#60DaysOfSummer – Yacht Ride in Nainital

Nainital Lake is one of the most gorgeous lakes in Uttarakhand and the perfect place to go boating. Take a relaxing yacht ride at the lake and soak in the view of the town from the water. Most boat and yacht rides in Nainital Lake last for about 45 minutes. You might want to plan your boat ride carefully and well in advance though, yachts at the lake run out very fast during peak season.

Apart from the boat rides here, you can take a cable car to Snow View Point where you can see most of the town and the lake. You’ll need to book your cable car tickets in advance so you can be assigned a time slot to take the cable car ride.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Delhi to Nainital.

#60DaysOfSummer – Birdwatching in Chilika Lake

Chilika Lake

If you’re visiting Puri and feel like taking a break into the wilderness, head to the gorgeous Chilika Lake for some birdwatching.  The lake is very close to Bay of Bengal and is fed by fresh water streams and has a wide mouth that opens to the sea. The lake hosts a large number of migratory birds each year.

Satpara, Barkul and Rambha are its three major tourist spots. One of the more interesting phenomenon at Chilika happens at the Nalaban Island which is completely submerged in water during the monsoon and emerges again after the rains stop. The island is said to be the best place to spot birds descending during migratory season.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Bhubaneshwar to Chilika Lake.

#60DaysOfSummer – Picnic in Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is exactly as it sounds – it’s a gorgeous expanse of all sorts of flowers in bloom in the summer. If you’re someone who loves going on picnics in open spaces, surrounded by nature, Valley of Flowers certainly won’t disappoint. Getting this gorgeous valley is hard work, though – you’ll have to trek about 17km from Joshimath Garhwal to get there.

Treks to Valley of Flowers begins on June 11th this year. So if this is on your travel bucket list, you might want to start putting your travel plans together right away.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a bus from Rishikesh to Joshimath Garhwal. From there, you’ll have to trek to the Valley. It’s advisable to call trek organizers in advance and figure out the best way to get there.

#60DaysOfSummer – Kids’ Day Out at WonderLa Kochi

WonderLa Kochi

If you’re looking for a break from the heat and a place where the kids in your family can have fun, look no further. Head to WonderLa near Kochi to spend an entire day on fun rides, play at the water park and just relax. This is the perfect summer retreat near home.

The amusement park offers a number of restaurants, some great amenities for those worried about safety and even an evening entry ticket if you want to finish your day out at WonderLa. They even have an annual pass if you’re planning to make a trip more than once.

The water park portion of WonderLa has wave pools, a lazy river and rain disco. For younger kids, the park recommends specific rides that are safe for children. There’s a lot to choose from at WonderLa any time of the year, but the water park here is a great way to beat the heat.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Kochi to Wonderla.

#60DaysOfSummer – Yak Race in Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake

Whether you’re in Sikkim for a relaxed vacation or have plans to go on a trekking and hiking adventure, Gurudongmar Lake is one of the places that should be on your list either way. One of the highest lakes in India, Gurudongmar Lake is quite a sight to behold. And while you’re there, you should catch the yak race that happens in the Thangu Valley in the summer each year.

The lake is considered sacred, because in winter when most of the lake turns to ice, there is a portion of the lake that does not freeze. Because the lake is at an altitude of 17,800 feet and can be uncomfortable for people with respiratory and circulatory problems, it’s advisable to get a clean bill of health before embarking on treks here.

HOW TO GET THERE

Gurudongmar Lake is at the end of a long trek from Lachen. You could get in touch with trekking groups who will help organize a trek to the lake.

 

#60DaysOfSummer – Hang Gliding in Ooty

Hang gliding Ooty

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure and a rush of adrenaline on your next holiday, might we suggest heading to the Nilgiri mountain ranges for a bit of hang gliding? Exploring the hills from a vantage point in the sky may just be the best way to spend your vacation in Ooty.

A single flight may cost anywhere between Rs 1,200 to 2,500 depending on the duration. You’ll have experienced guides around to train you before the flight and ensure your safety.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Bangalore to Ooty.

 

#60DaysOfSummer – Go Spelunking in Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is one of those rare hill stations where you get a bit of history, adventure and great weather. Pachmari is in the middle of the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, so there’s a lot of greenery for miles around the town. The Pandava Caves in Pachmarhi is believed to have the home of the Pandavas when they were in exile. These rock cut caves are also believed to be Buddhist shrines used between 6th and 7th Century AD.

Apart from Pandava Caves, Pachmarhi also has Jatashankar and Mahadev caves if you’re looking to explore more of these rock cut caves in the region. Some of the older caves in Pachmarhi include the Asthachal Cave Shelters and Bharat Neer Cave Shelter.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Bhopal to Pachmarhi.

#60DaysOfSummer – Elephant Safari in Kabini

Kabini

Sometimes, getting away from city life could mean diving headfirst into a quiet vacation in the middle of the forest. Go on an elephant safari in Kabini if you’re tired of your standard vacations. You can experience life in the midst of the wild, by the banks of the Kabini river.

Kabini is right in between Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks, giving you access to a lot of green and wildlife. The parks are not too far from town, and have some earthy hotels and resorts that make the experience complete. You can try staying at Jungle Lodges or The Serai while you’re here.

HOW TO GET THERE
Book a cab from Bangalore to Kabini or from Mysore to Kabini.

 

#60DaysOfSummer – Go Fishing in Kasol

Fishing Kasol

If you’re looking for some relaxation by the river and perhaps some fishing, we suggest heading to Kasol for some trout fishing. Don’t know how to fish? Don’t worry, there are plenty of guides at in the Parvati River valley who will teach you the ropes. Kasol is the perfect place for a camping and fishing trip.

If you’re exploring Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is about 42km from Kullu and is easily accessible by road. While you’re in Kasol, we also recommend trekking on the Kheerganga route – the view is absolutely breathtaking.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book a cab from Chandigarh to Kasol.

#60DaysOfSummer – Experience Homestays in Coorg

Coorg

If you’re looking for coffee estates, homestays and excellent food all rolled into one, we suggest staying at a homestay in Coorg. Escape into the wilderness and experience the famous Coorgi hospitality for yourself at some of the many homestays in Kodagu district, Karnataka.

Go for a walk in coffee estates, stock up on honey or simply enjoy some sumptuous home-made Coorgi and Chettinad food. There’s a lot to explore in Coorg. So make sure you stay long enough to see all this countryside has to offer.

Oh, and if you can’t start your day without a dose of caffeine, we do recommend bringing back lots of Arabica and Robusta coffee – you won’t regret it.

HOW TO GET THERE
Book a cab from Bangalore to Coorg.