Summer time is when everyone is looking to travel with their families for a holiday. Every set of travellers has their own preferences and ideas about a summer holiday. Let me put forth some of the most popular summer travel ideas that may help you plan a summer holiday that is just right for you and your family.
Himalayan destinations are most popular for summer travellers across India. Destinations between 5000 and 15000 ft asl offer travellers a chance to beat the heat alongwith superb views and a wide range of sightseeing / experiences. Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim have circuits that are popular with summer holiday travellers.
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Popular Himalayan Circuits and Offbeat Himalayan Circuits
Some travellers prefer adventure, activities, walking, trekking, bird watching, etc. over touristy sightseeing. Active holidays combine offbeat stays alongwith a mix of activities, adventure and experiences into a unique holiday experience. Active holidays are popular with evolved urban travellers with grown-up children. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are two states that offer popular active holiday circuits for summer travellers.
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Top Active Holiday destinations and Circuits For Summer in India
Plantation Highlands and Hill Stations of South India
Plantation highlands of South India (2500-5500 ft asl) along the Western Ghats offer superb getaway resorts, excellent views, pleasant climate and an evergreen backdrop. Travellers spend a few days for a totally rejuvenating experience. Coorg, Munnar, Thekkady and Wayanad are some of the plantation highlands areas that are popular holiday destinations. These are popularly combined with hill stations of Ooty (6500 ft asl) and Kodaikanal (7000 ft asl) as well as popular pilgrimages (e.g. Palani, Madurai) for a summer holiday itinerary. South India circuits often are easier on road travel and are popular for shorter holidays (5-7 nights) in summer.
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Exotic Islands and Beach Getaways
Summer is the time when families head to beach destinations of Andaman Islands and Goa (despite relatively warm and humid weather). Andaman Islands is a popular holiday destination (5-7 nights) that offers the best of crystal clear waters / white sand beaches, activities, adventure and an island experience. Goa offers destination beachside resorts. Summer is when international visa-free destinations such as Bali, Mauritius and Seychelles are also popular for a short summer holiday (5-7 nights).
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Summer is the time when the Himalayan Pilgrimages open up. Char Dham Circuit (combines holy river origins of Yamuna (Yamunotri) and Ganga (Gangotri) and prime pilgrimages of Kedarnath (one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva) and Badrinath (one of the prime Lord Vishnu pilgrimages)) is the most popular summer specific pilgrimage circuit. Amarnath Yatra (June-Aug), Manimahesh Yatra (Aug-Sept) and Kailash Mansarovar (May-Aug) are three other circuits that open and are visited during summer.
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Summer is the time when tiger sightings across Central and North India parks are at their best. Wildlife travel has emerged as a favourite family summer break option (4-5 nights) and often combined with a nearby hillside destination (e.g Kabini-Coorg, Corbett-Nainital, Pachmarhi-Kanha are popular short breaks).
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