7 BEST SUMMER SPOTS IN INDIA

  1. MANALI: Romance, Adventure, and Thrill

Manali is a popular backpacking and honeymoon destination in Himachal Pradesh. With the numerous popular places to visit in Manali, it has been one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in India. Nestled idyllically amidst the Pir Panjal & Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas, Manali remains to be a popular honeymoon destination in north India.

Whereas thrill seeker arrives in Manali to get high on adventure sports like paragliding, white water rafting, zorbing and trekking, honeymooners flock to have their first tryst with snow with day trips to Rohtang Pass. For backpackers it’s the quaint, serene hippie towns in the outskirts – Malana being the most popular one – and for long-term adventure seekers, it serves as a base for gearing up and getting ready before venturing out to conquer the trans-Himalayan terrains and undertake trekking and road trips to Leh, Spiti and beyond.

 

How to reach

  • Nearest Airport:      Bhuntar (50 Kms away from Manali)
  • Nearest railhead:   Chandigarh ( 291 Kms away from Manali)
  • Road trip:                  Manali is 546 Kms away from Delhi

 

2. COORG −’ Scotland of India’

Coorg is one of those hill stations which has enriched lush valleys and is best known for its exotic natural beauty along with delicious cuisine. Fondly referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ and sometimes as ‘Kashmir of the South’ due to its verdant beauty and salubrious weather conditions, Coorg has a special place among all hill stations in India.

Nestled at the altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level, the mountainous Kodagu (or Coorg) region is home to the Kodava people and Tibetan refugees. The natural majesty and lush environs of this hill station make it an ideal place for trekking, bird-watching, and rejuvenation.

 

How to reach

  • Nearest airport:        Mangalore  (160 Kms away from Coorg)
  • Nearest railhead:      Mysore  (95 Kms away from Coorg)
  • Road trip:                    Coorg is 237 Kms from Bangalore

 

3. LADAKH — ‘ LITTLE TIBET’

Every biker’s dream vacation, Ladakh’s beige craggy hillscape set an appealing contrast to the blue lakes and sky. Summer is the considered the best time to visit Ladakh, placing it among loveliest summer holiday destinations in India. Famous Buddhist monasteries of India such as the Thiksey Monastery add vibrant hues to the panorama.

A trip to Ladakh – just like love – can’t be expressed in words. The mighty Karakorum with its cotton-wool peaks bounds Ladakh, a terrain characterized by vast barren valleys, lofty mountain passes, beautiful lakes, and the last undisturbed home of Tantric Buddhist population.Ladakh’s arid terrain undergoes drastic weather changes owing to its elevation. Temperature varies in extremes both during summers and winters. That’s the allure of Ladakh. Summer is the best time to visit this magical land of Lamas and that is why it is the top tourist place in India to visit during summer.

Every summer, motorcyclists from India and world gather in and around Delhi, Srinagar or Manali to embark on an adventurous trip to Ladakh by road. Manali – Leh Highway is the favorite among the thrill seekers.

 

How to reach

  • Nearest airport:      Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • Nearest railhead:   Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab  or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh
  • Road trip:          The closest major city from Ladakh is Delhi, 1300 km away. If you’re planning a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh, then assure you take enough stoppages enroute and allow yourself to acclimatize.

 

4.  MUNNAR — ‘Kashmir of Kerala’

Stunningly mesmerizing, Munnar is a heavenly tourist destination in Kerala, blessed with tranquility, a nice weather, various tourist attractions and splendid scenery. Nestled at an elevation of 6000 feet above the sea level in Idukki district, Munnar was also popular during the British era as a summer resort. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers” referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

Away from regular city chaos, Munnar lies amidst the lush Western Ghats and is known to be the confluence of the three rivers Kundaly, Madhurapuzha, and Nallathanni.

The expansive tea plantations, verdant mountains, extensive spice and tea plantations, various tourist spots, aroma-filled air and picturesque locations attract tourists from all around the globe.

Munnar is also quite popular amidst adventure enthusiasts and offers opportunities for trekking, cycling, mountaineering, boating, elephant rides, fishing and so on. Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Tea Museum, Helicopter tours, Horseback riding, visit top station are some of the other popular attractions here.

