Summer is upon us. We can feel the heat slowly creeping into the cold breeze that kept us happy and cozy over the past couple of months. It is now time to brace ourselves for the scorching summer season when throats dry faster and our bodies tire quicker. Mercifully, there are a number of places in India where you can escape the crazy summer heat and have an excellent vacation in a calm and soothing setting. When the hot summers take control of the Northern Plains and Central India, the heat-oppressed souls are provoked to escape in search of respite. Thankfully, a number of summer holiday destinations in India extend pleasant asylums against the rising mercury. No wonder that these wonderful havens summon tourists from every corner of the world. Lazy summer afternoons, temperatures lingering with ice-teas and lemon sodas and idle holidays almost asking you to step out into a vacation.
List of Places to Visit
The Queen of Hills continues to enjoy its position among top India summer travel destinations in 2018 as well. The British-invented summer retreat with breathtaking mountain views, captivating pine landscapes and cool surroundings never fails to embrace the visitors. Colonial heritage, an array of temples and the traffic-free Mall Road – aren’t the arrangements perfect for a dream holiday? Shimla is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destinations. Loaded with natural beauty and scenic landscape, Shimla is an integral part of Indian history and heritage. The city of Shimla is blessed by the presence of seven different hills that houses some of the major tourist spots. Your stay in Shimla will be marked by visits to destinations like Christ Church, St Michael’s Cathedral, Churdhar Sanctuary, Kufri, Gurkha Castles, Jakhu Hill etc. It is here where a traveler sees a happy co-existence of the modern facilities with the old world charm.
Figure 1: Shimla Hills
Nainital is a hill station located in the foothills of Kumaon range of mountains in Uttarakhand. Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of ‘Lake District’ of India. Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake and is surrounded by mountains. The high mountains and the vast stretches of green across the horizon add to the pictorial beauty. The name of this famous hill station is believed to have been taken from the Goddess Naina and a temple dedicated to Goddess Naina is also there. The major tourist places are Tiffin Top, Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Land’s End etc. Nainital has a picture of forested valleys amidst which gently sails a lake. Looking at the huge influx of tourists from domestic as well as international lands, numerous hotel constructions have made their way on the banks.
From the windows the sight of the beautiful lake and the surrounding Himalayas rising above the green forests says about the beauty of Nainital on its own. In order to admire this beauty of the region, mark the summer months as your holiday time. Summer temperature stays moderate with a cool breeze to make the evening sightseeing plans really wonderful.
Figure 2: Sight View of Nainital
A cold barren desert at the first sight, Ladakh unveils its alluring facets as you decide to delve deeper. Contrasting landscapes of white sand dunes and green valleys; azure lakes; high mountain passes and centuries-old Buddhist monasteries overlooking the river valleys – be ready to develop an unbreakable bond with this stupendous place. For those who need a thrilling destination for their summer holidays in India, Ladakh is the ultimate getaway.
Fondly referred to as the “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is no more the India’s best kept secret when it comes to tourism and one of the finest places for summer holidays in North India. This high altitude cold desert in India is a once in a lifetime experience.
Figure 3: Sight of Ladakh
Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. Srinagar is set around the beautiful Dal Lake, where picturesque houseboats or shikharas carry tourists on boat rides around the lake. It is an ideal summer getaway. Srinagar basically has an alpine weather, as the summers are mild and winters are cold. The major tourist places are Shalimar Garden, Dachigam wildlife sanctuary, Nishat Garden, Shankaracharya Temple, Cheshma Shahi and Pari Mahal. One can even shop for indigenous crafts like hand-woven silks and embroidered shawls. One moment getting up to a beautiful sunrise on your houseboat, while going for a Shikara ride through Dal Lake and countless flowers, in another. This is pretty much what Srinagar feels like, be it its gardens, lakes like skies you can ride through or the most photogenic views your camera might hold.
Figure 4: Dal Lake
Munnar is a hill station in Kerala that is famous all across the globe for its tea plantations and lovely weather. During summer, it becomes a fantastic getawya from hot and humid coastal regions. You can take leisure walks and explore the beautiful rolling green hills as you taste a slice of nature, something that kerala is abundant in. A perfect destination to spend your summer holidays in India, Munnar is famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and vast expanse of tea plantations. With a myriad of things to do in Munnar, the hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is sure to make your vacations an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating affair.
Figure 5: Munnar Hill Station
For those considering the north-eastern states to spend summer holidays in India, Shillong is arguably the best option. The lush hills with pine trees, shimmering lakes, mystical waterfalls, and adventure activities offered make Shillong a major tourist attraction. As an added advantage, Shillong is the only hill station in India that is accessible from all sides. The capital city of the north-eastern state of Meghalaya, Shillong is the only station in India which is accessible from all the sides. Bounded by East Khasi Hills, this pristine holiday retreat offers retreat from the daily hustle-bustle of the city. Lying at an elevation of 1491 meters above the sea level, Shillong derives its name from U-Shyllong, the worshiped deity.
Figure 6: Shilling Hills
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