If you live in India, you will know how hot the month of May is. It is extremely hot, and people get scared even to step out of the house between 10 AM to 5 PM. This is the right time for you if you are planning a trip to a cool place. Many locations in India are pleasant and inviting, even in May. Summer is the right time for you to pack your bags and get out away from the hot climate. From Kerala in South India to Spiti in North India, there are some amazing places that you should visit at least once, especially during May.
Best Places to Visit in May in India
If you are looking for some of the best places to visit in May in India, then you are at the right place. Here are some of the best and most affordable places that you can try…
#1. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Let us start the list from a place in North Indian state Himachal Pradesh, Spiti. It is popular as one of the coldest deserts. Spiti’s meaning is “Middle Land,” and that is because it lies exactly between Tibet and India. You should add this place at the top of the list because it is an amazing place. You get an amazing glance of the Himalayan Mountains capped with snow. It has abundant beauty of nature. The temperature will be between 18 degrees C to 25 degrees C. If you are going by train, then Shimla Railway Station is the nearest station. By air, you should reach the Bhuntar or Kullu Airport and then take a cab.
The next beautiful place that you can explore in May is God’s own country, Kerala. This place is popular for the backwaters, and it is a famous destination for honeymoon couples. This place is beautiful in May, but its beauty remains the same throughout the year. It is a perfect combination of nature, palm trees, beaches, mountains, and backwaters. The temperature ranges between 22 degrees C to 28 degrees C. There are many beautiful places in and around Kerala like Bekal Fort, Alleppey, Kovalam Beach, Fort Kochi, Periyar National Park, and many other places. There are several trains available to Kerala from every corner of the country. By air, you need to reach the Thiruvananthapuram airport.
#3. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
If you are someone who loves to visit hill stations, then you should check out Lansdowne. This place is situated in the state of Uttarakhand in North India. You can call it a hidden gem of this state. Whenever you wish to escape from the busy and hectic life of Delhi, then this is the place that you should visit. Your trip to Lansdowne is going to be one of the best memories of your life. The place is so peaceful and charming that you will want to visit it again. People from Delhi and nearby places travel a lot to this place. The temperature will range between 20 degrees C to 20 degrees C, but the scenic beauty of this place is amazing. The Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhulla Lake, War Memorial are some of the must-visit places here. Dehradun Airport is perfect for those who travel through the air, and Kotdwar railway station is the nearest station. If you are traveling from Delhi, it is just six hours away by road.
#4. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh
During summers, especially in the month of May, Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to visit. Here we have another amazing place to visit in Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj. This is another place that takes you close to mother nature. It is a perfect place to visit with friends and family in the month of May. Even if you are planning a solo trip, it is the right place for you. In this place, you can try some adventure sports like trekking, hiking, boating and at the same time, you can make it a peaceful trip as well. The average temperature is going to range between 22 degrees C to 30 degrees C. The Bhagsu Falls, Triund and Dal Lake, Tibetan Museum, and Bhagsu Nag temple are the major attractions. If you are traveling by air, you should reach Gaggal Airport, and Mcleodganj is just 18 km away. Pathankot Junction is the nearest railway station. You also have a bus facility from nearby cities.
#5. Bir Billing. Himachal Pradesh
Like we already discussed, Himachal Pradesh has some of the best and most amazing places to visit during the summer months. Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to visit in the month of May. This place is very popular for Paragliding, and those who love Paragliding will have real fun here. If you try Paragliding, then Billing will be your take-off place, and Bir is the landing area. The weather of this place is just perfect during the summer month. The temperature is going to range between 11degrees C to 22 degrees C. The Bir tea factory, Chokling Monastery, and Sherab Ling Monastery are some of the must-visit spots in this place. Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport, and you need to travel 45 km by car to reach Bir. From Delhi, you have several buses to Bir, and it is a 12-hour journey.
#6. Chail, Himachal Pradesh
Most of the places on our list are from North India as the temperature is not very high during the summer months. Chail is a very beautiful hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This vacation spot is popularly known as The Summer Capital. This place is located 2250 meters above sea level. The beautiful scenic view of this place is something that you will capture for the rest of your life. The cricket stadium of Chali is known as the world’s highest stadium. The Kali temple, Palace hotel, Sidh Baba Temple, Himalayan Nature Park, and Chail wildlife sanctuary are tourist spots to visit in Chail. If you want to reach this place by air, the Jabarhatti airport is the nearest one. If you come by train, then reach Kalka railway station and travel another 81 km by road. For people who stay in nearby cities, by road is the best way to reach Chail.
