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Jaisalmer: The Golden City

Jaisalmer Fort

The golden city, Jaisalmer, is in the state of Rajasthan, situated on the western frontier of India. The city has close proximity to Pakistan and Thar Desert. For an unforgettable experience, one should enjoy Desert Safari in the sand dunes. The Jaisalmer Fort is one of the major attractions; therefore, this fort is different from other Indian forts. The main difference is that Fort of Jaisalmer is a living fort as there are hotels, shops, ancient havelis, etc.


Panorama of Jaisalmer

The position of Jaisalmer, founded in the year 1156, between Central Asia and India, on the camel-train routes, earned huge wealth to the city. The locals and merchants of the city built various magnificent mansions and houses, making use of carvings made of sandstone and wood.

The Rajput Jauhar in the 13th century made Jaisalmer experience sieges and sackings, thus, prevented huge harm from the Mughals. In the 17th century, due to cordial relationship with Delhi, Jaisalmer witnessed another golden age, and more of palaces and havelis were built during this time.

Culture & Cuisines:

Men in traditional dress celebrating Jaisalmer Desert Festival
Rich by cultural ethnicity and tradition, the Jaisalmer city is acknowledged all around the globe. The culture of the city has made great contribution to the rich culture of the Rajputs. The various facets like heroism, staunchness, and gallantry has also made the part of rich culture of Jaisalmer. Thus, there is clear reflection of the cultural exuberance in the cuisines, lifestyle, dance and music. Adding life to the culture of Jaisalmer, the feats, festivals and fairs also play an important role.

The succulent and boneless strips of chicken, murgh-e-subz is stir-fried with shredded vegetables. This delicacy is simply not to be missed. Or else, you may taste ker sangria, a delicacy made of capers and desert beans. Ker sangria is very popular in the regions of Jaisalmer where meat was found in very low quantity. In case, you have a substantial appetite, you can order tandoor thali, which comprises of two chicken preparations, vegetable kebab, mint sauce, and naan. Kadi pakorao, dumplings made of flour cooked in sauce of yogurt, or bhanon aloo, mint paste stuffed potatoes and simmered in gravy, are some of the other specialties of Jaisalmer.


The craftsmanship of Jaisalmer is praiseworthy. The exquisite pieces of traditional silver jewelries, decorated leather products, printing works, fine and delicate embroidery work, etc., are some of the specialty of Jaisalmer when it comes to handicrafts. The traditional crafts of Jaisalmer reflect the essentials of people, festivals, and culture along with legacy of the ancient era.

Tourist Attractions:

Lodurva, Jain Tample
Jaisalmer is praised for being of the major tourist attractions in India. One can take pleasure in excursion to Desert Cultural Center, Jain Temples, Tazia Tower, Gadsisar Lake, and Jaisalmer Fort. The Havelis like Patwon Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, and Salim Ji Ki Haveli, are worth visiting. The place is also admired by adventure seekers for amazing Camel Safari and Jeep Safari. Part from visiting attractions in Jaisalmer, one could also enjoy attractions around Jaisalmer like Lodurva, Bada Bagh, Phalodi Travel, Khuri Sand Dunes, Amar Sagar Lake, Wood Fossil Park, Sam Sand Dunes, Mool Sagar, Desert National Park, and many more.

Best Time to Visit:

During the months from October to March, it is considered ideal time for visiting Jaisalmer. Apart from this, the city bustles with tourists across the year.

How to Reach

Jaisalmer, nestled in the core of Rajasthan, is one of the major attractions of India drawing tourists from every nook and corner of the globe. The place is well-connected with different modes of transportations like airways, roadways and railways.

•    Airways: Jaisalmer does not have any airport. The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport, 300 Km away. Jodhpur is connected to different metro cities via government or private airlines. As per your preference, you may hire cab or opt for train journey.

•    Railways: Jasialmer has its own railway station, with direct trains from various regions of India. You may also reach Jaisalmer through the Palace on Wheels train.

•    Roadways: The well-maintained roads make the connectivity of Jaisalmer to different regions of the state easy and convenient. There are Deluxe as well as ordinary buses   and also private buses that are functional from Jaisalmer to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Barmer, Ahemdabad, Bikaner, Jalore, etc.

You may find following post interesting:
Beginners Guide to Rajasthan Tours
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Weekend Getaways from Mumbai

Along with the musical sound of the monsoon, the hill stations of south attract tourists from far flung regions. Hill stations in Maharashtra witness visitors flocking the place to witness the nature at its best. Apart from this, Matheran, Mahabaleshwar and Lonavala also serve as great weekend getaways to celebrate monsoon. Here are some of the destinations that you could visit and enjoy the rain with your family, friends and special ones.

