Rains in India are magical. After two months of sweltering heat, that comforting smell of the Earth when it rains, the charm of the cities, the lush greenery and the freshness of the outdoors – this makes travelling all the more exciting!
India, being an agro-based country, witnesses rainfall from June to September and its transcendent beauty is unrivalled.
Travelling During The Monsoon Season
While your exploration of the great outdoors could be hampered by the downpour, a relaxing vacation to your dream destination is still possible. And worth it!
If you still want to go backpacking around, you can do so by prepping well for it. Or, if you plan to amidst the serenity of nature and break away from the everyday hustle of the city, monsoon is the perfect time to travel. The air is cleaner, places are less crowded, and it isn’t gonna be too cold or hot, so there’s no discomfort.
Plus, travelling at this time turns out to be more economical since it is not the peak tourist season in India and you can avail plenty of offers and budget-friendly accommodation options.
However, flooding has become more commonplace in the last few years and transportation could be problematic. So, make sure to check the weather forecast, and check with the hotel staff about the approach roads before you finally make bookings.
Top Places To Visit In India During This Monsoon
Here is a list of some of the most mesmerizing places to visit in the rainy season in India:
1. Shillong, Meghalaya
Also known as ‘The Scotland of The East’, the capital of Meghalaya offers an enriching experience to its explorers, especially in July. How often do clouds stop by your window? This is the reason for its moniker - “abode of the clouds”.
If you do visit this place, you’d be strolling through dense pine forests, small towns with quaint cottages, and orchids blooming all around.
The Caroline Falls with a swimming pool & the Elephant Falls are fed by the rains and are truly blissful. Also, the temperatures aren’t extreme during this time either, it is usually around 12°C-13°C.
2. Darjeeling, West Bengal
A beautiful hill station in Eastern India, this is one of the few places that HAVE to be visited during the monsoon season. With a lovely view of the 3rd highest peak in the world – Kanchenjunga, the rich green slopes, driving through misty mountain roads as you sense the aroma of the famous Darjeeling tea, it’s a truly tranquil experience. This adventure-seeker’s paradise even has plenty of things to do – the famous Hill Card Road Drive, the journey to Ghum in the UNESCO World Heritage Railway, the Rangeet Valley Ropeway with the unforgettable views of the flowing rivers, and of course, the steaming hot momos!
Darjeeling does witness heavy rains, but the temperature doesn’t generally go below its monsoon average of 13-19°C.
3. Orccha, Madhya Pradesh
The home of heritage in the country, Orccha is a small, beautiful town in the Tikamgarh region of Madhya Pradesh. The monsoon season here is when the thick foliage blooms like a gorgeous valley and architectural beauty of its forts and mahals are enhanced by the refreshing rains.
Right after the first shower, the place flourishes with flora and fauna and visiting the Orccha Wildlife Sanctuary during this time is especially fun for the ones who love bird watching. Also known as the temple of the four armed Lord, the Chaturbhuj Temple is Orccha’s ancient marvel that offers a striking view of the town. Built on an island on the Betwa River, the Orccha Fort is another must-visit place which encapsulates the Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, and the famous Rai Praveen Mahal. You can enjoy watching the rain fall on the shimmering Betwa River, and the Amar Mahal is the best place to stay at during this time. Surprisingly, the temperatures even during monsoon are around 27°C, so it’s quite pleasant too.
4. Alleppey, Kerala
With the landscape of houseboats on backwaters, and the refreshing, dust-free weather, Alleppey is one of the most rejuvenating places in the country.
With dense palm groves and beautiful lagoons on the one hand, this place also has water sports like surfing and parasailing for those who love to indulge in some adventure. And obviously, Alleppey is also home to several beaches where you can watch the sunset.
The temperature is at an average of 34°C high to 23°C low during monsoon.
5. Coorg, Karnataka
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Coorg is an absolute delight! It experiences monsoon from June to September and the entire town looks like it’s been painted green. Although the showers are often heavy, the temperature is around 23 to 26°C and remains quite pleasant all day. Plus, Coorg being famous for its extensive tea and coffee plantations, makes for a stunning backdrop during this season. You can soak in the serenity at the popular Abbey Falls, stroll through the plantations, and enjoy a day at the Dubare elephant camp.
Apart from this, here are some of the other exciting destinations to visit during the monsoon season in India:
1. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
2. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
3. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
4. Nainital, Uttarakhand (Corbett National Park)
5. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
6. Shimoga, Karnataka
7. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Important Things To Carry During Monsoon
People say the monsoon makes travelling difficult. We say, if you’re well-prepared, you’re #ReadyForAnything.
Here is a monsoon travel packing list that should you get you through it all and equip you to embrace every challenge:
1. A heavy duty umbrella
– Some places receive relentless rainfall and stormy winds, so you will need a strong umbrella.
2. A raincoat and poncho
– Always carry a
because if you’re going to a place that experiences downpours, your rain jacket may not dry rapidly and you will need a back-up.
3. Dark coloured clothing
– It is preferable to carry knee-length pants made of quick-dry material and polyester or other synthetic T-shirts that are darker in colour. Avoid white.
4. Waterproof shoes
– Carry one pair of sturdy, waterproof shoes with good grip, and an extra pair of footwear – rubber flip flops or sandals.
5. Mosquito repellent
– Most important during monsoon, Odomos and mosquito coils will protect you.
6. Waterproof backpack
- You’ll obviously want to carry your camera, phone, or other gadgets with you when you visit the tourist spots. For this, you should typically have a water repellent, if not waterproof, backpack that can offer full protection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which is the best place to visit in monsoon in India?
Some of the best places to visit during the monsoon season in India would be – Meghalaya, Ooty, Munnar, Coorg, and Udaipur.
Is Shimla safe in monsoon?
Although Shimla doesn’t receive heavy rainfall compared to the other cities, it does bring landslides and road blockages which have also left people stranded on roads for hours before.
Is it safe to visit Himachal Pradesh in monsoon?
Yes, it is safe during the monsoon but there are chances of landslides and extreme winds.
Is Kasauli safe in monsoon?
Although Kasauli is completely safe, the route to Kausali is prone to landslides and the roads aren’t quite approachable.
Is Manali safe in monsoon?
It is best to avoid Manali during the rainy season because of landslides and debris hitting the city.