TOP 20 PLACES TO BEAT THE HEAT IN INDIA
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TOP 20 PLACES TO BEAT THE HEAT IN INDIA

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Summer is here, and so the much-awaited summer vacations; your family members are eagerly waiting to spend a gala time with you. In this heated environment, its time to rejoice the greener world outside. Sitting infront of the panoramic mountains or the melodious lake, let’s embrace ourselves with the beautiful life around us to beat the heat this Summer!

Here we bring you the most amazing and captivating 20 places in India where you can make out the most for your summer vacations.

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  1. Auli: Surrounded with coniferous trees and oak forests, Auli is an alluring hill station in the district of Chamoli in Uttrakhand. Panoramic beauty of its mountains and the trees attracts so many travelers every year and makes Auli one of the ideal destination to beat the heat in summers. Look for the exciting  Auli  Trip itinerary here.
    • Best experience: Renowned as the famous ski destination which  provides a trekking path for trekking enthusiasts. Auli offers cable car, chairlift and ski lift rides too, for making your trip delightful.
    • Things to try/buy : You can buy various souvenirs for your loved ones like a wooden keychain.
    • Approx budget to stay in hotels: Hotels starting from INR 1500 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 2 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport  and Haridwar Junction is the the nearest railway station to Auli.Auli
  2. Ranikhet: Try Ranikhet for the refreshing cool breeze which can set your mind in peace. A hill station on the elevated roads of Uttrakhand will offer you the amazing and the alluring view of the mountains. Add it to your summer vacation list to experience nature. Look for your dream Uttarakhand Holiday here.
    • Best experience: Set up on a high altitude, Ranikhet offers a magnificent path for trekking and an opportunity for golfing on a high altitude. Ranikhet is also popular for paragliding in Goluchina region in Ranikhet.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average range starts from INR 1500 to INR 10000 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 3 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport and Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railway station to Ranikhet.Ranikhet
  3. Kashmir: Being the most captivating and the dreamy place of India, Kashmir carries its own charm to attract the visitors. Known as the “Paradise on Earth”, which can make the tourists aww struck with its beauty is a place you should add on your summer bucket list. Click here to check 30+ Kashmir Tour itineraries, & see the one suits you.
    • Best experience: Kashmir is one heck of a ride which offers many interesting things to its travellers. From a ride on Shikara to spending a night in houseboats of Dal lake. From trekking and golfing to paragliding and skiing. From taking Gondola rides (you’d hit the luck if phase 2 would be open) to camping in the beautiful landscape. Kashmir would make everything so excited and delightful.
    • Things to try/buy: You can go for the famous Dom Olav (also known as Dum Aloo) in Kashmir, being there one of the famous dishes. Pashmina shawls and ponchhu( a flower embroidery on a woolen cloth used to wear over any top) are mainly the things which ladies generally put in their bucket list while travelling to Kashmir. Various Kashmiri cuisines can make you drool and make your trip one heck of a journey and would make you understand more about this majestic place.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average price is INR 1500 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 4 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Sheikh Ul Alam International airport, Srinagar is the nearest airport and Srinagar railway station is the nearest railway station to Kashmir.Kashmir
  4. Gangtok: Being the cleanest Hill Station  of India and the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is located in the Eastern Himalayan range. Famous for its mild climate throughout the year, Gangtok will attract you for its Buddhist monasteries and mountain lakes. These can surely make you to add this to your summer bucket list. Your search for the best  Sikkim Gangtok holiday packages ends here.
    • Best experience: Enjoy exciting cable-car ride and river rafting  in the Gangtok city.For all the adventure seekers, you can trek, view the mesmerising sunset and can do paragliding at Tashi Lake.At last, conclude your trip with the Yak Sawari and by shopping at Lal Bazaar.
    • Things to try/buy: Try dishes like Momo, Thukpa, Wonton, and Thenthuk for a totally new experience. You can also buy “The Thangkas” (traditional paintings on cotton canvas and silk frames) as a souvenir. Also,the Lepcha weave bags are also very popular among the tourists.
    • Approx budget for a stay in hotels: Average price is INR 1500 per night.
    • Ideal days for stay: 3-4 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport and New Jalpaiguri railway station in Siliguri is the nearest railway station to Gangtok.Gangtok
  5. Darjeeling: A hill town located in West Bengal attracts so many tourists every day, because of its mild climate and it’s most famous tea which is famous all over the world. Darjeeling will indulge you in its deep atmosphere and its cool breeze. Go have a trip! Click here to see the best  Sikkim Darjeeling holiday packages.
