Monsoons.... The very word conjures up the image of the nature glistening like a jewel with leaves almost decked with dew, raindrops emanating a musical rhythm, streams overflowing their banks, children splashing water in puddles, floating paper boats and palms swaying to the tune of boisterous, moisture laden winds.
Seems like heaven right?
It is indeed Heaven on Earth and well in India itself !
Monsoons in Shimla (H.P) is filled with lush green forests and waterfalls, offering breath-taking views. People from all age groups have something to look forward to here. Monsoon weather here is just perfectly cold to venture out and enjoy the beauty.
The Mall road and The Ridge, Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Chadwick Falls, Rashtrapati Niwas, Christ Church are a must visit here. Shimla also offers you a rich heritage of Victorian architecture.
The three and half hour road journey from Chandigarh airport is a sceneic experience in iteslf! Drive through the clouds and pass through a path lined with pine and oak trees on both sides and fog, a loyal company. An alternate way to enjoy the journey is by taking the toy train from Kalka and traveling through the mystic and marvellous hills. So pack your bags and make this journey towards Heaven on Earth.
For all the adventure enthusiasts Rishikesh is the place to be in monsoons especially for Rafting. This is the time when rapids come alive with full force on the river Ganga. With high tides (and high adrenaline) all over this place offers various other water sports activities as well like canoeing, kayaking, etc. Along with water sports there are various trekking activities one can enjoy. Moving beyond adventure, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the sacred Ganga River, Rishikesh is also a bustling temple destination that attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.
The view of clouds walking on stretches of tea plantations that almost looks like a green carpet, is something exclusive to this season in Munnar. A cup of local tea with your beloved at Kolukkumalai tea estate, the highest tea plantations in the world is an experience unforgettable. To reach this view, you will pass by wonderful waterfalls flowing at their best during this time.
Ayurveda during monsoons is supposed to be the best. The monsoons help the body’s pores to open up and also restore the body’s vitality and health and works as an internal catalyst to relax your body and mind.
4. Coorg – Fusion of beauty and tranquility
With Beauty at its best this hill station on the Western ghats is a place to just relax and enjoy the purest coffee at the various coffee plantations around. Filled with green meadows, lush green forests, waterfalls, Coorg leaves you breathless with its picture perfect views. Here the monsoons makes the waterfalls come alive and makes Coorg greener. Experience the waterfalls make their deafening roar this season or sit at the Raja seat and see the beauty from a king’s abode or visit Talacauvery (also Talakaveri) located about 5000ft above sea level and witness the source of the river Kaveri ! If you are one of exploring kinds, you can visit Mallalai falls at Somwarpet.
The journey towards Coorg can be troublesome but if you are in Coorg this season, you are sure to leave with a million dollar smile.
Shillong, a city that artists love to paint on the canvas, with many beautiful houses built on the hills. It boasts of waterfalls like the Elephant waterfalls and the Nohkalikai Falls and what better timing to visit these than monsoons. Bring alive the hidden explorer in you and explore the various caves like the Shnong Rim area in the Jaintia hills this town has to offer. With water sport activities like rafting , kayaking, canoeing you are guaranteed to get a complete adventurous experience. Though boating in the pristine Umiam lake is a must, you can also enjoy the beautiful weather while eating the freshly steamed momos amidst the rain.
If the rains in Shillong isn’t enough for you, drive an hour to Cherrapunji, the second wettest place on earth!
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