Saturday, July 9, 2011

India Tourism : Best Places to visit in India during Monsoon, Kumarakom, Jog Falls, Cherrapunjee, Goa, Shillong, Leh & Ladakh

The main monsoon season in India runs from June to September and the question on everyone’s lips is always, “What's it really like and is travel still possible?” This is very understandable as the thought of rain and floods is enough put a dampener any holiday. However, the good news is that you don’t have to let the monsoon ruin your travel plans, and travel can even be advantageous during this time.

Though most part of India receives rain during these months there are few remote destinations in India where you can travel even during monsoons. The following are some of the best monsoon travel destinations in India:

Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns.

India’s tallest waterfall is best seen in the monsoon. Fog and rains play with the views of the waterfall, making it disappear and re-appear every few minutes. The waterfall is reduced to a trickle for most of the year, but if there are some good rains, return to its glory in the monsoons.

It was once the place that held the world record for highest annual precipitation. The record was taken away by another place not far away, but the charm remains.

The state of Goa in India has much more to offer than just the beaches! This place is especially beautiful during the monsoon season (June to September) as it is during this time that nature flourishes here. The rain brings refreshment and romance in Goa and you can taste a traditional flavor of this state.

You can visit the Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa. The Dudhsagar Falls and the acclaimed spice plantation in Savoi are the best during the monsoons. Take an evening boat cruise up the Mandovi River from Panaji and enjoy Goa’s historic character-filled buildings while you are in Goa.3

Popularly referred to as the ‘Scotland of East’, Shillong is a fitting evocation of a unique natural beauty. Located in the rippling pine covered hills, Shillong enjoys milder climatic condition all through the year. During monsoons, wind whispers through luxurious forests here and the land is rhythmical of music and full of life. The blues and cascading waterfalls will completely enthrall your senses. Due to all these reasons Shillong is a famous monsoon destination in India.

Leh & ladakh lies near the Indus valley, at the far flung corner of Northern India. Situated at 3505 meters above sea level these destinations are some of the most beautiful places in India.
When you visit this area you will notice that it is bounded by two of the world’s largest mountain ranges and is surrounded by alpine forest. Some of the oldest and historic Buddhist monasteries are also present here like the Shanti Stupa. You can also visit the 800 year old Kali Mandir that houses a fascinating collection of masks. You can stop on your way there to spin a huge prayer wheel. The Leh Palace, which was built in traditional Tibetan style, offers a great view of the town so make sure to visit this place. Also take a trip to Thiksey Monastery to see amazing sunset views.
The best time to visit Leh & Ladakh is between the months of May and September. The weather is warm during this time as these places do not experience rain like elsewhere in India.

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