    • Best experience: Take a ride in toy train or go for a trek to Sandakphu for enthralling the thrilling views of Mt.Everest and Kanchenjunga peak, Darjeeling will never fail to amaze you! Also visit Bhutia Market and Chowrasta for buying the famous products of Darjeeling.
    • Things to try/buy: Try Churpi (a very famous kind of a chewing thing, made of milk, which helps in keeping your body warm)  which can be a very different thing you will ever come across to! Thukpa and Momos too are the things which can be seen at every corner of Darjeeling and should  be included in the list of “Must try” while travelling to Darjeeling.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average price is INR 1200 per night.
    • Ideal days for stay: 3-4 days.
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport and Darjeeling railway station is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling.Darjeeling
  6. Shillong: Known as the “Scotland of East”, East India has yet another hill station to offer. The capital of Meghalaya, “Shillong” will make you dive in the beauty of its waterfalls and its mild climate throughout the year. It has a charm of colonialism which captivates tourists towards it. Head to Shillong this summer for making most of your trip. Click here for the best Shillong – Meghalaya holiday package.
    • Best experience: Boating in Umiam Lake, angling at Dawki, Horse riding till Shillong peak (highest peak point of Shillong), dark caves of Shillong are some of the the places and things of Shillong which you surely can’t miss! Also, River rafting from Barapani and Ranikor (Ranikor being an offbeat place can also enhance the excitement of the trip). Rush down to the wettest place on Earth that is Cherapunji to experience clouds coming down to earth.
    • Things to try/buy:  You can buy Scottish clothing at Shillong Police Bazar which can give you shopping blues.Khasi scrub is a must buy especially when you are in Shillong  priced between INR 60 to INR 100 ,you can find them anywhere in Shillong , ladies with a big bright smile would be selling this(so it would be very difficult for you to say no), and would be carrying a heap of it. Also try some spicy meat and fish curries if you’re the lover of them.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average rate is INR 2500 per night.
    • Ideal days for stay: 3 – 4 days.
    • Nearest Travelling Conveyance: Shillong airport in Umroi is the nearest airport and Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station to Shillong.Shillong
  7. Malshej Ghats: Being the home of various flora and fauna’s and by having a perfect scenic view, Maljesh Ghats are situated in the western part of Maharashtra and are the perfect Maharashtra Getaway. Look for your dream Maharashtra Holiday here.
    • Best experience:Let your ears hear the most charming sound of birds at bird Watching at Pimpalgaon Joga Dam which is probably one of the best things which you can do here at Malshej Ghats. Again for the trekking enthusiasts, they bring you the great trekking path, trek to Harishchandragad fort in which you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the valleys with a cool breeze coming along your way(Make sure to carry a raincoat with you so it doesn’t create any obstacle in between the trek as it can rain anytime there). Rock climbing at Ajoba hills is the another adventurous activity offered by the Malshej Ghats which can make your trip more exciting.
    • Things to try/buy: Being a mountain pass there ain’t anything as such for shopping or for trying any food cuisine.
    • Approx budget to stay in hotel: Average price is INR 1400.
    • Ideal days for stay: 2 days.
    • Nearest traveling conveyance:New Pune International Airport is the nearest airport and Kalyan Railway station is the nearest railway station to Malshej Ghats. Private vehicles are the best if you’re traveling around the placeMalshej Ghat
  8. Panchgani: Panchgani-surrounded with the 5 hills is one of the famous weekend getaway hill stations for the people of Pune and Mumbai. Covered with flora, fauna and delivering cool breeze all the time. These features make it one of the best weekend getaway this summers. Look for your dream Maharashtra Holiday here.
    • Best experience: Panchgani offers all those things which can give you the most exciting weekend blues! Rush to Panchgani for the amazing experience of Horse riding,Trekking,Merry go rounds,Arcade games,Mini trains and Camping.
    • Things to buy/try: If you have interest in wooden handicrafts and leathers, you can go and take a look at Panchgani market, the place would surely never disappoint you! Other than this, if you’re into fruits and syrups, there are some mapro shops offering a great variety of fruit crushes, marmalades, jams and fruit drink concentrates which can be found in every other corner of this city.
    • Approx budget to stay in hotel: Average price is INR 2500.
    • Ideal days for stay: 2-3 days.
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Pune airport is the nearest airport and Wathar railway station is the nearest railway station to Panchgani.Panchgani
  9. Coonoor: A beautiful place where you can actually feel the happy vibes. Surrounded by the greenest valleys and a cool breeze which would definitely not stop and will give you your weekend goals by taking all your stress away from you.
