How is your travel calendar marked for the summer season in India? Are you travelling abroad or planning the same Ol’ holiday to one of those popular hill stations in the country? Or worse, you haven’t even decided where you want to go for summer vacation! Well, I don’t know about you, but the last question gave me goosebumps because I can’t seem to imagine any of you sans a plan. So even if there is anybody out there who cannot make up his mind as to where to go in the summer season in India, I would like to share my own summer travel goals list. Who knows, you might just feel inspired!
This place has been haunting me just like Jodhpur (read about my Jodhpur trip here) for long and I must make a plan to visit! Munsiyari, located at an elevation of 2298 m is a destination to find solitude, witness pristine nature and experience some adrenaline rush. The place is lesser known and that is why is ideal as an escape from the humdrum of crowded cities. What flavours a visit here is the panoramic views of the high range Himalayan mountains like that of Panchachuli that include peaks like Nanda Devi, Nandakot, and Rajarambha. If you are an adventurer, you will enjoy trekking and camping here, amongst the top treks here is Khaliya Top, from where the view is breathtaking. Apart from this, there are difficult treks for veteran trekkers to Namik Glacier, Milam Glacier and Ralam Glacier. Munsiyari is also ideal for birdwatching. So, basically Munsiyari is not just a summer destination, it is in fact a bandage to your wounds of worries, anxieties, broken heart and everything bad.
The Mao (one of the tribes in Nagaland) legend has it, when lovers go to Dzükou the night also turns like day and moonlit shines as of the sun. So, how can one not dream to visit a place as magical as this. The best part is Dzukou remains so pleasant in summer that it can become one of the best places to plan a holiday in India during this season. Dzukou is basically a land of meadows shared between Nagaland and Manipur. It also encompasses the second highest peak in Nagaland, Japfu. People who like to trek can get drunk on the idea of walking through lush flower-strewn meadows and two beautiful rivers, Japfu and Dzukou. Camping is also an option here, and in fact I would suggest you to camp overnight here. There are a few caves in the area, people who are feeling too adventurous can also use these as their resting place for the night (My colleague, Abhishek Gurung has tried it, and now have interesting stories to tell. You can read some of his experiences here).
This one has my heart for a very long time now. I am convincing few of my friends to come along as I don’t want to witness something as spectacular as this alone. Har ki Dun is a cradle-shaped valley that is also known as hanging valley. It also connects to Baspa Valley to Borasu Pass. Have you ever dreamed of heaven? Well consider this valley to be a slice of just that, the snow-clad mountains, the calm rivers, the lush meadows, the chirping of birds, the thick forest, all add magic to this place. The valley is situated at an altitude of 3500 m, so make sure you are physically fit to trek here. Make sure you camp overnight, to get the best of this earthly paradise kind of destination in Uttarakhand.
Since Kasol has been brimming with tourists almost all parts of the year, most of the avid travellers now make decisions to skip Kasol and head even more gorgeous places in Himachal Pradesh, that are in fact situated close to Kasol. Ensure to make the most of your summer holiday in India by taking up something as interesting as trekking to Tosh, Pulga and Kheerganga. Yes, I realize Tosh and Kheerganga are also becoming quite popular and in some years will not be even called offbeat. However, you still have some time before tourism exploits these paradisiacal places as well. Make sure not to miss Pulga, where also you need to trek. A refreshing cup of tea is what you will enjoy the most here along with the view of the Parvati River.
I passed by Sonmarg last year, while attempting to escape the curfew imposed in Kashmir last year. It was 4 in the morning when I reached Sonmarg from Srinagar, obvious, I didn’t see a thing except for the shadows of lofty mountains. At crack of the dawn we reached a place called Zero Point (close to Sonmarg) and by the view of it, I can imagine how beautiful Sonmarg must be. Sadly I did not get the chance to explore this beautiful place in Kashmir, and thus, the longing for it remains in my heart still (Read my story of escaping the curfew in Kashmir here). This is why Sonmarg is amongst my summer travel goals in India this year. Oh, one thing more, Sonmarg remains aloof of the terror and mishaps in the valley since it is perched on high altitude. It is an extremely peaceful place, so if you think visiting Kashmir during this time of tribulation is not wise, I suggest that you take a flight to Srinagar and then directly drive to Sonmarg.
