Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My Top 5 Recommendations For Your ‘Summer’ Escape

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 –

Chail

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.

Find where to stay in Chail.

Sattal

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.

Find where to stay in Sattal 

Solang Valley

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.

Find where to stay in Solang Valley.

Gangtok

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.

Find where to stay in Gangtok 

Kurseong

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.

Find where to stay in Kurseong  

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26 comments:

  1. very informative post. helpful for follow traveler.

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  2. I have done 3 of the 5 places. Sattal and Solang not yet. Hopefully soon! :)
    You look gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Indrani :-) I'm glad you have been to Kurseong.

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  3. I have been to Sattal only. This year, will make a trip to Solang valley. Nice post :)

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    1. Thanks Manu :-) Hope you travel to Solang Valley soon!

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  4. Only made to Sattal which is a wonderful place. I did a brief trek through the woods to a church located near the lake. It was a rewarding experience. Wish to visit Kurseong by next spring. Thank you for the post :)

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    1. Welcome Moon! Yes, you will love the other hill stations, too. Kurseong is peaceful and nice.

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  5. Excellent post Renuka. A very refreshing take on summer destinations in India, other than the same old tourist crammed hill stations. I recently started a travel blog and would be happy to contribute to your blog. Do you accept guest posts?

    Thanks,
    Ankita :)

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    1. Thanks Ankita :-) Unfortunately, I don't accept guest posts. But I might do a collaborative post sometime in the future, and I would be happy to have you participate in it.

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  6. I wish to visit Ladakh/Spiti/Kheer Ganga.

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  7. I always learn things when I come to your page!! Apart from Gangtok, I had never heard of these places before!!

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  8. Nice list. Sattal is tranquility all over.

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    1. Yes, Sattal is tranquility personified.

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  9. In 2010 I was in Gngtok, beautiful place indeed but as a Bangladeshi i had to take lot of risk as we r not allowed to go there. But my wanderlust soul decided to take on no matter what happens........ i would also like to recommend kalimpong,lava on that region........

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    1. Great! I would like to explore the other regions of Sikkim and Darjeeling. Thanks Frahad!

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  10. Great list. I know many people go to Mahabaleshwar in summer. I've been there only in rainy season, but I suppose in summer it's lovely as well - shady and green.

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    1. Yeah, even I'd like to visit Mahabaleshwar someday...it's a pretty place!

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  11. Really so nice blog. This articles everybody help us for travel advice.

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  12. Awwwhhh!! Nice places. I belongs to southern india, all the above places are northern india. Can you spot any good unseen place in south India.

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    1. There are many hill stations in South, too - Coorg and Dandeli in Karnataka, Munnar, ooty and Kodiakanal.

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  13. Sillery Gaon, a small village surrounded on all sides by tall pine trees.8 km from Pedong.

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