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The 21 Best Summer Tourist Spots in India

Updated on May 13, 2016

Are you looking for a hassle free and frosty location in India for summer expedition? Normally during summer temperature soars in India, between 36 to 46 plus degrees. But there are many places which are good for striking summer vacation and adventurous trip. You need to select a right destination, this article can give you an option to select the precise destination.

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Best Summer Tourism Destinations In India

1. Ladakh

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The meaning of Laddakh in native language is "The land of high passes". As its name suggests Laddakh is located between two highest mountains, the one is Karakoram Range to the north and another one is Himalaya to the south. Laddakh is a naturally beautiful, pollution-free, noise-free and population-free place in the Himalayan region of India that is surrounded with attractive snow-filled backdrops and enchanting blue lakes. You can see, some little homesteads, susceptible wildlife animals and beautiful Buddhist monasteries in Laddakh and enjoy the local culture and the pleasant climate during summer. It’s a top choice for trekkers, bikers and to wildlife and cultural enthusiasts.

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Nearest Railway Station
Srinagar
Nearest Airport
Leh (Other options are the Srinagar, 434 kms and Jammu 450 Kms away)
State and Province
Kashmir, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 5 to 22 Degree WINTER: –22 to 7 Degrees C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Camping, Adventures Trip

2. Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is a beautiful valley near Srinagar, speckled with many parks and small lakes. The original name of Gulmarg is "Gauri Marg". That was named after the Hindu goddess Parvati (Gauri), it was renamed as "Gulmarg" by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty.

Gulmarg is best known for its pleasant climate during summer and natural beauty. Also the panoramic view of Apharwat peak, Khilanmarg of Nanga Parbat and Harmukh Mountains are the striking allures. The Gulmarg Gondola is another attraction, which was built by French company Pomagalski and is one of the highest in the world, with a height of around 3,979 metres.

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Nearest Railway Station
Jammu (290 Kms away)
Nearest Airport
Srinagar (56 kilometres away)
State and Province
Kashmir, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 5 to 22 Degree WINTER: 22 to 7 Degrees C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Honeymoon Trip and Summer Vacation

3. Srinagar

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Srinagar is the most beautiful city in Jammu and Kashmir region of India and also known as summer capital of India. Due to some security reasons, this place was restricted for tourists. But since 2003 onward, it’s permitted. Still, you can notice a tighten security coped by armed soldiers. Srinagar most visits during the summer months, starting from April to Mid-June, when the climate turns pleasant.

Srinagar is filled with lot of enchanting lakes, ancient temples and mosque. The most indorsed tourist spots in Srinagar are the Dal Lake, Mughal Garden, Hazaratbal Mosque, Shankaracharya Mandir, Nagin Lake, Jama Masjid, Wular and Manas blue lake, Nilagrad River, Pari Mahal, Kherbhawani Temple and Apple Orchards.

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Nearest Railway Station
Srinagar or (neares one is Udhampur railway station)
Nearest Airport
Srinagar
State and Province
Jammu Kashmir, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 11 to 27 Degree C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Summer Vacation, Honeymoon Trip

4. Pahalgam

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Pahalgam is another beautiful small town, adjacent to the Srinagar in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir. During the summers (April-June) temperature are mild but in winters (November-February) are cold. You can experience heavy snowfall from during winter in between the month of December to February. Apart from its natural beauty and pleasant climate, Pahalgam is also famous for the last stop for annual Hindu pilgrimage reaching to the holy cave of Amarnath.

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Nearest Railway Station
Srinagar (Approx 90 kms
Nearest Airport
Srinagar (Approx 90 kms
State and Province
Jammu Kashmir, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 11 to 27 Degree C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Camping, Trekking, Summer vacation

5. Rishikesh

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Rishikesh is a holy city of Hindu Temples and ashrams, which is located on the bank of the Holy Ganga River in State Uttrakhand in India. Rishikesh is a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave and a centre for studying yoga and meditation and also known as the gateway to the Himalayas. This city is speckled with lots of Ashrams, heritage, Sadhus and a very special city for Hindus because the Hindus Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey), ideally begins from Rishikesh.

