It’s a full blown summer and the perfect time to plan a getaway. For the families with children whose summer vacations have started, there has been hectic planning for things to do and places to visit that will cater to everyone’s interests. Then there are those who love to do solo travel, young couples (DINKs = Double Income, No Kids), etc., who are willing to explore more non-touristy/offbeat places. Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the most viewed destinations on GoPo have been the usual suspects. Yes, they do indeed guarantee some memorable experiences. The following are some of the popular summer destinations for which we have received maximum number of enquiries. For those heading to the South of the country, we have a list of the trending summer getaways in South India too.
Home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile, Dharamshala is known for its Temples and Monasteries. 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.The must-see places are Triund Hill, Dalai Lama Temple Complex, HPCA Cricket Stadium, Kangra Fort, and Bhagsu Falls. The top 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.
At GoPo, we have noticed that there’s an increasing trend of questions about some of the non-touristy/offbeat locations. The following are some of the destinations that travelers seem to want to explore beyond the popular destinations:
If you like Manali but crowds are not your cup of tea, head to Khajjiar. Close to Dalhousie, this town is often called the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’. This sleepy, small hill station sits on a plateau with a stream fed, moss covered lake and boasts of a unique topographical combination of forests, lakes, hills and pastures. From horse rides, Zorbing with kids, visits to the Kalatop Sanctuary, picnics by the Khajjiar and Chamera lakes, or playing a few rounds of golf at the scenic nine-hole course, there’s something here to catch everyone’s interest.
A 45 minute drive from Shimla (15 KMs in terms of distance), is the famous hill station of Shoghi that welcomes visitors with green hues of hill slopes with Pine trees. In case you want to get away from the intense heat of the summer, the best time to visit the hill station is from March to June. The range of activities that one can engage in at Shoghi include rope climbing, bridge crossing, cycling, night walk, bird watching, valley crossing, etc.
The last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibetan border, Chitkul is famous for its fruit laden orchards and mustard fields. The frosty Himalayan river Bapsa also flows through Chitkul. The Himachali architectural cottages with slate/wooden roofs are a common sight here. The best time to visit Chitkul during summers is from March to June. Chitkul is a paradise for nature lovers; they can just immerse themselves in the surroundings – lush green forests and snow covered mountains in the backdrop of the river Bapsa. Another must visit at Chitkul is Kagyupa temple that has a beautiful, ancient idol of Shakyamuni Buddha. The carvings of 4 kings on 4 different directions is a must see.
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