18 Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations in India to Escape in April

Summers have stepped in and if you have already started looking out for the next summer destination in India, but not able to find anything other than the usual destinations, its time to get hold of something lesser traveled. This summer, gear up to beat the heat by adding these places to your list of “Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations” in India. 

Saputara, Gujarat

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Saputara Lake

A secluded destination at the borders of Maharashtra and Gujarat, Saputara hill station in the Western Ghats is gradually picking up attention from many travelers. It is only 88 kms from the Nasik City and the road is just right for a perfect weekend road trip.

The hill station has a soothing weather, and is lined with rainforests and natural lakes. You can engage in hiking, boating and cable car rides here.

Read: Road Trip to the Countryside – Enchanting Saputara

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Nasik
  2. Distance: 92 kms from Nasik
  3. Route: NH- 160

Where to Stay:-

  1. Hotel Aakar Lords Inn, Saputara – Find out more
  2. Hotel Vista Rooms – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Governor’s Hill
  2. Boating
  3. Cable Car Rides
  4. Hiking – Sardar Shikhar

Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Paragliding at Bir Billing

If adventure is at the top of your travel list, then escape to Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, one of the havens of ‘Para Gliding’. Take to the sky and find the landscapes under your feet, as you fly over the beautiful Himalayan ranges. I am sure once you are smitten and bitten by this sport, you will never want to get rid of those wings again.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Chandigarh
  2. Distance: 297 kms from Chandigarh Rly Stn
  3. Route: NH- 503

Where to Stay:-

  1. Zostel, Bir – Find out more
  2. Hotel Sagarmatha – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Paragliding
  2. Nature Trail Hike
  3. Visit Tea Gardens
  4. Deer Park and Dharmalaya Institute

Leh, J&K

When it comes to adventure, there is nothing better than an adventurous escape to the Leh mountains. And especially, when it is road-tripping the mountains where you camp, hike, ride, trek, walk all at the same time. Ladakh is an unparalleled adventure and a journey of a lifetime. If you are planning to break free from the mundane and give your life that deserving break, there is nothing that can fulfill your urge than a call from the mountains.

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Camel Rides in Leh

Read More: Chalo Leh Expedition – The Mountains are Calling

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Airport/ Town: Srinagar
  2. Distance: 40 mins by Air/ 8 hrs 50 mins by road—-> 436 kms
  3. Route by Road: NH-1
  4. Flights: Air India / Jet Airways

Where to Stay:-

  1. Zen Ladakh Hotel – Find out more
  2. Singge Palace – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Leh Palace
  2. Thikse Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Shey Monastery
  3. Visit Entomological Museum
  4. Hiking – Shillong Peak

Zuluk, Sikkim

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Zuluk Mountains

A small town escape from the mainstream Gangtok town, Zuluk is a solitary town surrounded with unprecedented mountain beauty. A sojourn that you have longed to take. All you need is relax and enjoy while the beauty around changes its patterns in subtle ways.

Take an excursion to the scenic Kalpokhari Lake, a natural lake in the form of a water bowl, on the way to the mysterious Adi Baba Temple hike.

Read More: Homestay Experience at Zuluk 

                      Planning a Family Road Trip to Gangtok

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Gangtok 
  2. Distance: 91 kms from Gangtok
  3. Route: NH- 10 via Jawaharlal Nehru Road

Where to Stay:-

  1. The Orange Court Resort – Find out more
  2. Lily Flora Residency – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Kalpokhari Lake Excursion
  2. Adi Baba Temple
  3. Tsomogo Lake
  4. Gnathang Valley

Kudremukh Hills, Chikmaglur, Karnataka

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Picturesque Kudremukh Hills

Kudremukh near Chikmaglur, Karnataka is one of the popular peaks in Karnataka. Known for its picturesque grasslands, spectacular envelope of clouds and rich bio-diversity, Kudremukh hills is every travelers dream nature trail.

Because of its abundant natural diversity and eco-sensitivity, the travelers planning their trekking and hiking trails here are expected to follow the rules of responsible tourism to prevent its beauty. After all, it is our treasure and it is our duty to preserve it well, for us and for the future.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Mysore Rly Stn /Mangalore Rly Stn 
  2. Distance: 284 kms (6+ hrs)/ 113 kms ( 2 hrs 28 mins)
  3. Route: SH- 66/NH 169

Where to Stay:-

  1. Cordel Farms, Mangalore – Find out more
  2. The Sattva Retreat – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Trekking
  2. Nature Trails & Waterfalls
  3. Hiking
  4. Eco-Tours

Harihareshwar Beach, Raigad, Maharashtra

The Harihareshwar Beach in the Raigad District of Maharashtra is essentially divided in to Srivardhan and Diveghar beaches, which form popular weekend getaways from Pune. The beaches are a perfect escape from the rush hours of the city. It also forms a major pilgrimage centre and also known as Devbhumi, due to the presence of Harihareshwar Temple.

