Best monsoon places for holidays in India

The monsoon is one of the best times to explore the country, to see the cities come alive, watch the rivers and lakes swell and flow, and mountains become lush green, teeming with life. The rains bring with them a magical time that is difficult to resist.

We bring you a list of some most popular destinations to visit this monsoon season for an adventurous yet relaxing vacation in India.

Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala is a popular hill station in Maharashtra that is best visited during the rains for its beautiful waterfalls alluring greenery, pleasant climate, and sightseeing.

Lonavala is the perfect place for adventure lovers. It offers various fun activities, including rappelling and camping at Pawna Lake, hiking to the Tikona Fort, trekking to the Rajmachi fort, etc.

Visit Tiger’s Leap, a cliff top with a drop of 650m. The place offers a magnificent view of the western ghats as a popular tourist spot.

Go back in time at the Karla and Bhaja caves- ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves from the 2nd century.

Enjoy a picnic at the Bushi Dam, built on the Indrayani River.

Nearest airports: Mumbai (96km) and Pune (64km)

Nearest railway station: Lonavala has its own railway station, which falls on the Mumbai-Pune route.

Lonavala Maharashtra

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Orchha, with its majestic palaces, forts, and temples, is one of the best places to visit during the monsoons. The magnificent structures and their architectural wonders look awe-inspiring amidst the rains and bring an aura of divinity, royalty, and nostalgia.

Orchha was built by Raja Rudra Pratap in 1501 and had been an important center of political control for the Chandela and Bundelkhand rulers.

Take a day trip to Khajuraho (180km) to visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site and its group of temples built in 885AD by the Chandela kings.

Shop for metal works of Dokra and wrought iron and gemstones

Nearest airport: Gwalior (100 km)

Nearest railway station: Jhansi (17km)

Orchha Madhya Pradesh

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur, nestled in the Aravalis, is dotted with numerous lakes and is known as ‘The most romantic destination in India’.

Udaipur becomes even more inviting during the monsoon with the greenery around its lakes and palaces. The beauty of the place comes alive during this time with the heritage and royalty all around.

Boating on the Fateh Sagar and Pichola Lake during the rains is an exquisite experience.

Travel back to the glorious past of the Maharajas as you visit the city’s tourist spots like the City Palace, Lake Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli, and many others.

Shop to your heart’s content for Bandhani print, trinkets, and miniature paintings.

Nearest airport: Dabok (22km)

Nearest railway station: Udaipur Railway Station

doodh talai udaipur

Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in India to visit during the monsoon, the Valley of Flowers is one of India’s most popular treks in the Himalayas. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley is a part of the National Park where you can enjoy the beauty of more than 400 varieties of flowers in spectacular shades of every color in bloom at this time.

The perfect place to soothe your senses and take in the freshness of the mountains in the rains, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a must-visit!

Trek to the Sri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara nearby (5km); however, keep in mind that the climb to the pilgrimage site is quite steep and tests your endurance. But once there, it is the most beautiful and peaceful place to be in.

Nearest airport: Dehradun (303 km)

Nearest railway station: Rishikesh (267 km)

valley of flowers Uttarakhand

Shillong, Meghalaya

One of the top destinations to visit during the monsoon, Shillong receives the heaviest rainfall in the monsoons.

Shillong is known as the ‘Scotland of the East, surrounded by the lush green Khasi and Jayanti hills. It is dotted with numerous waterfalls and scenic viewing points that offer spectacular panoramic views of the valley.

Visit the Elephant Falls and the Spread Eagle Falls, both fed by the rains and quite remarkable sites to visit.

Binge on the local delicacies or shop for hand-made shawls and stoles!

Nearest airport and railway station: Guwahati, Assam (149km)

shillong Meghalaya
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