Ever wonder why the two month long “summer” vacation falls in the summers? Simple yaar! It is too hot to go round the daily schedule, especially for school kids. This is the time when most families need a respite from the heat and torrid humidity. And respite comes in the form of a nice chiller holiday.

While Goa is the favorite of winter holidays because of lovely weather, Christmas and New Year celebrations, summer holidays are a completely different story. Who wants to be strolling on the beaches in sweltering heat and humidity? What one needs is the calm and cool of a nice hill station. This is why Shimla was designated as the Summer Capital of India by the British. The Brits were so fond of our hill stations that they have left an indelible mark of their culture and language on most of them.

Most people complain that Shimla is too commercialized and crowded, especially in the summers. So if you are looking for a “Summer Chill-Pill” this year, give the Himachal a miss. Try Uttaranchal this year as your summer getaway with family. If you are wondering where Uttaranchal is, it is one of the new states in North India. Cut out from the original Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal (or Uttarakhand) is a hilly state bordered by Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh on two sides. The state also has international borders with Nepal & China.

Attractions Of Uttaranchal

Uttaranchal has many tourist spots like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussourie, Almora, Nainital, Ranikhet etc. For nature lovers, Uttaranchal is a paradise as they will find many unspoilt views in the lap of nature. The state has many beautiful waterfalls like the “Sahestradhara”, or the “Kempty Falls”, “Bhatta Falls”, or the “Jharipani Falls”. If you are an adventure sports enthusiast, that is just one more reason for you to visit. Rishikesh offers great adventure sports, especially the water based ones. If you enjoy trekking in the mountains, Uttaranchal can take care of that too.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the state has at least one wildlife park called The Nanda Devi National Park. If you are a devout devotee of the Gods, you can combine your summer holiday with a pilgrimage. What better places than Gangotri, Jamnotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar and Rishikesh to pay your respects to God and nature?

Still not too sure if you want to visit? The least you can do is visit Memsaab.com for further information on this. We will bring you a series of articles on different places and attractions of Uttarakhand, the summer getaway for families.

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