AskMe.com’s TOP 5 SUMMER GETAWAYS IN INDIA by Vir Sanghvi

Bored of clichéd destinations for summer getaways? Vir Sanghvi keeps it fresh with offbeat places to visit this season. From the South of India to the North, discover the best places to visit in summer in India. From tucked-away hill stations and untouched natural terrain that will make your summer trips cooler than ever before these are the best destinations in India for nice holiday. If you’re based in the Northern part of India and don’t want to travel too far and are looking for weekend destinations, check out Mashobra, a small hill station in near Shimla. Home to the famous Wildflower Hall that was once home to Lord Kitchener and Lord Ripon during the British Raj, Mashobra is the perfect destination for a serene and quiet change from the hustle and bustle of Shimla and other hill stations in the northern part of India.

Shimla

If you’re based in the Northern part of India and don’t want to travel too far, check out Mashobra, a small hill station in near Shimla. Home to the famous Wildflower Hall that was once home to Lord Kitchener and Lord Ripon during the British Raj, Mashobra is the perfect destination for a serene and quiet change from the hustle and bustle of Shimla and other hill stations in the northern part of India.

   Altitude: 8,200 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 9 degrees, Maximum: 35 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – Kalka railway station, Closest airport – Jubbarhatti airport in Shimla

Mashobra, Best Summer holiday destination in India

Munnar

If you want to travel down South, you have the sprawling valleys and picturesque tea plantations of Munnar to head to. Located in the Western Ghats in Idukki district, the name Munnar supposedly means ‘Three Rivers’. This hill station in God’s Own Country was another favourite destination for the British in the colonial days.

   Altitude: 6,000 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 19 degrees, Maximum: 35 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – Ernakalum railway station, Closest airport – Cochin international airport

Munnar, Best Summer holiday destination in India

Wellington

Another option in the Southern part of India and in the lap of the Nilgiris is Wellington. Best known as the home to The Defence Services Staff College, Wellington remains untouched, green and pristine as a large part of the hill station remains under the control of the Indian Armed Forces.

   Altitude: 6,085 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 16 degrees, Maximum: 29 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – Wellington railway station, Closest airport – Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore

Wellington, Best Summer holiday destination in India

Coonoor

Another one of the weekend destinations on this list and also in the lap of the Nilgiris and the second largest hill station in the area is Coonoor. Known to be the home to Nilgiri tea, this quiet hill station is used as a base camp for treks in the Nilgiris. With multiple spots that provide stunning views, Coonoor is a great place to head to for those who like to trek.

   Altitude: 6,070 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 17 degrees, Maximum: 37 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – Coonoor railway station, Closest airport – Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore

Coonor, Best Summer holiday destination in India

Sikkim

For an out-of-the- ordinary trip a visit to Sikkim is a must! A trip to Sikkim, unlike the other recommendations is not just a weekend destination in India. Take some good time off to discover this state that is hailed as the cleanest state in the country. An enchanting destination perched between Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east, Tibet in the north and Darjeeling in the south, a vacation here has a lot to offer when it comes to breath-taking views steeped in Buddhist history.

   Altitude: 28,169 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 14 degrees, Maximum: 28 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – New Jalpaiguri station, Closest airport – Bagdogra Airport

Sikkim, Best Summer holiday destination in India

Srinagar

A long-forgotten destination to and a must-visit this summer is Srinagar. The warmth and hospitality you get from Kashmiris is unmatched anywhere in the country. With its apple orchards, stunning views and friendly locals, Srinagar is as picturesque as it gets in India!

   Altitude: 5,200 feet above sea level
   Weather during summer : Minimum: 9 degrees, Maximum: 26 degrees
   How to get there : Closest station – Nowgam station, Closest airport – Srinagar Airport,

Srinagar, Best Summer holiday destination in India

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