Last Updated: July 12, 2018 Kamlesh Nayal
For most of us in India, travelling in summers is like a norm that urges one to backpack and head towards different hill stations in the country. Timeless beauty of hilly destinations in India offers respite from heat and hustle and bustle of the city.
Travel has reasons to be followed, challenges that pop up, wisdom that encounter on different streets and curiosity that lurks every now and then. In fact it makes one humble and helps in bring back a more human side of you, gradually. From the picturesque snow-clad mountains and turquoise blue waters of Leh-Ladakh to verdant green valleys of Kodaikanal, India remains a personal favorite of both domestic and international travel enthusiasts.
Here is the list for some of the best summer holiday destinations in India that are waiting to be explored:
Breathe clean air and feel the goose bumps when you reach the scintillating Srinagar. Political unrest and security problems have for long kept this place unexplored, which has decided its fate to remain ambiguous. Since the conditions are improving, tourism has dared to raise its head here. An ideal summer vacation in Srinagar is largely dominated by spectacular landscape that simultaneously engulfs culture and tradition. Main attractions of the land remains shikara rides on sparkling Dal Lake, water sports on meandering waterways of River Jhelum, stroll in the 400 years old Mughal Garden and stay in wooden houseboats.
Right from the first ray of the sun that falls on soaring mountains to the soul-enriching Buddhist Monstaries, Leh’s intricate beauty urges the soul within to walk many miles of sheer bliss and nothing else! Crouched under the blessings of Mother Nature, it has emerged as a popular tourist attraction not only for summers but for all seasons of the year. There are different type of holiday packages available subjected to the endurance of a traveller that offers choice of remaining a mere traveller or push himself a bit to become an explorer. For sightseeing you can visit to Leh Monasteries, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Beacon Highway and Choglamsar. For adding an extra edge to your trip try trekking, hiking and bike riding to remote parts.
Located in the Baramula district of Kashmir, Gulmarg is a good place to experience natural beauty along with some adventure activities. The adventure kaleidoscope begins with the colour of skiing that urges travellers to pick their gears and ski on the widespread snow-land. Other must try are Gondola ride and cable car experience. Sit in Asia’s longest and highest cable car project at Gulmarg. For additional doze of fun, trek to Alpathar Lake on a sunny summer day, you can expect a semi frozen lake surrounded by nothing but scenic beauty and tranquil environment.
List without Manali as best places to visit in summer seems incomplete. The Himalayan queen attracts travel enthusiast from all parts of the country. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh, Manali sets a high standard of tourism in India. Embrace yourself for a destination that is a staging point for many treks like Beas Kund and Chandrakhani Pass. Considered as a prime honeymoon destination, Manali is replete with excellent accommodation options. The perfect landscape and the soothing air promise honeymooners an experience that will cherish forever. Tourist often visits Hidimba Temple, Vashisht Hot water spring, Jogini falls and Rahala waterfalls. However, you can opt for off-beat path and go for activities like paragliding, trekking to Hampta Pass or rock climbing as well.
Summers and Shimla go hand in hand! It is indeed one of the most preferred summer destinations in India. Tourist rush during the summers is at peak, therefore it is necessary to make hotel bookings in advance. While you are in Shimla, you can head to see the Summer Festival organized by the government to promote the culture of the state. The colourful programmes and the lively atmosphere actually make you feel a part of this subtly vibrant destination. The adjacent areas like Chail, Solan, Kufri and Naldehra are more rejuvenating than any spa or massage and exploring those offers unmatched satisfaction.
There must be something that have bounded veteran novelist Ruskin Bond to Mussoorie. Jewelled anklet to the Himalayan feet, it has all the qualities of being the best hill station in Uttarakhand. Vestiges of the colonial era still reflect in the architecture here. Travellers have the choice to find themselves a suitable accommodation. Climb up to Gun Hill and Chider’s hill to get the panoramic view. The Mussoorie Lake is an artificial Lake situated on the way to Dehradun from Mussoorie. Paddle-boats are available here and the mesmerizing view of Doon valley is quite exciting.
‘Dev Bhoomi’ Uttarakhand is replete with picturesque getaways like Nainital. A picture perfect destination, Nainital has a sparkling lake that is surrounded by mountains. Tibetean-made Momos and Thupka are a must try. You can go hiking to China peak, the highest mountain in the city or enjoy a session of boating while you gaze at the mountains and the scenic beauty around. You can also add neighbouring getaways like Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiyatal and Khurpatal to enhance your experience of holiday in Nainital.
A kaleidoscope of culture, religion and natural beauty, Darjeeling is an ideal destination for summer vacation. Picture of mist falling over the green valley, sacred monasteries thronged by Buddhist devotees, lengthy stretches of tea gardens and spectacular views of Kanchenjunga. Although crowded during the summers, Darjeeling manages to get its share of fame in each list of best summer holiday destinations in India.
North-East is gradually getting attention of tourists and travel enthusiasts. The verdant green hill station like Gangtok has come out loud reflecting the authentic culture of the east. From unparalleled landscape to uncompromised culture, Gangtok offers delightful summer trip. Ganest Tok, Hanuman Tok and Lukshyama are few places that are recommended for sightseeing.
Dilwara Jain temples is the landmark of Mount Abu, however, there is much more than just these two features to look forward to. Set in the Aravali, this is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan. The sunset point and the Nakki Lake are the two tourist attractions here along with timeless culture and hospitality widespread at the par of excellence.
Khajjiar is ideal for one day leisure outing. Green meadows and verdant green surroundings offer perfect place for nature walks. Hiking is another option for nature lovers here. It also makes an ideal picnic spot for families and offer respite from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Dalhousie is a less explored area of Himachal. Perched over five hills, Dalhousie has distinctive natural beauty. If you are pondering over where to go in India in summers then Dalhousie can be the right choice for you. The reminiscent of the colonial area and sublime nature beckons nature lovers to explore the land to the fullest. Main attractions of this hill station include Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary and Chamba Valley in the neighbourhood. Get the authentic taste of Himachal’s culture and learn from folklores narrated here.
Published: 18 Dec, 2013