May is the bonafide holiday month all over the country, and if you’re not planning a vacation in May, you are probably working too hard. After all, some downtime is doctor-prescribed! And with myriad places to visit in India, you can choose a new one every year. Just book a hotel, pick your preferred mode of travel and get going to any of these top 10 places to visit in May in the country.

Best Places to Visit in May

1. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley | Best Places to Visit in May

Spiti Valley | #1 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

One of the top places in India to visit in May is Spiti Valley, a cold desert with an incredibly beautiful terrain that will be imprinted in your brain. Located about 12,500 ft. above sea level, Spiti Valley is ideal for thrill-seekers as it has a large number of stunning trekking trails. Several monasteries, tiny hamlets and beautiful lakes dot the landscape, and you really need to stop at as many as you can to absorb the essence of this incredible place.

  • Places to Visit in Spiti Valley: Dhankar Monastery, Chandratal Lake, Pin Valley National Park, and Tabo Monastery, Key Monastery
  • Things to Do in Spiti Valley: Go see the 500-year old mummified body of a monk in the Giu village close to Tabo, bike (or trek!) across the perilous Baralacha Pass, and set up camp next to Dhankar Lake for some memorable star gazing
  • Weather of Spiti: The average temperature during the day is about 15 degrees Celsius and it reduces to 0-5 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Kullu-Manali Airport (245 km) and Chandigarh International Airport (500 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Joginder Nagar (339 km) and Shimla (440 km)

2. Bir-Billing

Bir-Billing | Best Places to Visit in May

Bir-Billing | #2 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Want to get away from the city grime and polluted air? Head to Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh. Although nearly every area in Himachal is a reprieve from our desolate urban jungle, Bir-Billing does one better with its awesome paragliding options. Also popular as an eco-tourism centre, Bir-Billing also offers trekking and camping options. What better place to visit in May than the serene environs of Bir-Billing?

  • Places to Visit in Bir-Billing: Palpung Sherabling Monastery, study and practice Lotus Sutra at the Deer Park Institute in Chaugan
  • Things to Do in Bir-Billing: Indulge in paragliding (that’s what Bir-Billing is for!), try your hand at hang gliding, take a toy train ride for scenic views and shop at the Bir Road in Bir Village.
  • Weather of Bir-Billing: The average temperature during the day is about 25 degrees Celsius, while it drops to 11 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Gaggal (68 km) and Chandigarh International Airport (280 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pathankot Junction (142 km)

3. McLeodganj

McLeodganj

McLeodganj | #3 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Home to the revered Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan community, beautiful monasteries and temples (one that is managed by the Indian Army), McLeodganj is one of the best places to visit in May. You would be welcomed here by tall pines, colorful rhododendrons and long, winding roads, carved in the Dhauladhar mountains that connect McLeodganj and Dharamsala. And once you manage to tear your eyes away from your picturesque surroundings, you’ll find that there’s so much to do here!

  • Places to Visit in McLeodganj: Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibetan Museum, and Bhagsunag Temple
  • Things to Do in McLeodganj: Shop for Tibetan crafts and hand-painted thangkas, try the Thukpa as well as the delectable Kangri cuisine
  • Weather of McLeodganj: The average temperature ranges from 15 to 30 degree Celsius during this time of the year
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Gaggal (18 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pathankot Junction (88 km)

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4. Chail

Chail | Best Places to Visit in May

Chail | #4 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Chail is a hill resort in the state of Himachal Pradesh and another one of the best places to visit in May for holidaymakers. Enveloped in the dense forests of Chir and Deodar, sprawling green valleys and scenic mountains, Chail was once the summer capital of the Maharaja of Patiala. Lying at a height of 2,250 metres above sea level, this pretty little town is most famous for its cricket and polo grounds – the highest in the world, its old palace, beautiful temples and many adventure sports options like high-altitude trekking and paragliding.

