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Top 10 summer destinations in India

You don’t want to be hiding when the sun is shining. You prepare yourself in winter, just so that you can let go in summer. It’s hot, it’s humid, I agree. But, India is the Dermi Cool to your prickly heat suffering. Here, every summer comes with a story, the story of a bunch of college friends packing off to the mountains or distant families coming together for a refreshing vacation. Beaches, forests, valleys or hill stations. The tans fade away with time, but your summer vacations remain fond memories forever. It is your responsibility to plan trips well in advance and make these journeys memorable.

Here’s our compilation for India’s top 10 summer destinations –  

Shimla

Shimla has always held a special place for North Indians, right from the era of Independence. With impeccable natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Shimla, the “British Summer Capital” stands out from all other nearby hill stations. Shimla is a year round destination. But, the lush greenery and pleasant climate is felt mostly during the summer. Trekking and temples run most of the agenda for the incoming visitors.

Main Attractions – Mall Road, Viceregal Lodge, Kalka-Shimla Toy Train

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Munnar

The landscape of Munnar needs no introduction. Located at the heart of Kerala, Munnar is the perfect representation of nature’s ethereal beauty. Unlike other destinations, which can be covered in 2 days, tourists visiting this town are recommended to stay for at least 3 days. The colors of plantations are as diverse as that of the skyline. Munnar is rated as one of the top choices for all honeymooners. Tea plantations and waterfalls run most of the agenda for the incoming visitors.

Main Attractions – Matupetty Dam and Reservoir, Periakanal Waterfall, Spices Garden, Anayirankal Dam, Echo Point

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Ooty

If there exists a place, which can be as warm and soothing indoors as exuberant and refreshing outdoors, I would always stay there. Alas, I don’t belong to Ooty. In my opinion, Ooty is the world’s most mesmerizing hill station. The fog and clouds at dawn are simply unreal. The Ooty Summer Festival uncovers homemade chocolates, tea, flower and spice shows and subtly flaunts Ooty at its best. Boating adventures and gardens run most of the agenda for the incoming visitors.

Main Attractions – Botanical Gardens, Nilgiri Hills, Emerald Lake, Wax Museum, Doddabetta Park

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Tawang

The northeastern region is undoubtedly one of most fascinating parts of India. Bordered by China, Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the seven sister states offer a huge and diverse community of travelers. But if I was to choose one spot among all of them, it would be Tawang. Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, the Buddhist monastery town is not only a traveller’s’ paradise but also a house of Tibetan monasteries. The journey to Tawang is one of the most mesmerizing mountain routes ever possible. One tip, don’t miss out on Gyapa Khazi, the cheese biryani of Northeast.

Main Attractions – Tawang Monastery, Jaswant Garh, P.T. Tso Lake, Tawang war memorial, Sela Pass, Gorichen Peak.

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Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands. I define it as a paradise for long lazy weekenders. The tropical islands of Andaman are an epitome of peace and serenity. The nights are clear and the beaches are spectacular. The distinct culture of Port Blair, mixed with the array of adventure sports bring together the much-needed blend for this island town. Scuba diving, snorkeling and trekking run most of the agenda for the incoming visitors.

Main Attractions – Limestone Caves, Neil Island, Havelock Island, Rutland Island, Marine National Park

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Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal in Tamil means “Gift of the Forest”. Perfect, because that is what it is. Resting itself beneath the lap of hills, Kodaikanal is the most popular hill station of Southern India. One can spend hours gazing at the scintillating beauty of lakes or chilling in the amazing hill resorts. The dense forests all around keeps the mind relaxed. If you land up there, engage yourself in trekking, horse riding, boating and rock climbing.

Main Attractions – Kodai Lake, Green Valley View, Berijam Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar rocks, Coakers walk, Pine forest, Kurinji Andavar Temple

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Coonoor

Coonoor is one of the most peaceful and charming summer destinations in India. While it just seems like any other hilly town in Tamil Nadu, it has much more to offer. Strolling through the tea plantations and capturing the most exclusive mountain views are both lifetime experiences. The two points, Lamb’s Rock and Dolphin’s nose are the perfect spots for professional photographers. Coonoor has the widest variety of food combinations from all over Southern India. Heritage Hotels and tea plantations run most of the agenda for the incoming visitors.

Main Attractions – Nilgiri Toy Train, Sim’s Park, Highfield Tea Estate, Ralliah Dam

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Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s very own summer delight. Not only is the captivating scenic beauty a feast for the eyes, but Pachmarhi vibrates with a rhythm of it’s own. National Parks, Safaris, Lakes, Canyon, enchanting waterfalls. Pachmarhi offers almost everything which nature has in store for us. The exotic flora and fauna of Pachmarhi is a rare find. If you land up there, definitely take the open jeep tour to go places.

Main Attractions – Bee falls, Pandava caves, Satpura National Park, Dhoopgarh, Jata Shankar Caves

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Matheran

Matheran can be defined as an official weekend getaway for the people of Maharashtra. The idea is simple. Break the monotony of the fast-paced city-life and hit the green and non-polluted environment. Vehicles are banned in Matheran, thereby helping to reduce the air pollution levels. It’s not only a perfect destination but also covers a wonderful route that would take you through picturesque views during the journey. A small Bollywood trivia, Jodha Akbar was shot in the ND Studios located at the foothills of Matheran.

Main Attraction – Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine point, Panorama point

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Gangtok

For mountaineers all across the globe, the majestic landscape of Himalayan Peaks has been some craving. For the mountain lovers, the craving for Gangtok is exactly the same. Gangtok has always been dream pilgrimage in the lost kingdom of Sikkim. Tucked in the lap of mountain ranges, Gangtok has sprawling tea gardens, cloud-touching mountains(including the massive Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest) and glacial lakes. If you land up there, just drive another 60 miles and you will reach Darjeeling.

Main Attraction – Rumtek Monastery, Nathula Pass, Tsongmo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Do Drul Choken

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Have an open mind, let go your breath and head to any of these Uber cool places to fulfill your summertime madness. I am sure you will find yourself happier than before!

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