The Indian summer, brutal and life-sapping, is well documented as a time when temperatures soar to ungodly numbers and heat waves rage across the country. Summer time is also that time of the year where memorable family vacations happen as people from the plains cities and towns move in droves towards higher elevations and cooler climes. As children get a break from school and adults finally get a chance to utilise those hard earned leaves, a summer vacation is more important than just an escape from the daily grind. This is a time when you can dedicate your resources to yourself and your loved ones, leaving the deadlines and tasks back in your cubicle. There are many summer destinations across India where you can unwind and rejuvenate from the heat.
Verdant Masinagudi
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Masinagudi, with its high elevation in the foothills of the Nilgiris, offers a verdant retreat for those who look for a summer escape, with Celsius temperatures barely crossing the mid-30s. Abundant with nature trails, the region is home to the Asian elephant, Indian bison and a myriad other species. Choose from many resorts in Masinagudi and enjoy storybook scenes depicting the Indian wild at its best. Dense forests and riverine landscapes await visitors, and you can have a memorable and intimate vacation by choosing a homestay in Masinagudi. Ooty and the famous tea estates of the Nilgiris can also be visited when you explore Masinagudi.
Meghalaya – Sunny Skies, Cool Breeze
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Shillong in Meghalaya is blessed with cool weather throughout the year, summer temperatures rarely top 27 degrees, and the vibrant town is a popular getaway for tourists from Assam, West Bengal and beyond. Enjoy the pine-crested landscape and choose from many treks in the surrounding East Khasi Hills regions, characterised by undulating high plateau, mini grasslands and groves of English and Khasi pine trees, punctuated with lush sub-tropical valleys and mountain streams. The town also offers more urbane attractions like music gigs and modern festivals.
Wild Bandipur

For wildlife enthusiasts, a summer trip to Bandipur offers a chance to witness some of the rare animals which live in this celebrated National Park. Temperatures do not go beyond the mid-thirties and as water resources get sparse and the foliage changes, you can spot animals like the elusive tigers and leopards along with elephants, different primate species and a large variety of birds. Choose from a host of Bandipur resorts and give yourself and your family an experience to remember and cherish for a lifetime.
Uttarakhand’s Summer Secrets
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The mountainous terrain of Uttarakhand hides some of the most pristine summer getaways. Think alpine beauty, green valleys and snow-capped mountains and destinations like Almora, Ranikhet and Pithoragarh deliver the Himalayan scenery that you dream of. Whether it is refreshing treks into valleys of wildflowers or an exploration of small-town colonial architecture, these destinations in one of India’s Himalayan states will ensure that you have an unforgettable summer holiday.
Whether you have decided to choose Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir or the Western Ghats attractions of Karnataka and Maharashtra, summer time in India offers unlimited choices. Even for shorter timelines, there are many resorts in Kanakpura Road and Nandi Hills, Bangalore which offer a beautiful and windswept respite from its summit. Summer holidays are a time of discovery, bonding and celebration. Give yourself the peace of mind you deserve and feel alive with a break during the hottest time of the year.