The rainy season is not a bad time to visit Delhi. Along with pocket-friendly deals on flights and holidays, travellers can expect to find thinner crowds at top tourist spots of the city. One can also plan a getaway from the capital city to enjoy the Indian monsoon at neighbouring resort towns and popular tourist destinations. Here is our handpicked list of some of the most famous monsoon getaways from Delhi.
Ranikhet, which means Queen’s Farm or Meadow in Hindi, is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand surrounded by undulating Himalayan hills and lush green forests. Be here to enjoy the breathtaking views of mist-clad mountains, cool refreshing atmosphere and interesting sightseeing; the place has many beautiful temples and some historical monuments which are worth visiting. Monsoon (July-September) is a great time to trek up the rolling hills in the region, offering panoramic views of the famous Nanda Devi Peak.
Renowned for being home to the famous Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and blessed with captivating natural beauty, Mcleodganj draws holidaymakers from far and wide. During monsoons, the natural beauty of this mountainous region is at its best. The weather too is quite pleasant. Among the must-visit attractions in this lively town include Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, Dal Lake and Triund Hill.
The monsoon magic of Rishikesh is irresistible. The gushing waterfalls (open only during the monsoon season) and spectacular greenery all around will definitely compensate for the missing rafting opportunity in the Ganges. Monsoon is a great time to do yoga and meditate at the ashrams built along the river. The fresh mountain air, scenic beauty and enchanting evening prayers on the Ghats make for the perfect recipe to rejuvenate your soul and senses. The monsoon is also the time when the town celebrates the much awaited Sravan Mela, a major Hindu festival.
Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is home to many age-old forts, palaces and monuments, which depict the city’s rich cultural heritage. During the rainy season, when the climate is relatively cooler, hordes of tourists visit Jaipur to explore these historical treasures and various other attractions in the city. Apart from sightseeing, things that tourists can enjoy in Jaipur include shopping at its lively markets, hot air ballooning and watching live cultural shows.
Nainital, with its beautiful lakes, historical temples and pristine atmosphere, is a wonderful monsoon getaway from Delhi. It is nestled in the heart of Kumaon Hills, and offers wonderful trekking opportunities. Take in the views of beautiful Naini Lake, which is at its best during the rainy season. For the ones who love trekking, Naina Peak trek is a good option.