Kaas Plateau

Kaas Plateau - Valley of the Flowers

Maharashtra’s Valley of the Flowers, the Kaas Plateau, is located in the district of Satara. This place becomes alive during monsoon as one could witnesses blooming of wild flowers. About 1,500 varieties of flowers are recorded to be on the plateau. You may visit here during the months of August - October and in the month of September, you may spot birds like Malabar Crested Lark and Bonneli’s Eagle.


This destination is located at a distance of 25 km from Mahabaleshwar. This place is highly acknowledged as the meeting point of river Koyna and river Solshi. From here, you may also take pleasure in viewing the picturesque Sahyadris. People looking for an adventurous weekend, the hamlet of Tapola is the right destination as one could enjoy activities like trekking and outdoor camping. Moreover, you may also visit Vasota Fort and Koyna Nagar.

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa 

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

For a weekend getaway during monsoon, you may visit Dudhsagar Falls that comes alive during monsoon and thus, becomes a must-visiting destination. The place gets name from the Konkani dialect, which means ‘sea of milk’. The 600m waterfall provides a breathtaking view for the onlookers. Adjacent, there are various pools that make this destination the perfect location to enjoy a fun filled day.


Lonar Lake, Maharashtra,

Lonar Lake is in Maharashtra, which got created by an impact of a meteor. This lake is located in the Buldana district. This lake has its depiction even in the ancient scripts like Aaina-i-Akbari, Padma Puran, and Skanda Puran.


Karnala is the sought-after destination for bird watchers. During winters, one could spot abundant of migratory birds, but monsoon is regarded as an ideal time to spot resident species paradise flycatcher, magpie robin, and Malabar whistling thrush. Adventure seekers also find this place as huge attraction as they could opt for trekking sessions.



Bhandardara is a retreat for vacationers due to the lush greenery, mountains, and roaring waterfalls. Apart from spending leisure time at Arthur Lake and Wilson Dam, you may take pleasure in climbing Mount Kalsubai (1,646m altitude)

Mulshi Dam, Pune
With proximity to Pune, Mulshi is considered the best weekend getaway to break the monotony of life and take a relaxing break from the hectic schedules. If Mulshi Dam, does not attract you much, you may visit Palase waterfall. Thus, during monsoon the Tamahini ghats are worth visiting.

Interested in these ideas? Plan your escape by selecting one of the 58 weekend Getaway from Mumbai at IndianHoliday.com

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Pangong Tso Lake : Clear, Calm and Unending Expanse

Pangong Tso Lake

Nestled in the far flung barren regions of Ladakh, Pangong Tso lake falls under both countries, India and China. This is because, only one third of the lake is in India, remaining two third of the lake is in China. Pangong Lake is also popular as "Hollow Lake" and is 5 km wide and 134 km long. With its location on Changtang plateau (eastern Ladakh) at a height of 14270 feet, provides a paradisiacal view to the visitors. Thus, they could enjoy the natural setting of the place as take pleasure in viewing the color effects created as sun rays fall on the lake.

As the area is under the control of the army and therefore requires a pass (chang la)signed from the Leh’s deputy commissioner. For reaching the site, one needs to travel about 30 km down the Manali-Leh highway and reach Karu. Here, the way splits into two ways, one leading to Manali and other towards the Pangong Tso (113 km). Proceeding from Karu is only possible after verification of the documents. On the road to the lake, one needs to clear five army check-posts. At the second check-post, Zingral (15,500 ft), the army retains a copy of the consent document as this area is rocky and inclined to landslides.

Moving ahead on this rocky terrain, reach Chang La (at 17,350 ft) which is the 3rd highest motorable pass of the world. While reaching here, one is welcomed with the traces of snow. While crossing the valley, one gets the view of the picturesque mountains reflecting colors such as violet, brown and green. Soon after, you will enter the area where you will find pastured with mountain cows and yaks. Gradually, the rocky terrains change to sandy area.

As you cross this area, you get the sudden sight of Pangong Lake. One has to cross gravelly terrain and cover the distance of almost 2 km to reach the lake. The sight of the crystal clear, blue water is highly relaxing and refreshing for the visitors. Crossing Lukung, you may see the lake emerging out of its veil. The stretch of the lake covers the entire length of Ruthog region and Chushul.

