Summers are knocking and they are almost creeping into your living room. All you can think about is Ice, Ice Baby, but that won’t help. You can neither stay in the swimming pool the entire day nor tuck yourself into your refrigerator. Oh, how you wished you could dance in the rain and sail paper boats or even play in the cool muddy waters. Well, if none of these things happens, you can pack your bags, lock your house and head towards the mountains or to your favourite beach city to rescue yourself from the boredom of summer. Choose from our list of 15 top places to visit in Indian in July to shrug sun off your shoulders.
1. LADAKH – at the top of the world
If you are looking something more than just a summer respite, Ladakh is vibrant, vicious, and varied. It spurs thrill in such a way that can leave one spellbound. With endless interesting places to visit in Ladakh, you are assured of a life-changing holiday amongst snow-peaked mountains, monasteries, and isolated lakes.
Must See: Pangong Tso Lake, Zanskar Valley, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park.
Activities: Admire the Llamas perform colourful Chhams, spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, ride a double-humped camel and enjoy biking up the Khardung-La Pass.
2. SRINAGAR – a piece of heaven
Srinagar is India’s crown and a paradise for tourists. Famous for Shikara rides, floating gardens and unparalleled beauty, Srinagar has been regarded as a grubstaker for the state of Jammu & Kashmir and one of the best places to visit in India in July. The panoramic town has gained importance since historic era and since then the tourism industry has boomed in this place.
Must See: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill
Activities: Dal Lake rides, bird watching, exploring Dachigam National Park, and shopping from the floating markets in Dal Lake.
3. DHARAMSHALA – the abode of spirituality
If you are looking for a place where ‘pin drop silence’ penetrates your soul and the surrounding vistas make you feel alive, Dharamshala is one of the top destinations in the state of Himachal Pradesh that stands out for its temples and monasteries.
Renowned as the abode of Dalai Lama, this tiny hilly town never fails to lure tourists from across the globe. Very soon, Dharamshala will be known as the first smart-city in Himachal.
Must See: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, and tea plantations of Kangra valley.
Activities: Meditation & stay in Namgyal Monastery, boat rides, and walks through the tea plantations.
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4. MUSSOORIE – a prismatic British town
A popular place to visit in India in July, the name Mussoorie creates a bliss that cannot be explained. This hill station is really cute, sweet and so very adorable that will take your summer blues away. The diverse lush hills, an array of shopping arcades, cable car ride and the majestic Kempty falls attracts locals as well as international visitors year-round. Summers offer a refreshing climate and the winters offer you a town covered with soft snow.
Must See: Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower, Jwalaji Temple, Rajaji National Park, Gun Hill, Library Point, Sir George Everest House, and Cloud’s End
Activities: Boating, Cable Car ride, Roller-Skating, and Paragliding.
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5. GOA – let’s get beachy
Without the mention of Goa, this list of top summer destinations in India remains dry and incomplete. Though July sees the beginning of showers, your adventure will not be hampered. Enjoy trekking along the western ghat zones, enjoy Goa’s top beaches, night-clubs and relish luscious seafood dishes.
Must See: Fort Aguada, Museum of Christian Art, Bondla Wildlife Park, Big Foot Goa, Wax Museum, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Chapora Fort, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach and more.
Activities: Boat adventure, Day-trip to Grande Islands, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Watersports, Kayaking, Dolphin sighting, Snorkelling, Rafting, Trekking, Hot-Air Balloon Rides.
6. OOTY – enjoy a mountainous ride
Ooty has another name – Udhagamandalam, and it is really a tongue twister. Let’s stick to Ooty! Located among the Nilgiri Hills in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is known as the Queen of Hills and it is one of the best places to visit in India in July. Do not miss the famous toy-train ride through the flourishing hills and tea plantations. This tiny hill station offers endless, interesting spots to explore, eat and experience.
Must See: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls
Activities: Ride the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hand-gliding at Kalahatti (14 miles from Ooty)
7. MOUNT ABU – desert oasis
Situated in the magnificent state of Rajasthan, Mt. Abu is considered to be a royal and unique summer capital town. Famous as ‘a desert oasis’, it offers tiny lakes, dense forests, waterfalls, ancient forts and temples.
Must See: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Achalgarh Fort, Toad Rock, Guru Shikhar, Trevor’s Crocodile Park, Peace Park, and Sunset Point.
