Lashing Rains, a picturesque landscape, a damp breeze brushing against your skin, and a cup of piping hot chai perfectly sum up the rainy season. Monsoon is magical in India and awakes nature from a deep sleep. Monsoon is the best time to experience the beauty of India’s diversity that offers beauty, ecstasy, and soothing experiences. Though people consider the rainy season not a good time to travel and explore, there is a charm in travelling and holidaying during a downpour.
With Myles’s self-drive, commence the expedition to our country’s most spectacular monsoon destinations.
- Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The magical hill town with a calm and mystical vibe, Spiti Valley is heaven for adventure lovers. Famously known as Little Tibet, Spiti is an excellent place for camping, trekking, wildlife viewing, and being close to nature. Rains make it even more magical and surreal. You travel here for a workcation or adventure getaway; the place is worth being on your travel bucket list.
When in Spiti Valley: Visit places like Key Monastery, Tabo Monastery, Lhalung Monastery, and more, Chandratal, Suraj Tal, Dhankar Lake, Kunzum Pass, Baralacha Pass, Pin Valley, Kibber, Losar, Trilokinath Temple, Keylong Market, Sarchu, Tashigang, Nako Lake, etc. Enjoy- river rafting, camping by the lake, star gazing, trying local cuisine, etc., to name a few.
- Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
Monsoon enhances the beauty of nature, and Ranikhet in Uttarakhand showcases its best version. The quaint town is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country and looks magnificent in the rainy season. The scenic beauty is embellished with hills, lush green meadows, and a stunning climate. The best thing to do is trek and temple hopping while enjoying the view of the Himalayan Ranges.
When in Ranikhet: Book a self-drive car rental in Delhi and get ready to enjoy stunning views, gorgeous weather, trekking & camping experiences. Visit Haidakhan Temple, Ram Mandir, Jhoola Devi, Rani Jheel, Ashiyana Park, etc.
- Udaipur, Rajasthan
Next on the list is Udaipur- the city of Lakes, also known as Blue City- that looks magnificent during monsoon. However, the city receives one of the lowest rainfall in India, just enough to make the climate pleasant for locals and tourists. Udaipur is snuggled in the lap of the Aravalis, embellished with lakes, palaces, and royalty.
When in Udaipur: Udaipur is all about beauty and royalty. Visit places such as Lake Pichola, Sajjangarh Palace, Monsoon Palace, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Bagore ki Haveli Museum, and Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary. There are many interesting things to do in Udaipur like watching light & sound shows, sunset boat cruise, nature photography, ropeway ride, tasting Rajasthani cuisine, street shopping, sunset view, trek to the lake, horse riding, and exploring the local life.
- Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mountains looks gorgeous during rainy season, which makes us add another hill station in the monsoon getaway list. The quaint town amidst the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a must visit place during the rainy season. Book a budget self-drive in Udaipur and travel to this captivating town encompassed with temples, lake, and breathtaking views.
When in Mount Abu: Visit places like Sunset Point, Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock, Honeymoon Point, Raghunath Temple, Dhrudhiya Waterfalls, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Achalgarh Fort, Trevor’s Tank, etc. You can indulge in boating, trekking, hiking, rock climbing, Caving, and more.
- Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha is a charming and tiny agricultural village known for its ornate temples, magnificent temples, architectural beauty, greenery, and divinity. A trip to Orchha during the monsoon is worth every moment. The rainy season heightens this place’s overall beauty and royalty and offers you a rejuvenating and refreshing getaway.
When in Orchha: Visit places like Jahangir Mahal, Raja Mahal, Rani Mahal, Betwa River, Orchha Fort, Ram Raja Temple, Chhatris Cenotaphs, Chaturbhuj Temple, etc., to name a few. You can engage in activities like River Rafting and Jungle Safari and relish local delicacies such as kebabs, mawa-bati, bhutte ka khees, malpua, kalkand, Makai roti, and more.
- Pondicherry, Union Territory
The quaint version of Goa and a perfect monsoon destination, Pondicherry is all about rustic attractions, mouth-watering cuisines, stunning sunsets, yellow and white coloured villas, and walls covered with bougainvillea vines. Pondicherry depicts the perfect blend of French and Indian culture and has always intrigued travellers and tourists across the globe. Book a self-drive car rental in Chennai and take the scenic East Coast Road to head towards this charming, beautiful, and romantic getaway.
