Beat the summer heat when you plan a trip to these famous hill stations in India in May . There are plenty of destinations that will be your perfect summer getaway away from the scorching sun. Make your choice and get ready for that much-needed vacation!
Barog, Himachal Pradesh
Home to one of the most beautiful railway stations in India, Barog greets you with vast expanses of pine and deodar forests. If you want a longer break, this is your destination. You can register yourself at the railway guesthouse at the station and enjoy watching toy trains pass by from your room.
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When to go: All year round, but the summer and monsoon months are the best with lush greenery all around.
Connectivity : Book a ticket on Kalka Shimla Toy train for Barog as it is the most convenient option.
Accommodation options : Some nice accommodation options in Barog are The Pinewood and Barog Heights.
The rolling hills and lush green coffee plantations of Coorg are the best getaway to escape the summer heat of cities. Located about 220 km from Bengaluru, this one looks like a postcard straight out of your drawing book with scenic beauty all around.
Plantation stays are the USP of the Coorg country. Here you will understand what it means to “live close to the land”. If your heart is committed to eco-friendly travel, this is the place for you!
When to go: The months of October to May are the best.
Connectivity: About 220 km from Bengaluru, you can reach here by taking a state-run bus or your private cabs.
Stay Options: While there is no dearth of hotels in Coorg, it is advisable to stay at a plantation stay for the real Coorg experience. Some of the well-known options are The Rainforest Retreat, Palace Estate, Chillipilli Homestay and Alath-Cad Estate.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
For a tourist, the defining experience of this northernmost part of India is in the landscape – largely unspoilt, beautiful, disturbingly barren, isolated. Mountain passes over the Great Himalayas at dizzying heights, such as Tanglang La (16,400 feet) on the Manali-Leh route, lead to the region.
When to go: May to October
Connectivity : Leh airport (6 km / 20 minutes) is connected to Delhi and Jammu all year round and seasonally to Chandigarh and Srinagar. Taxi to town costs approximately INR 150-175.
Stay options: Leh has many places to stay; hotels, guest houses and homestays are now popping up all over Ladakh. Most hotels in Leh will arrange your permits to go to restricted areas, taxis, repair vehicles and help prevent your trip.
Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir
Gulmarg is said to have been discovered by Kashmiri ruler Yusuf Shah Chak in the 15 CE and has been a favorite destination since the days of the Raj. There is a lot to explore and experience on your Gulmarg trip – take the Gondola ropeway, try your hand at golf or go for challenging trekking trails to enjoy the best views of the Himalayas.
When to go: May to October are the best months and you can even see snow in the summer months if you’re lucky.
Connectivity: Nearest Airport: Srinagar (51 km / 2 hours). Taxi to Gulmarg costs INR 1,500. Nearest railway line: Jammu (344 km / 8 hours). Shared Sumo costs INR 450-500 per head at Gulmarg.
Stay options: The newest is The Khyber and there are some other good options including Hotel Highlands Park, Pine Palace and there are also plenty of private cottages. There is a luxury guesthouse Jammu and Kashmir Tourist, in the middle of the golf course.
Munnar is located in a valley enclosed by hills. Many of the attractions can be found on the outskirts, within a 30 km radius of the city. Visit the lush green tea plantations, admire the beautiful churches or take a relaxing walk, all alone with only your thoughts for company. Whatever you do, you can be sure that there won’t be a dull moment when you’re in Munnar!
When to go : It’s a year-round destination and the rain adds a new charm to the landscape.
Connectivity: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport and Ernakulam is the nearest railhead. There are regular flights from Cochin to Delhi, book a ticket well in advance for a hassle-free travel experience. Munnar bus station is served by a large number of KSRTC and private buses from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, connecting it to Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kochi, Madurai, Coimbatore and more.
Stay options : In this tea landscape, on a viewpoint, you will find the planter’s bungalow. KDHP offers 4 bungalows in the city under the brand name The Tea Sanctuary.
Occupied in a saucer-shaped valley, Manipur’s capital Imphal is surrounded by hills and is the hub for exploring this state, which has forested regions and the largest freshwater lake in the northeast. Some of the major attractions here include Sri Govindaji Temple, Kangla Fort, Langthabal and the floating Loktak Lake. Plan a trip to Imphal for an unusual holiday experience!