Thereafter, the stretch of the lake enters the china through the Indo-China border and the tourists are allowed to visit the hamlet, Spangmik (8 km from Lukung). The clear water of the lake provides magnificent views like the reflection of colors like purple, red, orange, violet, green, and blue, similar to that of a rainbow. The onlookers are mesmerized with the multicolor canvas painting alike view of the lake. The lake is also adorned with exotic flora and fauna and one could spot bar-headed geese, waterfowl, and black-necked Siberian crane. The visitors may also opt for night camping near the Pangong Lake and enjoy the serenity of the place.

Are you looking a trip to Pangong Lake? Visit the Leh Ladakh India website.

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Hill Forts of Rajasthan inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site

It’s good news for Rajasthan and for India. Resplendent Hill Forts of Rajasthan have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for their cultural significance. The move would come as a huge fillip to Rajasthan tourism. After reading this post, check out  the top 10 forts in India. Link could be found at the end of this post.
Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore Fort inside the eponymous National Park in Sawai Madhopur
Scroll down for the images of the newly inscribed forts.

Rajasthan is an already popular tourist hotspot among global wanderers and tourists. Main appeal of the state lies in its culture, heritage, landscape and wildlife. The Hill Forts which have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site are Chittorgarh, Amber Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Gagron hill forts.

The reason for there inscription include:
  • Advanced building techniques
  • Distinctive relation with Rajput courtly life
  • Supreme manifestations of secular Hindu Rajput architecture
  • Exceptional topography
  • Technological adaptation to exploit wealth of natural resources
All this forts are already popular tourist places in Rajasthan but their inclusion will now mean that besides influx of more tourists, they will be maintained in a better and thoughtful way so as to preserve their integrity and heritage for generations to come.

Others include Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, China, Mount Fuji, Japan, Agadez, Niger, Levuka, Fiji, Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Canada, University of Coimbra, Portugal, Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region, Poland and Ukraine, Al Zubarah, Qatar in the Cultural category.

And in the natural category; El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, Mount Etna, Italy, Namib Sand Desert, Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan, China and Tajik National Park, Tajikistan.
Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore Fort

Amber Fort
Amber Fort

The Massive Chittorgarh Fort has numerous legends associated with it

Gagron Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort

Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort
Kumbhalgarh Fort

Do you agree when I say that these are the 10 Must Visit Forts in India

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A Memorable Day Trip to Delhi

‘The Capital City’ or ‘The Land of Dilwalas’,  Delhi is the crowning jewel of the tourism industry of India. Delhi is the city, where one can find the perfect mix of colonial and Mughal influence in the styles of architecture of various structures and monuments. 

Delhi, being the abode of numerous museums, historical monuments, amusement parks, religious centers, etc., has attracted tourists from every nook and corner of the world. Attractions like Qutub Minar, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Delhi Zoological Park, Red Fort, etc., are worth visiting. 

A leisure and gradual walk to the commercial hub of Delhi, Connaught Place is loved by tourists. Here, you may come across the vivid culture of Delhi and purchase all sorts of commodities. There also are some of the fine resto-bars and restaurants in the area.

India Gate

Red Fort

A Day Trip to Delhi:

Excursion in Delhi, the hub of various historical, cultural and religious attractions, would be the most thrilling experience for the visitors. With the history which sings the victory and glory of the royals, the place has abundant of historic architectural buildings to be explored. 

To add the element of pleasure to your one day trip in Delhi, you may visit the amazing attractions of the city that includes India Gate, Lodhi Gardens, Purana Qila, Salimgarh Fort, National Museum, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, etc. There also are numerous religious attractions like Akshardham Temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple, Cathedral Church of Redemption, etc., that are worth visiting. Moreover, you may also explore the colorful markets of Connaught Place, and Chandni Chowk.
Akshardham Temple

Lotus Temple

Qutub Minar

Jama Masjid

Lodi Garden

Raj Ghat

Apart from attractions, Delhi is also a delightful place for the food lovers. Delhi is the one place, where one could savor continental as well as traditional cuisines at luxurious restaurants and spicy street food joints. Few of the delicious delicacies that you could find in eateries are Mughlai, Continental, Chinese, South Indian food, Fast-Food, Variety of Salads, Makki ki rotis, Sarson ka saag, Turkish delights, Tibetan food, Kashmiri delicacies, Bar-be-cued sizzlers, etc. Thus, add the flavor of deliciousness to your day trip to Delhi.


kati roll

Delhi Hotels:

With tourist attractions and scrumptious delicacies, Delhi is also known for its amazing hospitality. The Delhi hotels have a perfect mix of hospitality and modern amenities that help the guests enjoy a comfortable stay during their visit to Delhi. There are numerous hotels that are praised for their world-class facilities, services, amenities, well-furnished rooms, pleasing interiors & exteriors, etc. Thus, one could choose according to their respective tastes and preferences. Here mentioned are some of the hotels that are synonymous to the champagne taste on a beer budget.

