considered one eye of Lord Shiva’s wife. The lake, on bright days, hosts a unique reflection view of the China peak situated on the backside of Naini Lake.
The spiritual integrity and culture of the Kumaon valley will make you feel at home, and the unique dishes of the hill station will make you stay longer in Nainital. The official language in Nainital is Hindi, English, Sanskrit, and Kumaoni.
Best spots to visit: Nainital Lake, Jim-Corbett national park, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Ramgarh, Haldwani, Mukteshwar, Almora.
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar, Rudrapur
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam, Haldwani.
Referred to as the Cold desert valley of north India, Spiti Valley is a popular tourist place for outdoor enthusiasts and people seeking knowledge about Buddhist preachings. Host to Key Monastery and Tabo Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries globally and the second home of the Dalai Lama, Spiti Valley has served as the locus of Buddhist scholars over the generations.
Being at an altitude of 12,500 metres from the sea level and 250 days of sunshine round the year, Spiti valley holds some mesmerising scenic views, making it an ideal visiting place during Indian Sub-Continent summer conditions. The official languages spoken in this region are Hindi, English, Stod Bhoti, and Lahaul, which are close to Tibetan.
Best Spots to Visit: Chandratal Lake, Key Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Tabo Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Kibber, Hikkim, Komic, Langza,
Nearest airport: Bhuntar Airport.
Nearest railway station: Joginder Nagar, Himachal Pradesh.
The Queen of Hills, Mussoorie, Established in 1825, is a nature lover’s paradise. The hill station of Mussoorie offers good social life, cosy cafes, old taverns, churches, and a beautifully situated hotel to capture the maximum of what nature has to offer during summers.
Heritage, nature, art, and culture are all packed in one small hill station with awesome weather; this is what you can expect if you visit Mussoorie by this time of the year. The top official languages Spoken are Hindi, Punjabi, English, and Kumaoni.
Best Spots to Visit: Kempty falls, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill Point, Company Garden, Cloud’s End, Jharipani Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Sir George Everest’s House, Library Bazaar, and Lake Mist.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Uttarakhand.
Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun, Uttarakhand
In short if you are looking for a cool getaway in this scorching Indian summer heat then the above mentioned north Indian Destinations are one you must try. Cultural diversity, natural beauty, and a feeling of home wherever you go is what these destinations offer with a mix of urban amenities and deep spiritual background makes these places not to miss this summer.