In summers, we all seek respite from the scorching heat and what could be better than hiding in the snow-capped mountains? India is replete with beautiful hill stations and we have got you a list of the must-visit hills stations in India to visit in summer 2020. Let’s take a break from the regular Gangtok and kodaiknal holiday. This year, try exploring some offbeat hill stations amidst nature. The list is here for you!
Yuksom in Sikkim
Being an avid traveler, you must have heard of Gangtok and Kurseong attracting tourists in summers. But no other place can be as better as Yuksom to give you that unparalleled view of the Himalayas. Situated in Northwest Sikkim, this small hill station has been the favorite of trekkers and adventure enthusiasts over the last few years. The sad part is not many tourists know about this place yet. It is among the best offbeat hill stations to visit in the North East India. If you are planning a summer vacation in India this year, make sure you check Yuksom in your list.
How to reach: If you want to travel by air, the nearest airport to Yuksom is Pakyong, nearly 124 kilometers away. You can hire a private car to Yuksom. For travelers preferring a train journey to Yuksom, book your tickets to New Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway station – a 150kms drive to Yuksom. You might not find direct transport from NJP and will have to reach Jorethang and then drive towards Yuksom.
Chatpal in Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir can never stop amazing tourists with its heavenly beauty. Tourists are seen flocking to the popular destinations like Leh & Ladakh and Srinagar. Undoubtedly, these are the places worthy of being on your must-visit list but for an exceptional experience of summers, for a peaceful escapade from the hustling city life, Chatpal is the best choice. Not many know about this spectacular tourist spot and that’s what makes it one of the best summer holiday destinations in India. Bask under the sun, relax by the cool waters of the river and allure the verdant meadows around in sheer serenity.
How to reach: Chatpal is located in the Shangus District of Kashmir and the best way to reach is by road via Chitergul and Anantnag. You can fly to Srinagar and book a cab to Chatpal. If you want some adventure in your trip, drive to Chitergul and hike towards Chatpal with your group.
Note: Not all drivers know the route to Chatpal, so it is better to follow Google maps from Anantnag.
Tungi in Maharashtra
Maharashtra is known for its brimming hill stations recommended best for monsoon trips, but there are some places other than Khandala and Lonavala that you can visit during summers. One such destination is Tungi. It is small village of the foothills of the Tungi Fort, located at a short distance of 85 kilometers from the city of Pune. It will be a perfect summer escape as you reach the hill overlooking Pavna Lake and Tikona Fort. Adventure travelers can even trek to Pavna Lake for a rejuvenating experience. Believe it or not but Tungi is one of the best places to visit in summer in Maharashtra.
How to reach: Fly to Pune and book a car to go on a road trip to Tungi.
Kemmangundi in Karnataka
Same as Gangtok, Darjeeling and Shillong in the North East, we go nuts about hill stations like Kodaiknal, Ooty and Coorg in South India. Have you ever thought of any other place except these while planning a summer trip to the South? Probably not and the fault is not yours, there are many like you who don’t know about destinations like Kemmangundi in Karnataka. It is one of the best places to visit I summer in South India. Situated in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, this amazing hill station is situated 273 kilometers away from Bengaluru. You will get to unwind yourself relaxing in the surreal surrounding – lush green vegetation, gushing mountain streams and waterfalls. Do not miss the breathtaking view of sunset from the Raj Bhawan.
How to reach: You can fly to Bengaluru and go on an unforgettable road trip to Kemmangundi. It is 17 kilometers from Lingadahali and 53 kilometers from Chikkamagaluru by road. NH-48 or NH-206 can be the best route from Bengaluru to Kemmangundi. You can also take the route via Attigundi and Mullayyanagiri for a scenic drive experience.
This year, have an unforgettable experience by spending your summer vacations at these splendid destinations in India.