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When it’s hot, you know where to head to this summer

Some people hate the summers. And they do their best to avoid it.

But with a list of different activities, holidays during the summer are simply fantastic.

Also, it ignites our travel lust. So, what can you do to fuel that fire?

The first answer is to plan a vacation. Yes, cliché but so are the sun and the moon. And you don’t get bored of them. Right!

But summers are exhausting! Well, there is a catch to that as well.

Travel to a place where summer fire cannot ablaze you.

These are the summer holiday destinations in North India as the perfect safe heavens–

Nainital (when the Himalayas call in the north):

Christened on the name of the Goddess Naina Devi, Nainital is a quaint paradise. It is still counted as one of the top hill stations in India. Nainital provides rejuvenating holidays in the mountains. With lakes, scenic views and picture-perfect backdrop, Nainital is one of the top 10 summer destinations in India.

Image of Nainital hill station featuring mountain, lake and trees
Nainital still stands fresh and beautiful

Weather in June: Pleasant temperature from 14-23°C is ideal to visit the place

Here is a compiled list of summer vacations ideas for families 2019-

  • Naini Lake – Yes boating in the lifeline of Nainital
  • Raj Bhawan – Governor’s House, if you are interested in historical buildings
  • Naina Devi Temple – To take blessings of the goddess
  • Bhimtal Lake – The Historical Masonary Dam lake 
  • Eco Cave Gardens – Sibling of Robbers cave in Dehradun sans the water
  • Binayak– A 3 day, 18 km Trekking experience to Nainital
  • Gurney House – Colonial Splendor
  • Sattal – Home to 7 Lakes, Pines, Hills and more
  • Hanuman Garhi – Where you see the sunrise and sunset with Lord Hanuman
  • Naini Peak – The Crown of Kumaon Hills
  • Tiffin Top – For scenic views of the town below
  • The Mall Road – Shopping Centre and all things fun
  • Snow View Point – Oldest Viewpoint
  • Nainital Zoo and High End Zoo
  • Jeolikot- Gateway to Nainital
  • Kainchi Dham- For getting closer to spirituality
  • Land’s End- To see the confluence of the mountains and the last land
  • Snow View Point – For a cable car ride
  • Himalayan View Point- For witnessing the grandeur of the Himalayas
  • Khurpa Taal- The solitude lake

How to reach:

  • By Air: Get down at Pantnagar Airport which is 65 km apart from the main city. Package bookings with flight deals should be your goal.
  • By Rail: Landing at the Kathgodam station (24km away) would do. Hire a cab after you land.
  • By Road: Choosing any public mode of transportation for Nainital, Uttarakhand would serve the purpose

**Please remember the types of train coach:

SL- Sleeper Class, 3A- Three Seat AC, 2A- Two seat AC

Spending your summer vacation with kids is a splendid idea when you opt for Nainital.


Ladakh (
discovering the silent mountains)

With the title of The Mini Tibet, Ladakh shoots alive straight out of a fantasy land. Barren valleys, numerous trails, panoramic views, and stunning lake views are the major highlight of this Himalayan beauty. Your trip stay dates must include Ladakh in your travel itinerary.

Image of Ladakh's stone writings
When Ladakh calls you cannot say no

Weather in June: It is pleasant and sunny ranging from 20-30° C.

Here is where you can go-

  • Leh Palace,
  • Magnetic Hill,
  • Gompa,
  • Chang La,
  • Nubra Valley
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Khardung La
  • Thikse Monastery
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Pangong Tso Lake
  • Kargil
  • Khardung-la Pass

Things To Do: 

  • Trekking to Chadar
  • You can go motorbiking up to Magnetic Hill and Khardung La Pass
  • River rafting in the Indus
  • Go mountain climbing at Stok Kangri
  • Jeep safari in Ladakh

How to Reach:

  • By Air: Take any of the flights to India and land at Jammu Airport. Board for Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport from Jammu.
  • By Rail: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station at a distance of 700 kilometres from Ladakh.
  • By Road: Take the Manali-Leh route of 473 kilometres. The route opens by mid of June.

Ladakh is best described in emotions rather than describing it in words.


Auli (
when nature calls you)

Situated in Uttarakhand, Auli is all things snow sports, flora, and trek. In summers, it is altogether a live show of exotic beauty. This Himalayan beauty has a distinguished reputation because of many factors. Major of them are the Valley of Flowers, apple orchards, and all things surreal. Your length of stay trip may be less but Auli would never disappoint.

Image of mountains of Auli in Uttarakhand
Auli is beauty expressed as poetry

Weather in June: The temperature in Auli is relatively cold in summers. It has never risen above 20°C.

