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Andaman and Nicobar

Beaches in summer may not sound appealing but that idea definitely changes when you are in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy the perfect summer vacation in India by relaxing on the sandy beaches, exploring the historical sites with sea water, tropical rainforests and amazing adventure sports. Enjoy the delicious taste of tropical fruits and coconut water on your vacation in this haven.

Things to do in Andaman:
Visit Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island and Radhanagar Beach.
Adventure sports like swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, sea-walking.
Bird watching in tropical rainforests.
Journey to cross India's only active volcano at Barren Island.
Enjoy the picturesque sunrise and sunset.
Sunbathe, play in the blue waters, and laze at the lush beach resorts.
how to reach
The islands are far away. Flight connections to Port Blair are available from selected airports, so are sea cruises. Kolkata and Chennai are the two cities that are connected to the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

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Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of the popular summer vacation getaways in North East. Headed by the majestic Kangchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level) and surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, the hill town is perfect for a relaxing summer vacation. Explore beautiful sites created by nature and man. Learn about Tibetan roots in monasteries. Indulge in delectable treats, shopping and more.

Things to do in Darjeeling:
Ride the toy train to get to the hill town.
Immerse yourself in bliss at the Batasia Loop and the Gorkha War Memorial.
Explore the tea gardens at Happy Valley Tea Estate.
Watch the majestic sunrise from Tiger Hill
Trek to Shanti Pagoda on Charlemont Hill.
Explore wildlife at Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park.
Shop for treats at Mall Road.
how to reach
The hill town of North East India is best reached by toy train. Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station and the nearest airport is at Siliguri. Taxis often ply in the hilly city.

God's Own Country, Kerala is not far behind in hosting popular summer vacation destinations in India. Nestled in the lush green lap of the Western Ghats, Munnar is a pleasant escape when the summer heats up. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, tea gardens, unique flora and fauna, aroma of spices and pleasant weather. With so much to see, do and enjoy, why go anywhere else?

Things to do in Munnar:
Enjoy the lush green beauty of the tea gardens.
Visit Kundala Lake, Echo Point and Elephant Lake
Trek to Anamudi Peak
Explore the Tata Tea Museum
Visit Chithirapuram, Devikulam and Chinnakanal
Stay in the Tree House
Trekking to Echo Point, mountain biking, shikara ride in Kundala Lake
Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park
how to reach
Munnar is a beautiful hill station in Kerala and is well connected to the cities. Kochi International Airport and Ernakulam Railway Station are the nearest air and rail connections.

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Rishikesh is one of the best places for summer vacations in India, as you will spend time on the banks of river Ganges in the foothills of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is considered the world capital of yoga and the center of adventure. Find joy in yoga centers, ashrams, temples and river banks and get a shot of adrenaline with river rafting, cliff jumping, fox flying, India high bungee jump and other adventure sports.

What to do?
River Rafting in the Ganges River
Camping on the River Bank
body surfing
Fox flying over the wires hanging between two mountains.
Visit Ancient Temples
Learn all about Yoga
Indulge in Ayurveda and meditate in ashrams.
how to reach
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh has the closest international connection with Delhi Airport or Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. The nearest railway station is at Haridwar.

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Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a fitting introduction to the bliss of the North East. This beautiful hill station is known for its pleasant weather, lush greenery, sparkling lakes and beautiful waterfalls. The natural beauty and serenity is truly unmatched. The city is also known as the 'Scotland of the East' because of its landscape and weather similar to that of Scotland. It is one of the top places in India that is perfect for a summer vacation.

Things to do in Shillong:
Boating in Umiam Lake
Sitsi Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Sweet Falls, Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Culture, Lady Hydari Park etc.
fishing in dokik
Trekking to Meghalaya Living Root Bridge, Killang Rock and Sophet Banneg
Camping, horseback riding, rock climbing and waterfall rappelling
River Rafting or Kayaking on the Kinshi River
how to reach
Shillong airport is the nearest airport at Umroi. Bus services are provided by Meghalaya Transport Corporation. Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 105 km from Shillong.

One of the most popular hill stations in South India, Ooty is perfect for a summer vacation in India. Hiding in the Nilgiris, the hill town has been a favorite haunt of rising temperatures, that too since the days of the British Raj. Toy train ride is one of those experiences that you should definitely try. Enjoy exploring the tea gardens, flower gardens, colonial attractions, waterfalls and more. Don't miss out on the thrill and the home-made chocolates.

Things to do in Ooty:
Visit coffee, tea plantations, botanical gardens.
A fun toy train ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Trekking and camping in Avalanche Lake.
Enjoy a game of golf at the golf course.
Picnic at Emerald Lake, Kamaraj Sagar Dam etc.
Shop for delicious chocolates.
Marvel at the Doddabetta peak for an exceptional view of the Nilgiri hills.
how to reach?
The Nilgiri Hill Railway is the best and easiest way to reach the hill town. Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSRTC) and several private bus services operate on a regular basis. The nearest airport is Coimbatore airport which is 95 km away from Ooty.

The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is one of the popular holiday places in the North East. People from all over the world come to the city to enjoy the natural beauty, pay tribute to its beautiful monasteries and embark on treks and other adventure activities. Summer season is a great time to visit as the weather remains at its best. Get ready to be refreshed by the charm of Sikkim this summer vacation.

Things to do in Gangtok:
Visit Nathu La Pass
River Rafting in Teesta
yak ride in tsomgo lake
Paragliding and ropeway cable-ride from Deorali
Visit Rumtek Monastery
how to reach
Gangtok is easily accessible by road, rail and air. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra and the nearest railway station is at Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. Cabs that take 4-5 hours journey to the capital of Sikkim are available from both.

Ice Fishing in the Rockies
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This summer why not visit a place where summer weather is unheard of. Ladakh, the 'Land of the High Passes', is a region of Jammu and Kashmir where the temperatures are not only cold, but sometimes the coldest in the world. It is indeed one of the best places for summer holidays in India. Get ready to experience adventure, rugged landscapes, high mountain passes, crystal-clear lakes, serene Tibetan monasteries, quaint villages and weather that makes you forget summer completely.

Things to do in Ladakh:
Explore attractions like Leh city, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and markets.
Spend the day in Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri and Hemis National Park
Visit the monasteries of Ladakh including Hemis, Dixit among so many others.
Photo stop at Khardung-La Pass, Magnetic Hill etc.
River Rafting on Indus River.
Watch the lamas perform colorful dances during the monastic festivals.
Ride a two-humped Bactrian camel in the Nubra Valley.
how to reach?
The best way to reach Ladakh is by road. Drive either from Manali or from Srinagar or take both the routes alternatively. You can also fly to Kushok Bakula Rimpochi Airport, Leh.