Top 7 summer holiday destination in India

Top 7 summer holiday destination in India

For those who believe in exploring off beat places, here is a quick list of where can you travel this summer:

  1. Gurez (Gurais): Spend an awesome time without mobile connectivity in the stunning Gurez valley. The beauty of this place cannot be explained in words, however clear blue sky and snow-capped mountains will definitely leave you mesmerized.
  • Altitude: 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level (high Himalayas)
  • Nearest city : Srinagar
  • Best time to visit: June to early November
  • More details: The access to Gurez is through Bandipura and Razdan pass. From Srinagar you drive to Bandipura and then onwards its 86 kms drive which could take you approximately 5 hours to the valley.

2. Lolab valley: Locally known as ‘Wadi-e-Lolab’, can mesmerise you with its pristine natural beauty with stunning mountains, meadows and beautiful landscapes. It’s known for its thick fir and pine forests, countless gushing waterfalls, rivers, and streams.

  • Altitude: 5,564 ft (1696m) above sea level
  • Nearest city : Srinagar
  • Best time to visit: April to August
  • More details: This is another. Lolab valley is 5km wide and 26 km long. It is located at a distance of 120 kms from Srinagar in Kupwara district. Lolab is a combination of three valleys, Potnai valley, Brunai valley and Kalaroos valley. The beautiful Nagmarg meadows separate Lolab from Bandipura district.

3. Landour: It’s a small cantonment town attached with Mussoorie. This place is absolutely quiet and beautiful; there are very few cottages that are available for tourists to stay. Should you wish to do some touristy thing you can drive down to Mussoorie and should you wish to enjoy natural beauty then you can just relax in Landour.

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  • Altitude: 7784 ft (2550m) above sea level
  • Nearest city : Mussoorie / Dehradun
  • Best time to visit: June to August
  • More details: It is about 35 km from the city of Dehradun in Uttarakhand. This place is so serene that it inspired authors such as Ruskin Bond to take up a house here.

4. Pangot: This village is a bird watching paradise. Away from the hustle bustle of crowded Nanital, it’s in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil in Uttarakhand. The drive is very soothing and the roads pass through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury.

  • Altitude: 6,000 ft above sea level
  • Nearest city: Nanital
  • Best time to visit: May to August
  • More details: This village is home to around 580 bird species and several other Himalayan species fauna including leopards, yellow-throated Himalayan martens, Himalayan palm civets, ghorals, barking deer etc.

    5. Tawang:
    It’s a magnificent hill station located in the beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh or the popularly known North East.
  • Altitude: 3048 meters above sea level
  • Nearest city: Tezpur or Guwahati
  • Best time to visit: May to November
  • More details: It’s one of the first resting places of the 14th Dalai Lama when he fled from Tibet and stayed at the Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India.

6. Cherrapunjee: You have always read about it in your text books while growing up. The former wettest places in the world, the pleasant hill station of Cherrapunjee is extremely beautiful. It’s definitely worth a visit if you have never paid one.

  • Altitude: 1484 meters above sea level
  • Nearest city: Shillong
  • Best time to visit : anytime except monsoons could be little challenging
  • More details: It is credited as being the wettest place on Earth, although nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record. Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year.

7. Mukteshwar: It’s a beautiful small village up in the high Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. The tourist intervention is very scanty because there’s only one accommodation available which is PWD’s circuit house else you can also stay at an inside forest resort. Both these places offer an amazing view of the Himalayas.
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  • Altitude: 2286 meters (7500 feet)
  • Nearest city: Nanital
  • Best time to visit: June to August
  • More details: It’s a small place that can be covered on foot easily. There are apple orchids and other farms where you can relish the fresh produce.

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