At Nubra Valley in Leh district
At Nubra Valley in Leh districtDr Mitali Baruah/Shutterstock

June Bucketlist: 10 Places In India To Bookmark For A Holiday

India is a diverse wonderland that offers unique experiences to visitors. From spiritual vibes in Rishikesh to tea estates in Darjeeling and Munnar, and breathtaking landscapes in Leh, explore these amazing destinations this summer

India is a land of diverse wonders that offer something unique and unforgettable to every traveller. From the spiritual vibes of Rishikesh to the tea estates of Darjeeling and Munnar, and the breathtaking landscapes of Leh, India has everything you need for a memorable holiday. With summer holidays fast approaching, don't miss the chance to explore these amazing destinations. Check out our list of 10 must-visit places and start planning your dream vacation today.

Leh, Ladakh

June is a great time to visit one of the most stunning destinations in India. The breathtaking views of the Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley will leave you speechless. Explore the monasteries, watch the stunning sunsets. And go for offbeat places. Amidst the high mountain passes of Ladakh lies the small town of Kharu, known for petroglyphs. These unique structures are believed to have been created between the second and third millennium BCE, telling stories of past civilisations. About 500-odd petroglyphs are preserved in the Domkhar Rock Art Sanctuary, 160 kilometres from Leh. On your way back, don't forget to enjoy a cup of hot butter tea and pick up some apricot jam and churpi, a cheese made from the milk of domesticated yak. Try these cosy homestays in Nubra Valley for your accommodation.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali offers something for everyone, from vibrant festivals to thrilling adventure sports
Manali offers something for everyone, from vibrant festivals to thrilling adventure sportsMemories Over Mocha/Shutterstock

This enchanting hill station in Kullu Valley is a stunning blend of nature's beauty, thrilling adventures, and rich cultural heritage. The ancient town steeped in mythology attracts countless visitors who come to bask in its magical aura and immerse themselves in its tales. The hill station is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, dense forests, and meandering rivers. For some soul food and soothing views, head to these cafes. If you are looking for budget stays, check here.

Coorg, Karnataka

Enjoying the views in Coorg
Enjoying the views in CoorgNayan_14/Shutterstock

Nestled among the verdant Western Ghats of Karnataka, Coorg, also known as Kodagu, invites travelers with its stunning landscapes of misty hills and sprawling coffee plantations. The hill station is often referred to as the "Scotland of India" and boasts of vast coffee estates, including TATA and several other independent ones, breathtaking waterfalls, tranquil ponds and lakes, and a diverse ecosystem. Adventure enthusiasts can trek through challenging terrains or enjoy river rafting along the gushing rapids. For those seeking cultural immersion, ancient temples, monasteries, and forts steeped in history are worth exploring. Do not miss doing the trek to Thadiyandamol, Coorg's highest peak at 5,724 feet. And check here for our three-day itinerary for Coorg.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

A stunning view of Kanchenjunga mountain range from Darjeeling
A stunning view of Kanchenjunga mountain range from DarjeelingJayanta Basu/Shutterstock

Darjeeling, a city in West Bengal, is known as the "Queen of the Hills" and is famous for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is located at an altitude of 2,050m above sea level and is surrounded by tea estates. It has a cool climate throughout the year and is one of the entryways to the Eastern Himalayas. Darjeeling is a popular destination for viewing India's tallest peak, Mount Kangchenjunga. Read our quick guide to the hill station. Darjeeling's tea gardens offer stay options, check here. And check our lists on offbeat accommodations here.

Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand

India is home to some of the most unique natural heritage, including vast stretches of seasonal wildflowers that bloom only on rare occasions. These wildflowers are mainly found in protected areas and national parks. One such famous national park is the Valley of Flowers National Park, located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The Valley of Flowers was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2005. It is one of the two core zones of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and was discovered by three British mountaineers in 1931. The valley is renowned for its breathtaking beauty, and it opens to visitors in June, making it the perfect destination for a summer holiday amid nature. Check here and here for our guide to assist you in planning your trip.

Munnar, Kerala

A tea garden in Munnar
A tea garden in MunnarVijumano2021/Shutterstock

The lush green landscape of Munnar is often referred to as the Kashmir of South India, where clouds roll into the hills on a bright autumn evening. This quaint hill station in Kerala was once the summer resort of the British during the colonial period. The verdant peaks of Munnar are a small piece of heaven, bustling with infinite tea gardens and meandering paths that take you to small streets fragrant with spices. Although Munnar is fabulous all year round, it is perfect to visit during autumn. Check here for a guide on how to make the most of your visit here. Munnar has a variety of hostels that provide visitors with an engaging and reasonably priced option to explore this enchanting location.

Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong, the picturesque capital of Meghalaya, is known for its lush green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and charming colonial architecture. While these popular tourist attractions are definitely worth a visit, there's much more to this beautiful hill station than meets the eye. If you are looking for a unique and immersive experience, venture off the beaten path and explore these offbeat destinations in Shillong.

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

Nestled in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer luxury and tropical charm. If you are planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, don't forget to include Campbell Bay in your itinerary. Although Port Blair and Neil Islands are more popular destinations, Campbell Bay is a hidden gem that is definitely worth visiting. And check here for our comprehensive guide to ensure that you have a memorable experience in the lush Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This guide will serve as your essential trip-planning companion. Amidst the pristine splendour of these archipelagic jewels, luxury hotels and resorts serve as havens of indulgence.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is a popular spot for those seeking the tranquility of nature
Rishikesh is a popular spot for those seeking the tranquility of nature Dilip Rathod/Shutterstock

Located on the bank of the holy Ganges river in the state of Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is renowned as the "Yoga Capital of the World" and the "Gateway to Garhwal Himalayas." It is a revered spiritual and religious hub with numerous temples and ashrams built alongside the Ganges. Apart from being a major hub of spirituality, Rishikesh is also a popular spot for those seeking the peace and tranquility of nature. The city's scenic beauty and tranquil surroundings attract visitors from all over the world. With the Himalayas and Ganga for company, this once sleepy town—whose Holi celebrations thrum with energy—has seen the rise of lots of quaint cafés and restaurants serving international cuisines. Check our guide to Rishikesh here. For a list of luxury retreats by the river, check here.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

A view of the lake in Kodaikanal
A view of the lake in KodaikanalSids/Shutterstock

A hill station situated in the Palani hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers, offering plenty of attractions such as waterfalls, lakes, forests and cliffs. The town is located 2,225 meters above sea level and its name is derived from the Tamil language where 'kodai' means ‘gift’ and 'kanal' means ‘forest’.  If you're planning a trip to this hill town, check here for our guide and here for a short itinerary. The place has several homestays in case you want to immerse in local vibes. While you are there, do not miss the iconic observatory. For more info, check here.

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