30 Best Places to Visit in India in May - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
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Places to See in India in May

Ladakh, Coorg, Alleppey, Lansdowne, Bir Billing, Tawang, Chikmagalur, Mount Abu, Rishikesh, Nainital, Shillong, Munnar, Andaman & Nicobar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Dharamshala, Darjeeling, and many more.

There is no end to the list of the Best Places to Visit in India in May which are astounding enough to make your summer vacation count. Although the entire country faces the scorching sun of summer in the month of May, northern and southernmost regions become the perfect escapade from it. Possessing soothing temperatures and a romantic atmosphere, places like Ladakh in the north and Coorg in the south will never disappoint you with their brilliant weather and spectacular views.

All the Places to see in India in May is a fine amalgam of nature, adventure and fun where places like Bir Billing offers you the best paragliding in the entire India and Rishikesh has the highest cliff for bungee jumping. Also, the islands of Andaman and Nicobar have pristine beaches and virgin woods to add on to a variety of the places one can visit in India.

Here is a list of best places to visit in India in May:

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Ladakh

Ladakh

Charming you with dramatic landscapes that comprise of Buddhist Gompas among the glittering snow-laded mountains, Ladakh is definitely one of the top places to visit in May. Amidst the enchanting vibes created by fluttering flags and prayers of monks, Ladakh is an ideal getaway for all adventure seekers.

With places like Nubra Valley, Zanskar, Leh and Kargil, this place offers a number of tourist spots to help you make memories worth cherishing.

Things/activities to do: white water rafting, Chadar Trek, Bactarian camel safari, mountain biking, trekking, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Srinagar, 420 kms away

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Leh Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi, 700 kms away

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Coorg

Coorg

Known for its mesmerising valleys and verdant hills, Coorg is one of the most popular hill stations in South India. The place is known for its coffee plantations and forest hills that makes it a delight for all the nature lovers. With a mix of thrilling tourist places like Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Nagarhole National Park, Iruppu Falls, Tadiandomal Peak, Madikeri Fort etc.

Coorg is a brilliant vacation spot for all types of travellers. 
Offering some gorgeous views of nature and many adventures, Coorg is undeniably a great place to visit in India in May.

Things/activities to do: camping, river rafting, plantation walk, trekking, microlight flying, waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, kayaking, quad biking etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Mangalore, 111 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore, 111 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Mysore, 95 km away.

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Alleppey

Alleppey

Often called Venice of the East, Alleppey will charm you with wonderful houseboat rides, sunsets on the beaches and Ayurvedic spas. Mostly famous for its backwaters, Alleppey is a coastal paradise that captivates all the nature lovers.

The famous places to visit in Alleppey are Allapuzha Beach, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Pallippuram, Marari Beach, Pathiramanal etc.

Things/activities to do: Houseboat rides, visit boat race festival.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Kochi, 57 km away

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Kochi, 57 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Allapuzha Railway Station.

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Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Away from the reach of commercialisation, Landsowne is a beautiful town that boasts of a refreshing getaway. Located in Uttarakhand, Landsowne has been a popular tourist spot since the British era and renowned for eco-tourism. Amidst the snow clad mountains and green forests, Landsowne makes for a perfect hill station to captivate you with its pristine ambience.

Some of the popular places to visit in Landsowne are Bhulla Lake, St John’s Church, Tip N Top, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple etc.

Things/activities to do: Camping, boat ride, trekking, nature walk, bird watching, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Delhi, 228 km.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Dehradun, 83 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdar, 40 km away.

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Bir Billing

Bir Billing

Escape into a world of adventure when you visit the beautiful town of Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh. Considered as one of the best spots for paragliding, this place is a must visit if you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience. It is a reputed spot for paragliding across the globe and makes for a delightful escape from humdrum life.

The place is known for its spiritualism and meditation attracting a lot of backpackers who come here in search of peace. A few of the popular places to visit in Bir Billing include Sherab Ling Monastery, Tibetan Colony, Bir Tea Factory etc.

