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8 Best Summer Tourist Destinations in India

India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. You can find travel destinations for every season such as summer, rainy season winter. Summer season is already here and people have started planning for their vacations. Coolest places/ destinations for the summer holiday in India are the famous choices of all.

Here are 8 great vacation spot in India that you can select from to make your vacation unforgettable. Most of these places are popular and most famous for summer tourists.

1. Sikkim

Sikkim, situated in the lap of the world’s third highest mountain, Khangchendzonga is one of the most beautiful and green states of India. Exceptional natural resources, green lustre, beautiful waterfalls, trimmed trees, wonderful landscapes, scenic beauty, Hilltop monasteries peep from the rugged terrains and multicolored prayer flags wave in the mountain breeze all these defines this  state.

Sikkim

Located in the Eastern India, it is wedged between the Kingdoms of Nepal in the west and Bhutan in the east. Due to variance in the topography, the climatic conditions also vary from tropical to the alpine. Mid June to September is generally considered as summer/monsoon, the winter extends from December to February, October and November is mainly the time of the autumn season with clear blue skies and lush green hillsides after a long monsoon.

2. Kanatal

Kanatal is a small village located in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, it’s a great summer vacation spot for tourists in India. The lush green environment, snow-covered mountains, rivers and forests are best point for tourist attractions. Surkanda Devi temple located here is the main attraction. This place is also known by the name of Shakti Peeth, some believe that when Lord Shiva were carrying Sati’s body on Mount Kailas, the head of the Goddess was dropped at this place.

3. Wayanad

Wayanad

Fondly known as “Green heaven”, Wayanad is an extremely serene and quiet hill town in Kerala. The foggy Kerala hills add to its attraction and it makes for a peaceful summer vacation destination. The Wayanad bird sanctuary is a major attraction here and it is one of the most famous bird watching places.

4. Nahan

Nahan

Shimla is the most favorite place of tourists; it is the reason why that the reason why it is always crowded may it is any season. This time you should go to Nahan instead of Shimla. Nahan is a small but captivating place located on the Shivalik Hills. The temples, gardens and Ranital are the most favorite places for tourists to hang out. Renuka Lake is 45 km from Nahan, which you must visit in the last days of your tour. Direct bus service is available from Ambala and Chandigarh.

5. Rishikesh

Rishikesh

This place is famous worldwide for yoga. People come here for meditation and yoga. It is a religious and adventure places & one of the best tourist place in North India. There are many temples for a visit, Rishikesh is also known as the Gateway to Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand. The adventure activities are many such as forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. Go here from Haridwar station, public transportation in the form of buses easily available.

6. Mount Abu

Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a great vacation spot during the summer in India. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous attraction amongst tourists. Mount Abu is the most important holy places for Jains and Hindus owing to the many temples. The Jain temples at Dilwara are worth visiting for their beautiful carvings and architectural attractiveness.

7. Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is an exotic destination for tourists from all over the world and is breathtakingly admirable – a port of harmony and tranquility in God’s own country Kerala in South India. Munnar is the abode you would adulation to appointment afresh and afresh – it’s the abode you would ambition never to leave. Unending amplitude of tea plantations – indigenous valleys and mountains – alien breed of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests – balm of aroma ambrosial air-conditioned air – Munnar absolutely is a paradise on earth.

8- Nainital

Nainital

 The hill station of Nainital seems brimming with magnificence once you arrive here. It was a well known summer retreat for the Britishers during the British raj period. It includes the tranquil, emerald-hued Naini Lake and The Mall which is the core site for all tourist activities, lined with eateries, shops, lodgings, and markets. The town is really comprised of two zones – Mallital and Tallital. These zones are on either end of the lake, encompassed by mountains and well accessible from The Mall.

Nainital is easily accessible from nearby areas and you can take a Kathgodam to Nainital taxi, a popular way to arrive in this hill station. Or you can book a cab from Delhi to Nainital, another place from where tourists flock to this place. Nainital is the ideal spot to come in and it is basically a place to appreciate nature and enjoy an uninterrupted time in recreation, which you would discover in plenitude there.

