I am too particular about dates, my first blog, www.deckanddine.com, started on Father’s Day and this one today, on Husband’s Day.. 😀 There is immense pleasure in dedicating things to the two most important men of our lives, don’t you agree?
So here I am, with my brand new blog. Thanks to everyone who have helped and supported me; Maa, Arijit, Indra, Shaikat, Sanju, Aparajita, Priyanka, Debarati , Ragini, Jinjin, Kanu, Madhu Bhaiya…you all are sweethearts and were epitomes of patience. Please don’t mind if I missed somebody.
Coming back to today’s post, I’ll be sharing with you my top 10 favorite destinations in India that you can visit in the summers.
Lets agree, summer is officially and the national least favorite season of India, unless you are still in school or college enjoying a month summer holiday or you are someone lucky to be staying and chilling in the hills and mountains. I envy such people, I really do.
But what will we (read the unfortunate working adults staying away from home) do other than hanging on the door of the local train to reach office, negotiating our way through heavy traffic, abusive drivers, truant autowallas and the soaring temperatures? Well..we can take a small break from the daily hustle, bustle and head to some pristinely beautiful place, but again, only if our dear managers grant us the leave, (after all the leaves cost their kidneys, livers and hearts and they will go bonkers without us). Steering off the topic, I once heard a very funny anecdote of an boss-employee relationship. It goes as: The employee once congratulated his boss on buying the latest BMW top-end car. His boss heartily patted his back and said, “Keep up the good work, so that I can buy a Rolls-Royce next year” .. So this summer give yourself a well deserved break. Let us beat the heat 🙂
Ladakh, the “Little Tibet”:-
One of the finest places for summer holidays in North India, our “Little Tibet”. From the beautiful, crystal clear lakes to the mesmerizing snow desert surrounded by Himalayan ranges, from monasteries providing panoramic view of sky to the popular frozen river trek, Ladakh has a lot to offer.
You can reach Ladakh by:
Air: Airport in in Leh, which is well connected with Delhi, Srinagar, Chandigarh and several other cities.
Railway- Jammu Tawi (around 700kms). You can ride bikes, hire cabs or board JKSRTC bus to reach Ladakh from there.
Kashmir, Heaven on Earth:-
This was traditionally the summer destination of my parents. For many years it has been closed for tourists due to the fear of terrorism, but luckily it is open now. It is one of the most exotic places I have ever been to.
You can reach Kashmir by:
Air- Domestic Airports at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh
Railway- Link Rd Railway Station
Want to see the most spectacular orchids in India? Then head straight to Sikkim. It is a wonderful place of mesmerizing hills, spectacular flora and fauna, of snow-capped mountains and beautiful lake.
You can reach Gangtok by:
Air– Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal
Railway- New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri
Auli, the sky capital of Uttarakand:-
Covered mostly in snow, Auli is a favourite amongst mountain lovers and a heaven for skiing lovers. You can experience the longest cable-car ride there. Just be there and experience nature. And believe me, you will meet yourself.
You can reach Auli by:
Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun.
Railway:- Haridwar Railway Station (273kms from Auli)
Road: 10kms go by ropeway/drive/ride from Joshi Math. You can reach Joshi Math from Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh etc.
Conoor, Tamil Nadu:-
One of the most beautiful places in the Nilgiris. With tee plantations, coffee plantations, with parks and gardens you will find absolute solace in the lap of the greenery. It is not very far from ooty, but is way cheaper and quieter.
You can reach Connoor by:
Air- Coimbatore Airport
Railway- Mettupalayam Railway Station.
Wayanad, the land of misty hiils:-
Want a perfect trekking destination surrounded by lush green tree plantations? Want to visit India’s largest and Asia’s second largest dam with the scenic splendour mountains as its backdrop? Then Wayanad is the place for you. Do you know that Lakkidi view point in Wayanad receives the 2nd highest rainfall in the world? Indeed a place worthy of visit.
Air: Calicut International Airport (61 kms away) You can hire a cab to reach Wayanad from there.
Railway: Kozhikode (110kms) which is well connected to Chennai and Bangalore. You can hire a cab to reach Wayanad from there. There are also two stations called Nilambur Road and another named Koyilandy. They both are 51kms away.
If you want a journey through the choirs of cloud, then this is a place for you. You will be surprised how beautiful and mysterious this land is.
You can reach Mon by:
Air: Jorhat, Assam (161 kms away). You can hire a cab to reach Mon from there. No direct bus available.
Railway: Bhoju railway station (Assam) and then proceed to Mon via Sonari. Bhoju to Sonari is about 7 km. Sonari to Mon is 65 kms.
Road:- Mon can be reached via Sonari by bus. It is about 65 km from Sonari to Mon. Mon can also be reached via Simulguri, which is about 95 km by bus. But, there is no direct service from Simulguri to Mon. One has to reach Naginimora first, which is about 20 km. From Naginimora, bus service is available to Mon (75 km).
Even in May, when the rest of India is sweltering and unbearable, Munnar barely is 20∘.
You can reach Munnar by:
Air: Cochin International Airport, (110 kilometres away by road.)
Railway: Aluva ( 110 kilometres from Munnar), Ernakulam Railway Station (130 kilometres away) and Madurai Railway Station (135 kilometres away).
An hour from Shimla, lies this mesmerizing town of Masobra. It’s serenity, it’s beauty, the orchards and tress scream beauty.
You can reach Mashobra by:
Air- Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla
Railway- Kalka and Chandigarh Railway Station
Arunachal Pradesh is called “The Land Of Rising Sun”, and lies there the splendid mountain town of Tawang. It’s home to the 17th-century Tawang Monastery, a hilltop structure housing a massive gilded Buddha statue. Zantsang lake, the famous zig zac road, Madhuri Lake and Jaswantgarh War Memorial are few other places to visit when you are in Tawang.
You can reach Tawang by:
Air: Tezpur Airport, located 143 km away and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, 170 km away at Guwahati.
Railway: Tezpur is the major rail head closest to Tawang. You can board a bus or hire cabs to reach Tawang from here.
So where are you gonna go this summer? Which one do you think can be your best bet for summer holiday destinations?