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Amazing places to visit before the summer ends

With just a few days left for summer, the guide suggests you make the most of it by heading to some great destinations

The summer holidays are getting over soon and you might want to make the best of it. So, pack your bags and get going on a backpack or a planned trip this season. Get your group together, surf the internet, chalk out your itinerary and get going. Here’s the experts’ take on the best destinations to head to:

Nishitta Ghaatge from Sun Tourism states that this summer, domestic tourism has picked as compared to the international sector because of the high dollar rates. “The domestic sector has seen a high for destinations like Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Leh and Ladakh. Bhutan has picked up a lot this season due to its beautiful culture and its pleasant weather. Internationally, Paris, Switzerland and Dubai top the charts,” says Ghaatge.

Interestingly, the Amarnath Yatra is also getting popular with youngsters, adds Ghaatge. “It is accessible and helicopters have made it easier for people to visit. We are hoping the dollar rates come down and travelling internationally becomes cheaper.”

Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com, states that over the years, the profile of the Indian traveller has changed. Earlier, it was only families that travelled on annual breaks, but lately, there are younger travellers, in their 20s and early 30s, who do so. “They typically take a number of small breaks in the year. Goa, Kochi and Kerala are popular domestic destinations while Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia and Bali are at the top of the list when it comes to international destinations.”

An expert from Hotels.com shares that hotels like Taj Malabar in Kochi, Alila Diwa in Goa, Wildflower Hall in Shimla, Kumarakom Lake Resort in Kumarakom and Kurumba Village Resort in Coonoor are very popular. Asian destinations such as Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Pattaya, Phuket, London, New York, Las Vegas and Dubai are also preferred destinations for Indians travelling overseas.

Overseas best

Macau
A visit to the Las Vegas of the East will help you get rejuvenated. From adventure sports (bungee jumping) to casinos, a pulsating nightlife and luxurious hotels, it has it all. You can walk around footloose even during the wee hours of the morning. Also worth a visit is the luxurious Sofitel hotel, located in the center of the city at the heart of the charming historical quarter.

Las Vegas

Bangkok
Bangkok, also termed the Venice of the East, is a tourist-friendly destination. Plenty of adventure and attraction can be found in the hustle and bustle of the city. From shopping to sightseeing, animal resorts, spa retreats, the buzzing night life and street food await you. This city has tremendous culture and history to boast of from beautiful temples to palaces. You can visit the 120 year old Mandarin Oriental hotel, a landmark hotel on the banks of Chao Phraya river. You can also head to Phuket to experience the sun, sand and sea. They boast of a chain of white sandy coves and beaches, abundant marine life, coral reefs, mountain peaks and scenic islands.

Prague

Prague
Small cobbled streets and pavement cafés make for a delightful sight in this vibrant city. Despite being laidback, the locals love to have a good time. You can find a festival or a live music performance, going on in just about every corner of the city. From being a fashion capital, to being known for its natural scenic beauty, to the castles, Vltava river, the thrilling nightlife and beautiful people, there are many reasons to head here. Park yourself at any of the city hotels to discover the beauties of Prague.

India’s best

Goa
From getting a dose of sun, sea and sand to eating out at the friendly shacks, there’s much to love at the beach destination. You can indulge in water sports and explore North and South Goa. An apt destination for young and old alike, irrespective of whether you want to go clubbing, enjoying seafood or getting some sunshine.

Goa

Kashmir
This is the perfect place to beat the heat. You can savour Kashmiri food and get clicked in the traditional attire on
a shikara.

kashmir dal lake

Kerala
God’s own country has many takers for its natural beauty, friendly people and sumptuous food. The backwaters, elephant rides, backwater boat rides and eating on banana leaf are must-dos.

Kerla

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