·         The Park Hotel: Great lounge music, pink couches and chic furniture make this hotel a true paradise on earth. Apart from being affordable, the attributes like large pool, Fire bar, Italian restaurant, etc., make this hotel a sought-after by the young & rich professionals. The world-class facilities, tastefully done rooms and suites, and ‘Agni’ the Indian restaurant serving Indian delicacies, make this hotel stand out.

·         Le Meridien Hotel: If your requirement is to add the tint of luxury to your vacation in Delhi, Le Meridien Hotel is the perfect choice. The tallest atrium makes this hotel the hub for various grand events and occasions. This hotel is situated in the Central Delhi and being one of the French chain hotels, the crowd is attracted due to the amazing exteriors and interiors. The hospitality beyond imagination and world-class facilities & amenities make this hotel a perfect venue for accommodation during your visit to Delhi.

·         Taj Palace: Hotel Taj Palace is appreciated for its beautiful ambiance, great hospitality, and hosts of world-class facilities & amenities. The guests are also pleased with the interiors of the hotel and rooms. For guests with no issue with the budget, this hotel proves to be the best choice. Thus, to ascertain the high level of satisfaction and comfort to the guests, the suites and rooms are tastefully done and backed with all essential facilities. 

[Book hotels in Delhi at New-Delhi-Hotels.com]

The Park Hotel

Taj Palace

No matter you plan for a week’s stay in Delhi or a day, the place is always ready to serve an amazing experience. The city has a perfect blend of luxurious hotels, amazing attractions, great hospitality and scrumptious delicacies
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Maharaja Express Train: Greatest Rail Journeys

 The Greatest Rail Journeys: Maharajas' Express Treasures of India

Maharajas Train

Maharajas Express Treasures of India is one of the greatest rail journeys in the world
Maharajas Express was recently voted World's Leading Luxury Train. Fashioned to recreate the feel of the way Indian maharajas and Nizams used to traveled when India was composed of various princely states, Maharajas' Express offer a superior yet elegant way to travel across some of the most vibrant destinations in India.

Treasures of India is a short tour across the famed golden triangle tour circuit which consists of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Each of these destinations is replete with history, legends and romance of a bygone era. Also included in the itinerary is tour to the royal hunting ground of former maharaja of Jaipur, now one of the most renowned tiger reserves in India; Ranthambore National Park.

The highlights of the tour includes visit to the world heritage site Jamtar Mantar or the Royal Observatory in Jaipur and another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Modern Wonders of the World Taj Mahal in Agra.

Besides, guests also get to participate in Exhibition Elephant Polo Match in Jaipur which was once the exclusive sport of Maharajas. On board facilities are at par with the 5 star hotels with Wi-Fi internet, live television, cabins with attached bathrooms, dining and bar car as well as lounge and souvenir shop.

Maharajas' Express Treasures of India journey ensures that you get to relive the grandeur which was once exclusive domain of the Indian monarchs. Red carpet welcome, insider experiences and gracious hospitality clubbed with tours to the incredible Indian destinations makes for one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.

For more details of the journeys and train visit Maharaja Express Train site.

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Jagannatha Temple (Puri) Ratha Yatra 2014

Every year, the gracious hindu festival, Ratha Yatra is organized at Jagannatha Temple (Puri). The day for the auspicious yatra, "29th June 2014", is decided according to the Hindu Lunar calendar and is finalized on the Dwitiya Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Ashada month.

The Jagannath Rath Yatra is also popular as Ghosa Jatra, Dasavatara Jatra, Navadina Jatra, or Gundicha Jatra. During this duration of yatra of one to two weeks, the main attractions are the holy yatras of the deities namely Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra.

Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra
Three chariots of the deities with the Temple, Puri
According to the legend, the Rath Yatra marks the visit of Lord Jagannath to Gundicha Mata temple to respect the devotion of Queen Gundicha, who constructed the Jagannatha temple. The deities leave their respective abodes and reside in the Gundicha Mata temple. A day before the yatra, the worshipers of Lord Jagannatha, cleans the Gundicha Mata Temple, this ritual is popular as Gundicha Marjana.

[ Read More About Jagannath Temple in Puri ]

During the 4th day of the yatra, Hera Panchami is celebrated. This marks the visit of Lord Jagannatha’s wife’s (Goddess Lakshmi) visit to the Gundicha Mata temple to search Lord Jagannatha. After the resting duration of 8 days, the deities return to their main abode from the Gundicha Mata temple. This returning of the deities is marked as Return Yatra or Bahuda Yatra. During the Return Yatra, a halt for a short duration is made at the Mausi Maa temple, devoted to Goddess Ardhashini. Lord Jagannatha goes to sleep for 4 months just before Devshayani Ekadashi, after returning to the main abode.

