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Shimla
Shimla is an ideal place to spend the summer season in India. The 'Queen of Hill Stations' is one of the favorite holidays in Himachal Pradesh. The healthy climate was actually the reason why the British colonies settled here every summer. There are many accommodation options, and surprises. Come to the city with your loved ones, which is listed among the top places for summer holidays in India.

Things to do in Shimla:
Board a toy train from Kalka to Shimla.
White Water Rafting in Tattapani.
Take a walk around Mall Road to eat, shop and enjoy.
Visit the beautiful Christ Church on the ridge near the mall.
Trek to the Jakhu Hanuman Temple located on the top of a hill.
Explore British architecture of Viceregal Lodge, Christ Church etc.
A trip to Kufri, Chail and Mashobra, beautiful hill tourist destinations.
Get a family photo in traditional attire for a fond memory.
how to reach
The Himalayan toy train is the best way to get to the hill town. Frequent buses, cabs are available from major cities. The nearest airport is at Chandigarh.

trees beside the mountain
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Manali

One of the popular summer vacation destinations in India, Manali in Himachal Pradesh has the perfect combination of natural beauty, adventure and everything you need for a memorable holiday. The picturesque city is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and greenery nourished by the Beas River. Enjoy sightseeing of Indian legends. Try trekking, river rafting, paragliding, zorbing, etc. The highlight of your holiday is to enjoy the snow at Rohtang Pass.

Things to do in Manali:
Hadimba Temple, Van Vihar Himalayan Ningmapa Gompa Monastery, Club House etc.
Join Adventure Games in Solang Valley
Visit Rohtang Pass for snow.
Do river rafting in Beas river.
Short trips to Kullu, Manikaran Gurdwara, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Cave, Bhrigu Lake and Vashistha Hot-Water Springs.
Picnic in apple orchards.
Camping and Trekking.
how to reach
The road to Manali is a beauty, so the best way to get to the hill town is by bus, cab or your personal vehicle. The nearest airport is at Bhuntar 50 km. away. The nearest railway station is Chandigarh, 350 km away.

Andaman and Nicobar

In summer the beaches may not look attractive but the 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 sandy beaches, exploring the historical waters with sea water, tropical rainforests and amazing adventure sports. Enjoy the delicious taste of tropical fruits and coconut water on your holiday 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.
Bathe in the sun, play in the blue water, and laze at the lush beach resorts.
how to reach
The islands are quite far apart. Flight connections to Port Blair are available from selected airports, so there are sea cruises. Kolkata and Chennai are two cities that are connected to the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

the view from Mall Rd in Darjeeling.
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Darjeeling
Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of the popular summer holiday getaways in the North East. Headed by the majestic Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level) and surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, the hilly city is perfect for a relaxing summer vacation. Explore beautiful sites created by nature and humans. Learn about Tibetan roots in monasteries. Indulge in recreational treats, shopping and more.

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

During my last trip across Kerala, India I came across this place amidst the tea gardens of Munnar. The place looked surreal filled with lushness of greenery. The little drizzle added to the beauty of the location. The relaxing feeling at the time was unforgettable. This photo always reminds me of what heaven on earth might look like :)
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Munnar
God's Own Country, Kerala is not far behind in hosting popular summer vacation spots in India. Munnar, nestled in the green lap of the Western Ghats, is a pleasant getaway when the heat rises. Famous for its beautiful views, tea gardens, unique flora and fauna, spice aroma and pleasant weather. With so much to see, do and enjoy, why go elsewhere?

Things to do in Munnar:
Enjoy the lush green beauty of the tea gardens.
Visit Kundala Lake, Eco 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 Eco 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 cities. Kochi International Airport and Ernakulam Railway Station are the nearest air and rail connections.

Rishikesh
Rishikesh is one of the best places for summer holidays in India, as you will spend time on the banks of the Ganges River in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is considered to be the world capital of yoga and a center of adventure. Take pleasure in yoga centers, ashrams, temples and riverbeds and take a shot of adrenalin with river rafting, cliff jumping, fox flying, India High Bungee Jump and other adventure sports.

What to do?
River Rafting in Ganges River
Camping on the banks of the river
body surfing
Flying foxes on strands hanging between two mountains.
Visit the ancient temples
Learn all about yoga
Join Ayurveda and meditate in ashrams.
how to reach
Located 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.

Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep has one of the most spectacular tropical island systems not only in India but in the world. The islands nestled in the Lakshadweep Sea, a few hundred kilometers from the Indian coast, are perfect for summer vacations in India. These islands shine like emeralds opposite the waters of the sea. Get ready to vacation in a remote location, amidst the beautiful scenery, with plenty of adventure.

Things to do in Lakshadweep:
Explore beautiful coral reefs.
Enjoy swimming, wind-surfing, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.
Enjoy tropical fruits, fresh coconut water while relaxing in the sand.
how to reach
Kochi is the gateway to the Panna Islands of Kerala Lakshadweep. Cruises and regular flights are available to Agatti and Bangaram Islands.

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

Things to do in Shillong:
Boating in Umiam Lake
Sightseed Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Sweet Falls, Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Culture, Lady Hydari Park etc.
Fishing in dock
Trekking to Meghalaya Living Route Bridge, Killang Rock and Softe Banneg
Camping, horse riding, rock climbing and waterfall rappelling
River Rafting or Kayaking on the Kinshi River
how to reach
Shillong Airport in Umroi is the nearest airport. The bus services are provided by the Meghalaya Transport Corporation. Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 105 km from Shillong.

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Ooty
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 in the rising temperatures since the days of the British Raj. Toy train ride is one of those experiences that you should definitely try. Enjoy exploring tea gardens, flower gardens, colonial attractions, waterfalls, etc. Do not miss the thrill and the homemade chocolate.

Things to do in Ooty:
Visit coffee, tea gardens, botanical gardens.
A fun toy train ride at the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
Trekking and Camping in Avalanche Lake.
Enjoy a game of golf at the golf course.
Picnic on Emerald Lake, Kamaraj Sagar Dam etc.
Shop for delicious chocolate.
Marvel at the Doddabetta peak for an extraordinary view of the Nilgiri hills.