Summer not only means scorching sun but also the time of long waited summer vacations. All seasons are enjoyable at the Indian subcontinent. While the beautiful sea beaches of the country are known for the pleasant breeze and the romantic cruises, the hill stations beckon tourists with the sublime beauty of the Himalayas. Hence celebrate summer this year at any of these exotic tourist destinations in India
Ladakh- The Land of Secret Beauty
If vacation means to you some time far from the maddening crowd, then Ladakh is the ideal destination. Nestled at the Himalayan Range, the valleys of Ladakh are filled with holy Buddhist chants. The monasteries of Ladakh are colorful sparkles at the backdrop of snow white mountains of India. Explore the aesthetic life of Buddhist monks at the monasteries of Hemis, Karma Dupgyud, Matho, Lamayuru, Alchi and Phugtal. Boost your adrenaline trekking on the challenging tracks of Zanskar Valley, bike through the highest motorable roads of Manali-Leh or enjoy fun rides over the two humped camels of Ladakh.
From the colourful blossoms of Nubra Valley to the crystalline waters of Pangong Tso, Ladakh awakens the poet in you.
Sikkim- The Unexplored Terrains
North East India is charming with its pleasant weather and warm hospitality. Mornings at Sikkim are magical with the soft rays of the sun spreading over the snow white Kanchenjunga, while the lines of rhododendron and pine trees offer cool shadows to walk hand in hand with your loved ones. While the sprawling tea gardens are treating to the eyes, a sip to the aromatic fresh tea of Sikkim can refresh you. Hike through the woods and magnolia forests of Sikkim to get close to nature or spin the prayer wheels of Rumtek Monastery chanting Buddhist hymns for some peace.
The breathtaking view of the Himalayas reflecting over the blue waters of Tsogmo Lake and the Gurudongmar Lake are a photographer’s paradise.
Manali- The Land of Adventure
Located at the laps of the Pir Panjal and Dauladhar mountain range, Manali is a city of love and life. With its green valleys, snow Cladded Mountains and silver cascades, Manali is bestowed with the bounties of nature; the Rohtang Pass is an ideal destination of nature lovers. Live your dreams at Manali; fly high with tandem paragliding or hit rapids over the wild waters of River Beas. Trek to unravel the mysteries of the mountains or spend some serene moments at the Tibetan monasteries and ancient shrines. The soft and warm pashmina shawls and the colourful Himachali caps are the best souvenirs that you can take back from Manali, India.
Kashmir- The Paradise on Earth
Jammu and Kashmir, lying at the foothills of the Himalayan Range is known for its exquisite natural beauty. Live a different life at the gorgeous houseboats of Dal Lake or walk through the Mughal garden of Nishat Bagh to experience the opulence of Mughal lifestyle.
Adventurous tourists will love the gondola ride over the lush green Kashmir Valley at Gulmarg while the blue rivers flowing amidst the green fields seems to be a painting just out of the drawing book. The soothing atmosphere of Kashmir also makes it an ideal destination to try out quint essential Mughlai cuisines while the steaming hot butter tea is a respite from the chilly breeze. The embroidered dress materials and beautifully carved wooden boxes are lifetime assets that you can shop from Kashmir, India.
Sailing over the backwaters of Kerala is a lifetime memory. Tourists can spend some special moments with their loved ones far from the maddening crowd at the houseboats of Alleppey. Passing through the vast paddy fields, checking out the water lilies and listening to the chirps of numerous birds, this cruise is rejuvenating.
You can get down at the nearby villages to enjoy authentic cuisines of the state, like steaming hot rice, fish curry cooked in coconut oil and served on fresh banana leaves. While the sea beach of Cochin is the best place to view a magical sunset, the nearby Jewish colonies takes you back in time; the Jewish synagogue, adorned with Belgian glass windows and the spice shops are worth a visit in India.
Hence instead of getting scared of the fiery sun, bask in the warmth of the sun at the mystic hill stations of India or plunge into the wild waters of the sea at the Indian sea sides.