Yes, temperatures are spiraling upwards and it’s sweltering in Bangalore. Plan to escape to cooler climes. Here are some super summer destinations.
Pangot: If Nainital gets crowded with holiday-makers then Pangot, 15 kms away, is a quiet haven that’s a big hit with nature lovers, particularly bird-watching enthusiasts. Here, you’ll be surrounded by deep forests of oak, pine and deodars in which an array of feathered creatures makes their home. So, go bird-spotting on your break in Pangot. Make day trips to Naina peak where you can have a picnic in a gorgeous setting. If you’re the adventurous type, there are opportunities for rappelling, rock climbing and mountain biking.
Chail: Nestling in the Shivalik Hills of Himachal Pradesh, this is a quaint and utterly charming hill resort. Built by an erstwhile Maharajah to rival the glamour of Shimla, it still reveals glimpses of its colonial connections and vibrant past. There’s a hilltop palace on Rajgarh Hill which is now a resort. You can take long walks along routes that provide lovely mountain views, go horse-riding in nearby Kufri and take in a few rounds of golf here.
Gangtok: The capital of Sikkim shows off its best side when summer arrives. The whole town comes alive with the Sikkim Summer Festival. There are flower shows with spectacular orchids, rhododendrons and primula on display. Cultural programmes, contests and music and dance shows add to the colour and air of festivity. From Gangtok, you can also go trekking, mountain-biking and river-rafting, turning the getaway into an adventure break.
Coonoor: High up in the Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor is all green mountains and cool temperatures. Here, you can explore tea gardens robed in green velvet, as it were, and drink some fine teas. Go trekking to various vantage points and get sweeping views of the mountains and the plains. Get up close with the local tribal culture and also shop for handicrafts made by tribal artisans. This is also the time of year when the gardens and parks such as Sim’s Park burst forth in bloom and it’s a sight worth seeing for sure.