Things/activities to do: Trekking, paragliding, nature walk, hand gliding etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Chandigarh, 152 km away

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: 67.6 km away from Kangra Airport

Nearest Railway Station: 112 km away from Pathankot Railway Station

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Tawang

Tawang

A great place to seek solitude and immerse in extraordinary adventure, Tawang is a beautiful town with amazing places to charm the tourist in you. With beautiful monasteries, waterfalls and serene landscapes, Tawang is a gorgeous town that will make you wish you never had to come back.

A few of the notable places not to miss when in Tawang are Taktsang Gompa, Gorichen Peak, Sela Pass, Nuranang Waterfalls, Shonga-Tser Lake, Tawang Monastery, Jaswant Garh etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Guwahati, 510 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU) - 166 km.

Nearest Railway Station: Tezpur, 320 km away.

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Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur

One of the most popular places to visit in India in May, Chikmagalur is a hilly paradise that will leave you in awe of the city. Greeting you with the intoxicating aroma of coffee, Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environs comprising of lush green mountains and lofty peaks.

A few popular places which you must visit when in Chikmagalur are Bhadra river, Mulllayanagari, Kemmanagundi, Inam Dattatreya Peetha, Kudremukh National Park, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

Things/activities to do: trekking, waterfall visit, explore coffee culture, rafting, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Mangalore, 110 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport, 105 km.

Nearest Railway Station: Kadur Railway Station, 40 km away.

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Munnar

 Munnar

Blessed with brilliant creation of nature, Munnar is home to some of the largest tea estates in India. It is abound with verdant greenery and lofty hills to leave you spellbound with its idyllic landscapes. Many tourist places here like Atukkad Waterfalls, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Chokramudi Peak, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point etc. leave the tourists spoilt for choice.

A visit to Munnar will be incomplete without indulging in adventure activities like visiting waterfalls and trekking.

Things/activities to do: visiting tea estates, camping and trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, shikara ride, water sports, elephant safari.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Kochi, 89 km away.

Nearest Airport: Cochin, 110 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Aluva, 100 km away.

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Mount Abu

Mount Abu

Located in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a popular hill station attracting a lot of tourists. Comprising of beautiful landscapes of Aravalli Hills, Mount Abu is a nice getaway from the scorching heat of other cities in the desert state of Rajasthan.

Boasting of numerous tourist places like Dilwara Jain Temples, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh, Nakki Lake, Sunset Point etc, this city is a magical retreat to enjoy various activities and adventures.

Things/activities to do: Trekking, camping, rappelling, rock climbing, boating at Nakki Lake, caving etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Udaipur, 185 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Udaipur Airport, 101 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Mount Abu Road, 28 km away.

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Shillong

Shillong

Get away from the summer heat with a rejuvenating vacation in Shillong. One of the top places to visit in India in May to enjoy the nature’s beauty, Shillong is a wonderful getaway that will offer you many waterfalls and beautiful places to visit. Boasting of an interesting culture, Shillong is one of the top places to visit in North East India and take back home a wonderful experience.

Things/activities to do: Boating, angling, trekking, horse riding, river rafting, kayaking, waterfall rappelling, waterfall hopping, camping, golfing, cave exploration, rock climbing, enjoying nightlife, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Guwahati, 100 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport (City itself).

Nearest Railway Station: Guwahati, 100 km away.

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Nainital

Nainital

Located in Uttarakhand, Nainital is a beautiful hill station deriving its name from Naini Lake. Often called the City of Lakes, Nainital is renowned for its natural beauty, snow clad mountains and beautiful lakes.

With popular tourist spots like Sariyatal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and Khurpatal Lake, Nainital is a place that will not leave you bored of natural beauty. Moreover, it offers a pleasant climate throughout the year and attracts a number of tourists.

Things/activities to do: rock climbing, shopping, skating, trekking, boating, wildlife watching etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Dehradun.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Dehradun, 173 kms away.

