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11 Monsoon Destinations in India which look absolute stunning!

Offering a respite from the scorching heat of the summers, the monsoon season in India brings with it a promise of cool weather, gorgeous greenery, walks in the rain and hot bhajiyas. It is during the rains that the country looks absolutely breathtaking with stunning mountains, lush gardens and glorious rivers and lakes. If you are fed up of the over-flowing gutters, floods and potholes in the city, its time you visit these 11 destinations to thoroughly soak in the beauty of the monsoons.

Lonavala/Khandala in Maharashtra:

A quick escape from the bustling cities of Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala/Khandala is the perfect weekend getaway during the monsoons. Even though it gets crowded during the season, one can thoroughly enjoy the beauty and splendor of the hills and waterfalls by either choosing a trekking trail or spend evenings gazing at the ghaats.

 

Lonawala (Source:Flickr)

Lonawala (Source:Flickr) 

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Munnar in Kerala:

Looking for a quiet vacation and a place to rejuvenate? Then look no further than Munnar in God’s own country.   A carpet of emerald- green tea plantations, misty-mountain ranges and the country’s best ayurvedic spa treatments await you here. A soothing massage, steaming cup of tea and pitter patter of the rain… your vacation couldn’t get better!

Munnar (Image Source:Flickr)

Munnar (Image Source:Flickr)

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Coorg in Karnataka:

Touted as the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the most idyllic and romantic destinations to visit any time of the year. Having said that, it is the rains that enhance the scenic landscapes. From coffee plantations to dense forests and waterfalls, this little town is bound to enchant you. Let the aromatic whiff of coffee awaken you this rainy season.

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Coorg (Image Source:Flickr)

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Goa:

Generally known for its vast beaches, sea food and party circuit, the beauty of this state gets hidden behind the throngs of people that visit during summers and winters. If you’re looking to rediscover Goa, then plan a vacation during monsoons. Spice gardens, national parks and historic monuments amidst the light showers await you!

 

Goa (Image Source: Flickr)

Goa (Image Source: Flickr)

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Shillong in Meghalaya:

Some places are meant to be visited during the rains. Shillong is the place for you. Tender cold breezes make their presence felt while delicate drops from a very slow paced drizzle unite God and nature. Meanwhile, the abundant waterfalls around the region are like the icing on the cake for travel this season. Simplistic yet truly stunning, one cannot help but be in love with this city.

Shillong (Image Source:Flickr)

Shillong (Image Source:Flickr)

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Valley of Flowers/Ranikhet in Uttarakhand:

Like its name suggests, the Valley of Flowers is a national park located in Uttarakhand and resplendent with meadows of alpine flowers. Best visited during the months of July-August, the treacherous roads and paths wind up to a breathtaking sight of an abundance of multi-hued wild flowers carpeting the valley… making every obstacle, slide and ache absolutely worth it.

Kashmir Valley

Kashmir Valley (Image Source ; Flickr) 

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Udaipur in Rajasthan:

Come revel in the glory of Indian palaces and monuments in the charming city of Udaipur. Surrounded by the Aravalli range and inhabiting some beautiful lakes, you will thoroughly enjoy the royal treatment, the magical skies and green patches that the city has to offer during the monsoons.  A city exuding royal grandeur whatever the season…

Udaipur (Image Source: Flickr)

Udaipur (Image Source: Flickr)

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Darjeeling in West Bengal:

Against the backdrop of the magnanimous Himalayan range lies Darjeeling, the popular hill station in West Bengal. Renowned for its tea, Darjeeling looks extremely fresh and green during the July-September period, which is also the high cropping time. Floating clouds over the mountains, early morning fog and dew drops on plants are bound to create a beautiful and mystifying experience when you visit the hill station this monsoon.

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Darjeeling (Image Source: Flickr)

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Leh-Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir:

A must-see destination on most people’s wish-list, Ladakh personifies beauty. However, unlike popular belief, the months of August-September (when the snow has melted completely) is a good time to visit the land of highland passes, sparkling lakes and mighty mountains. Apart from stunning views and a feel of heaven, you will be mesmerized with Ladakh’s culture and people too!

Ladakh (Image Source: Free-Stock-Illustrator)

Ladakh (Image Source: Free-Stock-Illustrator)

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Pondicherry:

The postcard-perfect city of Pondicherry with its French connection makes for an interesting holiday option during the monsoons. A place where there are no incessant rains, one can enjoy visiting the multitude of museums, parks and cafes amidst the cool and serene climate. The colonial architecture, the creole food and the cobble-stoned streets make this sea-side city a must visit destination.

Pondicherry (Image Source: Flickr)

Pondicherry (Image Source: Flickr)

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Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu is an unconventional spot for a monsoon getaway but totally worthwhile. This wildlife sanctuary is where the cloud meets the mountains. Ideal for nature-lovers, the sanctuary offers jungle safaris organized by the Forest department. The sheer diversity of species viewable in the sanctuary coupled with the blooming forests in the season makes visiting here an experience of a lifetime.

Mudumalai (Image Source: Flickr)

Mudumalai (Image Source: Flickr)

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With so much beauty, fauna, flora and new experiences waiting to be unfolded in our country, it’s hard to pick one place for a visit. However, these 11 destinations (some known, some unknown) are waiting to be unearthed during the cool and blissful monsoon months. All it takes to enjoy the true essence of this season is to pack an extra umbrella or raincoat in your luggage.

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