  • Places to Visit in Chail: Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajgarh Palace, Sidh Baba Temple, Kaali ka Tibba, and Gurudwara Sahib
  • Things to Do in Chail: Catch a match at Chail Cricket Ground, have a picnic in Sadhupul, try local Himachali cuisine and sample some of its star dishes like Chaach Meat and Himachali Kadhi
  • Weather of Chail: The maximum temperature is 24-25 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (62 km) and Chandigarh International Airport (117 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kalka (80 km)

5. Almora

Almora | Best Places to Visit in May

Almora | #5 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Surrounded by forests filled with pine and fir trees with the Koshi and Suyal rivers flowing alongside and one of the most wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas make Almora a must-visit in the month of May. We know it’s not on every list this summer, but we’d recommend it whole-heartedly because along with several attractions, the town also offers a glimpse of the rich Kumaoni culture.

  • Places to Visit in Almora: Kosi Temple, Chitai Temple, Vivekananda Memorial & Library, the Ramakrishna Mission, the 1000-year-old Nanda Devi Temple, and Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Things to Do in Almora: Enjoy scenic views of the sunset and sunrise at Bright End Corner – the farthest point on the Almora Ridge, admire Aipan displays (a traditional painting form of Kumaon) at State Museum, have a picnic at popular spots like Kalimutt, Deer Park or Simtola
  • Weather of Almora: The average temperature in the month of May varies from 11 to 22 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport (116 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam (82 km)

6. Bhimtal

Bhimtal | Best Places to Visit in May

Bhimtal | #6 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Situated at an altitude of 1,370 meters above sea level, Bhimtal, near Nainital, is a veritable constellation of lakes and temples. The town, named after Bhima from the epic Mahabharata, boasts of heavy tourist traffic during the summer months, making it one of the best places to visit in May. Visit its many temples, learn about its mythological connections, sample the local cuisine and come back refreshed.

  • Places to Visit in Bhimtal: Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, Nal Damyanti Tal, and Nag Temple
  • Things to Do in Bhimtal: Sample the Kumaoni cuisine, spend some time at the Garg Parvat – a small hillock that serves as the source of the river Gargi, enjoy a picnic at Sattal, relax at Hidimba Parvat, visit the Vankhandi Ashram – a sanctuary for wild animals
  • Weather of Bhimtal: The average temperature ranges from 31 degrees Celsius during the day to 20 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport (55 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kathgodam (22 km)

7. Gangtok

Gangtok | Best Places to Visit in May

Gangtok | #7 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

From historic Buddhist monasteries to picturesque trekking trails and a plethora of adventure sports, the city of Gangtok has it all. Although most tourists treat it as a pit-stop to the trekking adventures that await them higher up in the Himalayas, Sikkim’s capital is one of the hottest places to visit in May. Unlike most parts of the country, the weather is quite cool and pleasant here during the period. There is enough and more for you to do in Gangtok; so we’d recommend you to put it on your list of best places to visit in May.

  • Places to Visit in Gangtok: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, Temi Tea Garden, Hanuman Tok, and Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Things to Do in Gangtok: Indulge in adventure sports like paragliding and trekking, have a picnic at Seven Sisters Waterfalls, drive through Nathu La Pass, enjoy a Yak safari to the serene Tsomgo Lake, and shop for Yak cheese (Churpi) at the bustling Lal Bazaar
  • Weather of Gangtok: The average temperature ranges from 5 to 18 degrees Celsius during May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (124 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (118 km)

8. Rishikesh

Rishikesh | Best Places to visit in May

Rishikesh | #8 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

The ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ has always been one of the best places to visit in India during the summer months for both domestic and international travellers. This charming little hill station offers an immersive experience to the intrepid traveller. From adventure sports in Rishikesh like mountain biking to exploring the Beatles Ashram, there’s more than you can cover in just one visit. But do make a start this year!

