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Top 5 Summer Getaways!

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This summer get-away from the scorching high temperatures and hustle-bustle of the city life. Spend your summers sipping cool drink on the beaches of Bali or enjoy paragliding in Manali or just spend a relaxing evening in one of the tree houses in Munnar.

For those who haven’t narrowed down their getaways yet, choose from the 5 perfect destinations to spend your summer holidays.

Ladakh: Adventure, Romance & Buddhism

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Fondly referred to as the “Little Tibet”, Ladakh is no more the India’s best kept secret when it comes to tourism and one of the finest places for summer holidays. This high altitude cold desert in India is a once in a lifetime experience.

The mighty Karakorum with its cotton-wool peaks bounds Ladakh, a terrain characterized by vast barren valleys, mountain passes, beautiful lakes, and the last undisturbed home of Buddhist population in India.

Places to visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

Things to do: Watch the Llamas perform colorful Chhams, spot a snow leopard at the Hemis National Park, ride a double-humped Bactrian camel, and ride a bike up to the Khardung-La Pass

How to reach:

  • By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh

 

Bali: Beaches, Spirituality & Adventure

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Lush vegetation, endless rice terraces, white and black beaches, world-class surfing, ancient culture, countless temples and volcanic mountains. And all of this can be found on one tropical island: Bali

The Island of the Gods offers a budget-friendly vacation with a touch of luxury. It is a hub of endless opportunity for adventure, exploration, spa hopping, and spiritual growth.

You’ll find all kinds of travellers there, from the backpackers who travel all across Southeast Asia, the spiritual yogis, luxury travellers, families, divers, surfers.

Places To Visit:  Nusa Dua Beach, Kuta Beach, Sanur Beach, Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, Bali Museum, Puri Saren Palace, Tegalalang Rice Fields

 

Things to Do: Visit the beaches, museums and historic temples. Water sports at Nusa Dua Beach, watch the Devdan Show at the Nusa Dua TheatreCruise around Serangan Bay and Turtle Island, watch Uluwatu Kecak Dance.

 

How to reach:

By Air

Ngurah Rai International Airport or Denpasar International Airport is located in South Kuta district and is just 13 kilometres from the main town of Denpasar.

 

Munnar,Thekkady: Tea, Adventure and Romance

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A perfect destination to spend your summer holidays in India, Munnar is famous for its cool climate, lush hills, and vast tea plantations.

Spend your days trekking to the Echo point, Mountain biking, plucking tea from unending expanse of Tea plantations and staying in the tree house.

Thekkady has one of the finest wildlife reserves in India with elephants being the highlight. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the prime attraction for which tourists throng the place.

With a myriad of things to do in Munnar and Thekkady, the hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is sure to make your vacations an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating affair.

Places to visit: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal

Things to do: Stay in a tree house, trekking to the echo point, mountain biking, Shikara ride in Kundala Lake, and elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park

How to reach:

  • By Air: Cochin International Airport (125 km from Munnar)
  • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station (110 km from Munnar)

 

Manali: Backpacking, Adventure & Beauty

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One of the most popular destinations for summer holidays in North India is Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Forever charming, this place never fails to make you go awestruck.

Thrill seekers arrive here to get high on adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, zorbing and trekking. While families flock to have their first tryst with snow with day trips to Rohtang Pass.

Places to visit: Hadimba Temple, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Club House, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Gufa, and Vashisht Hot-Water Springs

Things to do: Paragliding at Solang & Rohtang Valleys, yoga at Shri Hari Yoga Ashram, yak-riding at the wildlife sanctuary and dipping in hot-water springs at Vashisht

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bhuntar Airport (50 km from Manali)
  • By Rail: Joginder Nagar (50 km from Manali) on narrow gauge; Una (245 km from Manali) on broad gauge

 

So pack your bags and have your ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ moment this summer.

 

Bhutan: Adventure, Culture & Nature

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Wedged between India and China, Bhutan is remote and pristine destination where the ancient Buddhist tradition is still preserved.  Held separate by the formidable mountains, this Himalayan Kingdom also referred to as the ‘last Shangri La’ is perhaps the only country where developed is measured not by GDP but Gross Domestic Happiness.

Must visit places for a complete cultural experience of Bhutan are Punakha, Thimpu, Dochu La Pass, Gangtey, Wangdi Phodrang, Trongsa and spectacular Dzongs &monasteries.

Buddhist culture, unspoiled landscapes and absence of ‘crowd’ tourism. It is also one of few last places in the world where Tantric Tibetan Buddhism, with temples of florid and lamas in maroon robes chanting to ancient instruments still survives intact.

Places to Visit: Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha Dzong,  Zuri Dzong, Hike,Gangtey Valley, Burning Lake

Things To Do: Rafting, trekking, Kayaking , wildlife safari, Visit Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Experience Nimalung Tsechu Festival in Bhutan, Meditation and Retreat

How to reach:

By Air: Paro Airport

By Road: Take the train/flight to Bagdora (West Bengal) and  from there the Jaigaon/Phuentsholing border is around 4-5 hours by road.

 

So back your bags and experience the most memorable holiday with your Family and Friends this Summer 2017!

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