With mercury rising to unprecedented heights in India, everyone will be looking for destinations to beat the heat. Fortunately, India has a number of places that can provide respite from the ever increasing temperature. Here are 10 such cheap but breathtakingly beautiful places you can visit this summer.
1. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
Situated at an altitude of 1,700mts above sea level and surrounded with thick Oak and blue Pine forests in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is one of the most serene hill stations of India. You can enjoy Jungle safaris and go for a trek and let the refreshing landscape fascinate you.
Things to see: Bhulla Lake, Tip N Top, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum, St. Johns Church, Jungle Safari, Bhim Pakora, Tarkeswar Mahadev Temple, Kanvashram.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Lansdowne, and Kotdwar Railway Station is just 40km away.
Nestled in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the streaming and gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a paradise for the adventure buffs. It is a destination bestowed with all of nature’s blessings. The climate is pleasant all around the year and it is also one of the cheapest getaways.
Best time to visit: October to June
Things to see: Malana village, Tirthan Valley, Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib, Tosh Village, Kheer Ganga Peak, Chhalal Village, Pulga Village, Bhuntar Town, Naggar Village,
Modes of Transsport: You can easily get a bus from ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Kasol. The bus journey would take around 14 hours for you to reach Kasol. The prices of the bus tickets range according to the quality of the bus. It generally starts from Rs 500 and goes on increasing as per the bus and the services provided.
Although there is no direct bus service from Delhi to Kasol, you need to get down at Bhunter and then you can take a local bus which will take you to Kasol.
Train: Take a train from Delhi to Bhunter. Get down at the Bhunter railway station and from there take a local bus ride or hire a taxi to Kasol.
By Air: Fly from Delhi airport to either Kullu or to Dharamsala and from there take the local bus to reach Kasol.
3. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Located at a height of about 3048m, Tawang is your escape into a scenery of spirituality and colorful monasteries. It is popular as the birth-place of Dalai Lama and is a perfect destination with its sceneries echoing with chants of Buddhism. The beautiful Tipi Orchid Sanctuary is also an ideal place for your list of places to visit.
Best time to visit: March to October
Things to see: Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Bum La Pass, Madhuri Lake, Tawang War Memorial, Nuranang Falls, Jaswant Garg, Pangateng Tso Lake, Urgelling Gompa, Urgelling Monastery, Nagula Lake, Gorichen Peak, Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa, Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Salonibari Airport is roughly Six hours drive from Tawang and Tezpur Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station.
4. Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala
Three kilometers north of Dharamshala town Mcleod Ganj is a hill station with beautiful Tibetan culture influenced by British architecture, scrumptious food and mesmerizing view of Dhauladar. And you can enjoy all of these at affordable rates, while allowing the natural serenity of the place to enthrall you. There are also numerous trekking options available nearby.
Best time to visit: September to June
Things to see: Triund Hill, Tibetan Museum, Kalachakra Temple, Bhagsu Waterfall, Bhagsu Naag Temple, Tsechokling Gompa, Naddi View Point, Guna Devi Temple, Dal Lake.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: You can easily get regular Buses from New Delhi to Mcleod Ganj. No regular Flights or Trains are available.
Known for its cultural diversity, Almora is a bewitching hill station on the southern ridge of Kumaon hills. Cradled in the Himalayan ranges Almora offers a magnificent views and mouth-watering cuisines all on a shoe string budget. Surrounded by the dwindling pines and old oaks, the city has a divine aura that will surely allure the backpackers.
Things to see: Jageswar Dham, Kasar Devi Temple, Zero Point, Katarmal Sun Temple, Bright End Corner, Tarikhet, Pre-Historic Painted Rock Shelter.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Kadgodam Railway station is 45km away.
Chikmagalur or “the land of the younger daughter” is a beauteous district located on the western part of Karnataka. Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Belvadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Manikyadhara Falls and Kemmangundi are some of the tourist places in and around Chikmagalur. One of the most amazing tourist places Chikmagalur is also known as the coffee land of Karnataka. It mostly attracts trekkers as there is number of beautiful peaks spread around the region.
Things to see: Mullayanagiri, Sringeri Mutt, Hebbe Falls, Annapurneshwari Temple, Z Point, Sri Veeranarayana Temple, Baba Budangiri, Kudremukh National Park, Jhari Waterfalls, Kudremukh Peak, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Hirekolale Lake, Hanuman Gundi Falls.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Chikmagalur is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run buses and private luxury buses.
The name Kodaikanal means gift of the forest. Truly the dense forest with varieties of trees, huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Located in the Dingul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is referred to as “the princess of hillstations” because of its scenic beauty that has the power to create an unforgettable experience for its visitors. The street food here is UBER-good, going at 20INR for a whole packet of fried chicken. There’s also several places to stay starting for 200 INR upwards.
Things to see: Kodaikanal Lake, Coakers Walk, Berijam Lake, Pine Forest, Pillar Rocks, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Poombarai Village View, Mannavanur Lake, Bryant Park, Lake View Point, Shembaganur Museum OF Natural History, Guna Cave, Chettiar Park, Silent Valley View Point.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Madurai is the nearest Airport while Kodai Road is the nearest Railway Station.
Situated 4,700 feet above the sea level in the Servarayan Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a quiet hill station with largely undisturbed natural beauty. Located at the centre of the town, the beautiful Yercaud Lake shimmers in the midst of forests of teak, sandalwood and silver oak. Though it is famous for its coffee plantations and orange groves, one stumbles upon a thrilling diversity of flora and fauna during trips around town.
Things to see: 32-km Loop Road, Shevaroy Temple, Pagoda Point, Big Lake, Montfort School, Kiliyur Falls, Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple, Karadiyur View Point.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Salem Airport is 38km away. Salem Junction is the nearest railway station.
The beautiful hill station of Amboli is rightly called the “queen” of Maharastra. Located in the princely state of Sawantwandi, Amboli is situated on the ridge of the Western ghats and is particularly majestic during the monsoon when impromptu waterfalls gush down the hilly terrain. The sunset point, Amboli waterfall, the origin of Hiranyakeshi River Mahadevgad Fort are the places you can enjoy and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Things to see: Shirgaonkar Point, Hiranya Keshi Temple, Madhavgad Fort, Nangarta Falls, Sunset Point, Durg Dhakoba Trek.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Sawantwadi Railway Station and Goa Airport are nearest to Amboli.
One of the most popular tourist places in India, Darjeeling is located in the Lesser Himalayas at the elevation of 6,700ft. Spread in ribbons over a steep mountain ridge, surrounded by emerald-green tea plantation Darjeeling is West Bengal’s premier attraction. Spend some time in the quaint little hotels and lodges that provide highest quality at lowest prices. And when you are not gazing open mouthed at the Kanchenjunga, you can explore colonial era architecture, visit Buddhist monasteries and spot snow leopards and red pandas at a nearby zoo.
Things to see: Kanchenjunga Mountain, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Batasia Loop, Tiger Hill, Passenger Ropeway, Tea Garden, Snow Leopard Breeding Centre.
Distance from the nearest Railway Station/ Airport: Bagdogra Airport and New Jalpaiguri Railway station are nearest to Darjeeeling.
Feature Image By : Arka Roy