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If you are looking for a quick getaway with your family or a long relaxing break during the vacation, we give you a list of amazing places to escape to this summer.
The exam season is over, and you and your child can collectively breathe a sigh of relief, as the season for fun has finally begun. While you must have already planned summer activities to keep your child engaged through these two months, how about planning a quick getaway with your family to have some quality bonding time?
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We give you the top 10 destinations in India which are ideal to get away from the summer heat and make some beautiful memories as a family. Whether you are looking for a quiet stay by the lake, an adventurous trek up a hill or an awesome road trip, these summer destinations provide all of that and more.
Jagged terrains, pristine lakes, jaw-dropping landscapes, Leh and Ladakh is one destination that is on the bucket list of many. It is also an ideal place to get away from the heat of the summer months as the temperature in the months of April and May hovers between 12 Celsius and 6 Celsius during the day.
By air: The nearest airport is Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh. It is important to have all relevant documents, when flying to the Leh Airport as it is a military terminal.
By train: The nearest railway station to Ladakh, Tawi, is 700 kms away. You can book cabs from Tawi to reach Ladakh and the trip takes two days.
By road: Government and private buses are another way to reach Ladakh. There are two ways to get there - from Srinagar and from Manali. The Srinagar path is open from June to October and the Manali path is open from June to September.
Top 10 places to visit in Leh Ladakh
Ideal time for visit: April to July
This resort town in Himachal Pradesh is a favourite for both couples and families. What makes this place an ideal vacation spot is that it offers the visitors not only beautiful vistas but a chance to dabble in various adventure sports as well. If that's not what you are looking for, you can always relax in a resort in the 'valley of gods' and explore the local shopping scene.
By air: Bhuntar airport or Kullu Manali airport is merely 50 km away from the main city.
By train: The nearest railway station is Jogindernagar, which is about 143 km away from the town.
By road: The easiest way to get to Kullu Manali is by road as you can get plenty of options like buses or cabs that ply the route regularly.
Ideal time for visit: All year-round except during the monsoon season
Surrounded by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, Sikkim is a state in northeast India that abounds in natural beauty. From glaciers to alpine meadows to India's highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, you'll find it all in Sikkim. It's also home to many popular monasteries and the cultural landscape of the place is heavily influenced by that.
By air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (124 km away from Gangtok).
By train: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaigudi, 148 km away.
By road: The scenic views make for a great road trip to Sikkim. The buses to and from the state are frequent.
Ideal time for visit: From October to mid-December
Gulmarg, meaning a 'meadow of flowers', is a town and a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir. It is considered India's best skiing destination. The Gulmarg Gondola built by a French company is considered one of the highest in the world at 3,979 metres. The town is known for its snow-covered peaks and winter sports.
By air: Srinagar is the nearest airport to Gulmarg, 56 kilometres away.
By train: The nearest railway station is Jammu, 290 kilometres from the town.
By road: From regular buses to taxis, Gulmarg is well connected by road to neighbouring places like Srinagar and Sonmarg.
Ideal time to visit: October to February and March to June
Popularly known as the 'Lake district of India', this hill station in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular summer vacation spots in India. Surrounded by hills on three sides, Nainital boasts of natural wonders as well as significant cultural and religious centres. You can go boating on the famous lake, enjoy a bit of shopping and visit one of the many cultural centres.
By air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 65 Kms from Nainital.
By train: Kathgodam railway station is the nearest to Nainital at a distance of 34 Kms
By road: Nainital boasts of excellent bus connectivity to important cities like New Delhi.
Ideal time to visit: March to June and October to February
Popular for being the holy residence of the Dalai Lama, this hill station is a Tibetan hub and a great place to learn about the Buddhist culture. The town is divided into two divisions, wherein the lower division houses the town and the upper division is known as Mcleodganj.
By air: Nearest airport is Gaggal, approximately 13 kilometres away from Dharamshala.
By train: Pathankot is the nearest important railway station. It is 85 kms away from Dharmashala.
By road: Dharmashala has excellent connectivity by road. Buses and taxis ply the roads frequently.
Ideal time to visit: March to mid-July
Known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Mussoorie is an ideal place to get away from the heat and the hassle of city life. Standing at an altitude of 7,000 ft above sea level, this tranquil place offers a lot in terms of culture and art, outside the scenic vistas and rolling green hills. This is also the famous hometown of popular author Ruskin Bond.
How to get there
By air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which lies approximately 54 kilometres away.
By train: There are numerous trains connecting New Delhi with Dehradun.
By road: The roads to Mussoorie make for a scenic drive. The place is well connected with buses that ply regularly.
Ideal time to visit: April to June
One of the most popular hill stations in the south of India, Ooty or Udhagamandalam has inspired many authors with its beauty. From lakes to museums, parks to the forever famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty has something for everyone in the family.
By air: Coimbatore is the nearest airport at a distance of 88 kms from Ooty.
By train: The nearest train station is Mettupalyam, 40 kms from Ooty.
By road: Many buses go to Ooty from Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore.
Ideal time to visit: October to June
The capital of Meghalaya, Shillong derives its name from Lei Shyllong, an idol worshipped here. It is also known as the 'Scotland of the East' because of its majestic mountains and tranquil lakes. It's also famous for its rich cultural heritage and traditions as it's the melting pot of several tribes who settled here a long time ago.
By air: The nearest airport is the Umroi Airport near Barapani, about 25 kilometres away. The nearest major airport is Guwahati, about 125 kilometres away.
By train: The closest railway station from Shillong is in Guwahati.
By road: You can choose from many private and government-run buses between Guwahati and Shillong.
Ideal time to visit: March to June
Cloud-capped mountains, walkways covered in mist, this 'Princess of Hill stations' is located in Palani hills, Tamil Nadu and is an ideal getaway for the summers whether you are a part of a family or a couple. The majestic waterfalls, the tranquil lake and the greenery all around make for an ideal break from the hectic city life.
By air: The nearest airport to the hill station is Madurai, about 120 kilometres away.
By train: You can take the train to Kodai Road station, about 100 kilometres away from the main town.
By road: Many buses ply from Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore and Trichi to Kodaikanal.
Ideal time to visit: October to March
"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking" - Earl Wilson So, it's time for you to take a break, pack your bags and go build some memories. Happy vacations!
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