As this yatra is organized at a huge level, the preparations are already in full swing. The craftsmen, weavers and artisans are busy in making 3 new wooden chariots for the deities. The chariots are designed similarly to that of the respective temples of the God and Goddess. Reaching the height of 45 feet, the chariots are pulled by a rope and the pilgrims consider the pulling of the rope highly lucky for an individual. It is believed that the sight “darshan” of the Lord Jagannatha and touching the chariot brings prosperity in the lives of the worshippers.
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Palace on Wheels Bharatpur Tour : A Peek into the Exotic Wildlife

The Palace on Wheels is awarded as the fourth best luxury train in the world. The luxury train explores the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on the 7th day of the sightseeing trip. Palace on Wheels is equipped with multi-cuisine restaurants, health and wellness spa, luxuriously designed guest cabins and a lounge bar.

Palace on wheels Bharatpur Tours
Palace on Wheels Train
The train covers the destinations of Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Udaipur and Bharatpur. The Palace on Wheels Bharatpur Tour peeks into the wildlife of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Keoladeo Ghana National Park.The other major attractions of the Bharatpur tour include Lohagrah Fort, Government Museum, Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj, Deeg and The Palace. Amongst them, The Lohagrah Fort is the most visited attraction in Bharatpur and faced many British attacks. The fort also houses for three palaces that are Mahal Khas, Kothi and Mahal. While The Palace is the historical marvel of both Rajput and Mughal architecture.

Palace on wheels Bharatpur Tours
Palace on wheels Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
One of the best and the prime destination covered by Palace on Wheels is Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Located 55 kms ahead of Agra, Bharatpur is famous all over the world for its prime attraction- Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Rare Siberian cranes migrate to this national park in order to spend the winter season in the warmer climate of Bharatpur.This national park, a world heritage site by UNESCO,  is spread over an area of 12 square miles and is affluent with a large avian variety. The park has swamps, wet prairies, dry savanna and complex woodlands. This exotic national park has 370 types of birds of which 115 are migrants that comes from Western China, Siberia and Asia. Watching these beautiful birds is altogether an ultimate experience. Mallards, geese, storks, teals, black headed Ibis, sparrows and ducks are found here in large numbers. In short, tour will give you a unique experience.

For more details of the journeys and train visit Palace on wheels Train site.
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Top Tourist Places to Visit in India in June & July

The month of June and July is the time when the season for summer holidays in India reaches its crescendo. With schools and colleges closing at this time of year, June and July also becomes best time for family holidays in India. Since it is also the peak of summer season in India with monsoon in the offing, there are quite a few places where one could travel to for a fulfilling summer holiday in India.

To seek respite from the scorching sun and humidity, hill stations are the most favored tourist places in India to travel in summer. A bulk of the popular hill stations in India are in the North and North Eastern India, but West and South India also have fair share of some equally magnificent hill stations to go for summer vacations in India. Surprisingly even the desert kingdom of Rajasthan has a hill station for you to plan your break.

But there is more to summer holidays in India than hills.

Have you had enough of the hills? How about going scuba diving and snorkeling this June? Would you love to explore the pristine coasts and tropical islands with rich coral life, verdant forests and unspoiled landscapes?

Read on and find out the best places to visit in June in India to plan a summer holiday of your liking.

Ooty: The Queen of Hills

Emerald Lake, Ooty
The emerald lake in the Nilgiri Hills near Ooty
Nestled in the between the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is a one of the best hill stations in South India to be visited during the month of June. The picturesque hill station surrounded by lush countryside, greets you with a pleasant weather and an abundance of places of interests to explore.

Things to do in Ooty visit attractions like Botanical Gardens, Rose Gardens, The Tea Factory, Echo Rock, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin's Nose, Sims Park, Annamalai Temple, Hidden Valley, Wax Museum, and many more. Adding the element of comfort and luxury, there are various hotels, inns, guesthouses, and resorts available.

Munnar: Spices and Plantations

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is renowned for its emerald tea plantation and sublime vistas
One of the most popular hill stations in South Indian state of Kerala, Munnar is favored honeymoon destination in India. With its scenic locales, vast stretches of emerald tea plantations & forests, pervading calm and fascinating views, Munnar attracts family vacationers and romantic couples alike.

Things to do in Munnar include tea tours, spice tours, nature walks, visit to Tea Museum and hikes along the nearby trails in the Western Ghats. If you are visiting Munnar for your holidays in June, you could include the nearby sights such as Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Attukal Waterfalls and Top Station.