    • Best experience: Surround yourself with nature, take a deep breath in this place full of calmness and let all your hectic schedule go out of your busy mind. Trust me this is the best thing you can do here.
    • Things to try/buy:Try the wide variety of tea here, no matter if you’re not a tea lover, the most amazing and unique flavors of them will make you try one of them for sure.Also, you can also try the wide range of handmade chocolates which are actually very good in taste, all the chocolate lovers can easily drool over this place.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average price is INR 3000 per night.
    • Ideal days for stay: 1-2 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Coimbatore international airport is the nearest airport and Coonoor railway station is the nearest railway station to Coonoor. Road trips can be taken from Bangalore which is 285 kms away from Coonoor.Coonoor
  10. Munnar: A hill station situated on the Western Ghats of Kerala and also known as “Kashmir of South India” is very famous among tourists, because of its chilly environment and mesmerizing beauty. Munnar never fails to impress its tourists. Roam around South India and make yourself hit your perfect kind of summer vibes. Click here to see the awesome Kerala Munnar Trip itineraries.
    • Best experience: Did someone just say Mountain biking?Yes, you read that right! Rejoice your childhood days and take a bicycle for just INR 300 for a day, travel through the beautiful hill town of Munnar and feel all the pleasing surroundings coming all your way. It will sound dreamy but Munnar just fulfilled your wish by giving you the opportunity to have a picnic at Attukal waterfalls, in the outskirt of Munnar town which can give you a proper scenic view for your best picnic ever! In the environment full of thrill give it a try to National Adventure Foundation which organizes rock climbing and rappelling activities along with other adventure sports in Munnar. This 2-hour activity can take place anytime between 7am and 7pm. Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park is another thing which will make you add it to your wish list when you’ll visit Munnar.
    • Things to try/buy: Much into experiencing more of another culture’s heritage? Well, Munnar offers various Dyed traditional clothes of Kerala which you can buy and take them along with you!South India’s coffee and tea are famous in all over India, a coffee/tea lover can take the most aromatic coffee beans and tea leaves from here with the finest quality.Spices are another thing in Munnar which you can’t simply miss for the most enhancing taste and quality of them.
    • Approx budget for staying in hotels: Average price is INR 2000 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 3 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport and Aluva railway station is the nearest railway station to Munnar.Munnar
  11. Ooty: A soothing hill station which can fill you with serenity with the help of its mesmerizing and dazzling experience. Famous for its various gardens and peak points, helps in making Ooty the best hill station of South India. Ooty is a sure one to add this time in your summer bucket list. Look for your dream Ooty Tour here.
    • Best experience:Must visit Doddabetta-the very famous and the best place to visit in Ooty! It’s the topmost point of Ooty which can make you even touch the clouds and would give you an experience of a lifetime! The authorities will make you stand in a line and one-by-one and they will call you to see the whole Ooty via a telescope. This place is something which you can’t simply miss especially when you’re in Ooty.                                                                                               Another thing which is exciting about Ooty is to take a peaceful ride in Ooty Lake and it will give you an opportunity to show your photography skills with the beautiful scenic scenes.
    • Things to try/buy: Try the amazing “Mirchi Pakodas”of Ooty! Hot pakodas served in the chilly environment will just help you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings out there!Also, no tea lover can miss the pleasure of having tea when they’re in Ooty. Made with finest tea leaves it will give you the aromatic experience of having tea in the hills of Ooty.
    • Approx budget for staying in hotels: Average rate is INR 2000 per night.
    • Ideal days for stay: 2 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance:Coimbatore international airport is the nearest airport and Udagamandalam railway station is the nearest railway station to Ooty.Ooty
  12. Kovalam: A very famous beach destination of South India which attracts so many tourists towards it every year from India and outside India. Situated in a southern part of Kerala, Kovalam can let you set free and will refresh your soul at its best. Make sure to add it to your summer bucket list if you want to feel some beachy vibes!! Look for your dream Kerala Kovalam Tour here.
    • Best experiences:Visit Lighthouse Beach which is the most famous one among other three beaches where  you can also try surfing and paragliding and other water sports. Also, Kerala has been famous for its Ayurvedic massages since forever! Give it a try for rejuvenating your experience.
    • Things to try/buy:You can buy Teakwood,Rosewood statues and carpets from Kovalam. Ethnic clothes are also one of the things , which you can buy while travelling to Kovalam.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotel: Average price is INR 2000 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 2 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport and The Trivandrum Central railway station is the nearest railway station to Kovalam.Kovalam
  13. Kodaikanal: A city in the hills of Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu is also known as the “Princess of Hill Station”. It is considered as one of the famous hill station these days. Foamy mists and enchanting views can make it worthy of visiting Kodaikanal this summers.
