Escape the Heat: Cool Mountain Retreats for Your Summer Vacation

Are you planning a vacation to a hill station place in India? Or a mountain place in India? We don’t blame you if you did, because who doesn’t want to escape the growing summer sun? There's nothing like seeking solace from the summer heat in the cool breeze of a mountain place. India with its diverse topography has a lot of hill stations to choose from. From the lush greenery of the Western Ghats to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, there's a mountain destination to suit every traveller's preference. Let's explore some of the best mountain places in India where you can escape the heat and indulge in a rejuvenating summer vacation.

Hill Stations for Adventurous Summer Vacations:

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Manali is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. It's heeded as one of the best mountain places in India and it’s all for the right reasons. From trekking in breathtaking landscapes to thrilling river rafting experiences, there's no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities here. Don't miss the chance to explore the nearby Solang Valley famous for its skiing slopes and paragliding.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Known as the "Queen of the Hills," Darjeeling is a perfect blend of scenic beauty and cultural richness. Take a ride on the iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the Toy Train, for a memorable journey through tea gardens, forests, and quaint hillside villages. Trek up to Tiger Hill at dawn to witness the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga which is the third-highest mountain in the world.

Munnar, Kerala

Located in the Western Ghats, Munnar is renowned for its scenic tea plantations, mist-covered hills, and serene lakes. You can take on a trek through the Eravikulam National Park which is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, or simply walk through the aromatic tea gardens, soaking in the tranquillity of nature. For the more adventurous souls, you can camp under the starlit sky amidst the hills - an experience you cannot miss.

Packing Checklist for Mountain Vacation

Before you go on a mountain adventure, it's essential to pack wisely to make sure you have a comfortable trip. It's essential to ensure that you have everything with you at hand, especially during emergencies. Here's a list of items you shouldn't forget to pack:

Joggers and Track Pants

While it can be tempting to prioritise fashion over comfort for the pictures and reels, it can affect your entire trip if you’re not comfortable enough. Opt for comfortable clothing which is suitable for trekking and outdoor activities. Joggers and track pants are two men’s wear clothes that will keep you comfy no matter what. Pick styles that are made from breathable fabric (like ours) as they will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your adventures.

Hoodies and Jackets

The weather up in the hilly areas can be pretty dynamic so it can be a good idea to layer up. Noons can be sunny and hot but evenings in the mountains can sure get chilly, so don't forget to pack a lightweight hoodie and soft fabric jacket to stay warm and cosy. 

Hiking Boots 

A sturdy pair of hiking boots or trekking shoes with a good grip is very important when you walk through uneven terrain. If you are not a frequent traveller, you could even rent one out as there are quite a lot of places that do this.

Sunscreen and Sunglasses

Higher altitude means stronger sun, so take care to keep yourself away from heatburns and such. Protect your skin and eyes from the harsh mountain sun by applying sunscreen and reapply it as often as you can. UV-protective sunglasses will keep you comfortable in the sun as well.

Water Bottle and Snacks

Staying hydrated during your adventures is important and the arduous treks will dehydrate you easily. Keep a reusable bottle of water with you and refill it at base camps or whenever you can find a source of purified drinking water. Also, pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, granola bars, and fruits to keep you energised while trekking.

First Aid Kit

You will never know when you might get a minor injury or such while vacationing. You can never be too cautious. So be prepared with a basic first aid kit containing essentials like adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and insect repellent.

Get ready to escape the heat this summer by going to the serene mountains of India. It doesn’t matter if you seek adventure or tranquility, because the country's hill stations offer something for everyone. From thrilling treks to strolls in breathtaking scenery, the mountain destinations are calling you with promises of unforgettable experiences. XYXX has an amazing collection of men’s wear that will make a perfect addition to your hill station vacation! Check them out, pack your bags, and go out into the mountains and have a good time! 


1. Which hill station is cool in summer in India?
Manali, Darjeeling, Munnar, and Shimla are popular for their cool climate and pleasant weather during the summer months.

2. Where is the best place to go for summer vacation in India?
It mostly depends on your preference but Leh, Shimla, Coorg and Manali are popular destinations tourists visit in summer.

3. What are some popular activities to do during a mountain summer vacation
Trekking, hiking, paragliding, wildlife safaris, tea estate tours, cultural experiences, and simply immersing oneself in the natural beauty of the surroundings are popular activities to do in the mountains.

4. Are there any safety tips I should know for hiking in the mountains?
The best tip is to hire a local guide for unfamiliar treks. Other essential things include staying hydrated, carrying snacks with you, and wearing appropriate footwear and clothes. 

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