Monsoons in India occur between the months of June to September and this is one of the best times to visit some exotic locations in the country. India is a warm country and the temperatures drop during the monsoons making it an ideal time to venture into some beautiful places.
There are some amazing places that you can explore in India, and while people might advise you not to visit certain places during the monsoons, there are some places that are best seen during the rains. If you’re wondering which places are best to visit, then here’s a list of the top ten best monsoon destinations in India for awesome experience.
10. Munnar, Kerala
The hills of Munnar are covered in emerald green tea plantations making it one of the best sights in South India during the monsoons. The icing on the cake is when the mist surrounds the mountain tops giving a splendid low mountain panorama view. While this is not a largely popular destination during the monsoons, the few tourists that have been here during the monsoons love the peace and tranquility here. Everything in Munnar is covered in lush greenery during the monsoon season. The best part is that since a lot of tourists do not throng this place, you can enjoy the beauty of Kerala at almost half the price. Do not forget to carry a raincoat or an umbrella along though.
9. Shantiniketan, Kolkata
Shantiniketan is a beacutiful place to visit and each year people crowd the place to check out this naturally amazing land. While you can plan a visit to Shantiniketan anytime of the year, monsoons happen to be the best time to visit. The place lights up during the rains making it lush and rich. The temperatures are cool and you can travel comfortably without any problems. If you’re planning a visit here, make sure to come here between July to August. This is the time the cultural festival of the ‘Varsha Mangagal’is celebrated and you can witness some amazing cultural shows, taste some authentic food and enjoy Shantiniketan in its full splendor.
8. Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh is one of the most historic places to visit any time of the year. However if you decide to visit Ladakh during the monsoons, you will see natural beauty like never before. The various Buddhist monasteries and monuments in the area are an amazing attraction for tourists. During the monsoons, tourists can choose to go trekking with their friends or tag along with one of the groups. River rafting in the Shayok River is also possible only during the monsoons. If you make your way along the Zanskar River, you will see the green villages and the hanging glaciers giving you a view of a lifetime.
7. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
Lonavala is a popular tourist destination in Maharashtra which is flooded with people during the monsoons, but Malshej Ghat happens to be a much prettier destination which is fresh and different from all the other hill stations in the country. These ghats are located 700 meters above sea level and the climate here is beautiful during the rains. You will enjoy the typical country styled homes, food and nature that is in full splendor during the monsoons. When at Malshej Ghat, make sure to check out the water falls, the lakes and the amazing mountains that are breathtaking. When it rains, there’s a heavy fog cover over the ghat that makes everything look blur and it feels like you’re in a cloud. This is also a great time to spot the pink legged Flamingos that fly in from Siberia.
6. Kutch, Gujarat
Kutch is one of the most cultural places in India and a visit here is very refreshing. Since Gujarat is a very hot state, it is best to visit the city during the rains. The weather is beautiful, calm and serene. There are some amazing cultural programs that are organized in Kutch during the monsoons and there are some amazing moon light camel safaris and more that you can enjoy during this time of the year.
Not many people think of Goa during the monsoons. However if you have not seen the beauty of the sea during the monsoons, you have missed out on something very beautiful in life. There is another advantage of visiting Goa during the monsoons. Since a lot of tourists do not frequent the area during the monsoons, everything is relatively cheaper. You can walk the beaches at your own leisure and enjoy a dip in the sea while the rain is pouring from above. You can also visit the neighboring Dudhsagar Falls that look stunning during the monsoons.
4. Bishnupur, West Bengal
About 150 kms from West Bengal lies the beautiful town of Bishnupur. While not a lot of tourists come here, this is one of the most beautiful places in India that you can explore. The monsoons here begin a little late, so the ideal time to visit is between August to October. There is some amazing and refreshing greenery that you will enjoy here and the architecture is worth checking out. It is a traditional little town that is filled with some amazing architecture, paintings, temples and music that will make you feel like you’re in a different era.
3. Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand
Deoria Tal is known to be one of the most enchanting places to visit especially during the monsoons. The place is surrounded by the snow capped peaks of yellow tooth, nilkantha, chaukhamba, bandarpunch, kedar range and kalanag. Deoria Tal is also enclosed by lush greenery and thick forests that make it amazing for trekking. A trek path has been made from Sari Village right up to Deoria Tal as there is no motorable road to reach Deoria Tal.
2. Udaipur, Rajasthan
If you thought that monsoons were not the time to visit Udaipur, think about the beautiful lakes, palaces and the greenery surrounding the city and imagine how it would look in the rains. Udaipur is a warm city that is best visited in the rains for a number of reasons. Not only are the packages a lot cheaper, but you can explore the city a lot more since there is not too many people at that time.
1. Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park is one of the best places to visit for wildlife lovers. While many people may think that animals may not be visible during the monsoons, it is the other way around. Since a lot of people do not frequent Jim Corbett during the monsoons, the animals come out to enjoy in their natural habitat. Visitors can also enjoy river rafting during the monsoons over here. Safaris are arranged even during the monsoon and the forest looks stunning during this time of the year.