Planning your holidays in India in monsoon?Arrival of monsoon in India heralds the season of fertility. A time for seeds to be sown and a time when the nature dons the green hues rejuvenated by the rain that lashes most part of the country.
The monsoon in India cleanses the earth and its people. It is also key to India's agriculture economy, boosting the growth of crops and driving stock markets.
Traveling in monsoon is not that much of fun in most of the tourist destinations in India but with careful planning and visiting some select destinations, you could have a really good time.
The best part about holidays in India in monsoon is that it brings down the cost of traveling and accommodation considerable. Even Goa where hotels are booked as early as a year in advance, monsoon is the time when travelers could have the best deals and discounts. The same is the case with most of the tourist destinations in India.
Mentioned below are the top 10 destinations in India in monsoon to enjoy nature, rain and have a great travel experience and that too with lots of saving.
Ayurveda in Kerala
|Therapies and treatments inspired from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing and rejuvenation are one of the major draws of tourism in Kerala|
In fact the best time to visit Kerala for Ayurvedic therapies is upon arrival of monsoon in the month of June, July and August. With award winning spa and ayurvedic resorts like Somatheeram, Kailrali and Kali, Kovilakom as well as 5 star spa resorts, head to Kerala for physical, mental and spiritual boost during the monsoon.
|Munnar in Kerala is a popular honeymoon destination in South India|
Then there is the scenic delight like Munnar, one of the best hill stations in South India with its emerald tea plantations, cascading waterholes and serene setting as well as the Periyar National Park which is one of the few wildlife sanctuaries in India that remains open during monsoon with its rich flora and fauna.
Then there is the most appealing aspect of Kerala, the palm-fringed backwaters surrounded with lush paddy fields that add to the romance of “God’s own Country”. In fact Kerala is one of the best places in India for honeymoon in July.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
|Basgo is a historical town situated on the bank of the Indus river in Ladakh|
With most of the destinations in Leh Ladakh located at an altitude of above 10,000 feet, acclimatization is one of the most important things to keep in mind while traveling to Ladakh. 2 days halt in Leh surely helps before you decide to travel to the stunning Pangong Tso Lake or the majestic Tso Mori Ri Lake.
|When translated from Tibetan, Pangong Tso means "long, narrow, enchanted lake". Popularly referred to as the Pangong Lake, it is situated at a height of about 4,350 m. And extends from India to Tibet.|
Mawsynram, North East India
|Woman working in the field at Mawnysram|
With rains lashing the state during monsoon and with the beginning of cropping season and the place donning the emerald hue with sprouting of seeds, it is a good time to witness the monsoon at its peak in this small town in Meghalaya.
The waterfalls and streams of the region are at their gushing best with replenishment from the rain. The nature is also rejuvenated making it a good time to visit this region provided you don’t mind the rain and the cleansing it brings about.
Do visit the living bridges made out of tree roots, Mawphang’s sacred forests and the spring baths nearby. Then there are lakes, churches and museums along with the rendezvous with the tribes for a cultural experience in Northeast India.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
|Spiti Valley with its spectacular setting and besutuful monasteries is one of the best places to visit in July August|
With its stark landscape that looks magnificent with colorful monasteries, azure sky and multi hued Tibetan prayer flags making the entire scenery dramatic, there are high altitude lakes, various trekking trail and the very low precipitation rate that makes Spiti one of the finest places to visit in July and August.
Places like Kaza and Tabo are some Himalayan gems that should be on any adventure enthusiasts bucket list. Then there is the trek to Chandra Tal and the thrill of road trip that makes Spiti Valley a must on road trippers and motorcycle riders who love the thrill of riding and off roading.
The Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand
|With its lush meadows and awe inspiring setting, Valley of Flower in Uttarakhand which opens from April to October is one of the must visit places in India|
The trek to this picturesque valley starts from Gobing Ghat and the total distance is 14 kilometers. Valley of Flower is a popular trekking destination in India with number of Indians and foreigners who love adventure.
