Summer vacation is an instance of the year which we eagerly look forward to; no not for the scorching heat but for the joy and felicity it brings along in form of holidays. It is often associated with family time; a time when you spend away from your daily mundane chores is places of your choice with people that you love. As they say ‘and so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer’; this season is often attributed to be the time for midyear rejuvenation; a time when you pull the brakes on your spiraling life to sit back and relax; to make a fresh start thereafter. Summer in India usually starts from April and extends well into mid August. It is the time when families plan for trips and retreats to bustling holiday destinations. Read along to find out the Top 10 summer holiday destinations in India.
The hill station town of Himachal Pradesh is a popular summer vacation destination known for its temples, monasteries and adventure tourism. Its proximity to Solang Valley and Rohthang Pass adds to the splendor that Manali has on offer. A visit to this hill-station during summer is a sure way to escape the not so pleasant Indian summer.
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Another feather in Uttarakhand’s cap; Nainital is an immensely popular spot for a calm summer vacation. Owing to its pleasant weather; the hill station sees an increased influx of tourists during the summers. Temples; lakes, gardens and more make up for must visit places in and around the town. Apart from that; the very essence of being in such a scenic town takes your trip to an entirely different level.
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Situated in the Nilgiris; Coonoor is one of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. The weather being welcoming all through the year; Coonoor is the perfect summer vacation destination. Dotted by valleys, parks, tea gardens it is one of the few places which still bask in its virgin beauty where modernization has not hijacked the earthly way of life. The toy train ride between Coonoor and Ooty too being one of the many reasons to visit this paradise on earth.
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About two hours away from Srinagar, Gulmarg is a major tourist attraction in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. During winter it serves as the best skiing destination within India; ranked seventh around Asian. In summer however the place is apt for various outdoor activities like golfing, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, and fishing. Gulmarg is also known to have the highest Green Golf Course in the world. The place infact is so popular that efforts are being made to preserve its essence and beauty from excess tourism.
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Often called the Scotland of the East; Shillong is a small hill station tucked away in the state of Meghalaya. It is the north-east’s well kept secret. Shillong’s mild weather makes it an ideal summer vacation destination to cool off from the blazing heat around the country. Pine forests, beautiful valleys, hills, waterfalls and charming cottages makes Shillong a treat to your eyes. Far from the maddening sound of city life; experience the laid back time in Shillong and return with new vigor to attend to what you call life!
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Tea plantations spread far and wide with picturesque valleys and an amazing climate; yes that’s Munnar for you. Situated in God’s own country Kerala; this hill station is an idyllic sanctuary from the summer heat. It is hard to be besotted with Munnar’s old world charm; a quality so rare in the world we live in the present day. In today’s fast paced life, a trip to Munnar can actually be as occasion to experience tranquility and peace; summer being the apt moment for it.
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You cannot think about summer holidays and not contemplate of visiting Srinagar. It is the summer capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and located in the exquisite Kashmir Valley. The ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is known far and wide for its houseboats and lakes. Apart from these beautifully manicured gardens, mosques along with the climate make Srinagar an ideal destination; one definitely worth visiting in summers.
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Situated in Uttarakhand; Mussoorie is a hill station which is another must visit summer vacation destination in India. During summer the streets in this town bustle with people from all around the country; all there to get some respite from the sticky and scorching hot weather. Tourism infact is the principal source of income for the local population. Like any other hill stations lakes, hills, valleys, waterfalls, museums and churches form an integral part of a traveler’s itinerary in Mussoorie.
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Situated at an altitude of 1800m the capital city of Sikkim is a major tourist destination in India. Being located in the eastern Himalayan ranges Gangtok enjoys some of the most panoramic views in the world and hence often termed as ‘Switzerland of the East’. The mild climate added to the serene splendor makes Gangtok a hotspot for travelers. Apart from being a hill station; Gangtok is also a destination for Buddhist pilgrimage and thus a perfect place to learn about and experience Buddhist culture. The scenery, the food and the climate truly make Gangtok a must visit summer vacation destination.
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It was the summer capital of the British Raj, need I say more? Termed as the ‘Queen of Hills’ by the British, this little hill station is a favourite summer vacation destination for tourists all over the country. Blessed with breath taking beauty and pristine panorama Shimla has for decades been in the vacationer map. Hills, museums, temples, churches, waterfalls and valleys are among the principal attractions of Shimla among a host of others.
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