Abundant natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and a pleasant weather in the hilly areas make India a destination of choice among those seeking a long summer holiday. From lofty Himalayan peaks and lush green Western Ghats to the quaint Andaman Islands, the country boasts many terrific spots that you can visit for a summer getaway with family or friends.

Here is a list of some of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India.

Destinations-in-India-for-a-Cool-Summer-EscapeDarjeeling

Billed as the “Queen of Hills”, Darjeeling is one of the most spectacular hill stations in India. The beautiful town, surrounded by lush green tea plantations and majestic Himalayan Mountains, promises a refreshing holiday away from the scorching sun and hustle-bustle of daily life. Take a leisurely stroll through the scenic tea gardens, ride on the famous Darjeeling Toy train, or watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill – there is a lot to keep your happily occupied here at Darjeeling.

Top Attractions: Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda, and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Ladakh

Ladakh is called a nature lover’s paradise and it’s not without a reason. High-rising mountains, stunning lakes, salubrious weather and soul-soothing serenity make this remote Indian corner a must-visit during summers. In fact, Ladakh is accessible during summers only.

Top Attractions: Pangong Tso Lake, Zanskar Valley, Khardung-La Pass, Hemis National Park, and Spituk Gompa.

Rishikesh

Located in the foothills of the Himalaya, Rishikesh is approximately 230kms from Delhi and is famous for its breathtaking scenery and exciting adventures. During hot months, hordes of tourists flock to this north Indian town to enjoy rafting in the Ganges River, nature camping and trekking in the surrounding mountains. The place is also famous for its world-class yoga centres and spectacular temples.

Top Attractions: River Rafting, Camping, Ghats and Ashrams on River Ganges, and the famous Neelkant temple.

Manali

Whether you need a relaxing holiday or an action-packed vacation, Manali won’t disappoint you. This lovely hill station is among the most beautiful places in India and offers breathtaking mountainous scenery, exciting adventures, and unique flora & fauna. Even in the summers, the place (Rohtang Pass) offers you an opportunity to play in the snow. Besides, you can try paragliding, quad biking, trekking and many other adventure sports during your holiday here. The beautiful Beas River is perfect for camping and white water rafting.

Top Attractions: Solang Valley, Pandoh Dam, Rohtang Pass, and Great Himalayan National Park.

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