Four Cool Destinations in North India that You Can Visit this Searing Summer

After recommending four cool destinations in southern India for you about two weeks ago, here we are, with four cool places we think might suit your need for a summer trip to northern India.

These places may sound obscure to you, but that’s the whole point: we wish that you get to explore even those pristine places that may have not made it to the popular ‘best places to visit in summer’ lists. Until now.

 1. Lepchajagat, West Bengal

The laidback hamlet of the Lepcha tribe, Lepchajagat sits snugly on one of the mystifying folds of the dense forests in the northern part of Bengal. See how much of ancientness gushes out of you as you find yourself being swallowed by the depths off the woods, created by pines, oaks and rhododendrons. A great place especially for birders, Lepchajagat also grants you grand views of Kanchenjunga peaks. You can, of course, couple this place in the wilderness at an altitude of almost 7000 feet with Darjeeling and let the town work its charm on you.

 2. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Summer’s good. Because it makes you want to go to a place like Lansdowne, which remains pristine with its thick, inky depths of blue pine and oak. The amusing contradiction is that it’s a cantonment town, but a hill station you would not want to miss to beat the heat this summer. You can begin to fathom the meaning of ‘immense’ differently when you behold the Shivalik Hills in Lansdowne. Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, the War Memorial, St. Mary’s Church and Bhullatal Lake are some of the other major places flocked by travellers who like to explore remote places.

 3. Keylong, Himachal Pradesh

Monasteries hemmed to the slopes of mountains and the annual Lahaul festival are two of the many reasons you should visit Keylong. If you like how the snow silences other hues of Himachal in winter, then you must certainly see the colours that these mountains and valleys wear in summer, because, yes; summer is for travelling too. Visit Keylong before the winds wander heavy, expectant of rains.

4. Chopta, Uttarakhand

Gear up for the Chandrashila trek, watch the Valley of Flowers until the night falls on it gently, try to contain in your vision the meadows that sprawl far and wide before you, and let the evergreen forests inhale you: these are a few things that can happen to you when you are in Chopta. This part of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand cradles rich flora and fauna, including forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and rare species of birds and musk deer. For adventure or for leisure, Chopta welcomes you with its arms wide open this summer.

Inspired to be refreshed?  Just drop us a word, and our stellar Custom Tours team will arrange for you to visit any of these places without breaking a sweat – literally or allegorically!  You can also take a look at more destinations we specialise in, here.

And happy summer to you. Chill it!

Five More Quotes that Will Inspire You to Travel to Ladakh

Part 1 of this post is here.

And the mountains continue to haunt beautifully, like they have been for ages. Every single time you visit them, you are no stranger to this beauty. Meeting the mountains is perhaps a way of feeling a sense of endings and also a sense of beginnings. It will be hard to believe that you are you and the mountains are, well, just they. Look at them and marvel at the way they humble you, like you didn’t know anything at all about the world.

We bring you five more quotes this week, along with wishes that you get to ‘scale’ greater ‘heights’.

 

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“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”

– Jack Kerouac

Spontaneity seems to make a lot of sense when you realise how fleeting days and nights really are. Wouldn’t it be wise to, at least once in a while, act on impulse to surprise our own selves? To get even the routine acquainted to something new: a break. A break to go back to where we have come from, even if it means far away from everything that seemingly is a material reflecting the idea of comfort… and to reassure oneself that ideas can transform.

 

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Pulu, Ladakh, © Sachin Rai

 

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

– Greg Child

Why must one climb a mountain against all odds? The thing is, why not? And it is, as clichéd as it may sound, the journey itself that matters. In this case, the journey is about the struggle, the foot-dragging, the air thinning and the wheezing for more air, all leading to everything that’s miraculous, everything that’s infinite, everything that’s magical.

 

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Tso Kar, © Sachin Rai

 

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

– Edward Abbey

Stupefy your senses after a spell of struggle. Let this world you get to see from atop a mountain become the utopia your mind has always longed for. A journey with risks will still steer you in the right direction to feel as free as the wandering clouds that daub the mountains with a nonchalant beauty. Why not, then, listen to your fluttering heart that tells you this is why the lonesome, crooked, winding journey was worth it.

 

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Tso Kar, © Sachin Rai

 

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

– Tennessee Williams

If the wildflowers bursting into blooms don’t fill your chest with joy, then what will? If the bramble doesn’t bruise you and the rock-strewn paths don’t make you falter and the mountain air doesn’t make you mumble something to yourself, then what else will? Gather your glimpses of eternity as you dream by day and ruminate in the night.

 

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Tso Moriri, © Sachin Rai

 

“It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary

To be at peace with oneself, like everything about the mountain is first in harmony with itself and then with everything else around it; to be full of integrity and quietly so; to be whole without anything external to trigger that sense of completion; to be and not to be simultaneously…

We hope that you rediscover yourself the next time you conquer a mountain and thereby conquer yourself.

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