Are you looking to plan a hassle free summer holiday in the country? Wondering which is the best bet for a perfect destination to beat the heat in India? We have selected a few such places to visit in India during summer.
You may head to some of the finest beaches if that is what you want to experience; for those seeking spiritual and mental upliftment, you have the Himalayas, and for those who are on a quest for Nirvana and inspiration, you have the tea and spice laden Western Ghats.
As the mercury begins to soar and suck the life out of us, there are just two ways one can decide to spend the season. Either sweat it out slogging in a regular 9 to 5 job, or plan a refreshing vacation with our family and friends.
So if you have decided to take a break and spend some quality time with your loved ones, you are at the right page. Here is a compilation of some chilly places around the country where you can head to and the escape the heat.
The deep misty valleys of Chikhaldara located in Amravati district, has a new shade in every fold wrapped. With a wide variety of flora, fauna, lakes, waterfalls and viewpoints, the place has many things to be explored. Situated at an altitude of 1118 m above sea level, Chikhaldara is the only coffee growing region in Maharashtra.
If you are a nature lover, this place will cast a spell on you like no other. The valleys here boast of mesmerizing waterfalls and coffee plantations. The place overwhelms you with its natural scenery and exciting wildlife, the breezy climate gives you the feeling of walking on the clouds.
2. Varca Beach
To visit Goa is visiting a part of India which is Indian, and yet remains different from any other part of the country. There is more in Goa other than just surf and sand. Magnificent heritage monuments with just the right amount of Portuguese influence, spectacular churches and temples, flea markets and sumptuous cuisine, Goa has all of these and much more!
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This little mountain hamlet in the state of Uttarakhand, is carpeted with snow throughout the year. Take a stroll around the place and you will discover apple orchards, wild flowers, and extremely lovable locals.
If you are culturally inclined, then you can go on a small pilgrimage with your family to the ancient temples around the place and if you are the adventure junkie kind, one can indulge in some adventure sports offered here.
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Located at an altitude of 1100m, Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh, is also known as Satpura ki Rani (Queen of Satpura). The place is a beautiful combination of nature and history tucked in the Satpura range. According to legends it is believed that the Pandavas had visited Pachmari during their exile.
The beautiful region in the hills was found by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. It is one of the most popular hill stations in Madhya Pradesh and is a treasure trove filled with ancient caves of the Buddhist era along with the serene waterfalls.
The place for sure would make you feel calm and make you get rid of those shoes and feel the green garden grass for the first time as a child.
Located at a height of 9000 ft, this town attracts tourists for its natural beauty and beautiful apple orchards. Surrounded by the tropical forests and majestic hills, this is one place that tourists to Himachal Pradesh should not afford to miss. The place has a lake named Tannu Jabar which is one of the most important tourist attractions here.
There is also a temple near the lake which attracts a large number of visitors and devotees. Narkanda also has various trekking routes which is a must-go for the adventure seekers. Home to a beautiful hill called Hatu Nag, the hill offers a panoramic view of the town below and one can also try their hands at skiing during winters.
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Havelock island is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forests. One amongst the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq km, it is located approximately around 40 km from Port Blair.
The island is filled with beautiful sandy beaches which are fringed with the green canopy of the rain fed forests and it beckons everyone to enjoy at the azure sea.
Lahaul is greener and slightly more developed than the popular Ladakh or Spiti; many travellers drive past through the roads which ply between Manali and Leh and misses most of what Lahaul has to offer.
Lahaul is often known as the barren splendour of Himachal Pradesh and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism, which also makes it a great place to explore Buddhist monasteries and have a conversation with the monks.
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Madikeri is part of Coorg or Kodagu district in Karnataka. The hill station is a perfect getaway for those who are looking for a picturesque and relaxing holiday which is ornamented by awe inspiring sceneries and splendid views of abundant and beautiful vegetation all across. A great mix of natural, historical and as well as religious attractions, it caters to all kinds of tourists and makes it a complete tourist experience.
Lakshadweep is a group of beautiful islands which located around 400 km off India's west coast into the Arabian Sea. There are only 36 islands having total area of 32 sq km and is made up of 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks.
The beauty of these islands lie in the dense cover of coconut palms and the thread of an unbroken line of creamy sand.Each island is serenely set in the sea which have a wide range of aquamarine life and the blueness of the deepest sapphire.
This is one of the destinations which would truly touch your soul. You would get to see some spectacular views if you are holidaying here. Situated 25 km away from Shimla, the place is filled lush green lawns and gardens.
From the comfort of your cozy room, one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sky as it changes colour, which you would have never experienced before. Make sure you catch a view of the mighty Greater Himalayas.