We know that monsoons make some people curl up in their beds, and not leave the house till the rain (and its after effects) are nowhere to be seen, but give these stunning locations in India a chance, and you might never look at the rainfall as a nuisance again.
Dedicated to the glorious greens that shine in the monsoons, the piping hot pakoras (a deep fried snack made from gram flour) and a refreshing cup of flavourful tea, here are the top five places in India that you can travel to during the monsoon:
Goa is a blessed place for it has the best beaches, the best crowd of foreign and domestic visitors, the best cafes, the best culture and traditions as well as the best monsoon in India. While December still remains the best time to visit Goa, offbeat tourists and budget backpackers can’t get over the fact that how amazingly green and refreshingly less crowded Goa is during monsoons. Visit the Dudhsagar Falls at their most glorious, get soaked in water while riding a rented bike through the lush milieu, visit the many wildlife sanctuaries that Goa boasts or feast on the sumptuous Goan fish curry – there’s no limit to things you can do in Goa during the monsoon.
The monsoon follows a pattern that works to the best advantage of tourists visiting Kerala in the months between June and October. While there might be exceptions, usually it rains heavily for a few hours, and then a sparkling sunshine illuminates the surroundings and evaporates the dampness, almost putting on a spectacle for visitors. Kerala has a special charm in monsoons as Onam, the festival of harvest and the greatest celebration of rich culture and heritage of Kerala, takes place during this time. It is also said that the monsoon is the best time to take the traditional Ayurvedic treatments that Kerala is popular for.
Home to Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth, the monsoon trip to Meghalaya is for the ones with a sense of adventure in the soul. The picturesque valleys of Khasi, the gushing waterfalls, the lush greenery, at its best during the monsoon makes Meghalaya a tourist’s delight. When it is not raining in the monsoon, an almost magical mist and a cluster of grey clouds keep you company to all places you visit.
Rajasthan remains hot for most part of the year, and water is precious in this royal state surrounded by the desert. So you can imagine the joy of locals when the rain gods bless the state in abundance in the monsoon. The brown patches of sand sprout greens, and the locals gather together in celebration of Teej, a popular local festival marked by married women that gives you a glimpse of the culture and traditions in the princely state. The Goths (equivalent of barbecues back home) are hosted frequently in the monsoon, and foreigners invited are given the taste of true hospitality of Rajasthan. The palaces are washed off the dirt and shine in a new light whereas as the lakes are full to the brim with rainwater – a mesmerising sight indeed!
Uttarakhand is a cluster of many stunning cities and towns that come alive during the monsoon. A green paradise for nature lovers, the whole of Uttarakhand looks refreshing during the monsoon. Some of the best places to visit in the state during this time are Ranikhet, known for its lush golf courses; Nainital, the lake city; Valley of Flowers; Almora, popular for its fir and pine forests as well as Lansdowne, a cantonment where mist escorts you to all places. If petrichor transposes you too to your childhood, you will have ample encounters here.