Here is where you can go: 

  • Mana Parvat
  • Gurso Bugyal 
  • Trishul Peak
  • Vishnuprayag
  • Rudraprayag
  • Kamat Kamet
  • Ghori Parbat
  • Badrinath temple
  • Kwani Bugyal
  • Chattrakund
  • Chenab Lake
  • Joshimath
  • Nanda Devi Peak

Things To Do: 

  • Camping at Nanda Devi range
  • River rafting on the Alaknanda River
  • Skiing in Auli
  • Cable car ride to Joshimath
  • Trekking from Kuari Pass to Khulara

How to Reach:

  • By Air: Get down at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Total distance is 131 km. Getting a direct flight to Chandigarh first would make it easier
  • By Rail: Get down at Haridwar or Rishikesh as both are the nearest railway stations (4-5 hrs away from Auli)
  • By Road: A 9-hour journey from Dehradun to Auli by a hired car

Mark your summer vacation 2019 dates and head for Auli. You certainly won’t regret.


Kodaikanal
(the go-to spot in summers in South India):

In Kodaikanal things don’t go south in summers. The famed summer destination hosts tea gardens, astounding lakes, mountain views and caves. Its proximity to the three main cities- Chennai, Bangalore, and Coimbatore makes it an ideal spot. Choosing a vacation package here will always be a bliss.

Image of Pillar rocks in Kodaikanal
Pillar Rocks of Kodaikanal are nature’s statement of architecture

Weather in June: Optimally ranging from 20-36°C.

Here is what you can do or go to– 

  • Kodai and Berjim Lake
  • Thailvar, Vattakanal, Bear Shola and Silver Cascade Falls
  • Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk
  • Devil’s Kitchen hosting the Guna Caves
  • Kukkal Caves
  • Lake View Point
  • Kodaikanal Pine Forest
  • Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Silent Valley View Point
  • Perumal Peak
  • Shembaganur Museum of Natural History
  • Green Valley View
  • Dolphin’s Nose, Dindigul

How to reach:

By Air: Madurai International Airport. Flights to Bangalore India from USA and Chennai are easily available as well.  

By Rail: The Kodai Road Station which is 95 km away from the city          

By Road: Take any private or state-owned bus from the major cities like Trichy (198 km), Ooty (255 km), Coimbatore (175 km), Kumili(160 km)

Kodaikanal is a great escapade for Instagram-ing your summer family trips.


Kumarakom
(the hidden Gem of Kerala)

Another backwater destination after Allepey, this place offers leisure extensively. Kumarakom is referred to as one of the 10 paradises on earth.

Image of sunset and a boat in Kumarakom
Kumarakom is another backwater destination in Kerala

Weather in June: Monsoons making the temperature stable at 24-30°C.

 Here is what you can visit-

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Backwaters
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Mango Meadows Agricultural Theme Park
  • Pathiramnal
  • Bay Island Driftwood Museum

How to Reach:

By Air: Kochi International Airport is the nearest bet. Take any cheap flights to Kochi and enjoy

By Rail: Kottayam Station which is 13 km apart

By Road: Take a bus to Kumarakom Bus Station from any major city of Kerala


Coorg (the mini Scotland of India)

The largest producer of coffee in India, Coorg or Kodagu is beyond words to describe. Lush teakwood, beautiful waterfalls, tea & coffee plantations, misty hills, sandalwood are a few salient features.

Image of Waterfall in Coorg
Coorg in Tamilnadu is more than greenery and tea plantations

Weather in June: Monsoon makes Coorg more beautiful with avg temp ranging from 23-30° C.

Here is how it mesmerizes you with-

  • Chettali (for cultural tourism)
  • Iruppu and Abbey Falls
  • Mandalpatti View Point (hiking)
  • Nisargdhama (for river-island boating, elephant riding)
  • Brahmagiri Peak (Trekking)
  • Madikeri Fort (17th century fort)

How to Reach:

By Air: Catching any of the flights to Mangalore Airport (135 km away) is the thing to do

By Rail: The nearest station is Mysore Station

By Road: Take public or private buses from any of the main cities in Karnataka

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Shillong, Tawang, Kalimpong
(exploring the East and the North-East)

Shillong hosts some of the ethereal spots in the North-East. Shimmering lakes (like Dawki), pine trees, mystical waterfalls are some the highlights. Also, it is accessible from Assam, and from all the other North-Eastern states.

