The mercury is soaring gradually and we’ve already started feeling the swelter of the summer. One way to cool off our bodies and also relax our minds is travelling. Luckily, in India, there is a long list of postcard-perfect summer destinations where you can escape, ditching the scorching heat that too at affordable rates. Here are 6 such alluring destinations:
1. Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Yumthang Valley, also known as the Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a slice of a dream in North Sikkim that wears a blanket of dazzling colours from April to around mid-June, with millions of rhododendrons, iris, poppies and primulas blooming across the valley. The flower valley is around 150 kilometres from Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok, and forms a part of the Lachung trip. Basic packages of Gangtok-Lachung-Zero Point trip from Siliguri covering Yumthang valley is around ₹6500/person for 2 nights, 3 days including breakfast, lunch, accommodation and sightseeing.
2. Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal’s Kullu valley is known for its pristine beauty and marvellous temples. The soothing weather of Kullu will give you a respite from the summer Loo without burning a hole in your pocket, especially if you’re travelling from Delhi or Chandigarh. You can have a four-day extended stay at Kullu within a budget of around ₹5000/person. If you plan smartly, you can also explore nearby destinations like Rashol and Kasol within a low budget.
3. Munsiyari, Uttarakhand
The most convincing reason to be here during the summer months is the largest tulip garden in the world with the Panchachuli ranges in the backdrop. April and May are the best months to visit the tulip garden at the Munsiyari Nature Education and Eco Park Centre, to see the flowers in full bloom. Panchachuli peak, kissed by the rays of the sun, also looks surreal beneath the clear skies during this time. Munsiyari tour package from Kathgodam costs around ₹6000/person for 2 nights 3 days.
4. Hemis, Kashmir
When we hear about Kashmir, we think about destinations like Srinagar, Sonmarg and Gulmarg. But have you heard about the picturesque hidden gem in Kashmir, Hemis, which you can explore on a budget? The village rests across Leh-Tehsil, and to reach there, you can take a truck ride through the spectacular route from Manali to Leh, which can cost you around ₹500. Staying and fooding can also come at pocket-friendly rates here.
5. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Nestled amid the Himalayas in the heart of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is a mesmerising town that blends natural splendour, serenity and spirituality. This charming hill station houses India’s largest Buddhist monastery. To reach Tawang, one can take two bus rides from Assam’s Tezpur Railway Station. The cost of both the rides will come at around ₹200 each. A 3 night 4 days budget tour to this hilly paradise will cost around ₹3000.
6. Eegalapenta, Telengana
Snuggled in the Nallamala Hills, this serene village lies just around 190 kilometres away from Hyderabad. The mighty hills, the turquoise-hued Krishna river, the Nallamalla forest and more make Eegalapenta a magnificent tourist destination. The hamlet looks lush green and idyllic in the summer months. Hyderabad to Srisalam tour via Eegalapenta is around ₹6000/person for 2 nights 3 days.
Have you planned your holiday already?