Best Places To Visit In July In India For Your Next Dream Vacation


July is that time of the year when most parts of India are drenched in the monsoon showers. While it means congestion, traffic, floods and puddles for some, especially those stuck in man-made cities, for those places wrapped in nature’s glory, the rains nourish the green cover making for an aesthetic sight. That makes July the best time to travel and visit mountains, tropical islands and beaches and be in sync with nature! India, fortunately, has such mystifying diversity in its geographical realm and offers all kinds of opportunities to those bitten by wanderlust.

Here are 12 best places to visit in July in India:

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Photo of Landour, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India by Tripoto

Tucked away in the hills, a pretty little town in Uttarakhand, Landour is often referred to as the ‘tiara’ for the ‘Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie and is one of the best places to visit in India in July! Colonial country homes grace the area with stunning sights, further heightened by the presence of cafes in the streetscape. With the mesmerisingly blue Garhwal Himalayas in the backdrop offering striking views of the Kedarnath, Yamunotri and even Nanda Devi, Landour is quaint, connected by elevating, winding roads, wrapped up in coniferous green, pines and deodar trees. It is best accessed by a trek through the streets lingering along the hills surrounded by a tiny bazaar with antique shops and the like, altogether adding a touch of poetry to the place. Why even writer Ruskin Bond’s home lies en route! Some people call this the best place to visit in July in India, and we don't argue either. Click here to connect with your personal guide and get down to booking your trip to Landour right away!

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Ideal for: Travellers looking for a peaceful alternate to the bustling hill station of Mussoorie

Things to do in Landour: Offer your prayers at Church of St. Paul; savour street food at Chaar Dukan and trek up Laal Tibba for a scintillating view.

Getting there: Nearest airport is in Dehradun, located at a distance of 65km from Landour.

Tip: Booking your accommodation well in advance since Landour has extremely limited tourism and hotels often run full.

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Photo of Pelling, Sikkim, India by Tripoto

Located in the mountainous state of Sikkim, Pelling is a little known hill station that offers a striking view of the beautiful Kanchenjunga peak of the Himalayas. Pelling is the base for trekkers and those who enjoy adrenaline-pumping adventures. Mostly wrapped in snow, Pelling shows its beautiful colours in summer, the area clothed in alpine forests with rare fauna and lined with waterfalls amidst hilly tracks watered by melting snow and occasional rain. A Buddhist culture with its several monasteries dominates the hill station, which is well connected by roads connecting Gangtok. The town with mesmerising lakes has the ruins of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim.

Ideal for: Travellers looking to explore the untouched, pristine wilderness

Things to do in Pelling: Visit the important Buddhist shrine at Pemayangtse Monastery; have a bowl of steaming hot noodles by Kanchenjunga Falls and explore the ruins of Rabdentse.

Getting there: The nearest airport to Pelling is in Bagdogra, Siliguri (145km).

Tip: Always keep a basic first aid kit in handy when you're setting out to explore the hills. For more tips on travelling to Sikkim, contact your personal travel guide by clicking here.

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Photo of Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Criss-crossed by gushing mountain rivers forming rocked-filled valleys amidst the mountains, Kinnaur, the picturesque place in Himachal Pradesh, is famous for the ‘Kinner Kailash’’ sacred to the Hindus along the Tibetan border. Covered in snow for most parts of the year, Kinnaur is a stunning sight in summer, with blue skies, white mountain tops along with a cold desert, and slopes covered in green coniferous trees accompanied by orchards and vineyards, and are a photographer’s delight! Comprising several postcard pretty hamlets, Kinnaur is located on the Hindustan Tibet Road, NH-22. Kinnaur has the most beautiful trekking routes along wildlife sanctuaries with interesting flora and fauna. No wonder it is one of the best places to visit in India in July!

Ideal for: Travellers looking to explore culture and traditions of Himachal Pradesh by travelling through its villages

Things to do in Kinnaur: Take a tour of an apple plantation; shop for traditional souvenirs in Reckong Peo and learn about life in a Himachali village at Nako. Looking for more places to visit in Kinnaur? Click here to connect with your Kinnaur travel guide and plan your vacation seamlessly.

Getting there: Nearest airport to Kinnaur is in Shimla, at a distance of 280km.

Tip: The route connecting Shimla to Kinnaur is a long and treacherous one so be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road and a keep a day reserved to recover from the bumpy ride.

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Photo of Shillong, Meghalaya, India by Tripoto

The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong, known as the ‘abode of clouds’ and the ‘Scotland of the east’, is one of the best places to visit in July in India. Enthralled by winding roads with curvaceous bends, Shillong is picturesque with the prettiest of houses and beautiful churches that grace the city. Shillong has a bustling marketplace in the heart of the city and a well-maintained golf field in the periphery and waterfalls along the hill slopes, of which the Elephanta Waterfalls are the most enchanting; all of these is a mesmerising panoramic view from the highest point, the ‘Shillong peak’ in the outskirts. With a dash of Western culture reflected in music and attires, Shillong has a mix of the modern and traditional in its setup.

