We just bid goodbye to the chilly winters and it’s about time when all the summer clothes are out of the boxes. The final exams are over and kids are all set to start off with the new session. The end of the financial year has finally put us at ease. It’s the Sun God up again and he is leaving no stone unturned to let go off that cup of hot cocoa. Obviously, Roohafza is more than happy about it thinking about the rise in sales it is going to witness this year. In all the hush-hush about summer shopping, Mojitos and sunscreens, there’s another dash of fun about to enter our lives. Ah! How could you forget it? It’s the kids’ vacations that are round the corner. And no, they aren’t going to spend it at home. They wish their Mommy and Daddy to take leave from office and take them for a holiday.
The idea sounds promising but with travelling comes the woe of booking tickets, getting in touch with a good travel agent, chalking out a plan and negotiating about the same. That’s quite a trouble, ain’t it? But you just don’t have to worry. Now that we are here and has every facility you’d need at a click. Flights, hotels, bus tickets, everything is at Goibibo-Bookings done dona done. You simply have to stay relaxed and enjoy some quality moments with your loved ones in the A.C. ki thandi hawa, barf ka gola and wait for the summer vacations to begin.
Here’s a list of top 5 summer holiday plans. Pick your choice and leave the rest to us.
The Serene South: Ooty-Kodaikanal
If there’s a place where you’d just not wish to come back home then it’s got to be Kodaikanal. Known for its picturesque views, this place down south is considered as one of the finest hill stations of India. It is also referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill Station’ and has an array of leisure activities for travelers. It is easily reachable through all modes of transport including train, flight and bus. Coakers park, Chettiar park, Suicide Point, Kodai Lake, Guna caves and Kurinjiandavar Temple are just a few instances of the many attractions that one gets to adore at Kodaikanal.
Botanical Garden, Ooty
Ooty, situated on the Nilgiri Hills, is thronged by vacationers especially during the summer season. It is alternatively called Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam and its name means ‘house amidst the mountains’. The city is as beautiful as its name and its calm and cool climate is sure to leave you amazed. Its religious, spiritual as well as sightseeing importance makes it quite popular among travelers. The famous Botanical Garden is a place to watch out for. In yesteryears, it found a major space in Bollywood movies. The Annamalai temple, The Tea Factory, Boating at Pykra and the Rose Garden are certain destinations to capture in your heart, mind and DSLRs.
Both the places are simply irresistible. The nearest airport happens to be Coimbatore airport from where taking a bus or a train would be a perfect plan. Wondering about booking of flight tickets? Oh! You just don’t have to give yourself a headache. We’ll handle everything J
The Colourful West: Mount Abu-Ahmedabad
When it’s about travel, one can just not ignore the idea of going around Gujarat and Rajasthan. Both the states are known for their culture and cuisine. Whether it’s the Gujju’s khakhra or the Rajasthani’s choorma, the flavours and the spices are going to leave your taste buds in their spell. Ahmedabad happens to be the commercial hub of Gujarat. A city that you’ve so ardently loathed and loved in books and movies, will surely etch a place in your heart with its Bhadra Fort and Akshardham Temple. Stroll around in the Law gardens and enjoy the best of street food and shopping. Ahmedabad is a gastronomic delight serving a plethora of dishes and recipes like Dhokla, Thepla, Khandvi, Shrikhand, etc. One can easily get a flight ticket to Ahmedabad from where a bus can be used to commute to Mount Abu.
Law Garden, Ahmedabad
Around 4 hours from Ahmedabad lies the beautiful Mount Abu, a small hill station in the Aravalis, provides a soothing element in the otherwise hot Rajasthan. The placid lake, the panoramic views, the royal lifestyle and the bright colours, every moment spent in Mount Abu will add to your list of awesome experiences of life.
The Classical Maharashtra: Mumbai-Mahabaleshwar
Juhu Beach, Mumbai
Mumbai, the city of dreams, is a place one ought to pay a visit to, atleast once in a lifetime. Mumbai is a city that always has a tale to tell, a city that brings out the stars from ordinary people and a city that turns dreams to reality. It is more than what you could have ever imagined and a great destination to step on this summer vacation. Enjoy a plate of gol gappas at Chowpaty and stroll around at the Juhu Beach. Mumbai will show you the perfect blend of the posh lifestyle and the middle class’s way of life. Its street markets are worth every penny you spent in coming uptil there and so is the view at The Gateway of India.