Image of Dawki Lake with boats on the bank in Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong is a perfect mix of fun and calmness

Weather in June: Moderate and pleasant ranging from 15-24 degree celsius

Here is what you can do or go to- 

  • Nongpoh for Umiam Lake and Sports Complex (boating and yacht riding), Nehru Park
  • Laitlum Canyons
  • Ward’s Lake
  • Mawjymbuin Caves, Siju Caves
  • Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills (Jowai), Sweet Falls, Elephant Falls (waterfall rappelling)
  • Tura Peak, Shillong Peak (for trekking)

How to Reach:

By Air: Shillong does not have its own airport. Take any of the cheap flights to Kolkata and then for Guwahati Airport

By Rail: The nearest station is Guwahati at a distance of 100 km

By Road: Take public or private buses from Guwahati and hit the Assam Trunk Road towards GS Road and then finally towards NH 40

Shillong is a cool place for summer trips for teens.


Tawang
is best experienced in the summers and monsoons. This beautiful town in Arunachal houses the 14th century Tawang Monastery. With mystical gompas, Buddhist monasteries, this pilgrim centre is filled with splendid charm.

Image of Buddha and lamas in Tawang monastery
Tawang Monastery in Tawang is a must visit

Weather in June: 5-21° C. You won’t even feel it’s summers

Here is what you can do or go to- 

  • Tawang Monastery
  • Gorichen Peak
  • Taktsang Gompa
  • Nuranang Waterfall
  • Pankang Teng Tso lake, Madhuri Lake

How to Reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Salonibari Airport.Take any of the flights to Kolkata connecting to Guwahati

By Rail: The nearest station is Rangpara Railway Station (383 km)

By Road: Take public or private buses from Tezpur (319 km), Nagaon (383 km), Bhalukpong (262 km)


Kalimpong
is less crowded but is equally satiating as Darjeeling. For solitude lovers, it’s a paradise. When you sit on the banks of the Teesta River, you get engulfed by its awe and magnificence. The proximity of Kalimpong to other popular destinations qualifies it as the perfect summer getaway in Bengal. 

Image of lamhatta lake in Kalimpong
Lamahatta lake is a nature’s treat

Weather in June: 16-25° C making it perfect to visit

Here is what you can do or go to- 

  • Mac Farlen Church
  • Tsonga Gompa
  • Morgan House
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Zang Dhok Palri Phodang

How to Reach:

By Air: Take a direct flight to Kolkata and then for Bagdogra Airport

By Rail: The nearest station is Jalpaiguri (71.9 km)

By Road: Take public or private buses from any of the main cities such as Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Siliguri, Gangtok


Malshej Ghat, Lonavala, Matheran (
when the Western Ghats welcome you)

Malshej Ghat mountain pass in the Western Ghats of India is the gateway to Maharashtra. Famed for trekking trails, mulberry orchards, green pastures, this place seems to be inspired from the paintings of Van Gogh. It is both rejuvenating and adventurous for everyone.

Image of Malshej Ghats with steps on the mountains
Malshej and Monsoons are a match aptly made

Weather in June: Optimally ranging around 18° C

Here is what you can do or go to- 

  • Pimpalgaon Joga Dam for bird-watching
  • Go for Rock climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort
  • Trekking to Harishchandragadh Fort
  • Shivneri Fort
  • Leynadri Caves

How to reach:

  • By Air: Nearest airport is Pune, at a distance of 115 km. Boarding any of the flights to Pune would do
  • By Rail: Kalyan Railway Station, at a distance of 85 km
  • By Road: Mumbai (130 km) and Pune (120 km) are the nearest major cities from Malshej Ghat


Lonavala
is just an hour’s drive away from Mumbai. For Mumbaikars it is their very own chill out station. You can explore the caves, click selfies in the verdale (the greenery) or go for other activities. Lonavala offers quite a lot of options.  

Image of Lonavala mountains in Western Ghats Maharashtra
Mumbai and Lonavala are inseparable

Weather in June: 25-35° C. Carry an umbrella as June end marks the onset of Monsoon Rains

Here is what you can do or go to- 

  • Explore historical landmarks like Korigad Fort, Bhaja Caves, and Karla Caves
  • Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Night camping in Lonavala

How to reach:

  • By Air: The Nearest airport is Mumbai
  • By Rail: Get down at the Lonavala station from Mumbai. This line is connected via direct trains to/from Mumbai and Pune
  • By Road: You can reach via road from Mumbai and Pune as the distance is 80 km and 665 km respectively


Matheran
also boasts of Toy Train rides similar to Shimla and Darjeeling. It is the green carpet of Maharashtra. All kinds of motor vehicles are banned from entering here. With colonial imprints, pleasant weather, picturesque flora Matheran is like a refreshing break from monotony.