  • Places to Visit in Rishikesh: Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram, Trayambakeshwar Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Kunjapuri Devi Temple, and Rajaji National Park
  • Things to Do in Rishikesh: Try your hand at interesting adventure sports like cliff Jumping and the giant swing, go riverside camping, watch the mesmerizing evening arti at Triveni Ghat and take a yoga class
  • Weather of Rishikesh: The average temperature during the day is 38 degrees Celsius and at night, the temperature drops till 23 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (30 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Rishikesh

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9. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar | Best Places to Visit in May

Mahabaleshwar | #9 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Close to several unspoilt beaches on the west coast and home to thick forests, lakes, waterfalls, forts and beautiful viewing points to enjoy glorious sunsets, Mahabaleshwar is an insanely popular place to visit in Maharashtra. It was built by the British as a summer escape from Bombay heat and till date, picnic spots in and around Mahabaleshwar are a welcome respite from the summers for tourists. Want to know more? Go discover the hidden secrets of this pretty little town studded in the Western Ghats, this year.

  • Places to Visit in Mahabaleshwar: Venna Lake, Pratapgad Fort, Elephant’s Head Point, Tapola, Shree Kshetra Mahabaleshwar Temple, and Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Things to Do in Mahabaleshwar: Picnic at Connaught Peak, take a walk on the Table Land – Asia’s second-highest mountain plateau, explore Rajapuri Caves, enjoy the sunset from one of the many viewing points, and indulge in strawberry picking (and eating!)
  • Weather of Mahabaleshwar: The average temperature ranges from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius in May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport (126 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pune Junction (117 km)

Also Read: Best restaurants in Mahabaleshwar where you can binge to your heart’s content

10. Ooty

Ooty | Best Places to visit in May

Ooty | #10 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Studded like a gem in the thickly forested Nilgiri hills, Ooty is one of the most celebrated places to visit in May. Home to a mesmerizing garden, beautifully-built temples and churches, filled-to-the-brim lakes and gushing waterfalls, Ooty has everything that makes for a perfect vacation. Although the town experiences good weather throughout the year, it is one of the best places to visit in May because the air is clear and there’s isn’t much rainfall, making it the perfect time to be outdoor.

  • Places to Visit in Ooty: Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Pykara Dam, Botanical Gardens, Venkateshwara Perumali Temple, and St. Stephen’s Church
  • Things to Do in Ooty: Take a boat ride on Ooty Lake, have a fun day at Thunder World amusement park, eat lots of homemade chocolate and chilli pakoras, enjoy scenic views from Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  • Weather of Ooty: The average temperature during the day is about 25 degrees Celsius and drops to 18 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport (87 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Mettupalayam (51 km)

Also Read: Top places to enjoy the nightlife in Ooty

11. Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg

Coorg | #11 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Situated in the Western Ghats, this coffee-producing hill town is an ideal summer destination for nature lovers and adventure buffs. Coorg is dotted with scenic lakes and waterfalls where you can spend tranquil time with your loved ones and forget all worries. Thrill-seekers visiting the hill town can satiate their appetite by indulging in different sports activities like trekking, camping and rafting at the Barapole River. Besides, the many forts, wildlife sanctuaries and delicious local fare guarantee a great summer vacation.

  • Places to Visit in Coorg: Honnamana Kere Lake, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Honey Valley, Namdroling Monastery, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Things to Do in Coorg: Trek to Tadiandamol Peak, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri, river rafting on the Barapole River, enjoy a jeep safari at Mandalpatti, try quad biking amidst rich coffee plantations, visit Somwarpet to check the premium quality coffee and spice crops and relish the local cuisine
  • Weather of Coorg: The average temperature here in May ranges from 19 to 29 degrees Celsius.
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Mangalore Airport (143 km) and Bangalore Airport (242 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Mysuru Junction (117 km)

Here’s a list of 20 amazing places to visit in Coorg

12. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal | #12 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

The beautiful and serene Kodaikanal is among the best places to visit in May in South India. Also known as the “Princess of Hill Stations” and the “Gift of Forests”, Kodaikanal is peppered with natural attractions, such as lakes, parks, hills and forests. It also boasts pleasant weather during summer and is a perfect retreat for those looking to take a break from the city heat and chaos. From spending time amidst nature to indulging in adventurous activities, there are so many things to do in Kodaikanal.