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Sunsets on the Harihareshwar Beach

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Raigad
  2. Distance: 85 kms from Raigad Rly Stn
  3. Route: SH- 97

Where to Stay:-

  1. Hotel Sunshine, Raigarh- Find out more
  2. Hotel Trinity Grand – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Harihareshwar Beach Trail
  2. Srivardhan and Diveghar Beach
  3. Harihareshwar Temple

Shillong, Meghalaya

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Shillong Beauty

The abode of the clouds (Megh-Alaya) is apt in name in its literal sense, as you are actually engulfing into them as you keep driving. With the NH-6 expanded into a 6-lane highway, reaching Shillong from Guwahati is just a matter of 3 hours. And guess what, the motion-sick too will find their drowsiness vanished for a moment, through those finely cut zig-zag routes.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Guwahati
  2. Distance: 109 kms from Guwahati Rly Stn
  3. Route: NH- 6

Where to Stay:-

  1. Hotel Shaurya Inn, Shillong – Find out more
  2. Hotel Centre Point – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Elephant Falls
  2. Wards Lake and Umiam Lake
  3. Visit Entomological Museum
  4. Hiking – Shillong Peak

Lachung, Sikkim

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Yumthang Valleys Lachung

The Lachung Valleys in the North Sikkim is a small town bordering Tibet and is located along the banks of the Teesta River. Another erstwhile Silk Route, which remained closed for a long time, the town is now gradually picking up pace with more and more travelers visiting the place between October and May.

The Yumthang Valleys in Lachung is a 50 mins drive from Lachung town and is a breathtaking escape in the Himalayan mountains. The Teesta river offers many camping spots along its river banks and can be your ideal summer adventure this year.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Town: Gangtok
  2. Distance: 142 kms from Gangtok
  3. Route: SH-310A

Where to Stay:-

  1. Delight Hotels Royal Lachen – Find out more
  2. Etho Metho Hotel – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Hiking – Yumthang Valleys
  2. Lachung Monastery
  3. Lachung River Trails

Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Gaumukh -the origin of Ganges River

One of the many reasons you would not like to just go up to Rishikesh and come back is because you are just 7 hours from the origin of the most auspicious river of India – Gangotri. All the way, the Ganges flows as the Bhagirathi river until its waters intersect with that of Alaknanda River, at Devprayag, Uttarakhand.

This place is also referred to as Sangam, as you can clearly differentiate between the colour of the waters from the two rivers; something that you also witness in Varanasi.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Rishikesh
  2. Distance: 264 kms from Rishikesh Rly Stn (Approx 7 hrs)
  3. Route: NH- 34

Where to Stay:-

  1. Yamnotri River Bank Resort – Find out more
  2. Prakriti Retreat – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Bhaironghati Hike
  2. Gangotri Hike
  3. Visit Dodital Fresh water Lake
  4. Spiritual Escape – Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Chopta, Uttarakhand

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Chopta Valleys

If you are not looking for a hike too arduous to handle, rather a simpler circuit, then Chopta is just the right place to be. Located along the Rishikesh-Gopeshwar Highway, Chopta overlooks the scenic Deorital Ranges with exotic natural lakes and greenery all the way. The evenings are ideal for some music and wine over campfire.

Read More: Road Trip and Camping Guide to Chopta, Uttarakhand

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Rishikesh
  2. Distance: 201 kms from Rishikesh Rly Stn (Approx 6 hrs)
  3. Route: NH- 7

Where to Stay:-

  1. Pristine Eco Camps, Chopta – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Deorital Lake
  2. Spiritual Escape – Tunganath Temple
  3. Chandrashila Hike

Munnar, Kerala

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Munnar Tea Gardens

While the backwater towns of Kerala drench in humidity as the April sets in, Kerala opens up its surprise package as you head for the Munnar Hills. Kerala is a destination with a myriad combination of backwaters, beaches and hills all packed into one state. Thus, you will never run out of choices when you are in Kerala.

As the summers set in, the misty Munnar valleys and its exotic tea gardens await the wanderlust travelers to explore its serendipitous beauty.

Read More: Why Munnar is one of the Most Exotic Holiday Destinations 

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Guwahati
  2. Distance: 109 kms from Guwahati Rly Stn
  3. Route: NH- 6

Where to Stay:-

  1. Munnar Tea Country Resort (Recommended) – Find out more
  2. Forest Glade Resorts – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Tea Garden Trails
  2. Boating

Panshet Dam, Pune

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Surreal Landscapes – Panshet Dam

‘Wow’ would be an understatement, when you speak of the natural hills that surround the Ambi River on the outskirts of Pune. Apart from being the source of drinking water for the entire Pune City, the Panshet Dam gives a spectacular view of the Sahyadri mountains at the backdrop. The surreal landscape comes with soothing breeze of fresh air that adds to your calm and lets you ease out in the lap of nature.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Pune
  2. Distance: 44 kms
  3. Route: Sinhagad Road / NDA Road

Where to Stay:-

  1. Hotel Golden Emerald – Find out more
  2. Hotel HMR Royal Inn – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Camping
  2. Day Hikes
  3. Photography

Murud Jajira Fort, Raigad, Maharashtra

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Murud Jajira Fort

For many reasons they call it the Ajinkyaratna (The unconquered one) and you will know why. the Murud Jajira (Jazeera) in Raigad is a fort almost built on the sea water surface and remained unconquered til the end of its glorious days.

