As a kid, I remember anxiously waiting for my school summer vacation. It was the best time of year when I did not have to wake up early, do homework or prepare for unit tests. Growing up, we used to stay most of the time at home but now as a family we every year go for a nice summer getaway. Finding that perfect holiday destination is always a challenge. Over the years of my travel and research, I have put together a list of 11 best summer holiday destinations that are pocket friendly and perfect for any type of traveler (solo, friends or family).
These 11 best holiday destinations 2017 cover both International and within India travel recommendations.
#1 Udaipur, India
Established by Maharana Udai Singh II, Udaipur is the former capital of the Mewar Kingdom. Located near the Rajasthan-Gujarat border, this city is enriched by cultural history. It has witnessed the era of Maharana Pratap and the Mughal emperor Akbar. Known as Venice of the East, the city is one of the most loved holiday destinations of India. Among several attractions, the city Palace, built by Maharana Udai Singh in 1567 would be at the top of the must-visit places.
Places to visit: City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Moti Magri, Fatehsagar Lake, Monsoon Palace, Jag Mandir, Jagdish Temple and Kesariyaji Temple.
Also Read: Why I’ll Never Stop Loving Udaipur
#2 Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Also known as Satpura ki Rani, Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. In comparison to other hill stations in India, Pachmarhi is one of the lesser known holiday destinations in India. The luscious green valley is said to be visited by Pandavas during their exile and has ancient caves of Buddhist era. The region is rich in flora and fauna and is part of Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. If you love nature and want to spend some me-time then Pachmarchi will make for one of the best holiday destinations 2017.
Places to visit: Pandava caves, Dhoopgarh, Rajat Prapat Waterfall, Bee Waterfall, Satpura National Park, Handi Khoh, Jata Shankar Caves
#3 Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech or Marrakesh was the capital of Morocco during the reigns of Almoravid and Almohad dynasties. It is the fourth largest city is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – Jemaa El-Finaa. Stay at traditional Moroccan house known as Riad, shop till you drop at souks, give your body a deep scrub at hammam and visit the square and be entertained by snake charmers, magicians, henna tattoo artists, story tellers and mystics. For me, this is one of the best summer holiday destinations that I would like to visit.
Places to visit: Jemma El-Fnaa, Hammam, Medina Souks, Jardin Majorelle Garden, Ben Youssef Medersa, Bahia Palace.
#4 Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is a scenic village in Switzerland surrounded by mountains and considered one of the best holiday destinations in the world. The village is car-free and only battery-operated cars are permitted inside the town. The accommodation can be expensive in Zermatt so prepare your travel budget accordingly. Plan a trip to Zermatt if you want to ski or do mountain climbing. Keep yourself cool even in summer with
Places to visit: Theodul Glacier and Pass, Gorner Gorge, Matterhorn Museum, Sunnegga, Kleines Matterhorn, The Gornergrat railway, igloo village.
#5 Amalfi Coast, Italy
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amalfi Coast is home to 100 beaches. The starting point of the coast is Sorrento and the ending point is Salerno. Whether you want a beach holiday, food holiday or luxury holiday, Amalfi Coast has something to offer to every time of vacationers. Visit Pompeii and Naples if you choose to stay at Sorrento. This guide will help you select your preferred coastal town. So make Amalfi Coast one of your holiday destinations of 2017.
#6 Paros, Greece
One of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades, Paros is one of most popular summer holiday destinations. If you are looking for an island vacation then Paros is place to go. The island is most famous for The Church of 100 Doors, mining quarries and coastal town Naoussa. Explore the scenic beauty of town with the help of network of walking trails or relax by the beach.
Places to visit: Marpissa, Marathi, Parikia, Naoussa, Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Kolybithres, Ágii Anárgyri monastery, Cape Kórakas.
#7 Lyon, France
This stunning city is one of the best places to visit in the world, situated in the east-central France, 292 miles from Paris. The people of this gorgeous city, also have a beautiful name- Lyonnais. Lyon, the third largest city in the country, is famous for historical landmarks and cuisine. The major tourist attractions are Musée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts), Quartier Saint-Jean and Quartier Saint-Georges (Old Town), Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine (Museum of Archaeology), Colline de la Croix-Rousse (Hill of the Croix-Rousse). And do not forget to pamper yourself with the local cuisines. Not visiting the Gourmet Restaurants and Culinary Boutiques will be an unforgivable mistake.
#8 Hanoi, Vietnam
One if the best holiday destinations, this Vietnamese city turned 1000 years old in October 2010. Known as Paris of The East, this city is lying on the right bank of the Red River, this historical city is the capital and the 2nd largest city in the country. Every year, numerous travellers visit Hanoi which is an abode of a number of museums. National Museum of Vietnamese History, Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi Museum, Vietnamese Museum of Revolution are few to be named. This city is culturally enriched as well. Modern and traditional, you can watch both types of theater here thus making it one of the best tourist places to visit in the world.
#9 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Founded by Konrad and Duke Berthold III of Zähringen in 1120 German city ‘Freiburg im Breisgau’ is the sunniest and warmest city of this country. It used to serve as a trade way between the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea. Among the key attractions, The Whale House, Augustiner Museum, Freiburg Minster, Schlossberg appeal to the tourists who come from all over the world. If you want to relish the beauty of the Black Forest, visit this place before it’s too late. Do not miss the much fascinating Schauinsland, a mountain in the black forest. Located at 4,213 ft above the sea level, this mountain attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world and is among the best places to go on holiday.
#10 Siem Reap, Cambodia
The name Siem Reap, translates to ‘Defeat of Siam’. It tells the centuries-old history of the clash between Siamese and Khmer kingdoms. Siem Reap is the key tourist attraction of Cambodia as it is popular as the gateway to Angkor region. Angkor Wat means the city of temples. It is the biggest religious monument in the world. Cambodia is extremely budget-friendly destination and must be one of your holiday destinations of 2017.
#11 Bali, Indonesia
Bali has to be one of the best summer holiday destinations in the world. The island got immensely popular after Julia Robert’s Eat, Pray and Love. Even though Bali is an year round destination, plan your trip according to what you want to do. Like Cambodia, Bali can be a budget friendly holiday.
Places to visit: Mt. Batur, Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Tanh Lot Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Jimbaran, Sanur, Ubud, Kuta, Nusa Dua
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