Planning a summer getaway? Skip these overcrowded tourist destinations for a peaceful vacation

Escape the tourist crowds on your Indian vacation! Discover the 7 overcrowded hotspots to avoid, ensuring a serene and tranquil

Updated on Jun 12, 2023 02:03 PM IST 8 Photos

India, with its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse traditions, has long been a sought-after destination for travellers from around the world. However, with popularity comes overcrowding, and many once-tranquil tourist hotspots have become inundated with visitors, leaving little room for peace and serenity. If you're seeking a more peaceful vacation, it's wise to steer clear of these crowded tourist hotspots in India.(HT Photo)

Shimla is currently facing a surge in tourist numbers, with advance bookings for the Kalka Shimla Rail and private buses completely full for the next 15 days. Hotels in Shimla and nearby areas are operating at full capacity, indicating a 100% occupancy rate over the recent weekend. The tourist influx is expected to continue for the next 10 days, leading to a crowded scenario. It is advisable to avoid Shimla if you are seeking a peaceful vacation. (HT photo)

Manali, another popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, is currently experiencing full hotel occupancy, with all accommodations reporting 100% occupancy. The high demand for hotels indicates a significant influx of tourists in the area. If you are planning a vacation to Manali, be aware that it is currently crowded and may not provide the tranquil experience you seek. (Aqil Khan/HT)


Dharamshala, a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh, is currently witnessing heavy tourist footfall, leading to congested roads and traffic jams. Despite the summer heatwaves prevailing in other parts of the country, people continue to flock to Dharamshala. However, hotel occupancy stands at only 40 to 50 per cent. Plan accordingly if you are visiting, as traffic congestion and limited hotel availability may affect your experience.(File photo)

Nainital, the picturesque city of lakes, is currently witnessing a large influx of tourists. During the recent weekend, hotel occupancy reached 80%, with over 25,000 visitors exploring popular attractions and enjoying activities such as boating on Naini Lake. The markets, including Mall Road and Pant Park, were bustling with tourists in the late evening. If you plan to visit Nainital, be prepared for crowds as the city continues to attract a significant number of visitors.(Unsplash)