As the summer season begins, there are a plethora of websites that suggest readers about where to visit, what to wear, what to eat and plenty other cool stuff to try. With a thought of listing few more points to follow this promising summer of 2018, here are the 10 travel trends in and around Delhi to get you rid of your winter blues. So refresh your wardrobe and bookmark the places to visit with these top attractions to see and know where to party, rejuvenate and unwind this summer.
Photo: Sikkim – A slice of India’s heaven
“Summertime is nice and hot and my life is sweet like vanilla is.” Yes, Lana Del Rey is right, summertime is all that, the golden sun, bright cloths and colourful shades… feels refreshing isn’t? This season tastes like a cinnamon, I can almost feel it but summer is not the best season for all, I know. There are many escapades from the blistering heat from Delhi to refreshing hill stations. So, why not visit some go to destinations for summer holiday and play hide and seek with the sun amidst trees and hills and the mountains. So where do you see yourself this summer. Found anything? Well, let me ease your crease by linking below the 12 best destinations to visit during summers.
Photo: I – Kandy, Gurugram
You must have come across the feeling when you just want to sleep and never wake up? ‘I have.’ It is the same thing with swimming. The ‘feels’ it give is simply ‘ahhh’ this is what I want to do forever, perhaps go to Santa Monica Beach and be a lifeguard – Recreate Baywatch! Well, the truth is, you are in India and the only Baywatch you get is well, you get the picture. Yet, let’s not underestimate our country for we have pretty cool pool parties in places like Delhi that will lighten your soul. There are many places to visit in Delhi NCR that organize amazing pool parties and one that captured my mind is I-kandy in Le Meridian, Gurugram, they provide exclusive rooftop pool parties overlooking the breathtaking view of the city.
Aqua in The Park Hotel situated in Connaught Place also offers the best of everything – Food, Music, Ambience for the best pool party in Delhi. The Grand Hotel is another popular place in Vasant Kunj to soak in the sun and splashing in the pool. It definitely has that glamour of Delhi. Golden Tulip in Chattarpur is yet another attractive destination for summer pool party lovers. Apart from these, Courtyard, Marriott in Gurugram also offer you the right vibe and so does The Lalit in Connaught Place as when it comes to parties and you can find a lot of glamour here. There are other places for party goers as well such as The Deck in The Connaught Hotel, Dee Marks Hotel and Resort in Mahipalpur and Aquaden in Hotel Oodels in Chattarpur.
Photo: The Chateau, Adchini
Cities during ‘Indian Summer’ may make you feel like you are living close to the sun. ‘I’m serious it really does.’ Nevertheless, if you happen to be in Delhi you must visit summer friendly cafes that not only provide refreshing healthy food but also cool ambience. However, there are so many exquisite cafes in Delhi; it is really challenging to pick the best. Let me start with Rose Cafe in Saket, its floral high tea ambience certainly gives you the charm and feel of summers. Rose cafe is a definite must visit place to romanticise over impressive range of eateries. Society Cafe in South Extension II is a relaxing place to spend a summer day in Delhi. It offers a serene ambience with calming music as you savour the cooling drinks.
Caara Café in the British council in Delhi gives a refreshing touch surrounded by art pieces and installations. Its white walls and wooden furniture are beautifully allied with artworks. If you really appreciate art then a visit to Café De Art in Connaught Place is a must. Apart gorging on delicious meals, you can take a stroll around the paintings displayed. This cafe is a relaxing place comparatively to other cafes in CP. The Chateau in Adchini is in a quest to keep the Mediterranean days alive. Despite the hectic traffic on the bustling Adchini Road, this cafe gives a calming notion to the visitors. Its soothing interiors are what one can ask for after facing the traffic during hot summers.
Photo: Night Life, Delhi
Delhi being classy and elite, it blooms with glamour and here the ‘night time is almost ours,’ in its best of the best bars. Every witching hour you will see another side of the city where people come in their best clinquant clothes and shoes. Now that summers made its way, you can find yourself cruising at night to some well-known party destinations in the city such as Hauz Khas Village. Speaking of which, there are other best night clubs in Delhi like Kitty Su in The Lalit, Connaught Place. Its USP is the massive dance floor; you can wave and spin all you want in this happening party venue in Delhi.
