The JEE Advanced Examination for this year is scheduled on the 22nd of May. And for most serious aspirants, who have been lucky enough to get the ticket to this stage of the exam, must already be putting the finishing touches to their preparation. In roughly one month, they would have taken arguably the toughest test of their careers so far. And, needless to say, a perfect vacation must complement the efforts of the test takers. Here are some of the best places that one can travel to, following the completion of JEE Advanced 2018.
Summers in India can be very unforgiving in most parts of the country. But there are still some places which lie insulated from the brutality of the summer heat. Among such places, Coorg in Karnataka comes most readily to mind. You are likely to come across a number of epithets for this place – while some refer to it as the ‘Kashmir of the South’, others call it the ‘Scotland of India’. Nestled deep within the verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Coorg is an attractive hill station to visit during the summer months. The sight of the sprawling coffee plantations here and rich aroma of coffee emanating from therein can make your experience of visiting this place even more cherished! Even when the summer heat creates headlines in the rest of the country, one is unlikely to find the maximum summer temperature of Coorg in excess of 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.
From the hills of the south to the hills of the east – Darjeeling in West Bengal has been a widely renowned hill station since the days of the British Raj. Besides the vast tea plantations, Darjeeling is home to some of the most exotic sightseeing destinations in Eastern India. The jagged Himalayan peaks are visible at most times of the year, and a trip to the Tiger Hill can give you the best opportunity to see Mount Kanchenjunga resplendent in its full glory. The famous Toy Trains, the Buddhist monasteries and the botanical gardens – all collectively impart a unique aura to this place.
Popularly referred to as the ‘World Capital of Yoga’, Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is one of the most delightful places you can find yourself in, during summers. The Beatles’ visited to Maharshi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram in the 1960s, apparently in quest of tranquility and mental peace, is said to have catapulted Rishikesh to the very forefront of the tourism industry of the country. However, you need not confine yourself merely to Yoga or meditation when you visit Rishikesh. A host of adventurous activities like white water rafting and trekking on the nearby mountains are in store for you here!
Like Darjeeling, Mahabaleshwar too bears testimony to the contributions made by the British towards the development of hill stations in India. Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, roughly 100 kilometers to the south of Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a flourishing hill station frequented by tourists from all parts of the world, at all times of the year. However, the months of April, May and June are said to be the best part of the calendar year to visit this place. With the sturdy colonial mansions and buildings still visible at many places in the town, Mahabaleshwar promises to transport you back to India’s days under the British rule, with its abstract quaintness. The salubrious weather, the strawberry gardens, the verdant greenery and mesmerizing beauty of the hills – you will never ask for more in here!