The sweltering summers of India make us suffer greatly, especially in June when the sun is at its hottest. But you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s one of the best times to plan a long summer vacation away from the blazing heat of the plains. So, how do you plan to spend your summer vacation in India? Are you looking for a relaxing summer break in the hills where you can unwind in tranquil surroundings, or are you seeking some adventure? Here is a list of 20 beautiful places to visit in India in June.
Manali should be on your list of places to visit in India in June to enjoy the pleasant weather amidst the lush greenery. Visitors can explore the Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple, and the Tibetan Monastery. The town is also famous for adventure sports such as paragliding, river rafting, and trekking. Other places of interest around Manali include Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Atal Tunnel, Sethan, and the ancient town of Naggar.
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How can one forget the paradise on Earth? Kashmir is unquestionably one of the best places on the planet to visit in June. June is a perfect time to experience the beauty and tranquility of Kashmir. The weather is pleasant and the valley is in full bloom with colorful flowers. Visitors can explore the famous Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, and the stunning Dal Lake. Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir, offers many attractions including the Hazratbal Shrine and the Shankaracharya Temple. Visitors can also enjoy a shikhara ride on the Dal Lake or explore the nearby hill stations of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
You can’t afford to miss out on the many things to do in Kashmir, whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or a partner!
Sikkim is one of India’s most beautiful destinations, and it is a must-see for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation. With several Buddhist monasteries, jaw-dropping views of Kanchenjunga, and serene nature, it will undoubtedly provide you with an experience to remember. Visitors can explore the famous Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Zuluk Village, Gurudongmar Lake, and the stunning Yumthang Valley. Peling, a small town in West Sikkim is also an ideal place to enjoy the views of Kanchenjunga and relax.
Sikkim also offers several trekking options in June including the renowned Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek that starts from Yuksom in West Sikkim.
4. Kasol / Parvati Valley
Kasol is the ideal destination for all backpackers from around the world, particularly those looking for a June trip to India. There is no shortage of things to do in Kasol, which is nestled between the mountains of the Parvati Valley. It is well-known for being a trekker’s paradise, and it hosts a variety of exciting trance and EDM parties, as well as many reggae bars and famous bakeries.
The other remote villages of Parvati Valley that can be visited include Malana, Rasol, Grahan, Kalga and Phulga. Several treks including the Kheerganga trek, Malana Trek, Devropa trek, Sar Pass trek, etc can also be explored by hikers and trekkers.
The holy shrine of Badrinath is also best visited in the month of June. Badrinath is home to the famous and sacred Badrinath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Visitors can also explore the nearby Mana Village, which is the last village in India before the Tibetan border.
The Urgam and Niti Valleys, located close to Joshimath enroute Badrinath, are known for their natural beauty and offer many trekking opportunities.
Kanatal, surrounded on all sides by mountains, rivers, and greenery, would entice any traveler to stay a little longer. Kanatal, located in Uttarakhand, is also a developing hub for adventure sports and outdoor activities. This small hamlet offers amazing views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.
While the area is high on adventure, there are many things to do in Kanatal that will appeal to all types of travelers.
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June is an ideal time to visit Kodaikanal, a picturesque hill station located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Visitors can explore the beautiful Kodaikanal Lake, Coaker’s Walk, and Bryant Park. Other attractions in and around Kodaikanal include the Pillar Rocks, Silver Cascade Falls, and the Bear Shola Falls.
Visitors can also indulge in activities like trekking, boating, and cycling. June is a perfect time to experience the natural beauty of Kodaikanal and enjoy the serene atmosphere of this charming hill station.
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Chopta is a picturesque hill station located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, known for its serene beauty and scenic landscapes. It serves as a base for the popular Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek, which takes trekkers through lush forests, pristine meadows, and rocky terrain. The highlight of the trek is the Tungnath Temple, the highest Shiva temple in the world, and the Chandrashila summit, which offers panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. The trek is moderate in difficulty, making it suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. Chopta is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
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Ladakh is known for its unique landscapes and cultural heritage. In June, the region experiences pleasant weather, making it a perfect time to explore the monasteries, lakes, and high-altitude passes. The town of Leh serves as a gateway to the region and offers a range of adventure activities, including trekking, river rafting, and mountain biking.
Ladakh, often referred to as the Land of High Passes, is a paradise for road trippers. The region is connected by several scenic roads, including the Leh-Manali Highway and the Leh-Srinagar Highway. The journey through these roads is an adventure in itself, with numerous high-altitude passes, including the famous Khardung La, making it a challenging yet rewarding experience. Along the way, travelers can explore the unique culture and heritage of Ladakh, including ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and local cuisine.
