India has been reeling under the scorching heat this summer as temperatures have soared over 40 degrees. With school vacations around the corner, it is the ideal time to explore and take comfort in the relatively cooler nooks and corners of our country.
Here are 10 places you can venture to beat the heat of May:
1. A trek to Sandakphu, Darjeeling
Located in the Singalila NP (Darjeeling district of West Bengal), a trek up to Sandakphu offers tourists a chance to marvel at four of the five highest peaks in the world.
2. The Roza Bal Shrine, Srinagar
Located in the Khanyar district of Srinagar (J&K), the Roza Bal shrine continues to divide opinions on whether it is the burial of Saint Yuz Asaf or that of Jesus Christ himself. Moreover, there’s still a nip in the air in Srinagar and the nights can get quite cold.
3. Go Fishing in Parvati River, Kasol
Tucked in the Kasol district of Himachal Pradesh, the Parvati River valley offers a chance to indulge in trout fishing amidst the picturesque views.
4. Visit the highest inhabited village, Kibber
Trust Himachal Pradesh to unleash the spectacular upon you; something that Kibber offers in plenty. Apparently, it is the highest inhabited village in the world at 4270 meters.
5. Get an autograph from Ruskin Bond, Mussoorie
Mussoorie’s best-kept secret is well-known to book lovers from around the world. A visit to the Cambridge Bookstore on select days offers a chance to meet the Bond himself.
6. Watch the Ganga Aarti, Rishikesh
Atheist or otherwise, one of the most spiritual experiences one can find in India is to witness the Ganga Aarti, along the banks of the holy Ganga, each evening.
7. Visit the Valley of Flowers, Ghangria
Situated at a height of around 4000 meters, the Valley of Flowers is home to over 325 varieties of flowers, sprawling over an area of 88 sq. km.
8. Relax by the Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok
Placed on the now-extinct Silk Route between India and China, the Tsomgo Lake (at a height of 3800 meters) is a tranquil sight to behold.
9. Experience the Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
Placed at an altitude of 4400 meters from the sea level, the Pangong Tso lake(five hours drive from Leh), is the epitome of stillness and sheer beauty.
10. Stay with a German family, Bhimtal
A sprawling colonial estate maintained by German hosts in Bhimtal is a must-visit for tourists for a throwback to British times. And guess what? You would still need light woolens even if you are visiting there in May. Isn’t it tempting?
So start packing, and head towards cooler climes this summer!