The Ram Jhoola and Lakshman Jhoola are the most famous and amazing place in the city, and other temples the Trayambakeshwar Temple, Bharat Mandir, Parmarth Niketan, Swarg ashram are another attraction in town. The white water rafting in the river Ganga and pleasant weather is an ultimate enjoyment for adventure seekers during summer.

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Nearest Railway Station
Rishikesh or Dehradun
Nearest Airport
Dehradun (approx 35 kms)
State and Province
Uttrakhand, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 21 to 42 Degree C, WINTER: 5 to 26 Degree C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Yoga, Meditation, Cultural trip and Holi city for Hindus

6. Dharamshala

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Dharamshala is a hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in an upper Kangra valley on the edge of the Himalayas. This city has its natural scenic beauty and surrounded by dense deodar cedar forests. Also, this is well recognised as a home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.

This town offers many tourist attractions like The McLeod Ganj, Kangra Museum, Kangra Fort, Masrur, Dal Lake (of Dharamshala), Namgyal Monastery is the most famous tourist spot in the city. The panoramic view, pleasant climate and nippy storm charms summer tourists.

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Nearest Railway Station
Pathankot (Around 85 kilometres away
Nearest Airport
Gaggal (approx 15 kms)
State and Provinence
Himachal, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: Average 17 degrees, up to 38 degree
Elevation
In Between 1450 to 1490 mtr

7. Shimla

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Once the summer capital of British India, now Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is enclosed by the majestic mountains of the Himalayas and lush green forests, bubbling rivers and occupied with emerald meadows and enchanting lakes and acknowledged as a “heaven for summer tourist” visiting during the summer between the months of March to May.

The Kalka-Shimla railway gage constructed by the British rulers in 1903, is the main attraction in the city. The train offers a terminus narrow gage railway travel and natural sightseeing. Shimla is also known for its handicraft work that offer cheap and best handicraft materials and wooden items. The most famous Lakkar market is best known place for wooden toys and crafts.

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Nearest Railway Station
Shimla
Nearest Airport
Shimla Airport (6.2mi) And Chandigarh Airport (37.1mi)
State and Province
Himachal, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 15 to 27 degree C WINTER: 0 to 17 degree C
Elevation
2700 m to 7672 m
Most accredited for
Hill Station, Summer and Winter vacation

8. Kullu Manali

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The name of the city Kullu Manali is a combination of the two names “Kullu and Manali” that both are adjacent. The name Kullu is named after the Kulu valley and Manali is taken from the legislator Manu, which is regarded from the name "Manu-Alaya" that means "the abode of Manu".

Kullu Manali is a beautiful small hill station and also known as “valley of flowers” and "Valley of the Gods". This city is located in Kullu district in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India and have many tourist charms like Bijli Mahadev Temple, Sultanpur Palace, Hadimba Temple, Buddhist Monasteries and many other Hindu temples. The Dussehra festival celebration is very popular that attract a lot of tourists every year. The white water rafting and many other adventures, accomplishments in the city, make it a top choice for summer tourists and adventure enthusiasts.

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Nearest Railway Station
Shimla
Nearest Airport
The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport and Shimla Airport (6.2mi) And Chandigarh Airport (37.1mi)
State and Provinence
Himachal, Norht India
Temperature
SUMMER: 25 to 37 degree C WINTER: 4 to 20 degree C
Elevation
Approximately 2050 m

9. Nainital and Mussoorie

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Nainital is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state in Northern India, which is set around Nainital Lake. The name of the city is taken from famous Hindu Temple of Naina Devi and the lake in town (Lake is called “Tal” in Hindi language). The name “NAINITAL” represents, NAINI (From, Naina Devi Temple) and TAL (Means Lake).

