6 Amazing Summer Vacation Destinations In India
So, summer is here and we're already getting scorched with all this heat. Life has reduced to carrying extra deodorant, sunscreens and glares. Lying down on a bed with the AC on is the only bliss that is mostly on our mind. But yes, there are a few places in this country which are still enjoying a chilled, pleasant bliss as the weather remains cold there. These places are the ultimate destinations for all of you out there, who are just tired of the hot weather. Here are the 6 amazing summer vacation destinations in India.
When someone asks you about a cold, snowy destination with beautiful sights, the first place that comes into our minds is Ladakh. Summer is the best time to visit Ladakh for the chilly weather, the mountains and being off the grid for a while. Many people take motorcycle trips to Ladakh to experience the roads and to access new parts of the region. From Pangong Lake to other breathtaking sights, Ladakh has to be on the top of your list if you're a mountain junkie.
The capital city of the state of Meghalaya, Shillong is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Perched at a height of 1491 meters above sea level, Shillong gives you breathtaking views of the Khasi Hills. You can also enjoy the rock culture of this place amidst great company and some exotic food. A paradise in itself, Shillong has an amazing setting of rolling hills, pine trees and waterfalls. Again, for you mountain junkies, it's high time you visit Shillong during the summers!
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Named as the summer capital of India, Dharamsala is a perfect place to be during the summer. While one can enjoy the pleasant weather at high altitudes, you can also indulge yourself in a spiritual discovery of yourself through the Buddhist culture out there. Being the land of Dalai Lama and his companions, this place is also a religious hub, which celebrities like Richard Gere and Uma Thurman have also visited to find their solace. If you're looking for physical and mental solace, Dharamsala is where it's at.
Coorg, also known as the Scotland of India, is a lush green hill station in the Western Ghats, Karnataka. Nestled at a height of around 3500 feet above sea level, it is a heavenly combination of luxury and natural majesty. If you head out to Coorg during the summer, you will be able to witness the lush greenery and coffee plantations which have just bloomed into white blossoms. Since it is in the Ghats, Coorg is an ideal destination for trekking and hiking.
Also known as the queen of hills, Mussoorie does justice to its name by giving travelers the breathtaking view of snow-clad Himalayan Mountains, as they enter the hill station. If you're from Delhi, you should head now, as it is the closest hill station from your city. The urban side of Mussoorie has a vintage feel attached to it, which clearly shows the British presence over there, back in the day. The Kempty falls just outside of town are an ideal picnic spot for couples and families. One can also visit the Tibetan settlement of Happy Valley which is in the town.
The smallest hill station in India, Matheran is famed for its breathtaking views and the quaintness that one can feel there. And yes, the fun begins much before you reach there. As you approach the hill station, you are welcomed by a mini train, similar to the one at Darjeeling. This train is the best way to reach the heart of Matheran, as cars are not allowed after a certain point. Matheran may be a small place, but it is much greener and less polluted than the other hill stations around. Apart from trekking, you can also get horse rides around this small town.
Yes, this list comprises of hill stations. But yes, a mountain excursion during the scorching summer weather is always a much-needed break, and we can't wait to get one! So relax, unwind and enjoy at the hill station nearest to you!