After the entire hustle bustle and the starry life of Mumbai, it’s the Mahabaleshwar that should just not be left while you visit the city of dreams. All kinds of buses ply from Mumbai and Pune on a regular basis to this hill station that has so many tourists coming all around the year. There are about 25 points in Mahabaleshwar that offer some stupendous scenes and views. However, Lodwick Point, Arthur’s Point and Wilson Point are must visits. Also, go around Panchgani, popularly known as the old Mahabaleshwar. It is going to be as pleasant as this spectacular land.
Getting onto a train to Goa would work as icing on the cake and make your summer holidays a memorable one. Goa, the land of beaches, provides an array of activities to enjoy with your loved ones. Do not miss it if you are a sea food lover and water sports enthusiast.
The Creative East: Kolkata-Digha-Darjeeling
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
The eastern region is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful but unexplored lands in India. This summers, take your family to the Queen’s Land and help groom the creativity in your kids. If there’s a land that buzzes with creativity and talent then it’s got to be Bengal. Whether it’s the soulful music or the artistic statues of Goddess Kali, Kolkata has it all. If you ever sit down to calculate you’ll find so many singers, dancers, artistes, poets, writers and painters having origin from Bengal. Well, such is the aura of the city. And how can we forget their cuisine, you can just not deny a sandesh or a maacher jhol.
Nearby Kolkata lies the land of beaches, Digha. A four hour journey by bus from Kolkata will help you reach Digha. The Digha Boardwalk and Marine Station are the places to look out for. Ornaments made of sea-shells, hand woven mats and cashew nuts are a great catch at Digha.
Toy Train at Darjeeling
A journey to east is incomplete without exploring the tea gardens at Darjeeling. An adventure enthusiast’s paradise, it has the perfect sight for mountain climbing and rappelling. Places to watch out for include Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill, Nightingale Park and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Enjoy a ride on the ropeway or the cable car and don’t forget to miss out on some lip smacking Tibetan cuisine available all around the city.
The Energetic North: Delhi-Manali
Lotus Temple, Delhi
The capital city of India, New Delhi, offers a variety of options to enjoy one’s holiday. A true gourmet’s delight, it has some amazing places like old Delhi to enjoy sumptuous typical North Indian food. The colourful Chandni Chowk has one of the cheapest flea market to its credit and also, this is where one can have delicious jalebis at The Jalebiwala and different kinds of Paranthe at the Paranthe wali Gali. Behind the Jama Masjid, you can find the non-veg market where the best of tandoori chicken and kababs are served. Go shopping for ethnic wear at Lajpat, Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh. Stroll around at Cannaught Place and have rolls at Khan Chacha in Khan Market. Uhh! We’ll just stop here because we want you to visit the place and experience the essence of Delhi.
The road to Manali
From Delhi, head on to Manali by buses that ply regularly all day and night. After the crowded Delhi, a visit to the tranquil Manali would offer an unmatched solace to your mind. Seek blessings at the Hadimba Temple and know everything about natural hot water springs at Kalath Hot Water Spring. Also, head on to Rohtang Pass that lies near Manali and enjoy the view of snow capped mountains and loads of fun by throwing snow balls at your loved one. Maggi with a cup of hot coffee is no less than heaven at Rohtang Pass.
These were the perfect five holiday destinations for you this summer, handpicked by Goibibo. One more suggestion we’d like to add on here is that one place which all of us loved to go as kids. Nani ka Ghar. Yes, there was nothing better than enjoying homemade ice cream with whole lot of cousins and Tom and Jerry on Cartoon Network. Someone has truly said that nothing is better than apna gaon and our parents’ made it a point that we get to know about our roots. Shouldn’t you be doing the same? This summer season, while you travel around the country, pay a surprise visit to your home and let your kids know the real fun of summer vacation.
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