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India has an array of exotic locations that become even more beautiful when it rains. The hills are covered with lush greenery, the lakes and waterfall are in full bloom, and the landscape gets even more picturesque. It’s the perfect time to enjoy the season’s beauty with a cup of hot coffee. Here are some breathtakingly destinations that can be great deals this monsoon:
LEH – LADAKH: Majestic snow-laden Himalayan ranges, lush green landscape, sparkling blue waters, deep gorges, colourful Buddhist monasteries; Leh-Ladakh is nothing less than paradise. You are bound to fall in love with the serenity this place offers every time you visit.
How to get there: Tourists throng Leh-Ladakh during monsoon as it becomes accessible by road. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport of the area. There are direct flights to Leh from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu.
Weather: Clear skies, stunning views and warm and sunny weather during July and August with average temperature ranging between 20–30°C.
KULLU MANALI – Dotted with pine trees and snow-capped hills, Kullu-Manali, is one of the most popular destinations up north. It is a haven for nature enthusiasts with a wide variety of flora and fauna. This hill station boasts of incredible landscape, with canyons and gorges overlooking the panoramic view of the Himalayas.
How to get there: The nearest airport is at Kullu, located approximately 50 kilometres away from Manali. From there, you can take a bus or taxi to Manali.
Weather: Temperature ranges from 10 – 25°C and the weather remains pleasant during the day and cold during the night.
SHIMLA- Set amidst mystical woods and hills, Shimla is one of the most beautiful hill stations in North India. The toy train ride to Shimla from Kalka will leave you spellbound. It’s not just aesthetically planned, but impeccably clean.
How to get there: To reach Shimla, you can fly to Chandigarh or Delhi. Opt for a taxi or bus to reach Shimla from Chandigarh or Delhi.
Weather: The weather remains pleasant with temperature ranging between 15°C to 30°C.
ASSAM – The Gateway to Northeast India, Assam, is one of the most enchanting states in India. This mountain state sees less tourists as compared to the other north-eastern states, and still remains little-explored. Travellers vouch for Assam as being one of the most serene and humbling choices to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
How to get there: There is only one international airport in Assam, the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, also known as the Guwahati International Airport. It is well connected from different cities in India.
Weather: Monsoon has its own charm in Assam, as it makes the state even more enthralling. During monsoons, temperature range between 28 – 32°C.
MEGHALAYA – Hilly Meghalaya – the ‘abode of clouds’ – is among the wettest places on earth. Mesmerising waterfalls and formidable mountain ranges make the state a natural adventure playground. It is a prime destination for trekking, caving, canyoning and tribal encounters.
How to get there: There is a small airport at Umroi, about 35 km away from Shillong. Buses / Taxis are available from Shillong to Umroi and back. Travellers also prefer flying to Guwahati and taking a bus/taxi from there to Meghalaya.
Weather: Though Meghalaya receives heavy rainfall during monsoon months of June to September, the weather is at its mesmerising best. The temperature is never higher than 20°C in this season, and the cascading waterfalls are in their full might.
DARJEELING – Bounded by pristine Himalayan peaks and surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations, Darjeeling is rightfully West Bengal’s foremost attraction. From July to September, it’s high cropping time at Darjeeling’s tea estates, and the fresh and green scenery just make the state a must-visit.
How to get there: The nearest airport from Darjeeling is Bagdogra. You can take a bus or taxi from there to Darjeeling.
Weather: The average temperature during monsoon ranges between 13 – 19°C. However, at night, the temperature falls and it gets quite cold.
GOA – Goa is a perfect destination for a dreamy vacation. During monsoons, there is much more to Goa than just the beautiful beaches and picturesque landscapes. This much-loved destination during the rainy season, is simply magnificent.
How to get there: The nearest airport is about 30 kilometres from its capital city, Panaji. All major airlines offer daily flights to Goa from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Pune.
Weather: Goa experiences a tropical monsoon climate. Usually the state experiences its monsoon rain in the early month of June which provides a much pleasing break from the heat. The average temperature during this time ranges between 25 – 30°C.
ANDAMAN – The silver sandy virgin beaches of Andaman are a sight to behold. Andaman Islands are a heaven for water sports lovers, and attract tourists from across the world.
How to get there: Veer Savarkar International Airport also known as Port Blair Airport, is a customs airport located 2 km south of Port Blair, and is the main airport for Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Weather: Monsoons usually hit Andaman around late May and lasts until mid-September. The average temperature during this time ranges between 25 – 30°C.
DIU – Diu is a tiny island, linked by a bridge to Gujarat’s southern coast. With limestone cliffs, rocky coves, sandy beaches; Diu is a refreshing getaway for travellers who love a quiet vacation. The minimum traffic and excellent roads make this little town worth visiting.
How to get there: Diu has an airport which is located in Nagoa. Many airlines operate on this route.
Weather: Monsoon comes early at this place as it’s near to the sea. Temperature of the city remains 23 -37°C during monsoons.
OOTY – Lofty mountains, dense forests, sprawling grasslands and miles of tea gardens – that’s Ooty. Widely known as the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, Ooty is also a popular honeymoon destination. Experiencing the tea tour while you’re here is a must.
How to get there: Approximately 88 km away, Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty, and is very well-connected with all major cities.
Weather: Ooty is a year-round destination. During monsoons, the weather is generally pleasant, as temperatures don’t go beyond 20°C.
KODAIKANAL – Kodaikanal means ‘the Gift of the Forest’. It is also called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ owing to its abundance of mighty rocks, beautiful lakes and cascade falls. Monsoons add to Kodaikanal’s beauty, and makes this gorgeous hill station even more serene.
How to get there: The airport nearest to Kodaikanal is Madurai, about 120 kilometres away. Others in line include Trichy Airport and Coimbatore Airport, 150 kilometres and 175 kilometres away, respectively. From the airport, you can easily get a bus or taxi to Kodaikanal.
Weather: From the month of June to September, Kodaikanal receives average rainfall in the region. During monsoons, temperature ranges between 20 – 30°C.
MUNNAR – If you like serene and less-explored destinations, Munnar is the place for you. The mountains carpeted in green tea plantations and lush green foliage look even more scenic during the Monsoons as mist envelopes the mountain peaks.
How to get there: The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, located in Kochi, Kerala, about 110 km away from Munnar. You can travel from the airport to Munnar by a bus or taxi.
Weather: During monsoons, Munnar receives moderate to heavy rainfall. The weather is pleasant, with temperature ranging between 20 – 25°C.