There’s no better way to escape the summer heat this July than to plan a trip to the cool hill stations in the Himalayas. You can plan an adventurous getaway this summer to these fascinating hill stations on a budget.
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Escape the summer heat and embark on a fun getaway to these scenic hill stations this July:
1. Trekking & Camping in Ladakh
If you are looking for a peaceful getaway in the lap of majestic surroundings, plan a summer trip to Ladakh. Much loved by adventure seekers and trekkers Ladakh is known for its monasteries, mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Soak in the beauty of the pristine Pangong Tso lake. Camp right next to the lake to wake up to unforgettable sunrise views amidst the tranquil surroundings. Even if you are camping at different altitudes, you can keep your travel bags and other belongings at any Ladakh hotels.
Book Ladakh hotels that offer budget-friendly accommodations for your next trip.
Temperature: The average temperature ranges between 20°C-30°C.
Must-Visit Places: Nubra Valley, Gompa, Khardung La, Thikse Monastery, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa, and Chang La.
Fun Activities: Plan a trek to Chadar. If you can ride a motorbike, go to Magnetic Hill and Khardung La. You can also enjoy adventurous activities like river rafting in the Indus river. Other activities include mountain climbing at Stok Kangri and jeep safari in Ladakh.
• The nearest airport is Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport.
• The nearest railway station which is 700 kilometers from Ladakh is Jammu Tawi.
• You can also travel by the Manali-Leh road which opens by mid of June.
Pro-Travel Tips: Check your oxygen levels before trekking towards Ladakh. Spend a day or two for acclimatization to avoid mountain sickness or shortness of breath.
2. Summer adventure sports at Kufri
Visit this fascinating hill station, Kufri which is located 18 km from Shimla. While Kufri transforms into a snowy paradise during the winters, it makes for a scenic getaway during the summers. Book hotels in Kufri with scenic mountain view rooms.
If you are planning a trip to Kufri this summer, book hotels in Kufri in April/ May to avail attractive offers.
Fun Activities: Explore Wildlife and Elated Yak Ride
Peak Season: November to April
Top tourist attractions: Wildlife safari at Himalayan Nature Park. Visit the Kufri Fun World.
How to reach Kufri: Located just 20 kilometers away, Jubbarhatti is the closest airport to Kufri. Broad Gauge railway station is the nearest railway located at 100 kilometers.
3. Fjords and pristine lakes in Nainital
Spend quality time with your family in this picturesque hill station of Nainital this May/June. To avoid peak season tariffs, check out for attractive offers at budget hotels in Nainital. Go for walks hand-in-hand around the mountain trails dotted with tall oak trees. Capture sweet memories that will last a lifetime while cruising across the Bhimtal lake on your private boat. The rhododendron forests and calming lakes add to the beauty and charm of this hill town, making it a preferred destination for families during the summer months.
Book a stay by the lakeside at the best budget hotels in Nainital.
The average temperature in Nainital and Bhimtal in May ranges between 10 C to 28 C. Plan a scenic boat ride in the Naini lake while enjoying majestic sunset views during your stay in Nainital.
Top Attractions: Paragliding and trekking, Nainital Lake, Bhimtal Lake, and Tiffin Top
How to reach Nainital: You can travel by road from Delhi to reach Nainital by cab or state-run buses.
4. Clouds, Tea-estates, & Toy-train rides in Darjeeling
Bask in the warmth of sunny days, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and enjoy a stroll holding the hands of your beloved on the scenic mountain trails in Darjeeling. Book in advance to avail attractive discounts at 3-star hotels in Darjeeling for a memorable honeymoon trip.
Enjoy the cool weather and wake up to the majestic views of Kanchenjunga peaks from 3-star hotels in Darjeeling.
Take a ropeway ride to enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-laden peaks. Book a toy train ride to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains.
The average temperature in Darjeeling in June ranges from 15 C to 25 C.
Top Attractions: Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Ropeway, Toy Train ride, Rhododendron, and Magnolia jungles
How to reach Darjeeling: Take a flight to Bagdogra airport and a cab ride to reach Darjeeling.
5. Lush Greenery & Picturesque Valleys in Auli
If you are looking for a picturesque hill station with unforgettable natural scenery, add Auli to your travel bucket list for this summer. Book the best hotels in Auli at discounted rates for an affordable summer retreat.
This quaint little hill town is hidden from the crowded tourist places in Himachal. Refresh your senses amidst the tranquil surroundings in Auli. While Auli is a much-preferred destination during the winters, it is a great place to explore during the off-peak summer months. The best hotels in Auli offer attractive discounts to travelers during the off-peak season.
Fun activities: Skiing, Bird Watching, Nature Walks, and Hiking
Peak Season: November- February
How to reach Auli: The nearest airport is Shimla, located at a distance of about 188 km. Shimla railway station is the nearest railway station to travel to Auli.
6. Rohtang Pass Trak at Manali
Manali is one of the best summer destinations in India to travel during June/ July. Book budget hotels in Manali in advance to avail of attractive discounts during your stay. This budget-friendly hill station is a haven for families alike during the summer months.
Looking for some engaging and fun sports to enjoy with your family? Go for paragliding and mountain biking across the scenic mountain trails. Spend the day relaxing in the serenity of the lush green Dhauladhar mountain range.
The average temperature in Manali in May ranges from 10 C to 25 C. To avoid overcrowded resorts, book budget hotels in Manali for a comfortable and memorable stay.
Top Attractions: Solang Valley, Kullu, Trekking, Overnight camping
How to reach Manali: You can drive to Manali from Delhi or Shimla. Alternatively, you can book a private bus ride to Manali.
7. Wildflowers, Tulip Gardens, & Breathtaking Scenery in Sonamarg
Bask in the stunning views of vibrant wildflowers and scenic trekking routes through an exuberant green meadow. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and mesmerizing aura surrounding this ‘Meadow of Gold’. Plan a trip this summer to Sonamarg during the months of May-July, when the valley is bursting with exquisite flora that will keep you spellbound.
When to visit: Summer vacation from June to October. If you want to enjoy the snow plan a trip during December or January.
Fun Activities: Enjoy adventure activities like trekking, camping. Go for nature walks amidst the valleys dotted with a blanket of flowers.
• Travel by flight: You can take a cab or private taxi to reach Sonamarg which is located at a distance of 70 km from Srinagar airport.
• Travel by bus: Board a bus till Srinagar and a connecting bus till Sonamarg.
• Travel by train: The nearest railway station to Sonamarg is Jammu.
These are some of the mesmerizing hill stations to explore in the Himalayas this July.