  • Places to Visit in Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Bryant Park, Silver Cascade Falls, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Coakers Walk
  • Things to Do in Kodaikanal: Boat ride at Kodaikanal Lake, trek to Dolphin’s Nose and enjoy breath-taking views, explore Kukkal Cave for traces of Paliyan tribe, bird-watching at Berijam Lake
  • Weather of Kodaikanal: The average temperature during May ranges from 14 to 25 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport (134 km) and Coimbatore International Airport (178 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kodaikanal Road Train Station

These are some top tourist places in Kodaikanal

13. Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur | #13 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur boasts a wonderful amalgamation of natural beauty and man-made attractions. From verdant green hills and extensive tea, coffee and spice plantations to beautiful forts and temples, this charming hill station houses a plethora of attractions for different types of tourists. Adventure junkies visiting Sakleshpur can trek up the hills and enjoy camping and other activities comfortably in May, thanks to the pleasant weather conditions here.

  • Places to Visit in Sakleshpur: Manjarabad Fort, Sakleshwara Temple, Manjehalli Waterfalls, Kukke Subramanya Temple, Eshwara Temple, Hadlu Waterfall
  • Things to Do in Sakleshpur: Green Route Trek on the railway track, trek to Ombattu Gudda and Jenukal Gudda for panoramic views, sightseeing at Bisle View Point, camping on a hilltop and in coffee plantations
  • Weather of Sakleshpur: The maximum temperature is about 34 degrees Celsius, while the minimum is 19 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport (136 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Sakleshpur

14. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang

Tawang | #14 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

This quaint hill station in Arunachal Pradesh is perched at an elevation of 3048 metres and is among the best holiday destinations in India in May. Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas and blessed with beautiful landscapes, Tawang never fails to entice tourists. The town also boasts the rich heritage of Northeast India and is a religiously significant destination for the Buddhists. What’s more, the weather of Tawang in May is ideal for different adrenaline-rushing activities as well, like hiking, skiing and trekking.

  • Places to Visit in Tawang: Tawang Monastery, Nuranang Falls, Madhuri Lake, Gorichen Peak, Bumla Pass, Tawang War Memorial
  • Things to Do in Tawang: Meditating in the monasteries, skiing in Pankang Teng Tso Lake, birdwatching at Bhajagang Lake, driving through Sela Pass, hiking to Gorichen Peak for panoramic views
  • Weather of Tawang: The minimum temperature can be as low as 4 degrees Celsius, while the maximum is 20-21 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Tezpur Airport (324 km) and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (439 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Tezpur Railway Station (334 km)

15. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdowne

Lansdowne | #15 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Lansdowne, a surreal hill station in Uttarakhand, is located at an elevation of 1700 metres. It is a favourite destination for tourists from nearby states looking to spend some quiet time away from the urban noise. Many hotels in Landsdowne allow you to stay right in the lap of nature. The many winding lanes are perfect for exploring the natural landscape and also spotting woodpeckers and other native Himalayan birds.

  • Places to Visit in Lansdowne: Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhulla Lake, Darwan Singh Museum, St. Mary’s Church, Kanavashram
  • Things to Do in Lansdowne: Boating on Bhulla Lake, hike to Tip-n-Top Point, trek to Snow Viewpoint, spot various wildlife species at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
  • Weather of Lansdowne: The average temperature ranges from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius during May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (145 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kotdwar Railway Station (40 km)

16. Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur | #16 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Popularly known as the “Coffee Land of Karnataka”, Chikmagalur draw tourists from near and far for the exotic coffee aroma and pleasant weather. The hill station is surrounded by the majestic Mullayangiri range and is a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts, adventure buffs and the religious-minded. From verdant green hills, lush tea and coffee plantations to milky white waterfalls and picturesque nature walks and treks, everything about Chikmagalur is surreal!

