Summer was a lot more magical when we were in school because they were synonymous with freedom. But deep inside, all of us are hardwired to slow down a bit once summer begins. We don't mind taking that extra day off and driving off to the hills or spending all day at the beach. Get inspired here.
In the NGT office, summer has us thinking of wildlife more than usual. The heat brings tigers, lions and other beautiful members of the animal kingdom, out for a drink of water, making it the perfect time to spot them. You don't mind the searing sun when you see a tiger step out of a patch of tall grass, or a langur bound right up to you. If you want to get up close and personal with India's wildlife, summer is the best time to do it. You can get some ideas here and here.
India's coastal waters and its beaches are a safe haven from the burning sun, with Goa being the most popular retreat. We honestly can't think of better ways to spend hot summer days than lounging on beach chairs, with a good book, a chilled drink and the occasional dip in the surf. You could also catch some waves, or go diving to discover the depths of the deep blue.
You knew this was going to be on this list. Those golden, juicy, delicious fruits are one of the few good things to come of the oppressive summer heat. There's something comforting about walking into a room and being enveloped in a blanket of that sweet mango fragrance. Whether it's watching our grannies prepare pickles on the terrace or licking our fingers after relishing a mango, this is definitely one of our summer favourites. Here's our guide to some of India's most delicious mangoes.
For those who aren't water babies, the mountains offer the perfect escape to beat the summer heat. Treks and trails open up, allowing trekkers to breathe in some cool, clean mountain air, hill stations come alive as tourists escape the city heat and everything just seems more bearable when you look at those snow-clad peaks in the distance. If you're headed to the Northeast, here are some great stay options. And if you're tempted to explore the Himalayas, here are great trip ideas for all ages.