Bask in the natural glory of monsoon
Monsoon has finally arrived. Unlike popular perceptions, we don’t have to cancel our tour plans. However, a wise choice of destination is definitely required!
There are many interesting destinations in India that can be visited during the rainy season as well. In fact rain seems to add on to the beauty of many of these places.
Hill stations looks greenery, waterfalls appear more refreshing with thick streams of water, mesmerizing flora cover the valleys and there is a refreshing touch in the atmosphere.
So, yes monsoon does make for some beautiful trips. We have picked top 5 destinations that you can go visiting this monsoon.
The ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong boasts of a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. Refreshing greenery, mighty mountain and a scenic beauty that is unparalleled to any, makes Shillong a must visit spot.
The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong becomes all the more lively during monsoon with various exotic flowering plants and trees covering the entire hill station.The presence of umpteen numbers of waterfalls filling the air with a thundering sound of water also make the environment enchanting.
Local festivals, specific to monsoon season provide a touch of vibrancy and excitement to the trip. While in Shillong, you can also visit Cherrapunji which has been recognized as the wettest place in the world and is just 37 km away.
Goa, a destination we all probably want to visit at least once, is equally charming during monsoon. Tourists usually visit Goa during winter season so as to just relax on the beaches, sunbathe and try out various water sports.
Visit Goa during monsoon and enjoy the soothing romantic atmosphere of the place. Spice plantation in Savoi is a must watch. The beauty of places like Mollem National Park and Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary of Goa also increases by many folds during monsoon.
The Dudhsagar Falls which is located quite close to Mollem National Park is exceptionally beautiful during this time. Do not miss an an enjoyable boat ride to Mandovi River. Ages old Goan architecture also makes for something worth noticing.
Although, during monsoon seafood will not be so easily available but wild mushrooms, lotus flower and escargot dishes present an altogether different culinary delight.
3. Leh & Ladakh:
Located at a height of 3,505 meters above sea level, Leh and Ladakh has almost everything to make a vacation perfect. With two of the world’s tallest mountain ranges and dense alpine forests around it, Leh Ladakh offers breathtaking scenic beauty. It also presents historical heritage with a touch of spirituality.
Buddhist monasteries like Shanti Stupa along with ancient Kali Temple add on to the beauty of the place. The Leh Palace which has been built in Tibetan Style is also worth capturing. While you are here, do not miss the view of sunset from the Thiksey Monastery.
The best time to visit Leh and Ladakh is during the months of May to September. The rainfall received by this place is comparatively quite less.
4. Periyar National Park:
Situated in South Kerala, Periyar National Park is one of the few wildlife reserves that remains open even during monsoon season. Although the park is accessible throughout the rainy season, the road safaris are replaced by boat safaris that take you through Periyar Lake.
It is a memorable experience to have beautiful glimpses of the exotic flora and of various animals as you take a soothing ride on the boat safari. The view of sunset from the lake is exceptionally captivating.
5. The Valley of Flowers National Park:
Located in the state of Uttarakhand, the Valley of flowers which was declared as a national park in 1982, is one of the top monsoon destinations of the country. Bright colored flowers, lush green hills, soothing environment with cloudy sky greets you at the valley.
Covered with snow throughout the year, the valley can be accessed only during the months of April to October. The best time to visit is from July to August when the valley blossoms with a wide range of colorful and exotic flowers creating a setting which is nothing less than paradise.
With close to 300 species of alpine flowers, the valley appears as a serene bed of colors with majestic snow capped mountains in the background.
Along with captivating natural setting, the valley is perfect for adventure lovers too. 15 km steep mountain trail makes for an ideal trekking route.