May is considered to be the hottest month in India, however this is also the time most schools and colleges have their holidays which also makes it an ideal time for families to plan a trip. While there are a number of popular tourist destinations in India that people visit each year during the month of May, there are a few places that are perfect for a trip during this month.
If you’re looking for a holiday destination that will give you a break from the heat, here are the top ten places you can visit in May.
10. Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
Sarahan is one of the most beautiful places that is located in the Sutlej Valley. Sarahan is located almost 2165 meters above sea level and is famous for the various pine forests, apple orchards, small streams and slate roofed houses.
Visiting Sarahan in May will give visitors the chance to explore the area completely without having to worry about rain or snow. The weather does not get too hot as well and walking around admiring the architecture in the area is very pleasant. Some of the best places to visit are the Bhaba Valley, the Bhimkali Temple Complex and the Bird Park.
9. Ooty – Kudremukh
Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India which is best known for the Nilgiris. Although the place is hot, the numerous gardens and tea plantations manage to keep the weather in Ooty very pleasant and you can enjoy a holiday here without feeling the heat. The Ooty lake is one of the must see places during your trip here. You can club the holiday to Ooty with a trip to Kudremukh which is a very beautiful small town in Karnataka.
8. Gangtok – Dzongu, Sikkim
Gangtok is famous for being the capital of Sikkim. However not many people know that visiting Gangtok in May is considered the best time to visit the area. Although exploring the area will take a bit of trekking and walking, the experience will be worth it. Some of the best places to see in Gangtok are the Changu Lake, the Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and the Nathula Pass. The city of Gangtok is also extremely beautiful and the infrastructure is also well maintained. Gangtok is known for offering one of the best views of Mount Kanchenjunga.
7. Sandakphu – Darjeeling – Kalimpong, West Bengal
While Darjeeling is a popular tourist destination, while planing a trip you can try and club the holiday with a visit to Sandakphu which is the best place for trekkers. It is situated at a height of 11,929 feet and has some of the most exotic views from the top. Sandakphu is considered to be one of the highest peaks in the world and is situated about 58 kms from Darjeeling which is best known for its tea plantations.
6. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh is known as a place of beauty and natural delights. The Tirthan Valley is no different. The valley is located just 3 kms away from the entrance to the Great Himalayan National Park. Visiting the valley in May will give visitors a chance to see wildlife and the greenery in all its glory. There are a number of adventurous activities that can also be undertaken in the area. May is particularly famous for trout fishing.
5. Dras – Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Dras is often referred to the gateway between India and Pakistan. This town is situated at a height of 10,990 feet and is a cool town. It has some amazing landscapes, valleys and views that you will enjoy. People who like to visit calm and serene places will enjoy Dras since it is not very crowded and it is an ideal place to relax.
4. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is situated at a height of 10000 feet above ground level and this ensures that the town is cool even during the month of May. It is one of the best places to plan a visit during the heat since it is cool and has some amazing places that you can visit. It is best known for the amazing waterfalls that surround it. There are also some valleys and rivers that you can explore in Tawang. Make sure to plan a trip to the Tawang Monastery, Sela Pass, Shonga-tser Lake, Nuranang waterfalls and Bumla Pass when in this town.
3. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is one of the best places to go to if you want to escape the heat of May. There is never a time when Manali fails to capture your imagination. The place is filled with snow capped mountains and chilled weather. If you are looking to get the best out of the area, you must visit the Solang Valley, the Hadimba Temple, the various monasteries, the Vashisth, the Club House and the Rohtang Pass. The cool breeze and the thick surrounding forest make the Manali perfect to explore on foot.
2. Shillong – Cherrapunjee – Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
May vacations are long and planning a holiday to just one place seems like a boring idea. This is why a trip to Shillong is something you should consider. Apart from having the perfect temperatures during May, there’s a lot that Shillong has to offer. You can also explore Cherrapunjee and Mawlynnong while you’re in Shillong and this will enable you to see a lot more from your trip and ensure that you don’t get bored from a particular location.
1. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh
Horsley Hills is considered one of the most scenic places in Andhra Pradesh. The hills in the area give a good break from the heat and hence visiting this place during May is not too much of a problem. Horsley Hills are known to be a paradise for all nature lovers with various Sandalwood, Mahogany, Gulmohar, Jacaranda and Eucalyptus trees lining up the roads.