15 Destinations To Explore This Summer In India
Summers are approaching and the only thought on everybody’s mind is to somehow dodge the scorching heat and the blazing sun. Evading the tan-lines and sunburns almost becomes a priority. From higher SPF sunblocks to the multi-coloured scarfs, we know you have tried it all. An escape away from the blistering city life is not even an option anymore, it becomes a high priority thing. Here’s the perfect way to dodge the excruciating summer heat. Pack your bags and head to destinations ideal to explore this summer vacation.1. Ladakh When the temperature is on the rise, the best place you can possibly visit is Ladakh. In the months of May to July, the temperature of Ladakh remains a moderate of 20 to 30 degree Celsius. It offers numerous amazing sites where you can revel away from the burning summer heat. The land is blessed with the abundance of natural beauty in the form of majestic mountains, panoramic landscapes, mesmerising views and beautiful lakes. Be it summers or winters, there's not a time when Ladakh can get off the list.How to reach:By flight: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the only airport in Leh, Ladakh.By Train: Jammu is nearest Railway Station to Ladakh from where you can opt for a cab or bus straight to LadakhBy road: The bravehearts can opt for a roadtrip to Ladakh through the Leh-manali highway. Approximately 1011 km away from Delhi, it takes a daylong ride to reach ladakh.Things to do: River rafting, hiking, trekking, experience homestay, watch the traditional chham dance performed by the monks.Places To Visit: Khardung-La Pas, Tso- Moriri Lake, Zanskar river, Nubra Valley, Royal Leh Palace, Tso Moriri, Shanti Stupa, Zanskar Valley, Shey Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Pangong Tso Lake, Suru Valley and more.2. Spiti Valley The stunning Spiti Valley is a Himalayan mountain desert valley also known as the “Middle land” or “Mini-Tibet” is situated in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The peaceful monasteries, tiny hamlets, alpine flowers and to top it all the grandeur of the inner Himalayas makes it a place worthy of being paid a visit to. The Temperature remains as low as 18 to 25 degree Celsius even during the summer months. If you don't want to miss some of the gorgeous views, take a detour through the Rohtang pass.Things to do: Experience monastery stay, star gazing, fossil hunting, experience homestay, shopping at Kaza, camping, lunch in a monasteryPlaces to visit: The Mummy Village, Kaza, Sapti river, Key Monsastery, Pin Valley,How to reach:Airways: Bhuntar Airport is the nearest airport to the Spiti Valley.Railways: Shimla Railway Station is the closest railway to the Spiti ValleyRoadways: Either you can opt for the Manali route or you can also take the Shimla route. (Most preferred by tourists.)3. Kerela Kerela must certainly be on your list when it comes to finding a summer getaway. Kerela is undoubtedly one of the perfect places to relax not just in summers but all through the year since the weather here remains genial year-round. Mighty mountains, rich cultural heritage, the sight of soothing backwaters and the tranquillity of the beaches only gets a little better in summers. When all the other states are ready to burn you down, the temperature of Kerela hardly exceeds 36 degrees Celcius even during peak months of summer. The weather sticks somewhere between 32 to 36 degree Celcius. While the Western Ghats precludes the hot northerly winds from entering Kerela, the Arabian Sea lets off cool breeze making it pleasantly warm. Also, don't forget to explore and relish the rich flora and fauna of Kerela.How to reach:By flight: You can opt for a flight to any of the three international airports in Cochin, Trivandrum and Calicut.By Railways: As good as 12 trains run from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerela, you can opt for the one which befits your schedule.Places To Visit: Munnar, Alleppey, Varkala, Bekal.Things To Do: Explore Tea Gardens, Watch the peaceful backwaters, Visit churches, Wildlife Safari and sightseeing.4. Bir Billing The “Paragliding Capital of India” Bir Billing in Kangra remains cold all through the year. Hence making the summer months extremely pleasant if you happen to be at this place. The temperature maintains as low as 11 degrees during the months of March and June. Bir billing is an excellent hideout place during the summers. Try out different adventurous activities such as mountain biking, angling, camping and paragliding goes without saying.How to reach:By Airways: Kangra airport in Dharamshala is as nearest as you can to Bir through a flight. From the Kangra airport, you will need to take a 64 km drive to Bir.By Railways: Ahju railway station is the nearest Railway station to Bir which is 3 km away from it. You can also reach Pathankot Junction railway station and then take a little less than 4 hours of drive to Bir.Things To Do: Paragliding, Visit the tea-gardens, Experience Homestays, Rock-climbing, Hand gliding etc.Places To Visit: Sherab Monastery, Shopping in the local markets in