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Drenched to the Soul - Monsoon Travel in India

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Travel is a beautiful word; it evokes memories of childhood vacations, when there was little to worry about but the pending homework, it is a word that transports people to a place of fond memories or unfulfilled dreams. Travel in its true essence is more than ticking places off a bucket list. In fact, travel is a constant stream of experiences; good, bad, ugly, exciting, frightening, but in the end, all of them are downright marvelous.

When talking about travel experiences in India, there is nothing quite like the tales that emanate from every rain-drenched person in the country. There is so much to see and enjoy in the country, but in the monsoons, every destination gets a fresh and rejuvenated look. The streets are washed clean, little streams collect sufficient water to become raging rivers, the vegetation glows a healthy green, children come out to play in the puddles and float paper boats, and you desire a cup of hot coffee and samosa as you stare out of the rain-drenched window. There is no better travel memory than the ones associated with the monsoon experience in India. Enjoy a glimpse of some rain-drenched images from the monsoon travels in India, that we absolutely love!

Humayun's Tomb In The Rains, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb In The Rains, Delhi

Monsoons in the capital city of Delhi is a welcome break from the incessant heat of summers and biting cold of the winters. Explore the many places of historic and cultural significance such as the Humayun's Tomb, supposedly the first such garden-tomb to be built in India.

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The Unique Charm of South Indian Temples In The Rains

The Unique Charm of South Indian Temples In The Rains

There is a special charm associated with South Indian temples, especially in the rains. The otherwise sweltering town of Kanchipuram has much to offer during the monsoon season. Explore the Ekambareswara temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, which is also the largest temple complex in the city.

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Temple Stones Washed In The Rains

Temple Stones Washed In The Rains

Thirukadaiyur is a temple town located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Experience the mesmerising temple architecture, that is only further enhanced during the rains. Regardless of the weather, rituals go as per the norm. The mixture of heady temple fragrances and the smell of rain will make the trip unforgettable.

Photo Courtesy: Natesh Ramasamy

Football Fever In The Monsoons

Football Fever In The Monsoons

Monsoon is not always the time to sit indoors. It is the time to get out there and enjoy the rains, like the group of boys in West Bengal, who were caught up in the football fever.

Photo Courtesy: Dipanker Dutta

Riding The Rains

Riding The Rains

Pune and the surrounding areas come alive during the monsoons. The landscape that dries up mercilessly during the summers turns green and lush after the first rains. The ideal place to go for a weekend getaway or drive!

Photo Courtesy: Shankar S

Monsoon Glory At The Waterfalls

Monsoon Glory At The Waterfalls

Monsoons are the best time to make a visit to the many waterfalls that India is famous for. Make a trip to the scenic town of Wayanad and relax amidst the soothing nature. Make sure you visit the Soochipara Falls that falls from a height of 656 ft and looks glorious in the monsoons.

Photo Courtesy: Sankara Subramanian

The River Grows

The River Grows

Shoranur is a small town in Kerala, situated on the banks of river Bharathapuzha. Located near Palakkad, this little town has much to offer. The surrounding scenic vistas and the river that grows with the monsoons are a must-visit.

Photo Courtesy:P Das Arayil

Lush Greenery Born Of Rains

Lush Greenery Born Of Rains

A popular holiday destination in Maharashtra, Lonavala is an idyllic hill station. Located in the Sahyadri ranges, the place offers many activities for tourists from exploring caves to trekking amidst the scenic beauty of the hills. Situated at a short distance from Mumbai, it makes a great weekend getaway.

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City Lights Reflected In The Rain

City Lights Reflected In The Rain

You can enjoy the rains even in a busy city like Mumbai. While the rains are welcome as a relief from the heat, it also makes certain places in the city more beautiful. Make sure you visit the marine drive and enjoy the splash of the waves!

Photo Courtesy:Michael Kohli

Houses That Got A Fresh Coat Of Rain!

Houses That Got A Fresh Coat Of Rain!

Pune is a city that offers plenty of weekend getaway options. The nearby hill stations are great for a monsoon trip. Take yourself to relax and rejuvenate amidst the greenery of the postcard town- Panchgani.

Photo Courtesy:Suddhasatwa Bhaumik

Hot Snacks On A Rainy Afternoon

Hot Snacks On A Rainy Afternoon

Among the popular hill stations in Maharashtra is Mahabaleshwar, situated a short distance from Pune. There is much to see here such as caves, viewpoints and lakes. It is also a great place to camp out and enjoy the clear night sky. Head to Mahabaleshwar for a great monsoon outing.

