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When it comes to beating the heat this summer, there are always two thoughts in mind. The first one always (being obvious):

“Go somewhere someplace that’s not hot”.

And the second one being: “Go someplace that is not as hot as your own area and locality”.

Listed are some of the beautiful escapades from the sweltering heat this summer:

Kurseong: The land of white orchids

A quiet hill station located 32 km ahead of Darjeeling, Kurseong takes only 1.5 hours by road from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. This place surely has to be ticked off your bucket list. It is hard staying here and not falling in love with the view of tea plantations, lush green forests with snow-clad mountains and the flowers found in abundance on its hill slopes. You can’t miss the sunset scene here while forming the most beautiful colors in the sky. The pleasant weather just acts as the cherry on the cake.

Mirik: The valley of the sun

Located amidst the Himalayan Valley, banks of huge lakes, this hill town just adds more beauty to North Bengal. Traveling for just two hours from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station by either a bus or rented car with the very minimal fare, this famous yet not so crowded place offers one with quiet and peaceful moments. From boating experiences with your loved ones to the unexplored places like Bunkulung, is sure to make your weekend more adventurous just within your budget! This perfect hill station getaway is an idea you’ll never go wrong in!

Darjeeling: A paradise beauty

What can be more exciting than the ‘queen of the Himalayan hill stations’ in this summer? Around 3 hours drive from NJP railway station and approximately 15 hours drive away from the honking of the city life of Kolkata, this place will surely make you feel cherished for the coming 4 months. Needed more than just two nights stay for this trip but less than Rs. 10,000, the mountains and the tea gardens with its weather will definitely make you fall in love with it. Also, don’t miss the sunrise at Tiger Hills once you are here.

Tajpur: A long drive with a pleasant destination

Just a 4 hours of smooth drive from Kolkata can end you up in the amazing Casuarina forest covered with green grass. Beautiful secluded resorts with pretty lawns and a pool, equipped with all the basic amenities, this place is as relaxing as you imagine it to be. The sea beach is beautiful which gives you a great sense of escape from your daily life and of course, from the deadly heat. It is close and charming and pocket-friendly one. Don’t miss out on this.

Lolegaon: Your nature’s own cabin

Approximately, a drive of three and a half hours drive from Siliguri through the dark green forests with mountains by the side, Lava and Lolegaon are often referred to as the twins of nature. They offer beautiful snow-capped mountains with monasteries and other views that will leave you mesmerized. Though there are a lot of other hill stations as well, Lolegaon will surprise you with their wild and natural beauty. It is a quiet, non commercialized place with excellent scenic beauty. So, if you are the lovers of wildlife in its most raw form, you cannot miss this! And what to worry about when it just fits your budget.

Siliguri: The gateway to your get-away weekend

A tiny hill station in West Bengal in between the Himalayan foothills and the Doar region is in itself a perfect holiday destination with many things to see and do! A drive of around 12 hours via NH 12 from Kolkata or just an hour by air, is the weekend getaway that is as pocket-friendly as you want it to be. Situated on the banks of river Mahananda, this spot is suited even for your mid-month vacation moods!

Dooars: Greenery at its best

What can be better than a three-night trip to India’s gateway to Bhutan. A long drive of 13 hours covering a distance of approximately 590 km from Kolkata and an hour less from NJP station, this place is one of the bests to beat the scorching heat of the sun. Covered with lush greenery, forests, tea gardens and hills, this place is indeed a relishing way to spend your weekend. Get the view of the river Teesta, catch a glimpse of animals in the Gorumara forest and sip hot tea while munching onto some pakoras, sitting in the balcony of your hotel room. Get some unforgettable memories with your friends and family just here.

Kalimpong: Beauty, beauty, and more beauty

Just 50 mins drive from Darjeeling and two hours’ drive from the NJP station can bring you to a virgin hill station well known for its panoramic valley views, monasteries, churches, and Tibetian handicrafts. Situated in the foothills of the Shivalik range by the Teesta Valley, this place provides cool weather throughout the year and is definitely the best way you can think of to spend your weekends from the busy schedule. If you want to experience nature as nature intended, this is your perfect place to be.

The only thing you can wait now is for planning these mini trips! So, pack up your bags, get these destinations ticked off your bucket list and collect numerous memories while laughing and giggling all through the weekend. Don’t worry and stop ignoring your “mid-month” vacation mood. These places are exactly the ones that will fit your budget and give you fresh energy to start working again! And wait, what could be better than ditching this heat if not holidaying?

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