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When it comes to road trips in India, the Spiti circuit is unquestionably one of the best. When the rest of India experiences monsoon, the arid valley opens its gates. Take a road trip to Spiti to experience nature’s raw and rugged beauty at its best. Start from Shimla, cruise through the beautiful roads of Kinnaur and then experience the raw beauty of the Spiti Valley.
From beautiful villages like Komic and Langza to iconic monasteries like Key and pristine lakes like Chandratal, a journey through the Spiti Valley would take you across some of the most picturesque landscapes of India.
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11. Dharamshala & Mcleodganj
Dharamshala and McLeodganj are two popular tourist destinations that bring you close to nature and allow you to unwind. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, it is one of the best destinations in India in June for nature lovers and peace seekers with a host of accommodation options.
Dharamshala is known for its picturesque natural beauty and is home to the residence of the Dalai Lama, while McLeodganj is famous for its vibrant Tibetan culture, monasteries, and street markets. Treks like the Triund trek nearby make it an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts.
12. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
There cannot be a better off-beat destination than Tawang to visit in June, which is ideal for adventure seekers. A scenic town located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, it is home to the famous Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India. Tawang is surrounded by stunning landscapes, snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and gushing waterfalls. Tawang offers a variety of activities ranging from nature walks and skiing to trekking. If you are looking for a place to cool off in the plains during the month of June, this is a great place to visit with your travel companions.
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Harsil is a small village located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, India. It is known for its pristine natural beauty, including apple orchards, pine forests, and the glistening Bhagirathi River. The holy shrine of Gangotri is located around 20-25 km from Harsil.
The region is the base of several treks including the Kedartal trek and the famous Gangotri-Tapovan trek. The weather is pleasant in June with lush greenery all around making it an ideal place for mountain lovers.
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Kedarnath is one of the most sacred shrines in Hinduism’s dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters and is reachable after a challenging trek. The temple is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped peaks and glaciers. The temple generally opens in May and remains open till the onset of winters in November. June is one of the best seasons to witness this sacred shrine.
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Munsiyari is a small and picturesque hill station located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. It is known for its stunning natural beauty and stunning views of the Panchachuli range. The nearby Birthi Falls and Khaliya Top trek are the key attractions here. The town is also a popular base for trekking the Ralam and Milam Glaciers, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Zanskar Valley is one of the remotest regions in India with absolutely stunning landscapes and a terrain that will absolutely enthrall you. A road trip is the best way to explore this remote valley. This isolated valley in the Ladakh region is known for its rugged terrain, stunning natural beauty, and unique cultural heritage. The valley is home to several ancient monasteries, traditional villages, and stunning landscape
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17. Tirthan Valley
June is the perfect time to visit the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The weather is pleasant and the valley is lush green with beautiful blooming flowers. Attractions in Tirthan Valley include the Great Himalayan National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jalori Pass, Serolskar lakes, and a number of beautiful Himalayan villages like Gushaini which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
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It is not an exaggeration to say that when it comes to hill stations in North India, we are spoiled for choice. There is so much to see and do, from the heavenly Kasmir valley to the stunning Himachal and not to mention the spectacular Uttarakhand. However, most of these destinations have already been explored and exploited, so why not go off the beaten path this time?
You will not be disappointed if you visit Chakrata! This quaint little hill station is a cantonment town tucked away in the beautiful Himalayan Range and has many amazing places to explore!
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Darjeeling, the ‘Queen of Hills,’ was once known as a summer resort for the British elite, and the colonial influence can still be seen today. June is a perfect time to visit Darjeeling with pleasant weather with moderate temperatures.
Visitors can enjoy a ride on the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the beautiful tea gardens that surround the town. Other attractions in Darjeeling include the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, the Japanese Peace Pagoda, and the Ghoom Monastery.
20. Kalpa – Chitkul
Kalpa and Chitkul are two beautiful villages located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Kalpa is known for its ancient temples, apple orchards, and traditional Kinnauri architecture. Visitors get excellent views of the Kinnaur Kailash range from Kalpa. Chitkul is famous for its beautiful scenery and the unique culture. Located on the banks of the Baspa river, Chitkul is an excellent place to laze around watching the views. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor activities like trekking, camping, and mountain biking.
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Here is a list of the top 20 places to visit in India in June. It’s time to update your bucket list if you haven’t already. Remember to tell us about your experience in the comments section.