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5 Best Places To Visit In India In Summer

Here’s a list of the best places to visit in India in summer. Have a look at the list before planning a holiday in India.

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Written By Vaishali Aggarwal

The big ball of fire, our very own Sun is at its full might. What better way to escape the summer heat than to find some relief, away from the plains. Thankfully, India is blessed with mountains, hills, beaches, exotic forest, and other places to visit in summer that provide some respite from the scorching heat wave.

The summer holidays are round the corner. For those looking to break free & gather some memories with your friends and family during these summer holidays in India, there are some amazing hill stations. In addition to these mountainous regions, there are some other cool places to visit in India in summer.

Here’s a list of the best places to visit in India in summer. Have a look at the list before planning a holiday in India.

  • Manali: A holiday in Manali conjures up images of green mountains amidst the snow covered ranges, a breath of fresh air and a relaxed vacation. Manali is among the most beautiful places to visit in India in summer. It is bequeathed with mercerizing scenery, lush greenery and miraculous flora and fauna.
Trekking in Manali could be a better option to beat the heat
Trekking in Manali could be a better option to beat the heat. Pixabay
  • Shimla: Shimla is a well-known hill station in Northern India and is one of the most famous vacation places in summer that perfectly captures Indian magnificence with British elegance. It is bequeathed with a rich history and is sanctified with natural beauty. If you’re looking for a relaxing yet fun retreat, Shimla has to be on your list of coolest places to visit in India in May and June.
What's better than travelling to Shimla this summer
What’s better than travelling to Shimla this summer? Pixabay
  • Ladakh: Every biker’s dream vacation, Ladakh’s beige craggy hillscape set an appealing contrast to the blue lakes and sky. Summer is the considered the best time to visit Ladakh, placing it among loveliest summer holiday destinations in India.
The Ultimate Vacation Destination- Ladakh.
The Ultimate Vacation Destination- Ladakh. Pixabay
  • Shillong: Another North Eastern gem is Shillong that comfortably makes its way to the best places to visit in India during summer. There are striking similarities between the panorama of Shillong and the landscape of Switzerland, and thus it is also known as Scotland of East. The hill-station well developed but the colonial charm hasn’t faded.
Shillong- A gem in North-Eastern India.
Shillong- A gem in North-Eastern India. Pixabay
  • Lonavala: Just about an hour’s drive away from Mumbai, Lonavala is among the super-hit summer holiday destinations in India, especially for Mumbai-dwellers. You can choose to relax in the lovely properties, or step out to explore the caves, or click pictures with lush green backgrounds. Escaping the monotonous city life, Lonavala offers a myriad of activities to indulge in.
Lonavala- Worth a try.
Lonavala- Worth a try. Pixabay

Hope this list of summer vacation places in India came as a useful resource for you. Happy Holidays!

 

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World’s Anti-Corruption Day

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges "to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide."

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Bulgarian anti-corruption protesters march during a demonstration in downtown Sofia, VOA

Corruption costs the world economy $2.6 trillion each year, according to the United Nations, which is marking International Anti-Corruption Day on Sunday.

“Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune,” the United Nations said.

The cost of $2.6 trillion represents more than 5 percent of global GDP.

The world body said that $1 trillion of the money stolen annually through corruption is in the form of bribes.

Patricia Moreira, the managing director of Transparency International, told VOA that about a quarter of the world’s population has paid a bribe when trying to access a public service over the past year, according to data from the Global Corruption Barometer.

Moreira said it is important to have such a day as International Anti-Corruption Day because it provides “a really tremendous opportunity to focus attention precisely on the challenge that is posed by corruption around the world.”

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An activist places candles and flowers on the Great Siege monument, after rebuilding a makeshift memorial to assassinated anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in Valletta, Malta. VOA

Anti-corruption commitments

To mark the day, the United States called on all countries to implement their international anti-corruption commitments including through the U.N. Convention against Corruption.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. State Department said that corruption facilitates crime and terrorism, as well as undermines economic growth, the rule of law and democracy.

“Ultimately, it endangers our national security. That is why, as we look ahead to International Anticorruption Day on Dec. 9, we pledge to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide,” the statement said.

Moreira said that data about worldwide corruption can make the phenomena understandable but still not necessarily “close to our lives.” For that, we need to hear everyday stories about people impacted by corruption and understand that it “is about our daily lives,” she added.

She said those most impacted by corruption are “the most vulnerable people — so it’s usually women, it’s usually poor people, the most marginalized people in the world.”

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Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The United Nations Development Program notes that in developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

What can be done to fight corruption?

The United Nations designated Dec. 9 as International Anti-Corruption Day in 2003, coinciding with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by the U.N. General Assembly.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about corruption and put pressure on governments to take action against it.

Tackling the issue

Moreira said to fight corruption effectively it must be tackled from different angles. For example, she said that while it is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption, governments must also have mechanisms to enforce that legislation. She said those who engage in corruption must be held accountable.

“Fighting corruption is about providing people with a more sustainable world, with a world where social justice is something more of our reality than what it has been until today,” she said.

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It is important to have the right legislation in place to curb corruption

Moreira said change must come from a joint effort from governments, public institutions, the private sector and civil society.

The U.S. Statement Department said in its Friday statement that it pledges “to continue working with our partners to prevent and combat corruption worldwide.”

It noted that the United States, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, helps partner nations “build transparent, accountable institutions and strengthen criminal justice systems that hold the corrupt accountable.”

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Moreira said that it is important for the world to see that there are results to the fight against corruption.

“Then we are showing the world with specific examples that we can fight against corruption, [that] yes there are results. And if we work together, then it is something not just that we would wish for, but actually something that can be translated into specific results and changes to the world,” she said. (VOA)