Plan your summer holiday with this 6 days Munnar tour package that also include trip to Ooty, Thekkady (Periyar National Park) and Kumarakom.

Lakshadweep: The Tropical Paradise

Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep
Kadmat Islands in Lakshadweep is one of the most secluded one and offers good snorkeling opportunities
Literally meaning ‘hundred thousand islands’, Lakshadweep located 400 kilometers off Indian coast in Arabian Sea, is one of the most off the beaten path destinations in India. There are in fact only 36 islands comprising India’s smallest union territory out of which 3 - Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram Island - are open to foreign tourists. However a permit is required by both Indians and foreigners for visit to Lakshadweep which could are issued from Kochi.

Lakshadweep Islands is one of the best places in India for scuba diving and snorkeling. Various water sport activities are also available at Kadmat, Bangaram and Agatti Island.

The charm of these islands lies in their remoteness from the mainland making them crowd free and less ‘touristy’. Then there are turquoise corals, pristine coastline dotted with coconut palms and stretches of beige sand that conjures postcard perfect moments.

[Check out this 6 days Lakshadweep tour package at IndianHoliday.com]

Ladakh: The Land of Lamas

Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
At an awe inspiring altitude of more than 14,000 feet, Pangong Lake is one of the top attractions in Ladakh
Ladakh is one of the best destinations in India to travel to in summer and during the entire monsoon season. Bereft of rain as it is, Ladakh is favored among the adventure and thrill seekers as the highway to this himalayan kingdom opens up in May. June is the best time to visit Ladakh if you want to avoid the crowd in Leh.

Amazing rock formations, ancient Buddhist culture, some of the highest motorable passes in the world, and turquoise high altitude lakes are the major allure of Ladakh.

Likir Gompa, Ladakh
Likir Monastery against the awe inspiring landscape of Ladakh
Things to do in Ladakh may include visits to Pangong Lake, Tso Mori Ri Lake, Nubra Valley, Lamayuru, Padum, Kargil and the confluence of River Indus and Zanskar.

Some of the important Buddhist Monasteries to visit in Ladakh for a glimpse on ancient Buddhist cultural traditions are the Hemis , Thiksey, Lamayuru Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Shey, Rizong and Likir among others.

Several world famous trekking routes starts from Ladakh and draws visitors from around the world to this Himalayan  wonder which include the Frozen River or Chadar Trek and Markha Valley Trek.

[Check out Ladakh holiday packages at LehLadakhIndia.com]

Ayurveda in Kerala

Ayurveda in Kerala
Kerala is one of the top places for Ayurvedic therapies and spa in India
Kerala is known for so many things and it has also been rated as one of the "top 50 places to visit in the world in a lifetime" by National Geographic Traveller. There are world class beaches including Kovalam which has been rated as one of the top 10 beaches in India and then there is abundant wildlife at Periyar. But what beats them all is the lure of Ayurvedic therapies that draws visitors from around the world to Kerala.

Perhaps the best time to visit Kerala especially if you are looking forward to ayurvedic therapies and spa is upon the arrival of Monsoon. Based on the ancient science of healing and rejuvenation, Ayurveda is practiced at its authentic best at some of the finest Ayurveda resorts in India.

The reason why we recommend July as the best time to visit Kerala is that arrival of monsoon makes Kerala a relatively quieter place. It is the time of healing and rejuvenation as well as honeymoon and romance as the rains lashes “God’s own Country” and the palm fringed backwaters, emerald tea plantations and lush paddy field exude an aura of fertility and renewal.

And this is why monsoon happens to be the best time to visit Kerala for Ayurveda and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda in Kerala
For Ayurvedic massages and therapies, it is best to visit Kerala during monsoon especially in July and August
One of the best ways to experience the July monsoon in Kerala is to take refuge in one of the tree houses. Tree houses are recent eco-friendly initiative to boost tourism in Kerala. For a combination of tranquility and seclusion with rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies, we’d recommend Vythiri Resort in Wayanad.

The Tree House at Vythiri Wayanad in Kerala
Hovering 30 meters above a rainforest canopy Vythiri is a romantic place where the lazy mornings are spent bird-watching and the rest of the day keep you busy with a lots of adventure activities like hiking with a naturalist and you should have a reason to rejoice as all these things come “on the house”.

Don’t forget to attend SPLASH, a cultural fest organized by the Wayanad's tourism department, a monsoon carnival in July at Kalpetta. Highlights include local sports like vadamvali (tug-of-war), kabaddi (a team game similar to "tag"), archery, slow cycle races, crab tours, rock climbing, marathons, rafting and mud football.

