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5 Best Places to visit in India in summer

The summer season in India

Summers or pre-monsoon season lasts from March to May in India. In the western and southern regions of India, May month is the hottest month. Northwestern India witnesses summers from April and ends in July. During Summers the intertropical conversion zone experiences low pressure, as a result, the wind inflow scatters in different directions leading to warm winds. 

These hot winds are popularly referred to as loo which blows over the North Indian surface particularly during mid-afternoons while the southern states during this time experience pre-monsoon showers which are essential in the ripening of mangoes in these regions. 

Temperature and weather conditions during summers

India is one of the most climatically diverse countries in the world. The Northern Indian climate is generally hotter as compared to the South Indian climate. The temperatures in summer tend to rise beyond 40 degrees Celcius. In summers in the Northern regions and the western arid deserts while in other places the temperatures can reach around 38 to 40 degrees. 

From April to July, Northwest India experiences temperatures ranging from 35 degrees Celcius to 50 degrees Celsius while the coastal areas experience temperatures that are nearly 36- degrees Celsius while the temperatures in the Himalayan mountains are more tolerable and salubrious.  

Places to visit during the summer season in India

1. Ladakh

The picturesque mountainous landscape and beautiful valleys beckon one to Ladakh. It is thus a sought-after place, a favorite among the visitors. The mesmerizing beauty of the rough and rugged mountains simply spells wonders. It is a place that can satisfy one’s appetite for adventure. The diverse culture that one is faced with just makes one happy and overjoyed. Ladakh just helps one to escape from the monotonous routine of life.

One can also see rare tribal culture in a few of the villages. The physical features of the Ladakh landscape are spectacular. There are several beautiful places and sites to explore that will surely make your trip memorable - Lamayaru, Tso Moriri Lake, Dha Hanu, Zorawar Fort, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tse Lake and other elegant places too. The magnificence of the picturesque places and sites leaves ever-lasting memories that one savours for life. 

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2. Manali  

Manali is one of the most sought-after hill destinations popular among tourists. The snow-covered slopes of Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges can be seen around Manali which enhances its scenic beauty giving a refreshing and unique experience to the beholder. Manali is a town situated in the district Kullu of Himachal Pradesh and is about 270 Km from Shimla. 

There can be any reason for coming to Manali may it be to get some respite from the scorching summers or one bit by a traveling bug or seek a destination accessible by road or a toy train. The place is blessed with nature’s extreme beauty that captivates & makes an everlasting impact on one’s senses so that one wants to come back again & again only to be in the very lap of nature so surreal at Manali. 

Do not miss exploring some astounding places in Manali that truly need to be witnessed. Some of them include are-  Hidimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Nullah, Naggar, Vashisht Village, Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, Nehru Kund, Jagat Sukh Village, The Manali Gompa and Brighu Lake.

3. Dalhousie

Dalhousie is one of the fantastic hill stations in Himachal that not only attracts nature lovers, holiday seekers, and wildlife lovers but also attracts adventure enthusiasts. It is spread over a group of five hills. Being a picturesque station it has many astounding places to explore that will leave one’s heart and soul captivated for a long time. The summer season is the ideal time to spend a vacation in this splendid hill station where the average temperature ranges from 15 to 30°C  which makes the weather quite pleasant and thus one can explore the beautiful places of this region with ease. 

Witness the ravishing places like Panch Pula or Five Bridges- a popular picnic spot famed for its tranquil environment, visit the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary for some thrill. It is home to Leopards, Bear, Langer, Himalayan Black Marteny and some other animals too. Witness the beautiful Dainkund Peak which is the highest point in Dalhousie. Get an astounding view of verdant valleys and mountains.

Do explore the Satdhara Falls. The water in these springs is believed to have medicinal properties that cure diseases and ailments. There are some other popular places in Dalhousie to witness like – Sach Pass, Ganji Pahari, Chamera Lake Bakrota hills, and some other places too. Enjoy some adventure activities in Dalhousie like – Boating Chamera Lake, trekking at the Dainkund hill, paragliding, and many more interesting and thrilling activities. Dalhousie is a fantastic place to visit and spend the holidays. Located in the Chamba district this place is worth visiting as it has several mesmerizing places to explore. 

