Top Summer India Destinations

You don’t need a travel advisor to tell you holidaying in a desert is simply not done, but you need a travel connoisseur to debunk a few misconceptions about summer destinations. Like the myth that India is too hot to handle in summer. Indians though know better. That’s why summer holidays is almost synonymous with a tour to the hills and parks, and sea, sand, sun, and surf. Go Goa it is, for millions of summer tourists, and for those who prefer green holidays, the hugely popular picks are Munnar, Bandhavgarh National Park, and for hillside destinations, you can’t find a better place than Shimla (or Simla)
MUNNAR

Let’s take a detour of each of these. Munnar is everything for everybody. A hot destination in God’s own country, Kerala, and celebrated as the Kashmir of South, Munnar is a honeymooner’s paradise, ideal for trekking, has breathtaking and luxuriant jade tea plantations, verdant hills, lovely lakes, refreshing air, offers unique nature walkways and trails in enchanting and aromatic coffee plantation area, tea factories, water sports and water-tourism viz. boating and cycling and para-gliding, each one better than the other to chill out and getaway from the summer blues.

Munnar is dotted with places that are teeming with tea, coffee and cardamom plantations that cast a magical spell on trekkers, hikers, and eco-tourists.

BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Actually, you will get to see a sneak peak at the jungle kingdom itself, viz. tigers, leopards, gaurs, chital (spotted deer), Sambar deer, Dholes, nilgais, wild boars, chinkaras, sloth bears, rhesus macaques, black faced langurs, jungle cats, hyenas, porcupines, jackals, foxes, wild dogs, chausinghas and ratels, among others. The most popular denizen of bandavgarh is the Royal Bengal tiger (Panthera Tigris). Go on a open jeep safari to explore the national park and see the tiger prowl in its natural habitat. This national park boasts of having the highest tiger density in the world — which means that the chances of spotting a tiger over here is 99% guaranteed.

Apart from its royal and rustic four-legged inhabitants, Bandhavgarh National Park is also a bird lover’s paradise.There are more than 200 species of birds and one can spot various species of kingfishers, hornbills etc.

SHIMLA

Summer in Shimla is sure to shimmer forever for travelers from the world over. Shimla is blessed with everything – historicity, tranquil and serene climate, naturally soothing ambience, five star and budget comforts, the world’s greatest landscapes of the Greater Himalayas, and of course, its celebrated toy train.

Steeped in history, Shimla was once the summer capital of the British and is a dream getaway. A paradise on earth, Shimla unveils the ecstasy of nature away from the hubbub of the city life.

The best way to do Shimla is to “discover” it by taking the toy train from Kalka. The 92-km distance takes five delightful, adventurous and exciting hours and takes you through 102 tunnels, 87 bridges, and at 2076 metres from sea level. And now, fasten your belts – for there are around 900 sharp curves, and the sharpest curve is something like 48 degrees! And there is plenty breaks to reboot the journey – at its 20 stopovers along the route!

KURSEONG

And then Kurseong. Someone somewhere, at sometime, someplace, has had a taste of Kurseong. Even right now, right here. That world famous tea you are sipping could very well be from Kurseong: Home to the costliest and the best teas in the world. The internationally known Castleton, Ambotia and Makaibari tea gardens in Kurseong produce the most delicate aromas of all black teas known to mankind.

Though small, Kurseong is lush with its walkways, cool mountain breeze, awesome views of the Himalayas and the supremely serene plains of Siliguri, in addition to tourist spots like its heritage churches and forest museums.

LEH

We have all heard people say Kashmir is verily, Paradise on Earth, and a holiday in Leh is proof that this is no hype.

Located between the world’s two of the highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and Karakoram, this idyllic and calm hill station sits in supreme serenity amidst beautiful landscapes, inexperienced valleys, gorgeous lakes, snowy peaks. Take a deep breath, breathe in the delicate air and breathe out all of your stress and tension! Some of the famous treks in Leh-Ladakh are Manali Ladakh, Indus valley trek, Manali-Leh, Markha valley trek, Pahalgam-Suru valley, the Great Salt Lake trek, Padam-darcha La, etc. Leh is also spirituality personified, with its rich, historic and varied Buddhist Monasteries, of which the Shanti Stupa, situated exterior the town is a must-see.

GOA

Now, we come to the part that you have been eagerly waiting for: Goa! Goa by moonlight, its night life, and beach life, is the ultimate romantic’s fantasy come true. Ever tried a sundown sipping beer at a beachside café, gazing at the blue skies, enveloped by sea, sand, and surf, the waves kissing your feet, the wind whispering a venturesome tale, and only you and the moon, and no one else?
Apart from its beaches, one can opt to visit its heritage churches, have a bike ride and explore the area or go to surrounding places to be in greenest jungles of India. If you have one place in India you cannot miss, Go Goa, period.

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