American novelist John Updike famously said, “Without rain, there would be no life.” Indeed, the monsoon season in India is a thing to behold. After months of scorching heat, the rains are a much-needed balm for the senses. If your hometown doesn’t have enough rains or rain-soaked vistas, then we suggest you pack your bags and head to any of these destinations to enjoy the great Indian monsoons. #WetDreams
Coorg, with it gently sloping hills and cool weather, is already a popular getaway down south. When it rains, it’s cooler and greener. If you want to make your stay even more memorable, choose a visit to a coffee plantation and enjoy a drink while the rain patters outside.
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If you can’t stand the heat of Rajasthan during the summer months, at least consider heading to the state’s crown jewel, Udaipur, during the monsoon. Not only is the weather pleasant, but the city’s main attractions, such as the City Palace and Lake Palace, also acquire a dream-like beauty. Moreover, you can negotiate for great prices at hotels because it’s off-season.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Skip that trip to Ladakh and head to this untouched corner of India. The Lahaul and Spiti Valley region is truly the last frontier of unexplored travel in the country. Because of its remoteness and extreme weather, the place is accessible only for a few months from July to September. You might not find rain here but the gorgeous vistas, Buddhist gompas and never-ending range of mountains will fire up your imagination like nothing else.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling during the rains seems even more alluring, with its location at the foot of the Himalayan mountain range. The same hills provide all the rain you could ever ask for during monsoon season. Take the toy train up to the hill station and spend your time there wandering through the fog-covered streets during the day and then watch the sun set at Kanchenjunga in the evening.
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How can you resist the temptation of going to a town that was once the wettest place on Earth, especially during monsoon? While it rains here throughout the year, Cherrapunji in the rains is really something else. Take a hike across some living bridges that are covered in greenery; relax with a cup of Meghalayan tea and if it takes your fancy, study the leaves to know how they’re different from their cousins in Assam.
Sail on a houseboat, cruise past tiny villages, and enjoy the traditional cuisine of Kerala while it rains—few things can compare to the magic of these moment. While Kumarakom’s Vembanad lake comes highly recommended as an R&R spot, visit any place in the state that catches your fancy.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The Valley of Flowers is a World Heritage Site that can be accessed only in the monsoon. From fields of flowers that grow only in this region to endangered wildlife species such as snow leopards and musk deer, visiting this place will literally transport you to paradise on earth.
Of course we’d recommend Goa during the rains. What did you think? At this time of the year, the place is not as packed with tourists, and the local flora is on full display. For the adventurous, there are options like white water rafting and for those who just want to chill and soak in nature, a cheap homestay is just around the corner.
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