Nearest Railway Station: Pantnagar, 65 km away.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh

Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, Rishikesh is where you can look forward to a gamut of activities like river rafting, yoga, water sports and so on. A popular hub for Ayurveda and Yoga, Rishikesh offers a tranquil spot to spend your vacation time in a great way.

Some popular places to visit in Rishikesh are Triveni Ghat, Geeta Bhavan, Lakshman Jhoola, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mandir etc.

Things/activities to do: river rafting, bungee jumping, camping and bonfire, mountain biking, flying fox, body surfing, trekking, kayaking, parasailing, paragliding, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Dehradun, 34 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, 34 kms away.

Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar, 25 km away.

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Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman & Nicobar

Enjoy a laid back vacation visiting the mesmerising islands and surreal beaches of Andaman and Nicobar. A popular vacation spot to escape the summers, Andaman and Nicobar is where you can enjoy adventure and relaxation in one go. With its pristine beaches and spellbinding views of the sunset, all tourists can look forward to a memorable holiday.

Some notable tourist destinations in Andaman and Nicobar are Ross Island, Cellular Jail, Neil Island, Havelock Island etc.

Things/activities to do: Snorkelling, scuba diving, banana boat ride, parasailing, sea plane riding, trekking, nature walk, bird watching, island hopping.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Kolkata.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport.

Nearest Railway Station: N/A.

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Ooty

Ooty

Also called the Queen of the Hills, Ooty is a picturesque hill station located in the state of Tamil Nadu. offering a vacation to help you relax and unwind amidst breathtaking natural beauty, Ooty is where you can relive the old world charm and behold the glorious sights made by cascading waterfalls, beautiful lakes and beautiful green valleys.

Some notable spots not to miss when you are in Ooty include Nilgiri Mountain railway, Ooty lake, Ooty rose garden, Thread Garden, Emerald Lake etc. 

Things/activities to do: trekking, speedboat ride, camping etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Chennai, 275 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore, 57 kms.

Nearest Railway Station: Coimbatore Railway Station, 90 km away.

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

 A popular spot for honeymooners, Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station located in Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu. At a height of 7200 feet above sea level, Kodaikanal boasts of an idyllic mountain getaway with numerous tourist spots and adventure activities.

It offers a beautiful break from your daily life and boasts of numerous places to keep you entertained. A few popular places to visit in Kodaikanal are Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Devel’s Kitchen, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls etc.

Things/activities to do:
Coaker’s walk, farm stay, photography, sightseeing, night safari, camping, picnicking etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
460 kms from Bangalore.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport:
Trichy Airport, 150 km.

Nearest Railway Station:
Madurai Airport, 80 kms away.

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Dharamshala

Dharamshala

A popular hub of Tibetan culture in India, Dharamshala is called ‘Little Lhasa in India’. With its serene landscapes, Dharamshala is one of the best places to spend time with friends and family. While the religious ones come here to do meditation and in search of spiritualism, adventure lovers here can look forward to numerous thrilling activities.

A few of the famous places to visit in Dharamshala are Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, St John in the Wilderness Church, War Memorial, Gyuto Monastery, Dal Lake, Jwalamukhi Devi Temple etc.

Things/activities to do: Paragliding, Triund Trek, Camping, Kareri Lake Trek, meditation etc. 

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Jammu, 148 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport, 150 kms.

Nearest Railway Station: Kangra Mandir, 22 kms.

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

Brace yourself to be enthralled by the glorious sunsets, spellbinding views and the old world charm when you visit Darjeeling. One of the most commendable places to visit in India in May for a refreshing escape, Darjeeling is often called the ‘Queen of the Himalayas’.

It is known for its cultural heritage and makes a delight for all the tourists who come here to explore the tea estates, its simple villages and bustling markets.

Things/activities to do: river rafting, trekking, toy train ride etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Siliguri, 80 km away

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport, 38 kms away

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri, 62 km away

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Manali

Manali

Tucked beautifully between Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Ranges, Manali is a serene getaway that ought to be on every travel lover’s bucket list for places to visit in India in May. With breathtaking views to greet you at every step, Manali is where you can feel at peace with nature at one hand and get lost in the crowds on the other.

