The most awaited time of the year, the summers, is here. As the kids have their summer breaks now, it is very imperative to go on a vacation which could rejuvenate their mind, body and souls. Here I bring to you the 7 most sought after destinations spread across India.
The summer capital of British India, located at 2200 meters at the foothill of the Himalayas lies the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla. It is the most sought-after destinations during the summers to beat the heat and make the most of this city covered in snow. There are numerous tourist attractions. The snow-capped mountains, the extensive green belt, the climate and the winter sports make this city the most visited during the summers.
Another tourist destination in the foothills of Himalayas located in the Beas River Valley in Himachal Pradesh is Manali. It is located 270 km north of Shimla. Some refer to it as ‘Valley of Gods’. It’s an amazing gateway to break the monotony from your work schedule and beat the sweltering heat as you enjoy the adventure sports amidst the snow capped mountains. Manali has a picturesque site-seeing spots. It is an amazing place for a holiday. A favorite place for trekkers. The lush green forest of pine and deodar trees and fruit orchids makes it an amazing hill station in summers. Just 40 kms away from Kullu district, it is a popular junction for all seasons and for all travelers.
Paradise on Earth as said by the Mughal Emperor, Jehangir, the more you talk about the beauty of this city the less it is. It is one of the most beautiful and most visited destinations around the world. It is the northernmost state of the India, a part of the Great Himalayas. The landscape is just breathtaking. In spite of the militant insurgency and political instability, the valley never saw the decline in tourism. It is reported that a million tourists visited Kashmir in 2011. It is famous for its beautiful mountain ranges and has one of the world’s tallest mountain peaks. It is a fantastic place for a holiday. Skiing, adventure sports, Buddhism temples, the Lakes, the snow-capped peaks, wildlife and nearby cities like Leh Ladakh are the major tourist destinations. Jhelum river is the only major river that flows through Kashmir Valley. The Valley is known for its natural beauty and makes you wonder how amazing the nature is. Kashmir is a wonderland or dreamland as I say which is not to be missed at any cost.
When the office feels mundane and the kids are pushing you to take them out, nothing defines a peaceful vacation like Kerala. It has the highest literacy rate, highest human Development Index, highest life expectancy and the highest sex ratio. The backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and the lush green city make it an important tourist destination. It is the cleanest and the least corrupted state in India. Kerala has a wet climate. It rains for almost 140 days a year, of course an awesome treat in summers. According to National Geographic’s Traveler magazine it is one of the ten paradises in the world and 50 must see destinations of the life time. Kerala’s beaches, mountain ranges, wildlife are the major attractions. 10 million tourists visited Kerala in 2011. It is a must visit destination to beat the heat, take a break, soothe your body and soul and feel the heaven on earth. Indeed, The god’s own country.
The Andaman Islands are a group of Islands in the Bay of Bengal with Port Blair as its capital. If you are looking for picturesque beaches and beautiful sunsets, Andaman is the place. The Flora and Fauna of Andaman are extremely rich. It is a very attractive tourist destination and attracts people from all over the world. Water sports, beautiful marine life, the lush deciduous forests, incredible corals, sea foods and near-deserted beaches are the major tourist attractions. Andaman islands are also very well known for prized shellfish. The beauty of these god’s islands (as called by an Italian traveler) is worth a penny.
The smallest state in India by area and the richest in terms of GDP, Goa is ranked on top for the best quality of life in India on 12 indicators. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture is what Goa is known for. The beaches the one of the most visited ones in the world. Tourists from all over the world visit Goa for its beautiful beaches, Goan culture, architectural richness, flora and fauna and water sports. Goa is highly influenced by Portuguese culture. Goa attracts tourists in all the seasons and is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Excellent beaches and rich heritage make it a must visit junction.
Ladakh, famously known as the ‘land of high passes’ is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is a high altitude desert where monsoons are rare. The landscape is just amazing and picturesque. The beautiful clear water lakes and the Himalayan range attract lots of tourists from all over the world. Ladakh also attracts astronomers because of high altitude and clear skies. It is a really beautiful place to visit. Mountaineers, adventurers and trekkers love this place and visit Ladakh from all over the world. It is not advisable to visit Ladakh in winters as the temperature drops down to -35 degree Celsius. It is an attractive tourist place in summers.