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A hilly re­treat es­tab­lished by Amer­i­can mis­sion­ar­ies around 1845 in or­der to es­cape from the high tem­per­a­tures of the plains, Kodaikanal, or Ko­dai as it's bet­ter known, is a quiet hill sta­tion at an al­ti­tude of 2,195 m, on the south­ern ridge of the Palani hills in Tamil Nadu. It is pop­u­lar amongst the lo­cals as well as other tourists and has earned the nick­name of Princess of Hill Sta­tions.


A pop­u­lar get­away for peo­ple from Mum­bai and Pune, Matheran is a quiet hill sta­tion lo­cated on the Sahyadri range, at an al­ti­tude of 800 mts. Mean­ing 'for­est on top', Matheran was dis­cov­ered in 1850, by a dis­trict col­lec­tor of Thane, Hugh Poyntz Malet, and the foun­da­tions for its de­vel­op­ment was laid down by Lord El­phin­stone, the then Gov­er­nor of Mum­bai.


A mag­nif­i­cent hang-over of the Bri­tish Raj, Shimla's cool en­vi­rons still re­main the big­gest mag­net for In­dian tourists. Shimla has taken the best of what the Bri­tish cre­ated, and mixed it with the quintessen­tially In­dian - and ev­ery sum­mer thou­sands of peo­ple from the plains en­joy them­selves to the hilt in this pop­u­lar sum­mer re­treat.


What bet­ter sum­mer des­ti­na­tion to rec­om­mend than the sum­mer cap­i­tal of Jammu and Kash­mir! Sri­na­gar is set around the beau­ti­ful Dal Lake, where pic­turesque house­boats or shikha­ras, carry tourists on boat rides around the placid lake. This scin­til­lat­ing hill re­sort set in the Kash­mir val­ley is an ideal sum­mer get­away. Sri­na­gar ba­si­cally has an alpine weather, as the sum­mers are mild and win­ters are cold.


Mun­nar of­fers sum­mer tourists a mix of re­lax­ation and ad­ven­ture amidst beau­ti­ful land­scapes. Mun­nar is a beau­ti­ful get­away land­scaped with tea plan­ta­tions, hills, lakes, forests and wind­ing walks. Lo­cated at an al­ti­tude of 1,829 m, it is home to South In­dia's high­est peak called Ana­mudi, stand­ing 2,695 m tall.


Goa is one of the most idyl­lic hol­i­day desti­na­tions in In­dia. This ev­er­green des­ti­na­tion is a hol­i­day­maker's par­adise. A di­verse tourist lo­cale, Goa is cel­e­brated the world over for its laid­back cul­ture, sun kissed beaches, gothic churches and rock­ing nightlife. De­spite the fact that it gets re­ally hot in Goa dur­ing the sum­mer, it re­mains one of the most sought-af­ter desti­na­tions in In­dia thanks to some ex­cit­ing ho­tel pack­ages on of­fer for the tourist dur­ing this pe­riod.

SUM­MER is one of the six sea­sons of the year. Ev­ery two months will make a sea­son or Ritu. Sum­mer is in be­tween the 16th May to 15th July. The strength of the body will be lost dur­ing this pe­riod. Peo­ple feel tired and ex­hausted dur­ing the sea­son due to ex­ten­sive heat rays of the sun, the wa­tery por­tion (or Kapha) of the body of peo­ple, an­i­mals, plants, foods and the en­tire en­vi­ron­ment will be­come dry and the vata will be­come more in the body and the at­mos­phere. The skin will be­come dry and may pre­cip­i­tate skin dis­eases as eczema.. What to Drink and Eat: One must drink the juices of grapes, wa­ter­melon, ba­nana, jack fruit, lemon and pineap­ple. This is to say foods and juices of sweet and cold and eas­ily di­gestible must be con­sumed. The prepa­ra­tions of sugar, barely/green gram, shar­bats, but­ter­milk with sugar candy are to be used daily to cool the body. One must take the food of white rice with meat soup of meat of an­i­mals reared in cold ar­eas. The juices of dry grapes, cu­cum­ber, khar­jura with Dal­chini, Car­damom must be drunk along with pure cold water kept in a pot or a freezer or these must be kept at night in moon light and used along with buf­falo's milk. Water with par­i­jatha flow­ers and usheera can also be used for drink­ing. - One must not take foods of pun­gent, sour, dry and salty foods. Foods of rice with milk, sugar candy, but­ter milk, lassie are good for good health. Ghee can be used. - Cof­fee and tea are not all good as they stim­u­late the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. Tak­ing them on empty stom­ach is harm­ful as they mix with acid and cir­cu­lated all over the body pro­duc­ing sev­eral dis­eases. - Al­co­hol is a hot drink and must not be used dru­ing this sea­son, ei­ther avoid it or drink it with plenty of water. REG­I­MEN One must spend time in a place sur­rounded by water and green trees, or moun­tains, with the fam­ily and chil­dren. Must sleep dur­ing day. Swim­ming is also ad­vis­able in a pond, lake or river. Stay ex­posed to moon's rays at night. Should wear light cot­ton clothes. Must have min­i­mum coi­tus dur­ing this pe­riod. Wear Pearls and flower gar­lands. Body must be anointed with san­dal and usheera paste which cools the body. Cold-water bath is good for the body. Ex­er­cise must be limited. Avoid ex­po­sure to sun's rays es­pe­cially dur­ing peak hot time. Man is a mi­cro­cosm of the uni­verse that is macro­cosm. Man is made up of Pan­chama­habu­tas in mini form and the uni­verse is made up of Pan­chama­habu­tas in mega form. Any changes in the en­vi­ron­ment of na­ture will have dele­te­ri­ous ef­fects on the health of peo­ple. So one must ad­just and adopt mea­sures suit­able for the par­tic­u­lar sea­son for main­tain­ing good health. In this sea­son satvic type of foods is ad­vo­cated to pro­mote and to pre­serve good health.

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