Wednesday, 15 June 2016

8 Best Indian Vacation spots to beat the Summer Heat | Antilog Vacations

Nainital: Of Serene Locals and Glorious sunset…

Like most amazing hill stations of India, Antilog Vacations says Nainital is affected by a regular traffic.  At an height of 1938 m above the sea level, Nainital, the lake region of Uttrakhand, keeps on buzzing with travelers, corporate and leisure, from different corners of the world during the summer season. And why it shouldn’t be, the city offers numberless activities, which makes it on the radar of every traveller.

Strolling on mall road, enjoying boating, and view of the sunset from the snow point, everything about this hill station fascinates tourists. Venya is surely going to love this as where she can enjoy sailing over the Naini Lake, spot some endangered high altitude animals at the zoo, and experience the thrilling cable car ride. If your kids like skating, then you can take them to Zoom land. Offbeat attractions nearby Nainital like Saattal, Bheemtal, Naukuchiyatal, and Khurpatal are also some attractive holiday spots. You can even go for a soothing drive to Corbett National Park to make your kids summer holiday wild and adventurous. After reading so much about it, I feel like going to this place now.

Manali- Perfect family holiday destination

Antilog Vacations says Ahh.. Manali! When the summer reaches its peak and the sizzling sun treats you with a 35to 45 degree, the only place to visit on mostly North Indian people mind is MANALI. It’s soothing environment, breezy air, and bountiful vistas make it one of the best summer vacation place in India. Nestled at an altitude of 2050 m, in the Beas River Valley, Manali offers spectacular views, gurgling water streams and an array of kid-friendly activities. Earlier, I was little muddled about whether I should take Venya here due to its high altitude. But after a 2-hour exploration and scrutinising session, I realised that missing it in my list would be a big mistake. When on a trip to Manali, tourists can take their kids to Rohtang Pass, where they can enjoy yak and ropeway ride. Besides this, you can also introduce your kid to Buddhist culture by visiting the magnificent monasteries and ancient temples beholding legendary stories. During your holidays in Manali, you can visit Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, Vashisht Village, Naggar, and Rahala Falls for sightseeing.

Kashmir Valley: India’s answer to Switzerland

Agar firdous baroye zameen ast, hami asto, hami asto hami ast” – Amir-e-Khusru Dehluvi (If there is paradise on earth, It is here, it is here, it is here) These were the wise words stated by the great poet Persian poet, Amir-e-Khusru Dehluvi, when he was left awestruck by the beauty of Kashmir. No doubt it’s a paradise on this earth and many people keep on saying this thing …’Go to Kashmir’. Antilog Vacations says  zillions of things about its beauty, but according to me, there are very fewer words that can elucidate the mysticism’s that this city boasts. Speaking about the best summer holidays for children in India, Kashmir Valley is something you shouldn’t miss. Though the city has been a talk of the town due to many interferences, yet this charming city with amiable hospitality can make you forget all the disturbances and scorching city life that has baked, sterile your working life. Coming back to my agenda, where should I visit in Kashmir? Well, my research says I should begin with Srinagar, Rajauri,Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam and Kishtwar. Starting with Srinagar, here you can go for a soothing Shikhara ride over the dal lake, indulge in water skiing (if your kids are minimum 12 years of age) or can visit orchards to pluck some apples from the trees. If your kids are more of nature lovers, then you can visit the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden to see the mesmerising and eye soothing tulips. April, May and June are the best time to visit Tulip Garden as the flowers are in its full bloom. One place where tourists in large number throng is Gulmarg, a popular hill station in Kashmir. The major attraction in Gulmarg is the two-tiered Gulmarg Gondola ride, world’s second highest cable car which connects Kongdoori and Apparwath Peak. Chances of experiencing snowfall are quite bright here, thus, here one can indulge in activities like snowboarding, skiing, and sledging. Besides tourists can also visit Sonmarg, an offbeat attraction in Kashmir, which’s hard to reach but has many interesting things to offer. Summer is the best time to visit Kashmir as the place looks like a mosaic of varying shades of green – rice fields, meadows, trees, etc. and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains.

Ranikhet- Uber Cool Destination of summer


A perfect escape from the scorching heat of the summer, Ranikhet holds a charismatic layer of grasses dotted with wildflowers. Home to military quarters, peaceful parks dotted kaleidoscope of flowers, and gorgeous temples, Ranikhet is one of the laid back hill station of North India for summers that is hardly explored by tourists. Those who want to relax, rejuvenate and love to live in the harmony with nature, should visit Ranikhet. Antilog Vacations says if travelling with kids, take a trip to Chaubatia Orchard, the garden captivates kids to such an extent that they can spend years just by lying on the turfs and relishing the view. In the garden, kids can see two hundred varieties of flowers and fruits. If you have kids older than 12 years, you can go for trekking from Gagas to Dwarahat. You can also consider a visit to some pilgrimage sites like Mankameshwar, Binsar Mahadev, and Haidakhan Temple.

