If you are ready with your bags and shoes but can’t decide where to go, check these recommendations from these travellers who are talking about their favourite places to travel in summer!

With bright sunny days and colourful vibes all around, we believe, summers arrive with an intent to fill our lives with hopes and positivity. While many of us prefer to stay at home during the season, travel enthusiasts can’t keep calm and start seeking the best places to travel in summer. Keeping this in mind, we spoke to various frequent travellers from across the country about their preferences of places so that you get much more relevant suggestions this time and plan your trips accordingly.

As per the conversation, it is clear that travellers have a great inclination toward states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand, while a few also love to explore wildlife during summers. In a nutshell, each traveller has a different reason to suggest their favourites. So, without a moment of delay, let’s see what these travellers have to say about their favourites!

Liza Sarkar

A picture of Nubra Valley (Ladakh) captured by Liza Sarkar

Liza Sarkar, a resident of Visakhapatnam, lays out a detailed note for the ones who are looking forward to the suggestions of places to travel in summer.

Ladakh: “If one wants to witness the grandeur of the barren mountains, summers are the ideal time, considering the extremely low temperatures during winter,” she says about Ladakh.

Manali: Describing Manali in her words, she says, “Pleasant temperature, with the old world charm of the British era, makes it an ideal summer visit.”

A snap of Munnar by Liza Sarkar

Munnar: “Walking around the lush green tea and coffee plantation, with mild climate can be such a serene experience,” Liza says.

Sikkim: Talking about Sikkim, she says, “The beautiful Yumthang valley laden with flowers and Zero point can be the best way to escape the scorching summer.” One can even try reaching the Gurudongmar Lake (Lachen) if adventurous enough, she adds.

Liza Sarkar in Sonmarg, Kashmir

Kashmir: In Liza’s words, “The paradise needs no better reason to be there in the hot summer. Lazing around in some of the newly developed resorts in Sonmarg is unmatchable.”

Minal Panta

Minal Panta in Tirthan Valley

Minal Panta, who belongs to Chopal, Shimla, suggests three of her favourite places to travel in summer.

Chanshal Pass: “Chanshal peak is the highest peak in Shimla perched at the height of 4,520 meters. Still hidden from the tourists, this pass offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains all year round,” she says.

Pangi Valley: Talking about this another offbeat paradise for the adventure lovers and hikers, she says, “Cascading waterfalls, charming trails and views awaits you.”

Tirthan Valley: Minal says that culturally enriched Tirthan Valley is known for its mesmerizing views, Serolsar lake, numerous waterfalls, short hikes, and beautiful sunsets.

Parumita Pal

Parumita Pal in Chhitkul, Kinnaur

Calling all of India her home, Parumita Pal calls herself ‘Travel Entrepreneur’ and is a full-time traveller. She talks about one of her favourite places to visit in summer in detail.

Kinnaur: “Kinnaur is one of the best yet underrated valleys of Himachal Pradesh. You must have heard ‘Kinnauri Seb (apples)’, well, you can witness beautiful apple orchards as far as your eyes can see,” she says. Apart from the breathtaking views, Parumati adds, the places in the Kinnaur district, such as Chhitkul, offer easy to moderate level treks, Hindustan ka aakhiri Dhaba, the check post before which Tibet starts. She also says that Reckong Peo, on the other hand, offers few cafes, and Kinnaur as a whole offers a very wholesome welcoming local environment.

Avi Sharma

A picture of Manali taken by Avi Sharma

Avi Sharma, who belongs to Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh, suggests one of the most popular tourist destinations in his state and says that one must pay a visit to the place during summers.

Manali: “The hill station offers the best views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar ranges covered with snow. You can enjoy river rafting, zip line, river crossing, paragliding, trekking and other fun activities there. You can easily find hotels, homestays and hostels at affordable rates. The weather at Manali remains pleasant and chilled at night throughout the summer. You can enjoy at Manali Mall road and have dinner with live music at various restaurants with good ambience at night,” Avi says.

