10 Lesser-Known Hill Stations to visit in May in India to Beat the Summer Heat
To beat the heat of the Indian summers, most people head towards the popular hill stations of the northern part of India. Most of these popular tourist destinations are too crowded during the summer month of May. However, India is incredible in terms of diversity and there are many other amazing hill stations across the country. When there are so many options, why not explore some lesser known and unexplored hill stations in India this May? Read on and make your travel plans ready soon.
1. Bermiok, Sikkim
Bermiok is an underrated hillstation in West Sikkim which offers a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Koktang, Kumbhkaran, Rathong and many other Himalayan peaks. The play of colour and light at the snow-capped peaks from sunrise to sunset is an unforgettable experience. With a number of places for sightseeing, Bermiok is also a great destination for bird watching. The “Hee-Bermiok Festival” showcasing the tribal culture, dance and music, held in the month of May is something to cherish for the lifetime.
2. Sitlakhet, Uttarakhand
A less crowded hill station in Uttarakhand, Sitlakhet offers unadulterated nature at its best. Surrounded with dense pine forests and undulating mountain ranges, Sitlakhet looks breath-taking during sunrise and sunset. The panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayas here is the best in the region. The locale is not developed yet as a tourist hub and is rustic. The forests are home to wild animals and hence, going out after sunset is normally discouraged. Enjoy hiking, camping, bird watching, and bonfires in the midst of amazing nature.
3. Mokokchung, Nagaland
Mokokchung is an exotic location to explore the local tribal culture of Nagaland. A small district town surrounded with hills and oranges, Mokokchung is surprisingly picturesque and best explored while hiking. Get up close with the traditions and culture of the Ao Naga Tribe and visit their hamlet at Ungma. Other places of interest are Molung and Lankham, a resting place of the souls (folk belief) on the way to heaven, surrounded with rhododendrons.
4. Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh
The gateway to the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, Sarahan is a beautiful small hill town overlooking the snow-clad mountain ranges of Shrikhand and Karthik Swamy from east to west. The summer capital of the royal Bushahar Kings, Sarahan also has the popular Bhimakali Temple, one of the main attractions of the place for its pagoda like structure, and the royal Padam Palace. While during the winters, Sarahan is under snow, the summer month of May is significantly pleasant offering lush green valleys, pleasantly cool weather and picturesque scenic beauty.
5. Yercaud, Tamil Nadu
Yercaud is a serene, less crowded hill station located in Tamil Nadu with bounties of coffee, oranges and eucalyptus plantations. With an unpredictable game of clouds and sunshine, Yercaud has almost everything to charm you with its subtlety.
6. Dhotre, West Bengal
Dhotre is a small hamlet located in the buffer zone of the Singalila National park, Darjeeling. With awesome views of the Kanchenjunga, Dhotre is an awesome destination for nature lovers. Adventure lovers can trek to Tonglu from Dhotre.
7. Padum, Kashmir
Padum, located in Kashmir, is undoubtedly a heavenly display of nature. Bright blue sky, rugged bare mountains and snow, Padum is the headquarters of the Zanskar Valley. Breathtakingly beautiful, no words can match its beauty. Gompa dating back to 2nd century and monasteries of 16th and 17th century are the major attractions other than scenic beauty.
8. Chopta, Uttarkhand
Chopta is a small mountain hamlet in the lap of Tunganath hill, Uttarakhand. Surrounded with rhododendron, cedar, maple, fir and some exotic varieties of orchids and birds, Chopta is a surprisingly beautiful destination. For people who enjoy birdwatching, this place you are going to love. However, pack in a lot of warm clothes when visiting as temperatures are quite low. Trekking to Tunganath starts from here.
9. Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh
Bomdila, located in Arunachal Pradesh, offers an amazing nature canvas. Orchids, cactus, forests, Himalayas, reserve forest, rivers, monasteries, orchards, playful clouds – Bomdila has everything for nature lovers. While December to March is the time to enjoy snowfall, the month of May is one of the best times to visit Bomdila at its best.
10. Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
Kotagiri is the most ancient city of the Nilgiri Hills, located in Tamil Nadu, housing the Kota tribes. Surrounded with the best tea gardens of the Nilgiris, Kotagiri has a hypnotic green canvas to welcome its visitors. Offering an incredible sunrise from the Kodanad View Point from where the entire Nilgiri ranges are visible, other centres of attraction are St. Catherine Falls, Elke Falls, Ranganathaswamy Peak and Pillar, Kota Temple and handicrafts centre.
Now that you have got the list, which of these are you adding in your bucket list for May? Want to add something to this list? Comment below.
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