  • Places to Visit in Chikmagalur: Hebbe Falls, Hanumana Gundi Falls, Kallathigiri Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum, Hirekolale Lake, Kodandarama Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Park
  • Things to Do in Chikmagalur: Enjoy walking tours in tea and coffee plantations, trek to the highest Mullayanagiri Peak, stay at one of the coffee estates, soak in picturesque views at Kyatanamakki
  • Weather of Chikmagalur: The minimum temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius and the maximum is 23-24 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport (158 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kadur Junction (39 km)

Do visit these 25 stunning places in Chikmagalur for a memorable vacation

17. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar

Munnar | #17 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Also known as the “Kashmir of South India”, this serene hill station in Kerala is a wonderful getaway for those seeking respite from the scorching heat. Munnar is enveloped in lush greenery and is known for housing sprawling tea gardens, rocky peaks, rare flora and fauna, and stunning waterfalls. If you are an adventure junkie, you can indulge in rock climbing, paragliding, trekking, mountain biking, ATV bike rides and many other interesting activities here. Set at an elevation of 5026 feet, Munnar enjoys a soothing climate even during peak summers.

  • Places to Visit in Munnar: Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Tata Tea Museum, Attukad Waterfalls, Dream Land Fun and Adventure, Photo Point
  • Things to Do in Munnar: Take a night wildlife safari at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, boat ride on Kundala Dam Lake, take a stroll through the tea gardens, enjoy skating, cycling, bike rides and other activities at The Blossom International Park
  • Weather of Munnar: The average temperature in Munnar varies from 17 to 25 degrees Celsius in May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (109 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Udumalaippettai Railway Station (85 km) and Angamaly Railway Station (109 km)

18. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital

Nainital | #18 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Nainital is a popular hill station frequented by weekend travellers, honeymooners, backpackers and families. The pleasant weather, multiple natural attractions and quaint eateries attract the crowds. A vacation in Nainital provides a much-needed respite from the heat and helps rejuvenate your mind and body. A walk through the narrow streets beside the famous Naini Lake will rejuvenate your soul. Do make sure to stop and shop for Tibetan goodies or take a break at any bakery and try the deserts and coffee.

  • Places to Visit in Nainital: Nainital Lake, Bhimtal Lake, Shri Maa Naina Devi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, Snow View Point, High Altitude Zoo, Nainital Ropeway, Tiffin Top
  • Things to Do in Nainital: Enjoy boating on the lakes, shop for local stuff at Tibetan market and Mall Road, watch different types of birds at Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, spend a couple of days at Jim Corbett National Park
  • Weather of Nainital: The average temperature during the day is about 28 degrees Celsius, while it may drop to 15 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport (70 km) and Indira Gandhi International Airport (315 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kathgodham Railway Station (36 km) 

Read about the 25 places to visit in Nainital

19. Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong

Shillong | #19 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Popularly known as the “Scotland of the East”, Shillong is one of the best hill stations in India to visit in May for those seeking respite from the heat. From verdant green hills and fluttering pine trees to lakes and waterfalls, the natural beauty of the place will leave you amazed! What’s more, Shillong also offers many options for adventure seekers and photography enthusiasts. The museums depicting the culture and heritage of the Seven Sister States are a must-visit!

  • Places to Visit in Shillong: Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong View Point, Don Bosco Museum, Lady Hydari Park
  • Things to Do in Shillong: Hike to Shillong Peak, visit the golf course for picturesque views, take a boat ride on Umiam Lake, feel close to nature at the cleanest village Mawlynnong, enjoy the nightlife
  • Weather of Shillong: In May, the minimum temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius while the maximum is 23 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Umroi Airport (31 km) and Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (120 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Guwahati Railway Station (96 km)

20. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala

Dharamshala | #20 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

In any list of best places to visit in India in May with family, Dharamshala comes on the top. The Dhauladhar range, with snow-capped peaks and deodar cedar trees, surround this small hill station. Dharamshala houses many charming old monasteries and also serves as the residence of the Dalai Lama in India. The place is also adorned with many beautiful waterfalls, lakes, churches and temples.