About the best nearby places to explore in Manali, Avi points out Atal tunnel, Jogni waterfall, Kasol, Rohtang pass, Sissu waterfall, Hadimba Mata temple, and Vashisht temple.

Chittra M

Chittra M at a jungle safari

Residing in the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, Chittra M has a different take on summer destinations to visit in India as she says one should visit the national parks of India during this time. “There are human-made water reservoirs in the national parks. In summers, not just tigers but also other predators are found doing various activities around these water holes. There are high chances to see tigers cooling in the waters, birds surrounding the areas, and even families of animals on the hunt. You might park your jeep around the water hole and enjoy the spotting of wildlife,” she says.

Out of all other national parks, Chittra says the Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is the best choice. In her words, “Kanha is filled with Sal trees that keep the park cool throughout the year and one could feel the difference in weather at Kanha as compared to other parts of MP. Hence, the place becomes cold during winters and is suitable to be visited during summers when you can take jungle safaris,” she says adding Kabini forest and Bandipur National Park in Karnataka can also be visited for the same reason.

Pratik and Manjiri

A picture taken from the Instagram page of Pratik and Manjiri

Aligning with Chittra M, even Pratik, and Manjiri, the couple travellers who also happened to be travelling around Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve during the time of this conversation suggest the same in Maharashtra. “One can surely add this place to their list. It is a good way to witness wildlife!” they said.

Diana and Donald

Diana and Donald in Kanatal, Uttarakhand

“Summers for us are always about mountain destinations,” Daina and Donald, another couple traveller says. Hailing from Mumbai, their favourite place has been, Kanatal, 20 km from Dhanaulti, and 46 km from Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. However, they also mention a few other places like Spiti, Manali, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Bir, Kashmir and Ladakh.

On the other hand, the couple also talks about visiting national parks and states that one can visit Tadoba-Andhari National Park. “If you are comfortable bearing the extreme heat, then you can also visit Tadoba for the best tiger sighting, especially during May,” they add.

Vishakha Shivkumar

Vishakha Shivkumar at Triund Trek, near Mcleodganj

The traveller from Mumbai, Vishakha Shivkumar, lists down various places to visit in summer. From Mcleodganj, Shoja, Manali, Kasol, Kasauli, Mussoorie, Shangarh, Nainital, and Fagu in the north to Munnar and Vagamon in the south, she says that hill stations are the best choices. For all those people who are confused about travelling in summers, she says, “Every city or place in Himachal and Uttarakhand are the go-to destinations.”

Prateek Thakker

Prateek Thakker in Mussorie

When asked Prateek Thakker, a Bengaluru resident, about his suggestions, he seemed to match the responses of Vishakha Shivkumar as he said, “Hills, definitely.” His topmost suggestions revolve around Ooty, Kodaikanal, and the beaches of Gokarna and Goa. “There are also places up North like Mussorie, McLeod and parts of Himachal Pradesh,” he adds.

Rutvik Ved

Rutvik Ved at Tulian lake, Kashmir

Rutvik Ved from Mumbai goes very specific while putting out his suggestion for places to visit in summer as he mentioned that one should visit Tulian lake, located near Pahalgam in Kashmir. Why does he say so? “It’s a moderate hike around and the less explored lake like Tuliyan is best for camping for a few days,” he says.

Anubhav Mukherjee

Anubhav Mukherjee at Zero Point, Sikkim

The Kolkata-based Anubhav Mukherjee draws attention to one of the offbeat places to travel in summer, Sikkim. “One can enjoy snowfall in summers while being in Sikkim as the fall remains in the state till May/June,” he says. Going specific about the places, Anubhav list out Kala Patthar and Zero Point, as must-visit places in Sikkim.

Abhay Bansal

Abhay Bansal in Manali

Keeping it short and around Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Abhay Bansal, who hails from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh says that his go-to places for summers in India are Mussorie, Manali, Mukteshwar, and Bir.

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