It is certainly true that summer is for falling in love. But as much as we love romanticising the whole idea of relishing watermelons while sunbathing by the pool, sometimes the heat can get a little too much! But well, thanks to the astounding geography of our country; no matter what kind of weather you enjoy, there’s something for everybody.
So here’s a list of places if you need a chilly escape from the hot and humid of the cities.
As common as this destination might be, it is undoubtedly a classic getaway during summers if you wish to escape the heat. This backpacker’s heaven is so breathtaking, it can only be described as magical. Make the most of your summer vacations in Manali by visiting temples, trekking and river rafting while you soak in the beautiful weather. With alps touching the sky, it is impossible not to fall in love with this paradise city.
Here are a few things you must include in your itinerary when in Manali –
– Taking a Yak ride at the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary.
– Explore the past in the Museum of Himalayan Culture and Folk Art.
– Pay a visit to some nearby famous temples – Hadimba Temple, Manu Temple, Raghunath Temple and Gauri Temple.
– Experience the best of Rahala Falls.
– Visit Cafe 1947, known as the best cafe in Manali nestled by the Beas river.
How to reach Manali –
You can take a train/flight from your respective city to Delhi or Chandigarh. After which, you can travel by bus to Manali that starts from the Sector 43 Bus Station in Chandigarh and Majnu Ka Tilla if you’re boarding from Delhi; at regular intervals. Please note that the bus ride will cost you anywhere between Rs. 400/- to Rs. 1100/- depending on the bus operator you opt for.
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This is probably the least discovered yet the most beautiful city on our list here. Blessed with multi-hued skies and miraculously winding hill roads, Gangtok is a dream destination for mountain lovers. With the perfect blend of urbanisation and cultural authenticity, Gangtok makes it one of the most beautiful hill stations with an abundance of natural beauty surrounding it.
Here are a few things you must include in your itinerary when in Gangtok –
– Pay your visit to the charming Pemayangtse Monastery.
– Explore the unmatched beauty of Seven Sisters Waterfall.
– Experience the thrill of riding a Yak.
– Soothe your eyes with a mesmerising sunset at Tashi View Point.
– Shop your heart out at MG Road.
How to reach Gangtok –
If you are planning to reach Gangtok via airways then the nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal. The total distance between Bagdogra and Gangtok is around 124 km. Tourists can also opt for a 20 minute helicopter ride from Bagdogra to Gangtok, which is operated by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation, daily.
However, most tourists prefer reaching Gangtok by railways. The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri, which is 117 km far from Gangtok. Buses are available from here to Gangtok that will cost somewhere between Rs. 150 to Rs. 400 depending on the kind of bus you choose. The timings of the buses are fixed, the first bus leaves at 06;30 AM and the last one at 03:30 PM, with each ride taking around 4 to 5 hours in normal conditions. (May take more time depending on the weather conditions)
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Merely a 2 hour drive from Chandigarh, Kasauli is one of the most beautiful destinations to escape the harsh summers of the city. Perfect for a quick weekend getaway, Kasauli is often described as a hiker’s paradise, surrounded by lush greenery and majestic mountains. Apart from enjoying the pleasant weather, guests can also take a tour to Kasauli Brewery where you can explore the process of Whiskey production and taste a sample of distilled whiskey.
Here are a few things you must include in your itinerary when in Kasauli –
– Explore the Tibetan Market in Kasauli and take home some exotic souvenirs
– Take a Toy Train Ride through the hills
– Visit Hangout Bar – a perfect spot for Party Animals
– Have lip-smacking Tibetan food
– Visit & take a fun tour of the Kasauli Brewery
How to reach Kasauli –
The best way to travel to Kasauli is by car. Driving your personal vehicle to this hill-station or renting a car would be the smartest options when it comes to Kasauli. It is a 2 hour easy drive from Chandigarh, and if you are travelling from Delhi it might take you anywhere between 6 to 8 hours depending on weather conditions.
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If you wish to enjoy pleasant weather with a hint of heritage, Shimla is the way to go. With its charming colonial architecture, pedestrian-friendly Mall Road and beautiful churches, this beautiful hill station is something straight out of a novel. Even though Shimla doesn’t really see snowfall in the summers, if you wish to enjoy the snow you could head to Narkanda– a mere 2 hour drive from the main town of Shimla. You can explore the breathtaking one day trek to Hatu Peak. Despite it being a relatively easy trek, the sheer beauty of this trail is no secret.
Here are a few things you must include in your itinerary when in Shimla –
– Explore the infamous ridge of Shimla
– Go for shopping at the Mall Road and Lakkar Bazaar
– Explore tranquillity & adventure sports at Kufri
– Capture a panoramic view of the majestic nature from Kiala forest
– Relive the history at the countless heritage sites of Shimla. For example Kuthar Fort, Mall Road Church etc.
How to reach Shimla –
By Air –
If you are planning to reach Shimla by air, then the nearest airport is Chandigarh, Punjab. The total distance between Chandigarh and Shimla is around 124 km. (3 hours, 30 minutes) Tourists can travel by bus to Shimla that starts from the Sector 43 Bus Station in Chandigarh and Majnu Ka Tilla if you’re boarding from Delhi; at regular intervals. Please note that the bus ride will cost you anywhere between Rs. 250/- to Rs. 1100/- depending on the bus operator you opt for.
By Rail –
Travellers can take a train from Kalka to Shimla which is the cheaper, more efficient way to reach Shimla. There are around 6 trains that run daily and take 5 to 6 hours.
At an altitude of 1930 metres, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills. The perfect summer getaway in the south of India; a holiday destination that is an indegenious blend of bustling energy and buzzing marketplaces with quaint ambience, cool temperatures and beautiful, picturesque mountain views. Truly a nature’s paradise, Coonoor is a perfect stop for leisure trips, when you simply want to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Here are a few things you must include in your itinerary when in Coonoor –
– Visit Sim’s Park – an exquisite treasure trove of over one thousand different species of flora, along with a majestic waterfall.
– Hidden Valley, nestled on the outskirts of Coonoor is an excellent getaway for adventure enthusiasts. Mountaineering, rock climbing, and trekking are the other attractions of Hidden Valley.
– Explore the unending vistas at Highfield Tea Estate.
– Spend some peaceful time near Wellington Lake and Golf Course.
How to reach Coonoor –
By Air –
If you are planning to reach Coonoor by air, Coimbatore Airport is the nearest– located approximately a distance of 70 km. Coonoor has very well connected bus operations running from Coimbatore, Bangalore and other neighbouring cities, at minimal costs.
By Rail –
The nearest major station near Coonoor is Coimbatore Junction. If you wish to go to Coonoor by the toy train, you can board one from Mettupalayam Station that connects the Nilgiri Mountain Railway with the main line of South Indian Railways. This little toy train is the best way to experience the exhilarating beauty of Nilgiri Hills.
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