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iXiGOers Jun 19 2013

Which are the best places to visit in Monsoon in India?

Sonia Wigh Jun 19 2013
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Imagine sitting on a comfortable easy chair, sipping tea or coffee, all the while listening to the incessant pitter-patter of the rains. Doesn't the weather just compel you to take a holiday? Monsoons are the answer to almost everyone’s prayer for an escape from the heatwave of June. Starting from the latter half of June to mid-September, the monsoon season stretches for about three months in India and here are some options of popular places that you can visit this monsoon:


Udaipur, Rajasthan


Every year the rains bring the much needed respite from the scorching heat of Rajasthan, and this makes it an ideal time to enjoy it. The rain splattered Sajjan Garh fort makes a beautiful sight for any tourist looking for artistic beauty. The winding markets of Udaipur are easier to traverse in monsoon.


During the monsoon in Udaipur, almost all the water bodies in the city are brimming with water. Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake are picturesque in this weather and tourists even have the option to take a boat ride. Another advantage of going to Udaipur in monsoon is the myriad seasonal festivals celebrated there. The Shravan Mela is a particular attraction and for three days the town is drenched in the color of Lord Shiva’s Bhakti. So, What are you waiting for? Book a Udaipur tour package now!



Another major festival is Teej or the swing festival which welcomes the advent of the monsoon and is celebrated for continued marital bliss. In Rajasthan, the images of Parvati or Teej Mata are dressed in new clothes and taken in a ceremonial procession around the city where the crowd surges to catch a glimpse of the idol and seek blessings. Traditionally swings are hung from trees and are decorated with bright flowers. Similarly beautifully dressed womenfolk put henna on their hands and await their turns at the swing. This year the festival will be celebrated on 9-10 August.


It is also advisable to visit the very popular hill station Mt. Abu which is in the vicinity of Udaipur. To be specific the distance is about 98 kms and it takes a little more than 3 hours to cover the journey from Udaipur to Mount Abu by car. One can also take a trip to Nathdwara which is a meager 50 km from Udaipur. All these locations are brilliant during the monsoons.



Ratnagiri, (Konkan) Maharashtra


The Ratnagiri district is bound by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Sindhudurg range of mountains to the south. There are a multitude of forts like Ratnadurga Fort, Suvarnadurg, Prachigad, Jaigad, Bhairavgad, Purnagad and Vasota are easier to trace in monsoon than in the hot and humid summers. The Bhagwati Mandir inside the Ratnadurga fort is ancient and is flocked by tourists and locals alike.


Many a resorts have propped up in the vicinity of the multitude of rivers in this region, especially around the Ratnagiri river and the Chiplun river. The beaches in this city like the Ratnagiri beach and Ganapatipule beach are one of the cleanest and unspoilt beaches and are ideal for a quiet walk in the morning or evening.


The Thibaw Palace built for the exiled Burmese royalty in 1910-11 is another major tourist attraction. For those with a spiritual bent of mind, Ratnagiri is full of ancient temples like the Parshuram temple and the Velneshwar temple.




When in Ratnagiri, you could also take a day trip to Pawas which has become an important pilgrimage centre because of the Shri Swami Swarupanand Samadhi mandir, constructed after this very famous saint. Ratnagiri is also world renowned for its Hapus or Alphanso mangoes produced in and around the city. So make sure you partake some of the amazing delicacies of this region when in Ratnagiri !

Goa


Well there seems to be no season when you take a trip to Goa and not enjoy it! The locals say that monsoon rains bring romance in Goa. You can visit the Dudhsagar Falls which overflow with water after the rains. A must do for all the tourists is to take a cruise up the Mandovi River from Panaji.


The flora and fauna of the Periyar National Park is shown to its advantage during the moist monsoon season. The Wildlife sanctuaries like Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary are beautiful in the rainy season and the best sightings are made near the river where all the animals gather to partake water.


One of the most interesting thing to do specifically during a monsoon visit to Goa is to witness the Sao- Joao festival or the fertility feast of Saint John the Baptist which is celebrated in late June. At the end of June, the feasts of Peter and Paul are yet another festival where people sail up the river on rafts while performing songs and plays.


The carnival like Bonderam Flag Festival is celebrated in late August on the quaint little Divar Island, off the coast from Panaji. These seasonal festivals bring the local Goan culture to the fore and are a must see in every tourist's itinerary.


While most hotels which are on the beach remain closed during some time in the monsoons because of flooding etc; there are enough hotels in the mainland which cater to the so-called off-season tourists. So enjoy the hot and spicy Goan cuisine with the rains in the backdrop!