Blessed with verdant forests, sprawling meadows and sparkling streams, Manali is famous with its tourist places like Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund Trek, Hadimba Temple etc.

Things/activities to do:
cycling, trekking, camping, yoga, hot spring bath, bike ride etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
Chandigarh, 180 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport:
Bhuntar, 50 km away.

Nearest Railway Station:
Joginder Nagar, 50 km away.

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Shimla

Shimla

A popular getaway for honeymooners and family goers, Shimla is one of the most beautiful cities of India. With its colonial style buildings, amazing landscapes and a bunch of adventure activities, Shimla is sure to leave you overwhelmed with its mystical natural beauty.

Some popular places to pay a visit in Shimla are Mall Road, The Ridge, Institute of Advanced Studies etc. Moreover, Shimla is a nice getaway to enjoy retreat to famous other places like Chail, Kufri, Naldehra, Mashobra, Tattapani etc.

Things/activities to do: Travel in toy train, ice skating, rafting, trekking, nature walk, photography etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Chandigarh, 60 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport, 20 km from the main city.

Nearest Railway Station: Kalka railway station, 90 km away.

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Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi

Also famous as the queen of Satpura ranges, Pachmarhi is a splendid hill station in Madhya Pradesh. It is known for its ancient caves and offers the tourists a range of places to make their vacation one happening affair. With many notable places like Bee Falls, Jata Shankar Caves, Mahadeo Hill, Handi Khoh, Pandava Caves, Dhoopgarh etc.

Pachmarhi is replete with numerous activities for the tourists. The place is a delight for history fanatics and makes a wonderful vacation for nature lovers.

Things/activities to do: Horse riding, ATV ride, parasailing, Ziplining, waterfall trekking, hiking, cycling, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Bhopal, 240 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Raja Bhoj Airport, 145 kms.

Nearest Railway Station: Pipariya Railway station, 52 km away.

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Chail

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Erstwhile summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is an alluring hill station that lies about 63 km from Shimla. Nestled in the Himachal Pradesh’s Shivalik region, Chail basically is spread across the three hillocks - Sadh Tiba, Pandewa and Rajgarh. It is spread over an area covering 72 acres of land and overlooks the canyon of River Satluj. Chail enjoys a pleasant weather all round the year and is thus visited not just by the tourists but also the locals. Further, it also brings forth scenic and elegant views of the enclosing country side. Overlooking both Shimla and Kasauli, Chail used to be a sleepy little mountain village that underwent a transformation in the year 1893.    

Chail along with Shimla and Kufri, is also known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. It is a beautiful hill station that is free from the massive crowds that throng Shimla and consequently allows the travelers to relish the charm and the beauty of the place in its relative peace.

The lush green outfields, dense cover of deodar and pine trees and the stunning views of the mountains along with the breathtaking natural beauty, makes Chile one of the most significant tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh.


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Kashmir

Kashmir

Often called ‘Paradise on Earth’, Kashmir is undeniably one of the most gorgeous places to visit in India in May. Replete with breathtaking scenic beauty and offering a thrilling adventure, Kashmir is a splendid destination nestled in the Himalayas. Offering you memories that you will cherish forever, Kashmir attracts a number of tourists every year.

Some popular places to visit here include
Amarnath and Vaishno Devi, Dal Lake, Kashmir Valley, Khardung La Pass, Gulmarg, Shalimar bagh

Things/activities to do:
Shikara ride, houseboat ride, Gondola cable car ride, river rafting, golfing, trekking, skiing, snowboarding etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
Srinagar

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport:
Srinagar International Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Jammu Tawi

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Wayanad

Wayanad

Situated in Kerala, Wayanad is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in India. Mostly known for its surreal homestays, Wayanad offers a great holiday with numerous activities and adventures. Whether you want to nature walk in one of the plantations or want to get the thrill by trekking to pre-historic caves, Wayanad will keep you enticed throughout the holiday.

