Summer Holidays Ideas : Top Tourist Destinations

Everyone's thinking hard on where to sneak out this summer. Take a look at some really chilled Holiday ideas suggested by members on the Oktatabyebye's community of travel enthusiasts. Oktatabyebye.com makes a good trip easy.

Hill Holidays   Wild Thrills
Sangla: famed for its picturesque location along the Baspa river, stunning mountain views, crisp air...heaven in Himachal.
Lansdowne: charming cantonment town - peaceful surroundings, beautiful environs 233 Km from Delhi - Uttaranchal. Also try Ranikhet

Kalimpong: spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas & Teesta valley - monasteries, orchids & pine forests. 70 km from Siliguri, Bengal.
Shillong: called the 'Scotland of the East' - Old English charm, flowing lakes, cascading waterfalls. Meghalaya (4,909 ft)

Kamshet: lake paradise in the hills - beautiful views & temples not to mention paragliding! 16 km from Lonavla.
Saputara: at the southern tip of Gujarat, this gem is a relaxed and quiet hill getaway overlooking a lush valley.

Madikeri: part of the Coorg plantations - charming estates, the Fort, Abbi Falls, Omkareshwara Temple. 243 Km from Bangalore.
Kodaikanal: nestled in the Palani hills in Tamil Nadu - breathtaking beauty, magical lakes & waterfalls; evergreen memories.
Corbett National Park: evergreen and accessible India's premier Tiger Reserve - the wild Ramganga Valley, Uttaranchal.
Dachigam National Park: close to Srinagar, unparalleled in beauty - Himalayan Black Bear, Hangul, Ibex and other surprises

Khangchendzonga National Park: accessible but untouched the only place in India for Red Panda sightings, 90km from Darjeeling - Sikkim.
Kaziranga National Park: Central Assam Rhino country and wild dominion of elephants and rare Hoolock Gibbons.

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: wildlife enthusiast's dream, close to Udaipur - Bear, panther, leopards and Forts & Temples.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary: unspoilt, untouched and unexplored wild treasure only 125 km from Goa.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: 250km from Bangalore it's a place to see Giant Flying Squirrel & Nilgiri Langur.
Periyar Tiger Reserve: whiff of fresh pepper, boat safari, and elephants just six hr drive from Kochi - it is a place to be this summer.
Beach Heritage
Pondicherry: a flavour of France India - beaches, food and the famous Aurobindo Ashram.
Puri: the Juggernaut of beach towns, temples, wide beaches and a handicraft hunter's dream.
Panaji: a cultural melting pot -  Portuguese style houses on carnival beaches, antiquities, temples, museums, churches and a heady cuisine.
Udupi (Karnataka): India's Kitchen town 60 km north Mangalore - Hindu Pilgrimage & unmarred Beach. Foodie's fantasy.
Weekend Getaways   Hidden Jewels
Kalakho: Rani Roopmati's ancient city - Bhangarh, the Harshata Mata Temple, Chand Baoli. 300 Km south of Delhi.
Pragpur: India's first certified Heritage Village & Kangra's best kept secret. 60 Km from Dharamshala, Himachal.

Bishnupur: centre of art & culture in ancient times - ancient temples, forts, terracotta work and heritage ruins.
Frazerganj / Bakkhali Beach: Bengal's seaside secret - one of the many deltaic islands... peaceful, picturesque, unspoilt.

Kashid: 2 hours from Mumbai - a peaceful & scenic beach destination. Don't miss the Revdanda Beach Fort and the Datta.
Daman: Indo-Portugese enclave - unique and unspoilt with amazing forts, churches and beach fronts.

Bheemeshwari: fishing, wildlife treks & beautiful environs on the banks of the Cauvery - 40 minutes from Bangalore.
Maravanthe: unspoiled white-sand beaches, underwater sports, sea-rides, and exceptionally  scenic backwater. 110 km from Mangalore.
Chopta: stunning views of the Himalayas, crisp air and scenic beauty galore; only 209 km from Rishikesh.
Shoja: a picture postcard village 95 km from Kullu  - fruit orchards, wooded walks and pristine atmosphere, just perfect.

Khonsa: frozen in time - orchids, estates and trekking trails make it a loveable hideaway, 216 km from Dibrugarh (Arunachal Pradesh)
Yumthang (Sikkim): Rhododendron forests, the sloping green valley, and milk & butter from Yak! 140 km north of Sikkim.

Pachmarhi:  bewitching waterfalls, shrines and wildlife the ultimate place to relax and re-connect with nature.
Raigad: 210 km from Mumbai, Shivaji's unconquered fort (Raigad Fort) is still reigns. Great rock climbing , trekking and views.

Dubare (Coorg) : Coorg country - White water rafting on river Cauvery, fishing and walks with elephants. 6hrs from Bangalore.
Nersa: of Caves and Cave-temples in the midst of fairy-tale forests. Home to exotic birds, plants and butterflies. Only 100 km from Goa.
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