Raasta in Hauz Khas Village has its own pride, its comfortable ambience and Caribbean character allure every night crawler. You can whip and hop because they have all sorts of weeklong events. For the best Sangria Night, hit to The Lodhi, Elan. It offers a comfortable and informal dining option and the classic sangria making the night just right. Night won’t get better without the rhythm of Jazz. PCO is another swanky bar and it is crowded by lively crowd and best cocktails, so tap to their best jazz tunes and sing – “I got the words, I got the tune, I’ve been rehearsing under the moon.”
Photo: F9 Go Karting, Gurgaon
When we speak about summer sports, it doesn’t always end with swimming. There are many places in and around Delhi that offer best summer activities. Some of the must dos this summer are listed in descending order. Flyboy Air Safari in Gurugram is exactly what one needs to pump your adrenaline. As one of the best adventure sports in Delhi NCR, this activity operates with the help of a hooked-up motor, harness, and a propeller. Flyboy Aero Park is located near The Westin Resort and Spa, Sohna Road. Indian Mountaineering Foundation in South Campus, Delhi is something worth visiting. It may not be as cool as climbing a real mountain but it is always a good start for young mountaineers. This place is located in Benito Juarez Road, Next to Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan in Delhi.
F9-Go-Karting in Gurugram is a halting point for most of the Go-Karting lovers. Located in Sector 17-18 Link Road, near IFFCO Chowk, F9-Go-Karting is the best amongst other adventure places around Delhi-NCR. Other adventure destinations or activities you can venture are Zorbing in both land and water at Purana Qila, Delhi and Camp Tikkling, Gurugram. That’s not all; if you can’t go far and prefer to linger around Delhi NCR then there are options for summer activities such as Ice Skating in Gurugram, Ambience Mall. iSkate is a popular place visited by many youngsters to spend a fun afternoon.
Photo: Sarojini Nagar Market
It is time to ditch those dark, heavy woollen clothes and bring out the new refreshing you this summer. Delhi is one of the fashion capitals in India and you can witness the fancy selection of wearable in every nook and corner of the city. I feel 2018 will be filled with good long summer months with endless places to shop at. With that, I just don’t mean places such as Santushti Market, Greater Kailash Market, Hauz Khas Village or Meherchand Market, check out the very favourite of girls and boys, Sarojini Nagar Market. If you happen to stop in Delhi, you have to visit this easy on the pocket place. Despite the scorching heat, the market is filled with so many mini stalls; it somehow creates a shade from the sun. Make sure to carry a water bottle as walking is required.
Sarojini Market is opened from Tuesday to Sunday. However, despite Monday’s being closed you will find a lot of open sales with clothes all piled up. Close to its vicinity is Lajpat Central Market in Lajpat Nagar II that has its own attractiveness. It has a wide number of stores and the only way you can get what you want is coming here with your best aggressive and bargaining attitude. Janpath Market is yet renowned destination to shop in Delhi. This market has a mix of fixed shops and local stalls. Once here, you can find all the latest fashion goods. Mostly stocked with traditional items, this place is perfect to buy some souvenirs home. Janpath Market is opened from Monday to Saturday. Apart from the clothes, if gadgets are what make you gaga, well, come and check out Nehru Place. This place brims with mobile and laptop stores but there are many mini electro items sold outside at a very pocket friendly price.
Photo: Simmim Summer Festival
Summer months are filled with fresh sweet corn and syrupy mango; it is the season of holiday and rejuvenation. Summers have a number of festivals not just in Delhi but all over India. If vacationing is all you want to do, why not be a part of a cultural exchange as well? Some major summer festivals in India you must be a part of are – Shimla Summer Festival. This festival is held every year at Shimla during the month of June. This five-day extravaganza shows gratefulness for the rich harvest and blessings for the following year (date for 2018 is yet to be announced). Yercaud is a popular hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu and the major festival celebrated here is the summer festival. This festival is held every year during the second week of May and this three-day event witness many cultural shows and contests such as cookery, rangoli, and even dog shows as well as boat races are held.
