Best Summer Destinations in Uttarakhand

What’s better than spending your summer vacations in the lap of the Himalayas, cradled by the whispering willows and the sweet invigorating winds singing a lullaby in your ears? Nothing can beat this, so just cancel all your work plans and quickly plan a sojourn to one of these 10 best summer destinations in Uttarakhand.

1. Nainital

 Alok Bargali
Nainital lake in summer

The glittering lake city of Nainital is hands down the best summer destination in Uttarakhand, whether we talk about its salubrious weather or the excursions offered by the hill station. This Kumaon beauty lures the newlyweds, the wanderers, and the college-goers to bask in glory at the Naini lake side. One can boat on the bejeweled lake or visit the popular tourist attractions like the China Peak, Snow View Point, Tip n Top, and Gurney’s House. If you have time you can also visit the Sattal Lake, Nakuchiatal or the Corbett National Park located in the vicinity of this hill station.

2. Mussoorie

City Mussoorie under the blanket of clouds

The sylvan hills of Mussoorie have been the hub for the nature worshipers and solitude seekers for years. Located at a favorable distance from Dehradun city, Mussoorie makes a perfect honeymoon destination, crediting to its romantic weather and lavish mountain facing hotels. The hill station offers endless opportunities for excursions and sightseeing. One can stroll at the bustling Mall road, beat the heat at Kempty Falls or enjoy a striking panorama from Laal Tibba or Gun Hill.

3. Chakrata

Jungle camping at koti Kanasar nearby Chakrata.

An offbeat summer place to alienate yourself from the worries of today, Chakrata is one of the virgin hill stations of Uttarakhand that needs to be explored. Snuggled in the Dehradun district, Chakrata is blessed with scenic grandeur and peaceful environs giving solace to the weary souls. This Himalayan beauty is fringed by the ‘Queen of Hills’ in the east and Kinnaur of Himachal Pradesh in the west. Many hikers and bird watchers are drawn towards Chakrata as it is endowed with lush greenery and exotic wildlife. If you ever visit this place then don’t forget to traverse in the Deoban forests, Chilmiri Neck and bathe in the waters of the colossal Tiger Falls.

4. Lansdowne
War Memorial at Lansdowne

A cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district, Lansdowne is celebrated for being a major centre of the Garhwal Regiment of Indian Army. Besieged by the benedictory pines and old deodar trees, the weather at Lansdowne remains pleasant even in the scorching summers. Located about 248 km away from Delhi, Lansdowne has emerged as a popular weekend getaway. Some of the nearby attractions that you must visit from here are Bhulla Tal, Tip n Top, Darwan Singh Museum, The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, St. John’s Church and Bhim Pakora.

5. Harsil

 Shivom Nautiyal
Harsil Valley

Away from the concrete jungles of the city, there is a place where life is a little slow and days are beautiful than ever. Yes it’s none other than the hush hamlet of Harsil in Uttarkashi district. Harsil is a relaxing summer destination that is none less than a wonderland as it is flanked on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Exhibiting a surreal landscape and orchards laden with ruby red apples, Harsil makes a must visit summer retreat. The hill station is located at a distance of 262 km from Haridwar and around 460 km from Delhi. Places like Dharali, Mukhba Village, Sattal and Gangotri can be visited from here.

6. Chopta

 Nilmani Parth

Snowy heaven and a trekker’s muse, Chopta Valley situated about 368 km from Delhi is rustic mountain beauty cocooned in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Many trekkers find their safe haven in Chopta as it offers ample trekking opportunities. The famous Tungnath Temple located about 3.5 km from Chopta is the highest Shiva Temple and Chopta is the base camp for the rewarding Tungath-Chandrashila trek.

7. Munsiyari

Khalia Top, Near Munsiyari (Pithoragarh)

The fairy tale hamlet of Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district is nestled on the banks of Goriganga River. It is located at a distance of 583 km from Delhi is the base camp for famous treks like Milam, Ralam and Namik Glacier. The village offers stunning views of Panchachuli peaks and remains covered by a thick blanket of snow during winters.

8. Tehri

 Ekta Chauhan
New Tehri Town

The lively city of Tehri located about 300 km away from Delhi is an ideal place for spending the summer vacations in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by the verdant hills, the city reveals a beauteous view of the emerald blue Tehri Lake. It is one of the best places to hit in summers as the hill station offers an array of adventure sports like river Rafting, Kayaking, Banana Boat ride, Jet Ski and much more. Not just this, you can also carry out trekking expeditions to Nag Tibba, Masartal, Khatling Glacier, Panwalikantha and Sahastratal from Tehri.

9. Almora

View of snow capped mountains from Kasar Devi area at Almora Town

Kumaon’s wooded beauty, Almora is tucked away on a horseshoe ridge attracting several tourists by its picturesque landscape. Hailed for its colonial buildings showcasing the British architecture, Almora offers nostalgic summer vacations in its tranquil vistas. The city offers excursions to famous tourist destinations like Bright End Corner, Nanda Devi Temple, Chitai Temple, Gobind Ballabh Pant Museum, Katarmal, Jageshwar and Kasar Devi.

10. Kausani

Kausani Tea Garden

A famed honeymoon destination and a popular getaway from Delhi, Kausani with all its might is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand. Situated about 419 km from Delhi and only 47 km from Almora, Kausani is the favourite haunt for those seeking bliss away from the maddening rush of the city life. From here one can savour a spectacular view of the winsome Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Trishul Peaks 

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