Photo Courtesy:Dhinal Chheda

Rain Drenched Western Ghats

Rain Drenched Western Ghats

The mountains that constitute the Western Ghats begin at the Gujarat-Maharashtra border and traverse through the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is considered to be among the top biodiversity hotspots in the country and can provide the most scenic vistas and adventurous drive during the rains.

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Enjoying The Shower

Enjoying The Shower

Monsoons provides one of the best times to observe nature. The activity of watching birds dry themselves after a shower can last more than a few minutes. Though most sanctuaries are closed to visitors during peak monsoons, the surrounding nature in cities also come alive during the season and proves to be a welcome break from the concrete jungle.

Photo Courtesy: Nikhil Verma

Approaching Rains

Approaching Rains

Though Goa is popular as a winter getaway, to enjoy the sunny beaches and cool waters. It is also an interesting monsoon destination. The abundant greenery, overflowing streams and even the beaches take on an unique charm during the rains.

Photo Courtesy: Aniket Thakur

A Heavenly Dip

A Heavenly Dip

Kudremukh is a beautiful place in Karnataka that has a lot to offer during the monsoons from lakes to national parks and trekking activities. You must visit the Kadambi Falls at Kudremukh, which displays its full force during the monsoons. Surrounded by thick forests, the waterfall is popular among tourists.

Photo Courtesy:Karunakar Rayker

Rain-coated Walks!

Rain-coated Walks!

The town of Matheran in Maharashtra is a unique place. It is one of the few such places in India that do not allow the usage of motorised vehicles (except the ambulance). But there are many other fun ways to traverse through Matheran. You can opt to ride a horse or even walk the lovely trails. Also, don't miss the toy train experience from Neral to Matheran.

Photo Courtesy:McKay Savage

Monsoon Games

Monsoon Games

Nestled in the Himalayas, Sikkim is a land of much beauty, both natural and man-made. You can explore the many Buddhist monasteries, waterfalls, streams, parks and hot springs. It is definitely a unique destination for monsoon travel in the country.

Photo Courtesy:Abhijit Kar Gupta

Prosperous Harvest

Prosperous Harvest

The monsoons in India bring great relief to the farmers and provides scenic views for travellers across the country, as the many national and state highways cross regions of agricultural cultivation. The fields of soothing green is definitely among the highlights of monsoon travel in the country.

Photo Courtesy: Shankar S

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

Udaipur in Rajasthan is also known as the 'City of Lakes'. It proves to be a great monsoon holiday destination, with the many water bodies and even monuments such as the Monsoon Palace. Built by the royals to enjoy the view of the rains, the palace also offers a great view of the city.

Photo Courtesy:McKay Savage

The Monsoon Fort

The Monsoon Fort

Amer in Rajasthan has a beautiful attraction that brings in travellers from the world over. The Amer Fort or Amer Palace, overlooking the Maota lake is one of the most scenic destinations during the monsoons. The old fort and palace have stunning Hindu architecture, the brimming lake and greenery only adds to the beauty.

Photo Courtesy:McKay Savage

A Rainy Evening Out

A Rainy Evening Out

Monsoon travel in the country is incomplete without the mention of the bustling markets that provide shopping and hot treats for the taste-buds. Nothing makes the rains more enjoyable than hot snacks and chai. A view of one of India's oldest and most popular markets, the Old Market in Kolkata.

Photo Courtesy:Rajarshi Mitra

Riding Into The Storm

Riding Into The Storm

The monsoon season also provides the best of adventure travel in India. No, we are not referring to adventure sports such as rafting or paragliding, which is closed during the rains, but nothing stops you from taking to the roads for a monsoon drive. The view of one such exciting prospect along the national highway to Madhya Pradesh.

Photo Courtesy:Rajarshi Mitra

Taking A Leap Of Faith!

Taking A Leap Of Faith!

If you wish to experience the true grandeur of the monsoons, head over to Malappuram in Kerala. True to its name, Malappuram is surrounded by scenic hills and has many water streams cutting across the town. If you are willing to ignore the bad roads, Kerala can amaze you with the many monsoon destinations it has to offer.

Photo Courtesy:Dhruvaraj S

The Raging Storms

The Raging Storms

Chennai is popular as one of the most hot and humid cities in the country. But on the arrival of rains, the city becomes surprisingly cool and green. Make a visit to the beach or catch a view of the rain-drenched surroundings from the lighthouse.

Photo Courtesy:Vinoth Chandar

The Last Leg Of Monsoons

The Last Leg Of Monsoons

As we enter the last leg of the monsoon season, head out to one of the many picturesque destinations that can leave you drenched to the soul with happiness and unforgettable memories of nature, beauty, friendship and bonding!

Photo Courtesy:Rajarshi Mitra

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