Now it is time to challenge yourself to win over it; to start with, finding the entrance gate to the fort;  the only way to reach there is by boat. This fort remained invincible until it landed into the hands of Independent India after 1947.

Now the twist in the tale – how the hell did they make a fresh water pond inside a fort surrounded by sea from all sides?

Well, if only you could find out and let me know!! 🙂

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Mumbai/Pune
  2. Distance: 171 kms from Mumbai / 183 kms from Pune
  3. Route: SH-92/ SH- 114

Where to Stay:-

  1. Beach Resort Igloo House – Find out more
  2. Camp Wanderlust – Find out more
  3. V- Resorts  – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Murud Fort Hike
  2. Murud Beach trail
  3. Kasa Caves

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Bandipur National Park

There are few Wild Life sanctuaries in India where you come in near direct contact with the wild, and Bandipur National Park in Karnataka is one of them. The Bandipur National Park is home to several endangered wildlife species including tigers. Expect meeting the animals while you drive down to the sanctuary and hence, maintaining low-speed is essential.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Ooty
  2. Distance: 48 kms from Ooty
  3. Route: NH- 181

Where to Stay:-

  1. Fabhotel Khems – Find out more
  2. Garden Manor Ooty – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Wildlife Safari
  2. Wildlife photography

Doddabeta Peaks, Tamil Nadu

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Dodabetta Peaks

The Dodabetta peaks in the Nilgiri mountains in one of the rare challenges you can undertake. At a height of more than 8500 feet, Dodabetta is also a natural eco-diversity park with stretches of rhododendrons, alpine trees, and herbs. The Dodabetta peaks form a part of the Udagamandalam (Ooty valleys) along with the surrounding peaks of the Snow Down Hill, the Club Hill and the Elk Hills, constituting a rich natural biodiversity.

This also calls in for the travelers to follow the rules of eco-preservation while also having an enriching natural experience.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Ooty
  2. Distance: 9 kms from Ooty Rly Stn
  3. Route: SH- 15

Where to Stay:-

  1. Colonel’s Inn, Ooty – Find out more
  2. AI Woodlands Residency, Ooty – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Dodabetta Hiking Trails
  2. Telescope House
  3. Visit Botanical Gardens
  4. Boating – Ooty Lake

Pench National Park, Seoni, Madhya Pradesh

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Pench National Park

The Pench National Park in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh is an abode to the endangered tigers and many other wild animals and is a pride of Central India. Little do people know that the Pench National Park has found its place in the ‘Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book with the jungle set up created from that of the park.

The Pench river, that flows through the national park attracts several wild species such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, the sloth bear, indian wolves, antelope and several bird species including the migratory ones such as the blue kingfisher, wagtails, and even peacocks.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Nagpur
  2. Distance: 96 kms from Nagpur Rly Stn
  3. Route: NH- 44

Where to Stay:-

  1. Pench Jungle Camp, Pench – Find out more
  2. Tathastu Resort (Recommended) – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Wild Life Safari
  2. Photography

 Dharchula, Uttarakhand

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Mansarovar Lake

Enroute the traditional ‘Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Route’, as also the erstwhile Indochina Silk Route, Dharchula is a part of the Pithoragarh District of Himachal Pradesh. Come summers, and the riverines here fill up with refreshing blue waters from the melting snow. The chill in the air still remains while the sunshine gets brighter.

Apart from its natural beauty, Dharchula drew attention and interest among travelers due to its abundance of the ‘Mysterious Himalayan Herb – Yarsagumba’, that is a Himalayan natural aphrodisiac and medicine, having incredible healing properties.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Haridwar—->Nainital (By Road)
  2. Distance: 500 kms from Haridwar / 263  kms from Nainital
  3. Route: NH-109

Where to Stay:-

  1. Ojaswi Resort, Pithoragarh – Find out more
  2. Hotel Bakhlee – Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. Visit Mansarovar Lake
  2. Visit Chirkila Dam
  3. Nature Photography
  4. Camping

Bhalukpong, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh

Lesser Traveled Summer Destinations
Breathtaking Bhalukpong

A small town located along the Kameng River, the Bhalukpong is a pristine road trip all the way, with vast open lands on the either side of the road, breathtaking mountain ridges lining the horizon and several stretches of river banks, ideal for a perfect summer camp, and nature photography.

How to Reach:-

  1. Nearest Railway Station/ Town: Tezpur
  2. Distance: 56 kms by road
  3. Route: NH-15 via Balipara

Where to Stay:-

  1. Hotel KRC Palace Tezpur – Find out more
  2. Hotel Fern Residency, Tezpur- Find out more

Activities to do:-

  1. River Rafting
  2. Fish Angling
  3. Nature Photography
  4. Camping

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