Nainital is surrounded by enchanting lakes, lust green forest and followed with Himalayan Mountains. Around 60 lakes are located around the major Naini Lake. The Nainital was developed a tourist spot during British colonization by a British businessman, P. Barron and latter a second municipal board of north western Provenience. Nainital offers a pleasing climate and mild temperature and many lakes for boating, kayaking that makes it a most demanded summer tourist location.

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Nearest Railway Station
Nainital
Nearest Airport
Dehradoon
State and Province
Uttrakhand, North India
Temperature
SUMMER: 15 to 27 degree C WINTER: -3 to 12 Degree C
Elevation
Nainital : 2084 mtr, Mussoorie: 2005 mtres
Most accredited for
Summer Hill Station, Family outing, Honeymoon Trip

10. Mount Abu

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Mount Abu is a striking hill station situated in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan state in India. Earlier this city was known as Arbudanchal that means the ("forest of Arbhuda"). This city is surrounded by green forest, many small lakes, river and waterfalls and also called 'an oasis in the desert'. This is the only hill station in Rajasthan state of India and has many Hindu temples, including the Adhar Devi Temple (also known as Arbuda Devi Temple), The Durga temple, Ambika Mata Temple and have also been a headquarter for faith community of Brahma Kumaris.

Though the Monsoon season is the best time to go to the Mount Abu, but pleasant climate, wildlife sanctuary a vast flora and fauna and the outdoor activities like Rock climbing, Rappelling, Caving & Camping attracts summer tourists.

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Nearest Railway Station
Mount Abu (Abu Road Railway station)
Nearest Airport
Udaipur
State and Province
Rajasthan, Western India
Temperature
SUMMER: 28 to 33 degree C WINTER: -8 to 11 Degree C
Elevation
1150 to 1200 mtr

Best Summer Tourist Spots In India - Part1

11. Darjeeling

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Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station located in the northern part of the West Bengal state of India. It was established during British colonisation. The pleasant climate and mild temperature of Darjeeling and striking tea gardens on the slopes of rolling hills, orchids, pines and seasonal flowers, lot of gardens make it a perfect destination for nature lovers. Also, its location as the backdrop to Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks makes it a unique destination.

The narrow-gauge “Toy Train” of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, completed in 1881 is the attraction of Darjeeling tourism. Also, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, then Darjeeling is the perfect destination, the rare animals like Red Pandas, red hairs and many flowering plants like rhododendrons, magnolia, carpets of primula and over 600 varieties of orchids and 4,000 different types of flowering plants are in Darjeeling district.

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Nearest Railway Station
Darjeeling
Nearest Airport
Bagdogra
State and Province
West Bengal
Temperature
SUMMER: 19 to 37 degree C WINTER: 3 to 24 Degree C
Elevation
Approximately 2000 mtr
Most accredited for
Honeymoon Trip, Summer vacation

12. Tawang

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Tawang is the smallest town among 16 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh in north-eastern India. The most famous tourist place in town is the Tawang Monastery. It was founded by the Mira Lama Lodre Gyatso of the 5th Dalai Lama that has an 8 meter tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and it’s commonly believed that this is the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world, outside of the Tibet.

Earlier Tourists were restricted to travel to Tawang. This town was claimed by China as a part of china republic, which was a disagreement with India and China. But now it’s open. And the pollution free natural beauty and in budget tourism of Tawang are alluring to the summer tourists.

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Nearest Railway Station
Guahati, Guahati
Nearest Airport
Dibrugarh, Guahati
State and Province
Meghalaya, North East India
Temperature
WINTER: Minimum Upto -10 Degree C
Elevation
4170 mtr
Most accredited for
Camping, Lonely planet travelers, Adventure, Hill Climbing

13. Shillong

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Shillong is a Pleasant, pollution-free hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It is located just around 50 Kms away from the words wetted place Cherrapunji and city temperature varies between 4 to 23 Degrees over a year.

