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Ten cool places to visit in India before the onset of Summers!

1. Chikmagalur 

Chikmagalur is one of the most serene and exquisite destinations within the state of Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee plantations and the pleasing climate that remains cool throughout the year. Located at a height of 3400 above sea level, this hill station will never queer you. Though it remained unknown for a very long time, its picturesque landscapes and verdure have attained a lot of attention from tourists across the country.

Nicely carved out sculpture of Lady in the Siri Cafe in Chikmagalur

2. Alleppey

Alappuzha or Alleppey is Kerala’s backwater hub, with a huge network of waterways and over a thousand houseboats. Wandering through this tiny nevertheless chaotic central city could be a grid of canals, which provides  the apt title ‘Venice of the East’. Within the month of March, one will witness plenty of temple festivals, with elephants and drum-beats. Visiting these temple festivals can for sure get you jumping with energy. The place becomes more swish and green as you explore the watery world of villages around Vembanad Lake.

Staying in Houseboats (locally known as Kettuvallams) offer great views of Kerala Backwaters

3. Amritsar

Amritsar means the holy pool of nectar. It’s the religious and cultural centre of the Sikh faith. The Baisakhi festivals brings out the luxurious face of Amritsar with its finest food, clothes and celebrations. It is one of the holiest cities with the Gurbani humming from the Gurudwaras, the most famous of which is the Golden Temple, also referred to as Harmandir Sahib. Visiting the conjoint legendary Jallianwala Bagh and a quick outing to Wagah Border is another must do while visiting Amritsar. 

Harmandir Sahib popularly known as Golden Temple & Amrit Sarovar

4. Ooty

If you wish to get lost within the world of the colonial charm, then Ooty is that destination for you. Ooty is host to the luxurious botanic gardens, lakes, tea plantations and waterfalls and of course a ride on the Heritage toy train with Nilgiri Mountains in the backdrop. Visiting the Ooty Lake and a small hike to the Doddabetta Peak is another must do while visiting Ooty.

Ride in the Heritage Nilgiri Toy Train is a must do activity in Ooty

5. Andaman and Nicobar

Located within the Bay Of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an archipelago consisting of over 600 islands, out of which only thirty six are settled. The cluster of islands are split into Andaman and Nicobar: 9 islands in Andaman are open for tourists. The islands are famous for their pristine beaches, corals, marine life and water sports and also for the remains of the Stone Age culture. The islands are coated with lush forests and styles of exotic flora and fauna.

Pristine waters of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

6. Rishikesh

The verdant foothills of the Himalayas welcoming the river Ganga as she continues her journey towards the Bay of Bengal, Rishikesh has been the abode of sages since time immemorial. It is also the gateway to the Char Dham and is considered as the Yoga capital of the world. It is the mecca for the adventure-seeking junkies offering adrenaline filled activities like white water rafting, highest bungee jump experience in India, camping, diving, kayaking, trekking etc. It attracts travellers from across the globe every year who seek nirvana, adventure, excitement and thrill which is offered here in its best form.

Clear waters of Ganga River is centre of all activities in the Holy city of Rishikesh

7. Kashmir

With its lovely gardens, friendly individuals and frozen streams, Kashmir is one of the most serene places on earth that attracts tourists from all over. It has gained immense popularity because of  its weather and picturesque view. Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Dum Aloo, Aab Gosht and multi-course Wazawan are some of the special and appetizing cuisines of Kashmir. It also offers best skiing slopes in Aparwath mountains of Gulmarg and pristine hiking trails in the Himalayas. Also spring opens up the bloom of Tulips in the Tulip Gardens around this time, which is a sight to behold and draws the nature lovers.

Slopes of Aparwath Mountains in Gulmarg is one of the best Skiing Destinations

8. Goa

Goa, the most popular destination in India, is a must visit for its various festivals that happen within the month of February & March. One among these is the ‘Shigmotsav’ which is also known as Goa’s version of Holi. ‘Sabado Gordo’ in Panaji (the carnival) is conducted on Saturday before Lent. It is well known for a procession of floats and loud street parties. It is also the best time for parasailing, windsurfing and watersport that make the beaches of Goa a fun-filled place.

Colorful floats in the Carnival fill the streets of Goa

9. Manali

The city offers a large number of choices for tourists who visit the place in search of adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing etc. Besides these activities, Manali has a ton of temples which are the most attractive part for the tourists and devotees alike. The Hadimba temple which was built in the fourteenth century is legendary for its ancient design and for its religious values. Manali is also a basecamp for the Manali-Leh route. Lahaul and Spiti valleys may be accessed from here throughout the summers.

Paragliding is one of the most popular activities in Manali

10. Mount Abu

The only cool and calm spot amidst the desert in Rajasthan is Mount Abu. The Jain temples of Dilwara could be a major attraction with various alternative temples in Mount Abu. Nakki lake is additionally another major attraction for tourists from across the world. The months of March and April are the months when summer festivals begin and attracts pilgrims from across the country.

Serene waters of Nakki Lake

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