5 Perfect Summer Destination In India To Beat The Heat!

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With the arrival of summer vacations and temperatures soaring to new heights, everyone is looking forward to have a chilled out vacation, away from the scorching summer sun and away from the mundane city life. Be it the chilly hill stations or wavy beaches, India has its solution to your summer problems! So be ready to pack your bags and have a perfect summer time.

Here is a list of top 5 summer destination you must go this vacation to relax and chill out:

1. MAHABALESHWAR, MAHARASHTRA: 

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Mahabaleshwar is one of the most striking and largest of the Maharashtra hill stations. There are 30 valley point along with breathtaking paronamic view around the hill station, that attract nature lovers, holidaymakers and adventure seekers alike. It is situated at an altitude of 1372 meters above sea level. The weather is ideal for tourists throughout the year, but the best time to visit is from October to June, with a more pleasant and agreeable weather.

PLACES TO VISIT:

  • PRATAPGAD: The fort holds a lot of historical significance, with one of the most fierce battles taken place on its grounds- the battle of Pratapgad. Though the fort is in ruins, the main attraction lies in its beautiful surrounding, placed on a hill-top and its heritage value.
  • ELEPHANT’S HEAD OR THE NEEDLE POINT: As the name suggest, it is a piece of mountain which mysteriously resembles an elephant’s head and at the same time as a needle’s point. It is an ideal spot for peace and calm with abundant scenic beauty.
  • LODWICK POINT: It was previously known as Sydney point. The point is known for its picturesque panoramic view and also from here one can view the pratapgad fort and the elephant’s head point.
  • MAPRO GARDEN: As Mahabaleshwar is famous for its strawberry, one should definitely not miss the mapro garden. From jams to toppings and syrup and squashes all sorts of strawberry delights are available here.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. By Air: Since Mahabaleshwar doesn’t have its own airport, the nearest airport is in Pune, which is located 120 kms away.
  2. By Rail: The nearest railway station is Wathar (60 kms), the most convenient is from Pune. Major cities across India connect to the Pune Railway Station.
  3. By Road: There are several buses traveling between Mumbai and Maharashtra with a distance of about 247 kms. Both state and Private buses are available.

2. ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR: 

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The Andaman and Nicobar islands is a archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal. The archipelago is divided into two- Andaman islands and Nicobar islands. Out of the 600 islands present, only 9 islands in the Andaman island group are open for tourists. The island is full of lush green forests with exotic flora and fauna, astounding corals with crystal clear water and mangrove creeks. To add on to its beauty is its pristine beaches, captivating marine life and adventurous water sport.

PLACES TO VISIT:

  • CELLULAR JAIL: The cellular jail is also known as kala paani, is perhaps one of the most infamous remains portraying India’s struggle for independence. Located in Port Blair, the jail is a much recommended visit for the light and sound show that now takes place on its grounds, reminding one of its past.
  • RADHANAGAR BEACH: The beach is located in the Havelock Island and is one of the most popular beaches on the island, especially popular as a sunset point. It was also named as the “Best Beach in Asia” by Time.
  • HAVELOCK ISLAND: The island’s major attraction lies in its adventurous water sports. Snorkeling, jet skiing, scuba diving and all that you need to add just a little adventure in life!

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HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. By Air: The fastest and easiest way to reach Andaman and Nicobar islands is by air. Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Kolkata by air.
  2. By Sea: Regular passenger ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam, however this journey takes 50 to 60 hours to reach.

3. COORG, KARNATAKA:

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Located amidst the mountains in Karnataka, Coorg is a must go place for all nature lovers, and for the one’s looking for peace away from the noisy cities, because of its exotic scenery and lush greenery. Its is also known  as “Scotland of India” because of its surreal beauty and tranquility. But, if there is one thing that defines Coorg the best is its infinite stretch of coffee plantations and the soothing aroma of spices that keeps its air pleasant.

