When the summer sets in, a traveler might feel discouraged. As sun and heat could lead to a bad experience. However, such is not the case with India, and especially, the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.
We will discuss the best places to visit in Himachal Pradesh with family in summer. Explore all the hill stations, small towns, passes and green valleys, snow-capped Himalayas and the sparkling rivers.
A trip with the family will be ever more enjoyable and breathtaking. The soothing sounds of the waterfalls, glistening lakes and scenic landscapes will make summers more easy for you.
Here are the top places that you can explore in Himachal with your family in the summer months:
Shimla has to be on the top of the list. The capital city is nestled at an altitude of 2,276 m above sea level. The hill town is a very popular place for families which can explore the landscape and the rich heritage. Shimla is indeed one of the best places to visit in India during the summers. Amidst the lush greens, families can enjoy a soothing time.
Average Summer Temperature: 15⁰ C to 30⁰ C
Places to visit: Mall Road, The Ridge, Green Valley,
Best Activities: Half Day Shopping Tour in Shimla
Dharamshala is otherwise known as the ‘Little Lhasa in India’. It portrays the rich Tibetan culture and you can clearly explore it while visiting Dharamshala with your family. The town has a lot of monasteries, bustling markets, and lush green vistas that make it a quaint getaway in summers. Enjoy your Dharamshala tour packages with Lastclues.
Average Summer Temperature: 16⁰ C to 27⁰ C
Places to visit in Dharamshala: Triund, Sherabling Monastery, St. John in the Wilderness, Gyuto Monastery, Bhagsunag Falls, Dal Lake
3. Spiti Valley
Spiti Valley is a paradise for families looking for the ultimate Himalayan getaway. The hill station is bordered by the Ladakh, Kinnaur and Kullu Valley, notifying a heavenly stay here.The town has some of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the country.
Average Summer Temperature: 16⁰ C to 27⁰ C
Places to visit in Spiti: Key Monastery, Chandratal Lake, Dhankar Monastery, Kunzum Pass
Activities: Spiti Valley Bike Tour
From one paradise to another, Mandi, situated by the banks of river Beas acts as a junction station between Dharamshala and Kullu. There are plenty of treks to explore nearby if you are the adventure family like Prashar Lake, Thamsar Pass and Rewalsar Lake. Mandi is also home to more than 80 temples and has bagged the title of ‘Varanasi of the hills’.
Average Summer Temperature: 20⁰ C to 35⁰ C
Places to visit in Mandi: Pandoh Dam, Prashar Lake, Rewalsar Lake, Sundernagar
Palampur is also called the ‘Tea Capital of North India’. This gorgeous town sits at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountain Ranges. Families will love the peaceful nature and can seek to spend a secluded holiday. Why this hill station in Himachal makes the list is because it is not very frequented by crowds, so, summers are utterly quiet.
Average Summer Temperature: 15⁰ C to 26⁰ C
Places to visit in Palampur: Various Tea Gardens, Tashi Jong Monastery, Norbulingka Monastery, Saurabh Van Vihar
Another beautiful town known for showcasing the Dhauladhar mountain ranges, Kangra has to boast in itself temples, forts, historic ruins and tea estates. This is a good destination for families in summer to enjoy the lush green nature.
Average Summer Temperature: 18⁰ C to 32⁰ C
Places to visit in Kangra: Kangra Fort, Jawala Ji Temple, Baijnath Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple
The picturesque valley of Chamba is cradled in the lap of sub-Himalayan ranges. It is an ideal retreat for families seeking a quiet holiday and some spiritual experience. There are a lot of sacred temples and shrines which date back to the early 4th century AD. It is best enjoyed over a long weekend stay.
Average Summer Temperature: 19⁰ C to 27⁰ C
Places to visit in Chamba: Bhuri Singh Museum, Champavati Temple, Sui Mata Temple, Manimahesh Lake, Chamera Lake, Chaugan,
The cantonment town of Kasauli is quite small and offers an exotic getaway to nurture the souls of families. The picturesque trails, green landscape, mountains, and architectural marvels make Kasauli an ideal family getaway in summers.
Average Summer Temperature: 15⁰ C to 28⁰ C
Places to visit in Kasauli: Mall Road, Gurkha Fort, Monkey Point, Timber Trail, Baptist Church, Sunset Point, Kasauli Brewery
Solan has been derived after the name of the Hindu goddess, ‘Shoolini Devi.’ The idyllic hill station is also known as the ‘City of Red Gold’ - as tomatoes are produced in bulk here. Escape the scorching heat in the laps of Solan set at 1,500 metres above the sea level
Average Summer Temperature: 15⁰ C to 25⁰ C
Places to visit in Solan: Nalagarh Palace, Majathal Sanctuary, Shoolini Mata Temple, The Solan Brewery, Jawahar Park
If we are talking about the best family summer destinations in Himachal, then missing out McleodGanj is unacceptable. The town is home to The Great Dalai Lama and houses some of the finest Buddhist monasteries. Scenic vistas, pleasant weather, Tibetan food makes McleodGanj the perfect family retreat in summers
Average Summer Temperature: 15⁰ C to 24⁰ C
Places to visit in McleodGanj: Tsuglagkhang Complex, Dal Lake, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Market, Tibetan Museum
Khajjiar is also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India.’ It is the perfect place for rejuvenation of mind and soul. The peaceful vistas and the thick spread of pine and deodar in the snow-crested mountains make sights pleasant in Khajjiar.
