Mesmerizing Places To Visit In May In India


Early summers, especially May is the ideal time to travel in India to hill stations which give us a pleasant feel, shedding the cold of winter and welcoming the warmth of summer. Be it the need to rejuvenate and embark on beginnings, or mere lust for new places and traveling, here are 13 mesmerizing places to visit in India in May, to fulfill the wandering tendencies in all of us!

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This picturesque town in Arunachal Pradesh is located at an elevation of 2,669 meters and is cradled in the Himalayas. Covered in glistening snow for most parts of the year, Tawang has an exotic elegance, with its pristine wildness, criss-crossed by gushing streams, surrounded by deep valleys and glassy lakes in a mountainous backdrop, making it one of the perfect places to visit in May in India. The streets are dotted with monasteries, as most of the people residing here are Buddhists. The whisper of the Tashi Delek can be heard all along the valleys as one treks along the region, seeking pleasure in adventure!

How to get there: Tezpur in Assam is the nearest major transit point to Tawang and is well-connected by rail, air and road. From Tezpur, government and private buses ply at regular intervals, SUV s could be hired as well.

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Panchmarhi is a lone hill station in Madhya Pradesh, and is considered to be one of the best places to visit in May in India. Located in the Satpura hill range at a much lower altitude, Pachmarhi is a green blanket of lofty peaks and forest gorges. Earmarked by pre-historic caves with interesting rock carvings, and mesmerizing gushing waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a place of scenic beauty with an exotic wilderness which make up for sought after hiking and trekking routes. Several wildlife sanctuaries like the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Bison Lodge are a perfect getaway option for wildlife enthusiasts.

How to get there: Pachmarhi is well-connected by road as well as railways, Pipariya being the nearest railway station. The nearest airports are Bhopal and Jabalpur.

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Located in Himachal Pradesh with an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Himalayan ranges, Dharamsala is adorned with holiness. ‘Mini Tibet’ at its wake, Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile in India. Colorful Tibetan prayer flags are a defining element of this hospitable town. The town is a stop-over to the more aesthetically appealing counterpart, Mc Leodganj, uphill. With a bustling bazaar, a museum and monasteries, Dharamsala is the ideal destination for solo travelers and backpackers and one of the perfect places to visit in India in May. Dharamsala is a place to unwind and relax. A major center for yoga, spiritual retreat and meditation, and is a big hit with foreign travelers.

How to get there: Buses at regular intervals ply from Delhi, Shimla and Dehradun.

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Adorned in Colonial charm, Ooty is a delightful hill town cradled in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The charm of the hill station lies in its laid-back luxurious grace, a surreal destination to rejuvenate in a picturesque setting and the perfect place to visit in May in India. With enthralling sights of the Doddabetta peak and the Tiger hill, Ooty is mesmerizingly graced by waterfalls and lakes. Pretty cottage dot the back alleys, and tea plantations on hill slopes add to its scenic beauty, along with terraced botanical gardens and flower cultivation.

How to get there: Well-connected by roads. Coimbatore is the nearest airport and Mettupalyam is the nearest railway station.

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One of the perfect places to visit in May in India, Gulmarg is adorned with meadows of flowers in full bloom in the summers. Located in Jammu and Kashmir, this hill station is at a height of 2730 meters above mean sea level surrounded by the mighty Himalayas on all sides. The place has a rich cultural heritage, and has been a popular summer destination since as early as the Mughal era and some Colonial interference during the British Raj. Draped in virgin coniferous forests with rich fauna, glorious lakes and the greenest of pastures with also the world’s second highest golf course, Gulmarg has the most challenging yet the best trekking routes still very much undiscovered.

How to get there: The best way to reach Gulmarg is by road. The nearest airport is Srinagar and the nearest railway station is Jammu.

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The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the ideal places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is wrapped around a lush green forests of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a rich reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a refreshing rescue from the scorching summer sun of the dry north-west India and also is quite popular with foreign travelers. Harboring over 80 intricately carved ancient temples, along with the admirable Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an aesthetic charm to the place.

How to get there: Abu Road is the nearest railway station. It is well-connected by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.

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Located in the Kumaon hill ranges in Uttarakhand, Almora is a quiet, sleepy town nestled in the Himalayas. This hill town has a spiritual aura with a touch of mythology depicted in several old temples in every nook and corner, lined up with traditional markets keeping alive Almora’s rich cultural heritage. Surrounded by dense coniferous forests of pine and fir, Almora offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The town has a colorful essence with dolled up houses on the slopes, colorful attires and handicrafts. Almora with a laid-back attitude is the perfect destination to rejuvenate and thus one of the best places to visit in India in May.

