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Anupriya Bedi Feb 07 2014

Which are the best summer vacation destinations in India?

Kanika Nevatia Feb 07 2014
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When we think about the summer all that comes to mind is cool drinks, a good air conditioners and long relaxing vacation. So release all your tensions and choose from a long list of the best summer vacation destinations in India, where you are sure to be able to beat the heat!


Srinagar, Kashmir

Experience beauty at its best, and be mesmerised by the sights that Srinagar has to offer. Take a shikara ride at the Dal Lake, or adore nature’s bliss at Gulmarg, you could also visit the breathtaking Apple Orchards and Mughal Gardens. In Srinagar, you can never run out of things to do. The weather is wonderful and cool during the summers with temperature ranging between 10 and 25 degrees celsius. You can reach the city conveniently by taking New Delhi to Srinagar flights. A summer holiday in the valley is a trip to the paradise!


Photo of Dal Lake (by jscoke)


Coorg, Karnataka

Some relaxation full of peace and quiet is what Coorg has on offer. One of the quieter Indian hill stations, Coorg is among the ideal summer vacation destinations in India which will ensure complete rejuvenation for you. You could go on a short trek or simply feast your eyes on the lush green coffee plantations or the Abbey Falls. You could embark on the adventures of white water rafting or simply do some soul searching at the various Buddhist and Tibetan monasteries, the list of things to do is endless. Although Coorg can be visited at any time of the year with temperatures ranging between 15 and 20 degrees celsius the year round, it is a perfect summer getaway.


Photo of Abbey Falls (by nmadhubala)


Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


Shimla, known fondly as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ has within itself fun packed for the entire family. The picturesque beauty coupled with a host of fun activities is what should take you to Shimla this summer. Take a stroll down the Mall Road with all its hustle bustle and shop for some artifacts of your choice or simply grab a scrumptious bite. Don’t forget to embark on a journey aboard the ever so famous Toy Train which will take you through the scenic wonders of Shimla. If you’ve got a little extra time you could plan a trip to other nearby places such as Kufri which is also beautiful at this time of the year.


Photo of Shimla (by Bjorn Christian Torrissen)


Shillong, Meghalaya

Known by many as the Scotland of the East, Shillong stands proud, owing to the tranquil, scenic beauty that the hill station has in store. One of the most sought out tourist destinations in the North East, Shillong is engulfed amidst tall pine trees and pineapple shrubs. The views of the snow clad Himalayas all around are to die for. There a large number of churches all over the hill station that will leave you in awe, the culture of the various tribes residing in the area are also intriguing. The boating and trekking expeditions will ensure a tad bit of adventure in your trip. With a very pleasant weather during the summers, this is the place to be.


Photo of Shillong (by MAA7)


Gangtok, Sikkim

The small town of Gangtok lying in the heart of Sikkim is guaranteed to woo you with its peaceful and happy atmosphere. When in Gangtok, you will also be able to get a glimpse of Kanchenjunga, the world's third largest peak located to its east. You will be surprised at the levels of hygiene and cleanliness that have been maintained by the city, making sure you breath in the freshest of air. Packed with many interesting places to visit, such as lakes, waterfalls and a large number of monasteries, each place will give you such soothing pleasure that you’ll never want to leave. The temperature during summer months is around 20 degrees celsius, which is just perfect for a holiday.


Photo of Gangtok (by Kailas98)


Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

If you're in the mood for a religious trip coupled with an adventurous water sport, then the ideal place to spend your summer vacations is definitely Rishikesh. With a host of temples all around the city, indulge in some prayer. You could also visit the numerous yoga centres around for a crash course in the art of yoga asanas. Visit the ever so popular Laxman Jhula and feast on the yummy food of Uttarakhand. And if white water rafting is on your list then you are sure to have an experience of a lifetime. The various camps along the Ganga where you can stay and raft both at the same time will make the experience as enjoyable as it can get.


Photo of Laxman Jhula (by Tylersundance)


Darjeeling, West Bengal

The sprawling green tea plantations of Darjeeling are what attract tourists to the hill station city situated in West Bengal. Go for a nice long trek, take a trip in the toy train or enjoy the scenic beauty of the himalayas aboard the cable car, each experience feels better than the other. The view from the Tiger Hill, the highest peak in the region is mesmerising. White water rafting is also gaining popularity as an activity in Darjeeling. If you want a quiet, relaxing holiday over the summers you should totally consider Darjeeling as your place of vacation.


Photo of Darjeeling (by AHEMSLTD)


Munnar, Kerala

Whether you’re planning a family vacation or an outing with that special someone, Munnar is just perfect especially during the summers. The greenery owing to the vast variety of flora and fauna found in the region is sure to leave you gobsmacked. From the Attukal Waterfalls to the Eravikulam National Park and Photo Point, each place is like a new pearl in a seamless string each prettier than the other. Paradise to all the five senses, Munnar is sure to stay in your memory for years.


Photo of Munnar (by Bimal K C)


With the summers fast approaching you’ve all probably already started looking for places to spend the vacations. Hope this list of the best summer vacation destinations in India helps. Make sure you check the temperature before traveling so you know exactly what kind of clothes to carry and do plan way in advance to get a good deal.
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