Summer is just around the corner and all we crave for is an escape to a cool and breezy place. Mountains, lakes, forests and meadows are calling and we must go! I’m already planning a trip to one of my dream places (in India) – I have talked about it in one of my earlier posts – Where Am I Going Next? But, I’m also interested in knowing your travel plans for this summer. So where are YOU travelling in the next couple of months? Have you already booked your tickets to one of those beautiful hilly destinations or are you still perplexed about where to go?
Well, if you are unable to make up your mind about where to go and need some inspiration, here are my top 5 ‘summer escape’ recommendations for you –
I know you want to avoid Shimla like the plague (it’s too hackneyed). How about Chail? If you haven’t been there, you should go there. Chail is extremely picturesque and refreshing. And, there’s no better time than summer to experience it.
|Chail is 44 km from Shimla.|
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Not many people know about this little piece of heaven in the Lower Himalayan Range of Nainital district, known as Sattal – a cluster of seven lakes. I had my loveliest family holiday in Sattal – it’s quiet, serene and incredibly beautiful. It’s a total break from your everyday buzz – internet, phone calls, TV and other things.
|Sattal is around 27 km from Kathgodam train station.|
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Skip the touristic Manali and head to Solang Valley, which is closer to the countryside and is much more peaceful. Solang Valley is ideal for both outdoor activities and relaxation. Besides, it’s located on the way to Rohtang Pass (a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas).
|Solang Valley is 14 km from Manali.|
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Well, Gangtok may be one of the busy hill stations during summer, but it’s an excellent base to explore the rest of Sikkim. The best part about holidaying in Gangtok is that you can experience being in the midst of mountains along with your “city-life” pleasures – cafes, bars and shopping.
|Gangtok is around 117 km from Siliguri.|
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While most tourists head to Darjeeling to beat the heat, you can head to Kurseong, which is a lesser-known town in the same region. Kurseong has the same vintage charms and natural beauty of Darjeeling, but with better hospitality and more genuineness.
|Kurseong is around 40 km from Siliguri.|
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Don’t forget to add your recommendations in the comments!
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