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Indian tourists walk on snow at the 4,310 metre high Nathula pass on the country's north-eastern border.Reuters

Your backpacks are out. Office leave sanctioned. Exam stress handled. Travel planner bought. There's just one thing that remains to be done now: Deciding the holiday destination. And that's where most of us get stuck.

Well, if you still haven't figured out where to head to beat this summer heat, here's a list that should help you get started. HolidayIQ announced the best places to travel to in India at the recently-held The Better Holiday Awards. The list can be used as a mini handbook to chalk out a decent travel plan this summer vacation.

Top tourism destinations in India

Favourite destination for adventure sports: Auli, Uttarakhand

Favourite sea-side destination: Tarkali, Maharashtra

Favourite city: Chandigarh

Favourite hill station: Shillong, Meghalaya

Favourite heritage destination: Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Favourite wildlife destination: Dandeli, Karnataka

Favourite pilgrimage destination: Vaishno Devi, Kashmir

Favourite waterfront destination: Alappuzha, Kerala

Top tourism attractions in India

Favourite adventure attraction: Nathula Pass, Gangtok

Favourite beach: Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island

Favourite urban attraction: Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

Favourite hill attraction: Triund, Mcleodganj

Favourite historical attraction: Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur

Favourite natural attraction: Ranthambore National Park, Ranthambore

Favourite spiritual attraction: Somnath temple, Somnath

Favourite waterfall: Dhuandhar falls, Jabalpur

Top 10 holiday accommodations in India

Favourite houseboat: Moonvalley Houseboat, Srinagar

Favourite homestay: Dhangiri Homestay, Vythri

Favourite holiday cottage: Tree Hill Cottage, Manali

Favourite boutique hotel: Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi

Favourite holiday camp: Winds Desert Camp, Jaisalmer

Favourite farm stay: Jungle Retreat, Wayanad

Favourite heritage hotel: Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Favourite city hotel: Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

Favourite resort: Mayfair Gangtok Resort and Spa, Gangtok

Favourite apartment hotel: Oakwood Premier, Pune

India's favourite airlines for holidays

Favourite full service airline: Jet Airways

Favourite budget airline: Indigo

India's favourite bus service: Orange Travels

India's favourite railway station: New Jalpaiguri

India's emerging state for tourism: Orissa, Madhya Pradesh

India's best state for tourism: Jammu & Kashmir

India's most popular state for holidays: Maharashtra

India's favourite airport: New Delhi

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