Gangtok: The Hidden Himalayan Secret

Tsongmo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim
Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok at altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 ft)

Gangtok buzzes with tourists from far off places due to extremely pleasant weather during the month of June. This place is the perfect destination for vacations on the nature trail. The Kanchenjunga, the mountain peak, serves some of the amazing views of the area. Along with enjoying the vacations between the hills, you may also visit the Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Do-drul Chorten, and Dodrupchen Monastery.

The place is highly under the influence of Buddhist monasteries. The place is also perfect for adventure seekers as they can involve in various activities like trekking. There also are various hotels, inns, guesthouses, etc., to provide comfortable accommodation during the stay in Gangtok.

[Check out this 7 days Gangtok tour package to plan your summer holiday]

Darjeeling: Magnificent Vistas and the Toy Train

Darjeeling, West Bengal
The breathtaking view of Darjeeling town against the backdrop of resplendent Himalayas
Take a tour to Darjeeling in the month of June to enjoy a replenished vacation. Along with the pleasant weather, the place serves you with excellent views and amazing trip in the lap of nature.  At the Tiger Hills, you may take pleasure in enjoying a beautiful view of the dawn.

The place is also praised for exotic flora and fauna at Himalayan Zoo. Also take time to visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Buddhist Monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rock Garden, etc. Here, you can also enjoy wonderful Darjeeling Mountain Railways fondly referred to as the 'toy train' inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

Toy Train at Batasia Loop, Darjeeling
World Heritage Darjeeling Mountain Railways at crossing Batasia Loop
One of the top things to do in Darjeeling is the tea plantation tour where you can even learn the art of authentic tea making. Glenburn Tea Estate is one such place to go to.

[Check out this 4 days Darjeeling tour package at IndianHoliday.com]

Andaman Islands: A Tropical Bliss

Swimming Elephants of Andaman Islands are now only exist in Havelock
In Havelock Island one could go snorkeling with swimming elephant as their companion
Steeped in history and home to ancient tribes, Andaman is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India. Tropical islands, rich marine life, unspoiled corals, pristine forests and creamy beaches are the major draw of Andaman.

Although Port Blair has become a crowded tourist place, Havelock with its secluded beaches, water sport activities like scuba diving and snorkeling is the place to be. Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock Island is considered to be the best place to go for snorkeling in India.

Scuba Diving ops by Barefoot at Andaman
Barefoot Scuba at Havelock Island is the highest rated PADI dive resort in Andaman
Other things to do in Andaman include visit to the historical Cellular Jail where freedom fighters were kept in exile by British and which gave the Andaman its dreaded name ‘Kala Pani’ (Black Waters).
[Check out this 7 days Andaman tour package]

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Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora
Well, not much to say about this place to recommend this to as one of the best destinations in India to visit in July. It’s a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and it remains open to visitors only for 3 months. With more than 300 varieties of flora and fauna in full bloom in the valley, the month of July and August is the best time to visit the Valley of Flower in Uttarakhand.

As if the beauty of this verdant paradise is not enough, the trekking trail which may include Hemkund Sahib if you want it; is a breathtaking venture into one of the most pristine stretches of Himalayas. That the camping is not allowed here and that you have to enter Valley of Flower after sunrise and leave it before sunset says a lot about the conservation efforts of the authorities who are working hard to keep this paradise from being lost.

Binsar: Back to Nature

The 300 km view of Himalayas from the Zero Point at Binsar
The spectacular panorama of the 5 mighty Himalayan peaks from Zero Point in Binsar
Located in the Kumaon Himalaya in Uttaranchal 25 kilometers from Ranikhet, Binsar is a verdant paradise for those seeking the rejuvenating touch of nature. Situated on a ridge overlooking great Himalayan peaks inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this small hill town is best visited for tranquil retreat, nature walks and panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks.

One of the less hidden weekend getaways from Delhi, Binsar is ideal for family summer holidays in India. One of the must to do things in Binsar is trip to Zero Point. This point offer panoramic view of some of the majestic Himalayan Peaks including Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath and Nanda Kot.

[Check out this extended Uttarakhand tour package that include trip to Almora, Binsar, Ranikhet and Kausani]

Kodaikanal: Of Spices and Teas

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The lush tea plantations and scenic vistas make Kodaikanal one of the popular places to visit in June for summer holiday in South India
Meaning ‘gift of the forest’, Kodaikanal is a scenic hill station located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Perched on lofty hills and surrounded by lush forest in the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal is renowned for majestic panoramas, waterfalls and emerald lakes. Promenades are rewarding at this hill station. With its romantic ambience and colonial charm, Kodaikanal is one of the popular places for honeymoon in India.

