Summer is almost upon us and as we very well know, temperatures go to unprecedented highs in India during the season. Almost everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat. While some refuse to step out of their air conditioned rooms, others run away on spectacular trip to places where the scorching heat can’t reach them. If you belong to the latter category, here’s something for you. List of 13 places that you can pack off to this summer.
It would only be unfair if I didn’t start with this one.
Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is a barren yet beautiful region located in the north Indian state of Jammu Kashmir. It is untouched by the hustle and bustle of people and does not boast of a torrid city life. In its serene demeanour, it impresses with its beauty studded with lakes, snow-capped mountains, green patches of land, bright blue skies and unimaginable terrains.
Whether it is relaxation, adventure, sumptuous yet unique food, or a nomadic experience Ladakh has it all for you. It also offers comfortable yet affordable accommodation.
“Wonders do come in small packages!”, and if you want to witness this, you must visit the picturesque state of Sikkim. Tucked away in the lap of the magical Himalayas, though it is the second smallest state in the country, its prismatic beauty and mesmeric charm will make you wonder!
Its landscape is quite breathtaking and due to its pleasant environs, the place is known as one of the best honeymoon destinations of Himachal Pradesh in India. There are many hill stations and exciting spots to visit in Manali. Every spot has its own specialty and importance. The evergreen beauties of nature, snowy mountains, waterfalls, adventure & sports, pleasant snowfall, blossoming gardens, etc., have made the city completely blessed from everything.
Famously known as the ‘Scotland of India,’ there are myriads of beautiful and adventurous places to visit in Coorg. This beautiful town is just 250 km from Bangalore, making it an amazing weekend getaway too. If you are an adventure junkie, there are various activities, in which you can take part like trekking, river rafting, etc. On the other hand, if you love peace, there are umpteen falls and monasteries to attain some peace and ditch the noise of city life.
Gokarna, a small pilgrimage town in Karnataka has grown into a tourist destination over the years, thanks to its stretch of beautiful, sandy beaches. With the advent of foreigners thronging it, it no longer remains a quaint temple town, but a thriving vacation spot that is as laidback as Goa, only less commercial. In fact, many Goa regulars have now moved on to Gokarna’s pristine beaches where the crowds are less and the beaches cleaner. In fact, this trend has divided Gokarna into two parts, one that is for the religious devotee who comes to seek blessings of Shiva, and the other of the carefree tourist looking for some peace and quiet in nature’s lap.
6. Andaman and Nicobar
The Group of islands covering a total area of 8,073 sq kilometers, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a union territory of the republic of India. Initially inhabited by multiple groups of indigenous tribes, the island was later used as a penal colony during the British occupation of India. Despite of the horrid reputation during the colonial period, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands this day are one of the most sought after tourist destination of India. The islands are famous for its serene, white sandy beaches characterized by sparkling blue waters.
Wayanad is explicitly beautiful with mist clad mountains, intense forests and fertile green plantations. The forests of Wayanad are cosmic landmasses for animals to enjoy their natural dwelling on Kerala packages in Wayanad. Snuggled amidst the Western Ghats Mountains, Wayanad is one of the exquisite hill stations of Kerala
A trip to Munnar is a journey through the most picturesque turfs of Kerala. Set at an altitude of 1600 metres in the lap of the Western Ghats, Munnar was the favored summer capital of the south during the colonial British days. The breath-takingly beautiful Munnar is South India’s most sought-after hill station.
Located near the Sirohi District, Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. It lies in the Aravalli mountain range at an approximate elevation of around 1,220 meters above sea level, with its highest point being ‘Guru Shikhar’ which is at a height of 1,722 meters above sea level. Being the only hill station in Rajasthan, it has been a popular retreat for the residents as a place away from the scorching desert heat. The place also has a significant place in the Hindu mythology as it is mentioned as the place where the Sage Vashistha retired.
Whether you’re seeking to unwind right in the arms of nature, or wondering where the best place to quench your never-ending thirst for adventure would be, or trying to engage yourself in the fascinating lives of the mystics, or hoping to spend some quiet time alone on the banks of arguably the holiest river of the world, look no further. Your search for the perfect getaway ends in Rishikesh.
The journey up to Ooty both by the miniature train and by road can be quite romantic with the low temperatures and the scenic views. Between April and June, Ooty serves as a getaway from the heat with its pleasant weather. However, if you’re traveling between October and March, carry some warm clothes or buy them cheaper in Ooty. There are many parts of the forest that are marked as natural reserve forests and you might need special permission to camp in these sites.
12. Horsley Hills
The famous hill resort of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is an enthralling, charming little hill station. It is a beautiful summer resort with luxurious vegetation and rich fauna.
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The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize any visitor throughout the year. Walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, bath in one of the splashing waterfalls, go for horse riding and cycling around the lake or simply admire the views.
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