Unique Indian Summer Vacation Destinations

24 May  |  Adventure & Travel

Are you thinking of a long summer vacation? From snow-capped peaks to turquoise seas, here is an eclectic mix of Indian destinations that will guarantee a memorable trip.

Himachal Awaits

Manali is a place of natural beauty and is famous for its Bohemian atmosphere, where unique experiences lurk in every corner and cafe. Enjoy a vacation at this quirky and legendary pit stop for every Himalayan backpacker. Sample the delicacies of the place and witness the gorgeous landscape that will stay with you even after you leave.

Colonial charm and a modern hustle and bustle blend in a sweet symphony at Shimla, India’s summer capital during the Raj. Highlights of the town include the Rashtrapati Niwas and the cultural hub of Shimla, The Ridge.

Go East

The North East of India offers a rich kaleidoscope of cultures, cuisines, and terrain. Sikkim is a land of Himalayan landscapes and thunderous mountain rivers. Highlights of India’s first organic only state include the grand Rumtek monastery just outside Gangtok, a high altitude day trip to the Tibetan border at Nathu-La and Yumthang, the valley of flowers, tucked away in the north of the state.

Tawang is a popular road trip destination, which includes Himalayan passes and winding mountain roads. A highlight in this westernmost corner of Arunachal Pradesh is the 300-year-old Tawang monastery, second largest in the world and situated at 3000m above sea level.

Meghalaya is a land of tropical forests and highland meadows. Take the trek down a verdant valley to Nongriat, home to the double decker root bridge or tuck into the famous smoked meat of Mylliem amidst pine-crested hills. The capital, Shillong is a cosmopolitan hub where you can unwind in the cafes that dot the landscape or warm yourself up in a trendy bar.

Oriental Escapade

The Kingdom of Bhutan is famous as an exclusive destination for most of the world, but as an Indian citizen, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is much more accessible. Winding mountain roads and pristine forests hide within them exotic destinations like the imposing Tiger’s Nest monastery. While in this modern day Shangri-La, be sure to observe the rich connect with tradition amongst the country’s citizens and the resplendent architecture of its capital.

Island Paradise

Some of the best beaches in India are in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands, which is also the site of many anthropological treasures. Visit the infamous Kalapaani prison in Port Blair or indulge in water sports at Havelock Island. The archipelago has many trekking and diving options too.

Captivating Kerala

Misty hills and estates define Wayanad and Munnar, two of the most enchanting destinations in Kerala. Munnar is where you can spend some quality time amidst picturesque tea estates and trek around the surrounding peaks like Anamudi Mountain. Enjoy scenic views from the top of Chembra Peak, while you are at Wayanad. Ayurvedic treatments, pristine beaches, and the famous backwaters are the highlights of a vacation in Allepey, a popular coastal destination of Kerala.

If you are looking for a Southern destination closer to home, enjoy the tranquil surroundings and wildlife in one of the popular Bandipur resorts or, you can immerse yourself in verdant scenery and wilderness in a homestay in Masinagudi.

Who says you need to travel far though? At times a long trip might not be possible. Shorter options include resorts in Kanakapura Road and the cool surroundings of Nandi Hills Bangalore. These listed destinations are barely a scratch on the surface of places to vacation in India, but they offer a dose of some of the most beautiful regions in the world and will make you want more.