These are the places where you can actually understand cool gentle winds, light raindrops and the smell of the earth. Monsoons in India are truly an unrelated poetry of happiness, beauty and relief from scorching sunlight in summer and they are meant to be savored. Here are a few places we have pre-selected which are perfect monsoon destinations in India: -
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1.) Jim CorbettAbout 6 hours drive from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is a treat for wildlife lovers. The good point of visiting Corbett during the monsoon is that it is not crowded. Rumor has it that Corbett National Park is closed during the rainy season for safety reasons (and also partly because of breeding time) but out of the four areas - Dhikala, Blume, Durga Devi and Jhirna, Jhirna area is Open for visitors all around the year. You will be surprised to know that rafting in Jim Corbett is only possible during the monsoon as Kosi River remains the rest of the year in depth. A 3-hour Jeep safari is also organized every morning and evening to explore the serene flora and fauna of the forest. Horseback riding or an elephant back is also possible during the monsoon in Corbett while elephant safaris are also organized. It is easier to spot animals such as wild boars and antelopes and some species of birds such as parakeets, quails and barbets during the rainy season.
2.) Udaipur, Rajasthan: - This charming town is watered by historical structures all around exuding the royal grandeur. The house to the most sophisticated designed palaces, havelis, buzzing streets, and beautiful lakes. The city of Udaipur, also called the "Venice of the East", comes alive during the months of July and August, but remains an unpopular destination among travelers throughout the monsoon season. The city is well equipped with a wide variety of hotels and accommodation options that suit each pocket, restaurants that offer delicious Rajasthani dishes and bazaars that are popular for their crafts. Surrounded by Aravilli hills, the Monsoon Palace was built in the year 1884 by maniquet Sajjan singing for the purpose of keeping track of the movement of monsoon clouds. Formerly known as Sajjan Garh Palace, it was recently opened to the public. After light rain showers, the views of the Monsoon Palace bird are remarkable - highlighting the lush greenery and the enchanting lakes. At about eleven hours drive from Delhi, the beauty of Udaipur is strengthened only during the monsoons. Make sure you visit Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, the City Palace, the Jag Mandir and the Udaipur district while you are there.
3.) Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand: - A mixture of mythology and natural beauty make Deoria Tal an enchanting place to visit. Especially during the monsoons when the small lake overflows with emerald green water. Located about 3 km on a trek upstream of the villages of Meyer and Sari, on the Ukhimath-Chopta road in Uttarakhand, this lake is considered the bathing places of Devas according to the Puranas. It is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Yellow tooth, Kalanag and the range of A clear day, you might have the chance to catch a captivating reflection of these peaks on the waters of the lake. Surrounded by thick forests and lush greenery this place is a hiker's delight. You have to drive about 12 km to Sari village of Ukhimath and Sari village you can reach Deoria Tal via a trek of 2 Km approx. There is no motorized road for Deoria Tal. The trek is a paved trail from Sari village to Deoria Tal, although it is quite steep in some places. There are many nursing homes or shelters on the trek.
4.) Bishnupur, West Bengal: - Located at a distance of about 150 km from Kolkata, Bishnupur is a hub for terracotta architecture, crafts and culture. For nearly a thousand years it was the capital of the Malla dynasty of Mallabhum, after which it is today one of the main centers of culture in Bengal. Most of the exquisite terracotta temples were built during this time, in the sixteenth century, and today are a big part of the attraction of Bishnupur. August marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Bishnupur and lasts until early October. The place is beautifully fresh. The superb terracotta structures having been washed by the rains get a striking orange-red hue that is seriously eye-catching against the greenery around. Apart from the exquisite architecture, it is also famous for its terra cotta craftsmen and Baluchari sarees which are made of a pure silk weave and motifs representing Indian mythology. The Bishnupuri School of Hindustani Classical Music and the Bishnupur School of Painting are also widely known. Do not forget to stroll around the area and explore the Malleshwar Temple, which is the oldest temple in the area.
5.) Goa: - During the monsoon season, there is much more to Goa than just these pristine beaches and picturesque scenery. Dudhsagar Falls is such a place to get a thrill of rainy weather. Located in the southern part of Goa-Mollem and close to the border of Karnataka, Dudhsagar Waterfall is at its best and is very admired throughout the monsoon. During the months of June to September, Dudhsagar waterfall is a perfect image with green forests flourishing. By far, the waterfall resembles the flow of milk down the mountains and therefore, the name Dudhsagar, meaning literally "sea of milk". Do not forget to take a dip in fresh refreshing water while embracing nature.