One of the important points to keep in mind while planning your trip to Valley of Flower National Park is that night stay or camping is not allowed because of the sensitive nature and endangered plant and animal species that reside in the area. The entry in the park is allowed only after sunrise and just up till sunset.
We feature Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand as one of the best places to visit in monsoon as for the rest of the year, this area is covered with snow. Upon the arrival of monsoon, the valley is filled with colorful flowers and the sight of rejuvenated vegetation and awe inspiring Himalayas is both mentally and spiritually uplifting.
|Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, Rajasthan|
It is at this time that the spectacular Taj Lake Palace sitting gently in the midst of Lake Pichola is best place to visit especially if you are planning your honeymoon in India in July or August. This royal palace was built as a pleasure pavilion by the Suryavanshi Rajput prince Maharana Jagat Sing II and was named Jag Niwas.
Now maintained by prestigious Taj Group; this small luxury hotel in Rajasthan - which also happens to be one of the best heritage hotels in the world - offers indulgence at its best along with tranquility and privacy.
There are elegant suites and vantage points with thrilling views of the lake, Aravalis and the city. Then there is the award winning Jiva Spa offering spa and ayurvedic therapies and massages. For romance nothing beats a candlelit dinner floating over the lake with gentle lapping of water and starlit sky adding to the romance.
|Sajjan Niwas Suite - Taj Lake Palace Udaipur|
Yet another romantic experience (and more affordable if it could be said so) is the fine dining by the Lily Pond, a tranquil dining space which was earlier the venue for fun and frolic. It was here that the maharana of Udaipur celebrated Holi, the festival of harvest that also heralds the arrival of spring in India.
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|Jog falls in Karnataka|
Then there are the verdant hill stations nestled in Nilgiri Hills that include Ooty and which could be reached by the famous narrow gauge “toy train” which has been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kodaikanal and Coorg (Kodagu) are other two gem of hill stations located in Tamil Nadu. With their lush surroundings and charming locales which allow plenty of serenity and seclusion along with good weather, these hill stations in South India are a favored place for honeymoon holidays in India as well as weekend getaways from Bangalore and Chennai.
|The spectacular scenery at Kodaikanal|
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|The idyllic beaches of Goa are renowned across the world|
|Basilica of Bom Jesus|
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Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Coorg (Kodagu), Karnataka
|Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India perched on the Western Ghats|
|Lonavala at its verdant best during monsoon|
|Mussoorie - Monsoon in the Queen of Hills|
The enchanting hill station is majorly flocked by honeymooners and individuals seeking glorious isolation. From July to September the place receives heavy rainfall and that is when it looks even more beautiful. The freshening ambience, lush greenery and serenity will simply leave you enthralled.
Some of the thrilling adventure activities to do in Mussoorie are trekking, hiking and cable car ride. Explore the important places of interest in Mussoorie such as Gun Hill, Municipal Garden, Children’s Lodge, Camel’s back road, Jharipani fall, Bhatta fall, Nagdevta temple and Mussoorie Lake. Also, the Hindu pilgrimage sites such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are not far from this place.
|Nakki Lake - the hill station of Mount Abu in Aravalli range|
Mt. Abu allows trekkers to discover several trekking routes in the dense greenery of the place that comes alive during monsoon. The brilliant construction of Dilwara Jain temple attracts most of the Jain Pilgrims from all across the world. Some worth visiting tourist attractions are Gaumukh Temple, Sri Raghunath ji Temple, Nakki Lake, Museum, Art gallery and several view points.
One among the well-known tourist attractions in Nainital is Naini Lake. The Lake appears to be in the shape of an eye and looks incredible after rain from the top of the hills. Other prime attractions of the place that are a must visit during monsoons are Naukuchiatal- a nine cornered lake, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Tiffin Top and Naina peak.
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Contributed by Nikhil Chandra and last updated on 05th May 2014