If you have a passport that is gathering dust and are still planning the usual getaways in the hills, think again. The months of May, June and July are synonymous with scorching heat and humidity in most of India. But, this is also the most popular time for Indians to go on a vacation with friends and family. Why? Because all schools and colleges are on holiday at this time of the year!
Another reason you should think beyond India in this weather because unless you have booked months in advance, you may not be able to plan a holiday with a big group in this season.
Whether you love the hills or the beaches, there are several destinations outside India and a few that are off the beaten track that are breathtakingly beautiful and cheap to boot. Another great thing about these places is that most of these places do not require a long visa process.
Whether one is looking for a vacation by the shore or in a valley tucked into a mountain range, here are a few Indian and international options to explore:
Chances are that you have already heard of this bit of paradise on earth. The Indonesian island of bountiful beaches, beautiful scenery, warm people and mouth-watering cuisines surely makes Bali a strong candidate for a summer holiday destination. Travelers can trek on the Mount Batur volcano, walk along Katu Beach or visit the Bali Safari or Uluwatu Temple. A perfect place to rest, eat and Instagram from.
Known for its rugged beauty, this is one of the most-coveted destination on any Indian traveler’s list. This region attracts tourists due to its beautiful snow-capped mountains and rugged terrain. It is an ideal vacation spot for nature lovers, bikers, trekkers, and mountaineers.
It is the only country in the world that calculates gross happiness of its people. Over time, Bhutan has gained recognition as a bucket-list holiday destination of many international tourists who flock there lured by its untouched beauty. The spectacular mountain views, azure skies, vast expanses of green valleys and organic food make Bhutan an ideal summer getaway. One could also visit Buddhist monasteries and explore cities like, Paro, Tashi and the Punakha Valley, among other places. Rest and recovery guaranteed.
Today Sri Lanka is a sought-after tourist destination known the world over for its beaches and history. The country has an array of heritage properties, rich culture, diverse landscape and seafood-based cuisine. Top destinations here are Colombo, Kandy and Bentota.