A few of the popular places to visit in Wayanad include Chembra Peak, Nilimala, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Chethalayam, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Sagar Dam etc.

Things/activities to do:
Trekking, tea estate visit, birdwatching etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City:
Bangalore, 280 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport:
Calicut, 61 kms away.

Nearest Railway Station:
Nilambur Railway Station, 90 km away.

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Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley

Enjoy a splendid retreat in the lap of Himalayas by visiting Spiti Valley on your next vacation. Replete with cold deserts and snow clad mountains, Spiti Valley is a wonderful place to enjoy adventure and get to know the distinctive local culture.

Spiti Valley is sure to leave you speechless with a number of Buddhist monasteries, crystal clear rivers and gigantic glaciers. An enthralling getaway, Spiti Valley is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime.

Things/activities to do: river rafting, camping, yak safari, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Chandigarh, 522 km away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Bhuntar, 245 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh, 522 km away.

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Auli

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Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. It has rightly derived its name Auli - meaning meadows, from the characteristics of its topography. The hill station is located on slopes and has far stretching meadows that look stunning to the eyes. Auli is fondly referred to as a place where nature comes alive in all its glory and splendour. It is rich in natural resources and offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding hills.

The hill station has a plethora of wildflowers and trees like deodars, oaks, coniferous and pine forests. The slopes here that are as high as 9000 feet above sea level offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks; like that of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. 
There are a number of attractions here at the hill station. The most famous one amongst tourists is the ropeway.

It is the highest and the longest one not just in India but the whole of Asia and it offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Auli’s artificial lake is another attraction which is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Similarly, Chattrakund and Chenab lake are also two other lakes worth visiting in Auli. 
Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India which explains how well the activity can truly be enjoyed here.

The winter months offer this thrilling experience and invite enthusiasts from across the globe. Other activities in Auli include trekking to nearby hills like Guarso and Kwani Bugyal. There is also a great scope for camping in and around Auli.  
The cherry on top is the weather in Auli. The hill station being located on a slope is high in altitude but is also surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and oaks. This controls the pace of the wind blowing here and thus, giving Auli a pleasant environment.

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Dandeli

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Mentioned as the adventure capital of South India, Dandeli is synonymous to peace and adventure. Located in the rocky trails of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is a splendid city of Karnataka. This place is situated at an altitude of 1551 ft above sea-level. 

Dandeli is made up of trails and green environment. The beauty of this place resides significantly in the adventurous hikes and beauty of Western Ghats. The untouched green landscapes house a staggering range of flora and fauna. Apart from the adventurous activities, there are several historical places including Ulavi temple, ancient caves of Kavla, and much more.

An integral part of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is home to colossal mountains, nature reserves, and fascinating wildlife. This place is an incredible destination for every kind of travellers. You can head on to the Kali river for a range of watersports, then, stop by Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, or hike on to the Syntheri rocks and engulf the maddening peace and beauty of the Western Ghats; Dandeli is a complete package of fun, peace, and adventures. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Dandeli. If your interests are inclined towards adventurous hiking trips, then you should explore the Syntheri Rocks in the city. Or, feel the adrenaline rush at Kali River while participating in Whitewater rafting, Boat rides, and Kayaking. End your day by relishing the therapeutic Natural Jacuzzi and soaking in nature’s beauty while staying in tents. Moreover, you can also embark on a wildlife safari to spot exotic wildlife at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Dandeli’s climate is subtropical, with a major influence of the Western Ghats on it. Temperatures can stay between 20 and 42 degrees Celsius. The closeness to the Arabian Sea affects the weather of this place. The post-monsoon season, October to January is the best time to travel to Dandeli. Temperature from September to November is also pleasant as it starts to cool down.

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Mcleodganj

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Housed in the Kangra district and at the suburbs of the town of Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is one of the most favorite tourist destinations of recent times. Because of being occupied by a lot many of Tibetans who moved here after China’s invasion of their homeland, Mcleodganj is also sometimes referred to as the Little Lhasa. It is also noteworthy the exiled government of Tibet is also based in Mcleodganj only.

