As the summers have settled in, you tend to feel weary and exhausted. Waiting eagerly for the summer holidays to kick in, go through this list of places where you can shake off the heat and find some repose for a while.
Munnar is a place that quietly sits amidst Western Ghats mountain range in Kerala. Formerly a hill station loved by the Britishers, this little heaven is prominently known as the Kashmir of the South.
Not to mention, Munnar is one of those places in India that displays impeccable nature dotted with beautiful tea plantations and gushing streams by the hill sides that’s so refreshing to the senses. Not to mention, the exhaustive wildlife that Munnar sustains is also one of the reasons why should spend your summer holidays here.
High above the sea level in the state of Uttarakhand, lies a beautiful serene town called Auli adorned with expansive oak forests and of course Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat Mountains. While here, visit the godly Badrinath Templem a very famous Hindu pilgrimage location amidst the mountains.
Those who feel drawn to nature, head to the Valley of Flowers National Park embellished with beautiful alpine forests. Not to mention, Auli has an extensively profound fauna which includes snow leopards and red foxes. Globetrotters also find Auli ideal for trekking which includes places like Gorson and Kuari Pass. You might not need to read further, Auli is truly the ultimate place to beat the sun.
Wrapped in serenity and gorgeousness, Mukteshwar is another mesmeric town in Uttarakhand that sits on an elevation of 2286 meters in the Kumaon hills. Only 51 kilometres away from Nainital and 8 to 9 hours drive from Delhi, it is an ideal weekend getaway.
The name Mukteshwar originates from a 350-year-old temple of Shiva i.e. Mukteshwar Dham. The hill station also flaunts expansive Deodar forests and an exhaustive wildlife which includes man-eating tigers and bears. Not to mention, you can enjoy stunning views of the mighty Himalayas from here.
You probably are familiar with this one but that doesn’t overshadow the fact that it’s still an unsullied territory. The capital of Sikkim is a league of its own. With beautiful Tibetan Buddhist centres, scarce orchids and rhododendrons and alluring views of Himalayas, Gangtok just never seems to disappoint.
Not to mention, one of the key highlights of Gangtok is the majestic view of Mount Kanchenjunga. Without a doubt, Gangtok is the perfect place to shake off the heat.
Where else to go in June, July? Try this little hill station sitting in Madhya Pradesh. Prominently known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpura), Pachmarhi is beautifully adorned with ancient Buddhist caves, valleys and screaming waterfalls. Also, legend has it that Pachmarhi is one of the places where the mighty Pandavas resided for a while during their epic exile. Don’t believe us? Maybe see it for yourself!
If you wish to check out interesting wildlife, head to Satpura National Park and you will have encounters with the Indian bison and crazy leopards.
This beautiful hill station in Maharashtra sits at an elevation of 1,352 metres. Sitting peacefully amidst the Western Ghats of India, here you could also explore an 17th- battle ancient battle site known as the fort of Pratapga.
You won’t find such kind of majestic fort surrounded by hills elsewhere in India. You can also calm your nerves by visiting one of its many screaming waterfalls such as Lingmala waterfall, Dhobi waterfall and Chinaman waterfall. For Mumbaikars, this place would be the perfect getaway for your summer holidays.
Another hill station in Uttarakhand famous for its undisputable views of the mighty Himalayas, Ranikhet aka Queen’s Meadow is a cantonment hill station and an ideal retreat for summer holidays and quite possibly the resident of Queen Padmini of Kumaon.
Approximately 9 hours away from Delhi, Ranikhet is also known for Jhula Devi Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Enjoy views of the Nanda Devi, fruit trees on the rich terraced orchards of Chaubatia gardens are reasons enough to bring peace in your summery lives.
Panchgani is a popular weekend getaway for the westerners of India. Five lush green hills bring justice to the name of Panchgani by surrounding this stunning hill station. The serene weather, the scenic nature and the captivating stillness of this place is what makes it a perfect spot for shredding off some heat off your head.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on, the sun is just warming up for a bigger performance. Let’s get a leg up in the game.