Darjeeling – Wonderland of the East


In my four years of travelling experience with Venya, I have realized that she love train journey, especially the part when she peaks outside the window and spot animals, colours, and hills. Antilog Vacations says keeping her interest in my mind, I think Darjeeling would be an incredible place to visit as she can enjoy the toy train ride. The train runs between New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling. Tourists have exploited Darjeeling, but the silhouette of the city is still maintained, and it had managed to keep hold of its old world charm. Surrounded by well-manicured gardens and towered by majestic Khangchendzonga peak, here one can indulge in perfect summer holidays. Toy Train is one thing that you should try, besides you can also visit the Tiger Hill to see the silhouette of magnificent birds gliding below the sun. A ride on the Darjeeling-Rangit passenger cable car or the ropeway can be a thrilling experience for your kids. Singalila National Park, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Observatory Hill, Japanese Peace Pagoda, and Neora Valley National Park are some famous attractions of Darjeeling that has lots to offer to its visitors.

Sikkim – A slice of India’s heaven

Slice of India’s heaven lies in Sikkim. A visit to the northern part of Sikkim can soothe your soul with its luscious mountains, sprawling forest and fresh air. Small in size and colossal in beauty, Antilog Vacations says North Sikkim is an ultimate destination for summer vacation which any traveller shouldn’t miss. When on a summer holiday with kids, you can visit monasteries, lush biospheres, garrulous waterfalls and shimmering lakes. There are many breathtaking destinations in Sikkim where one can go to spend ideal summer holiday. Confined within the vast ecosphere of Sikkim are some places like Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Lachen, Chungthang, and Thangu, boasting the diorama of different ethnicities like Lepchas, Nepalese and Bhutia. Hence, it’s a great place to meet and greet people from various cultures. A picturesque town in the North-Eastern region of Sikkim, Lachung is a tiny village, few kilometres away from Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. If your health and kids get acclimatise, you can head out to Thangu to savour the impeccable view of Kanchenjunga range. Another summer retreat in North Sikkim is Lachen, a tiny settlement amidst the snow clad mountains and famed for Gurudongmar Lake and Lhamu Lake. Besides, tourists can visit neighbouring places like Ravangla, Gangtok, and Kampong.

Mahabaleshwar- For a perfect Family Holiday

Keeping in mind kid’s love for fruits, I have listed Mahabaleshwar on my blog. A former capital of Bombay Presidency, Mahabaleshwar is a gem of Western Ghats, perched at an elevation of 1372 metres in Satara district of Maharashtra and is quite famed for strawberry farms. Mahabaleshwar offers soothing environment so tourists can savour the view of nature at its blooming best. Visit to the Venna lake could be a good treat for the kids as here they can indulge in boating, horse riding, trampoline, and bungee jumping. Also, there are many sightseeing places in Mahabaleshwar like Arthur’s Seat, Needle Hole Point, Kate’s Point, Wilson’s Point and 3 Monkey Point, from where you can see the view of the sun gliding below the horizon, leaving behind the hues of orange. You should also stop at gardens like Mapro Gardens and Cream Corner to pluck some fresh strawberries and pick bottles of some fruit jams. If you love strawberries, you should visit Mahabaleshwar particularly in the month of May as this is the time when ‘strawberry festival’ kick-starts. Food lovers should try strawberry with cream, which is available at almost every restaurant of Manahabaleshwar.

Munnar – Perfect holiday in god’s own country

After jotting down a little bit of North, West and East India destinations, now it’s time to move to South India. Antilog Vacations says if you have been thinking Munnar is all about backwater and south Indian dishes, like mostly Kerala towns, then let me tell you that it is a leisure hill station that holds the secrets of India’s best tea and spices. In class by its self, Munnar was once the retreat hub for Britons and still retains its old world charm, which is quite evident from drowsy little bungalows that here one can see. Your kids are going to love this place as here they can see some gushing waterfalls, get to know more about tea culture, enjoy bumpy elephant rides and visit forest covers and grasslands as here where they can see the Nilgiri Tahr. With the presence of some soul soothing places like Kundala Lake, Marayoor Sandalwood Forests, Blossom Hydel Park, Echo point, Rose Garden, Mattupetty, Rajamalai National Park, and Elephant Lake, Munnar is a great place to escape for family trip from sizzling scorching summer. Cycling and trekking is the best way to get to know Munnar better.

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