Tibetian Colony, Visit Bir Tea Factory, Chokling Monastery, Dharmalay Institute,5. Kasol The stunning village of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol lies amidst the beautiful hills. It is a sought-after destination among nature lovers as well as trekkers. Hippie Lifestyle, pot smoking, the snow-clad peaks, the mighty coniferous trees, the Parvati river are some of the hallmarks of Kasol. The weather lingers between 15-20 degree celcius even during the peak months of summer from March to May. In fact, you can even take a detour to Kasol though the Solang Valley. Experience the hippie culture and lifestyle of Kasol and don't forget to bring back some quirky souvenirs from here.How to reachBy flight: Bhuntar Airport is the nearest Airport to Kasol, from where one can hire local cabs or private vehicles to Kasol.By train: Pathankot is the nearest railway head to Kasol which is approximately 150 km away.The distance between Delhi and Kasol is 585.6 km. By roadways, it takes a little more than 11 hours to reach Kasol.Things To Do: Trekking, Adventure Sports, Shopping the hippie Style, camping, Shower under the hot spring.Things To Do: Trekking, Adventure Sports, Shopping the hippie Style, camping, Shower under the hot spring.Places To Visit: Malana Village, Kheer Ganga Peak, Tosh Village, Parvatri River, Manikaran Sahib, Chhalal Village, Pulga Village, Bhuntar Town and more.6. Mcleodganj Most popular as “Dalai Lama’a Abode” and as “The Mini Tibet of India”, Mcleodganj is the place which offers you a range of experiences from spiritual to the thrilling adventures. During summers the temperature of Mcleodganj stays between 22 to 38 degree Celcius which makes it favourable for trekking and paragliding. Rest in the luxury of nature's opulence while making the most of your summertime.How to reach:By flight: Gaggal Airport is the nearest airport to Mcleodganj, however only a few airlines transit till this Airport.By train: About 90 km away from Mcleodganj, Pathankot serves as the nearest railway station to Mcleodganj.By road: Several buses run from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dharamshala and other cities of the north till Mcleodganj. From Delhi, it takes approximately nine and a half hours to reach Mcleodganj.Things To Do: Sightseeing, Boat Rides, Shopping at the local markets and Thanga Paintings, Trekking, Camping, Star Gazing, Watching cultural shows at the Tibetian Institute of Performing Arts.Places to visit: Dal Lake, Kora Circuit, Triund, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Tibetian Museum7. Lansdowne The beautiful hill station in the state of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne makes for a perfect summer getaway. Tranquillity seems to be in the air of Lansdowne. One can relish the ambience of Lansdowne during the summers since its temperature remains between 15 to 30 degree celcius. Enjoy a laidback summer vacation in the calm and solitude of Lansdowne.How to reach:By flight: Approximately 152 km away, Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves as the nearest airport from Lansdowne.By train: The nearest railway station to Lansdowne is Kotdwar Railway Station in Uttarakhand and is almost 40 km away.Lansdowne being only 261.4 km away from Delhi, is only 7 hrs of a drive away.Things to do: Camping, Trekking, Jungle Safari, Boat Ride in Bhulla Lake, Migratory Bird watching, Hiking.Places To Visit: Garhwali Museum, Kaleshwar Temple, Tip and Top, Bhulla Lake, St John’s Church, Visit Darwan Singh Museum.8. Shillong The mesmerising hill station also known as “The Scotland of the East" is blessed with a rich landscape, has some prominent museums, churches and has one of the oldest natural golf courses of the world. The temperature of Shillong persists between 15 to 24 degree Celcius. Bask in the lush greens of Shillong and take time to relish the stunning waterfalls.How to reach:By flight: Shillong Airport has very limited connectivity. The nearest airport to Shillong is Guwahati, Assam. From the Guwahati Airport, one can hire a cab or take a bus to Shillong.By train: The nearest railway station to Shillong is 104 kms away in Guwahati.Things to do: Boating in Vmaim Lake, Angling at Dawki, Trekking, River Rafting, Waterfall Rappelling, Waterfall Hopping, Camping, Visiting Asia’s Cleanest Village, Walking the clouds.Places To visit: lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Captain Williamson Sagma State Museum Golf, Shillong Course, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Ever Living Museum.9. Ooty Snuggled by the Nilgiris, Ooty is one of the best places to visit in South India. With picturesque hilly tracks in abundance, gardens, tea plantations, it is certainly a place to visit. People from all over the world come here to relish the beauty of this place.The temperature of Ooty remains as low as 15-20 degree Celcius from March to May.How to reach:By flight: Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Ooty which is 88 km away.By train: You can board a train to Udagamandalam railway station in Ooty.Things to do: Shopping, Sightseeing, Van