Shillong, Meghalaya


Better known as the 'Scotland of East', the best time to visit Shillong is during the monsoon. Shillong's natural beauty is multiplied by the rains as the lakes and waterfalls brim with water and make rhythmical music which soothes the soul and the eyes with it's ethereal beauty.


The attractive waterfalls like the Elephant falls, Wards lake etc have been one of the best tourist places for visiting in monsoon in the entire region. One could visit the Sweet falls which are touted as the most beautiful waterfall in Shillong. Apart from these the Crinoline Falls, Bishop and Beadon falls, Spread Eagle falls are also part of major tourist attractions.




Shillong receives heavy rainfalls during monsoon and the rainy season last longer here than in any other part of India. Even the local cuisine of Shillong caters to the weather and hot and steamy Jadoh, Dohneiiong, Tungtab will whet your appetite and keep the cold at bay. Kyat, the local brew made from rice is also a must for any foodie traveller.


Mawsynram and Cherrapunji is within travelling distance from Shillong. The road distance between Shillong and Cherrapunji is about 35 km and it takes about one hour in a Shillong to Cherrapunji taxi. You could also make it a point to visit the megaliths in the surrounding Khasi Hills. You could even include a visit to the 'living bridges' or large bridges made out of roots of trees in Cherrapunji !

Puri, Orissa


Thousand of pilgrims throng the city of Puri to witness the majesticity of the festival of Rath Yatra, even though the climate becomes extremely humid during monsoons. The sea sometimes gets turbulent during the months of monsoon and hence the beaches are closed to the public, but there are many other attractions that Puri has to offer.



Apart from the Jagannath temple, the tourists can also visit the Sun Temple in Konark which is within driving distance from Puri. Adventure junkies are attracted to the turbulent sea which stretches out from the Balighai Beach. The Chilika Lake generally remains open all year round and one can take a tour on it. Also don’t miss the spiritually loaded Puri Namghar.


When in Puri one must make it a point to visit the Raghurajpur Arts and Craft Village, which is one of very few of it's kind in India. Don't forget to buy a beautiful Pipli lamp to illuminate your house and remind yourself of the wonderful monsoon spent in Puri!


Wayanad, Kerala


The greenery of Kerala takes on a different hue during the monsoon season. Even though rains in Kerala would not let you be dry for long, scores of tourists make it a point to visit the area during the rains especially for Ayurvedic Rejuvenation. Many packages are on offer specially for the monsoons to attract visitors.


Wayanad is on the north-east end of Kerala and is home to the very popular Chembra Peak and Banasura Peak. The high level of forest cover creates a pleasant climate in the region. Just the beautiful drive to Wayanad via the Kozhikode- Mysore National highway will put a smile on any nature lover's face!




Ayurvedic Spas
like Ayurkendra, The Herbal Nest, Kannur Ayurvedic Centre and The Ayurvedic Yoga Villa are some of myriad spas in Wayanad known for their services and ambiance. One of most acclaimed spas in Wayanad is the Vythiri Windflower resorts and spa who apart from the Indian Ayurvedic spas also offer the Balinese therapeutic massage. They even have special packages like the Monsoon Magic Packages. Set against the lush green backdrop these spa resort are the best option for travelers in this monsoon.

Khandala , Maharashtra


Ae kya bolti tu! sun...suna ...aati kya khandala...kya karu aake main khandala...ghumenge phirenge nachenge gayenge aish karenge aur kya ! Aamir Khan's song made Khandala a top spot for tourists looking for some aish and a quick getaway from Mumbai. Khandala- Lonavala are one of the major hill stations in the Western Ghats and an ever popular in the monsoon tourist destination list.


Hiking to the peak on Duke's Nose hill is one to of the major tourist attractions. The Bhushi lake and the dam sitting atop it is a perfect rain-washed location for a picnic with your family. You could also take the short hike to Rajmachi Point which commands a spectacular view of Shivaji's famous Rajmachi fort.


Tourist prefer to go to Khandala and Lonavala in the monsoon as it is at it's picturesque best with the rains and mist framing the mountains. Don’t forget to bite into the chikki and the kulfi, for which these places are very famous.



Most tourist operators offer special Monsoon packages to most of these places and it would be worthwhile to check out the ones to Bengaluru, Coorg, Kashmir etc. So quit sitting in your room while the rain beats incessantly at the windows, instead take yourself off for a monsoon holiday!


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