Have you tired of the scorching heat of Indian summers? Then you must be searching for some chilling places to stay away from this summer heatwaves. In this blog, I am sharing some relaxing Places To Visit in India in May 2021. These Indian Places are blessed with cold vibes, picturesque landscapes and the combination of nature with an adventure which are perfect for your week off trip in the summer holidays.
From the mighty Mountains of Ladakh in the north to the carefree Beaches of Kanyakumari in the south, Bir Billing’s best Paragliding in entire India and highest Bungee Jumping cliff of Rishikesh, each and every place of India is worth visiting in this May 2021. Also, the Pristine Beaches and Virgin Woods of the islands of Andaman and Nicobar are the all-time best choice.
So from these Wonderlands, I have selected the top 7 destinations below.
1. Leh Ladakh – Heaven on Earth
Due to the high altitude, cold desert, hilly landscapes, picturesque lakes and views of the sky, Ladakh has become one of the best adventure Indian destinations to travel to in May 2021.
Ladakh has always been a dream destination of every travel lover and most specifically for bike riders. In the month of May, due to its perfect suitable weather, a huge number of people come here from all parts of India.
Ladakh is especially known for its eye-catching Pangong Tso Lake, mesmerizing Khardung-la Pass and white-sand deserts of Nubra Valley.
Also, the colors of blue and cloudy Sky in Ladakh will catch all your attention and you will forget the rest of the world for a moment. It is said that the water of lakes and rivers in Ladakh changes its color as the sky colors get changed.
You will also find picture-perfect gompas and whitewashed stupas in Ladakh where you can do your photo session with the squad. The lip-smacking local cuisines, soft pashmina shawls and the hospitality of the locals is the royalty of Ladakh.
The Kardungla Gompa is one of the famous adventure tourists attraction here all the time. And Khardungla Pass for more adventure Bike riders as it is the Highest Motorable Road in the world located in the Leh district of the Indian union territory of Ladakh.
Weather In May: The temperature ranges from -6 to 3 degrees Celcius.
Major Attractions: Thiksey Monastery, Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Kargil, Khardung La Pass, Markha-Nubra Valley, and Hemis National Park.
Things To Do: Jeep or Bike ride to explore Leh Ladakh, Cycling on the Uneven Terrain, Mountain Trekking, Camel Safari on Two-Humped Camels, Go Camping Along the Serene Lakes, Skiing on the White Snow Mountains, River Rafting, Market Shopping and Taste the Local Cuisine.
Average Budget: ₹11,500-16,500 per person
2. Ooty – Lushy and Mushy Hill Town of Tamil Nadu
The name of Ooty always comes while talking about the best places to visit in India during summer? Ooty is known as Queen of Hill Stations which is a resort town in the Western Ghats mountains, in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state. The weather of Ooty is quite romantic in summer due to which it is one of the best options for couples to visit in the month of May.
Ooty’s weather ranges between 13 to 20 degrees Celcius which is pleasant weather for your trips in May. This hill town is Queen of the Nilgiris where the Western Ghats of Sahyadri range meets the Eastern Ghats of Nilgiris hills in Tamilnadu. So there are chances for tourists to encounter unique species of flora and fauna.
With the scenic environs of Ooty, this place has an old-world charm. The sprawling tea estates are breathtaking with the combination of lovely weather.
From old architecture houses to lush greenery everywhere and appealing mountain views, Ooty has become one of the best destinations for Honeymoons.
Minimum 3 days are needed to explore Ooty which you plan as below.
- Day 1: Pykara Waterfalls, Pykara Lake/Boat House, 9th Mile, 6th Mile, Toda Hamlet / School Mund, Wenlock Downs, Pine Tree Forest, Kamraj Sagar Dam.
- Day 2: Ooty Botanical Gardens, Coonoor Tea Estate, Sim’s Park, amb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose, Doddabetta Peak.
- Day 3: Ooty Lake, Ooty Rose Garden, Wax World Ooty, Stone House.
Weather In May: The temperature ranges from 13 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Things To Do: Toy train ride along the Nilgiri Mountain region to enjoy the stunning beauty of the town, hike Doddabetta Peak to watch the sunrise and the panoramic view of the city, Mountain biking, cycling, hand gliding and adventure camping.
Average Budget: ₹8,000-15,000 per person
3. Gangtok, Sikkim
One of the most famous destinations for tourists from East India is Gangtok. Due to its unique beauty and serenity starting from ancient temples and dzongs to calm lakes, one can say Gangtok is a slice of India’s heaven.
Gangtok is basically the capital of the northern Indian state of Sikkim known for its mountainous range.
After the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840, Gangtok has become a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Gangtok is an amalgamation of Hindu, Tibetan and Nepali culture.
The bustling alleys of the city whisper stories about the teachings of Lord Gautam Buddha’s spirituality and life lessons.
As the Gangtok’s weather quite ranges between 11 to 18 degrees Celcius in May, Gangtok could be the best choice for the best places to visit in India in May with family. During this month weather is so perfect for sightseeing and witness the blooming natural beauty that this city has to offer.
If you have more days to explore Gangtok and Sikkim, you can spend a day at the Himalayan Zoological Park with your family or can go for Cable Car Ride.
