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5 Perfect Destinations To Spend Your Summer Holidays In India

With the scorching summer days knocking the door, everyone will be looking out for places to chill and relax away from the searing heat waves and the din and bustle of the city-life. Blissfully, India, the land of diversity, has a lot to offer to its tourists. From the soaring high peaks of Himalayas to the Blue Mountains and the picturesque hilly retreats in the South, and from the Western Ghats to the eastern extents of Himalayas in the northeast – it has everything. Here’s a list of the best places to visit in India during the summer days.

1. Ladakh – A thrilling holiday destination

“The land of high passes”, Ladakh, is a barren yet beautiful region located in Jammu and Kashmir. With the scenic beauty, rugged terrain and the snow-capped mountains, Ladakh shares its Eastern border with Tibet, Spiti to its South and the Kashmir valley to the West.

Places to Visit

Zanskar Valley, PangongTso Lake, Kargil, Khardung –La Pass, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, SpitukGompa, Hemis National Park, Shanti Stupa, Hemis Monastery.

Things to do

Trekking around Nubra Valley, white-water rafting in Indus, Motor Biking and Jeep Safari near Pangong Lake, Camping near the monasteries, Quad and Mountain Biking along Khardung-La Pass.

How to reach

By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station

By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport

2. Srinagar – Heaven on Earth

Fenced by an arc of green mountain, Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, is famous for its shikara rides, natural beauty, floating gardens and waterfronts. A tour around the mesmerizingly placid Dal Lake, surrounded by an array of colourful stationary houseboats, is a perfect romantic chill-out.

Places to Visit

Dal lake, Shankaracharya Hill, Nishat Garden, Nigeen Lake, Betab Valley, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Sonamarg, ChashmeSahi Garden, Jama Masjid Mosque, Shalimar Bagh, Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal, Dachigan Wildlife Sanctuary.

Things to do

Shikara ride at Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake, paragliding near Harman Gardens, shopping at Lal Chowk and Residency Road, trekking to Shankaracharya Hill, excursion to the Himalayan Hills.

How to reach

By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station

By Air: Srinagar Airport

3. Munnar – Home to breathtaking spice plantations

Ringed by the rolling lush hills and carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, Munnar, the hill station of Kerala, is the perfect destination to relax and beat the heat. The beautifully designed towns, rare flora and fauna and the veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops, acts as an absolute eye soother.

Places to Visit

Rose Garden, Echo point, Elephant arrival spot, Photo point, Mattupetti Dam, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Top Station, Atukkad Waterfall.

Things to do

Walk through the aromatic tea estates, watch the majestic waterfalls and do trout fishing in Sita Devi Lake. Spot the rare Nilgiri Tahr at Eravikulam National Park, hear your voice at the Echo Point, visit the tea factory and learn the art of tea processing, spot the Neelakurinji flower at Top Station or go rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding and cycling.

How to reach

By Rail: Aluva Railway Station

By Air: Cochin International Airport

4. Kodaikanal – Popularly know n as the Princess of Hill Stations

Kodaikanal is a misty hill town of Tamil Nadu. Centered around the man-made star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, this hill station is situated in the protected Palani Hills. Kodaikanal is very popular with honeymooners and also groups, who travel around its granite cliffs, grassy hills, forested valleys and meadows.

Places to visit

Kodaikanal Lake, Dolphin’s Nose Rock, Pillar Rocks, Bear Shola Falls, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Berijam Lake, Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum, Kodaikanal International School, Guna Caves, Palani Hills.

Things to do

Horse riding and double-cycle riding near Kodai Lake, trekking up to Dolphin’s Nose and Pine Forests, stroll along the Coaker’s Walk, pluck few vegetables from Organic Farmer’s Market and shop intricate shawls and jewelleries from Anna Salai Market.

How to reach

By Rail: Kodai Railway Station

By Air: Madurai Airport

5. Ooty: One of few toy train cities in India

The quieter, greener, little hill station, Ooty, located in the Nilgiri Blue Mountain Hills in Tamil Nadu, is popularly called as the “Queen of Hill Station”. Its scenic beauty, natural environment, lush hills, tall pine trees, Raj-era bungalows are an absolute relief from the steaming plains during the summer months. Ooty is famous for its toy train ride.

Places to visit

Upper Bhawani Lake, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Emerald Lake, St. Stephen’s Church, Rose Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Murugan Temple, Ooty Lake, Mudumalai National Park, Avalanche Lake.

Things to do

Enjoy the toy-train ride, go for trekking, hiking, angling, fishing and mountain biking. Do boating in Pykara Lake, tour around Ooty’s beautiful Botanical Garden and Glen Morgan tea estate and visit Doddabetta Peak. Check out the Toda Hamlets and go crazy shopping to Charring Cross.

How to reach

By Rail: Mettupalayam Railway Station (board toy-train to Ooty)

By Air: Coimbatore Airport

So, pack your bags and plan your trip now!!

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