Holiday Destinations in India

1. Leh

The town of Leh, in Ladakh, is admired for its spectacular beauty as well as a superabundance of places to see and things to do. Although this Northern region of the country can be inaccessible during winters, the summers here are cool and full of visitors from all over the world.

Be sure to go exploring the district by road or trekking and also make it a point to try some of the delicious local cuisine.

  • Best time to visit: June to September
  • Points of interest: Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Tso Moriri Lake, Leh Palace, Khardung La Pass

2. Manali

One of the most popular hill station destinations in the country has got to be the beautiful town of Manali in the North of India; nestled between the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhars snow capped ranges, the extraordinary beauty of this region has been attracting lakhs of tourist each year.

With so much adventure awaiting you here, it is little wonder that the place has adapted to the demands of visitors, resulting in exceptional range of hotels, food and of course activities.

  • Best time to visit: October to June
  • Points of interest: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Hadimba Temple, Paragliding, Skiing, Vashisht Baths

3. Himachal Pradesh

The beautiful hill station region of Himachal Pradesh is a unique and magical place to visit. With strong Tibetan and British influences from the areas past being evident in the architecture, culture and cuisine, it is like no other place in the nation.

Considered a home to the Dalai Lama, it is little wonder there are scores of temples and monasteries to explore all over. Another reason to visit is the magnificent natural beauty seen in the forests, lakes and surrounding hills.

  • Best time to visit: October to June
  • Points of interest: Dharamsala, Mcleodganj, Bhagsu Nag, Kangra, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery

4. Gangtok

The name literally meaning hill-top, Gangtok is one of the most pleasant places to visit in India. Situated in the North East part of the sub-continent, this hill station is a well-known destination for adventure tourism but also offers a lot for the average visitor looking for a national holiday that feels international.

With hotels and restaurants catering to tourists, you can be sure to find something within your budget. Local food is inexpensive and absolutely delicious.

  • Best time to visit: All year round
  • Points of interest: MG Road, Nathu La Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Kanchenjunga, Reshi Hot Springs

5. Shimla

At an altitude of over two thousand meters, the weather in Shimla is perfect during the summers and that is probably the reason it was the summer retreat for officers during the British Raj.

With so much history etched into the area, it is a great place to explore; colonial architecture, beautiful hills and valleys, dense green forests, temples as well as some great shopping makes this a perfect holiday destination.

  • Best time to visit: October to June
  • Points of interest: Ridge, Mall Road, Toy Train to Kalka, Jakhoo Temple, Christ Church

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