4. Shimla

Shimla is labeled as the “Queen of Hills”. It is one of the most frequented hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. It is famed for its captivating scenic views of Himalayan peaks adorned with verdant forests of oaks, pines, and deodars. This hill station leaves all its visitors with many special and memorable moments of their vacations spent here. 

There are some famed places to explore in Shimla –Mall Road is the local hangout spot for every person coming to this beautiful Shimla. Mall Road is a perfect place for shopaholics. It has several shops, to purchase from. It is indeed the best place to shop. If one wants to encounter nature and its tranquillity just walk up to the astounding Chadwick Falls which will be an incredible experience.

It is a paradise for bird watchers and trekkers. Vacation in Shimla remains incomplete without paying a visit to the ancient Jakho Temple that is devoted to Lord Hanuman. It is a prominent place and lures the maximum number of tourists and pilgrims every day. There are some other major attractions to explore – the scandal point, Himalayan bird park, Tara Devi temple, Kuthar fort, and some other mesmerizing places too. 

5. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is situated at an altitude of 7200ft and is located on the banks of river Lidder. The place is famous for picnic spots around the banks of the Lidder River. It is also famous for the Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath Yatra is organized annually and has great religious significance.

Some of the Bollywood movies are being shot here like Betaab starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. The valley was consequently named Betaab Valley after that. Add some astounding places to explore in Pahalgam- Aru Valley, Betaab Valley, Lidder River, Kolahoi Glacier, Mamleshwar temple, and Chandanwari. Indulge in some adventure here like- trekking and fishing. Trek to Kolhoi glaciers via pretty village- Aru. The long stretches of rivers in Pahalgam are a fantastic site for people who enjoy trout fishing. 

Things to do on Summer Trip

A trip on mind? then get ready for a surreal experience. Head towards the stunning Ladakh. One having an adventurous bent of mind can go trekking here in Ladakh. There are several Trekking options available like- Chadar Trek, and Markha Valley Trek. The Markha Valley Trek offers one to explore the beauty of Gandola La and Hemis National Park.

Indulge in Stok Kangri Trek which is considered to be the toughest as the trekkers need to climb up to the highest peak in the region. One having a keen interest in camping can go to Camel Resort Camp, Camp Water Mark, Bikamp at Leh, and Nature’s Nest Camp at Pangong Lake. One can indulge in rock climbing also which will bring more adventure to one’s visit as the sport demands one’s mental and physical presence. One of the most loved sports activities that one can enjoy is Ice Hockey. Interested in water sports then one can indulge in river rafting in Indus and Zanskar rivers. Quad biking is yet another adventure in Nubra Valley to enjoy. One can enjoy the ATV ride on the highest motorable regions. There are several beautiful sites to pay a visit to like- Lamayuru, Tso Moriri Lake, Dha Hanu, Zorawar Fort, Magnetic Hill, and Nubra Valley. 

Explore Shimla and indulge in some adventurous activities here. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in trekking, river rafting which is done at Tattapani, camping, paragliding, and fishing. The whole trip to Shimla will surely leave you speechless.

Visit Manali for some mesmerizing memories. Witness the crystal clear waters of Beas River, the snow-clad mountain peaks are a treat to the eyes. One can roam inside the fruit-laden orchards where one can enjoy the stroll. Pay a visit to Hadimba temple and Sage Manu temple. Stroll at Mall Road which is best for shopping. Manali bazaar is yet another place from where one can go for the purchase of locally made artifacts, handloom & other handicraft items peculiar to the Himachal.  

Go for trekking as Manali can be made a starting point for trekking expeditions to various important places on the mountain ranges. Want a gush of adrenalin to thrill you to the core then go in for adventure sports at Solang Valley on the way to Rohtang Pass. Enjoy trekking in the hills that surround Dalhousie. The famous trekking route is the Khajjiar-Chamba stretch. Take some time to stroll in the Tibetan market and grab some wonderful items from here. Check out the local Pahari art at the Bhuri Singh Museum. Visit the Kalatop Wildlife Reserve for a surreal experience.  

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