  • Places to Visit in Dharamshala: Dharamshala Cricket Stadium, St. John in the Wilderness Church, Jwala Devi Temple, Namgyal Monastery, Kangra Fort, Tsuglagkhang, War Memorial
  • Things to Do in Dharamshala: Go trekking in McLeodGanj, Dharamkot, Chamba and other places, enjoy a boat ride on Dal Lake, take a refreshing dip at Bhagsunag Waterfall, walk through Kangra Valley’s tea plantations
  • Weather of Dharamshala: The average temperature ranges from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius during May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport (14 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pathankot Junction (86 km)

21. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling

Darjeeling | #21 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Steeped in natural beauty and splendour, the “Queen of the Hills” Darjeeling is a mesmerising summer holiday destination in India. The very sight of emerald green tea bushes, dense forests and blooming flowers in the backdrop of snow-capped Kanchenjunga will cool your mind and body and make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated! The hill station also houses many parks, monasteries, zoos, shopping centres and other delights that enchant tourists from across the world.

  • Places to Visit in Darjeeling: Observatory Hill, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway, Rock Garden, Nightingale Park
  • Things to Do in Darjeeling: Enjoy toy train joy ride, trek in the hills, spot exclusive wildlife at Singalila National Park, shop for local products at Mall Road, pay your respects at Mahakal Temple
  • Weather of Darjeeling: The minimum temperature in May is around 10 degrees Celsius, while the maximum is 23 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra International Airport (70 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (73 km)

22. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla

Shimla | #22 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

If you are seeking respite from the summer heat and humidity, a vacation in Shimla can do the trick. This extremely popular hill station enjoys lovely weather during this time of the year, so exploring it is a lot more fun and easier. Apart from soaking in the pristine beauty of the surrounding hills and scenic locations, you can engage in different adventure activities like trekking, camping and river rafting, seek blessings at the temples and click perfect photographs.

  • Places to Visit in Shimla: Viceregal Lodge and Botanical Gardens, Shri Hanuman Mandir Jakhoo, Christ Church, Kuthar Fort, Kufri Fun World, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, The Ridge, Rothney Castle, Himalayan Nature Park
  • Things to Do in Shimla: Shop at Mall Road, capture breathtaking photos at Green Valley, spot beautiful birds at Himalayan Bird Park, go on a toy train ride, enjoy trekking,
  • Weather of Shimla: The maximum temperature is about 33 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature is 19 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (21 km) and Chandigarh Airport (59 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Kalka Railway Station (94 km)

Also Read: Top 20 Things to Do in Shimla

23. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali

Manali | #23 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and filled with lush green meadows, fruit orchards and vibrant flowers, Manali undoubtedly is a haven for tourists. This hill station is quite comfortable during May and is a sought-after summer escapade. From spending some peaceful time amidst nature to enjoying a range of adventurous activities like trekking, rafting and paragliding, there are many things you can do in this beautiful town.

  • Places to Visit in Manali: Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali Sanctuary, Manu Temple, Naggar Castle
  • Things to Do in Manali: Try mountain biking, take a relaxing dip in hot Sulphur Springs in Vashisht Village and Manikaran, shop for trinkets and souvenirs, take a trip to Kasauli
  • Weather of Manali: The temperature during the day is about 22 degrees Celsius, while it drops to around 3 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Kullu Manali Airport (50 km) and Chandigarh International Airport (306 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Joginder Nagar Railway Station (144 km) and Kalka Railway Station (277 km)

Here’s a list of 27 places to visit in Manali

24. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli 

Auli | #24 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

With glittering white slopes and far-stretching meadows, this popular skiing destination in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand is a cool place to visit in India in May. The hill station is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, while pine trees, apple orchards and wildflowers add to the beauty of its landscape. Besides spending some serene time in the clean and beautiful surroundings, you can go on a trekking expedition, enjoy skiing, camping and river rafting, and explore the many attractions here.

