Coolest Places To Visit In India
It's getaway time, and we have listed out some of the coolest places to spend while the heat waves play their fancy game. This time we take you through the coolest places to visit in India. Did you know that the best time to visit India is between December to May? So, you get to cover the winters and summers in these months. Of course, the other months do offer a lot of excitement for the eyes and mind, but the monsoons hit India by that time.
If you are in the hippie mode of life, our list of the coolest places in India will have plenty to offer.
Overview: Cool as you can be, enjoy the pristine natural settings that Shimla offers you. Whether you plan to go solo, on an all-girls or all-boys trip, or on a honeymoon trip, you have got to start off from this tourist destination in India. Apart from the snow-capped peaks, and the quiet local life, you can enjoy so many sights, experiences, and plenty of adventure sports to enjoy.
How To Reach: You can reach Shimla by train or air trip. You can get down at the Chandigarh airport and then travel by road to Shimla for about 120 km. For those who take the railways, a couple of trains come all the way from Delhi. You need to book the travel tickets and the lodging prior to travel in case any hitches come by.
Tourist Attractions: Here, do not miss the Kufri Zoo, and Kufri Skiing snow grounds. Then visit the Jakhu Temple, and also the historical village named Chail. Another must-visit is the Green Valley – a definite crowd puller in Shimla. This is a mountain range filled with sweet-scented deodar trees and lush flora and fauna to explore.
Overview: Manali is one of the most preferred locations in India if you want to beat the heat and enjoy a peaceful time. Of course, you won't find much of the technological imprint in this area, but great to de-stress and enjoy the snow-clad mountains, roads, and green valleys with animals grazing from early dawn.
How To Reach: You can reach the place from Chandigarh, and the nearest airport is Bhuntar airport. Once you reach there, you can take a cab to Manali – which is about 50 kilometers away from the airport. For those who take the train, choose the departure point as Ambala Cantt, as that is the nearest train stop from Manali. Always choose pre-pad taxis for your road travel.
Tourist Attractions: The best part of Manali is that there are so many scenic places and temples where you can find serene thoughts mingling with your life. For instance, the Hadimba Temple is the sole structure within the plush deodar forests; and Manu Temple (the only one in India dedicated to Manu, museums, and the famous Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa – the iconic Buddhist Monastery in Manali. For the adventure lovers, there are plenty of lakes for rafting, Kothi Village for trekking and camping, Kullu hill station for honeymooners, and rafting and paragliding spots. Don't miss the Jana Waterfalls, the famous Rohtang Pass, and the Parvati Valley.
Overview: If you ever wish to see the beauty of South India, do not skip the tour to Alleppey in Kerala. This is a small town in Kerala preserved for its lagoons and fishing villages. The best time to visit Kerala, in general, would be between December to May, as the climate is right for you. Enjoy some of the best Kerala dishes, fish your own type of sweet water fish, and enjoy houseboat rides.
How To Reach: You can come by road, train or the road. Since Kerala has a good transport network system, it is easy to travel the entire state via a pre-hired cab. You can arrive at the Cochin or Thrivanthapuram International Aiport, and travel to your lodge near Alleppey. Once you refresh, you can explore this village.
Tourist Attractions: Primarily, this is the hub for local fish catches and many festivals of the local kind. Book a houseboat and see the central part of Kerala from this houseboat life. Also, you can visit Marari Beach and also the temples in the nearby areas.
Overview: Taj Mahal is not new to the world and is the symbol of love and commitment as per Indian culture. This summer, you can find some quality time exploring the lush gardens at the palace and even visit the interiors of the palace in your style. You can enjoy the local snacks outside the premises, and even click photographs. As it is one of the seven wonders of the world, if you are in India for the first time – this should be on your must-visit list.
How To Reach: Once you reach the Agra airport, then book a cab to help you reach the palace. Always book your cab and lodge in advance, so that the trip goes as planned. The airport and palace are only about 35 kilometers apart and you can enjoy the road drive. If you plan to come by train, then get down at Agra Cantt and take a cab for a short 6 km journey.
Tourist Attractions: If you have a day or two at the Taj Mahal, we suggest that you visit the nearby attractions like the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Tiranga Chowk (local marketplace), and the famous Jama Masjid. For those who love long, calm walks, these places are ideal.
Overview: Cool, clean, and peaceful moments are what Darjeeling is all about. If the work stress and the summer heat have broken you down, then this is one of the coolest places to find some peace of mind.
How To Reach: You can reach by air if you get down at the Bagdogra airport- which is the only airport to reach the place at present. If you plan the railways, then get down at New Jalpaiguri station and take a pre-booked cab from thereon. You can also reach the place by roadways via Kolkata and Gangtok, but of course, it will take about a 7-9 hour journey. However, you can stop in between for refreshments and some much rest.
Tourist Attractions: Darjeeling is a place of scenic beauty and you can start off at the Tiger Hill where the sunrise is a blissful sight. For a different rail experience, book for the Batasai loop, which is a toy train around 5 kilometer circle in Darjeeling. For lovers, we have the Darjeeling Ropeway, Nightingale Park, Darjeeling Rock Garden, and many more.
Overview: For the lovers of Bengaluru, Hampi is an overload of mystic magic and that is why it has to be part of this list. If your summers seem to tire you, it is time to head to the sleepy villages of Hampi. With sights of the historical dynasties and royal temples, there is so much to give the mind – a tranquil experience.
How To Reach: If you take the road, there are plenty of buses and cabs to reach the place easily. For those who plan to fly to Hampi, the Bellary airport is the nearest one and then a 60-kilometer drive via road is needed. You can also reach the Hospet railway station and take a cab for about 13 kilometers to Hampi.
Tourist Attractions: Some of the well-known temples in the place are the Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, Vithala Temple, etc. You must visit Hippie Island, Hampi Bazaar, Coracle Ride, and lots more.
Of course, this list could go on, as India is the land of so much nature, ancient history, adventure sports, and dreamy honeymoon spots. Some of the other eye-catchers are Auli Uttarkhand, Coorg, Munnar, Ooty, McleoGanj, Rishikesh, Pondicherry, and Dalhousie.