5 Offbeat Summer Destinations For A Chilled Out Vacation

The temperatures across the country are rising. With the summer break kicking in and the heat becoming unbearable, each one of us is looking for some escape. And what better escape than a chilled out hill station?

But with the idea of a vacation, comes the question of “where to?” Routine destinations of Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, and Munnar top the lists. But over the years they’ve become too mainstream, crowded, and have practically turned into tourist traps. And what would be a better idea than to visit an unexplored hill station?  Here are the 5 “must-visit”  lands of India?

So, why not visit an unexplored hill station with a scant crowd, better weather, and cheaper prices? Here is our list of 5 offbeat summer desinations that are perfect for a chilled out vacation,

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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From rock climbing and trout fishing to exploring the wildlife of the Great Himalayan National Park, Tirthan Valley has something in store for everyone. Oh! and also, for the lazy-lads, who wish to do absolutely nothing, there’s the option of just chilling and basking in the pine-studded landscape of Tirthan!

Best time to visit: March-June, October-November
How to reach: It’s a 7 hours journey from the nearest Railway station (Kiratpur) and a 2 hours journey from the nearest airport (Bhuntar)
Special tip: For those who wish to do trout fishing in the River Tirthan, the warmer time of the year are preferable.

Savandurga, Karnataka

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A 60 kilometers drive from Bangalore, Savandurga can be the perfect escape from the hush-hush and ever demanding city life. You can go trekking, rock climbing, or camp under the night sky in one of the largest single rock formations in the Asia.  With its picturesque landscapes, it is a paradise for all the nature-lovers.

Best time to visit: November- May
How to reach: It’s a 1.5-hour journey to Savandurga from Bangalore by a car
Special tip: Avoid the rains as it makes the rocks too slippery that might result in accidents

Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh

 Picture Credit: MP Tourism

This one is should top the bucket list of all the love-birds! The Marble Rocks of Bhedaghat are a treat to eyes. With rocks towering up to 100 feet on either side of the river, Bhedaghat will mesmerise you. And the experience of boat riding on a moonlit night in the Narmada River will go down as a memory for a lifetime.

Best time to visit: November-May
How to reach: Bhedaghat is in close proximity (approximately 20km) of one of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Jabalpur.

Mokokchung, Nagaland


Picture Credits: Flickr/Shreyas Jayappa

Mokokchung attracts historically and culturally inclined tourists from all over the globe. The main attractions are the District Museum, the Town Main Park, Unman Village and the Ao Village. You will also love to visit the places like Longkhum, LangpangkongMopungchukit and Chuchuyimlang which are situated in the district.

Best time to visit: October-June
How to reach: The nearest railway station is Mariani in Assam (85kms). Bus and taxi could also be availed easily from the state capital of Kohima (162kms).
Special tip: The sowing and harvesting festival is alluring, so visiting at those times makes for a pleasant experience.

Kalimpong, West Bengal


Picture Credits: Mouthshut

Let’s unfold some mysteries and explore the virgin hills of  West Bengal. With its calm and serene Tibetan monasteries and churches, it acts as a magnet for all the spiritual enthusiasts. Also, the orchids in the elaborate flower markets of Kalimpong, entice all the nature-lovers.

Best time to visit: March-June, September-December
How to reach: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and the nearest airport is Bagdogra. From railway station and airport it’s about 2.5 to 3 hours journey to Kalimpong.
Special tip: The weather is pleasant almost throughout the year but it’s especially chilling during winters.

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