6 Off Beat Travel Destinations of India

Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim

6 Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

The idea of travelling in India draws up many images, lush greenery, deserts, snow-capped peaks, beaches… the country definitely has it all and for a lack of a better word, the Indian landscape is diverse. Practically you find something or the other to do in some destination across the country… and yet, traveller after traveller haunt the beaten path. If you are looking for something that is different from a prescribed list… you might as well check out the new list of off-beaten destinations.

1- The Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

The Little Rann, located close to the Great Rann is a definite must visit for those who are looking to experience the colour and raw plethora of desert colour and culture. While it lacks the tourism appeal that Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has, Little Rann has this raw flair that is completely charming and disarming at the same time. A quaint salt marsh desert, the Little Rann is famous as the world’s last refuge of the Khur or the Indian Wild Ass.  A stark landscape with rich biodiversity, the Little Rann is an ecologically important zone and is the home to several water birds like pelicans, flamingos and ducks and other birds like the Indian Bustard, Sandgrouse and francolins. The perfect destination for nature lovers.

Little Rann of Kutch
Little Rann of Kutch

The region is pretty popular for it’s surreal natural beauty that it has been featured in multiple movies in India such as Magadheera, refugee, Goriyon ki Raasleela, Sarainodu, and many other superhit movies. This wonderful holiday destination in Gujarat has also been mentioned in numerous books like Midnight Children written by Salman Rushdie. If you are also looking for a holiday destination for this winter vacation then check out different Gujarat holiday packages and plan accordingly.

2- Gurudongmar Lake – Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

There is something about high altitude lakes… nestled amongst high mountain peaks that inevitably bring in a sense of complete peace and serenity.  While the Pangong Tso shot to reluctant fame with the famous 3 Idiots scene, there is another beautiful high altitude hidden at a height of 17100 feet in the Eastern Himalayas. Emerald Waters, set deep in the backdrop of majestic snow-clad peaks, the Gurudongmar Lake is Sikkim’s well-kept secret.

3- Bandhavgarh National Park – Madhya Pradesh

While the Jim Corbett National Park is a popular destination for all those who want to get a glimpse of the elusive predator, there is another destination where you can get a peek at this royal cat – the Bandhavgarh National Park. While the Jim Corbett National Park is known for its dense jungles and the different variety of flora and fauna; catching a glimpse of the tiger with several safaris can be quite a task.

Bandhavgarh National Park
Bandhavgarh National Park

In Bandhavgarh, however, the chances of sighting this regal striped cat are quite high. Smaller in size when compared with the Jim Corbett National Park, it is much easier to navigate along Bandhavgarh, and rest assured, this National Park too is filled with a plethora of flora and fauna.

4- Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

Syalsaur, Uttarakhand
Syalsaur, Uttarakhand

The Himalayas are filled with several wonders, which are simply understated and hidden from the prying tourist eye. One such destination that lies hidden along the bend of the mighty mountains is Syalsaur. With the Mandakini gurgling alongside the perfect contrast of lush green trees cloaking majestic peaks, Syalsaur in Uttarakhand is the perfect destination to experience the quiet and majestic splendour of the Himalayas.

5- Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

The last major site before hitting the China Border, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, is probably North-East’s best kept secrets. Possibly because of its political and geographically location, Tawang is rarely flocked by dozen tourists. Nevertheless, Tawang is worth each and every bureaucratic effort, tucked in the high mountains, the region boasts of over a 109 high altitude lakes! If lake hopping at over 12000 is your thing, then Tawang is a definite must visit!

6- Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

If the Indian history, particularly the Mughal Era, has enthralled you and the idea of reliving that magnificent time through the exquisite Persian architecture has excited you – then apart from a visit to the ever-famous Taj Mahal, a peep at the Humayun’ tomb is a must.

Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum, the tomb of Humayun or popularly known as Humayun ka makbara, was designed by the Persian architect Mirza Ghiyas.  The tomb is believed to be the first garden tomb of the Indian subcontinent. The tomb is also the very first structure to use red sandstone in such a large scale.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Humayun ka Makbara is tucked deep in the winding ‘Galis’ of the Nizamuddin area of Delhi. Known for its brilliant symmetry, this imposing structure has delicate touches of marble and other precious stones at the end of several gateways. Adding to these lush gardens that surround the area make it a beautiful spot to rewind time.