Speaking of Mcleodganj tourism, this quaint little town some 3 km away from Dharamshala is visited by thousands of tourists every year. People come here for various reasons like spirituality, volunteer programs, Himalayan experiences and adventures, and for much other sightseeing, photo and excursion opportunities in this religious small town cum hill station in the Himalayas.

The town of Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is famous especially and foremostly for being a spiritual getaway and pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The reason behind that is it is home to the 14th Dalai Lama of the Buddhists, Lama Tenzin Gyatso, who came here in the year of 1960 after his exile from Tibet. Dalai Lama established Tibet Government in exile here at Dharamshala and made the quaint little town of Mcleodganj as his permanent residence.

The presence of His Holiness in town attracts a lot of tourists and pilgrims to the town. Mcleodganj is also one of the best places to see the real lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists and monks from up close. One of the reasons this place is called Little Lhasa is because the people have built this place in the image of their previous abode. And it is possible to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama on the occasions that he is in town and one of the many Buddhist festivals celebrated in the town.

Apart from this, Mcleodganj is considered by many to be an adventurous hub, especially in terms of trekking in Mcleodganj. Home to one of the most beautiful, scenic and exciting treks of the country, the Triund Trek, Mcleodganj is the base camp for reaching the summit of the famous hill. Starting from Dharamkot in Mcleodganj, the 9 km trek leads the trekker through forests of Oak, Deodar, and Rhododendron before opening up to one of the best sceneries that you will find in the Himalayas.

And as the elevation rises, the picturesque hills and valleys become clearer, giving it all a serene touch. Upon reaching the top of Triund, one can see far off hills of the Dhauladhar mountain range that look to be so close that you could touch them if you only extended your hand. The exciting trek has become such a favorite of the community that one can even call it the poster boy of Mcleodganj tourism. And speaking of mountain ranges, Mcleodganj lies in the Dhauladhar range, with the highest peak of the range Hanuman ka Tibba lying just behind the town. The 5,639m giant stands tall and like a guard in the backdrop which is a sight to behold from everywhere in the hill station.

And with such beauty and spirituality, sightseeing in Mcleodganj is something that will never bore a person visiting here. Apart from Triund, some of the places to visit in Mcleodganj include the name of the famous Bhagsunath temple. Attached to a wonderful legend, the medieval era temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is famous for a waterfall that flows right through the temple. The majestic cascading waterfall, called the Bhagsunag falls, forms a pool at the base which is considered to be sacred amongst the devotees and dip in the cold water brings about a different feeling of spiritual in the people.

Another famous tourist spot in Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh is Kareri Lake. Filled with the melting snow of the Dhauladhar ranges, this lake at the base of the Minkiani Pass is the perfect combination of offbeat trekking and scenic beauty in the middle of snow-capped peaks. Alongside the experience of trekking to this calm and serene lake is the added experience of camping by its side and in a scenic meadow right under the Minkiani Pass.

Speaking of which, the Minkiani Pass is another great place to see when in Mcleodganj. You can simply extend your trek to Kareri Lake to conquer the summit of this serene pass lying at an amazing height of 14,000ft above sea level. The view that one gets of the nearby ranges makes you feel like you are walking on the clouds. A great place to take pictures, Minkiani Pass trek is considered to be somewhere in between easy and moderate in difficulty and makes it worth facing the trek at the end.

And one of the most important places in Mcleodganj is the Namgyal Monastery. The place is actually a personal monastery for the 14th Dalai Lama and relates to the very second Religious teacher of the Buddhist belief, dating back to the mid 16th century. Originally in Lhasa, the monastery was entirely relocated to Mcleodganj in the uprising of 1959 and is now the home to the Dalai Lama. It is also the largest Tibetan Temple outside of Tibet. Apart from being a beautiful monastery, Namgyal is also center for education, called the Namgyal Tantric College, where the arts of Kalachakra, Vajrakilaya and many other such Tantric practices are taught to the future Namgyal Monks.