Average Summer Temperature: 11⁰ C to 22⁰ C
Places to visit in Khajjiar: Khajjiar Lake, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Panch Pandav Tree, Lord Shiva Statue
Although Manali is a famous honeymoon spot, it also attracts a lot of families during the summers. This paradise is one of the most popular hill stations in Himachal and makes for a perfect family destination in summers. The town is blessed with gorgeous mountains, the Beas River, amazing fruit orchards, and numerous temples.
Average Summer Temperature: 10⁰ C to 25⁰ C
Places to visit in Manali: Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Naggar Castle, Vashisht Temple, Manu Temple, Old Manali Town
Tucked away in the lap of the famous Dhauladhar mountain ranges, Dalhousie is spread across 5 high-altitude hills. Dalhousie is the perfect destination for a family holiday during summers as it is blessed with comfortable weather all year round. Dalhousie has an old-world charm with colonial architectural marvels that will be the highlight of your trip.
Average Summer Temperature: 11⁰ C to 23⁰ C
Places to visit in Dalhousie: Daikund, Satdhara Falls, Chamera Lake, St. John Church
14. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang is one of the high altitude mountain passes located at the famous end of the Pir Panjal Range mountain ranges. It is a connecting point between Kullu with the Lahaul and Spiti Valley. It is a popular destination for families seeking some adventure in the summer.
Average Summer Temperature: 20⁰ C to 32⁰ C
Places to visit in Rohtang Pass: Vashisht Temple, Nehru Kund, Jogini Waterfalls
Kufri is a small town located amidst the lush green forests and is close to the capital, Shimla. It boasts of dense pine forests and deodar trees. It is also rich in flora and fauna and a lot of panoramic views. Kufri also offers amazing adventure activities.
Average Summer Temperature: 8⁰ C to 21⁰ C
Places to visit in Kufri: Fun World, Naldehra, Mahasu Peak, Jakhu Hill, Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens
Mashobra is located away from the bustle of cities at an altitude of 2,100 metres above the sea level. This quaint town is also a perfect place to spend the scorching heat during summers - obviously with a pleasant temperature. Spend some laid-back vacation time amidst the lush green nature.
Average Summer Temperature: 10⁰ C to 23⁰ C
Places to visit in Mashobra: Tattapani River, Mahasu Devta Temple, Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Chadwick Falls
Another place to visit in summers with family in Himachal is Chail. It is nestled within the majestic Shivalik mountains and surrounded with thick forests. There is a peaceful and pleasant temperature that will be a bliss of your family summer holiday in Himachal.
Average Summer Temperature: 12⁰ C to 24⁰ C
Places to visit in Chail: Sidh Baba Temple, Chail Palace, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, Kali Temple, Himalayan Nature Park
Ideally, Nahan won’t popup when you search about the best family summer destinations in Himachal but such is the beauty of the hamlet. It is impressive and alluring, situated in the Shivalik mountain ranges. It is known for its ever-beautiful scenery and lush-green zones that showcase a perfect climate and dreamy ambiance.
Average Summer Temperature: 17⁰ C to 30⁰ C
Places to visit in Nahan: Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary, Rani Tal, Jaitak Fort, Jamu Peak, Triloknath Cave Temple
The very small village of Kalpa is nestled within the snow-covered mountains of Kinnaur-Kailash. It is home to a number of monasteries and temples. Blessed with absolute paradisiacal beauty, the breathtaking village is a heaven for families looking for natural beauty in the summers. The cool vibes and pleasant weather of the summers makes it an ideal holiday destination.
Average Summer Temperature: 2⁰ C to 14⁰ C
Places to visit in Kalpa: Kinnaur Kailash, Narayan Nagini Temple, Sapni Fort, Kothi
Shoghi is another small town with abundant natural scenic beauty located near Shimla. It has an exotic collection of flora and fauna. The quaint little hill station is home to numerous temples so spiritual tourism is also an option here. It experiences some amazing weather in summer making it the ideal getaway for families.
Average Summer Temperature: 13⁰ C to 25⁰ C
Places to visit in Shoghi: Tara Devi Temple, Kandhaghat, Hanuman Temple, Kali Temple, Pabbar Valley
So, we hope that we have provided you with enough options to plan your Himachal trip with your family in the summers. There are hill stations, popular towns, villages, hamlets, etc. that will be a part of your journey. Enjoy the serene vibes and peace out in the quiet nature around. The incredibly comfortable temperature will surely make your summer holidays special. Do let us know how your trip is in the comment below!