Destinations to Escape this Summer

Although the summer season has been glorified in Western Literature, and is a much awaited season for the Westerners, in India the story is all different. The impending summer brings with it the scorching sun and a yearning crowd of people waiting to get far away from the madding crowd of the city and escape to different destination to beat the heat. India is a diverse country to chill out in the summer.


Located in the region of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh offers a panoramic view which is a treat to the eyes of travelers. With the breathtaking scenery to stunning lakes, it caters to the taste of all from adventurous hiking, bike riding and camping to spotting some rare wildlife like the snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, a double humped Bactrian camel, the rare Pashmina goat to the Himalayan Marmot; Ladakh is a bundle of joy for everyone.


Often coined as the Switzerland of India the serene beauty of Kashmir never fails to captivate the heart of millions. The Shikara rides and the floating market reminds one of the Gondolas of Venice. The beautiful gardens like the Shalimar Bagh and Nishad Bagh to the different Valleys and swift flowing majestic rivers, from trekking to fishing brown trout to shopping, Kashmir offers everything under a single roof.


Nested idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal and Dhauladar Range of the Himalayas, Manali is a popular destination in North India both for honeymooners and people seeking an adventurous trip. Paragliding at Solang and Rohtang Valleys, Yak- riding at the wildlife sanctuary for the health freaks, yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram is sure to offer solace from the hustle and bustle of the city.


The Queen of Hills, Mussorie is an extremely popular summer destination. The varied flora and fauna and the lush green hills even act as a muse to Ruskin Bond who wrote several stories set in Mussorie. Boating in Lake Mist, cable car ride to Gun Hill, roller skating in Kulri Bazaar, and paragliding around Mussoorie Lake are the favourite things to do by the tourists. Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower, Jwalaji Temple, Rajaji National Park, Gun Hill, Library Point, Sir George Everest House, and Clouds End are some of the places that cannot be left untraversed.


Famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and vast expanse of tea plantations, Gods Own Country, Kerala has a jewel to offer in the form of Munnar. Staying in a tree house, trekking to the echo point, mountain biking, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, and elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park will surely rejuvenate you and fill you with some fun and frolic memories.


Pristine Beaches, turquoise waters and the golden sun spread across the sky along with the scrumptious food, Andaman is a paradise to all. Banana boat riding, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, undersea walking, glass-bottom boating, riding the seaplane, swimming with the elephants. The Cellular jail takes you back to the pages of your history book and transfers you to a different era.


A surreal and rather unexplored town in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is one of the most sought after destinations to spend your summers in India. SIince the 14th century, Tawang Monastery has been one of the major pilgrimage center and tourist attractions. With Buddhist monasteries and mystical gompas on one end and war memorial on the other, the quaint hill station from Arunachal Pradesh has magic imbued in every corner. Paradise Lake at Sea Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfall, and Pankang Teng Tso Lake are some of the places you must pay a visit.

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