India is the only country where you can enjoy every season, and we know the scorch of hot summer. The peak summer season is unbearable and at this point of time, you just want to escape to the places where you can soothe your soul and enjoy the cool breeze.

In this blog, I have explained the Top 5 places where you can plan a vacation with your family and friends and enjoy the journey. Let’s explore it!

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty, referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations” is located at 7000 feet in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu and is a perfect choice for honeymooners. You can embark on a peaceful journey through the estate of teas, placid lakes, cascading waterfalls, misty mountains, lush greenery & gardens, and pleasant weather.

Places to visit

  • Embark on an unforgettable journey in the valley of Rose Garden. Collect sweet fragrances and memorable memories.
  • Experience the beauty of Ooty Lake, surrounded by trees & mountains and the crystal clear water of Ooty Lake.
  • Take a walk at the Government Botanical Garden and explore the vibrant colour and fragrance of the garden.
  • Take a nostalgic ride and enjoy a scenic route at UNESCO-listed Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
  • If you want to experience the panoramic view of Ooty, trek to the highest point in the Nilgiri Hills, Doddabetta Peak.

How to Reach

  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Mettupalayam

Nainital, Uttrakhand

A popular destination for North Indians to enjoy pleasant weather with families, friends or you can enjoy a solo trip. Nainital is a small town and 3 days itinerary is enough to explore the beauty of Nainital. If you are from Delhi, then Nainital is a perfect gateway from the city life.

Places to visit

  • Naini Lake, the most popular attraction and 1km from the city, tourists love to do boating and in the evening the lake view is splendid. You can take an evening walk on Mall Road and the temples situated around the temple.
  • Snow View Point, you can reach through Nainital Ropeway and enjoy the splendid view of Nani Lake and the Mountains.
  • Tiffin Top, a place where you can explore a scenic view of the city. You can reach it by hiking and can do Horse Riding.
  • Eco Cave Garden, the garden is the perfect place for kids to hang out. You can enjoy the musical fountain, and hanging gardens and as it is a recreational park you can enjoy the caves.
  • Nanda Devi Temple, one of Shakti Peeth and a religious place in Hindu Religion and believed that Mata Sati’s eye fell at this place.
  • Neem Karoli Baba, ashram of a saint who is popular around the world. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and various Bollywood stars admire him.
  • Naina Peak, also known as Cheena Peak, the lake is in the shape of a Mango and is located 3km from the city. At the top point, you can explore the Tibetan border.

How to Reach

  • Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

Kodaikanal, Karnataka

Kodaikanal, a hill station situated in Karanataka is the best place to enjoy the valley, forest and lakes in the month of August. If you are nature lover, then Kodaikanal is the best place to explore the panoramic view of forests and lakes. The cool breeze, light rainfall, and average temperature of 20 degree Celsius makes the atmosphere more pleasant. 

Places to visit

  • Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake, surrounded by lush green forests is an attraction point for the tourist. To feel the beauty of this place you can go for a Boat Ride.
  • If you want to feel nature and relax, take a walk at Coaker’s Walk and embrace yourself with the picturesque view of the valley. 
  • Bryant Park and Chettiyar Park are famous for the serene beauty of variety of flowers and sculptures.
  • Pillar of Rocks, a famous spot where three natural pillars of granite give you a splendid experience.
  • Green Valley View, known as the suicidal point is a popular place for a natural lover and photographer
  • If you love trekking, then Bear Shola Falls in the dense forest is a perfect place to soothe yourself.

How to reach

  • Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kodai Railway Station and Madurai Railway Station

Rishikesh, Uttrakhand

A hill station situated in the Himalaya region on the banks of Ganga in Uttrakhand. Rishikesh is famous for spirituality, Yoga, Meditation, and of course adventure. Those who love adventure can enjoy the thrill and rapids of river Ganga, bungee jumping, and many other famous activities.

Places to visit

  • If you want to fall into the spirituality, attend Ganga Aarti in Triveni Ghat.
  • On the banks of the Ganga, you can do Yoga and Meditation in the early morning. I must say this will give you immense peace.
  • River Rafting in the Ganga River, Bungee Jumping, Cliff Jumping and Rock Climbing give you a thrilling experience.
  • Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, and Sita Jhula are famous point that connects you with the city life of Rishikesh.
  • Neelkant Mahadev, a famous temple of Lord Mahadeva. You can take a Public Jeep at a cost of Rs. 200/- (to and fro).

How to reach

  • If you are from Delhi-NCR and have your own car, then you can enjoy the road trip.
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Junction/ Rishikesh Railway Station

Kashmir, J&K

Kashmir, Heaven on Earth, a place built by Maharshi Kashyap and famous for its serene beauty of lake, snow-capped mountains, and lush green forest. To escape from a hot summer, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir is the best place to enjoy the vacation.

Places to visit

  • Shikara Ride in Dal Lake, where you can experience the beauty of Kashmir, the floating gardens, and houseboats.
  • The Mughal Gardens, Shalimar Bhagh, and Nishat Bagh, which is a famous tourist spots to experience the beauty and architecture of the Mughals, the gardens have colourful flowers, fountains, and lawns.
  • An ancient temple of Shankracharya, and from this hilltop point you can view the entire city.
  • Take a famous and the longest Cable Car Ride in Gulmarg, Gondola, and enjoy the peak of Pir Pranjal range.
  • A thrilling trekking adventure in the snow to the Thajiwas Glacier.  

How to reach

  • Nearest Airport: Srinagar International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi Railway Station

Final Thought

The summer destinations explained in the blog give you an unforgettable experience of adventure, thrill, spirituality and the beauty of India. This summer get ready to beat the hot sunny days by planning a trip to these places.

Pack your bag and explore the unexplored places with Hema.

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