Summer in Delhi can be a real challenge for people who aren’t used to the sizzling temperatures. For such tourists, it is always better to opt for nearby travel destinations like Shoghi & Bhimtal to cool off a bit.

Indian capital, Delhi can real hot in summers. Ask the locals or those poor foreign souls who have faced the blistering heat of the India’s most charming gateway! The temperature can easily reach high 40s. It is these summer months of May, June and July, when the idea of an otherwise incredible Delhi holiday seems so horrifically wrong. But a smart traveller never runs out of ideas. India’s capital, in spite the horrid summers, is located in such a part of the country that it is never too far from a cool, fine place, which is all ready to abduct your worries of a sweaty, sweltering season. Several weekend getaways can be traced around the city. Of course, weekend getaways can be extended to a much longer respite. Especially for foreign tourists, who have no offices to worry about, a retreat to cooler avenues can be a long vacation. Here is a look at two lesser known weekend getaways around Delhi that promise much better climatic make-up than the home of the powerful in India.

Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh: Even the first-timers to India know that Shimla has been done to death! Come summers and everyone in the north side of the country is ready with buy bus/train tickets to descend upon this once-a-glorious hill station! Shimla, of course, isn’t bad but the place is too crowded and has commercialised a lot over the years. Shogi, a little short of Shimla, is a much better choice, more so for tourists who jumped aboard India bound flights in a bid to enjoy a serene, spiritual journey. The delightful little valley of Shoghi is less known even among the locals but those who do know about this little place are always raving about its wonderful mountain villages and snow-clad peaks.

Getting There

Buy Volvo bus tickets from Delhi to Shimla. Around 40 minutes before the famous hill station lies Shoghi.

Bhimtal, Uttarakhand: Cheap flights isn’t always the way to go! Delhi summers might just make people realise that booking low-priced, off-season flights to India may turn out to be quite a “sticky” decision after all! But fret not when destinations like Bhimtal are around. This incredible looking place is not very far off from Delhi but by the looks of it, it may well be light years away from the scorching capital. The initial impression might put off some people, owing to the concrete construction at the entrance of the town but persistence will lead people straight to lush forests, brimming with birds and some not so ferocious wild animals, farm lands and even an English church. Bhimtal is again not very well known as a tourist spot in India and is never a reason for foreigners to invest on flights tickets to India but it surely could turn out the reason for people to go for date change on tickets for return flights.

Getting There

Buy train tickets from Delhi to Kathgodam. A 1.5 hour drive from Kathgodam will take you to Bhimtal.

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