Its summer time and the time for you to plan a vacation up north. Why up north? Because its cool, we mean literally. There are many places in North that are pleasant throughout the year. You never experience soaring heat like that in Mumbai or Delhi in Up north. So, what are those places and why north?
Upper north is picturesque, popular and has off-the-wall hill stations nestled in the Himalayas that makes it a beautiful vacation destination. There are so many places that it makes it tough to choose one from the list.
To sort this confusion of where to go and what to see, here’s an elaborate compilation of northern India’s best tourist destinations. Pick your dream destination and plan your most amazing holiday for Summer in India. Enjoy!!
1. Manali, Rohtang Pass:
Making its way first on the list, Manali is awesome for wandering around and exploring the beauty of this little town on the hill. Even sitting by the side of the lake and enjoying the waters can be an exhilarating experience.
Maximum temperature: 25° C and Minimum temperature: 9°C
Things to do in Manali:
- Skiing, Snow Mobile, etc
- Solang Valley and Snow Point
- Rohtang Pass Fresh Snowfall
- Paragliding at Solang Valley
Nearest Airport to Manali is Bhuntar, located 50 km from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi & Chandigarh.
It is an important tourist destination and is well connected with roadways. The bus journey from Delhi to Manali is 550 KMs and even you can drive up to Manali and catch the glimpses of mountains and valleys enrouting on almost every turn and twist of the uphill road to Manali.
Festivals in Manali:
Manali’s famous Hidimba temple celebrates its annual “Dhoongri Fair” in the month of May.
2. Tawang, Sela Pass:
Sela pass is a gift of nature provided to North-East as it is the only way that connects the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the nation. Sela-pass is mesmerizing in its beauty; this snow-clad destination provides a beautiful view of the eastern range of Himalayas
The temperature here can be anywhere between 20° C to 5 ° C during May-June months. In this period this place is at the peak of its beauty with snow covered mountains, forests, and frozen lakes.
Things to do in Tawang:
- Sela Pass a must
- Tawang Monastery
- Nuranang Falls
- Tawang War Memorial
- Trekking and Photography
- Daytime: Cotton dresses
- Night time: Heavy winter clothing
The nearest airport is Tezpur, located 387 KMs away and the nearest railway station is Rangapura located 383 KMs from Tawang.
It has well-connected bus services run by govt and private operators.
3. Leh, Ladakh:
Clear sky and snow-capped peaks have attracted the travelers to the beautiful small city of Leh, Ladakh ever since it opened in the 1970s. It has forever remained one of the favorite destinations for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts.
The temperature during the summer months ranges from 25°C during the day up to 8°C during the night. Not only during winters but also in summers this turns out to be one of the best places to visit. Leh is only every traveller’s bucket list and continues to be a dream destination for many.
Things to do in Leh:
- Zanskar Valley
- Pangong Tso lake – The Azure Lake From 3 Idiots
- Khardung-La Pass – Highest Motorable Road In The World
- Nubra Valley – Desert Among The Snowy Hills
- Magnetic Hill – Defy Gravity
- Spituk Gompa/Hemis Monastery
- Shanti Stupa – Meditation Time
- Ladakh experiences considerable fluctuations in the day and night temperatures, even during the summer.
- Daytime: Cotton dresses
- Night time: Winter clothing
Festivals in Leh:
- The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar on 29th May 2018.
- Hemis Festival | Venue: Hemis Monastery from 23rd to 24th June 2018
- Hemis Gompa, the largest and richest Buddhist monastery in Ladakh plays host to the popular yearly festival day called HemisTsechu.
Leh is the nearest airport, which is connected to Delhi, Chandigarh and Srinagar. The nearest railway station to Ladakh is Jammu. From Jammu, you can head to Srinagar by road and then to Ladakh, which is some 434 KMs away. It is about a two-day journey from Srinagar with a night halt at Kargil.
4. West Sikkim:
Located in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga, offers one of the best views of Southeast face of Mt. Kangchenjunga. This place is also famous for few of the oldest and holiest Buddhist Monasteries in the world.
With the beautiful amalgamation of nature and religious history, the calm and peaceful environment of Pelling makes it a famous tourist destination in Sikkim.
West Sikkim has fantastic weather from May to June. Summers here are cool with an average temperature varying from 8 °C to 24°C.
Things to do in West Sikkim:
- Daytime: Basic Cotton wear
- Nighttime: Light Woolen Clothes
- Rain Coats: Required
Festivals in West Sikkim:
- Saga Dawa: This is the full moon day, which falls on the 4th moon of Buddhist lunar calendar at the end of May or beginning of June.
- HeeBermiock, a village in West Sikkim, celebrate this festival from 10th to 13th May, showcasing the rice and indigenous culture of the state.
Reaching West Sikkim:
Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri and 125 km from Gangtok. You can either take a jeep or a bus to reach the town. Regular buses ply from Siliguri to Pelling, it’s a 5 hours’ drive.
Also, located 140 km from Pelling, Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport. If planning by train, then the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri.
5. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh:
The word “Spiti” means “The Middle Land” that’s what it is, this place is the land between Tibet and India. It possesses a unique combination of both Indian and Tibetan cultures. A lifestyle distinctly derived primarily from Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
Enigmatic and charming are the two words that can be used to define this magical place, a place that can inspire awe out of anyone.
Best time to visit this place is May-June, with temperatures ranging between 13°C to 22°C.
Things to do in Spiti Valley:
- Indulge in river rafting in Spiti
- Admire the flora & fauna in the Pin Valley National Park
- Visit the ancient Buddhist monasteries
- Visit the mummy in the village of Giu
- Feel the thrill at the Baralacha Pass
- Experience the joy of stargazing
- Enjoy a yak safari
- Visit the world’s highest post office
Daytime: Basic Cotton wear
Nighttime: Light Woolen Clothes
Festivals in Spiti:
Tsheshu Festival: Celebrated in the month of June at the monasteries. The prime attraction of the festival is the dance of the devil performed by the Lamas in colorful attire and masks of birds and animals.
Spiti also being of the popular tourist destination is well connected by roadways. In Summer, the state transport runs buses and you can reach there through road transport via Shimla-Kinnaur-Kaza route or Manali-Leh highway.
There is no airway to Spiti valley, the nearest airport is in Bhuntar, near Kullu, 245 Km away from Spiti and the nearest broad-gauge railway station from Spiti which has good connectivity is in Chandigarh.
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