Top 10 snow Treks in India

purebred dog running before hikers in woods

Top 10 snow Treks in India- Trekking trails for both novice and experienced Trekkers

Mountain trails in the Himalayas witness inanimate beauty during the winter months. Passing through the snow-capped mountain peaks, frozen streams, and the wintry grasses is an experience that can never be expressed in words. Winter is the time when nature showcases its playful side and you get to see the colorful side of nature in the spring season. If walking on the snow walls is something you are looking for this upcoming winter then here is a detailed rundown of the top 10 snow treks in Indian Himalayas that are the complete package of adventure, excitement, and wonderful memories.

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Kedar Kantha Trek                       

Nothing less than a fairyland for an adventurer, Kedar Kantha Trek is one of the most favorite winter treks in the Himalayas blessed with nature’s unkempt secrets. This thrilling trek commences from Sankri and takes you through Juda ka Talab, a glimmering lake nestled amidst thick dense forests of maple and alpine trees. On reaching this lake site, the trekkers spend some relaxing moments for the day and start trekking towards Kedar Kantha Peak on the next day. While descending the hill, you get to visit an apple garden at Hargaon Pass.

Weather– The temperature of the region drops down to sub-zero level and reaches up to -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months.

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Kuari Pass Winter Trek

Also known as the Lord Curzon trail, Kuari Pass Winter Trek happens to be one of the most exhilarating trails amidst the Himalayas. The trek commences from Joshimath, the winter abode of Lord Badrinath, and then takes you through the lesser-known passes and eventually to Kuari Pass, the highest point of the trek. On reaching the top of this trekking trail, the trekkers are awarded with mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks including Hathi- Ghodi Parvat, Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, etc.

While walking on the downward hill, adventure lovers can visit Auli, another impressive winter destination in Uttarakhand. This amazing skiing destination in India is flocked by thousands of trekkers every year.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between -2 and -8 Degree Celsius hence, the region gets entirely covered with thick sheets of snow.

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Dayara Bugyal Trek

If you have never done trekking so far and want to enjoy this adventure activity for the very first time then you shall plan an adventure trip to Dayara Bugyal Trek. It happens to be one of the easiest trekking sites in India. Being established at a great height, the region receives huge snowfall during the winter months. This snow trek nestled amidst the Himalayas sprawls over a huge area of almost 28 sq. km. and is believed to be a perfect ski slope during the winter months.

Weather– One needs to be both physically and mentally ready to bear the bone-tearing cold weather as the temperature of the region ranges between -4 and -10 Degree Celsius.

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Dodital Winter Trek

Another perfect choice for those who are trekking for the very first time, Dodital Winter Trek is however an easy trail but it becomes pretty challenging during the winter months when gets covered with snow blankets. Commencing from Sangamchatti, the Dodital trek takes you through a thick forest area where you can spot several Himalayan birds. While walking upwards the hill, stop at the Agoda Village from where you can capture the awe-inspiring views of the summits of the Eastern and Western Himalayas.

Weather– Like other winter destinations, Dodital also receives huge snowfall, and the temperature ranges around the sub-zero level.

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Chopta Chandrashila Winter Trek

One of the most astonishing and the easiest winter treks in India, Chopta Chandrashila Trek passes through the remote villages, the highest Shiva Temple, and the pristine lake. The trekking trail commences from Ukhimath and then takes you through Deoria Tal via Sari Village. On reaching a certain altitude of this trekking trail, visit the magnificent Shiva Temple and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, the supreme deity of Hindus.

After visiting the Shiva shrine, proceed towards Chandrashila, the summit of moon rock at 4000 meters above sea level. Enjoy capturing the soul-soothing views of the surrounding mountain areas including Trishul, Chaukhamba, and Nanda Devi.

Weather– The temperature of the region ranges between zero and -10 degrees Celsius and this is why one needs to carry heavy woolens to stay fit and fine.