When in Pondicherry: Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Promenade Beach, Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagra Temple, The Sacred Heart Basilica, Rock Beach, Paradise Beach, Auroville, Serenity Beach, Ousteri Lake, Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges, Light House, Chunnambar Boat House, and Auro Beach. Try awesome cafes in Pondicherry and Auroville, scuba diving, shop at the local market, boating, and more.
- Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Another best destination to plan a monsoon getaway, Mahabaleshwar, drenched in the rain, looks magnificent and breathtaking. Imagine you book a self-drive in Mumbai, go on a long drive to this place, and stop by to enjoy cutting chai, bhutta, chikki, bhajias, and pluck strawberries. And yes, it is strawberry season in Mahabaleshwar.
When in Mahabaleshwar: Visit Pratapgarh Fort, Venna Lake, Elphinstone Point, Sunset Point, Kates Point, Strawberry Farm, Arthur’s Seat, Elephant’s Head Point, Mahabaleshwar Temple, and more. You can enjoy a shikara ride, jungle trekking, take a dip at Lingmala Falls, colourful sunset, birdwatching, shop at local bazaars, etc.
- Coorg, Karnataka
This monsoon season, hire a self-drive car rental in Bangalore and commence a soulful expedition to this scenic destination of Coorg in Karnataka. Embellished with dense forests, coffee plantations, and gorgeous scenery, Coorg is the perfect getaway in the monsoon for a refreshing escape.
When in Coorg: Visit Jog Waterfalls, Trek to the highest peak of Tadiandamol, Bylekuppe, Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Kaveri River, Golden Temple, and Nagarhole National Park. You can experience Bathing with Elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, Food Tour at local restaurants, camping at the riverside, fishing at Kaveri River, Hiking, Jeep Safari, Wildlife Safri, Bird Watching, Rappelling, Microlight Flying, and more.
- Munnar, Kerala
This mini heaven of Kerala, Munnar, is a quaint hill station that one must visit during the monsoon. Rains add charm to the beauty of the hills of the Western Ghats. Munnar is carpeted in the magnificent emerald green colour as the place is a prime tea-growing region. The beauty of Munnar is breathtaking, from cascading waterfalls to mist-enveloped mountain peaks to gorgeous trekking trails and more. The place is nature’s marvel.
When in Munnar: Visit Tea Gardens, Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park, Anamudi Peak, Kalari Kshethra, Mattupetty Dam, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Thoovanam Falls, Kundala Daam Lake, Rose Garden, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, Marayoor Dolmens, Attukad Waterfalls, Echo Point, Pothamedu View Point, etc., to name a few. You can go trekking, rock climbing, water sporting, elephant safari, Ayurvedic spa therapy, street shopping, and more.
- Wayanad, Kerala
A popular monsoon destination in India, Wayanad is blessed with bountiful rains and picturesque beauty. The place is snuggled in the lap of Westerns Ghats, dotted with waterfalls, adventure, wildlife greenery, ancient caves, lakes, and misty mountains. Wayanad is most alluring in the rainy season because of the Neelakurinji-vivid blue flowers that bloom once in 12 years. The place is ideal for those looking for a relaxing yet adventurous getaway.
When in Wayanad: Visit places like Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Pookode Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Sochipara Falls, Kalpetta, Sultan Bathery, Mananthavady, Banasura Sagar Dam, Chain Tree, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, and much more. You can go for bamboo rafting, boating, trekking, jungle trekking, nature walk, long drive, and more.
- Darjeeling, West Bengal
Located over a steep mountain ridge, encompassed by emerald-green tea gardens and majestic Khangchendzonga or Kanchenjunga ranges, Darjeeling is breathtaking and a must-visit place in the East Region of India throughout the year. The place is charming, and Darjeeling looks even better and more gorgeous after heavy showers during Monsoon.
When in Darjeeling: Visit Yiga Choeling Monastery, Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling Toy Train, Tiger Hills, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tinchuley Village, Tea Estate, Batasia Loop, Lamahatta, Nightingale Park, Singalila National Park, etc., and enjoy activities like Sandakphu Trek, River Rafting, shopping, and more.
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