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Monsoon holiday magic – 10 destinations that cast a spell

From the breathtaking to the stunning! Come enjoy monsoon holiday magic as you travel through misty cloud-filled destinations, with deep-washed greens, rain-kissed skies, and rainbows arching from one end of the earth to the other.

In much of India, the monsoon season runs from June through September. During this time, the climate is pleasant and popular tourist destinations that are an absolute delight to visit during the monsoon are less crowded. Take a chance to visit these monsoon holiday locations with your friends, family or significant other and enjoy the scenic beauties of India.

Shillong, Meghalaya

Monsoon Holiday Magic Shillong
Monsoon Holiday Magic Shillong

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the country, Shillong is an absolute delight during the monsoon. With a name that means “abode of clouds,” monsoons are unquestionably the ideal time to visit Meghalaya. Shillong receives severe downpours, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 16 degrees Celsius. This season in Shillong is ideal for adventure seekers, particularly nature enthusiasts and travellers.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Monsoon Holiday Magic Darjeeling Pix credit: Joydeep
Monsoon Holiday Magic Darjeeling Pix credit: Joydeep

The monsoon season here begins in June and lasts until August, occasionally longer. Many tourists avoid Darjeeling during the rainy season because they come to see the Kanchenjunga snow peaks, which are sometimes obscured by rain. The lack of tourists makes it the best time to visit Darjeeling and enjoy the hill town looking serene and the trees and forests looking lush and green. All you romantics out there must visit Darjeeling during this time as the environment makes you feel like you’re in a Bollywood movie.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Monsoon Holiday Magic Udaipur
Monsoon Holiday Magic Udaipur

Udaipur during the monsoon is extremely pleasant and relatively less humid, which is a pleasant change from its otherwise hot climate. Around July, the monsoon arrives at the city’s doorstep and continues until September, with only 637 mm of rain falling. The temperature ranges from 33 to 23 degrees Celsius, with breezy conditions in the early mornings and late evenings. The monsoon season brings the ‘city of lakes’ to life.

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

 Monsoon Holiday Magic Orchha  Credit Madhya Pradesh Tourism
Monsoon Holiday Magic Orchha Credit Madhya Pradesh Tourism

Orchha is one of the most underrated places to visit in India. Many don’t consider it worth visiting as there is not much to do. However, this town has a very rich history. For more than three centuries, Orchha was one of Madhya Pradesh’s most prominent cities. Over the course of 300 years, a blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture has left its mark. The monsoon provides a lush green landscape that is incredibly attractive to sight.

Kutch, Gujarat

Monsoon Holiday Magic Kutch
Monsoon Holiday Magic Kutch

Because of the Rann Utsav, everyone knows about the Rann of Kutch, also known as the white desert. Monsoon in Kutch gives the tourists relief from its otherwise scorching heat. Although monsoons are uncommon in Kutch, when they do occur, the region’s beauty is breathtaking. During monsoons, the beauty of other areas around the white desert is amplified, such as the Kalo dungar near the white desert, which is eye-pleasing during monsoons.

Munnar, Kerala

Monsoon Holiday Magic Munnar
Monsoon Holiday Magic Munnar Kerala

Although this destination remains beautiful all through the year, the monsoon season enhances the beauty of Kerala. Munnar’s stunning picture is created by lush green valleys, magnificent waterfalls, and picturesque lakes. This picturesque town in South India, which is the essence of nature’s beauty, is one of the most popular travel destinations among travellers who want to spend a week amidst the calm of nature.

Auli, Uttarakhand

Monsoon Holiday Magic Auli
Monsoon Holiday Magic Auli

Nestled in Uttarakhand, the place is an all-year-round destination which means the ideal time to visit Auli is throughout the year. If you’re considering a monsoon holiday, Auli should surely be on your list. From July to September, the monsoon season begins. Auli receives moderate rainfall throughout the rainy season. You can enjoy everything Auli has to offer during the monsoon season.

Agumbe, Karnataka

Monsoon Holiday Magic Agumbe Viewpoint Pix credit: Shashidhara Halady -
Monsoon Holiday Magic Agumbe Viewpoint Pix credit: Shashidhara Halady –

Agumbe is a small and tranquil village in the mountains that is even more beautiful than usual during the monsoon season. Agumbe is often known as the Cherrapunji of South India as it gets the highest rains in the region. Most of the time, Agumbe is green and damp, with lovely rainforests and much more stunning waterfalls. However, there is a possibility of the waterfalls being closed during this season. Don’t let that stop you from taking in the other beautiful scenes of Agumbe.

Lonavla, Maharashtra

Monsoon Holiday Magic Lonavala- Pix credit Arjun Singh Kulkarni
Monsoon Holiday Magic Lonavala- Pix credit Arjun Singh Kulkarni

Lonavala is a popular hill station in Maharashtra state. It is commonly referred to as the Sahyadri Mountains’ jewel. Although it is not advised to visit Lonavla during the monsoon season due to the region experiencing heavy rainfall, there are plenty of beautiful places to visit during this time. Take the opportunity to visit Lonavla lake, Pawna lake, Dudhiware waterfall and the Karla- Bhaja caves which are all sights to behold.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Monsoon Holiday Magic Paved path of Coakers Walk Kodaikanal
Monsoon Holiday Magic Paved path of Coakers Walk Kodaikanal

The hill resort, which sits at an elevation of 2000 metres above sea level, is surrounded by lush green forests and is known for its star-shaped, man-made Kodaikanal Lake, which is breathtakingly stunning, especially during the rains. Kodaikanal is the perfect destination to visit if you enjoy deep valleys, rain-kissed skies, and rainbows after the rain. Bear Shola Falls, Glen Falls, Fairy Falls, and Silver Cascade are just a few of the beautiful waterfalls found in this area. The grandeur of these ethereal falls is greatly enhanced by monsoons.

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