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6.) Kutch, Gujarat : - Located in the northwestern part of Gujarat, Kutch is the largest district of India. Rann de Kutch has 18 cultural tribes that makes the place much appreciated among travelers. The endless desert plains with a surreal horizon in the monsoon give a seductive view. Kutch is even more dreamlike during the monsoon as it is submerged in water. For the rest of the year, it is a huge piece of white salt that seems to give the appearance of a white desert. During the full moon nights, cultural programs are organized in Dhordo to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of Gujarat. One of the must-things-to-do in Kutch Rann would be a moonlight camel safari.
7.) Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra : - Seductive mountain resort at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level, Malshej is a captivating tourist destination due to its refreshing climate. Well known for its numerous lakes, gushing waterfalls and charming mountains, this mountain resort is a favorite tourist destination among adventurers and nature lovers. A typical wooded landscape, Malshej is renowned for its rich flora and fauna. Although Malshej is a year-round tourist destination, the monsoon brings an incredible charm to this beautiful hill station. The green valleys and wooded forests of Malshej respond to the monsoon's appeal by exhibiting the beauty of its lakes and waltzing waterfalls and the misty fog atop. The beauty and charm of this wonderful hill station is most visible when it is under thick fog and dark clouds. But what makes Malshej, so prominent, are the large flocks of migratory pink flamingos from Siberia. Their bridal dance is an eye-catching spectacle.
8.) Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir: - Ladakh is an amazing place to visit especially during the monsoon season. This region does not experience rainfall as anywhere else in India, making it an ideal time to travel here. Leh Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments are the biggest attractions for visitors. There is an 800 year old Kali Mandir located in the heart of the city which houses a fascinating collection of masks. The 17th-century Leh Palace, built in traditional Tibetan style, offers a captivating view of the city. Leh has a lot to offer for nature lovers and adventure as well in the form of paragliding and hiking. You can choose your trekking trails if you want to go for a long hike. Rafting is also possible during this period along the Indus River in Leh, as well as the Shayok River in the Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley, on Khardung la, has the highest motorized road in the world which adds to it being another unforgettable journey. The hanging glaciers, the green villages, the Buddhist monasteries on the way along the Zanskar River make this trip even more spectacular. There are camel safaris in the Nubra Valley as well. The blue-black lake Pangong is another must visit with some of it running in China. The journey so long is beautiful from Thiksey village which has a gigantic monastery to pass the huge mountains and finally the Changla Pass. Another reason to visit this place is the Ladakh Festival which takes place during the first two weeks of September. The Festival opens in Leh with a spectacular procession in the streets with the villagers dressed in traditional costumes, dancing and singing folk songs.
9.) Shantiniketan, Kolkata: - Each year, more and more curious travelers are visiting Shantiniketan to get a feel of the place, which has been cultivated and maintained by the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore. However, it can be visited any time of the year, it looks beautiful in the rains. Shantiniketan as we know today was shaped by Rabindranath Tagore who started an outdoor school 40 years after his father had founded an ashram here in 1863. A place thus designed where the cultures of the East and The West could meet in camaraderie and thus strengthen the fundamental condition of world peace. Shantiniketan resembles a lush seaside resort when, after a long summer time, the rains decide to anchor the land. There are a number of places you can check. The Visva bikei campus has a number of buildings that are known for their unique architecture. There are beautiful gardens around which present a pretty picture. The Mangagal is celebrated in July-August. Cultural performances are organized and a tree planting ceremony is preceded by Halokarshan (plowing). Besides the highlights in the campus, there are lots of places located around Shantiniketan. Kankalitala, 9 km on the bank of the Kopai River is a sacred Hindu shrine. Deer Park (closed on Wednesday), 4 km from Shantiniketan is another interesting place to visit. Nanor, 23 km from Shantiniketan is the birthplace of the 14th-century Vaishnava poet Chandidas. There are regular buses from Bolpur Train Station. One can also visit Thierry-Kenduli, which is the birthplace of Thierry, the author of Geet Govinda, the 12th-century Sanskrit masterpiece.
10.) Munnar, Kerala: - The undulating hills of Munnar, the main tea growing areas of South India, are lined with emerald green tea plantations. The panorama of the low mountains is splendid especially during the monsoons when the mist envelops the summits of the mountain. Even though many tourists avoid Munnar during the monsoons, it is a good time to visit the hill station if you are looking for a quiet holiday. Covered with lush green foliage, the monsoons in Munnar have a charm of their own. It is also a good time to enjoy discounts on hotel rates and enjoy Munnar without crowds of tourists. You must wear an umbrella or a raincoat along.