When to go: Any time of year; it rains from June-October.
Connectivity: Nearest Airport: Tulihal Airport (7 km / 30 mins) Connects to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati. Taxi to town INR 500.
Stay options: Your options for good accommodation in Imphal are Hotel Nirmala on MG Avenue, Hotel Anand Continental in Thangal Bazaar, Hotel White Palace, also on MG Avenue and The Classic Hotel.
Home to the famous Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, small and beautiful Binsar is one of the many gems in Uttarakhand. The main attraction here is the sanctuary itself, but many people come here to simply sit back and relax, taking in the unparalleled views of the Himalayas .
Apart from the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, you can visit the serene Bineshwar Temple, the 16th century Shiva shrine from which Binsar gets its name. There are also many hiking trails and the standard excursion at Binsar is the 1km gentle climb to Jhandi Dhar, Binsar’s main hill. The machan at this spot offers a 360° view of the shrine and of the snow banks. The views of the eternally snow-capped Greater Himalayan mountain range are a major draw at Binsar.
When to go: February to June
Connectivity: Nearest railway line is Kathgodam (126 km / 5 hours) and you can easily book a taxi from here. Delhi is the nearest airport.
Stay options: KMVN’s Nanda Devi Tourist Rest House occupies a prime location in terms of views and as a hub for many of the walks; it is also the meeting place for guides. Set on a sprawling 22-hectare site of one of Binsar’s oldest estates, Mountain Resort Khali Estate is a beautiful property with stone cottages and snowy views.
Picturesque Mirik is an easy 50 km from both Siliguri and Darjeeling but is relatively less crowded. This is where you want to go for your lazy retreat, your slow vacation. It offers the beauty of tea plantations as well as grandeur of mountains, especially Grande Dame Khangchendzonga, as a stunning backdrop. Mirik is the land of picturesque tea and orange plantations and lush sunrises and sunsets. Perhaps one of Mirik’s greatest gifts is your surprisingly easy transformation from tourist to trekker. If you have been thinking of trekking as an adventure activity that sounds fascinating but too intimidating, come to Mirik. The two short easy treks are Rang Bhang and Manju. Opt for West Bengal holiday tour package to avoid travel hassles.
When to go: The best months are between October and June.
Connectivity: The nearest airport is Bagdogra (46 km / approx. 2 hours), which is connected to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. Jalpaiguri is the nearest railhead and you can easily book a taxi from here.
Accommodation options: Mirik offers quite a few good hotels. Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council’s Mirik Tourist Lodge offers fantastic views. Jagjeet Hotel, Hotel Ratnagiri and Hotel Viraaj are some other good options.
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
This time, take the road less traveled and head to Tawang for a surreal experience. Half the fun of visiting Tawang is getting there, as it involves driving across 200km of Himalayan country, weaving a kaleidoscopic quilt of scenic and cultural differences.
When to go : The best time to visit Tawang is between September and June.
Connectivity: Nearest airport is Tezpur (360 km / 10 hours), connected to Kolkata and Dimapur. Taxis charge INR 3,500 per day; nearest railhead is Guwahati.
Stay options: Some of the nice choices for accommodation here are Hotel Siddharth, Hotel Buddha and Hotel Nefa.
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Coonoor is a quintessential tea landscape – you’ll find tea sold everywhere, Tea Auction Board offices next to the old church and of course tea plantations wherever you go. Place places like Sim’s Park, Law Falls, Dolphin’s Nose, the vintage buildings and the tea factories in your itinerary. Walking can be the essence of a holiday in Coonoor. The weather is almost nice and there are many incomparable hill roads to choose from.
When to go : The best season is March to June, but it is excellent during light rain with misty mountains.
Connectivity: Coimbatore is the nearest railhead as well as the airport and taxi charges can range from INR 1200 to INR 1500.
Stay options: Neemrana’s Wallwood Garden, Taj’s The Gateway Hotel, Velan Hotel and Hotel Blue Hills.
Book your tickets, pack your bags and head to one of these hill stations in India this May for that perfect vacation time! Happy travels!