6- Sham Valley Winter Trek

Established beautifully in the Ladakh region, Sham Valley Trek is nationwide famous for its plantation of apricot flowers. During the winter months, the entire valley gets adorned with apricot flowers. Popularly called ‘Baby Trek’, this destination is a perfect place for those who are trekking for the first time and have no prior experience. One can explore a multitude of travel attractions such as Likir Monastery, Indus Valley, and the primordial Sham Kingdom.

Weather– This hugely elevated destination receives a huge amount of snowfall during the winter months and the temperature ranges between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius.

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Chadar Trek

One of the most exciting and enthralling trekking trails in India, Chadar Trek is all about strength, survival, and persistence. The adventures covering this difficult trekking train get an opportunity to learn about surviving in the harsh regions at sub-zero temperature levels. This frozen river trek is established in one of the most inhabitable regions in the world where you don’t find any hotel or resort to stay. Despite being so challenging, covering the Chadar trek is a lifetime experience of the trekkers and they consider it as a ‘Do before you die’ activity.

Weather– One of the coldest trekking trails in India witnessing an extreme temperature level that reaches -35 degrees Celsius during the winter months.

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Auli Gorson Winter Trek

Commencing from Rishikesh and then passing through Joshimath, Auli, and Gurson Bugyal, the Auli Gorson Winter Trek is considered the first step towards trekking for a novice trekker. Apart from enjoying the challenges of the trekking trail, the mesmerizing beauty of the thick dense forests of alpine trees and the eye-catching views of the surrounding peaks are like icing on the cake. Do not forget to enjoy skiing at this world-known skiing destination.

Weather– The temperature of Auli hardly comes up to zero level during the winter months.

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Har Ki Dun Trek

One of the oldest trekking trails in the country, the Har Ki Dun winter trek is believed to be the most alluring trek of the Winter Himalayas. Commencing from Dehradun, the trekking trail leads you towards Sankri, Taluka Village, Gangar Village, and other exciting places en-route. This easy-level snow trek is a heaven for adventure lovers and draws a huge footfall of trekkers from all around the country.

Weather– Unlike other destinations mentioned above, Har Ki Dun doesn’t witness such extreme climatic conditions.

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Brahmatal Trek

A moderate-level trekking trail in Uttarakhand, Brahmatal offers you an opportunity to witness the surreal beauty of nature as the trek passes through the thick dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. The soul-soothing views of the magnificent mountains falling en-route and the visible glimpses of the Roopkund trek seem like icing on the cake. The trek to this snowy destination is also reckoned for its beautiful campsites near the Brahmatal and the Bekaltal.

Weather– One needs to pack heavy woolens and other essentials in their bags as the region witnesses extreme temperature during the winter months.

10 Surfing Spots in India

Though it may not be a very good time to go surfing in these days of COVID 19, we could plan it for the future.

There are tons of top surfing spots in India, most remain undiscovered. The surfing culture arrived a bit late in the country. Despite the impressive Indian waves, most beaches in India are not developed or marketed as surfing spots.

However, over the years, more and more beachside companies start offering surfing lessons. Now, the sport has become one of the common activities during weekends and free times. One of the advantages of going to India for surfing is that there aren’t a lot of surfers flocking the beaches.

Top Surfing Spots in India

India isn’t known for the biggest waves in the world. However, you can ride some impressive ones depending on the season. The country usually has calmer tides that would fit beginner surfers, especially from April to May and October to November, or before and after the wet season. If you are looking for more extreme tides to ride on, the best time to surf in India would be during the monsoon season.

If you are looking for the top surfing spots in India, here’s the top ten list that should be in your bucket list.

#1. Mulki, Karnataka

If you are looking for the top surfing spots in India, the number one spot would be for the birthplace of the surfing culture in the country. Mulki is the home of Indian surfing, which is on the west coast of Karnataka. You can experience a wide range of waves and difficulty levels on the beaches of Mulki.

The Mantra Surf Club in Mulki hosts up to a thousand surfers every year. courtesy ravi shankar paranjpe / mantra surf club. Mulki surfing
The Mantra Surf Club in Mulki hosts up to a thousand surfers every year.
Image courtesy Ravi Shankar Paranjape / mantra surf club

Most of the time, the tides in the area are great for beginner surfers. However, if you visit Mulki before and during the monsoon season, you’ll mostly get challenging and intense waves. During this time, not a lot of surfers will go to the area since the tides can be very tricky, and only daredevils try to charge the swells.