Ideal for: Travellers setting out to explore the North-East for the first time

Things to do in Shillong: Trek through the expansive Laitlum Canyons; learn about tribes of North-East India at Don Bosco Museum and watch the sun go down at Umiam Lake.

Getting there: Nearest airport to Shillong is in Guwahati, located at a distance of 120km.

Tip: Weather in Shillong can get unpredictable and it is advisable to pack warm clothes regardless of the time of the year you visit Shillong. For more travel tips on visiting Shillong, click here and get in touch with your personal travel guide!

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Photo of Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand, India by Tripoto

Clad in the mountains like a lost paradise, the Valley of Flowers National Park located in Uttarakhand, is a sight to behold with varied flora amidst the wild! It has the most beautiful trekking routes with wildflowers and orchids, and a rare and endangered wildlife such as the snow leopard, Asiatic deer, blue sheep, and musk deer among others. Untouched by the chaos of civilisation, the Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO world heritage site supporting a rich biodiversity with the towering Himalayas in the backdrop. In summer, the clouds hanging over the valley add a heavenly feel to the place accessible by trekking routes only and is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in India in July!

Ideal for: Valley of Flowers is easily one of the best destinations in the country for flora enthusiasts

Things to do in and around Valley of Flowers: Spot Himalayan snow leopards at Nanda Devi National Park; visit the world heritage site, Valley of Flowers and offer your prayers at Hemkund Sahib. Learn about more things to do in Valley of Flowers by clicking here and connecting with your personal travel guide.

Getting there: Nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, 295 kilometres from Valley of Flowers.

Tip: Carry enough guidebooks and applications on smartphones to help you identify flora species from one another.

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Photo of Leh by Tripoto

Situated in the Himalayas, Ladakh with long stretches of cold desert devoid of vegetation, is the best destination for adventure and one of the perfect places to visit in India in July! A Buddhist culture lingers in this extreme place, so beautiful with snow-capped mountains and the frozen Indus and Zanskar rivers, with monasteries and fluttering colourful prayer flags being a familiar sight. Devoid of rainfall, a motorcycle ride is a must across the fascinating Nubra Valley. The whole place has such a wonderful aesthetic tinge with the stunning Pangong Lake being a major attraction among others and is a must visit in summer.

Ideal for: Travellers looking for the ultimate road trip experience

Things to do in Leh: Take a trip down memory lane at Leh Old Town; go star gazing at Lamayuru Monastery and meditate besides the famous Shanti Stupa.

Getting there: Leh has its own airport, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport which results in easy connectivity from other parts of the country.

Tip: Owing to Leh's challenging terrain and ecosystem, you might have to take help from locals at every step. Treat localities with respect and they'll only reciprocate with love! Something holding you back to book your trip to Leh? Click here to connect with our Leh travel guide and get answers to all your queries!

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Photo of Dooars Tour, Alipur Duar, West Bengal, India by Tripoto

The Dooars are the foothills and the floodplains of the Eastern Himalayas in North-Eastern India, bordered by Bhutan. Nestled amidst the mountains in the lap of nature, Dooars is a nature lover’s paradise with green picturesque tea gardens in a mountainous backdrop, hills wrapped in deep green forests harbouring varied endangered and rare species of flora and fauna like the One-Horned Rhinoceros, elephants, Bison, Leopard etc and orchids, and gushing mountain rivers making up postcard pretty locations. The region has an amalgamation of cultures. It has good trekking trails through the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that grace the region. Spread across the states of West Bengal and Assam, Dooars, as is natively known, is a “gateway” to the North East India. Owing to its relatively unknown status, we feel this is the best place to visit in July in India. Click here to contact your Dooars travel guide and book a dreamy vacation right away!

Ideal for: Travellers looking for a peaceful getaway in the lap of nature

Things to do: Explore the wildlife of the region at Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary; take a walk through the tea gardens in Kumai and get a whiff of the village life in Dalgon.

Getting there: Located at a distance of 85km, Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal is the closest airport to The Dooars region.

Tip: Be a responsible citizen and refrain from leaving behind litter when trekking through the lush green forests.

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Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Tripoto

Coorg, on the southernmost edge of Karnataka, is wrapped in acres of tea plantation on hill slopes graced with waterfalls, the remains of an ancient fort and varied wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the vicinity. It is the perfect getaway in the monsoons when the colours of nature are the most prominent! Home to the interesting ‘Kodava tribes’, Coorg is known for its aesthetic patches of coffee as well as spice plantations and is a big hit with nature lovers.