  • Places to Visit in Auli: Nanda Devi Peak, Auli Ropeway, Auli Artificial Lake, Chenab Lake, Chattrakund Lake, Nanda Devi National Park
  • Things to Do in Auli: Trek to Gorson Bugyal and Kwani Bugyal, enjoy cable car rides, soak in mesmerising views from Trishul Peak, pay respects at Bhavishya Badri and Kalpeshwar Temples
  • Weather of Auli: The average temperature ranges from 9 degrees Celsius to 23 degrees Celsius in the month of May
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (177 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Rishikesh Railway Station (260 km)

25. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi | #25 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Popularly known as the “Queen of Satpura Ranges”, this stunning hill station in Madhya Pradesh is a perfect summer destination to beat the heat. Pachmarhi is the highest point in Madhya Pradesh offers fascinating views of the surrounding forests. Numerous waterfalls, streams and ancient caves accentuate the beauty of the town and make it one of the best places to visit in India in May with family and friends.

  • Places to Visit in Pachmarhi: Bee Falls, Satpura National Park, Pandav Caves, Jata Shankar Caves, Handi Khoh, Mahadeo Hill, Christ Church
  • Things to Do in Pachmarhi: Visit the highest point Dhoopgarh, seek blessings at Chauragarh Temple and Bade Mahadev, trek to Pandav Caves, check out the local flora and fauna at Bison Lodge Museum
  • Weather of Pachmarhi: The average temperature ranges from 22 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Jabalpur Airport (270 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Pipariya Railway Station (54 km)

26. Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir

Kashmir | #26 of 27 Best Places to Visit in May

Blessed with spectacular natural beauty, a trip to Kashmir or the “Paradise on Earth” will remain etched in your memory forever. The glorious views of the snow-capped Himalayas, Karakoram and Pir Panjal mountain ranges, the magical water bodies, alpine forests and barely explored attractions will weave you under a spell. Besides being a nature lover’s delight, Kashmir has many options for adventure seekers, wildlife lovers, devotees, shopaholics and foodies as well. The unmatched beauty of the place and the hospitality of the locals will draw you to this paradise again and again.

  • Places to Visit in Kashmir: Srinagar, Gulmarg, Patnitop, Vaishno Devi Temple, Amarnath, Pahalgam, Nubra Valley, Kargil, Dachigam National Park, Katra
  • Things to Do in Kashmir: Houseboat stay in Dal Lake, shikara and gondola ride, mountain biking, skiing, trekking, and other adventure activities, enjoy the mesmerising beauty of Tulip Gardens
  • Weather of Kashmir: The maximum temperate during the day is about 22 degrees Celsius, while it drops to 11 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Srinagar Airport (12 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Srinagar Railway Station (12 km) and Jammu Tawi Railway Station (268 km)

27. Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Located at an altitude of 3662 metres and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges, Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is the best place to visit in India in May with family. Apart from the spellbinding natural beauty, the hill station is famous for its apple and apricot orchards. Ancient forts and temples are other man-made attractions in the district.  

  • Places to Visit in Kinnaur: Baspa River, Sarhan, Ribba, Chitkul, Nako Lake, Kamru Fort, Kinner Kailash Mountain, Reckong Peo, Narayan Nagini Temple
  • Things to Do in Kinnaur: Check out the amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist architecture in the temples and forts, try paragliding, angling, rafting and other adventure sports at Sangla, enjoy the natural beauty of Kalpa, trek to Borasu Pass
  • Weather of Kinnaur: The average temperature during the day is about 28 degrees Celsius, while it drops to about 13 degrees Celsius at night
  • How to Reach
    • Nearest Airport: Shimla Airport (279 km)
    • Nearest Train Station: Shimla Railway Station (257 km)

Some other great places to visit in May in India are Manali and Kasaul, Tawang, Panchmarhi and Munnar. What’s on your wish-list? Share it with us in comments below!