May is one of the hottest months in India. During this time of year, summers are at their peak, and the temperatures all but touch the 50°C mark. Since school and college vacations coincide with this time, there are very limited options for vacationing in May in India. India is a vast country with diverse attractions, topography, landscapes, weather, and climate. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Rajasthan to Manipur, there is no dearth of some of the best places to visit in May. A series of panoramic views and sights await discerning travelers who wish to explore the length and breadth of the country and accumulate memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Here, we bring you a well-curated summer vacation Destination list that will get you started on your upcoming vacation plans in May.
The Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie is blessed with soul-stirring Himalayan charms and is a quaint hill station in Himachal Pradesh. On a usual day, the streets are clogged with tourists who love the unfolding spectacle that makes them fall in love with this beautiful town. The city is peppered with amazing attractions, scenic and man-made that draw tourists to check them out at a leisurely pace. Evenings in May are lovely with mist coming down from the mountains to the city, enveloping it in a gentle embrace.
Major Attractions. Mussoorie Lake, Cloud’s End, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Jharipani Falls, Sir George Everest’s House, Mall Road, Company Garden.
Nearest Airport. Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Distance from the Airport. 54 km
A colorful canvas of blooms colors the valley vivid and makes Kashmir one of the best places to visit in India in May 2022. As the monochrome winters give way to spring and spring to summer, the landscape of Kashmir changes and becomes more vibrant and beautiful. A profusion of flowers in the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar, shining blue sky overhead, snowy peaks etched against the horizon, all makes the tourists fall in the beauty of this paradise on Earth-Kashmir. The pleasant weather and natural exuberance of this destination in May make people set out to enjoy the kaleidoscopic play of colors. Unquestioningly, one of the best tourist destinations for summer vacation!
Major Attractions. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shankaracharya Hills, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Amarnath Cave, Apharwat Peak, Nubra Valley.
Nearest Airport. Srinagar Airport, Srinagar
Panoramic landscapes, rugged motorable roads, vibrant monasteries, and more welcome tourists to Spiti, a place that should be an essential part of your bucket list of places to visit in India in May. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, this destination is also known for its remarkable cultural heritage. Low humidity, high-speed winds, and unpredictable weather make the place perfect for discerning travelers. This cold desert mountain valley looks beautiful in May, perfect for unwinding and much-deserved relaxation. It is undoubtedly the coolest place in India in May.
Major Attractions. Key Gompa, Sakya Tangyud Monastery, Chicham Bridge, Kibber, Spiti Valley, Langza Buddha Statue, Chandratal Lake, Dhankar Gompa.
Nearest Airport. Kullu Airport
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From a laid-back boat drive to trekking, dreamy backwaters to picturesque forests, wildlife sanctuaries to museums, and incredible temples, Kerala has a lot to offer. A ride in traditional rice boats or kettuvallams, that have been transformed into luxurious floating hotels is sure going to be unforgettable. As you glide down the limpid waters, you watch village life and swaying palms passing you by. Amazing museums, bustling markets, incredible temples, and stunning palaces add to the culture and heritage of the state. Plan a trip to God’s Own Country in May when the weather is sublime and pleasant.
Major Attractions. Alleppey Backwaters, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Tea plantations of Munnar, temples in Thrissur, sandy beaches of Kovalam, spice plantations in Wayanad, Kowdiar Palace in Thiruvananthapuram.
A well-hidden gem of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is such a quiet place that one comes to know of its existence only after crossing the elegant Garhwal Rifles Cantonment. Located close to Delhi, it is a popular weekend getaway for Delhites looking for a respite from scorching heat and high temperatures. Sprawling valleys, mountain streams, colonial bungalows heavily blanketed with vibrantly colored bougainvilleas, and stimulating environs make it one of the best places to visit in May with family.
Major Attractions. Bhulla Lake, Tip N Top, Bhim Pakora, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum, Hawaghar, Snow Viewpoint, Jungle Safari, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve.
Nearest Airport. Jolly Grant, Dehradun
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Known for its raw, unexplored, and unspoiled charms, Tawang is another one of the top places to visit in India in May. This summer, travel to a world that is beyond serenity and enjoy vacationing in difficult but stunning landscapes. The subtle warmth of a small place and the extravagance of the scenic charm makes Tawang a perfect place to spend some time in the lap of nature. Known for its historical and cultural legacy, the destination shall leave an indelible mark on your psyche. The average temperature and cool climate make the destination perfect for summer vacations in May.
Major Attractions. Bumla Pass, Sela Pass, Tawang Buddhist Monastery, Nuranang Falls, Jaswant Garh, Madhuri Lake, Panga Teng Tso Lake, Taktsang Gompa, Changzam Bridge, Urgelling Monastery, Giant Buddha Statue.
Nearest Airport. Salonibari Airport
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Easy mountain natural trails of Sandakphu are also a perfect way to enjoy a vacation. One of the tallest points in India and the highest peak in West Bengal, Sandakphu is a trekkers’ paradise. This quaint hamlet commands mesmerizing views. On a clear winter day, one can see four top peaks in the world. The expanse of snowy peaks glistening under sun rays gives a feel of magic. Popularly referred to as ‘Sleeping Buddha’, this mountain formation resembles the silhouette of sage Lord Buddha. Multi-terrain vehicles are used for local transport.
Major Attractions. Singalila Mountain Range, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, Tumling, Tonglu, Chitrey, and Mane Bhanjang.
Nearest Airport. Bagdogra Airport