Blazing days of summer are finally here! If you are living in cities where the temperatures soar above 40 degrees with a scorching sun over your head, then you know it’s time to make vacation plans to cooler places. There are plenty of options all across the length and breadth of India wherein you can find your perfect getaway destination. The Himalayas, roof over India, has a few breathtakingly beautiful hill stations in its lap. The Western Ghats hide some of the most glorified geographical gems in its bosom, and so does the Eastern extent of the Himalayas into the North East. Most of the towns of this region are still unexplored, making them the perfect getaway options. The beaches of Goa and the Andaman Islands are also in the running with their offerings - the sea, the sand, the palms and few cocktails.
If a sweet escape to better days is what you crave for, then we’ve got a list of hill-stations in India that you can cool off in for a few days.
Enraptured with splendid sights of the Nanga Parbat and the Nanda Devi, Auli possesses a charm which is enthralling. The emerald shades of the lowlands and the pristine white snow covering the mountain tops present a striking contrast grasping its onlookers in a mesmeric daze. Gurson Bugyal and Kwani Bugyal are a few popular destination for trekkers and adventure lovers. Needless to say, view from the top is nothing short of magic. The Rudraprayag river runs its course through the town, so does the Nandaprayag river. While the former is where the Alaknanda and the Mandakini rivers meet, the Alaknanda and the Nandakini rivers meet at the latter. Picnicking by the side of these gurgling rivers is a summer favourite. You can book cheap flights to New Delhi via ixigo and take a cab from there to Auli to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
Still unknown to most, Tawang is a quaint little town perched upon the Eastern Himalayas. It remains secluded and away from the summer scorch, making it just right to venture out to. Spend a day exploring the Tawang Monastery, built in the 14th century at the will of the fifth Dalai Lama. If you are a lover of the snow, you will find it at the Sela Pass, situated just a few miles above the town. There are quite a few Hot Springs around, namely Mago, Thingbu and Tsechu. Take a dip and believe us, you wouldn’t want to step out. The Nuranang and the Chumo-rong are only two of the many waterfalls in Tawang - all equally mesmerizing. Visit the Pankang Teng Tso and the Sangester Tso lake deserve a day each in their elaborate exploration.
Kalimpong (West Bengal)
For that picture-perfect view of the Kanchenjunga and so much more, Kalimpong is a must-visit hill station. Paragliding and river rafting at the Teesta River will satiate your adventurous soul. Bird watching and fishing will bring you peace and calm. The town is bustling with beautiful monasteries, churches and temples for the spirituality seeking soul in you.
Popular as Malcolm Peth in the past, Mahabaleshwar still retains pieces of its glorious history in the form of colonial buildings and mansions. Situated in the resplendence of the Western Ghats, it offers idyllic views of the surrounding hills, vibrant valleys and verdant forests. Catch the sunrise and the sunset from the many vantage points located in the various corners of Mahabaleshwar. Boating, horse riding and trekking are few of the activities you can partake in. Spend an afternoon or two at the strawberry farms and take some back home for your friends and family too.
Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
Covered in colonial charm, Ooty is rightly called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. With stunning scenery around every corner, this picturesque hill station is dotted with sunset points, emerald lakes, lush waterfalls, botanical gardens, a few churches and vivacious tea plantations. The Dodabetta Peak is the one of the most visited vantage points and must not be left out of your itinerary too.