If you’re spending your summer amidst beaches, sunbathing, and chilled beer – then you’re experiencing this season right. But if your summer is entangled with eating dust, bathing sweat, and feeling strokes, here are the best places to visit India in Summer to escape the scorching heat.
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Although Manali is one of the most popular places to visit in the country, the nearby village of Kasol is commonly referred to as the “Amsterdam of India”. This is a tiny village situated along the banks of River Parvati. Although it is one of the coolest places in India where temperatures can go below -4o Celsius, the weather in summer is quite pleasant. The ideal time to visit Kasol is between March and June where the temperature is between 15o and 35o Celsius.
Kasol is on occasions also referred to as Mini Israel due to the number of Israelis staying there. Many cafes serve Israeli food which is a must-try. Also, if you love adventure, consider the Malana Village Trek!
If you’re living near Chandigarh or Delhi, then Nainital can be your perfect weekend getaway. This hill station records temperatures between 10o and 28o Celsius from April to June. One of the most popular things to do here is boating in Naini Lake. If you want to be encaptivated by the sunset, then you could trek to Tiffin Top for the gorgeous view. You could also get on the the Nainital Ropeway that offers you the birds eye view of the entire hill station. Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is quite popular for bird watching.
With temperatures between 13o and 22o Celsius in summer (April-end to June), it is easily one of the coolest places in India during the summer. This capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok houses one of the most ancient Silk Routes of the country, Nathu La Pass. This pass connects Sikkim and Tibet at 4,310 metres. Travellers in India are allowed to see the Indian side of this pass on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Tsongmo Lake is a place of worship among the localities as it is considered to be a holy lake. You can also visit the Rumtek Monastery which is around 24km away from the city where the most sacred traditional Buddhist rites are performed. If you’re looking to do some shopping, visit MG Road which is situated only 2 km from the city-centre.
Coorg maintains a pleasant temperature during summer between 19o and 32o Celsius. One of best tourist attractions here is Dubare Elephant Camp where you not only get to see and ride elephants but also feed and bathe them! Coorg is also the only South Indian place with a Tibetan settlement, so don’t forget to visit the Golden Temple to experience this beautiful culture.
You can also go trekking along the Western Ghats. Coorg is known for its coffee plantations as it is the largest producer of coffee in the region, so definitely consider exploring some of the plantations!
Apart from taking off and visiting places in India, here are some summer tips to beat the heat:
Apply plenty of sunscreen while stepping out so you don’t get sunburnt.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated because summer means a lot of sweat and dehydration.
Drink fruit juices instead of soft drinks because the latter has a lot of sugar which will only make you thirstier.
India has no dearth of places to visit during the summer, so get packing because you’ve just found one of the best excuses for a vacation, or even a small getaway!