Beat the heat at summer destinations in India

India5 India4 India3 India2India is a land of amazing diversities and it is what makes it interesting for travellers. Several cultures, customs, cuisines and climatic spell a magic and its climate also shows wonderful variations. While western part of the country shimmering with scorching heat during the summers, the hill station offer tourists a pleasant refuge with cooler climate.

So if you are postponing your trip to India for the fear of summers then check out these hill stations that remain cold round the year.

Situated at an altitude of 6000ft, Mussoorie, the Queen of Hill Stations still enchants you with its cooler climate, fresh air and colonial architecture. On a clear day you can also see snow crowned hills of far off Himalayas.  The place offers a prefect retreat from the shimmering plains.  Every year thousands of vacationers board flights to Delhi which is nearest international airport. This small hill station is well connected to major parts of India through all weather roads.

With cooler climate, Victorian architecture, several tourist attractions and an array of amenities; Shimla the capital of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh offers a pleasant escape from the heat of northern plains.  Vacationers love to visit the mall which has become intertwined with the identity of this city but lower markets are no less important. The city has a colonial charm even after six decades of India’s independence.

If northern India has hill station like Shimla and Mussoorie, Southern India has   kodaikanal.  Also called the “Princess of Hill stations“, Kodaikanal is stunningly situated on the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With a pleasant climate, refreshing air and laidback life Kodaikanala also Kodai attracts tourists from around the world. The nearest international airport is Chennai.  Kodaikanal is well connected by road from neighbouring cities. Kodai Road (100km) is nearest city.

Ooty, also called Udhagamandalam, is a famous hill resort in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Situated at a height of 7,347ft in the Nilgiri Hills the place offers a refuge from the heat of the plains.  Rolling hills, vast stretches of greenery and smaller plateaus and large scale tea plantation have a magnetic appeal on the tourists. Ooty is well connected to the neighbouring cities by excellent road and rail network. The nearest international airport is Coimbatore.  The city is well connected by rail and road networks.

Darjeeling is a major hill station situated in the Indian state of West Bengal.  Situated amidst vast stretches of tea plantation and mighty Himalayan peaks Darjeeling enchants you with its beautiful setting and colonial architecture. The place is highly famous for its tea plantation and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, listed in UNESCO World Heritage list. The nearest airport is Bagdogra, near Siliguri while New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railways station.  Darjeeling is also well connected to the neighbouring cities by all weather roads.

By Brian Mcquillan    Photo Credit: Wikimedia

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