The panoramic view of the shilling scenic hill station expedition was called Scotland of the East by the British in India. Shillong is also known for Lady Hydari Park’s manicured gardens and the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features. That makes it the most preferred summer tourism location.

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Nearest Railway Station
Shillong
Nearest Airport
Shillong
State and Province
Meghalaya, North East India
Temperature
SUMMER: 14 to 23 degree C WINTER: 4 to 22 Degree C
Elevation
Approx 1525 mtrs
Most accredited for
Hill Station

14. Sikkim

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Sikkim is a 22nd state of India which came into existence since 26th April, 1975. This is located in northwest India and located between the countries Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Sikkim has the dramatic landscape including India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kanchenjunga. The native language in Sikkim is Nepali and English is the second language.
Sikkim is enclosed by striking Snow Mountains, untouched glaciers, enchanting lakes and occupied with rivers, falls and monasteries, the most famous are Lachen monastery rises the river Teesta. The pleasant weather, mild wind and pollution free zones make it the one among the best summer tourist spot and bikers heaven in India.

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Nearest Railway Station
etween Sevoke in West Bengal and Rangpo
Nearest Airport
Cooch Behar or Bagdogra
State and Province
Sikkim, North East India
Temperature
SUMMER: 17 to 27 degree C WINTER: 2 to 20 Degree C
Elevation
Varries In Between 400 mtr to 2000 mtr
Most accredited for
Bikeing, Hill Climbing, Snow sports

15. Pachmarhi

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Pachmarhi is the only hill station in the central Indian region. This small town is located in the valley of the Satpura hills Range in Madhya Pradesh state of central India. Pachmarhi has been the location of a cantonment since the British Raj. It’s a main The main attraction at a place is to spot the tigers near the airstrip and Panther sightings are common around Pachmarhi Cantonment. Apart from its tourist attraction it is also a holy city for Hindus which has a lot of ancient temples of Lord Shiva. This city was first developed by Britishers as a military cantonment and it was widely known as "Satpura ki Rani" (Queen of Satpura).

Pachmarhi is a popular tourist retreat in central India and attract the tourist over year, being the only hill station in the region that make it the most popular Summer tourist destination.

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Nearest Railway Station
Pachmarhi Cantt(Or Piparia) or Hosangabad.
Nearest Airport
Bhopal (Alternates are Nagpur and Jabalpur)
State and Province
Madhya Pradesh, Central India
Temperature
SUMMER: 22 to 45 degree C WINTER: 3 to 33 Degree C (Average, 21 Degree C)
Elevation
In Betwenn 1050 to 1120 mtr
Most accredited for
Hill Station, Temples, Hindus Religious travel

16. Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar is a small hill station in Maharastra state of India and also known as a monsoon haven in India. It’s positioned around at the India's most forested Western Ghats range and located between two of major Indian metro cities, Pune and Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar is spotted with many waterfalls, lush green scenic spots and the fogy hill peaks like Arthur’s Seat, Elephant hill point, Lingmala waterfall and many others. Verna Lake has been boating allure. Also Mahabaleshwar is a holy city for Hindus, the Panch Ganga Temple where 5 rivers meets is the most devoted religious pilgrimage for Hindus.

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Nearest Railway Station
Mahabaleshwar
Nearest Airport
Pune or Mumbai
State and Province
Maharastra
Temperature
SUMMER: Maximum 29 Degree C WINTER: Minimum 13 Degree C
Elevation
Average 1353 metres
Most accredited for
Hill Station, Mansoon Trip, Adventure

17. Ooty

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Ooty (Ootacamund) is a most beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu state of southern India. It is also abbreviated as Udhagamandalam and abbreviated as Udhagai and a capital of the Nilgiris district.
Though the King Tipu Sultan was the first to recognize this place. Latter the lust green feathers and patronizing hills, an extraordinary scenic beauty and pleasant weather and climate like an English summer enticed to the Britishers during British colonization. Now days it’s a good summer tourist spot in the region and known as 'honeymooner’s paradise'.