Ideal for: Couples and families looking to spend some quality time in a serene environment

Things to do in Coorg: Feed gigantic elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp; go bird watching in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary; take a coffee plantation tour and spend an evening with your loved on by Abbey falls. For more things to do in Coorg, click here and get expert guidance from our Coorg travel guide.

Getting there: Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Coorg, located at a distance of 145km.

Tip: Avoid travelling in remote areas during night time as the roads are narrow and look similar and you might get lost.

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Photo of Goa, India by Tripoto

As is the travellers' secret, the best time to visit Goa is in the monsoons, when the beautiful beaches are crowd free. The many wildlife sanctuaries in Goa are favoured during the summer with splashing rain colouring the greens and highlighting the flora. The Amboli Ghats offer the best trekking trails. The enchanting Dudhasagar Falls, a cruise along the Mandovi River or a tour across the spice plantations, as well as a ride in the Konkan Railways are a few fascinating activities that travellers to Goa ought to indulge in!

Ideal for: Goa is an ideal destination for travellers who're seeking a memorable vacation with their squad

Things to do in Goa: Indulge in water sports at Goa's beaches; try your luck at one of Goa's famous casinos and experience the state's infectious night life. Want to know more about must visit places in Goa? Click here to connect with your Goa travel guide right now.

Getting there: Goa has its own airport, the Dabolim Airport which well connected to other parts of the country.

Tip: Goa is full of scammers who will try to make a quick buck out of tourists. Read up well and be informed about heading out anywhere and dismiss anyone who approaches you with a simple no.

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Photo of Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India by Tripoto

Located across five hills, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh, which receives mild rainfall, is the perfect summer vacation spot and thus one of the best places to visit in India in July. Known for its adventure sports, Dalhousie is a hill station with stunning views of the Himalayas and is wrapped in lush green coniferous vegetation. Dotted by Colonial-era buildings, houses and churches alike, Dalhousie is a tranquil place with interesting strolling trails and pretty street scenes.

Ideal for: Family travellers looking to escape the summer with a quaint vacation

Things to do in Dalhousie: Laze about in the endless meadows of India's mini Switzerland in Khajjar; offer your prayers at the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple and test your bargaining skills at Tibetan Market in Dalhousie.

Getting there: Pathankot is the nearest airport Dalhousie, located at a distance of 75km.

Tip: Being a typical mountain town, everything shuts down in Dalhousie quite early so make sure you buy your essentials by the evening itself. For more such tips, click here and contact your Dalhousie travel guide to ensure a smooth travel experience.

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Photo of Lakshadweep, India by Tripoto

Lakshadweep, literally means ‘hundred thousand islands’ and is located in the Arabian Sea, 400 kilometres off the coast. Of the 36 islands, only three are open to tourists – Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram, each of which has varied water sports. Scuba diving and snorkelling in the blue sea waters are the most fascinating activities to indulge in here. Located away from the mainland, Lakshadweep has turquoise corals and a beautiful coastline with coconut and palm trees and is a delight for travellers seeking refugee from the crowded beaches and is nonetheless one of the best places to visit in India in July.

Ideal for: Beach lovers looking for seclusion from the maddening crowds at popular destinations

Things to do in Lakshadweep: Go scuba diving in Agatti; learn about the rich marine life in Lakshadweep at Marine museum in Kavaratti and click a picture atop the famous lighthouse in Minicoy Island. For more places to visit in Lakshadweep, click here and connect with your Lakshadweep travel guide.

Getting there: Lakshadweep has its own airport, Agatti Aerodrome which connects it to other parts of India.

Tip: Travellers with medical history should always consult their doctors before indulging in any water sports.

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Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Tripoto

Darjeeling is a postcard pretty hill station, one of the largest in North Bengal, dotted with houses with coloured rooftops in valleys with floating clouds amidst the lush greenery, and whistling toy trains, a UNESCO world heritage site! Clear July days offer a striking view of the Himalayas, especially the magnificent Kanchenjunga peak. The hill station has a colonial charm with churches and bungalows along with a Buddhist flavour in the form of monasteries. Tiger Hill in Darjeeling has the best sunrise and sunset views amidst the mountains. Facing trouble planning your trip to Darjeeling? Click here to connect with our Darjeeling travel guide and get expert guidance.

Ideal for: Travellers who are doing exploring touristy hill stations and are looking for an out of the box experience

Things to do in Darjeeling: Add a touch of spirituality to your trip with a visit to Zang Dhok Palri Phodang in Kalimpong; witness the unique Peace Pagoda for a tranquil experience and take a ride in Darjeeling's toy train.

Getting there: Bagdogra airport is the nearest one to Darjeeling, located about 100km from the city centre.

Tip: Be prepared for a lot of walking as not all tourist spots can be reached by a vehicle. Make sure you have pack in adequate footwear.

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