Weather In May: The temperature hovers between 11 to 18 degrees Celcius which is perfect to explore Gangtok
Major Attractions: Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Dzong architecture, Enchey Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
Things To Do: Treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges, River Rafting on the Teesta River, Paragliding, Yak Safari, Cycling and Cable Car Ride.
Average Budget: ₹9,000-15,000 per person
4. Shillong – Mesmerizing Landscapes of Meghalaya
India’s blessed place Shillong popularly known as the ‘Scotland of East’ due to the rolling hills around the town gives you a picture of Scotland. Shillong is a hill station situated in the northeastern part of India. This capital of Meghalaya which is known as the ‘The Abode of Clouds’ is a tourists attraction throughout the year for adventure activities and sightseeing.
During summers the maximum temperature rarely crossing 23 degrees Celsius, due to which Shillong feels like an icepack on summer days too. The city is steadily grown and well-developed but has not lost its rustic colonial charm.
Due to cascading waterfalls, botanical gardens, azure crystal clear lakes, breathtaking lust greenery of hills, swaying pine trees, exquisite cascades Shillong is the best choice if you are searching for the best places in India to visit in May.
To see Shillong’s culture more closely you must visit museums here displaying the enriched culture of the Khasis. ‘Khasi’ people are an indigenous ethnic group of Meghalaya. You can also visit the Dwaki River of Meghalaya near the India-Bangladesh Border.
Weather In May: Shillong enjoys a cool climate during summers as the average temperature rises from 13°C to 21°C.
Major Attractions: Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Shillong Peak, Mawlynnong, Umiam/Ward’s Lake, Don Bosco Museum and Mawsynram.
Things To Do In Shillong: Enjoy Amidst Serenity of Elephant falls, explore the Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong, trek to David Scott Trail, go caving at Krem Mawmluh, Famous Lewduh Market, adventure rappelling and zip-lining at Barapani.
Average Budget: ₹8,000-14,000 per person
5. Manali, Himachal
Manali is India’s most famous north side location for every possible adventure and magnificent landscape filled with snow. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state.
Nestled in the mighty Himalayas, Manali has picturesque views of mighty mountains, colorful flowers and a serene lush paradise of sprawling meadows all around.
Also, the abundance of spectacular valleys of Manali is blessed with different flora and fauna such as forests of fir, oak, deodar and pine will catch all your attention.
You can say this place is a full package of nature, food, adventure sports and ancient heritages due to which Manali has become a backpacking center and honeymoon destination.
Because of all these attractions, Manali is the top choice for the best places to visit in India in May for Honeymoon.
Just like most hill stations, Markets of Manali flooded with tourists to buy varieties of trinkets, keychains and plenty of souvenirs. You can spend your day indulging in the adventure activities of Manali such as Zorbing, Skiing in Solang Valley, River Rafting in the Beas River and riverside Camping.
Yak ride is also most famous in Manali and who will not like to play in the snow mountains of Manali?
Weather In May: You will experience soothing weather throughout the year in Manali and in May, the temperature ranges from 7 to 18 degrees Celsius.
Major Attractions: Jogini Waterfalls, Solang Valley, Manu Temple, Hidimba Devi Temple and Great Himalayan National Park.
Things To Do In Manali: Bike Ride through Rohtang Pass, visit Solang Valley to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the town, Snow Sports and Adventure activities of Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Trek or Hampta Pass Trek for trekkers, visit the old Naggar Castle.
Average Budget: ₹6,000-12,000 per person
6. Bir Billing – Paragliding Destination of India
One of the most famous cold destinations known as the ‘Paragliding capital of India’ is Bir Billing. The towns of Bir and Billing located in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh in Northern India. Bir is situated 35 km from Palampur while Billing is situated 14 km from Bir. Billing is the starting point for the paragliding while Bir serves as the landing spot.
Being heaven for paragliders, you will find here a lot of adventure activities such as campsites near Bir forest, trekking, forest exploring and different types of paragliding.
Basically, Bir Billing is surrounded by forest greenery due to which you can actually get a thrilling experience. Because of which Bir Billing has become one of the most incredible places for adventure tourists to visit in North India in May.
The recommended season for paragliding in Bir and Billing is between March to May and then again from October to November. The weather during these months is so pleasant for sightseeing and enjoying this place with your family.
Due to the cold weather between 11 to 24 degrees Celsius Bir Billing has become the most famous Honeymoon Destination of India for couples to visit in the month of May.
You will also get to see the Tibetan colony of Bir and various Buddhist monasteries of Billing. Also, the Deer Park Institute is famous here which is a center for the study of classical Indian wisdom traditions.
The Chokling Monastery of Bir is the most famous monastery with an admirable large stupa and a statue of Padmasambhava. For Buddhist meditation and philosophy, you will see here the Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery.
Weather In May: Ranges between 11°C to 24°C.
Major Attractions: Chokling Monastery, Bir Forest, Sherab Ling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory.
Things To Do: Enjoy paragliding in Bir Billing, Billing and Barot, experience river crossing, rappelling, rock climbing.
Average Budget ₹8,000-15,000 per person.
7. Mahabaleshwar – A Cold Hill Station of Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar is a small and scenic hill station located on the mountains of Sahyadri range, nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats that run North to south along the western coast of India. Read the Complete Story of Mahabaleshwar Here.