PLACES TO VISIT:

  • NAMDROLING MONASTERY: It is a typical tibetan monastery which belongs to the Sangha community. The temple is famous for the golden work done on every painting, which describes the Gods, demons, culture and some phases of Buddha’s life.
  • IRUPPU FALLS: The Iruppu falls is freshwater, water chute located in the Brahmagiri range. It is both a tourist attraction, for its mesmerising beauty, and a pilgrimage spot because of the Shiva temple known as the Rameshwara temple on the banks of the Laksmana tirtha river, which is on route to the falls.
  • RAJA’S SEAT: It is a famous sunset point located in Madikeri, (Coorg district). It is surrounded by a splendid garden with seasonal flowers and artificial fountains. The view of the sun setting is breathtaking.
  • PUSHPAGIRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: The wildlife sanctuary is among the other 21 sanctuaries in Karnataka. It is popular for being a shelter to a number of rare and endangered species of birds, also this national park is a proposed World Heritage
    Site.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. By Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, located about 160 kms away and the nearest international airport is situated in Bengaluru, around 265 kms away.
  2. By Rail: The nearest railway station to Coorg is in Mysore which is 95 kms away.
  3. By Road: Buses are the best option to reach Coorg from Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore.

4. RISHIKESH, UTTARAKHAND: 

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Rishikesh is also known as the abode of sages. A lot of rishis, yogis and sages are attracted to practice yoga in this peaceful location. One of the spectacular attraction is no doubt the river Ganga itself, which runs throughout the city. Along with that it has a breathtaking view of forest covered hills and also the confluence of river Ganges and Chandrabhaga. Rishikesh is also a hub of adventurous activity such as river rafting, bungee jumping, camping and trekking.

PLACES TO VISIT:

  • LAKSHMAN JHULA: The Lakshman jhula is a huge iron suspension bridge. It is believed that the brother of Lord Ram, Lakshman crossed the river using a jute rope. From the bridge one gets an eye-catching view of the city and the river
  • BEATLES ASHRAM: This ashram is located in the swarg ashram which is now taken up by the forest department, however buildings such as the meditation cells and lecture halls that hold the glory of the ashram. In February 1968, the Beatle stayed here to learn yoga and meditation because of which Rishikesh became popular for yoga throughout the world.
  • Apart from places one of the reasons for its attraction is the activities that have started to take place. Bungee jumping, river rafting, camping and trekking, also one can take part in these adventure activity at affordable rates.

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HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. By Air: The nearest airport is the Dheradun airport which is 35 km away. Daily flights from New Delhi to Dheradun is available.
  2. By Rail: Haridwar is the nearest rail head to rishikesh which is approximately 25 kms away. Haridwar,in turn, is linked to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi,Kolkata, lucknow.
  3. By Road: The drive from New Delhi to Rishikesh takes upto 6 to 7 hours. Buses and taxis are available from New Delhi.

5. TAWANG, ARUNACHAL PRADESH:

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Tawang is a beautiful town known for some of its striking monasteries and most importantly as the birth place of Dalai Lama. This town will make sure to make your vacation a memorable and picturesque one. One can also get a taste of its unique cuisine by trying some of its local dishes. The place is wrapped with natural beauty and a strong sense of spirituality.

PLACES TO VISIT:

  • SELA PASS: The sela pass is one of the most frequented tourist attraction as because it is the only high-altitude pass in the world that is motorable (by road). The view from this pass will definitely mesmerize one with its sun kissing mountain tops.
  • THE TAWANG MONASTERY: The second largest monastery in Asia and the largest in India is the Tawang monastery. It is perfectly placed on a hilltop which is why it draws tourists from far away places to this town. Also what attracts tourists is the number of collection of manuscripts and other artifacts that increase the value of Buddhist culture.
  • THE GORICHEN PEAK: The Gorichen peak is not only the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh with a height of 22500 mts. but also a great source of adventure, as it challenges one for scaling its height. However, whether one actually scales its heights or not one will definitely enjoy the peak’s magnificient beauty.

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HOW TO GET THERE: 

  1. By Air: The nearest airport is the Tezpur airport, which is situated almost 143km away. The flights are connected by Kolkata and Guwahati. The nearest internationl airport is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport,which is 170 km away at Guwahati.
  2. By Rail: The closest rail head to Tawang is tezpur.
  3. By Road: Buses and private taxis ply regularly to Tawang from Tezpur. It is a 12 hours journey by road, also along with private taxis, sharing taxis are also available.

So, these are the top 5 perfect summer destinations, to refresh your mind, escape from the mundanity of city life and have a perfect and memorable HOLIDAY!

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