If you haven’t managed a summer vacation yet, sneak one in for a couple of days in your own hood, India offers scenic beauty and adventure like no other destination. Choose from these locales if you don’t already have a summer travel bucket list. Check it out:

Ladakh and Thukpa

Going north is usually a smart idea to get away from the heat of the interior cities, and Ladakh is India’s most northern location. Ladakh is the ideal destination for individuals searching for unparalleled views. It is the ideal location for exploration since it has the mountains, captivating lakes, breathtaking vistas, and cool temperatures offer a lot.

The best things to eat while exploring Ladakh are Momos, Thukpa, Skyu, Chhutagi, Tingmo,  Chhurpe (dried yak cheese) and Butter Tea is a must try.

Auli and Kachmauli (stuffed goat with oil and spice)

One of the most stunning locations in India and a perfect destination to spend your summer vacation is the hill station of Auli in the Uttarakhand region. You could spend all day staring at the snow-capped peaks and beautiful green fields. You’ll forget about the oppressive heat of the city when you’re in Auli. 

The local delicacies include Kachmauli (stuffed goat with oil and spice), Bal Mithai ( a popular local sweet), Singhori ( a cone shaped sweet wrapped in Malu Leaf) and much more.

Kodaikanal and Dosa

Like Delhiites’ Nainital and Kolkatans’ Darjeeling, Bangaloreans take a quick weekend trip to Kodaikanal. One of the top tourist destinations in South India is this charming tiny hill station, which is surrounded by meadows, valleys, waterfalls, grasslands, and woods. There are many things to do in Kodaikanal, including boat cruises, walking, cycling, and yoga. You’ll want to extend your summer vacation because of the great weather, captivating scenery, and friendly locals.

Kodaikanal offers exquisite Tamil cuisine which includes idlis and dosas. Besides that, the local’s favourite Tibetan dishes like momos and noodle soup are a must-try. The Princess of Hill Stations is certainly a box of delicious surprises!

Thekkady and Kappa & the Kerala Sadya

Those who travel to one of India’s most enchanting tourist destinations are blessed. Thekkady, the undiscovered jewel of South India, is a favourite vacation spot for those who enjoy the outdoors since it is home to the largest tiger reserve in the nation. If you visit Thekkady during the summer vacation, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained. Once you step foot on Thekkady’s lands, the aroma of coffee and tea will immediately captivate your senses. The icing on this exquisite dessert includes waterfalls and cascades.

The famous food specialties of the region are Idly, Dosa, Kappa & the Kerala Sadya. Apart from it, Rice and Fish Curry and a variety of vegetable curries and stir-fries form the main local fare of Thekkady region

Kashmir and Rogan Josh

The destinations to visit in heaven on earth are Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Srinagar. You will certainly be occupied with the abundance of sightseeing opportunities, nature hikes, and beautiful scenery. This is also the top spot for honeymooners. Take gondola rides, see the stunning Mughal Gardens, the tulip garden, the dal lake floating market, and the Betaab Valley, where the film Betaab was shot. Beautiful valleys like the Also Aru Valley are a feature of Kashmir.

Kashmir is heaven, not only in terms of landscapes but for foodies too. Here is a list of dishes that are must to grab on are Rogan Josh, Modur Pulao, Dum Olav, Yakhni Lamb Curry, Kahva and Lyader Tschaman.

Sikkim and Sel Roti

The finest family vacation destination to think about is this. Tibetan Buddhism is practised in Rumtek Monastery in North East India, which adds to its specialness. You can see the raging Teesta River and the beautiful Himalayas from this undiscovered location in India.  During Sikkim tours, visitors may discover several mesmerising waterfalls, some unknown caves, Himalayan treks, lakes like Gurudongmar Lake, and lovely verdant valleys. Photograph the most beautiful valleys, vibrant orchids, wide woods, Ravangla (a tea farm), and Kunchendzonga peak in the early morning.

Sikkimese food is a delight to savour. Many dishes are available at local restaurants, cafes, and eateries. When visiting the state, enjoy the culinary delights available here. Sel Roti, Dal Bhaat, Sha Phaley, Phagshapa, Kodo ko Roti, Shimi ko Achar and Bamboo shoot cury all these are must to indulge in to get full of unique Sikkimese flavours.

Darjeeling and Sekua

Darjeeling is renowned for its tranquil environment and picturesque hill station. It is the top summer vacation spot in India because of the well-known tea gardens and beautiful views of Kanchendzonga. Find a breathtaking vista of the Himalayan mountain. While the other breathtaking vista view will undoubtedly revive the senses. The Darjeeling “Toy Trains of India” will win the hearts of children. The 140-year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this well-known hill station in India, you’re likely to forget the sweltering heat of July. The colonial homes, Buddhist buildings, churches, and Hindu temples are not to be missed. For pleasant holidays, there are botanical gardens, several handicraft stores, and hiking routes.

Here are some of the most loved Darjeeling food that you must also taste to know the heart of the city are Kwati, Aloo Achar, Pork Curry, Gundruk, Aaloo Tama, Sekua, Phambi, Wachipa and Shyaa Phaley.