#2. Goa Beach

If you are an experienced surfer, one of the top surfing spots in India for thrilling waves would be the Goa Beach. If you visit the area during the best season, you can ride massive waves that range from five to ten feet in height. Goa Beach is famous as the land of magic and adventure for a reason.

The best time to visit Goa Beach for its giant waves would be between May and June. Other times, you’ll still get good waves but much calmer ones, which are ideal for newbies with their funboards or for practicing your wave riding skills.

#3. Kovalam Beach, Kerala

Situated in the southern part of India, Kovalam Beach is one of the popular and top surfing spots in India. There is a beach break in the area where you can get both right and left waves, and both are extremely powerful and fast. Although the tides can be pretty intense, the surf spot can usually cater to both beginner and intermediate surfers.

There are also local surfing schools in the beachside if you want to learn the sport. The best time to visit Kovalam Beach would be during mid and high tides.

#4. Vizag, Andhra Pradesh

Vizag is the only surf city in India, and for good reasons. Right at the heart of the city, you can find empty line-ups and a lot of scenic bays that produces a wide range of waves. Surfing is yet to catch popularity in the area, so you’ll mostly have the surf to yourself.

Most of the time, it is where you can find pro athletes go surfing because it’s less crowded. The area experiences occasional storms and cyclones, which usually brings a lot of massive waves.

#5. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram or Mahabs is another one of the top surfing spots in India. It’s not only popular for its iconic and majestic temples, but its right-hand point break as well. It provides an impressive series of waves for power surfing and tube riding.

Mahabalipuram surfing
This photo of Mumu Surf School is courtesy of Tripadvisor

If you are looking to ride big swells, the best time to visit Mahabs would be between May and November.

#6. Varkala Beach

One of the advantages of going to Varkala Beach is its impressive landscape. It has a gentle atmosphere and waves as well. It’s one of the best spots to go to if you want to try your hand at surfing. The waves in Varkala Beach are not intense, which is ideal for newbies.

Varkala surfing
Go surfing in Varkala

The best time to visit Varkala Beach would be between December to March, although the waves are perfect for newbies all year-round.

#7. Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Situated on the east coast, another one of the top surfing spots in India is Chennai. It’s a great place for you to learn how to surf. You can enroll in various courses from beginners to more advanced lessons.

Covelong point, Chennai
Covelong Point, Chennai

There’s a famous right-hand break in Chennai, the Covelong Point, which produces some of the best waves in the country. It’s also home to some of the best Indian surfers and attracts waves riders from all over the world.

#8. Gokarna Beach, Karnataka

Gokarna Beach is one of the top surfing spots in India for beginner surfers. The area is famous for its scenic views and relaxing atmosphere with coconut trees in the foreground and the Sahyadri Mountains in the background. Meanwhile, the waves on the beach are a bit easy to predict and not very strong. Plus, there are also tons of surf schools in the area.

Gokarna beach surfing
Gokarna beach

The best time to visit Gokarna Beach for surfing would be between October and May.

#9. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is where the east and west coasts meet. It’s popular for the colonial buildings and tree-lined streets. However, Pondicherry has also become quite well-known for both local and tourist surfers in recent years. It provides some of the best waves in the country, which can hold wells between three to six feet.

You can usually get the best quality waves in Pondicherry between August and December.

#10. Kodi Bengre, Udupi

Kodi Bengre is a famous fishing village in Udupi, India. Aside from the fresh seafood that you can find in the place, it is also an interesting spot for surfing. The beaches in this village are well-known for its stable weather, with around 30 degrees temperature, which is ideal for newbies and intermediate surfers.

However, if you are looking for more challenging waves, the best time to visit Kodi Bengre would be before and after the monsoon season.

The surfing culture in India is yet to pick up big. So, you’ll mostly see non-crowded surfing spots in the country, although it’s home to some of the best waves that can cater to both newbies and seasoned surfers. These ten top surfing spots in India should be on your travel bucket list if you visit the country. Also, don’t forget to pick up on your surfing gear – surfboards, fins, wetsuits, and traction pads!


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