Safari, Elephant Safari, Tea Estate view point, Experience BoathousePlaces to visit: Nilgiri, Doddabetta Government Rose Garden, Emerald Lake, Pykara Lake, Botanical gardens, Thread Garden, Dolphin’s Nose, Kalhatti Falls, Tiger Hill, St Stephen’s Church, Wax Museum and many more.10. Tirthan Valley Tirthan Valley is almost is almost a treasure trove of nature’s wealth. The snow-capped mountains, the pristine rivers and the mesmerising landscape is so serene you’d never want to go back home. The temperature of Tirthan Valley flickers between 9 to 23 degree Celcius from March to July. Summers are the perfect time to experience the mountain life of the Tirthan Valley.How to reachBy flight: The nearest airport to Tirthan Valley is Bhuntar which is 48 kms away.By train: The nearest railway stations to Tirthan Valley are Ambala and Kiratpur. To reach the valley you will need to take a bus or a taxi.By road: A regular bus service from Delhi, Punjab and Haryana can be opted.Things to do: Fishing, Wildlife watching, trekking, river crossing, waterfalls, rock climbing, Trout Fishing, Bird watching.Places to visit: Great Himalayan National Park, Jalori Pass, Serlokar Lake,11. Dalhousie One of the breathtaking colonial destinations of Ind, Dalhousie is one of the highly sought-after getaways. The picturesque land is brimming with natural beauty and colonial structures. The temperature in the summer season usually wavers between 15- 30 degree Celcius.How to reach:By flight: The nearest airport to Dalhousie is Pathankot which is 75 kilometres away.By train: Pathankot Railway Station, 80km away from Dalhousie is the nearest railway station from this place.Situated 565.3 km away, Dalhousie is 10 hours of drive away from Delhi.Places To Visit- Khajjar Lake, Kalatop Bhuri Singh Museum, Dainkund Peaki, St Francis Catholic Church, Panchpula, Ganji Pahari, Satdhara Falls, Rang Mahal, Chamera Lake.Things To Do: River Crossing, River Rafting, City Shopping, Trekking, Rock Climbing and more.12. Mashobra Himachal Pradesh stores a chain of hill stations and cities which can take your breath away, Mashobra is one of them. Situated in Shimla, Mashobra brags of its panoramic beauty. The temperature of Mashobra is something which makes summers bearable if you happen to be here and wavers between 8 to 30 degree Celcius.How to reach:By flight: Shimla Airport is the nearest domestic airport to Mashobra and is about 45 mins of drive away from Mashobra.By train: Reach Shimla Railway station and then hire a private vehicle to Mashobra which is just 11 km away.Situated 352.3 km away from Delhi, Mashobra is only seven and a half hours of drive away.Places to visit: Kufri, Shimla, Charl Solan, Reserve forest Sanctuary, Craignano.Things To Do: Sightseeing, Horse Riding, Kufri Amusement Park, Jakhu Temple, Rafting in Sutlej, Shower in hot water spring in Tattapani.13. Rishikesh Although the temperature of Rishikesh rises from 35 to 45 degree Celcius but the exhilarating experience it can offer will certainly give you chills. The city rests in the banks of river Ganga and is hugged by the Himalayas, its serenity is unmatched.How to reach:By Flight: Jolly Grant in Dehra Dun is the nearest airport which is 45kms away from Rishikesh.By train: Reach Rishikesh Railway station.By Road: From Delhi Airport, Rishikesh is 230 kms away which makes it a 6 to 7 hours of drive away from Delhi.Things to do: River Rafting and Tubing, Bungee Jumping, Camping and Bonfire, Mountain biking, Flying Fox, Cliff Jumping.Places to visit: Rajaji National Park, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Vashishta Gufai, the Beatles Ashram.14. Gulmarg Popular as a skiing destination Gulmarg is a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulmarg's scenic beauty has been recorded in several Bollywood movies and it is also a hub for adventurous activities like mountaineering, trekking etc.How to reachBy Flight: The nearest airport to Gulmarg is in Srinagar which is 56 kms away, from where you can hire a cab to Gulmarg.By trains: Jammu is the nearest Railway station to Gulmarg which is 290 kms away. You can opt for a bus from here.Things To Do: Skiing, Mountaineering, City Shopping, Cable car, trekking, SightseeingPlaces to Visit: Khilanmarg, Kongdori, Maharani Temple, Alpathr Lake, Ningli Nalla15. Sikkim Sikkim is almost like a magical land which has tremendous beauty. The Snow-capped Himalayas, the fragrance of flower-bedecked meadows, the rich culture and the vibrant festivals only add to its charm. The temperature in summers makes for an excellent time for tourists to pay a visit to this place. It lingers between 15 to 20 degree Celcius.How to reachBy flight: Take a flight to the Pakyong Airport near Gangtok.By train: Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri serve as the closest railway head to Sikkim.Places to visit: Gangtok, Yuksom, Tsomgo Lake Nathula Pass, Pelling, Lachung Ravangla, Rumtek Monastery, Namchi, jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden Zuluk.Things to do: Paragliding, river rafting, cable car rides, challenging treks, shopping, sightseeing, birdwatching and more.