Image of Matheran Toy Train in Maharashtra
Matheran Train Ride is a must trip for all

Weather in June: Rainfalls on almost a regular basis. Book in advance because tourists are less and bookings are few.

A list of Things to do:

  • Trekking to historical Raigadh hill-fort
  • Heritage Train Ride
  • Night camping

How to reach:

  • By Air: Take any of the cheap flights to Mumbai Airport located at a distance of 90 km
  • By Rail: Via narrow gauge railway station. Nearest station is Neral
  • By Road: From Mumbai covering a distance of 80 km. Catch any transportation from Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Kolhapur

Spending a summer holiday in India is very predictable.

You just need to be fundamentally clear on how to beat it.

Image of Camera, hat, pants, and coconut drink against a wooden background
Follow the rules of traveling in summer

Beating the Heat in Indian summers:

  • Stay hydrated- Your body needs water in summers. Like most of the time. Carry glucose water, be on liquid diet (if required) but do not skip water.
  • Save your skin- Dry and dull skin is the common outcome of traveling. Keep yourself moisturized with water based lotions. Apply sunscreen while in the sun and cover yourself properly.
  • Cover yourself with loose cotton clothes- These are life saviors. Wear a cap if required. Always go for cotton as it absorbs sweat and heat both.
  • Avoid oily, spicy and heavy food- The secret to good traveling is having light food. Oily and heavy foods make you bloat and can make you uneasy. Eat salads, light snacks, and anything that’s easy on your stomach. Boiled food like momos, etc. is always a safe bet.
  • Carry medication- Health issues are common in summers. From heat stroke, sunburn or indigestion anything can happen. Make a habit to carry your personal medications or emergency medicines with you.
  • Don’t travel to a hot place- There is a reason people opt for mountains in summers. And the reason is moderate or pleasant temperature. Never choose to go to the sea in summers if the climate is unfavorable. Chart out your travel locations based on the temperature you can adjust in.  
  • Don’t use heavy boots- Let your feet breathe in summers. Heavy boots and all such things make you feel more exhausted than you actually are. 
  • Travel and roam in the morning and evenings- Roaming in the afternoon is not a noble idea unless you are in really cool place. Reserve your afternoons for museums, movies or for other such stuff.
  • Carry properly sealed portable water- Branded water is one such safe bet. To check the authenticity of water, rotate the neck of the bottle. If it makes a click kind of sound, go for it. If it doesn’t then discard it altogether. 
  • Eat cooling foods and fruits: Sugarcane juice, Melon, Mint, Coconut water, Celery, Curd and Cucumber are what you can have to beat the heat. These keep the body hydrated and healthy without extra efforts.
  • Avoid Road Trips: Summer is not the best time to let loose your driving lust on the road. You don’t want to get fried in a non-ac vehicle. Trust us. There is no guarantee that your AC vehicle might be a better alternative as well.   Instead you can go for long drives or walks in the evening.  

Important Events to witness:

  • Shoonya Festival: The journey of inner contentment as stated by the organizers, Shoonya celebrates nothingness. If you are in Himachal and want to try something new, Shoonya is the go-to. Started last year, it is celebrating its 2nd version this year. The 3 day festival in Jibhi, Himachal is a great escapade for art, solitude, and philosophical quests. For bookings and tickets click here. The dates to remember are 21-23 June.
Image poster of Shoonya Festival in Jibhi, Himachal
Shoonya Festival in Himachal celebrates inner journey
  • Hemis Tsechu Festival: To mark the victory of Guru Padmasambhava, Hemis festival is organized every year in Ladakh. The 5th month in the Tibetan Calendar, Hemis is a spectacle to witness. With colorful dresses, Lamas are splendid to watch. They enact larger than life characters with their dance and grand costumes. This year it’s falling on 11-12th July. Phyang Monastery is hosting the Phyang Tsedup festival on the same dates. This festival is celebrated to remember the oracles. A festival similar to Hemis is held in Lamayuru Monastery known as Yuru Kabgyat. The dates for this festival are on 29-30th July.
Image of Hemis Festival in Ldakh of Lamas wearing costumes
The Hemis Festival celebrates the victory of good over evil
  • Behdienkhlam Festival: Celebrated by the Jaintia Tribe in Meghalaya, this festival is a unique one. It involves a playful game- ‘dad lawakor’ between the two tribes (Northerners and Southerners). The goal is to put a ball on the opponent side. It involves funfair and merrymaking after the game gets over. The date to note is 14th July.   

Travelling in summers doesn’t need to be hard. It can be fun and thrilling if you stick the basics.

Make sure when you travel, you follow the traveling rules religiously.

Compile your best summer trips 2019 album and share with your friends (and us).

Happy Traveling.

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