“Heat is on!” It is the most clichéd phrase that everyone seems to be using albeit, a bit early this year. Yes, summer seems to have arrived early and with a vengeance. What we enjoyed most about summers during our school days, is something that we dread in adulthood as a parent, working professional, etc. Yes, we’re talking about summer vacations! As a parent, planning a vacation with the family is inevitable. As an unmarried working professional or as a DINK Family (DINK = Double Income No Kids), you are always under peer pressure to head out for an awesome vacation that can make everyone jealous.
Whatever your reasons are, GoPo has handpicked a list of Top 5 Places in North India that you can head out to this summer. So just pick the one that catches your fancy and head out for your dream vacation:
1) Ladakh by road: In case you are planning for a trip with elderly parents and/or young kids, you may want to skip this option.
Best Time to Visit: While the tourist season for Ladakh opens up by mid June, the best time to visit Ladakh is the first 2 weeks of July. While the Srinagar-Leh Highway opens up by the end of May, the Manali – Leh Highway opens up around mid of June and navigating through that may be a challenge till June end. The chances of Rohtang and Baralacha being closed are higher in June than in early July. Being stranded as you wait for the snow to be cleared is a very frustrating experience.
Top 5 Places to see: Pangong Tso, Thiskey Monastery, Zanskar Valley, Khardung-La Pass, Magnetic Hill.
Top 5 Things to do: Stok Kangri Trek, Chadar Trek, See the Cut Hands Monastery of Chumur, White Water Rafting on Zanskar River, Visit the Hall of Fame.
2) Manali: It’s perhaps the destination of choice for couples going for a Honeymoon. It’s the perfect retreat for those who are looking for cooler pastures.
Best Time to visit: The months of May and June draw the largest number of tourists to Manali. It’s also the best time for adventure sports enthusiasts to engage in a wide range of activities. In-fact, in the month of May, a large number of devotees flock the Hadimba Devi Temple for an annual festival.
Top 5 Places to see: Beas River, Hadimba Devi Temple, Solang Valley, Jogini Waterfalls, Club House.
Top 5 Things to do: Trekking, Hiking, Paragliding, Hot Sulphur Water Bath at Manikaran, Rafting.
3) Srinagar: The preferred destination for family and couples, Srinagar has been the favourite destination among domestic & foreign tourists alike. It’s in the heart of Kashmir Valley and is recognized for its beautiful lakes and gardens.
Best Time to visit: Srinagar is known as the Summer Capital of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. It’s best visited anytime after April (till September) and the temperatures would be a pleasant 15 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius.
Top 5 Places to see: Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, Shankaracharya Hill, Shalimar Bagh.
Top 5 Things to do: Stay at Luxurious House-boats on the Dal Lake, Shikara Cruise around the lakes, Visit the famous Gardens, Shopping from floating markets for vegetables & flowers on Dal Lake & sampling local Kashmiri cuisine.
4) Dharamshala: Home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile, Dharamshala is known for its Temples and Monasteries.
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between April and June. The place sees a lot of trekking enthusiasts during this time. The temperature remains pleasant between 20 to 35 degrees Celsius.
Top 5 Places to see: Triund Hill, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, HPCA Cricket Stadium, Kangra Fort, Bhagsu Falls.
Top 5 Things to do: Trekking (Triund Trek), Visit the Tibetan Museum, Visit Norbulingka Institute, Watch a Cricket match at HPCA Cricket Stadium, Meditate & stay in Namgyal Monastery.
5) Nainital: Located in the Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most popular Hill stations in India.
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Nainital is between March and June when the temperature ranges between 10 and 27 degree celsius.
Top 5 Places to see: Nainital Lake, Goddess Naina Devi Temple, Bhimtal, Raj Bhavan, Eco Cave Gardens.
Top 5 Things to do: Naini Lake by Boat, Take the Cable car to Snow View, Visit Nainital Zoo, Shop at Tibetan Market, View Sunset at Hanuman Garhi.
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