The summer is here, and everyone deserves a vacation. From an escape from the scorching heat of the summer, to locations where the sun doesn’t feel like it is going to burn you, here’s a wide selection of summer holiday destinations across the country. These are perfect for anything from a getaway to bond with your family, having some crazy fun with friends, or a romantic escape with your significant other.
If you are bored of the hill stations you visited in your childhood, Ladakh is the place you need to visit. Once only visited by experienced travellers, it is slowly becoming popular due to increased amenities. This region is known for scenic beauty, which you can experience on a rented motorcycle trip starting from Delhi, Srinagar or Manali via the Manali – Leh Highway, and soak in scenery like Chang La en-route Pangong Tso. Outdoor photographers will be amazed at the valleys, mountain passes, lakes. High mountain passes that make it a road trip essential include Baralacha La, Taglang La and Gata Loops.
The city of lakes is a must visit in the summer. While many assume any part of Rajasthan to be a winter delight, Udaipur has plenty for the summer time travelers as well. The local lakes are a part of local tourist hotspots, and of keen interest to first time travelers are the two islands which are home to the Udaipur Solar Observatory and Nehru Garden. A walk through the regal City Palace yields great experiences to photographers for the beautiful courtyards and artwork, best shot in a summer light. The nights are cool and pleasant – this is the best time to enjoy beautiful lakes like Udai Sagar, Fateh Sagar and Swaroop Sagar. There are great rates for summer time travellers which will easily let you afford a stay at premium hotels. If you go right at the end of the summer season, you could usher in the monsoon, a great time to be here.
Known as the ‘Scotland of India’ and the ‘Kashmir of the South’, Coorg offers stunning natural beauty, a great climate, and much to do. Bird watching, trekking, coffee tours, long drives exploring the vistas that unfold at every corner – Coorg offers it all. Coorg is also known for golf, with great courses at Polibetta, Mercara and Bittangala. For those living in the South, it’s a great and quick escape from the summer heat.
Manali offers the quintessential hill station experience that draws tourists when a heat wave scorches North and South India. Nestled amidst valleys, Manali offers scenic beauty, mountain and water adventure options and abundant relaxation opportunities. Adventure sport options here include paragliding, white water rafting, zorbing and trekking. More romantic options include experiences snow at Rohtang Pass, and backpackers are drawn to the hippie paradise Malana. Adventure lovers should head to Solang Valley, a hub of adventure activities.
The classic hill station destination never fails to disappoint. Shimla offers everything you would want from a summer getaway. Known for its cool climate and great views, an urban setting, walks through Shimla reveal glimpses of colonial era architecture. Notable experiences include a visit to the Christ Church, a hike up Jakhu Hill to feed playful monkeys and pay respects at a 108 foot Lord Hanuman statue, going to the Temple of all Faiths and other nearby small but scenic destinations. You will also love to soak in the soothing sulphur springs at Tattapan near the Tatapani Mandir.