The mercury is rising and you all must be looking for a place to escape the scorching summer heat. While most of us look at the usual cooler places like Shimla, Manali or Gulmarg during summers, India has some unexplored gems where winds bestow unearthly vibes and nature caresses your soul.

Doodhpathri, Kashmir

Doodhpathri, Kashmir

Doodhpathri, Kashmir

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Often named as the ‘Valley of Milk’, Doodhpathri resides an hour’s drive from Srinagar. This enchanting place brims with emerald meadows, immaculate landscapes and serenity oozing surroundings. Do not forget spending some time close to the little river flowing here. Feel the chilling water washing your feet as you step on the brown and white-hued pebbles settled at the surface. There are many camping options available here from where you can catch glimpse of snow-clad mountains and beautiful pine trees reaching out to the clear sky.

Zanskar, Ladakh

Zanskar, Ladakh

Zanskar, Ladakh

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This serene heaven has been blessed with more than its fair share of nature. The sights of rocky snow-capped mountains, majestic rivers and spectacular looking horizon are common yet captivating here. Stop at one of the Tibetan Buddhists which look like little bundles of peace. The old-fashioned King’s Palace in Zangla is a must visit attraction here. Do take a drive down Baralacha La to relish some unworldly sights on this highest motorable road in the world.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

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Ziro offers an unseen facet of India which is away from the glitz and glamour of the modern world. Set against the backdrop of soaring pines, Ziro is home to tribals who are known for their facial tattoos. The Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit for wildlife lovers where they can spot clouded leopard and barking deer. Explore the beautiful Meghna Cave Temple. This 5,000 year-old temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and flaunts spectacular architecture. Also, strolling around Ziro is a treat to savour sights of pine-tree forests.

Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei, Mizoram

Lunglei, Mizoram

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This tiny hamlet is not spotted by many. This seems like some other planet where life is simple and laid back. As you drive past steep hills and deep gorges, you reach this place where the locals are still deeply rooted to their traditions and customs. Visit the Khawnglung wildlife sanctuary here to peep into the wild closely. Spot boars, hoolock, gibbon, and the sambar deer.

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund, Himachal Pradesh

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The only thought of Himachal Pradesh arouses the images of Shimla, Manali and Chamba. However, there is one hidden gem of this state which holds immense beauty to make your summer holidays memorable. Visit Triund, located about 10km from McLeodganj. This beautiful gem is ideal for adventure lovers due to its stunning topography. From hiking to trekking, there are numerous activities available to unveil the charms of Triund.

Jalori Pass, Kullu

Jalori Pass, Kullu

Jalori Pass, Kullu

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Perched at a height of 10,800 ft, Jalori Pass is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Karsog Valley. Due to the range of mountains sprawling here, Jalori remains popular for trekking among both veteran and novice trekkers. To experience some moments of peace, spend some time at the ancient Mahakali Temple. This destination seems to be come out of a fairytale where clouds kiss the mountains at the horizon.

Mararikulam, Kerala

Mararikulam, Kerala

Mararikulam, Kerala

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For the suckers of sun, sea and sand, Kerala is definitely a much popular destination in India. However, not many know that Mararikulam is the place to spend a perfect beach holiday in Kerala. Walk barefoot on the pristine sands as you catch the glimpse of breathtaking sunset and sunrise. Indulge in invigorating ayurvedic therapies to rejuvenate your mind and body. Mararikulam is all about leisure and nothing else.

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The mercury is rising and you all must be looking for a place to escape the scorching summer heat. While most of us look at the usual cooler places like Shimla, Manali or Gulmarg during summers, India has some unexplored gems where winds bestow unearthly vibes and nature caresses...