Top Best 18 Places to Visit in India in May
Top Best 18 Places to Visit in India in May
With summer at its peak and monsoon yet to arrive planning where to visit in India in May is not an easy ask. Northern plains as well as most of southern coastal areas and cities and almost all of Western India including Rajasthan and Gujarat is better avoided. Here are 13 mesmerizing places to visit in India in May, to fulfill the wandering tendencies in all of us!
1) Kashmir: Of Lakes, Gardens and Spectacular Mountains
When it comes to summer holiday destinations in India, Kashmir up north is definitely one of the best bests to enjoy cooler climes, scintillating landscape and natural setting and a lot of activities for families, kids and youths. What makes Kashmir one of the top choices for places to visit in India in May is that it abounds with a number of natural attractions which includes lakes and gardens; seceral important religious places that include pilgrimages, temples and mosques and a lot of adventure activities like gondola rides, hiking & trekking, river rafting, angling and more. With so many choices available it’s no wonder Kashmir rules the roost as one of the top honeymoon destination as well as best places for family holidays in India in May. Places to visit in Kashmir includes Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam which are generally included in most of the weeklong Kashmir tour itineraries.
2) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
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 streetscape is dotted with monasteries, as a Buddhist culture lingers. The whisper of the Tashi Delek could be heard all along the valleys as one treks along the region, seeking pleasure in adventure!
3) Sikkim: The Lesser Travelled Himalayas
One of the best kept secrets of North East India but fast catching up with its due share of tourism, Sikkim is yet another of the top places to visit in India in May for seeking respite from the scorching summer. Set in Himalayas and bequeathed with unsurpassable natural beauty, Sikkim with its tea gardens, Buddhist monasteries, picturesque valleys and snow laden Himalayan peaks is one of the finest summer holiday destinations in India. Rafting in Teesta River, visit to Tsomgo Lake and a ride to the historic trade route that was once connected via Nathu La are some of the top activities in Sikkim not to mention visit to Rumtek Monastery to partake in the ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Sikkim is one of our recommended destinations if you are looking for a family holiday of ideal place for honeymoon in India in May.
4) Ravangla, Sikkim
Ravangla is a post-card pretty 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.
5) Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
The lone hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is one of the best places to visit in May in India. Located in the Satpura hill range, at a much lower altitude, Pachmarhi is wrapped in green with lofty peaks and forest gorges. Earmarked by per-historic caves with interesting rock paintings, 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 project the rich wildlife in the region.
6) Kerala: God’s Own Country
Running along 560 kilometers along the Western Coasts, this sliver of state is one of the top all weather tourist destinations in India. With its vast stretches of palm-fringed backwaters, hundreds of sun kissed beaches and fair share of Nilgiri Hills, Kerala is a state endowed with immense natural beauty. A stay in one of the many tree houses, sights of thundering waterfalls, cruising on ketuvallams across numerous canals and lagoons fringed with coconut trees and lush fields and cultural interactions packs the punch when it comes to tourism in Kerala. It is a world away from the frenzy of typical India that you’ll notice elsewhere. Munnar is a one of the must visit destinations if you are planning your vacation in Kerala in May. Houseboat rides from Alleppey or a retreat in Wayanad amidst lush forest should also feature high on your wish list if you happen to be in Kerala during the month of May.
7) Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Located in Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayan backdrop, Dharamsala is a mountainous town adorned in mesmerizing holiness. A ‘mini Tibet’ at its wake, Dharamsala is a 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, Mcleodganj, uphill. With a bustling bazaar, a museum and monasteries dotting the streets cape, Dharamsala is the ideal destination for solo travelers and backpackers and one of the perfect places to visit in India in May. Dharamshala is a place to unwind and relax, being a major center for yoga, spiritual retreat and meditation, and is a big hit with foreign travelers.
8) Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty is to South India is what Shimla is to North. One of the most popular, scenic and all weather tourist destination nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty’s appeal lies in its tea and spice plantations, lakes & gardens, verdant country side and distinct colonial charm. Botanical gardens, vantage points, horse rides and visit to tea and coffee plantations are some of the most popular activities here. One of the most romantic appeals of Ooty is a train ride up here offering stunning view of the romantic surroundings.
9) Coonoor: Quieter Hills of South
Quieter than its more popular counterpart Ooty and the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor with tea gardens, verdant surrounding and fine heritage hotels is one of the best places to head to if you are looking for a cozy, serene places to go for honeymoon in India in May. Sim’s Park and Botanical Garden are the major tourist attractions of Coonoor. Several vantage points to watch the sun go down, Catherine falls and Guernsay Tea factory are things to look forward to if you are visiting this picturesque hill station in South India. However a word of wisdom. Avoid central Coonoor if you are looking for some quitter moments and choose guest houses or hotels located 1-2 kilometers away from the town center to truly enjoy the bucolic side of this hill town.
10) Mount Abu, Rajasthan
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 in the 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 in the hill town adds an aesthetic charm to the place.
11) Almora, Uttarakhand
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.
12) Ranikhet: The Bucolic Delight
A good old cantonment town established during British Raj in 1869, Ranikhet with home to the Kumaon Regiment is still reminiscent of the good old military atmosphere. Several old churches, mall road, and heritage hotels from the Raj era still evokes the colonial charm of this sleepy little hill town. With its proximity to Delhi, Ranikhet is one of the popular places for summer holidays in North India. With its hilly location and lovely views of the distant Himalayan peaks and peaceful ambience, Ranikhet is one of your best bets if you are looking for a retreat or a romantic getaways in India (especially North) in May.
13) Cherrapunji / Sohra, Meghalaya
Located in the Meghalaya plateau, Sohra, previously known as ‘Cherrapunjee’, is world famous for being one of the wettest places 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!
14) Manali: Tales of Adventure and Offbeat Paths
With snow cover gone and lush scenery opening up and tourist season yet to arrive, April is one of the best time to visit this otherwise popular and mostly crowded tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh. You name the activity and you are more likely than not to find it in Manali and its surrounding. With Beas flowing down the town and Himlayan peaks surrounding it all across, Manali serves as the hub of adventure sports activities such as river rafting, paragliding, trekking, mountaineering, skiing, hiking, para gliding, and much more. From people looking forward to adventure sports to the Indian families and honeymooners who come looking for rejuvenating mountain air and brush up with snow with a day trip to Rohtang Pass. Manali’s scenic beauty has earned it the title of India’s own Switzerland, especially when it is engulfed in snow. Manali is definitely one of the top hollday destination in India in May.
15) Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
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.
16) Shimla: Mall, Ridge and Magnificence
Nestled along the ridge with steep forested hillsides on all sides, Shimla with its churches & cathedrals, colonial era cottages and bungalows and natural charm is one of the most popular hill stations in India thronged equally in summer as well as winter from vacationers from around the country. Formerly the summer capital of India and currently serving as the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is definitely one of the best places to visit in India in May. Things to do in Shimla could include doing nothing or it could be a leisurely walk along the long winding Mall, the main street where thankfully entry of vehicles are banned. Along the ridge lies the Christ Churh, one of the most visible landmarks of Shimla. Further along the road leads to the Jakhu Temple yet another popular tourist spot and the highest point in Shimla. Besides sightseeing; shopping in one of the various famous bazaars is one of the top things to do in Shimla.
17) Auli, Uttarakhand
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.
18) Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
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 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.