    • Best experience:Boating in Kodai lake,nature walks at Coaker’s walk,trek to Perumal peak and Dolphin’s nose are some of the things which you can’t miss when you are in Kodaikanal.
    • Things to try/buy: Buy the very famous bone and walnut articles and take them as souvenirs.Also,try the pleasure of various aromatherapy and massages in South India which will   help you to boost the inner relaxation and peace of your soul.
    • Approx budget to stay in hotel: Average price is INR 1500 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 3 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance:Madurai airport is the nearest airport and Kodaikanal road railway station is the nearest railway station to Kodaikanal.Kodaikanal
  14. Mount Abu:  A very popular hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan. The only hill station of Rajasthan is generally crowded with a lot of tourists coming and visiting this place. This summer, give this place a try to be one of the tourists this year!
    • Best experience: A visit to Trevor’s tank is what every nature lover would love to seek!The birdwatching enthusiasts and crocodile lover are most welcome here to enroll a new experience in their travel diaries. Watching sunset near Nakki Lake is another thing which you can’t miss to make your soothing cells refresh more.Camping and Caving are other activities,which you can do while staying in    Mount Abu.
    • Things to try/buy: If you’re a saree lover, you can buy very famous Kota sarees from here. One can also purchase sandalwood,sandstone and Jaipuri quilts from here.
    • Approx budget for staying in hotel: Average price is INR2500 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 2-3 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance:Udaipur airport is the nearest airport and Abu road railway station is the nearest railway station to Mount Abu.Mount Abu
  15. Chail: A beautiful hill station situated on the hills of Himachal Pradesh is known for its beautiful architecture. Delivery soothing and positive vibes to its tourists. Made on a high altitude and enclosed by Deodar, Chir Pine, and Oak trees, Chail provides a scenic view to its tourists. Look for your dream Shimla  – Chail Holiday here.
    • Best experience: Activities like Bamboo Bridge River Crossing,Flying Fox,Rope Walking over the tree trunk high above the ground level,Burma Bridge ,Tyre Bridge and Commando net are some of the activities which can be included in the bucket list of an adventure seeker while travelling to Chail. Also, the mountains and magnificent views of Himachal can give you holiday goals!
    • Things to try/buy: Tibetan jewellery , Pashmina Shawls, the very famous Himachali caps, Woolen garments, carpets, and rugs for ideal home decor are some of the things which you can buy from here.                                          Also,try a very famous Himachali dish “Sidku or Sidu”, a thick roti coated with jaggery is a must try.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotel: Average price is INR 2000 per night
    • Ideal days for stay: 2-3 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Jabbarhatti airport is the nearest airport and Kalka Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Chail.Chail
  16. Dharamshala-Mcleodganj: A soul soothing environment, the chirping of birds, mesmerizing beauty of the very beautiful valleys, slightly cool breeze, monks chanting, this place which is far away from the hustle bustle of the city crowd, all these make it a  famous point of Himachal Pradesh with a perfect vacation destination. Your search for the best  Mcleodganj Dharamshala packages ends here.
    • Things to buy/try: Are you the stargazing lover? But can’t watch much of them because of the city pollution? Well, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala will provide you a clean deep sky where you can enjoy unlimited star gazing.                              For all the cooking lovers, at Mcleodganj Lhamo’s Kitchen and Sangey’s Kitchen offers you cooking lessons and an opportunity to learn various Tibetan recipes. Kind of very different and unique activity no? This is what Himachal is made of!      Dharamshala has been a favorite spot to eat Tibetan food since forever! Try   some amazing Tibetan cuisine here and indulge in the amazing flavors of Tibet.     Go for Zip lining in Dharamshala for experiencing thrill and adventure.
    • Approx budget for stay in hotels: Average price is INR 2000
    • Ideal days for stay: 3-4 days
    • Nearest traveling conveyance: Kangra airport is the nearest airport and Pathankot railway station is the nearest railway station to Dharamshala-Mcleodganj.Dharamshala Mcleodganj
  17. Palampur: Also, known as the tea capital of North India, this very famous hill station of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh is famous for its scenic beauties, cultivation of tea. This place is famous for its tradition, culture and for the heritage of our Indian culture. Visit Palampur this summers to experience a heavenly experience. Look for your dream Himachal Tour here.
