The stunningly sacred state of Uttarakhand is nestled peacefully in the lap of Himalayas and there is no dearth of greenery, pleasant weather, and tranquillity.
The sweet melody of the softly flowing river combined with the singing of the birds here with the overlooking snow-capped mountain peaks makes it one of the most sought-after summer vacation destinations in India.
If you are still confused about where you can escape from the scorching heat then your search ends now.
Here are the top 15 choices for summer holiday destinations in Uttarakhand:
1. Jeolikote (Nainital)
This is one of the most underrated hidden getaway gems of Uttarakhand consisting of untouched bountiful nature. Along with the pleasant weather, it is also a wonderful spot for bird watchers and adventure seekers.
Surrounded by thriving forests and peaceful tranquillity this place is a great choice for spending your summer vacations with your family.
From camping under the glittering stars to hiking on the natural trails there is a new adventure waiting for you at every turn.
2. Binsar (Almora)
Surrounded by forests of pine and oaks the scenic hamlet of Binsar is perched amongst some of the most picturesque views of the natural Himalayan ranges like Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Panchachuli among other ranges.
The panoramic views work as an add on to other adventure activities like taking a jeep safari in Binsar wildlife sanctuary.
Home to some of the most historic sites, shrines and temples the backdrop here is extremely awe-inspiring.
3. Munsiyari (Pithoragarh)
Serving as the base point for trekking to further destinations this place will be the ideal place to spend with your family as an escape from the scorching heat of the plains.
The name itself means – the place with snow and offers a 360 degree of panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas which only adds on to its charm.
This increasingly becomes a hub for tourism and an ideal place for spending some peaceful time away from the maddening time.
4. Harsil (Uttarkashi)
The unexplored scenic destination of Harsil is settled amidst the quaint natural surrounding and due to its proximity to the Sacred Char Dham Yatra shrine of Gangotri serves as an important tourist getaway destination in Uttarakhand.
During the summer season, the place comes to life with pilgrims and nature lovers who visit here to spend some cool time here.
Located right next to the holy Bhagirathi River the place boasts of a serene ambiance.
5. Valley of Flowers National Park (Chamoli)
The UNESCO world heritage site of Valley of Flowers is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna collections in high altitude regions. The gentle lush green slopes surrounding the park which is devoid of tall trees but is replete with thriving grasses and plants.
The historical significance of this place has been found in ancient texts as the place where yogis used to perform meditation.
The comfortable weather conditions here during its opening season is worth a visit.
6. Mukteshwar (Nainital)
Summertime is the time to beat the heat by visiting one of the most incredibly peaceful, scenic and cool holiday destinations in Uttarakhand.
The place gets its name from the 350- year-old temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva here.
The aura of the place is completely doused in a deep sense of spiritualism and serenity. Take short trips on the natural trails and feel the positive vibes here.
7. Nag Tibba (Dehradun)
The pollution free and untainted destination on Nag Tibba is a refreshing and relieving destination for any family looking to spend it among the pleasant weather and have an adventurous experience.
Surrounded by some of the majestic peaks of Swargarohini, Gangotri, Kedar dome and Bandarpoonch, etc. this place is replete with the incredibly scenic beauty of meadows and thick forests.
This will be a unique and fun way of spending your holiday and will leave you with a lifetime worth of memories.
8. Kausani (Bageshwar)
This backpacker’s paradise of Kausani is one of the most feel good and pleasant destinations for nature lovers and peace seekers.
You will be able to savor some of the most awe-inspiring staggering beauty of the Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi as well as the Panchachuli peaks.
This place has also been visited by the father of the nation ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ and the alluring beauty here is unparalleled.
Although this place is a famous winter vacation destination as a top skiing destination this place is a lesser-known pristine summer getaway destination of India.
Once the snow melts away completely the rolling hills here gets completely covered in a lush green cover which is a stark contrast against the snow white backdrop.
Accompanied by cool weather conditions summer in Auli is perfect for walking on the hiking trails and going on fun treks in the wilderness of Uttarakhand.
10. New Tehri (Tehri Garhwal)
The old town of Tehri was sitting right on the confluence of Bhagirathi and BhilangnaRivers which in the olden days used to serve as the princely state during the colonial era.
However, due to the construction of the Tehri dam the old Tehri region was completely submerged and the population was shifted to New Tehri.
It is one of the most offbeat destinations of Uttarakhand and is especially visited by adventure seekers and nature lovers or people looking to spend the summer away from the heat in the plains.
11. Chopta (Rudraprayag)
What better way of spending your holiday than amidst the scenic beauty of the surrounding snow-clad peaks.
Here not only will the weather be a refreshing experience but you can even have a deeply spiritual experience by visiting the Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak.
This is the ideal place for everyone who is seeking not only pleasant weather but also somewhere holy and sacred to visit.
12. Chakrata (Dehradun)
This is one of the most well preserved and hidden getaway summer destination for families looking to bond over scenic surrounding and go on peaceful picnics.
This is a delight for everyone looking to spend some time in the cool weather, lush greenery, quiet surrounding, and the pleasant climate, especially during the summer months.
In case you are looking for a vacation destination in May or June then this is the best place to be.
13. Dhanaulti (Tehri Garhwal)
Located amongst the picturesque foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas the peace and rejuvenating ambiance here is incomparable to anywhere else.
A great place to take a break from the chaotic city life this is also an ideal destination for families with children due to the presence of fun eco-park.
Anywhere you look or no matter where you go here you will be presented with some of the most stunningly beautiful and bountiful nature.
14. Pangot (Nainital)
This quaint hamlet and picturesque destination filled with an incredible collection of various flora, fauna, and jungles.
Situated in close proximity to the main town of Nainital this place enables the tourists to have a fun and fulfilling time with their family and revel in the cool atmosphere.
Being the habitat of Kilbury bird sanctuary this place is one of the best places to observe the exotic birds of India.
15. Satkhol (Nainital)
Situated on the scenic foothills of the majestic Himalayas on an elevation of 1,900 meters above sea level the place displays the natural grandeur of the hills.
Covered in orange groves, willows and colorful flowers dotting the region this place is replete with incredible winding paths from where you will be able to witness the awe-inspiring bountiful natural beauty which Satkhol is blessed with.