Top 5 summer retreats in India

Summer holidays for the children are looming on the horizon. The months of April, May and June are the time when children look forward eagerly to staying at home. It is also a time for parents to plan vacations to cooler climes. The heat in Indian plains is unbearable at these times and cooler hill stations beckon fondly. Here are top 5 destinations to visit in the summer of 2015:

Kashmir – The Paradise on Earth:


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This beautiful state is much more beautiful than any brochure or magazine article that you may have chanced upon. Naturally blessed with a beauty so deep and stunning that you will want to go back again and again. The heavenly Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pahalgam offer you opportunities to experience snow and skiing in the winters and lush green hills and meadows in the summers. The weather is pleasant and the peaks are visible in their snowy glory. Go river rafting, angling or boating in the shikara on Dal Lake. Do not wish the spectacular views by taking the cable car ride in Gulmarg. While in Kashmir, partake in the beauty of the elaborate and stunning parks and gardens.



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Though a part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is fascinating in its uniqueness. It offers culture which is steeped in customs rooted many centuries ago. Ladakh offers you the ruggedness of mighty mountains, frozen lakes and a spectacular natural beauty that cannot be experienced anywhere else. The monasteries and friendly people give you an experience that will last you a lifetime.



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If mountains are where your soul rests, then Himachal will call out to you over and over again. The really tall mountain peaks are snow clad even in summer giving you an excellent cold climate while avoiding the harshness of winters. The clear streams and thunderous rivers enliven the quiet and pristine beauty of Himachal towns. Shimla, Kulu Manali, Spiti, Dalhousie, Dharamshala are all popular tourist destinations that offer the perfect getaway from the harsh heat of the plains.


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This tiny state nestled in the Himalayas is a perfect holiday destination in summer. Crisp clean air, majestic mountains and snow-clad peaks, green forests, lakes and spectacular natural beauty make for an amazing tourist destination.



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For those who live in the South of India, hill stations like Munnar in the state of Kerala provide a nice destination to escape the humidity and heat of summers. Munnar is famous for its lush tea gardens, wild animal habitats, dams, rivers and impressive flora and fauna. Experience the beauty of nature in the Western Ghats by travelling to Munnar this summer.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan early, get great deals and enjoy fantastic holidays in the hills.

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