The scorching summer of India leaves one tired and frustrated. India has its fair share of hill stations where one can relax away from the burning heat of the cities. There is the calm Ladakh, the cloud covered mountains of Tawang, comforting Darjeeling, religious Rishikesh, Royal Shimla and munificent climate of Matheran. Here are the few places that you can escape to in the month of May. So pack your bags and set out to explore the hill stations of India.
Ladakh is one of the mesmerising tourist destinations in India. A trip here is like a lifetime experience and one cannot express it in words. The cloud kissed peaks, vast valleys, shimmering lakes and the home of Buddhist monks defines it. Its arid terrain and varied temparature pulls in thrill seekers. Summer is the best time to explore this wild land.
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Located in the western part of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a one of the least populated towns here. With a nearly pleasant climate throughout the year Tawang draws tourist to itself. The Tawang monastery, Tipi Orchid Sanctuary, Sela Top Pass are just the few attractions one can see here.
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Located on the hillslopes of West Bengal, Darjeeling is the summer getaway for the people in the east. One can visit Tiger Hill, Observatory Hill, Peace Pagoda and many more sights here. Also do not forget to take a ride in the Toy Train here. Sip on to the freshly brewed hot Darjeeling tea and relax.
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Rishikesh, although being a small town is one major tourist destination. It is considered a holy place and devotees on the 'Char Dham Yatra' start their sojourn from here. There are many hotels and guest houses where one may rest. It is also a place for the adrenalin junkies with activities like mountaineering, trekking, kayaking and rock climbing.
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Shimla, also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', is a tourist hub. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh was once the summer capital of the British and one can still see and feel the British vibes here. Visitors are welcomed by the view of the snow capped Himalayas in the background. One can either stretch back and relax or can suit up for the adventure activities that it has in store here.
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Matheran, located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, is the smallest hill station in India. It is known for its 33 lookout points,which provides a panaromic view of the Western Ghats. Tourist attractions include, Porcupine Point, Echo Point, Charlott Lake, Panther's Cave and more. It is a destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
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Mahabaleshwar, previously known as Malcom Peth, offers a rejuvenating ambiance. Other than the many Hindu temples here, Mahabaleshwar is famous for its honey and strawberries. One can walk into the plantatio estate and see how strawberries are grown and if luck pluck a few and taste them as well. A must visit place is the Venn lake which is covered by trees on three sides. Tourists can either go boating in the lake or take a horse ride on its banks.There are many hotels nearby where one can stay.
Ooty, a popular hill station in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, is known for its tea plantations and oil extraction industry. The hill station has few attractions like the Ooty Lake, the Government Museum, the Deer Park and more.
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Coorg is a nature lovers delight due the vast abundance of greenery here. It also has a few tourist attractions like Iruppu Falls, Abbi Falls, Nagarhole Park, Dubare Elephant Camp and more. Namdroling Monastery which is a Tibetan monastery is also worth a visit. Do check out the places where one can stay.
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Munnar is a peaceful destination with diverse flora and founa, waterfalls, tea plantations and trek paths. Popular tourist attractions include Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Elephant Lake and so on. A weekend getaway for the people in Kerala, it is a place for one to unwind and feel free.
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