Monsoon is not a reason to shun the pleasures of travelling. It is fun to be out, going to places during the months of June, July, August and September. The air is fresh and clean and everything around is in different shades of green with cascading waterfalls.
Alleppey – Kerala
You could well head to Alleppey to enjoy the first rains of the season. There is a lot to see and do here in Alleppey. Visit the beach and stroll on the contrasting sands with the soothing waters of the Arabian Sea. You will see a number of freshwater rivers, lakes and lagoons to the west of the Alleppey beach. Go around Alleppey visiting its nearby places like the village of Karumadi, or the small island of Pathiramanal.
A visit to the Sri Krishna Temple 14 km away from Alleppey is worth a visit. The Krishnapuram Palace is striking with its traditional Kerala architectural style. It has been now turned into a museum which has a number of historical artifacts, paintings and antiques.
You can also enjoy in South India during your trip by visiting a number of other best monsoon destinations like Munnar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Coorg and many others. At times, the rains can keep you indoors. You can just relax or get yourself a nice spa massage with rejuvenating oils.
Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Spiti Valley is a high altitude alpine land at about 12,500 ft above sea level. It is enclosed by lofty snow-covered peaks. It snows heavily here in winter so the tourists visit it during the monsoon or summer season. These months of the year are pleasant and sunny.
You have thus chosen the right place, Spiti, as one of the best monsoon destinations. It ought to be your memorable trip this monsoon. There are a number of villages in Spiti. As you explore them, you are charmed by the simplicity and honesty of the villagers. You are spellbound by the surrounding nature. Each village is unique in its own way. Kibber is the world’s highest village, Langza is known for its fossils and Komic is Asia’s highest village. This experience leaves you with unforgettable memories.
The Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Spiti fascinate you. Yes, you are enjoying yourself here by going all out for the many attractions Spiti has to offer its tourist. You and your family have a wonderful time trekking, going white water rafting on the Pin and Spiti rivers and mountain biking. You are here to explore every possible area in Spiti Valley as you have a long vacation. Pin Valley National Park and Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary give you the chance to see some exotic Himalayan animals.
Your family has booked the entire trip with a travel agency in Manali from where you travel to Spiti. The journey itself to Spiti is eye-catching as you pass through Rohtang and Kunzum Pass. You reach your destination at night to start a new dawn in Spiti.
Valley of Flowers – Uttarakhand
You and your friends have very wisely chosen the best monsoon destination in India. From Delhi, you travelled to this beautiful place in Chamoli Garhwal via Ghangaria as your base. With the first few showers of rain, each flower blooms and there is a riot of colors all around. You just don’t believe what you behold.
The Valley of Flowers permits tourists only day visits. This magical valley with exotic flowers and foliage, makes you feel a thrill running down your spine. The entire surrounding is picture postcard perfect. You seem to be lost in paradise. Your trek starts from Ghangaria en route to the main valley. Though it is a strenuous hike, after reaching the Valley of Flowers you are instantly recharged and rejuvenated. Such is the magic of this most beautiful valley during monsoon. Do carry all necessary things needed by you during the monsoon season. Check with Uttarakhand Government if in the monsoon of 2014 the valley is open to tourist before planning your trip.
Udaipur – Rajasthan
Taj Lake Palace gets a feel of the monsoon season as it is in the midst of Lake Pichola. The lake looks stunning and at night the waters shimmer and reflect the lighted hotel. It cuts out a fairyland picture.
Both of you have come to India for the first time and want the best that this trip can offer you. With a light passing shower of rain, you cruise on the Gangaur like a Maharaja and Maharani. At night, both of you share a romantic dinner blushing at each other by the Lily Pond. Next day, you tour the beautiful and artistic city of Udaipur. This short trip has been a grand one for both of you.
Shillong – Meghalaya
Are you a monsoon adventurer? Then let Meghalaya be your one of the best monsoon destinations in India. It is lush green all over the place. You will love exploring as much as you can during your short holiday. Carry every little thing needed when you travel in monsoon.
Surely you will visit only a few places from this state, the Abode of the Clouds. It has an abundance of tourist places to venture during the rains. Visit the living roots bridge in Mawlynnong. The Khasi tribe living here in the forests has made a bridge by entwining the rubber plant roots. It takes years for this type of bridge to bear the weight of people crossing it. The village is the “Cleanest Village in Asia.” You will be proud of having visited it. The sky view atop the highest tree gives you a bird’s eye view of the village. You get some fantastic views across Bangladesh. Thanks for the indigenously made bamboo platform that gives you an expansive and beautiful view.
You are driving in a cab and the valleys, clouds, rain all gives you immense pleasure. At last your journey takes you to a village known as Tyrna. As you walk endlessly, everything around is indescribable. You should visit to see it. The next village that you come to is Nongthymmai and soon you realize that the rays of the sun are trying to reach you. This is a well laid out village with cement paths, flower gardens and warm hospitable villagers. All around there is the magic of monsoon on display with fresh environment, abundant greenery, flowering plants, colorful butterflies and cascading waterfalls. You are mesmerized by all what you see around you. Slowly you walk to your waiting taxi getting yourself back to the present moment. It is worth a visit to this double-decker root bridge which took you across to two villages in the deep forests.
On the last day of your vacation, you are lucky that you encounter only a passing shower. Today, you go to see a well-maintained, lit up cave known as Mawsmai. There are other caves, but they are really challenging to reach. If the tourists wish to see them then, they have to take the Thrillophilia caving tour packages. There are other caving tours also.
If time is on your side, one can also visit the Garo Hills. They are densely forested and harbor within them the Balpakram National Park, the Nokrek Biosphere Reserve and the Siju Wildlife Sanctuary.
Visit the largest traditional market in northeast India in Shillong. Stay in a cozy, homely hotel or in a posh one. The choice is yours. Shillong, the capital of the state of Meghalaya, is itself a lovely hill station from where monsoon lovers venture to visit the dense forests of Meghalaya.
Monsoon travel in India is beautiful with mild sunlight, clear, clean, crisp air, bubbling waters, colorful forests, rain washed hills and mountains with milky white thundering waterfalls. Plan your trip carefully, choosing the right monsoon destination in India. You will surely remember it for a long time to come.