Summer is here, and it’s almost time to start planning to revel in the charms of summer. Come summers, and we all will be looking for a long getaway, away from the hustle-bustle of urban life, pollution, the scorching high temperatures. With India’s geographical diversity, you will be spoilt with a choice amongst the lush green landscapes, melting snow on the mountains, and scenic beaches, there are so many options to take a break from your monotonous routine, forget your worries and spend some time alone with your thoughts if you’re planning to go on a solo trip or enjoy with your loved ones.
After the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown that forced us to stay indoors and work from home, we all deserve a relaxing getaway to clear our heads and take a fresh breath of crisp oxygen.
Here’s a list of the top 10 destinations in India according to brightoutset.com to add to your bucket list for this summer.
If perfectly pruned coffee plantations, flora and fauna, secluded backwaters, elegantly manicured gardens, verdant woods and winding roads sound like the ideal getaway situation to you, then close your eyes and escape to this summer holiday destination nestled amidst the lush valleys of the Western Ghats. With its soothing weather throughout the year, mystic charm, and breathtaking views of vast coffee estates, Coorg is the perfect destination for a summer getaway as it overwhelms you with the sight of valleys, mountains, and thick forests. Coorg is also famous for amazing avenues for bird watching, golfing arena, hazy jungles, Buddhist temple, and trekking tours.
This beautiful town in Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by flora and fauna nurtured by River Beas and magnificent snow-capped peaks is a popular destination for vacations. It’s a perfect blend of scenic beauty, adventure and everything that makes a holiday memorable as it nestles idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas. You can visit Rohtang Pass to enjoy the snow, try out adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, zorbing, river rafting, camping, etc., have little picnics in the apple orchards, make short trips to nearby towns and come back refreshed and rejuvenated.
One of the favourite hill stations in the Western Ghats, this land of mystical hills, lush greenery, picturesque surroundings and fresh strawberries, is one of the best summer getaways. Soak in the bliss of the golden sunrises, devour the taste of delectable gooseberries, mulberries, and raspberry, explore the exciting trek trails and enjoy the perfect weather. Enjoy the stunning views of the valleys and mountains, the verdant forests, sonorous waterfalls, the colonial buildings, sparkling rivers, and the Pratapgarh hillfort. It serves as an ideal spot to relax and escape the city buzz, admire the panoramic view of forested hills from the vantage points.
This hill station has something that makes you want to visit it again and again. Dharamsala also has a prominent spiritual significance as it serves as home to the Dalai Lama. It is among the first Tibetan townships of the country and you will be left positively stunned by the beautiful blend of Indian and Tibetan cultures that coexists harmoniously in this place of everlasting elegance. Not just culture, you will be mesmerized with nature’s brilliance and the adventures this place has to offer.
This laidback beach paradise in the south of the country is the French Colony of India. With picture-perfect beaches, beautiful temples and churches, brightly painted houses and buildings, peaceful and tranquil ashrams, this incredible place serve as an ideal getaway for the summers. You can gorge on yummy French delicacies, witness iconic architecture, indulge in various water activities like scuba diving, or sit on the beach and enjoy the sunset.
Is any travel list even complete without the mention of Goa? Goa has earned the reputation of the country’s biggest party destination for a reason. This stunning beach state tops the list in terms of adventure, nightlife, culture, scenic beauty, and everything else that pops in your head. With marvellous beaches like Mandrem and Palolem, magnificent temples and churches, Portuguese culture and traditions, water adventure like parasailing and dolphin cruise, Goa offers all. This place is worth witnessing at least once in your lifetime.
If your brain releases a ton of dopamine at the very mention of snow, then pack your bags and head to Gulmarg. It is the ideal place for you if you want to be mesmerized by the majestic view of snow-covered slopes and mountains, deep meadows of flowers and evergreen forests. It also happens to be India’s largest skiing destination that not only offers aesthetic pleasure but also adventure opportunities.
This hill station is popular across the globe for its infamous Darjeeling tea and pleasant tourist attraction for its spectacular views of the Kangchenjunga and vibrant streets. Surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, this hill town is perfect for a family vacation. The ropeway ride will treat you to such majestic views that couldn’t possibly imagine, and then there’s also the toy train ride for the kid inside you. The simplicity and innocence of Darjeeling are what makes it an ideal getaway for the summer.
9. Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep islands are one of those places that are so pristine and serene that you’re afraid you might taint it with even your presence where the edge of the shores carpeted by virgin sand that is intermittently splashed by turquoise waters. This tropical paradise, where merely lying inert on a hammock to gaze up as the sunset paints the sky in soft shades of pink and orange, becomes a surreal activity, is amongst the best-kept secret of the Indian tourist circuit. The beauty of these islands lays in the untouched beaches and marine life. Apart from the tranquillity, there are various water activities that you can do on Lakshadweep island. The clean waters are known for rich marine life and live corals.
Kinnaur is one of the best places to visit in summer in India and is famed for its alluring beauty and serenity. The rugged mountains, the lush green forests, and the flowing rivers of Spiti and Satluj conjoin make this destination that seems straight out of a fairytale. Kinnaur offers travellers a chance to witness the finest amalgamation of cultures in this region. It is one of the most religiously harmonious destinations as the locals here have adapted to both Buddhism and Hinduism.