 

How to reach:

  • Nearest airport:     Cochin (110 Kms away)
  • Nearest railhead:   Aluva  (100 Kms from Munnar)
  • Road trip:                Munnar  (131 Kms from Kochi)

 

5. KASHMIR — ‘Honeymooner’s Paradise’

When we talk about a summer destination, how can one forget to mention the best place to visit in India in summer – Kashmir? Gulmarg, Srinagar, and Pahalgam in Kashmir Valley form the perfect trio for any tourist to explore. Truly the 3 are no less than a paradise hideaways.

Whereas Shikara rides and visits to magnificent Mughal Gardens are the most popular things to do in Srinagar; it is the gondola ride to Khilanmarg that is one of the top things to do in Gulmarg.

Pahalgam is all about bounties of nature. There is the Betab Valley named after the movie Betaab which was filmed here, nearby is the picturesque Aru Valley where the recent blockbusters Jab Tak Hai Jaan featuring Shahrukh Khan and Highway featuring Alia Bhatt was filmed.

With one of the most popular tourist destinations in India since decades and a favorite among the Bollywood for shooting of movies, Kashmir boasts of very good infrastructure when it comes to tourism. Several prestigious hotel groups have their properties in Srinagar and Pahalgam whereas the all-new swanky Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa in Gulmarg is already winning accolades from the connoisseurs of luxury.

 

How to reach

  • Nearest airport:    Srinagar
  • Nearest railhead:  Jammu, 290 Kms away from Kashmir

 

6.KODAIKANAL — ‘Princess of Hill Station’

Kodaikanal, also known as Kodai, is a popular holiday as well as  honeymoon destination in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Placed at an above sea level of 7200 feet, Kodaikanal lies in Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. Slightly foggy and pleasant weather, meandering roads, lush forests and verdant hills of this hill town are some of the prime attraction of this hill retreat, which is quite close to Madurai.

It is a destination worth visiting during any time of year, especially summer. Kodaikanal offers opportunities for sightseeing including waterfalls and viewpoints, cycling, leisure walks, nature walks boating and horse riding. Visit this beautiful place, called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and soak in the serenity.

 

How to reach

  • Nearest airport:    Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
  • Nearest railhead:  Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)

 

 

7. SHIMLA

Shimla is a well-known hill station in Northern India where you would see a mix of Indian magnificence along with British elegance. It is bequeathed with a rich history and is sanctified with natural beauty. If you’re looking for a relaxing yet fun retreat, Shimla has to be on your list of best places to visit in India in May and June.

How to reach

  • Nearest airport:    Chandigarh  (115 Kms away)
  • Nearest railhead:  Kalka
  • Road trip:     Shimla (360 Kms away from Delhi)

 

 

 

 

5 MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES IN INDIA

5 MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES IN INDIA

 

1.New Delhi

DELHI

The political hub and the national capital, New Delhi has become the most expensive city in India. It is the best Metro City in the whole of Asia. A lot of major companies in the country have their headquarters established in Delhi. The nightlife of this city is one of the best ones can ever see in any other city.

 

2 Mumbai:

The Bollywood town of the country, Mumbai is the second most expensive city in India. The real estate is extremely high and it is not an easy task to survive here.The city has many opportunity and thus people form different parts of the country come to this city for finding new jobs. A lot of people are attracted to this city because of the glamour. It is the 10th most expensive city in the world.

 

 

3 Bengaluru/Banglaore

Bengaluru is known as the Silcon valley of India. Bengalure is titled as the BETA WORLD CITY, as we all know its famous for its IT hub.  The garden city has developed a l ot and continues to develop more and more every passing year. With few years down the line, the Bengaluru will top the list as the most expensive city in the entire Asia.

 

 

4 Chennai

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Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu.  It is one among th Metropolitan cities in the country. The city is known for its IT hub. It also provides medical serivices to patients and is famous for Medical Tourism after Kerala.