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Nearest Railway Station
Ooti (Or nearby is Coimbatore)
Nearest Airport
Coimbatore
State and Province
Tamilnadu, South India
Temperature
Maximum Temperature 24.30 Degree C Minimum Temperature 4.80 Degree C
Elevation
Around 2050 meters
Most accredited for
Honeymoon Travel, Hill Station

18. Munnar

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Munnar is a one amonge most popular hill station, located in Idukki district of Kerala state of South India. Munnar was initially developed in 19th century as a resort by English people. The city is surrounded by tea gardens, forests, green hill with lot of waterfalls and deep valleys.

The Eravikulam National Park and wildlife makes are the tourist attraction for rare available extinct mountain goat Nilgiri tahr. Also many small and the major Kundala Lake is the most attractive place for boating, and the pleasant climate and low temperature make it a best tourist spot for summer vacation.

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Nearest Railway Station
Coimbatore (Major), Nearest Aluva(110 km.)
Nearest Airport
Kocchi and Coimbatore
State and Province
Kerala
Temperature
Varies between 5 to 25 Degree C
Elevation
Around 1450 mtrs

19. Coorg

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Coorg or Kodagu is also known as Kodava Nadu, this is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. Coorg is surrounded by lush green hill rage and dense forest around the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River and well recognized for its beautiful coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations, cultivation, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism carry the economy of this beautiful town.
The coffee plantation, orange groves, deep, sheer hills, dense greenery and pleasing climate make Coorg a treasured travel destination, in 19th century Britishers ascribed the Scotland of Europe. Around 250 plus varieties of birds and wild animals like panthers, tigers, and flying squirrels make it a most interesting place for wildlife tourists. Also the elephant and Jeep travel are an amazing experience for tourists. Coorg is one among most beautiful and popular summer tourism destination of Karnataka state and southern Indian region.

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Nearest Railway Station
Mangalore, about 135 km away
Nearest Airport
Mangalore, about 135 km away
State and Province
Karnataka, South India
Temperature
Max 35 and Min 13 Degree C
Elevation
Average approx. 1170 mtrs
Most accredited for
Summer hill Station trip

20. Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The meaning of kdaikanal in native Tamil languages is “the gift of Forest” and as its name suggests this is a striking dwell surrounded by dense green forest, beautiful waterfall and many small lakes.

The Kodaikanal town was developed by the American and European Missionaries, Christian churches and it’s filled with many Churches like the most famous church of South India (opposite Bryant Park), St. Peters Church (near Coakers Walk), Gorapur, Lake End, La Salette, Lutheran Mission, Sacred Heart (Munjikal).
Kodaikanal lake, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin's Nose point,Silver Cascade Waterfall and many other natural tourist place spring cherished memories to the tourists and make it among the best tourist destination of South India.

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Nearest Railway Station
Kodaikanal (and Madurai)
Nearest Airport
Coachin and Coimbatore
State and Province
Tamilnadu, Southern India
Temperature
Maximum Temperature up to 26 Degree C Minimum Temperature 6 Degree C
Elevation
Around 2343 mtrs

Best Summer Tourism Spots in India - Part II

21. Wayanad

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Wayanad is known as the “Green Paradise” of Kerala state of India, it has the sharing boundaries with two other states Kranata and Tamilnadu with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta Kerla. This is This verdant hill station is full of plantations, forest, river, waterfalls and wildlife and its geographical setting and travel expedients, make it the most preferred summer tourist spot in the region.

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Nearest Railway Station
Kozhikode
Nearest Airport
Karipur international airport at Kozhikode
State and Province
Kerla, Southern India
Temperature
Average maximum 29 Degree C and Minimum 18 Degree C
Elevation
NA
Most accredited for
Hill Station, House Boats, Site Seing

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      Travel Share 16 months ago from INDIA

      Thanks Sam!

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      Sam Shepards 16 months ago from Europe

      Cool article. India is multiple worlds in itself! Great effort to show some excellent places!