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The diverse topography, vibrant culture, delectable cuisine, and bountiful natural beauty make India one of the most traveller-friendly countries. No matter what time of the year it is, there are plenty of places you can visit to enjoy a peaceful vacation with your loved ones and create cherished memories. 

But, the harsh summers in May definitely call for a cool retreat amongst the lush green in the mountains or at a beach where you can chill your feet and get some vitamin sea. So, we have put together a few places that you can visit in India this May. 

Kausani, Uttarakhand

Perched comfortably at about 1800 metres above sea level, Kausani in Uttarakhand, is one of the best places to visit in May. With the temperature hovering around 9 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius, it is a perfect place to escape and enjoy the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas. 

From going on a trek to witnessing the magical sunrise at Nanda Devi Hills to going on a bird-watching expedition or exploring the Rudradhari caves and the endless slopes of tea estates, there are plenty of things to do here that will keep your spirits high all day long.

You can also plan your stay amidst nature in our Club Mahindra Binsar Valley Resort near Almora. Here you can experience bird watching and indulge in activities like Village trek, River picnic and experience Pahadi massage.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Famous for being one of the best ski destinations in India in winters, Auli in May has much more to offer. It is dotted with acres of apple orchards and oak trees that add another layer of charm to the beauty of its landscape. 

There are many places where you can go trekking with your friends and family during the summer and enjoy the spellbinding view of the mountains from atop. The maximum temperature in Auli reaches up to 27 degrees Celsius in May. It is the perfect weather to roam around the town and soak in its beauty. 

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang is one of the most popular hill stations in the North East. Located in Arunachal Pradesh, it is a mecca for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Here you can find solace in the bountiful natural beauty and the lush greenery that surrounds you everywhere. 

The cool temperature, warm hospitality and friendly locals will surely make your trip one of the best ever. While you are here, you ought to visit one of the many monasteries and the Tawang War Memorial to experience India's cultural diversity. 

Shillong, Meghalaya

The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong, has rightfully earned the sobriquet 'the Scotland of the East,' thanks to the many natural surprises it holds within. From the most exotic waterfalls to pristine rivers and enticing hiking trails, Shillong makes a perfect destination for a summer vacation. During May, the weather in the city ranges from 15 to 24 degrees celsius, which is perfect for exploring the city. 

You can enjoy the best of what the city has to offer by staying at Club Mahindra’s associate resort, Polo Towers in Shillong. Located at the heart of the city, it provides a serene living space and is a perfect resort for Shillong adventures

Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

A popular gateway for the Mumbaikars and the people of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is the perfect destination to escape the extreme heat in May. One of the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar, is known for two things – strawberries and lush greenery. 

While most of the country is reeling under the sun, the temperature here in May remains pleasant all through. You can spend a day at our Club Mahindra Sherwood resort and Saj Resort, where premium amenities, unique experiences, and natural beauty await you. 

Dandeli, Karnataka

Home to the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Dandeli is one of the best places to travel in May. Located on the banks of River Kali in Karnataka, the small town is known for its thick forest cover and various biodiversity parks. One of the most popular tourist attractions here, the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is home to some of the most exotic wild animal species, including the black panthers, tigers and leopards. It also houses more than 300 species of birds. You can go on a jeep tour deep inside the forest, indulge in some adventure like white-water river rafting in Kali River, or even mountain biking. You can also spend a night camping in the woods. 

Munnar, Kerala

Have you ever seen a hundred shades of greens at once? Well, you can see it all and more in Munnar. The aromatic tea plantation, picturesque view of the valley, and tranquil atmosphere combine to offer a perfect destination to spend the summer.

The place exudes charm from every nook and leaves you wanting for more. Whether you want to take a break from the daily routine or you are on a self-exploring sojourn, you will fall in love with this place. To make your travel experience even better, you can stay at any of the Resorts in Munnar hosted by Club Mahindra or Club Mahindra Thekkady and fulfill all your whims. 

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

When you talk about the best places to visit in May and escape the summer heat, you cannot miss the Queen of hill stations, Ooty. Touted to be one of the coolest places in India in May, the weather here is just perfect for exploring the city and all the tourist attractions. Some of the best places you must visit here are Avalanche Lake, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Kamraj Sagar Dam and Mudumalai National Park. 

Also, you must take a ride in the Ooty Toy Train that passes through the lush green landscape of the Nilgiri Mountains from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. Book your holiday at Club Mahindra Derby Green or Danish Villa in Ooty that only add to your memories of this scenic and serene hill station in Tamil Nadu.

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

One of the least populated places in India, Spiti Valley, is known as the cold desert of India. Located amidst the great Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, it lies between Tibet and India. The landscape here is rugged yet striking as it is surrounded by the gorges and ravines. The small hamlets, vibrant monasteries, and the snow-clad mountains make it a must-visit place in India. 

Ladakh

The crown jewel of India, Ladakh, needs no introduction. It is the zenith of the natural beauty that India has to offer. Nestled in the laps of the snow-clad Himalayas, it is replete with splendid views that will leave you in awe of the place. The lakes with crystal clear waters, the whitewashed stupas and picture-perfect gompas make for a perfect backdrop to click some amazing pictures. 

While the natural beauty of Ladakh is like a soothing balm to your mind and soul, you enhance your travel experience to the place by staying at the Club Mahindra’s associate resort – The Driftwood Ladakh in Shey which is a perfect getaway to explore the splendour of Ladakh and allow yourself to indulge in self-pamper. The harsh weather in May is a perfect excuse to plan a vacation with your family to any of the destinations discussed above to create some timeless memories. 

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