Are you someone who missed a relaxing summer vacation?
With the monsoon picking up its pace, it is your chance to plan a fantastic monsoon trip across the country in the month of July. The month comes as a sigh of relief from the scorching heat of the Indian Summer. Travelling in July means monsoon, which multiplies the charm of architectural beauty, green meadows, and other picturesque vistas.
Pick up an enchanting destination, pack your bags, and drive to soak all the calmness that awaits you.
Here are some of the best places to visit in India in the month of July.
- Leh Ladakh
Leh Ladakh is famous for adventure getaways, a thrilling destination is known as one of the best places to visit in India in July. The northern head of India, road tripping to Leh Ladak, is a dream of many. The place is surrounded by rising snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking scenery, stunning lakes and surreal weather that adds to the charm of this thrilling travel destination.
Road Trips are famous and attract many adventure seekers every year. You can book a self-drive car in Delhi and travel to Manali and then Leh Ladakh.
Places to Explore: Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Hemis National Park, Lamayuru Monastery, Zanskar Valley, Spituk Gompa, Diskit Gompa, Khardung-La Pass, Kargil, and more.
Things to Do: The place is known for road trips, trekking and adventure, so you can’t miss unravelling the region of mystical hills. Apart from it, you can watch the Llamas perform colourful Chhams, spot snow leopard at the Hemis Park, camp at Tsomoriri camp, camel safari, etc.
What to Eat: Thupka, Momos, Skyu, Tingmo, Chutagi, Chhurpi or Yak Cheese, Butter Tea, Chang, Khambir, Apricot Jam, and other local delicacies.
- Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is located in the cradle of alluring and majestic Himalayas. The place is famous for its Valley of Flower trekking, and welcome tourist throughout the year. The region is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Witness the charming frozen valley in the winters, and with the onset of summers, the snow melts, and the valley blooms into different hues. It is one of the ideal places to visit in India in July.
Places to Explore: Hemkunt Sahib, Saraswati River, Mana, Joshimath, Govindghat, and more.
Things to Do: Valley of Flower Trek, Ghangaria Camping, Meditation, Cycle Tour to Bheem Pul, etc.
What to Eat: fruits from orchards, dry fruits, and local delicacies like Kumaoni cuisine, etc.
- Nanital, Uttarakhand
The land of some of the gorgeous lakes and mountain ranges, Nanital is one of the most romantic places in the country. Nanital holds religious importance among Hindus, as per the mythological fact. Nanital is the land of Naina Devi Temple- it is said when Lord Shiva’s wife Sati self-immolated, her eyes fell in this place like other body parts across the country and known as Shakti Peetha.
The city will leave you amazed with its charm, natural galore, and soothing weather.
Places to Explore: Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Gurney House, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Mall Road, Eco Cave Garden, Khurpatal, Sariyatal, Snow View Point, etc. to name a few.
Things to Do: Boating in Naini Lake, witness the surreal view of the sunset, enjoy a breathtaking view of snow-covered mountain peaks from Snow View Point, Naini Peak, nature walk, and take a stroll on Mall Road.
What to Eat: Try Kumaoni delicacies like Kafuli, Phaanu, Chainsoo, Kandalee Ka Saag, Bhang ki Chutney, etc., and satiate your sweet tooth with Bal Mithai.
- Chitkul, Baspa Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Fall in love with this untarnished quaint village, Chitkul in Baspa Valley is a hidden gem of Himachal. Unknown to many, the place is adorned with beauty, calmness, and tranquillity. The valley is embellished with dense pine forest, snow-capped mountains and offers a mesmerising view of brimming Baspa River.
Hit the road and get ready to witness the misty morning view where clouds rest low and nights are filled with twinkling stars. It is also known as the last village of India and is the last settlement before the Indo-Tibet border.
Places to Explore: Sangla Meadows, Baspa River, Basteri for apple orchards, Kamru Fort, Akhri Dhaba, Borasu Pass Trek, Tibetan Wood Carving Centre, and more.
Things to Do: Visit ornate temples, Trekking, enjoy a splendid view of the valley, 7 Pebble Wish, etc.
What to Eat: Chitkul Maathi, Thukpa, Momos, Dumpling, Himachali cuisine, and other local delicacies.
- Gangtok, Sikkim
Known as the shimmering capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is one of the best holiday destinations to visit in the month of July. It is easily accessible via road, less crowded, and filled with serenity. With the onset of the monsoon in July, the rains start hitting the town and convert the whole region into a lush green and quiet settlement. Travelling here during monsoon or year-round will always be a good deal.
Places to Explore: Visit places like Nathu La, Khelcheopalri Lake, Hanuman Tok, Phodong Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, etc.
Things to Do: River Rafting in Teesta, Yak Rides at Tsomgo Lake, Ropeway Cable Ride and Paragliding.
What to Eat: Thupka, Gya Thuk, Momos, Gundruk and Sinki, Wonton, Thenthuk, Shah-Pghaley, etc.
- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
The hidden gem in the lap of Northeastern Himalayas fringed with snow-peaked mountains, gold-and-white gompas, Buddhist Monastery, and fluttering colourful prayer flags. July is one of the best months to visit Tawang. You can drive from Guwahati to Tawang, passing through many small villages and enjoying picturesque views.
