In The Lap of the Himalayas

North India is as much diverse as a single part of a country can be, perhaps more. Be it the terrain and landscape; that ranges from the largest mountain range in the world (Himalayas), to the most fertile plains in the world (Indo-Gangetic Plain), or the varied and vibrant cultures, history, language and cuisine; North India is diverse in every sense of the word. The Himalayas has the best views to offer in the summer. From the snow-capped peaks, to the ragingly meandering rivers, it is the best place to spend ones summer holidays in this country.

Mentioned below is a list of THREE places that one can visit during the summer in North India.

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas towards the northern end of Kullu Valley is the picturesque hill-station of Manali. It is one the most visited places in India and that is for a very good reason. The mountains are covered with pine and deodar trees and the peaks are snow- capped. For a good dose of snow visit the Rohtang Pass which remains snow-covered till the early summer months. Solang Valley offers adventure sports like paragliding, off-road biking, bungee jumping and mountain zorbing. The view of the flowing Beas River lashing against rocks is breathtaking. The Hadimba Devi Temple is also a popular place of visit.

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

The state capital of Jammu and Kashmir is perhaps the most serene and marvelous place North India has to offer. From the Shikara rides or staying on a houseboat at the Dal Lake, or a leisurely stroll in the various Mughal Gardens, every aspect bears testimony to the undeniable natural beauty of Srinagar. There is a dose of history added to this already lustful mix in the form of the Avantipur Ruins, PariMahal, Jamia Masjid and Sankaracharya Temple. Sightseeing also includes a day trip to Sonemarg. One of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India, Srinagar is truly “Heaven on Earth”.

Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Situated amidst the cold desert of Ladakh, Nubra Valley (combining Diskit and Hundar) is one of the most breathtaking places in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and one of most common sightseeing destinations from Leh. The topography is interspersed with rugged mountains, sand dunes, and an enviable collection of flower gardens and fruit orchards (which also renders the name “Valley of Flowers”). What is most unique here is the herd of two-humped camels, being the only place in India where this breed of camels is found. Visitors can take rides on the camels and traverse across sand dunes. The Diskit Monastery which has a mind blowing 32 meter high Buddha statue and the Culture Show in the evening shouldn’t be missed.

India as a country is very diverse and one of most revered tourist destinations around the globe. North India is a major contributor to this feat. Be it with one’s family, or on honeymoon or on a road trip with friends, North India caters to every traveler’s tastes and moods.

 

 

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