Remember your New Year’s resolution of trying one new thing this year? Well, here is your chance to give that resolution a shape. And believe you me, a cheese making tour in Coonoor is definitely one of those things that takes you away from the rut. Even though you have zero interest in learning how to cook or even in cheese itself (which is not at all possible!), you would love spending time on this hill station in Tamil Nadu that is set on the famed Nilgiri Hills. There is Acres Wild Organic, which is a cheesemaking farmstay that encourages an eco-friendly, holistic and self-sustaining lifestyle on this beautiful hill station. It is indeed a different experience altogether and you must not miss it for the world!
I am also drunk on the idea of trying an aero sport/activity this summer. In fact I think you should consider it too. Have you heard of Vagamon? Well, it is this small and scenic hill station in Kerala situated in the Idukki District, and it can certainly give you some travel goals. With its lush green meadows, crisp mountain air and some surreal views, Vagamon surely seems inviting and what further adds to its beauty is the adventure activity of paragliding that enables to get the bird-eye view of this gorgeous summer destination in Kerala. I wouldn’t want to ignore this place in summer, if in South India and I think you shouldn’t too.
Lately, a lot of us have become interested in Northeast India and specially Sikkim. Indeed the entire region has a specific charm that remains unparalleled. I for once would love to spend my life exploring the wonders of this part of India and probably settle down amongst these culturally rich and beautiful people (only if I did not have the lust to wander). This year Sikkim Summer Festival caught my attention, which takes place in the month of May. They say the best way to explore a place in Northeast India is to visit it during a festival. And I guess, Sikkim Summer Festival is an ideal time to plan a vacation then. The festival is honestly held to allure tourists and promote state’s tourism, and that is why it is perfect to witness the vivid colours and flavours of the place; its rich handicraft and art forms; and taste its delicious cuisine.
Far-flung, yes, inaccessible, no, gorgeous, undoubtedly. Ziro Valley, one of the most popular places to see in Arunachal Pradesh and it is definitely high time to emboss more human footprints here. Ziro Valley has been in my travel bucketlist since the day I saw a picture of it posted on one of the travel blogs. It is dreamlike and is an ideal summer vacation destination where you can lay on the grass; spend some quality time with friends; read a book; try the locally brewed rice beer in a bamboo mug; walk or bike through some scenic trails, and visit the famous Apatani tribe people along the edge of the jungle and experience their culture and lifestyle.
So when they say, Manipur has the only floating national park in the world, I start to get all excited. I have seen the pictures of the place but for some reason I am not satisfied, I ought to visit this attraction in Manipur and see it in real life what actually makes it so charming. I say, you should also plan a visit here this summer season to see something so extraordinary and spectacular in India. The lake is the part of the national park called Keibul Lamjao, which is said to be the home of last natural refuge of the endangered sangai (state animal) or Manipur brown-antlered deer. It is spread in an area of 300 sq m and houses phumdis, which is a collection of heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter at various stages of decomposition that all accumulated in different positions in the lake resemble miniature islands. Now, that is something I wouldn’t mind spending my summertime exploring.
There is no denying, India is a trove of a magician, the more you delve deeper in it, the more magical things come out of it. And I know of no better time than summer in India to explore the different magics it has. You should also make the most of this amazing time of the year and set you travel goals right. In case you need more information or a travel package to take care of all your needs, you can give Tour My India a shout at +91-9212553106/07 and firstname.lastname@example.org. We make some of the coolest India holiday packages that not only suits your interest but your budget as well.