Early summers, particularly May is the perfect time to travel in India to hill stations which give us a lovely feel, dropping the cold of winter and greeting the warmth of summer. Be it the need to rejuvenate and go on board on beginnings, or mere thirst for brand-new places and touring, here are 13 mesmerizing places to visit in India in May, to achieve the wandering tendencies in all of us!
This scenic town in Arunachal Pradesh is situated at an altitude of 2,669 meters and is cuddled in the Himalayas. Wrapped in shiny snow for most parts of the year, Tawang has an unusual elegance, with its untouched wildness, criss-crossed by gushing streams, encircled by deep valleys and glassy lakes in a mountainous backdrop, making it one of the ideal places to visit in May in India. The streets are dotted with monasteries, as most of the citizens residing here are Buddhists. The whisper of the Tashi Delek can be heard all along the valleys as one treks along the area, looking for pleasure in adventure!
How to get there: Tezpur in Assam is the closest major transit point to Tawang and is nicely connected by rail, air and road. From Tezpur, government and private buses ply at frequent intervals, SUV s could be hired as well.
Panchmarhi is an only hill station in Madhya Pradesh and is believed to be one of the finest places to visit in May in India. Situated in the Satpura hill range at a much lower altitude, Pachmarhi is a green blanket of high peaks and forest gorges. Set Aside by pre-historic caves with fascinating rock carvings, and captivating gushing waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a place of picturesque beauty with a tropical wilderness which make up for sought after hiking and trekking routes. Numerous wildlife sanctuaries like the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Bison Lodge are an ideal getaway option for wildlife fans.
How to get there: Pachmarhi is well-linked by road as well as railways, Pipariya being the closest railway station. The nearest airports are Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Decked in Colonial charm, Ooty is a charming hill town cradled in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The attraction of the hill station lies in its laid-back extravagant grace, a dreamlike destination to rejuvenate in a scenic setting and the ideal place to visit in May in India. With fascinating sights of the Doddabetta peak and the Tiger hill, Ooty is fascinatingly graced by waterfalls and lakes. Fairly cottage dot the back alleys, and tea plantations on hill ramps add to its picturesque beauty, along with terraced botanical gardens and flower cultivation.
How to get there: Well-linked by roads. Coimbatore is the closest airport and Mettupalyam is the nearby railway station.
One of the picture-perfect places to visit in May in India, Gulmarg is decked with fields of flowers in full bloom in the summers. Situated in Jammu and Kashmir, this hill station is at a peak of 2730 meters above mean sea level bordered by the mighty Himalayas on all sides. The spot has a rich cultural heritage and has been a well-liked summer destination since as early as the Mughal era and some Colonial interference during the British Raj. Wrapped in virgin coniferous forests with rich fauna, magnificent lakes and the greenest of pastures with also the world’s second highest golf course, Gulmarg has the most difficult yet the best trekking routes still very much undiscovered.
How to get there: The safest way to reach Gulmarg is by road. The closest airport is Srinagar and the nearest railway station is Jammu.
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is one of the perfect places to visit in India in May. Mount Abu is perched atop a peak made of granite and is draped around a lush green forest of the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with a lush reserve of exotic flora and fauna. The hill town is a cool rescue from the sizzling summer sun of the dry north-west India and is very famous with foreign travellers. Harbouring over 80 intricately sculpted ancient temples, along with the excellent Jain temples of Delwara, Mount Abu is a holy place for the Jains as well as the Hindus. The Nakki Lake adds an artistic charm to the place.
How to get there: Abu Road is the closest railway station. It is well-linked by roads with state transport buses at regular intervals.
Situated in the Meghalaya plateau, Sohra, earlier known as ‘Cherrapunjee’, is world popular for being the second wettest place on earth. Wrap Up in a lush green cover, the town overlooks the flat Bangladesh plains in the distance. Monsoons add up color to Cherrapunjee by loading up the waterfalls thereby adding a spectacular element to the landscape, making it one of the finest places to visit in May in India. The Nohkalikai Falls is compellingly beautiful, and the world popular Dainthen Falls stays gloriously nonchalant all throughout, along with the Kynrem Falls, which the top in Meghalaya. The main attraction of Cherrapunjee are the real caves while the ‘root bridges’ across the oozing mountain streams along the deep gorges, makes up for an interesting sight!
How to get there: Well-linked by roadways from Shillong. The nearby airport and railway station is in Guwahati, Assam.