Relentless heat, dry wind and soaring temperatures! A typical summer in India is made of all the above. Especially North India faces the fury of the sun to the maximum possible extent. Hence people go for long vacations during summer season to take refuge from the simmering heat.

There are a number of places in North India where you can relax, rejuvenate and return to routine with renewed energy. We have prepared a list of places present in north India where you can go and spend your summer this year.

Corbett National Park – Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park, named after the hunter-turned- conservationist Jim Corbett is a unique, breath-taking and fabulous destination to visit. Situated in Uttarakhand and home to diverse flora and fauna, this reserve is home to Royal Bengal Tiger. With large lakes, marshlands, greenery and much more, Corbett National Park is a magical and incomparable land. This place is a must for anyone who loves communion with nature.

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Gangtok – Sikkim  

At an altitude of 1870 m, bestowed with natural beauty and a unique hilly landscape, Gangtok bewitches everyone. With beautiful Buddhist monasteries, majestic mountains, scenic natural surroundings, this place attracts people from worldwide. Another advantage of Gangtok is it has been modernized with wide roads, flyovers, markets etc without compromising on its natural beauty. Hence if you wish for easy accessibility, modern facilities along with adventure this is the place for you.

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Mcleodganj – Himachal Pradesh

Mcleodganj is a destination which reflects old British style of heritage. Also known as ‘Little Lhasa’, this is a residence to his holiness Dalai Lama. Amidst of tall Dhaluadhars mountains, this small town is famous for its charm and Tibetan culture. There are a number of ancient temples and monasteries located here. For people who wish to experience Buddhist religious practices and lifestyles, for nature lovers who want to relax and for the adventure lovers, McleodGanj is the place to be.

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The Dhauladhars from Mcleodganj” @Flickr from Jace
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Darjeeling – Himachal Pradesh

Popularly known as ‘Queen of Hills’, with views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest, vast tea plantations, winding roads, multi-cultural tourist attractions, famous Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling has no competition and reigns supreme in people’s hearts since long time. A boon to trekkers, adventure seekers and heritage lovers, Darjeeling has something to offer for everyone.

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Kaziranga National Park – Assam

The ultimate pride of India, Kaziranga National park, is one of the best known national parks in the world. With an exquisite biodiversity, this is every wildlife enthusiasts, dream come true. Home to great Indian one horned Rhinoceros, this park is a UNESCO world heritage center. You can also see Wild buffalos, Deers, Golden jackals, Bengal foxes, Chinese ferret badgars, Leopard cats and many more in their natural habitat.

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Visiting this place is definitely a different experience.

Apart from the above, there are many other summer retreats in India. Hence escape from the heat and head to a fantastic place, have a long vacation and come back with memorable moments.