These are the best places to visit in June in India

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We have entered the sixth month of this year. (That was quick!) If you haven’t had the chance to embark on a well-deserved vacation yet, you can now. June is one of the best months to travel to India if you choose the right destination. To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best places to visit in June in India.

The best places to visit in June in India

Dzukou Valley

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking for an exceptional out-of-the-ordinary adventure, look no further than the magical Dzukou Valley in Nagaland. The Sleepy Valley is one of North East India’s best kept secrets. Relatively less explored with captivating scenery, it’s a paradise that can turn even the most discerning hiker into an ardent fan. The hills of the Mystical Valley offer a view of absolute storybook splendor. The incredible topography features dense green hills. In June, the Dzukou Valley turns into a botanist’s delight. A secret garden in the heart of the valley is carpeted with wildflowers and rhododendrons, the star of the show being the rare pink Dzukou lily, an endemic variety.

Bhandardara

If you’re looking forward to an offbeat experience, try attending the firefly festival in Bhandardara. The campsites here are home to a large number of fireflies or lightning bugs. Watching thousands of fireflies illuminate the valley with their fluorescent green light is a natural phenomenon not to be missed. Located 120 km from Pune, Bhandardara means “valley of treasures”, but these treasures are still largely unexplored. Enjoy serene boat rides on Lake Arthur, hike to the forts of Shivaji Hills, or marvel at Umbrella Falls in a beautiful, rustic setting.

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Next on our list of the best places to visit in June in India is Coorg, a perfect place for a serene family vacation. Nestled in the lush green mountains of Karnataka, the place is commonly referred to as ‘the Scotland of India’. A coffee lover’s paradise, Kodagu, as the locals call it, is full of places to discover, especially for nature and adventure lovers. From hiking Raja’s Seat for a panoramic view of the magnificent sunset to the natural beauty of Talacauvery, the choice is yours. Coorg is also known as one of the most promising stargazing sites in the country. Pack your tent and camping gear because you won’t want to return anytime soon after witnessing the night skies of Coorg.

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. Also known as Satpura ki Rani (or Queen of Satpura), this lofty destination is a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist caves married to cascading waterfalls. Legend has it that the Pandavas would have stayed there during their exile. Pachmarhi is also blessed with immense flora and is a quiet retreat with your loved one. Consider a quick dip in Bee Falls and Rajat Pratap waterfalls; or a picnic amidst lush vegetation at Priyadarshini Point (or Forsyth Point). The Cave Shelters here provide the perfect ambience for an intimate adventure, while the Dhoopgarh Sunset Point features mesmerizing orange hues.

Tirthan Valley

If you are a die-hard Himachal fan, give mainstream destinations a break this year and head to the Tirthan Valley. Once unexplored, Tirthan has also gained immense popularity among hikers and backpackers. It is one of the best places to visit in June in India. One of Himachal’s best kept secrets, the Tirthan Valley is easily one of the most scenic places in India. This verdant valley is filled with cloud-shrouded mountains, beautiful lakes, serene villages, hidden waterfalls, centuries-old temples, gurgling rivers and an almost untouched atmosphere.

Shillong

Also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong is one of India’s most beautiful destinations. Dotted with lush green hills, tranquil lakes and breathtaking waterfalls, Shillong seems straight out of a fairy tale. Umiam Lake, a man-made body of water surrounded by thick forests and the East Khasi hills, is one of the most popular places to visit. The three-tiered Elephant Falls, flanked by thick vegetation, is another popular spot. To learn more about Meghalaya, head to the Don Bosco Museum, which features an impressive collection of traditional clothing, weapons, and artifacts. Visit the police bazaar to buy local weavings.

Nubra Valley

The Nubra Valley in Ladakh will host the sixth edition of the Siachen Folk Festival on June 5. The event, organized to promote the cultural richness of the region, is also an attempt to raise awareness and highlight the Silk Road, among the oldest trade routes in the world. Located across the Khardung La Pass north of Leh, Nubra Valley is popular with travelers for its high-altitude sand dunes and double-humped Bactrian camels. The Nubra Valley is best visited on a two-day trip from Leh. On the first day you can visit Diskit and Hunder. The next day you can explore Sumur and Panamik.

pahalgam

Pahalgam, affectionately known as the “Valley of the Shepherds”, is undoubtedly a slice of heaven on Earth. Soak up the natural beauty and smell the fresh air of Poshwan Park, explore the enchanting Aru and Betaab Valleys and visit the Mamaleshwar Temple. Some of the unexplored places you could visit around Pahalgam include the Tulian Lake, a pure feast for the eyes, the ologotrophic Sheshnag Lake, the graceful Baisaran Valley and Lidderwat, a paradise for camping enthusiasts. Then there is Chatpal, which will take your breath away with its rolling landscape that features wildflowers and endless stretches of pine forests.

Kedarnath

An important spiritual and historical destination and an indispensable part of the Char Dham pilgrimage, Kedarnath attracts several thousand travelers each year. Nestled amidst snow-capped mountains and dense forests, Kedarnath enjoys pleasant weather throughout June. Several legends surround the temple, some claiming that it was built in the 8th century by a Hindu seer and others claiming that it was built by the King of Malwa in the 2nd century. The temple stands at a height of 10,248 feet above sea level and the carvings inside the temple are an important archaeological motif.

Tadoba

If you are a wildlife enthusiast and only had dry safaris in your kitty this year, try your luck in Tadoba. Known as the oldest national park in Maharashtra, Tadoba National Park is located in the Chandrapur district. It is part of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, making it Maharashtra’s largest national park. The beautiful landscape includes rolling hills and terrains, dense forest areas, smooth grasslands and deep valleys. Commonly spotted animals include nilgai, gaur, sloth bears, jungle cats, sambar, barking deer, badger, leopards and the majestic tiger.

This story first appeared on Travel + Leisure India.

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