6 summer holiday destinations in India to beat the heat

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Summer is fast-approaching, and in some parts of India, the weather is soon going to become unbearable. You’ll probably have to soothe yourself with a tub of ice cream and stay indoors at all times to avoid the scorching heat.

But are you sure you can stay shut up inside till the sun decides to cut you some slack?

Instead of spending a long, dreary summer at home, why not go on an adventure in one of the cooler parts of the country? You’ll find numerous places that are ideal for a vacation during this season. If you can’t seem to make up your mind, here are a few places that you can plan a trip to.

  1. Ladakh

Popularly called ‘Little Tibet’, Ladakh is located between two of the highest mountain ranges in the world – the Karakoram and the Himalayas.

The terrain here comprises of lofty mountain passes, vast valleys, and beautiful lakes. It’s also home to the rare Tantric-Buddhist population.

Even at the peak of summer, you’re bound to a experience sharp drop in temperature during the night, making Ladakh one of the most popular tourist places. The average temperature ranges between 20°C and 30°C, so you’ll be comfortable even during the day.

If you’re a big fan of motorcycles, you can even head to Delhi, Srinagar, or Manali, where bikers from all over India gather to make a road trip to Ladakh via the Manali-Leh Highway. Don’t forget to wear your helmet!

  1. Sikkim

Sikkim has a mythical air to it, considering a vast portion of this land still remains unexplored. So if you’re looking to get away this summer, take a travel loan and head to Sikkim for a serene experience.

Buddhist monasteries, gushing waterfalls, mysterious caves, and challenging treks will help clear your thoughts and give you some peace of mind. The tranquil valleys are abundant with lush greenery, and coupled with the mighty Kanchendzonga peak, it’s truly a sight to behold.

If you’re more of an adventurer, head over to the Teesta river, where you can test your might against the rapids raging through the valley. It’s a surreal experience and is sure to give you an adrenaline rush like no other.

  1. Manali

Nestled between the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, Manali is a land with something for everybody.

If you’re the thrill-seeking kind, paragliding, white-water rafting, and zorbing are activities that you can indulge in while you’re here. In case you’re looking for a romantic getaway, what better place than the snow-capped peaks? And finally, for the lone traveller, hippie towns—like Malana—are always ready to accommodate you. If you’re planning to stay long, you could even gear up and get ready to conquer the trans-Himalayan terrain that lies before you.

The weather in Manali is delightful, and summer is definitely the best time to visit. You’ll come back wiser, healthier and ready to take on the world.

  1. Coorg

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway without too many people around, Coorg would be the ideal summer holiday destination. Nestled among the valleys of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unparalleled tranquility.

Between April and May would be the best time to visit, as the coffee and spice plantations are in full bloom, and the fragrance is almost overwhelming. If you’re looking for a spot of activity, Coorg provides ample opportunities for treks, which range from easy to moderately difficult.

But this place isn’t all hills and forests! Towns like Polibetta and Mercara lie close to the Ghats, and you can always drop in to pick supplies before you head out again into nature, where fresh, clean air awaits.

  1. Andaman And Nicobar

Before India became independent, the British put their prisoners in ‘Kaala Pani’, a jail which was set up in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prison is now a museum and if you pay a visit to the islands, you can check out this horrific, yet historic, site.

These islands give off a tropical ambience and the diversity of wildlife, both marine and land, is the main attraction here. If you ever visit, you must head to Havelock Island, where you can try out snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving under the guidance of trained professionals.

Being underwater among marine life is a surreal experience, and ‘summer’ will be the last thing on your mind when you’re down there.

  1. Kashmir

A trip to Kashmir might involve a little more luxury than the other places on this list.

Whether taking a Gondola ride or visiting the mighty Mughal gardens, every activity in Kashmir has history attached to it. You can even pay a visit to the picturesque Aru Valley, where bollywood movies Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Highway were filmed.

Kashmir is home to many luxurious hotels and spas where you can relax, rejuvenate, and refresh yourself before heading back to the beauty of the surrounding valleys.

Sightseeing and long, peaceful walks are some of the best activities you can partake in Kashmir.

These are 6 of the most popular places to visit during summer, to get away from the heat and make the most of your holidays. There are numerous other places you can head out to as well, but pick one from this list and you’re guaranteed a good vacation.

Of course, before you decide to head out, you need to assess your finances and determine whether you can afford the trip without compromising your financial capabilities. You don’t want to dig into your savings, because you might need them in case of an emergency.

You can always apply for a personal loan and go on that perfect vacation you’ve been planning. So, step to it and get out of the city as soon as possible! Happy holidays!

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