Heatwave: The hottest and coolest places in India this week


As summer nears its peak, a scorching heat wave continues to sweep across the country. Temperatures are soaring in Gujarat and Rajasthan, exceeding 45C this week as Kandla, a seaport in Gujarat, continues to be the hottest in the country at the moment. However, no matter how hot it is, in India there is always something fun to do!

India’s hottest spots this week

Even with the temperature spikes, April remains one of the best times to plan a vacation to India. At the warmer end are places like Jhansi (42°C) famous for its fearless queen Rani Laxmi Bai, Nagpur (41°C) in central India and Titlagarh (40°C) on the Indian coast. ‘Odisha. The scorching summer also sees Rajasthan’s Ranthambore National Park at its best despite the high heat (41°C) as it is an excellent season for tiger sightings. Most major cities in India are slightly less intense, with Mumbai at 32°C, Bangalore at 29°C and Delhi at 38°C. Sun travelers can escape the heat (33°C) at one of Goa’s hot new restaurants. If the heat is really testing your patience, it might be time to pack your bags and take a last-minute summer break to a cooler destination.

Cooler alternatives for your holiday this weekend

Leh in Ladakh is the coolest place in India this week, with an average temperature of 4°C and a forecast of up to 1cm of snowfall later this week. Other places to visit are hill stations such as Nainital (25ºC), Gulmarg (7ºC, expecting a snowstorm) and Gangtok expecting a thunderstorm in places with temperatures around 20ºC. Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is always the coolest place in southern India, with an average temperature of 23°C. Other pleasant options in the south include places like Madikeri (27ºC) in Karnataka, with its hills and coffee plantations, and Munnar in Kerala (24ºC), with its tea plantations and waterfalls.


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