Everything You Need to Know to Plan the Best Summer Vacation Ever!

Winter holidays are over, and now it's time to plan the perfect summer getaway - to a place so perfect that you will spend these remainder long, cold nights dreaming about. A place that gives you a well-deserved break from your stressful and mundane city life.

Imagine walking in the fog with cool mountain breeze blowing past you, chilly mornings and starry nights. Imagine going to a place that is not affected by the constantly rising temperature in summer and free of the constraints of city life. All this could come true a few months from now - while everybody else is juggling with the scorching heat of the sun, you can be in Himachal Pradesh, the epitome of natural beauty.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to stop missing out on great opportunities, then assure yourself of a great summer by booking yourself either a Shimla, Kufri, Chail or a Himachal tour package right now! This way, you will also get there in time to capture the beauty of stark white winter transitioning into a bright, colourful summer, when it surpasses all its limits of gorgeousness. Here's everything that you need to know to plan the best summer vacation to your choice of best summer destinations ever:

1. Things you need to carry.

• Always have your detailed itinerary printed in hand, along with hotel booking confirmation
• Identity proofs (digital, printed copy as well as original) are usually asked at the time of check-in at the hotel
• It could get a light chilly so make sure you pack light woollens, or sweatshirts and full sleeve tees
• Personal medication like thermometer, band-aids, eno, aspirin, ORS, crocin as well as prescribed medication if any
• Moisturizing lotion, especially if your skin dries quickly
• Power banks and chargers
• If you plan to adventure out on your own, don't forget your travel map, torches, trekking boots(or good rubber-soled shoes) and a few energy bars. 
• Don't forget to arm your DSLR with ample memory cards and batteries!

2. Cuisine to try.

Another reason to fall in love with Himachal Pradesh (the first reason being its breathtaking beauty) is the tasteful blend of exquisite Pahari cuisine it has to offer, that has a unique flavour and aroma to it. These are some dishes you simply must sample:

• Dhaam-–It is a traditional festival which is celebrated in the state. Treat your taste buds with sweetened rice, curd, curry, rice, green lentils and red kidney beans, which are served on leaves.
• River Trout - a local favourite served with rice
• TudkiyaBhath - A type of pulao with mash daal
• Kadoo Ka Khatta - Pumpkin cooked in gravy and amchoor
• Babru - A type of stuffed kachori served with tamarind chutney

3. Things to do and places to see - Shimla

• The Shimla Ridge - Go here for stunning views of the city and mountain peaks, to eat at one of the many restaurants located nearby or to shop at local stores. There's also a Christ Church and Tudor Library nearby.
• Kalka-Shimla Railway - A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a connection between Kalka and Shimla. A must do for a breathtaking journey through bridges and tunnels.
• Jakhoo Hill - This is Shimla's highest peak and offers aview of the Himalayan mountains. There's also a Jakhoo Temple with a huge Hanuman statue. 
• Kufri-–It is a perfect place to indulge in adventure sports or to just enjoy scenic views from a 2510 metre altitude.

4. Things to do and places to see - Manali.

• Salong Valley or 'Snow Point' - This is a great place for adventure sports lovers and trekkers. It offers magnificent views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks.
• Rohtang Pass - It has various hidden waterfalls and a great many picturesque sites that you can discover on a jeep safari ride.
• Hadimba Devi Temple - Dedicated to Gahatotkacha, this 15th-century temple is perfect for the religious tourist.
• Great Himalayan National Park - Enjoy scenic views of mountain passes and valleys or admire the many endangered fauna and flora found here. It is also a great place for trekking. 

True, Himachal Pradesh is beautiful all year around, but there is just something exceptionally magical about it during summer. To experience the many magical vistas of nature here, be sure to book customized tour packages as early as possible so you can guarantee yourself a memorable summer. Don't forget to pack your camera to capture all your new favourite memories!

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About the Author:

Meera Dewaan is an aspiring writer, literature geek and author. She has several journals, articles and papers to her name. Writing is her passion. She writes about mostly all genres.

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