India, the land of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and ancient traditions, also holds a certain mystique for a particular kind of traveler – the stoner. With its long history of the herb use in religious and recreational contexts, India offers a unique experience for those seeking a relaxed and introspective vacation. But due to the legal status of the herb being criminalized, finding the perfect vacation spot can be a bit harder than just difficult.


This blog delves into the top destinations in India for a summer vacation infused with peace, nature, and perhaps a little bit of green. Remember, the herb use is illegal in India, so discretion is paramount. This guide focuses on locations known for their chill vibes, stunning scenery, and activities that enhance a mindful and introspective experience & not on the locations to indulge in any sort of illegal activities.


Finding Your High Haven: What to Consider

Before we explore the specific locations, here are some crucial factors to keep in mind:

Climate: Summers in India can be scorching. Pick a destination with pleasant summer weather, ideally in the hills or by the coast.

Activities: Look for places with activities that complement a relaxed state of mind – nature walks, yoga retreats, meditation sessions, or adventure sports. Whatever works best for you.

Accommodation: Opt for guesthouses, homestays, or eco-resorts known for their laid-back atmosphere and connection to nature. You can even opt for hostels and spend some time socializing with the community and getting to know more about the area you are in.

Discretion: While some areas have a more relaxed attitude towards the herb, it's essential to be discreet and avoid public consumption.

Now, let's embark on our summer sesh escape!

The top most location for every high roller in our country is none other than,

  1. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh: The Classic Stoner Paradise

Nestled in the Parvati Valley, Kasol is a legendary haven for backpackers and budget travelers. Nicknamed "Mini Amsterdam," Kasol offers stunning Himalayan scenery, cafes with a bohemian vibe, and a reputation for its relaxed approach. Here, you can explore the Tosh Valley, a short trek from Kasol, known for its tranquility and natural beauty.

Activities: Hike to Kheerganga, a meadow with panoramic views, or soak in the natural hot springs at Manikaran.


  1. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh: Spiritual Serenity and Stunning Views

Home to the Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan community, Mcleodganj offers a unique blend of spiritual energy and breathtaking Himalayan vistas. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, explore Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and find inner peace amidst the scenic beauty.

Activities: Attend meditation sessions at a Buddhist monastery, explore the vibrant McLeodganj market, or hike to Triund for stunning views of the Dhauladhar range.

  1. Goa: Beers, Beaches, Backwaters, and Blissful Vibes

Goa, the party capital of India, also boasts a laid-back charm, especially in the off-season (summer). Explore the pristine beaches of Arambol or Palolem, rent a beach hut, and soak up the sun. Goa's laid-back attitude and vibrant nightlife (think live music and beach parties) create a perfect summer escape.

Activities:  Cruise down the serene backwaters of Goa, take a yoga class on the beach, or explore the Portuguese colonial architecture in Panjim.

  1. Coorg, Karnataka: Coffee Plantations and Tranquility

 

Coorg, also known as the "Scotland of India," is a haven for nature lovers. Lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and sprawling coffee plantations create a picture-perfect escape. Explore the estates, learn about coffee production, and revel in the serenity of the Coorg countryside.

Activities: Go for a jeep safari through the hills, visit a spice plantation, or indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa treatment.


  1. Varkala, Kerala: Cliffside Serenity and Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

Varkala, a coastal town in Kerala, offers stunning beaches with dramatic cliffs, laid-back cafes, and a strong focus on Ayurveda, India's traditional system of medicine. Here, you can unwind on the beach, indulge in Ayurvedic massages and treatments, and experience the healing power of nature.

Activities: Take a yoga class overlooking the ocean, explore the local markets, or learn to surf on the gentle waves.

  1. Tosh, Himachal Pradesh: Off the Beaten Path Tranquility

Tosh sometimes considered a direct trek from kasol, is infact a 15km travel from Kasol to Barshaini Village and a short trek there onwards. Tosh offers a more secluded and laid-back experience. Nestled in the Parvati Valley, Tosh is known for its apple orchards, scenic beauty, and a reputation for attracting travelers seeking a peaceful escape.

Activities: Hike to the scenic Tosh Waterfall, explore the nearby villages, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains.

  1. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:

Lush green hills, boating on the serene Kodai Lake, and breathtaking waterfalls create a perfect summer escape. Kodaikanal offers a mix of historical sites, adventure activities, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Activities: Explore the Bryant Park, a beautiful botanical garden, go for a boat ride on Kodai Lake, or hike to Dolphin's Nose for panoramic views.

  1. Meghalaya: The Abode of Clouds and Living Root Bridges

Meghalaya, a state in northeastern India, is a hidden gem known for its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural experiences. Explore the wettest place on Earth, Mawsynram, or marvel at the engineering marvel of the living root bridges, created by the War Khasi tribe.


Activities: Hike through the breathtaking Mawlynnong village to see the Double Decker Living Root Bridge, explore the Shillong caves, or go spelunking in the world's longest natural cave – Krem Mawmluh.

  1. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: Music, Mountains, and Tranquility

Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Ziro Valley is a land of rolling hills, picturesque rice paddies, and a thriving music scene. The annual Hornbill Festival, held in December, is a vibrant celebration of local culture. But even during the summer, Ziro offers a peaceful escape with stunning scenery and a strong focus on sustainable living.


Activities: Hike through the picturesque villages of Ziro, visit the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, or attend a local music event and soak in the unique culture.

  1. Hampi, Karnataka: Historical Ruins and Tranquil Escape


Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the magnificent ruins of temples, palaces, and bazaars, and marvel at the intricate stonework. Hampi offers a unique blend of historical significance and a serene atmosphere, perfect for a relaxed summer exploration.

Activities: Rent a bicycle and explore the vast ruins, take a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, or witness the sunrise over the Virupaksha Temple.

Remember: This list is not exhaustive, and discretion is vital. Always be respectful of local laws and customs.

Beyond the Destinations: Enhancing Your Summer Sesh Escape

Here are some additional tips to elevate your summer sativa escape in India:

Pack light and comfortable clothing. Opt for breathable fabrics suitable for both exploring and relaxing.

Embrace the local cuisine. Indian food offers a vast array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Sample the local delicacies, but be mindful of spice levels if needed.

Connect with nature. Go for walks amidst scenic landscapes, practice yoga outdoors, or simply relax and soak in the beauty of your surroundings. 

Support local businesses. Stay in guesthouses or homestays, shop at local markets, and opt for locally-owned restaurants.


India, with its diverse landscapes, rich culture, and laid-back vibes, can be a fantastic summer destination for the discerning traveler. By choosing the right location, planning your activities, and embracing the local culture, you can create a memorable and enriching summer sesh escape.

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Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not promote or condone illegal activities. Please be aware of the legal status of the herb in India before traveling.