It is often thought monsoons are best enjoyed snuggling in the blankets with a cup of tea. What if we choose to step out instead? We could end up grabbing some unforgettable frames of life. We present 7 best places to visit during monsoon in North India, so you can make the most of your vacation while the rain showers.
Valley of Flowers National Park
Undoubtedly a dreamland for nature lovers, Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful and a must visit destination to visit during monsoon in North India. According to Hindu Mythology, it was this site where Lord Hanuman collected Sanjeevani herbs for Lord Laxman, Lord Ram’s younger brother. Every year travelers from different parts of India and all across the world trek to this wonderful site to enjoy the prettiness formed by variety of flowers.
Valley of flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was declared a national park in 1982. It is open only between June and September. The best time to be at this place is from starting July to mid August when monsoon arrives. With the rain showers lush greenery and impressive beauty of flowers blooms completely. As soon as you enter the valley of flowers, the winsome scenic beauty formed by snowy peaks and countless variety of flowers prepares you for some unmatched experiences you had in life. Geraniums, Marsh Marigold, Rhododendrons, Asters, Strawberries, Primulas and Epilobiums form the major attraction of Valley of Flowers. A long walk along these flower strewn-beds and green meadows is simply refreshing.
If you are lucky enough, then you may also get to spot Musk Deer, Brown beer, Red fox, Blue sheep and Asiatic Black bear. The entry in the park is allowed till 3:00 PM.
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Blessed with scenic and serene surrounding, Mussoorie is one of the extremely popular hill stations in North India. The city is located at a distance of 35kms from Dehradun, at an altitude of 2005 meters in the Garhwal Hills. It is best-known for its varied flora and fauna, green hills and attractive view of Shivalik ranges and the Doon valley. Mussoorie traces its name from a plant or shrub called Mansoor, which is mainly found in this region.
The enchanting hill station is majorly flocked by honeymooners and individuals seeking glorious isolation. From July to September the place receives heavy rainfall and that is when it looks at its verdant best. The freshening ambience, lush greenery and serenity that Mussoorie enjoys from July till September makes it one of the best places to visit during monsoon in North India and a popular weekend getaway from Delhi.
Some of the thrilling adventure activities to do in Mussoorie are trekking, hiking and cable car ride. Explore the important places of interest in Mussoorie such as Gun Hill, Municipal Garden, Children’s Lodge, Camel’s back road, Jharipani fall, Kempty falls, and Mussoorie Lake. Also, the Hindu pilgrimage sites such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are not far from this place.
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If you are in search of a monsoon destination in North India where you can unwind yourself and relax in the lap of nature, then Nainital is the place to be. Situated on the foothills of Kumaon, Nainital is renowned for its serene natural beauty and unspoiled lakes. It is one of the popular hills stations of Uttarakhand. The charming hill station beckons travelers not only from India but also from abroad.
One among the well-known tourist attractions in Nainital is Naini Lake. The Lake appears to be in the shape of an eye and looks incredible after rain from the top of the hills. Other prime attractions of the place that are a must visit during monsoons are Naukuchiatal- a nine cornered lake, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Tiffin Top and Naina peak.
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Ladakh is one among those destinations in North India which doesn’t seem to disappoint its visitors in any way. The place has something for every traveler. A nature-lover here can connect with nature and an adventure-lover can indulge in thrilling adventures. In fact, a road trip to this serene location is just an incomparable experience. Monsoon is the most favored season to visit Ladakh which is also known as The Land of High Passes. Buddhist monasteries and tiny hamlets are prime highlights of this captivating land.
Shutterbugs may find some of their best frames. And if you don’t like photography then you just may relax in seclusion for peace of mind. You may explore Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Samstemling Gompa, Leh Palace, Spituk Monastery and Nubra Valley.
One of the essential attractions of Ladakh is Leh, its capital. Located at a height of 3524m, Leh is best-known for Mountain Climbing, Jeep Safari tours, Trekking, Mountaineering, Camel Safari and Yak Safaris.
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Tour to Rajasthan is considered incomplete if you don’t visit Udaipur. Famed with some unique names such as ‘Venice of the East’, ‘the City of dawn’, the City of Lakes’ and ‘the Garden City of Rajasthan’, Udaipur is a wonderland for leisure-lovers and nature-lovers, where they can spend hours just strolling around the beautiful lakes, gardens and palaces. Monsoon brings out the scenic beauty of Udaipur in true sense. A trip to this impressive city during this season, particularly from July to August, lets every traveler relax and enjoy like never before.
Lake Pichola is one of the largest and oldest lakes of the city. A joyful boat-ride on this lake during monsoons will make you fall in love with the city. Aravali Hills on the backdrop further adds on the charm. The bird’s-eye view of the city from Monsoon Palace is simply mesmerizing.
Other attractions that can be enjoyed in Udaipur during monsoon are City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Palace and Jag Mandir. Moreover, these attractions in a way reveal the rich culture and heritage of the state by their features and architecture.
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A desert mountain valley, Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is an ultimate monsoon destination. Settled at an elevation of 12, 500 ft above the sea level, Spiti boasts of impeccable landscape formed by monasteries, small villages and Tibetan flags with snow-capped peaks all around. The high-altitude lakes of the place make it look like a paradise on earth.
Monsoon is the best season to witness the natural beauty of the place. Some of the places of interest that should not be missed during a trip to Spiti Valley are Key Gompa (Key Monastery), Dhankar Gompa, Pin Valley National Park, Tabo Monastery, Kunzum Pass and Chandra Tal.
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Popular as an ‘Oasis in the Desert’, Mount Abu is the only hill-station in the Indian state of Rajasthan, which attracts tourists even during summers. Placed at an altitude of 1220 meters in the Aravali range in Sirohi district, the notable hill station is a perfect retreat for those who want to escape from scorching summers. Every year travelers come to this place during Monsoon (from August to September), so that they can completely enjoy the picturesque beauty of the place. Discover the romance in the lush green hills, cascading falls and serene lakes. Adding on to its beauty is the spirituality, as the hill station is marked with various holy shrines.
Mt. Abu allows trekkers to discover several trekking routes in the dense greenery of the place that comes alive during monsoon. The brilliant construction of Dilwara Jain temple attracts most of the Jain pilgrims from all across the world. Some worth visiting tourist attractions are Gaumukh Temple, Sri Raghunath ji Temple, Nakki Lake, Museum, Art gallery and several view points.
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