With such beauty, spirituality, adventure, and serenity, Mcleodganj is truly one of the best places to visit in the Himalayas. In fact, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh, and many areas around it are experiences that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. So let the adventure unfurl as you take on the spellbinding journey through this amazing hill station of the Kangra District and in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountains.

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Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar

Calling out all the nature lovers, Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station located in Western Ghats. Whether you want to get close to the beauty of nature in solitude or looking to spend some quality time with your loved ones, Mahabaleshwar would not disappoint you among places to visit in India in May.

It is known for many popular tourist spots like
Mahabaleshwar temple, Mapro’s Garden, Elephant ‘s head point, Panch Ganga Temple, Venna Lake, Krishna Bai Temple, Pratapgarh Fort, Lingmala Waterfall, Bhilar Waterfall, Helen’s Point, Carnac Point, Atibalehwar temple, Dhobi Waterfall, Morarji Castle

Things/activities to do: Shikara ride, jungle trekking, birdwatching, picnic, caving, waterfall visit, etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Pune, 120 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Pune, 102 km away.

Nearest Railway Station: Wathar, 60 km from Mahabaleshwar.

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Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur

One of the most beautiful hill stations of Western Ghats, Sakleshpur offers a wonderful holiday to all the tourists. It is known for its quaint landscapes and known for its foggy and misty weather. It is a paradise for nature lovers who can enjoy a visit to numerous plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and cinnamon.

Offering a fantastic weekend getaway, some of the popular places to visit in Sakleshpur are Bisle Reserve Forest, Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshwara Temple, Manjehalli Waterfalls, Agni Gudda Hill, Raxidi Estate etc.

Things/activities to do: Camping, relax in homestays, cycling, plantation walk etc.

Distance from Nearby Metro City: Mangalore, 140 kms away.

How to Reach:

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport, 138 km.

Nearest Railway Station: Sakleshpur Railway Station, 2 km away from the city.

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Kinnaur

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Located at a dizzying height of nearly 6,000 meters above sea level, Kinnaur is an adventurer’s paradise. Surrounded by the majestic ranges of the Himalayas, the Dhauladhar and the Zaskar ranges, this little village is the last Indian district on the Indo-Tibet border.

Cascading across a varying degree of altitude, Kinnaur comprises a variety of flora and fauna. From the vibrant green valleys of Sangla with its picturesque apple and apricot orchards, to the pristine, clear lake of Nako, Kinnaur has it all. The little town is also home to the Kinnaur Kailash, a mountain sacred to Hindu mythology as the abode of Lord Shiva. The gushing rivers of Baspa, Sutlej, and Spiti have chiseled out a number of valleys here, forming one of the most picturesque mountain towns in the world.

Kinnaur is known for its distinct architectural style with its characteristic blend of Buddhist and Hindu architectural designs. One of the best examples of Kinnauri architecture is the massive Narayan Nagini Temple, located only a short drive away from the main town.

The splendid woodwork and craftsmanship of the Kinnauri style is also manifested in the Bering Nag temple of Sangla, which is a beautiful wooden temple dedicated to Lord Jagas. The Moorang fort in Kinnaur is one of its most popular attractions. The fort is believed to have been built by the Pandava brothers, and is dedicated to the local deity Umrig.

The best way to enjoy the idyllic town is to visit the orchards of Kinnaur. The villages of Moorang and Kothi house some of the most beautiful orchards of apple, cherry and oranges, making Kinnaur one of the most picturesque places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The vibrant culture of the town can also be experienced by immersing oneself in the chants of the Hu-Bun-Lan-Kar Temple in Kalpa, or by visiting the popular Phulaich Fair at the Bering Nag Temple.

Owing to its high elevation, Kinnaur experiences long winters spanning between October to May, and remains cold and chilly through most of the year. The summers here are short, between June to September, and experience cool and pleasant weather. While the upper regions of Kinnaur lies in the rain-shadow area and remains arid throughout the year, the lower regions experience a fair amount of rainfall during the summer months.

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