The mid-year month of July is an interesting time to visit India due to the annual Monsoon rains. The vast hinterland of India gets drenched in rains starting from July. These rains are essential for the country’s agriculture and perennial rivers. Romantic rains of India are best experienced in the picturesque states of North East India. While, the entire country bathes in the rains, high up in the mighty Himalayas, the region of Ladakh blooms with blue skies and pleasant summers. Perfect for road trips, visiting Buddhist monasteries, pristine lakes, and quaint local villages.
In Europe, summers are in its prime. England’s Cornwall coast boast the best weather in the country. France’s Provence and Cote D’Azur basks in pleasant summers while Portugal’s sensational wind carved Algarve region is brimming with tourists. Starting from the exotic beaches of Seychelles, to the food paradise, Italian region of Puglia, to the high altitude of Ladakh; There are so many best places to visit in July if you plan well and choose the right destinations.
Check out the best places to visit in July!
Ladakh in July has pleasant temperature ideal for exploring the vast moonscape featuring craggy mountains, barren lands dotted with occasional patches of vegetation, small villages and Buddhist monasteries perched high up in the mountains. High mountain passes open in July allowing road trips to Leh, the capital of Ladakh from Srinagar (Kashmir) and Manali (Himachal Pradesh).
Dark grey clouds further add contrast to Ladakh, a land dotted with mighty rivers, alpine lakes, cold desert and the pristine Nubra Valley. July is also a special month to visit Ladakh due to numerous festivals – Stongday, Karsha, Phyang, Sachukul, Karzok, Dakthok and Sani Nasjal; all part of different monastery celebrations.
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Seven Sisters, North East India
The northeastern states of India are clubbed together as one geographic entity and is often referred to as the ‘Seven Sisters’. The Indian states of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. These states are mainly comprised of different ethnic and linguistic tribes and blessed with pristine natural beauty which seems to be at its best during the monsoon season.
Assam’s beautiful tea gardens turns misty, Shillong, the beautiful capital of Meghalaya looks even more romantic, while the lakes of Manipur look amazing amidst the backdrop of dark clouds. There are plenty of hidden gems as well, including the stunning Ziro Valley of Arunachal, mountainous villages of Nagaland, majestic waterfalls of Cherrapunji.
Cote D’Azur, France
Cote D’Azur, popularly known as the French Riviera, is one of the most glamorous regions of Europe frequented by celebrities. Stretched from the southeast corner of France, the Mediterranean coastline of France is dotted with beautiful cities like Marseille, Cannes, Nice, Saint Tropez, Aix-en-Provence, Toulon and the Principality of Monaco. Cote D’Azur attracts millions of tourists each year in the summer months.
Saint Tropez and its stylish waterfronts have become the playground for luxury seekers while the cities of Cannes, Nice and Marseille are known for its rich food scene, rich shopping and plenty of festivals and events. Aix-en-Provence, located 30km north of Marseille, is an amazing French town known for its chateaux, sprawling Lavender fields, hilltop villages, and quaint cafes and boutiques.
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Rough, rugged, windswept beaches of Cornwall are among the best places to visit in the United Kingdom. Breezy and pleasant summers are ideal for beach lounging, hiking down the spectacular The South West Coast Path and plenty of adrenaline gushing adventure sports featuring Coasteering, rock climbing, wind surfing and relishing the freshest sea food prepared in the numerous picturesque villages and quaint towns.
Don’t forget to visit the St Michael’s Mount, the Cornish counterpart of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. Saint Ives, is another spectacular coastal town of the Celtic Sea, known for its pleasant weather and a typical laid-back vibe. Cornwall has its own set of language, customs and traditions and is a distinct Ethnic group in the country.
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Italy’s Puglia region is laid-back, casual and blessed with a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Flanked by the Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia is a delightful Italian region with all the key Italian elements of good food, fine wine, rich history and culture, architecture, and scenic views. Visit the city of Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’ for its stunning Baroque architecture.
Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its unique conical white shaped villages. Bari, the capital of the province is a wonderful port city with rich cultural treasures. Puglia is certainly the best region of Italy to escape tourists and have a more relaxed and laid-back holidays in July.
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Portugal’s southernmost region of the Algarve is one of the most popular holiday places to visit in the country. Blessed with ample sunshine, stunning golden sand beaches, and craggy coastline, Algarve attracts plenty of tourists. The region boasts of 150 different beaches and most of them are very well managed. Algarve region is known for its delicious food, quality red wines, entertainment and nightlife.
In the month of July, Algarve attracts plenty of British tourists to this region. English is widely spoken and understood. Algarve’s main sights are Praia da Marinha, Praia da Falésia, Praia do Camilo, Praia do Amado and Praia de Benagil. However, beach lounging is not the sole thing to do in the Algarve. You can enjoy its delicious food, a new emerging wine scene and plenty of nature hiking, jeep safaris and watersports.
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New Foundland and Labrador, Canada
Canada’s vast landscapes are filled with unmatched natural beauty and stunning landscapes. Even though tourists flock to its popular hotspots of Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and the highly scenic Alberta region, Canada’s easternmost province of New Foundland and Labrador is all about the raw beauty of nature. This amazing area is known for its windswept rocky coastline dotted with lighthouses, colourful houses, islands, rivers, historic city of St. John’s and two amazing national parks – Gros Morne National Park and Terra Nova National Park.
A distinct dialect, humorous and friendly people and fresh sea food are added advantage along with plenty of solace and relaxation. Whale watching, iceberg watching, nature hiking, scenic drives and tracing the Vikings’ footsteps in L’anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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The exotic Bali is drenched heavily with Monsoon turning the entire island into a paradise of green valleys, verdant forests, hidden temples and sleepy villages and beaches. Bali looks even more scenic in July with beautiful terraced farms, rolling rice farms, bamboo huts and plenty of beauty and relaxation.
The month of July is the driest month in Bali despite receiving ample rains. Bali’s central mountainous region is cooler while the coastal areas are warmer. July is also the busiest time of the year in Bali and draws plenty of tourists. Book in advance to stay in the hottest areas of Bali – Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, and Ubud.
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Kenya and Tanzania
The ultimate wildlife game capital of the world, Kenya is a world class destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. This is the country which has taken the art of wildlife conservation to a different level with more than 50 wildlife parks and conservation areas. This is also the time for the annual mass migration of animals across the length and breadth of Kenya and Tanzania. Check out the amazing wildlife conservation areas during the month of July.
Home to plenty of wildlife protected zones, Tanzania receives its quota of Monsoon rains as well, flooding the perennial rivers and providing amazing game viewing opportunities. Mount Kilimanjaro is another spectacular destination that you can visit in the month of July along with Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Victoria and the old historic city of Zanzibar.
The picture perfect tropical paradise is the best destination in the month of July for tourists hitting the Indian Ocean. The islands and secluded beaches of Seychelles offer peace and solitude than the beaches of Maldives and Mauritius. July is the coolest and driest month and is also the high tourism season.
Book in advance and get good hotel and resort deals. Touristy areas are mostly crowded, but the beaches remain pleasant and secluded and allows plenty of relaxation. Scenic beaches of Anse Intendance, Anse Lazio, Anse Source d’Argent looks exotic while the Morne Seychellois National Park brims with exotic birds.