Top holiday destinations in India where you can head this Monsoon
Monsoon is definitely a time to explore sights, exotic destinations and unseen places
Bhubaneswar: Monsoons is a time when people take a sigh of relief after the harsh summer months. It is a time of romantic vibes, hot coffee and slow drizzles which transport one into a heavenly world. And If you are looking to spend your monsoon at a spectacular destination, then we are here to make your quest simpler. Read on to know about the offbeat destinations to enjoy your monsoon.
Mist induced rolling tea gardens and spice plantation with dewdrops rolling from the leaves and branches, Munnar in August is a nothing short of a nature lover’s paradise. The high mountains are half covered in mist while the rain revitalizes everything it can touch. It’s an ideal escape if you’re looking for some quiet time amidst the mountains.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
One of the most visited and popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal receives moderate rainfall. Witnessing the clouds and sun playing hide and seek with the mountains is a sight worth beholding. The otherwise hot climate is quite pleasant during the monsoons with the rain swept valleys and misty mountains. Interestingly, this is the only time when the hill station is sploshed with waterfalls.
Rains are usually on and off in Andaman islands while the other days are mostly sunny. Lined with serene beaches and crystal clear waters, Andaman islands will mesmerise you. A walk on the beach on a cloudy day, sipping Coconut water is what vacation goals are made of.
Jammu and Kashmir
Called the ‘Heaven on Earth’ Jammu and Kashmir is a perfect choice if you wish to spend your monsoon vacations basking in the heavenly views of the majestic mountains and lush green valley. This is probably the best time to visit Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg where one can enjoy trekking, mountaineering or a simple lake in the pristine waters of the Dal lake.
With little or scanty rainfall, Rajasthan is a place where you can spend your monsoon vacation, feeling like a royal. Dotted with magnificient forts, beautiful palaces and golden sand dunes, Rajasthan has a lot to offer this season. Apart from these, it is a heaven for handloom and craft lovers who can shop for ethnic Rajasthani handicrafts, paintings, jewellery, clothes, bangles and silver ware.
Coorg is a popular hill station located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, widely known as theScotland of India, owing to its picturesque hilly setting. During the monsoon season, the entire area transforms into a lush green paradise. The weather becomes quite pleasant and cool because of the heavy rains. August is the best time to witness the splendor of the seasonal waterfalls of Coorg. For the adventure sports enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to indulge in sports like river rafting.
Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers is situated at the meeting point of the Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayan ranges. The high, tranquil Himalayan peaks nestle this virtual paradise on Earth. While it is mainly known for the sprawling meadows of numerous species of flowers, the rich fauna includes rare and endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer and the brown bear. This place is one of the most beautiful places to visit during monsoons in India as it’s the time when new flowers and plants start germinating and burst into full bloom.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
This town, located in the Aravalli hills, prides on being the only hill station in Rajasthan. This place acts as an oasis retreat from the extremely hot climate of Rajasthan. Mount Abu is also famous for its beautiful hilly landscape and the architectural marvel of the Dilwara Jain Temple. During monsoon, it receives less amount of rainfall but the scenic beauty of this pretty hill station doubles as the surroundings are filled with mountain mist and lush green vegetation. Nature enthusiasts will love taking nature walks in this picturesque, green environment.
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu is a city of architectural ruins takes on a rustic tintduring monsoon and is no less a paradise for those who wish to explore the domes and minarets of the century old forts and palaces. . The famous love story of Rajput Rani Roopmati and last Sultan of Malwa took place here and the courtyard of Roopmati’s pavilion still reverberates their romance. It also houses the tomb of Malwa’s second king Hoshang Singh – the country’s ever first marble monument.
The temperature cools down in monsoons, enabling one to enjoy the lush green fields, pristine beaches and hilly terrains of Puducherry. One of the major attractions of this place is the sprawling vast land of coffee plantations which leaves a distinct fragrance of coffee in the air. The French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum and Jawahar Toy Museum are some places to visit here apart from the Paradise Beach, Botanical gardens and Auroville Ashram.