How to get there: Well-connected by roadways, buses and cars, as well as railways (Kathgodam - nearest railway station) from New Delhi and Dehradun.

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Located in the Meghalaya plateau, Sohra, previously known as ‘Cherrapunjee’, is world famous for being the second wettest place on earth. Wrapped in a lush green cover, the town overlooks the flat Bangladesh plains in the distance. Monsoons add color to Sohra by filling up the waterfalls thereby adding a dramatic element to the scenery, making it one of the best places to visit in May in India. The Nohkalikai Falls is hauntingly beautiful, and the world famous Dainthen Falls remains gloriously nonchalant all throughout, along with the Kynrem Falls, which the highest in Meghalaya. The major attraction of Sohra are the natural caves while the ‘root bridges’ across the gushing mountain streams along the deep gorges, makes up for a fascinating sight!

How to get there: Well-connected by roadways from Shillong. The nearest airport and railway station is in Guwahati, Assam.

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Located in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a gorgeous hill station, with hanging clouds and covered in mist, wrapped in a lush green wild. With a rich princely legacy reflected in colonial era architecture that earmarks the town, Mahabaleshwar has a charming appeal. The town’s scenic beauty is enthralling, being the base of five rivers, nestled in magnificent Western Ghats. With spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset, trekking trails, horse riding paths and boating in the rivers, Mahabaleshwar offers a meditative ambience, the perfect weekend getaway and thereby one of the best places to visit in India in May.

How to get there: Well-connected by road from Pune, which also has the nearest airport. The nearest railway station is Wathar.

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Located in Uttarakhand, Auli is a beautiful place to visit in India in May and is quite popular with the nature lovers. Wrapped up in snow almost all throughout the year, Auli is world famous for having one of the best ski resorts. A big hit with adventurers, Auli offers many adrenaline pumping activities like ice sports, rock climbing, and waterfall rappelling, etc in a scenic set-up. With a breathtaking view of the Naga Parbat, Nanda Devi among others, Auli is equally a photographer’s delight. In summers, the lowlands turn green as the forests of oak and deodar are in bloom, whilst trekking trails surpass the area and also make up for an ideal place for camping.

How to get there: Well-connected by roads. Nearest airport is in Dehradun.

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Cradled in Kullu valley and earmarked by an invigorating mountainous essence, Manali is one of the ideal getaways for backpackers as well as tourists who flock there in summers, thereby making it one of the best and most popular of all the places to visit in May in India. Manali’s scenic beauty has a special charm to itself, especially when it is engulfed in snow! With striking mountain peaks towering in the backdrop, the streetscape of Manali is dotted with monasteries; whilst the Naggar Castle, the Arjun Cave and the breathtaking sight of the Solang Valley are the major attractions. Manali along with offering the best trekking routes also has adventure sports like mountaineering, rafting, skiing, hiking, para gliding, among others.

How to get there: There are direct buses at regular intervals from Delhi and Shimla. The nearest airport is in Kullu.

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Ravangla is a perfect post-card hill town in Sikkim, located en route to Pelling from Gangtok. The place has a rustic essence in the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, offering a striking view of the snow-laden peaks. Mesmerizing tea gardens on hill slopes grace this little town draped in lush green forests with exotic flora and fauna. Ravangla has many interesting trekking trails and is actually the starting point for the trek to the Maenam La Wildlife Sanctuary. The local market here is loaded with fresh organic stuff straight from the farms and little shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs. Pang Lhabsol is a tribal festival celebrated every year in Ravangla.

How to get there: Well-connected by roadways from Gangtok, Pelling and Darjeeling. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and the nearest airport – Bagdogra.

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The ‘Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie is one of prettiest hill stations in Uttarakhand. With the striking Gharwal Himalayas in the backdrop, Mussoorie is mesmerizing with winding, curvaceous mountain roads, green rolling valleys and graceful colonial era architecture with a vintage appeal. Surrounded by coniferous forests of oak trees and deodar, Mussoorie has a quite a few picturesque trekking trails. Lal Tibba, the lively Kempty Falls and the interesting Happy Valley with a touch of Tibetan culture are a few attractive options that appeal to tourists, which altogether make Mussoorie is one of the best places to visit in India in May.

How to get there: Well-connected by roads from Dehradun and New Delhi. Nearest airport and railway station is in Dehradun.

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