Activities: Witnessing sunset at Sunset Point, boating at Nakki Lake, and riding a pony near Nakki Lake.
8. SHILLONG – coolest hideout for everyone
The Northeastern part of India is as staggering as the other hilly territories and Shillong, no doubt is the best of them all. With shimmering waterfalls, tall pine trees, adventure to-die-for, quaint regions and shops, nothing can beat the ecstasy of Shillong. No doubt, it is one of the top hill stations in India.
Must See: Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves
Activities: Waterfall rappelling at Elephant Falls, cave exploration, shopping at Bara Bazaar, boating in Umiam Lake, and yacht riding at Umiam Lake Water Sports Complex.
9. DARJEELING – feel the magic of Kangchenjunga
Draped by the iconic Kangchenjunga and carpeted by lush tea gardens, Darjeeling is ‘love at first sight’. Is it listed among the top and famous summer destinations in India. Tour the town on the toy train, which is one of the draws loved by everyone visiting the region. Enjoy a walk down the Mall Road and capture the stunning sunset behind Tiger Hill.
Must See: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial.
10. MANALI – in the bosom of the Himalayas
Manali is the top most popular places to visit in India in July. It is popular among couples, juveniles, families and vagabonds. Resting at the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh, it tops as the most-visited summer town to beat the July heat. Make your stay at a budget resort in the Pir Panjal Valley & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. If adventure is your cup of tea, there is plenty to do.
Must See: Hadimba Temple, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Club House, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Gufa, and Vashisht Hot-Water Springs
Activities: Paragliding, Yoga Lessons, Yak-Riding, Dipping in hot-water springs.
11. PACHMARHI – waterfalls, waterfalls and waterfalls
Regarded as a lesser-known hill station in the state of Madhya Pradesh, there are abundant things to see, do and experience. Apart from sightseeing, visit stunning waterfalls, age-old caves, rock art, jungle treks and indulge in boating. It is surely one of the best places to visit in July.
Must See: Apsara Vihar waterfall & pond, Pandava Caves, Jata Shankar Caves, Pachmarhi Lake, Bee Fall, Draupadi Kund, and Handi Khoh gorge
Activities: Boating at Pachmarhi Lake, bathing in the Apsara Vihar pond, and exploring the Pandava Caves.
12. KAUSANI – unparalleled paradise
Nestled in the Himalayan belt in Uttarakhand, Kausani is best viewed after the rains. Top places to visit in Kausani are Pant Museum, Garur Valley, Anashakti Ashram, Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchchuli. You can be one with the natural wonders and enjoy a trip of your lifetime.
Activities: Trekking, mountaineering, camping, jungle walks.
13. ANDAMAN ISLANDS – see the sea in a different way
If you’re after sun, sand, sea and seafood, the lush Islands of Andaman is your perfect go-to destination to escape the summer heat. Adventure and food lovers are sure to have the best times of their life. You need to book right away to avoid last minute hassles.
Must See: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu.
Activities: Boating, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Parasailing, Undersea Walking, Glass-bottom Boating, Seaplane tours, Swimming with the Elephant, Exploring the Cellular Jail.
14. TAWANG – underrated yet bewitching
If you are looking for an unusual summer destination, then Tawang is your perfect getaway spot. It is one of the best scenic places to visit in India in July. Located in the serene hill station of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang offers you famous Buddhist temples, war memorials, ancient Gumbas, coloured homes, modern markets and more. Your visit to Tawang will not be discouraging; there’s magic at every corner.
Must See: Paradise Lake at Sea Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfall, and Pankang Teng Tso Lake.
15. VALLEY OF FLOWERS – the Netherlands of India
Situated between the Western Himalayan range and the Zanskar region, the Valley of Flowers is a World Heritage Site famous for a variety of flowers, fauna, and rare animals such as bear, deer and leopards.
Must See: Hemkund Sahib, National Park, Nanda Devi National Park, Fauna & Flora.
Activities: Trekking, mountaineering, camping, jungle walks.
Rains in India are unpredictable, but July brings in the smell of the muddy soil that can set your pace to explore some prismatic and cooler towns in India with Flights to India. Let not the first showers force you to stay indoors. This is the start of a grand opportunity to pack your bags and escape to one of the top summer destinations in India in July to be closer to nature.