#7. Kausani, Uttarakhand
Another must-visit place in the month of May in India is Kausani. This place Kausani is located in the state of Uttarakhand. This place is located 1800 meters above sea level. That means the view you are going to enjoy is just amazing. The sun rising over the Himalayan Mountains is one of the best views that you can never forget in your life. It is a memory that you are going to cherish for the rest of your life. You can also get a panoramic view of the Trisul and Nanda Devi Hills. The Gandhi Ashram, Rudhradhari Falls & Caves, Baijnath temple, and tea estates are some of the best places you can visit in Kausani. The temperature is going to range between 9 degrees C to 25 degrees C. This place is 177 km away from the Pantnagar airport. By train, you will have to reach Kathgodam railways Station, which is close to Nainital. You can also reach this place from Delhi by road. It is a 10-hour journey.
#8. Sandakphu, Darjeeling
Sandakphu or also known as Sandakpur, is located in Darjeeling’s North West region. This is the peak on the Singalia Ridge, and being the highest peak on this ridge, it is popular for trekking. This place is located 3636 meters above sea level. If you are someone who loves trekking, then you should visit this place. Plan a trekking trip to Sandakphu with friends, and it is going to be one of your best memories. There are many tourist spots to visit in and around this place. The climate is just amazing during the month of May. It ranges from 6 degrees C to 12 degrees C. You can also visit the tea estates of Darjeeling. If you wish to reach this place by climbing or trekking, then you will have to plan it during day time. It is 32 km and is too steep, so it is not safe. You can also reach this place by jeep in five hours from Manebhanjan.
#9. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
If you are looking for a fun-filled trip with your entire family, then Mount Abu is an amazing choice. Especially if you have kids as part of your trip, then they will have more fun. Mount Abu is located in the state of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the land of kings and is an amazing city in India. In the wildlife sanctuary, you will witness several animal species. The Dilwara temple of this place is another good spot to visit, and you can also include the Jain temples. The lowest temperature can be 21 degrees C, and the highest can be 31 degrees C. You can go for bird watching, camping, boating, and trekking. Maharana Pratap Airport is the nearest airport for reaching Mount Abu. You will have to travel 176 km from the airport to reach Mount Abu. Abu railway station is the nearest station and is 28 km away from the city. This place is very well connected by road as well.
If you have never been to Kashmir, then this is a place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. Kashmir has impeccable beauty, and no place in India can beat its beauty. It is known as heaven on Earth. In the month of May, you will enjoy a pleasant climate. In Kashmir, there are a number of places that you can visit like Gulmarg, Srinagar, Leh, and others. So, if you want to beat the heat of summer, then this is the best choice. You will bring back an experience of your life when you come back home. A ride to Shikara, Gandola, houseboats, and playing Golf are some of the activities you can try in Kashmir. To reach Kashmir, Srinagar airport is the nearest airport. Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station. It is known as one of the busiest railway stations in India.
#11. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Here we have another beautiful place in the state of Himachal Pradesh, and that is Manali. The magnificent landscape of this place is very popular. If you are not visiting this place at least once, you will definitely miss an amazing place. The colorful flowers, snow, and scenic view of Manali is just mesmerizing. The small market on this hill station is one of the must-visit places if you wish to shop something in Manali. The skiing experience at Solang Valley is something that you should never miss if you are visiting Manali. May is the best time to visit, but the climate is good throughout the year. The temperature is going to range between 10 degrees C to 27 degrees C. The Manali Sanctuary, Manu Temple, and Hidimba devi temple in Manali are some tourist spots here. Located 50 km away from Manali, Bhuntar Airport is the nearest airport. There are many buses available from Delhi, Simla, Dharamshala, and Kullu to Manali. If you are a fan of hill stations, then you should add this to your travel list.
Apart from these, there are many other places that you can visit in May in India. You can visit Shimla, Ooty, Gangtok, Auli, Chikmagalur, Kinnaur, Dandeli, Kotagiri, Kadmat Island, Horsley Hills, Ladakh, Tirthan Valley, Almora, and many other places. All these places are well connected to the railway station and airports. You can also reach them by road. If you live in any nearby city to the place you wish to visit, it is good to travel by road. That adds more fun and memories to your trip. So, prepare your list in advance and make all your preparation and planning well in advance. That helps you save all the stress that you need to take for planning at the last minute.