Monsoon is magical in India; there’s an unmatchable charm during downpour. However, if rains remind you of only clogged roads ad puddles of muddy water, you’re in desperate need of a quick escape to some done-to-death places in India that are bound to change your take on the glorious rainy season of India. These are the places that’ll truly let you feel the cool gentle winds, light raindrops and that favourite smell of earth right after a downpour-petrichor.
Monsoons in India are truly a rhapsody of bliss, beauty and relief from the scorching summer sun, so savour it to the fullest in these beautiful places.
1. Lonavla, Maharashtra
If you’re planning a quick escape from the bustling city, here’s your ideal destination- the quaint hill town of Lonavla. With the onset of monsoon, the Western ghats and the Sahyadri mountain ranges come to life with alluring greenery, breath-taking waterfalls and a pleasant climate.
The land of beaches is definitely worth a visit during rainfall to enjoy the sand, drizzle and picturesque sceneries. Get soaked in the rains while you enjoy some drooling Goan delicacies.
3. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is truly a slice of paradise in God’s own country. The silvery mist, the incredibly vast tea gardens, the lush green hills, the romantic atmosphere and the pleasant climate makes this hill station one of the most stunning places in India during monsoons.
4. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Old colonial houses, mustard-yellow tinted villas, cobble-stoned streets and a surfeit of seafront cafes and bars- the postcard-perfect city of Pondicherry already has enough to lure you. And the wet months add a dash of romance to this old-world beauty and create a cool ambience and a quaint charm that makes it impossible to not fall head over heels in love with this place.
5. Pushkar, Rajasthan
If you’re not at all a rainy-day person, plan a wonderful trip to Pushkar not to let the sultry sun give you a tan, but to explore the beautiful and soothing side of Rajasthan. We mean, is there anything more exciting and relaxing than waking up to peacock calls, early morning camel rides and lazy strolls around the market.
6. Kutch, Gujarat
Rann of Kutch is not just about a long stretch of road with barren lands on either side. In reality, this salt marsh has a lot more to offer including monsoon clouds over the Dhinodhar Hill. This splendid sight gives you an enticing view of the desert plains with the surreal horizon. Kutch is even more dreamlike when it gets submerged in the rain water, making it one of the most ideal places to visit during monsoon.
7. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Second wettest place on the planet, Cherrapunjee practically receives rainfall all year. And if you love the ferocity of rains, here’s your ticket! Covered with vast landscapes and hills and with greenery is in full bloom, it makes for an exciting monsoon trekking trip.
8. Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
This valley is untouched by man and hence retains its mystical and mesmerizing beauty. There’s truly magic in the air of Spiti and Lahaul that’ll make you fall in love with the place instantly. Spiti is open to tourists only from June to October, and the best time to visit this cold desert is during monsoon. Once you reach, you’ll feel like you are transported to some other cosmic world.
9. Coorg, Karnataka
Blessed with gorgeous scenery and dotted with vast coffee plantations, Coorg is the perfect gateway in monsoon. The rich and fresh flavour of the grounded coffee fills the damp air that tantalizes you to explore its tiny mountains. Further, during the rains, the Abbey Falls and the Jog Waterfalls flow in their full might, thus creating an out-of-world sight to behold.