With the arrival of summer, the rising temperatures make it difficult to meet the hassles of your regular city life. But, the same fiery sun brings along good news for some! Yup, I am talking about the schools and colleges that close for a summer break and bring joy your way!
Thinking of the Summer Break, what gets on to your mind? Planning a summer holiday, right? Well! If you haven’t yet decided where to go this summer, here I have a list of some not-to-miss summer holiday destinations in India. From majestic Himalayas to exotic beaches, Andaman and Lakshadweep islands to Darjeeling’s tea plantations, lush Kashmir valleys to Kerala backwaters, there is no dearth of options, since, India has it all! Pick from these amazing summer holiday destinations in India and watch your beautiful bonds strengthen even more, while you travel with your family or friends!
Leh-Ladakh has emerged as a popular tourism destination, especially amongst youth. The reason being its scenic location and exotic opportunities for adventure. Also, the temperature of this cold desert remains quite pleasant during this time of the year. A trip to Leh-Ladakh can never be expressed in words. It is a lifetime experience, especially, if your gang of friends opt for a motorbike tour to this place. 🙂
The tough Baralacha La and Taglang La passes, snow capped mountains, desert safari, the 800 year old Kali Mandir, perched on top of a mountain, the Shanti Stupa, the 17th century Leh Palace, the Thiksey and Hemis monasteries, the beautiful Pangong and Tso Moriri Lakes and the Nubra Valley are some of the most prime fascinations of a trip to Leh-Ladakh.
Another good part is that Ladakh holds to be the safest place on the planet, when talking about the safety and security of a woman. Nice na? 🙂 So, not to worry if you are looking to set out on an excursion to Leh-ladakh with girls in the gang or as a girl travelling alone!
Nestled amidst the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar Himalayan ranges, Manali is exceptionally beautiful! Its panoramic views of snow covered mountains, rippling water streams, the picture perfect Rohtang Pass and thrill lovers’ opportunities like para gliding, white water rafting and trekking, together make it one of the finest places to visit this summer. Its perfect settings amidst pristine nature also make Manali a perfect honeymoon destination in India.
Hadimba temple, Tibetan monasteries, Solang Valley, Rahala Falls are some popular sightseeing places here and the best time to visit this place is from April to October (that is NOW)!! Go and get your bookings done for a memorable summer break!
Munnar is a quite popular tourism destination in Kerala. Blessed with absolute tranquility, a pleasant weather, picturesque mountains, sprawling tea plantations, numerous tourist attractions and mesmerizing natural beauty, Munnar welcomes you for a rejuvenating summer holiday in India.
Nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats, Munnar takes you away from the chaotic city life. Its landscape also offers exciting opportunities for trekking, mountaineering, cycling, boating and taking elephant rides. When in Munnar, you must visit the Eravikulam National Park, the Anamudi Peak, Attukal waterfalls and the Tea Museum. Helicopter tours are also pretty famous!
4. Coorg (Kodagu)
Famed as the ‘Scotland of India’ or sometimes, called as the ‘Kashmir of the South’, Coorg is a heavenly hill station, located in the state of Karnataka. Coorg is popular among tourists because of its evergreen beauty and salubrious climate. It lets you enjoy gazing at the verdant spice and coffee plantations, playing golf, trekking, bird-watching and relaxing amidst unspoiled nature.
Known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Darjeeling is a classic summer getaway, located in West Bengal. It is not only famous for its sprawling plantations of globally renowned tea but, is also known for offering awesome panorama of the Kanchenjunga Peak. The magnificent surroundings of this scenic location rejuvenates all your senses and makes you fully alive! June is the perfect time to plan a trip to Darjeeling, escaping from the sweltering summer heat.
You can take a ride in the Darjeeling Mountain Rail, that is one of the most popular Toy Trains of India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has also been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the colonial mansions, churches, Buddhist and Hindu temples, botanical gardens, crowded narrow streets with handicraft shops are also worth your time!
Recognized among the best ski resorts in Asia, Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination worldwide. It is the charm of its almost unreal landscape that pulls everyone here. The same is the reason why Gulmarg is a regular feature in Bollywood movies. Its eminent beauty and close proximity to Srinagar contributes in making it popular among tourists from all across the globe. Gondola ride to Khilanmarg, skiing and snowboarding opportunities, Alpather Lake, St. Mary’s Church and the Gulmarg Golf Club are its top attractions.
Being one of the least populated towns in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is perfect for an idle holidayer to chill! Ideally visited in May and June, Tawang is a retreat from both the bustling lifestyle and the heat of summers. This picturesque little town is often, remembered because of its 14th century Tawang Monastery. Other attractions of this place include the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary, snow covered Sela Top Pass, Pankang Teng Tso Lake and Sangeshar Lake. You can take back home some local and traditional handicrafts as a memoir!
Nestled amidst lush Western Ghats, Wayanad holds to be one of the most captivating hill towns in Kerala. It is often referred as the ‘Green Paradise’ for its lush greenery. Wayanad is blessed with dense forests, misty hills, delightful weather, vast paddy fields, tea and spice plantations, gurgling waterfalls and exotic flora and fauna, that add to its beauty and popularity. The Wayanad Bird Sanctuary is a bird-watchers’ paradise. Along with being one of the most popular summer destinations in India, Wayanad is also a top monsoon destination in the country.
9. Mount Abu
Being the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a popular summer destination in North-West India. Perched on the highest peak of the Aravalli range, Mount Abu is blessed with a cool and soothing climate, that makes it a perfect place to visit in summers. Along with tourists searching for a relaxing summer holiday, numerous Hindu and Jain pilgrims also visit this hill town, for its religious significance. Mount Abu boasts of having over 80 beautifully carved temples, out of which, the 1000 years old Jain Temples at Delwara are the most popular ones.
Other major attractions of this place include the lush Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, the Nakki Lake offering boating activities, Peace Park and the nearby Achalgarh Fort, that houses several temples within.
Set along the north-eastern Himalayas, Shillong is one of the most picturesque hill town in the country. Being small, quiet and cheap, it is a perfect place for all solitude seeking tourists. Are you one? This pristine summer holiday location is known for its grand lakes, rolling hills, pine trees, gushing waterfalls, scenic natural landscape and an overwhelming climate.
When in Shillong, you must visit the Bishop Falls, Don Bosco Museum, Lady hydari Park, Umiam Lake, Golf Course, Elephant Falls, the Shillong Peak and Police Bazar. The serene ambiance of this capital city pulls a lot of tourists to relax amidst nature.
So, where do you plan to go this summer? Share your choices in the comments section and have a relaxing, memorable summer!! Stay tuned, keep reading, keep sharing and let smiles shine…:)
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