    • Best experience:Paragliding at the” Capital of Paragliding” is what every paragliding lover would seek for! Rush to Bir billing and experience amazing experience of paragliding!      Himachal is known for its “khad”- a small river, (which is not deep) surrounded by rocks creates a perfect scenic view. You can find them all over the town, some people have made their home near khad so that they can use that water for their daily needs. Go and see them for something different as well as they can also help you to enhance the views of your photographs.
    • Things to buy/try:The ·Himachal cuisine is a must try here! Dishes like Madra, Kaale channe ka khatta, babru, bhey are some of the famous dishes which you should definitely try. If you’re a tea lover, then rush to Kangra tea outlets for trying and buying the best tea of north India. You can also buy various handicrafts from here.
    • Approx budget for staying in hotels: Average price is INR 1500 per night
    •   Ideal days for stay: 3-4 days
    •   Nearest traveling conveyance: Kangra airport is the nearest airport and       Palampur Himachal railway station is the nearest railway station to Palampur.Palampur
  18.   Kausani: A hill station and Village situated in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand is very famous for its various peak points and beautiful panoramic view of the hills. Some people also call it as the “Switzerland of India”. Hills of Kausani is calling you for a visit in summers. Look for your dream Uttarakhand Holiday here.
    •   Best experience:Kausani is very famous for its sunset and sunrise, stay at an   ashram for a peaceful day, communicate with other families, make friends, enjoy   together and watch the peaceful sunset and sunrise. Voila! A beautiful day is     done.You can also try some beautiful cafes!
    •   Things to buy/try:Rush to the very famous Mall road for buying various Kumaoni Shawls, knitted sweaters and a lot more.
    •   Approx budget for stay in hotel:  Average price is INR2500
    •   Ideal days for stay: 1-2 days
    •   Nearest traveling conveyance: Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport and Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railway station to KausaniKausani
  19.   Mussoorie:  One of the most admired hill station of North India which is popular since forever! Mussoorie is one of those travel destinations which witnesses an immense number of tourists for its beauty. Popular for its heavenly created structure Mussoorie is one of that location which you should definitely visit this summer! Look for your dream Mussoorie Holiday here.
    •   Best experience: Enjoy the famous cable rides to view Mussoorie in a very magnificent view.                                                                                                Walk on the longest hanging adventure bridge of India,trek to the most exciting mountains of Mussoorie and experience a “definitely cannot miss thrill”.  Only a few of you will know that Mussoorie is very famous for its Ice-skating experiences, and has India’s biggest platform for Ice-skating.           The Rink in Kulri Bazaar and Disco Skating Rink are the most famous points for Ice-skating and a must visit spots too.
    •   Things to try/buy:Cuisine of Mussoorie which is mainly influenced by the touch of Garhwal and Tibetan flavors is a must try for all the tourists. You can find such dishes anywhere around Mussoorie. Also, If you’re more of a history person then rush to the library bazaar for buying all sort of goodies related to historical time which can take you back to the colonial rule.                                                    From Local handicrafts from silver jewelry, Kulri bazaar has everything to offer you. Go and check out their stuff.  Love to collect the things which have an ancient touch? Rush to the Gandhi Chowk for amazing wooden boxes which carry an ancient touch and a lot more stuff there.
    •   Approx budget for staying in hotels: Average price is INR 3500 per night
    •   Ideal days for stay: 3 days
    •   Nearest traveling conveyance:Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport and Dehradun Railway station is the nearest railway station to Mussoorie.Mussoorie
  20.   Wayanad: A place of heavenly bliss where one can not only relieve their stress but can also gain a sense of contentment and joy with the help of soothing weather, beautiful surroundings, the chirping of birds, cool breeze and a lot more. Wayanad is the destination you can go if you’re finding something new. Look for your dream Kerala Wayanad Tour here.
    •   Best experience:Explore the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which can be amazing for all the wildlife lovers. Also, Bamboo Rafting is something which is very different from other adventurous activities which you can see in Wayanad. Camping is also one of the very famous activity for all the camping enthusiasts. Stay at Vythiri Village Resort is something which a person should try in Wayanad, it will help you in experiencing more of nature and will provide you the best possible facilities.
    •   Things to try/buy: Shop for very famous Bamboo articles, honey and other herbs which can make your Wayanad trip completely fruitful.
    •   Approx budget for staying in hotel: Average price is INR 3000 per night
    •   Ideal days for stay: 4-5 days
    •   Nearest traveling conveyance: Karipur international airport is the nearest airport and Kozhikode railway station is the nearest railway station to Wayanad.Wayanad

 

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