Places to Explore: Paradise Lake at Sela Pass, Taktsang Gompa, Tawang Monastery, Nuranang Waterfall, Gorichen Peak, Pankang Teng Tso Lake, and other tourist sightseeing attractions.
Things to Do: Shop at Tibetan Settlement Market, Meditate at Taktsang Gompa, Hile to Gorichen Peak, Sightseeing, Nature Walking around Sela Pass, and more.
What to Eat: Try traditional Monpa Cuisine, authentic dishes of Tawang like Khura, Zan, and Gyapa Khazi.
- Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan nestled on the Aravalli Hills. The city experience moderate showers making it an ideal place to visit in July. Waking up to the mist mountains and lush green forests rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul. Mount Abu is an ideal place for a relaxing escapade.
Places to Explore: Achalgarh Fort, Dilwara Jain Temples, Crocodile Park, Nakki Lake, Toad Rock, Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu Sunset Point, etc., to name a few.
Things to Do: Boat Riding, Nature Walk, Sightseeing, Trekking and Camping, Hiking, Bird Watching, Caving, and shopping at Nakki Lake Market.
What to Eat: You can try authentic Rajasthani delicacies like Ghoogri, Gatte ki Sabji, Pakori, Malpua, Lapsi, Ghevar, Makhaniya Lassi, Kicha ki Sabji, Kikoda ki Sabji, etc., to name a few.
- Diu, Gujrat
A famous spot for an exotic beach retreat, Diu in Gujrat is known for the beauty of its shores. Diu is renowned among travellers looking for a peaceful vacation away from the crowd and city life hassle. July offers blissful weather, and the route to Diu from Ahmedabad is ideal for a fantastic road trip.
Places to Explore: Nagoa Beach, Diu Fort, Shell Museum, Jalandhar Shrine, Una, Gangeshwar Temple, and more.
Things to Do: Boating, bar hopping, camping, birdwatching, witnessing surreal sunset and sunrise, meditation and yoga at the beach, strolling by the shores, etc.
What to Eat: Enjoy a wide variety of seafood in Diu and savour traditional Gujrati and Portuguese dishes.
- Panchgani, Maharashtra
To experience that gives you a feel of the good old days, travel to this beautiful and quiet town of Panchgani in Maharashtra. The charming town is adorned with old colonial cottages, lush green meadows, majestic hills, ancient silver oak forest, and pleasant weather. Panchgani is a fantastic place to visit in July and is just a 5-hour drive away from Mumbai and 2-hour drive away from Pune.
Book a car rental in Mumbai or hire a car in Pune and drive to this scenic town.
Places to Explore: Rajpuri Caves, Lord Karthikeya Temple, Parsi Point, Kash Vishweshwar Temple, Dhom Dam at Wai, Sherbaug, Tableland, Dholya Ganapati Temple, Kamalghat Fort, etc.
Things to Do: Boating, short excursion at nearby places, Chappal Shopping, Jeep Safari Tour, Sightseeing, Multiple Adventure Activities, Heritage Sightseeing etc.
What to Eat: Try Maharashtrian Street Food like Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Vada Pav, Sev Pav and Puri, Misal Pav, Dosa, etc., to name a few.
- Shimoga, Karnataka
Famously called the Cherrapunji of South India, Shimoga is a quaint village tuck in a veil of lush greenery and embellished with cascading waterfalls from the hills. It is another amazing place to visit in India in the month of July. Shimoga is known as the place where the popular fictional series Malgudi Days was based. Here you got another reason to visit and explore this majestic village that offers exhilarating views of the valley.
Places to Explore: Dabbe Falls, Agumbe, Gajanur Dam, Kundadri, Sakrebailu, Jog Falls, and more.
Things to Do: Mountain Trekking, Wildlife Safari, Sightseeing, Bird Watching, Camping, Wind Surfing, Water Rides, Canoeing, Kayaking, Picnic at Jog waterfalls, and much more,
What to Eat: Akki Roti, Bisi Bele Bath, Saaru, Benne Dosa, Jolada Roti, Sambhar, Idli, Vada, Uppittu, Davanagere Benne Dosa, etc.
- Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations. The scenery and weather form a romantic setting for couples—wake up to misty mornings with foggy nights. But in July you’ll experience pleasant weather with drizzling. Road Trip with your bae to Ooty is the best pick for your getaway.
Places to Explore: Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, Dolphin’s Nose, Avalanche Lake, Doddabetta, Botanical Garden, Deer Park, Tea Factory, Tribal Museum, etc.
Things to Do: Trek to Doddabetta- the highest point in the Nilgiri mountains, Toy Train Ride, Camping, fishing, rafting, taste homemade chocolates, try freshly brewed tea, waterfall hike, and more.
What to Eat: Kebabs, Homemade Chocolates, Momos, South India Cuisines, Curry Rice, and more.
Make July 2021 a memorable month with a road trip to any of these exotic lands. Ensure to follow COVID-19 precautions and guidelines by each state.
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