Sikkim Summer Festival is organized by the Sikkim Department of Tourism and it is also known as International Flower Festival. This is called so because flowers bloom during this festive month and it is celebrated throughout May month. Ooty Summer Festival is celebrated during the month of May to boost tourism. During this season, many cultural programs, boat races are held. Many tourists are drawn to this event mainly for the flower show, which is the main attraction. Besides, other summer festivals to attend during summers are Mt. Abu Summer Festival, Chithirai Festival, Moatsu Festival and Thrissur Pooram.
Photo: Destination Wedding in Udaipur, Rajasthan
Don’t want to sweat it out this summer during your wedding day? Well, try a destination in the hills and I am sure it won’t let you down. There is this thing called ‘wanderlust’ and you will be surrounded by some up in the delirious ranges of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and even the Northeastern stretches. So, what next? Let me help you find some recommended destinations to celebrate your “I do” starting with Northeastern stretches. This region of India is filled with exoticness and the seven sisters and Sikkim are a treat to the eye. If you happen to plan a wedding, then there are alluring places with beautiful resorts and big churches, temples as well as monasteries to make your day grand.
Besides, how can one forget the charms of Maharashtra’s hill stations provide. Their crisp air and serenity is perfect to exchange vows amidst nature. If I had to pick, I could choose places such as Khandala, Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are no stranger to destination wedding. Some obvious choices that have already seen weddings are Nainital, Manali, Shimla and Mussoorie but it never gets old. Besides, let’s not overlook other beauties of Uttarakhand and Himachal and book some attractive places for your upcoming wedding. Nevertheless, these places can also make perfect honeymoon destinations. So, after a big fat wedding in the hills, you may as well discover other beauties of the hills around.
Photo: Wildlife Safari in Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
There are fantastic wildlife reserves around Delhi. You can explore the many wonders of the animal kingdom by taking a wildlife package or by venturing on your own. Whatever your choice will be, the wild will not give any chance of disappointment. Some of the best wildlife destinations near Delhi are Dudhwa National Park. It is a tiger reserve and is located in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh. Corbett National Park, a widely known gem for wildlife and nature lovers is also a perfect wildlife tour option in the summer. The forest is dense hence it makes a perfect home for the wild. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its great varieties of bird species. This place is located in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest national parks in India and it houses various species of flora and fauna. This national park is located in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Rajaji National Park located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand is packed with Elephants and leopards. Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary located in Umaria district, Madhya Pradesh is said to have a high concentration of tigers. This hotspot for tourists is an ultimate must visit place while in India. Other noted best wildlife destinations are Sariska National Park, Kanha National Park and Pench National that can be reached easily from Delhi.
India is a beautiful place to be and it is adorned with a vast cultural enigma. While the west is filled with skyscrapers and ocean, the east mounts with grand mountain peaks. The north is dotted with beauty and dramatic landscapes with snow clad Himalayan cliffs while the south is green terrains and long coastal lines. The point is, no matter where you go, you are to stay in a hotel or a guest house. But now there are more options as you experience and understand different cultures now by staying at the homes of the locals.
A home stay is a kind of hospitality that allows stranger to live and experience the local culture of the family s/he is living with. For me, it is a kind of art that unites two distinct people under one roof. It becomes impossible to deeply learn other culture but this act ‘a home stay’ can help create unity and help understand different cultures and pass it on. So the next time you visit a destination, make sure you look for a home stay and not a hotel that only secludes you from the experience you came in for.
Here’s a summer travel trend to follow this season, a guide to your daily dose from shopping to rejuvenating destinations. Despite the summery waves, there is no stopping to venture to such places and if locals can do it why can’t tourists right? Let us know your experience and what you think of the summer trends in the comment section below.