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Upper Lake, Kodaikanal
Upper Lake in Kodaikanal surrounded by lush hills and forests
Some of the things to do in Kodaikanal include Coakers Walk with fascinating views of the valley, visit to Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum, Moir’s Point, Berijam Lake and horse riding at Kodai Lake.

Check out this 8 days ultimate South Indian hill station tour package which includes visit to Kodaikanal, Ooty, Munnar and Kochi.

Dalhousie: Communion with Nature

A view of Hills in Dalhousie
Yet another of the hill station eastablished by British, Dalhousie with its verdant pine forests and majestic views of distant Himalayas is one of the top places to visit in India in June and entire summer. It is a welcome break from the other crowded hill stations in Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, McLeodganj and Manali.

The tranquil vibe of Dalhousie is best enjoyed through promenades with fascinating view of the valley and lush surroundings. The colonial charm of Dalhousie is evident in its Raj era buildings and churches. Things to do in Dalhousie include visits to St. Francis and St. James Church and yet another stroll to behold the Painted rock carvings done by Tibetan refugees depicting Buddhist deities.

Nainital: Lakes and Hills

Naini Peak, Nainital
Naini Peak, Nainital, Uttarakhand
Named after the Naini Lake, this hill station located close to Delhi is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. It is also an ideal location for family holidays in summer in India. Located at an altitude of 1,938 meters, Nainital was a popular summer retreat established by British.

Favorable weather and a host of activities like boating, nature walks, cable car rides, rock climbing and strolls down the mall makes it suitable to all kind of visitors. Nainital could be visited round the year except for the months of monsoon.

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Mount Abu: An Oasis in the Desert

Arbuda Mountain, Mt. Abu
Located close to Gujarat border, Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a much sought after hill station of Gujaratis who prefer to taste drinks stronger than lassi
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is renowned for its picturesque scenery, emerald lake, glorious vistas and spectacular Jain Temples in Delwara. Located at an altitude of 1,220 meters, Mt Abu is a favorite hill station flocked by Rajasthani, Gujratis and steady stream of foreign visitors. This hill station in Rajasthan is a favored family holiday destination in India.

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Things to do in Mount Abu include visits to Jain and Hindu temples (there are more than 80 of them), Nakki Lake, Toad Rock and wildlife sanctuary. The best time to visit Mt Abu is June and it also happens to be one of the places to visit in India during monsoon even in July and August.

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Bhutan: The Land of Thunder Dragon

Students, Bhutan
Bhutan is one of the last Himalayan Kingdom that remain intact to this day
Bhutan, a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The place is dotted with numerous monasteries that are worth visiting. The Taktsang Monastery is one of the most pristine Buddhist monasteries in the Bhutan. Kurje Lhakhang is a temple that showcases exquisite architecture.

Taksang Monastery, popularly known as the Tiger's Nest is one of the most awe inspiring sights in Bhutan
The place also has Dzongs, erstwhile fortress, like Trongsa Dzong, Gasa Dzong, Shigatse Dzong, Drukgyal Dzong, Singye Dzong, Kagyu-Dzong, Tsechen Monastery and Dzong, Gonggar Dzong, Lhuentse Dzong, etc., that serve panoramic view of the place. For the adventure seekers, the place is also perfect for trekking. The hotels, guesthouses, inns, etc., are also available to serve comfortable stay during your vacations.

[Check out this 6 days Bhutan tour package]

Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Camping in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Camping and trekking are popular amongst adventure enthusiasts when they answer the call to visit Spiti Valley
After Ladakh, Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to visit in India in July and throughout monsoon. Bereft of rain even during monsoon and with its barren beauty and high altitude lakes and a lot of trekking ops, Spiti is one of the best places in India to visit during the month of Jily, August and September.

Trans Himalayan treks kile Tabo to Tso Mori Ri in Ladakh and the trek to Chandra Tal are some of the most popular things to do in Spiti.

Key Monastery
Key Monastery in Lahul Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The lowest point in Spiti valley is 11,000ft and many villages lie as high as 14,000ft. In spite of the the harsh landscape and difficult living conditions, Spiti valley with its breathtaking scenery and rich Buddhist cultural heritage that include some spectacular monasteries offers a sense of tranquility and awesomeness that could only be bettered by a visit to the nearby Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Where will you go? Did we miss any name that should have been on the list? We'd be glad to know your thought through the comment section below.

And here are some Himachal Tour Packages if you are interested in making a trip to this magical land this summer or monsoon for your holidays!

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