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8 Exotic Places to Visit in India in May

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Shedding the cold of winter and welcoming the warmth of summer, May is an ideal time to travel in India. Be it the need to beat the heat, or mere lust to travel to new places, our country has its fair share of destinations to head during the summer holidays. So here are the exotic places in India that will fulfill the wandering tendencies in all of us.

1. Meghalaya


Wrapped in a lush green cover, Meghalaya is a beautiful north-eastern state with an unspoilt and untouched scenery. The monsoons add colour to the entire region, thus filling up the waterfalls and adding a dramatic element to the topography. Some of the prominent attractions here include Murlen National Park, Dawki, Baghmara, Nohsngithiang Falls, Umiam lake, Dampa Tiger Reserve and Elephant Falls. A must visit destination in May to experience the nature at its best.

2. Tawang

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Tucked away in the mesmerising state of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a perfect mix of elegance and pristine wildness. The town is cradled in the Himalayas and remains covered with snow throughout the year. The mountainous backdrop, gushing streams and glassy lakes make Tawang an ideal destination to visit during May.

3. Dharamshala

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If you weren’t already head-over-heels in love with Himachal Pradesh, a trip to Dharamshala will definitely cast you into the deepest of adorations. The awe-inspiring backdrop and the unique culture of this hill retreat makes it a suitable place to unwind and relax. The town is popularly known as the ‘Mini Tibet’ of India as it is the seat to the Tibetan Government in exile in India. Here you will find the bustling markets, monasteries and colourful Tibetan prayer flags taking up most of the part of the town.

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4. Ooty


Before the blazing summer heat sets in, head to Ooty for an easy and accessible city break. This delightful hill station in Tamil Nadu will charm you with its laid-back luxurious grace. The enthralling sites, pretty cottages and tea plantations will be a treat for your eyes. Head here, and soak in the beauty and the aroma of Ooty.

5. Gulmarg

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We’ve talked about Gulmarg over and over again, for this destination is one the most amazing places to be in India. Adorned with meadows of flowers, rich cultural heritage, glorious lakes and mighty mountain peaks, Gulmarg definitely tops our list of places to visit in May.

P.S. Gulamrg has the world’s second highest golf course.

6. Almora

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Come May we’re vacation-dreamin’! For someone who likes spending summer break in a relaxed and calm surroundings can head to the sleepy town in Himalayas – Almora. The town is lined with a number of old temples and traditional markets, thus imparting a spiritual aura to the entire place. Also, the dolled up houses and homestays give Almora a colourful essence. Enjoy the laid-back settings and rejuvenate in this alluring hill station.

7. Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar is a gorgeous hill town in Maharashtra. It holds a rich princely legacy which can be seen in the architecture that earmarks the town. With the scenic beauty, spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset and trekking routes, Mahabaleshwar is an ideal destination for solo travellers, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Plan a trip to Mahabaleshwar and get lost in the nature.

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8. Manali


Manali is insanely beautiful year-round but in May it comes to life. The flowers bloom and the mountain peaks towering in the backdrop shed away the snow and offer a breathtaking sight. There’s an abundance of romantic getaways within the town to forget about the rest of the world. If you are the one who’s into adventure, you can indulge in some adrenaline pumping activities like rafting, skiing, hiking, paragliding and mountaineering, and you’re surely going to have a good time.

Have you been to any destination which we haven’t already mentioned, and is ideal for May? Let us know in the comments below.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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