The monsoons are perhaps the season that almost everyone looks forward to in India. The showers provide instant relief after the scorching summer months and make the landscape lush and green. Here are the top 10 monsoon holidays in india. These are the ideal places to escape the traffic jams, flooded streets and the usual grind of everyday life and just sit back, relax and enjoy the rain. So what are you waiting for?
The beautiful state of Kerala is the first to receive the monsoon showers. The state, which is always lush and green, takes on an even more vibrant hue with the onset of the monsoons. The monsoon season in Kerala lasts from July to September. There are many monsoon escape options in Kerala.
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Monsoons are the best time to enjoy the perfect beauty of the Western Ghats. The region transforms from a dry, reddish-brown to a lush, green one within a few days with the onset of the monsoons. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, famous hill stations around Mumbai, are in full bloom during the monsoons and are the perfect place for a monsoon getaway in the Western Ghats as are Lonavala and Khandala.
One doesn’t usually associate Rajasthan with a monsoon getaway, but Udaipur is perhaps one of the best places to enjoy the monsoons in India. Every year, with the descent of the monsoons, the city of Lakes, Udaipur becomes even more inviting. And most of the luxury hotels here also have special monsoon offers.
The alluring beauty of Coorg takes a new turn during the rains, making it all the more beautiful and beautiful. You can also opt for a trek to famous scenic spots such as Raja’s Seat and Mandalpatti View Point or stunning views of the adjoining surroundings.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
The rain-kissed lush plantations of Darjeeling look ethereal in the monsoons. The serenity and postcard beauty of Darjeeling make it one of the top 10 monsoon holidays in India. Drink a cup of freshly brewed tea and look out at the clouds floating over the mountains.
The famous French Quarters of Pondicherry are also recommended if you want to enjoy monsoons in peace. Although it rains heavily here, you can enjoy the sun on most days. Start your trip with a ferry to Paradise Beach, plan a day in Auroville or simply take a bike ride to experience the rain and the city at its best!
If you want to explore the natural splendor of the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, Shillong at its best, monsoon is the best time to visit. The Elephant Falls, which flows with full force during the monsoons, and the Wards Lake that is bathed in water to the top, are a must-see in Shillong.
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
The haggard beauty of Mandu city has a lot to do with its location which seems all the more enchanting in monsoons. Although the official time of tourists for this place is during the months of October to March, this quiet and sleepy town is still one of the most romantic places to visit in monsoons.
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
Often referred to as the ‘tea capital’ of northern India, Palampur is your typical hill station with enticing green tea plantations. Palampur is a great place to visit all year round and is especially attractive during the monsoons. Clouds skimming the peaks of the Dhauladhar range, the green plantations and the cool breezes make the Palampur picture perfect during the rains.
Monsoon in Goa means fewer crowds, lower hotel prices, secluded beaches, long bike rides and an invitation to the famous festival of St. John that celebrates the rain. Goa is an ideal holiday destination all year round. Many people are beginning to discover the charm of this beach destination during the monsoons. Take a walk on the beach while it drizzles gently and leave all your worries behind.
Chase the monsoons this year. Also check out these package tours for different destinations and plan a trip to these destinations top 10 monsoon holidays in india.
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