5 amazing destinations to enjoy the famous rainfall in India.
Do the rains bring out the wanderlust in you? The love for marshy hiking along a monsoon trail, or the relish of eating the pipping hot, fire-cooked Maggi in a sleeping bag or does your heart crave for that cozy cup of tea in the rain drenched Ghats of India?
Pack your bags and jackets to wet your soul this monsoon. Here’s a list of five amazing monsoon destinations in India.
1. The Bugyals of Uttarakhand
Bugyals are grassland meadows in the Kumoan mountains of Uttarakhand, on the edges of the mighty Himalayas. While most trekkers visit these places in late summer, early monsoon trails are also fun for those who don’t mind an occasional splash from the mountain stream. Some higher reaches may be inaccessible. Yet, the idyllic villages and the rolling hills in the lower reaches with blooming meadows seem like a place out of a Ruskin Bond book. Another popular destination in Uttarakhand during monsoon is the famous Valley of Flower for those who prefer beaten tracks.
2. Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra
Some popular monsoon treks in this region include Raigad, Rajgad, Harischandragad and many others. Crispy onion fries and hot tea in earthen cups on hill tops are totally worth the wet climb on lush green mountain sides. Also add to this the panoramic view from the top of forts on these hills. A popular hill station frequented by families and large groups is Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra.
3. Coorg in Karnataka
Often called the Scotland of India, Coorg on the Western Ghats in Karnataka, is a perfect amalgam of culture, luxury, nature and cuisine. The smooth rolling green hills and lush forests enroute will give you an out of the world experience. The Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastry bordering Coorg is also enchanting with its spiritual air and will transport you to a different time.
Previously a French colony, and now an eccentric Union Territory bordering the state of Tamil Nadu and the Bay of Bengal, this heritage town is a walk down the memory lane. Still preserved in its colonial glory, Puducherry will transport you to the French boulevards and petit cafes, where you can sip on cozy drinks as the bougainvillea is drenched in rainy splendor. Aurobindo’s Ashram and Auroville are also a destination for the spiritually inclined.
Dominated by mountains and heavy rainfall, this small state has a mystic charm of its own. Chinese Pagoda style monasteries like Enchey and Pemayangtse will enthrall you with their peaceful air and dense woods. The monsoon here is magical and different from the rains in the mainland. Plan for Sikkim only if you are ready to be isolated from the world by a thick curtain of water from the dense sky.
Whether a solo trip for the soul or a group hike with the office gang, monsoon travel will bring us close to mother nature.
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