Wondering where to go this monsoon? Is the rain dampening your vacation spirit?Well, here are a few places in North India where you can relax and enjoy during the monsoons in August.
You can head to the beautiful state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has many a place that would take your breath away or travel to Himachal Pradesh and explore its history. Also, there is the misty state of Uttarakhand left to roam.
All these places offer you some of the best and most beautiful getaways in the month of August. So pack your bags and set out on your much-awaited vacation to these tourist destinations of North India in August.
One of the places to visit in North India in August is Amarnath, that is located at a distance of around 145 km from Srinagar. It is one of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and has a naturally formed ice 'shivalinga' here. Every year many devotees trek here to offer their respects to Lord Shiva.
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Anantnag, which is now the commercial capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is believed to have got its name from a legend that Lord Shiva discarded his snake here while going to the Amarnath Cave. It is a major tourist attraction and devotees going to Amarnath pass by the town. It attracts many photographers because of the scenic view of the surroundings.
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Another tourist destination in North India during August is the beautiful town of Gulmarg. Located at an elevation of 2,730 mt above sea level, this place has many attractions for the tourists coming here. You can get a magnificent view of the Nanga Parbat, the fourth highest peak in the world, from here. Tourist came here to get away from the noise of the city and relax in the tranquility of this place.
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Ladakh, situated on the banks of the Indus River, is also known as 'the last Shangri La', 'Little Tibet', 'the Moon Land' and 'The Broken Moon'. This heaven on earth has many beautiful lakes, mesmerising landscapes and mountain peaks to gloat about. The best way to describe this region is by saying that it is like a beautiful painting on a canvas. It is a must visit place for one and all.
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A place to visit in North India during August is the Nubra Valley located to the north-eastern side of Ladakh. This picturesque valley is a paradise for adventure addicts who can go on trekking trips and indulge in rock climbing here. It also attracts many photographers who come here to capture the serenity of this place.
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Arki, located in the Sloan district of Himachal Pradesh, provides ample attractions for its tourists. Places like Arki Fort and Arki Palace are sites where you can go exploring these architectural wonders. Then again, it has many old temples that would leave you awestruck with its architectural brilliance. Mention should be made of Luturu Mahadev Temple, Durga Temple and Shakhni Mahadev Temple, which should be on any traveler's itinerary for this place.
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The ideal place to enjoy the monsoons are the hill stations, and Chail is one such place to be. Explore the old Chail Palace that stands here towering across the region with its many secrets or set out to capture some wildlife at the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary here. If neither of this appeals to you, then just sit back, sip on a hot cup of tea and enjoy the rains.
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Another tourist destination in North India in August is Kasauli, which is a famous hill station in the sate of Himachal Pradesh. This quite town has its own share of attractions for the visitors. For those looking for religious attractions, head to the Christ Church or the Baba Balak Nath Temple. Explorers and adventurers can check out the Monkey Point and Gurkha Fort here. Then for those who just want to relax, head to the Kasauli Brewery and enjoy the aroma of the various brews, and should you be lucky maybe even taste some!
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Kinnaur, a beautiful district situated in the Himachal Pradesh is called ‘The Land of Fairy Tales', thanks to its snow-covered mountains, lush green valleys, ripe orchards and beautiful vineyards. It is a trekkers paradise as they can go trekking in the Sangla Valley or the Hangrang Valley from here. Also, it gives a beautiful view of the Kinner Kailash Mountains from here.
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A place to visit in North India during August is Kufri, which is a small town located at a distance of around 13 km from Shimla. It has many prominent tourist spots namely; the Mahasu Peak, Great Himalayan Nature Park, and Fagu. It is a hub for nature lovers and photographers, who just can't get enough of this place.
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Mandi, also known as 'Varanasi of Hills', is famous for its stone temples. It has more than 300 shrines devoted to the Hindu deities of Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali. It houses some ancient temples like Panchvaktra Temple, the Ardhanarisvara Temple and the Triloknath Temple which are visited by devotees round the year. Tourists are left amazed by the beauty and grandeur that these ancient temples emote.
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Chopta is a beautiful hill station located in Uttarakhand and is often referred to as ‘Mini Switzerland' owing to its breathtaking scenic beauty and lush green grasslands. You can enjoy the view of various mountain ranges here namely Chaukhamba, Trishul and Nanda Devi from here. There is also an ancient shrine located here atop the Tungnath Mountain. The shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Many devotees come here to offer their worship to the god. It also is a trekker's haven as people have to trek to reach this shrine.
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A place to visit in North India in August is Devprayag which is a popular religious town situated in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Devprayag in Sanskrit means 'Holy Confluence' and this is where the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi confluence. It is considered a holy place as it is one among the 'Panch Prayag'.
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Kalsi located in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand is famous for various ancient monuments, adventure sports and picnic sites. Tourists come here to get away from the madness of the city and to rejuvenate themselves. One of the hotspots for tourism here is the Ashokan Rock Edict which is visited by tourists all over the world.
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Kedarnath is considered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. Pilgrims going to or coming back from Amarnath make it a point to stop here and pay homage to Lord Shiva. It also attracts wildlife enthusiasts to the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary.
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