7 places you can visit in minus 25 degrees to chase away the summer blues


Heat waves are raging across India and people are in need of respite. Imagine waking up to a cool morning, panoramic mountain views and a chilly day. Here are seven windy and cold places in India where you can do just that.


Gulmarg might just be the perfect destination for mountain lovers. Snow-capped peaks, fresh air, a variety of blooming flowers and the world’s highest cable car (gondola) are the main attractions. May and June are the best months to visit Gulmarg as you can admire the beauty of the flower meadows which start to bloom from May.

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Auli in Uttarakhand is known for its majestic ski resorts and breathtaking scenery Natural the atmosphere it gives off. You can go trekking and hiking, or enjoy a trip between Joshimath and Auli on the cable car.


Pahalgam is well regarded as a peaceful summer retreat. Hiking and trekking activities are common here. You can also visit other places like Aru Wildlife Sanctuary or try your hand at rafting in the Lidder River.


Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok, is known for its quintessential views. Do the Goechala trek to admire the beauty of the hills and rhododendrons. Or, you can visit Nathu La Pass, 14,150 feet above sea level, or raft the Teesta River.


Shillong is known for its gardens, lakes, waterfalls and extensive hiking trails. Almost synonymous with nature, Shillong is home to the sacred forest of Mawphlang, an ancient national forest protected by local tribes and home to several exquisite species of plants and trees. Planning to explore the unexplored? Discover the misty canyons of Laitlum, about 20 kilometers from Shillong. The word “Laitlum” loosely translates to “the end of the hills”.


Summer is the best time to visit Leh. During your stay, explore the Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri lakes. Or, you can visit one of the highest motorable passes in the world – Khardung La pass. Along with this, you can also visit Leh monasteries to learn more about the architectural heritage of the region.


Manali, usually an ubiquitous item on these lists, presents plenty of options for you to unwind. Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley (with its ideal facilities for adventure sports) are well worth your time. The picturesque Jogini Falls, with its cascading stream amidst the greenery, will add an element of peace and tranquility during your stay in Manali.


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