 

5 Hyderabad

Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls. With its rapid increase in population, it is the 6th largest city in the country. It has a large number of IT hubs, which adds to the GDP of the city and makes it more expensive. Moreover, emerging biotechical industries and fourishing real estate business will make a huge hike in future

 

 

 

 

Athirappally Waterfalls

TOP 5 BREATHTAKING WATERFALLS IN INDIA

1. Jog Falls

Jog falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the south-western part of the country. It is located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka which really lies to the focal point of the state. Jog Falls is also famous as Gerosoppa Falls or JogadaGundi. It is one of the most elevated waterfalls with a height of 830 ft. It is an awesome location for sightseeing, covered by enormous big trees and lush green grass. UNESCO has recognized it as one of the ecological hot spots on the planet, which makes it one of the big vacation spots. The falls are made up of four different cascades – Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket – divining down from an elevation of about 253 meters (830) feet. The Watkins Platform is the best viewpoint from which the beauty of the Jog Falls may be captured.

 

How to reach:

Nearest Airport: Bangalore 378 km away and Mangalore  180km

Nearest Railhead: Shimoga (104 km from Jog)

Nearest City:  Hubli (161 Km)

Peak Season: August-November

Weather: Maximum:  40°C  Minimum:  20°C

 

 

2. Dudhsagar Falls

Dudhsagar Waterfall is also called “Sea of Milk” and is an extremely beautiful fall. It winds up one of the most impressive natural miracles. It is situated in the state of Goa on the waterway Mandovi. It also makes the outskirt between two state Goa and Karnataka. With the height of 1,020 ft., it is amongst the highest waterfalls in India and world’s 227. The falls are an incredible sight particularly on the off chance that you go there in the monsoons when the fall is in full flow. The fall from such a height forms clouds of milky foam at the bottom, making a visual excellence. Set amidst the crescent-shaped valley covered with rich green flora, the falls are an ideal escape for your special days.

 

How to reach:

Nearest Airport: Dabolim (29 km south of Panaji)

Nearest Railhead: Castle Rock Station

Nearest City: Pond (60 km)

Peak Season: June to September

Weather: Maximum: 30°C    Minimum:  25°C

 

 

3. Athirappally Falls

The Athirappilly Falls- nicknamed as ”The Niagara of India” is located in the Thrissur District and is the pride of Kerala. The Chalakudy River tumbles from a height of almost 25 meters (82 feet) to create this great sight. The whitewater set against the dark green foliage of the Vazhachal Forest creates a stunning view. Athirappilly falls can make anyone fall in love at first sight. Aside from being a mainstream vacation destination, these falls have been the setting for many prevalent movies. On top of all, you will be wished by the huge amount of flora and fauna and the rare endangered species of Hornbill. Everything along with the sizzling silver water is delightful making Kerala” The Paradise of Natural Beauty”.

 

How to reach:

Nearest Airport: Cochin

Nearest Railhead: Chalakudi

Nearest City:  Kochi

Peak Season: September to January

Weather:  Maximum: 33°C   Minimum:  20°C

 

 

4. Thoseghar Waterfalls

Thoseghar Waterfalls is located towards the beginning of Konkan region, Maharashtra. Thosegarh is surprisingly known as the “Pride of Western Ghats”. Its height is 350 meters (1,148.29 ft.). It is known for its natural beauty and calm atmosphere. To escape away from the bustling life of Mumbai and Pune, you could easily plan your weekend getaway to the Satara city of Maharashtra. The city is a treat of natural excellence with the pleasant weather and mountains stacked with lush green vegetation. You can hear the gushing sound of the waterfall from a distance but to enjoy the wholesome view you should experience the touch of trekking. The point offers the majestic view of a number of waterfalls all surrounded by green trees.

 

How to reach:

Nearest Airport: Mumbai

Nearest Railhead: Satara

Nearest City: Satara

Peak Season: July to November

 Weather: Maximum: 35.4°C

Minimum: 25.6°C

 

 

5. HOOGNACKEL

 

The magnificent Hogenakkal Falls in the Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu offers splendid views as the River Kaveri crashes down the hillside in a wide stream. These falls are also known for their curative powers since the water is supposed to have flowed through medicinal herbs on its approach to Hogenakkal and is very exceptionally famous for its therapeutic showers. Not just a dip in the waters of Hogenakkal waterfall, you can enjoy the adventure of boating in the traditional boats. However, boating is permitted only after the monsoon season, when the water is not fierce and powerful. But, you can certainly enjoy the beauty of this waterfall throughout the year.

 

  How to reach

Nearest Airport:  Bengaluru

Nearest Railhead: Dharmapuri

Peak Season:  July to October

Weather:  Maximum: 34°C

Minimum: Below 13°C