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Explore and Enjoy the Indian Monsoons

Contrary to the popular belief that the rains are a dampener for enjoying a holiday, traveling in India during the monsoons can in fact be an advantage. The proliferation of wildlife, waterfalls and lush green vegetation in India during the monsoon months combine to provide a memorable experience to every traveler. To add to this, as monsoons are offseason, you will get accommodation at cheaper rates compared to other peak tourist seasons. Off-season discounts are applicable in several shopping areas also.

What you need to know about Indian Monsoons

Triggered by a low pressure caused due to the tremendous temperature of the Thar Desert as well as the adjacent areas during the summer season, the southwest summer winds bring considerable downpour in India during the months of June to September. Once the southwest monsoon strikes India, it divides into 2 entities: one moving northwards along the Arabian Sea down the coast of Western Ghats and the other blowing across Bay of Bengal towards Assam and Eastern Himalayas.

Usually the coastal regions experience tremendous amount of rainfall but as you move more towards the inland areas, the amount of rainfall tends to decrease. Among the metro cities, Kolkata and Mumbai experience heavy downpour. Parts of the eastern Himalayas, especially Shillong and Darjeeling receive maximum rainfall during monsoons. Cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi register lesser amount of rainfall.

Finest Monsoon Destinations in India

 

Konkan in Maharashtra :Enveloped in a dense mantle of greenery, Konkan offers a magnificent spectacle to view during the monsoons.


 

Coorg in Karnataka :Beautifully set against the Western Ghats, this hill station is well known for its charming natural view as well as the coffee plantations.


 

Udaipur in Rajasthan :Differently known as Venice of the East and the city of lakes, this royal city even possesses a Monsoon Palace also called Sajjan Garh Palace..

 

Goa: The place is strikingly beautiful during the monsoon months due to the proliferation of natural beauty.


Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand: The name explains everthing. The exotic flowers in the valley are at their full bloom during the monsoon months engrossing the region in heavenly beauty.


Kerala: Better known as God's own country, Kerala is the perfect destination for relaxing massages, calm beaches, beautiful rivers, houseboats, coconut trees and lush greenery.

 

Ladakh:Being a rain shadow area, Ladakh is one of the favorite tourist destinations during the monsoon season. A handful of clouds brushing against the Himalayan ranges add a mystical awe to the entire atmosphere.


 

Guidelines to make the Indian monsoons enjoyable

To make monsoon travel in India a pleasurable experience, you need to follow some simple guidelines.

 

Do not forget to carry a raincoat or an umbrella during the monsoon, even if the particular day appears to be sunny.


 

Carry clothes which are light in weight and dry fast.


 

Under extreme circumstances, due to the downpour, trains and flights might get delayed due to floods and roadblocks, especially in cities like Mumbai. So, travel accordingly keeping enough time in hand.

 

If you are travelling to Leh, remember that the most travelled road gets closed in October when the monsoon is about to end and winter sets in.


In the monsoon season, landslides are common in the north-eastern areas, particularly the states of Assam and Sikkim. It's good to avoid those places when there are warnings of serious downpour.


 

If you are travelling to Leh, remember that the most travelled road gets closed in October when the monsoon is about to end and winter sets in.


 

To make the monsoons more enjoyable, reach Kerala and indulge yourself in the reviving Ayurvedic diets and massages to increase body flexibility..


 

Monsoon travel in India is immense fun given all the beautiful scenarios to experience. You just need to have proper information regarding how to travel and which areas to cover.

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