Monsoon holidays in India are surely a lifetime experience as the exotic locations leave you spellbound with its beauty. The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, the lakes overflow with sparkling water, the waterfall sceneries become heavenly to make you fall in love with Incredible India.
1. Lonavala – Maharashtra
Lonavala! With the onset of monsoon, the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the ghats revive with alluring greenery, breath taking waterfalls and pleasant climate. For a quick escape from the bustling city, plan a trip to the quaint hill town of lonavala.
Things to do: Trekking, sightseeing, camping, horse ride
How to reach: It’s 1 hour 45 minutes (83.6 km) from Mumbai & 1 hour 26 minutes (67.1 km) from Pune by road.
2. Andaman and Nicobar islands
This exotic location has amazing wildlife, thrilling water sports, pristine silver sand beaches, mountains, breath taking natural beauty and tribal tour. This place will never seize to amaze you and you are sure to fall in love with its incredible beauty. it has to be a must on your list of best monsoon destinations in India.
Things to do: Jet skiing, sightseeing, scuba, snorkeling, trekking
How to reach: Regular passenger ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. There are direct or connecting flight to Port Blair airport which is the capital city.
3. Ladakh – Jammu And Kashmir
Ladakh Festival takes place from 17th to 27th September. It’s a spectacle of a show and a must visit! This cold desert of India is sure on the list of many travelers and it truly lives up to its expectations. With its numerous mountain passes, sparkling lakes with crystal clear water surrounded by snow covered mighty mountains, it is simply magical. This place is a must visit in summers and post-monsoons as the roads are clear for travel unlike in winters.
Things to do: Sightseeing, bike rides, monastery visit, wildlife viewing
How to reach: 12 hours (1262 km) from Delhi via road. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi. The nearest airport is in Leh.
4. Udaipur – Rajasthan
This place truly reflects its glorious past of the maharajas with umpteen number of palaces and bazaars and beautiful lakes. It doesn’t leave a single chance to give you that royal feeling. During monsoons, this place revives with a hint of greenery around its pristine lakes and palaces to give you breathtaking views.
Things to do: Boating, sightseeing
How to reach: Udaipur has its own railway station. The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap airport in Dabok which is at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaipur.
5. Pushkar – Rajasthan
When it rains heavily in other parts of India, plan a wonderful trip to Pushkar not to let the sultry sun give you a tan, but to explore the beautiful and soothing side of Rajasthan. Imagine what is more romantic than an awakening peacock call, an early morning camel ride, a stroll around the market. Pushkar should definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit in monsoons in India.
Things to do: Camel safari, hot air ballooning, jeep safari, hiking, shopping, sightseeing
How to reach: You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar.
6. Mount Abu- Rajasthan
Lovely destination when clouds cover up the sky and water drops come down to the earth. Mount Abu is the right choice for those who are looking for a perfect dose of nature, spirituality and adventure.
Ideal for: Honeymooners, nature lovers
How to reach: Mount Abu railway station is well-connected to different cities in India like New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The Abu Road railhead lies on the long Delhi-Ahmedabad railway line.
7. Kutch- Gujarat
Monsoon clouds over Dhinodhar hill in Kutch and many such sights await you at the salt lands of Rajasthan. The never-ending desert plains with surreal horizon in the monsoon give an enticing view. Kutch is even more dreamlike as it gets submerged in the water. This is one of the ideal places to plan your vacation in, as it is one of the best places to visit in India during July-August.
How to reach: Bhuj is the closest Airport. Kutch Express is available from Bombay via Ahmedabad upto Gandhidham. From here, one can reach this destination by road. State run bus service is efficient as well.
Despite very heavy rainfall the hill station becomes extremely beautiful in this season and it can be visited to capture the greenery of the region. Mahabaleshwaris one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra that is beautifully nestled in the vicinity of the Western Ghats.
It lies 120km south-west of Pune and at a distance of 260.6 km from Mumbai.
9. Jog falls- Karnataka
The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provides a scenic backdrop to the falls. A perfect place to drive to in the rainy season. This surely is one of the best places to visit in India during Monsoon.
Things to do: Nature walks, bird watching
How to reach: Jog falls are 430 Kms away from Bangalore, about 6 hours drive.
10. Alibaug- Maharashtra
Alibaug is a beautiful town and is located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The tourist population in this town is growing because of its scenic beauty and the hinterland of the Israeli-Jews. Apart from being a popular tourist hub, the town is also well-known for its rich history, appetizing seafood and culture. Alibaug too is one of the most amazing places to visit in monsoon in Maharashtra.
Things to do: Jet skiing, banana ride, horse ride
How to reach: The nearest railway station is located at Pen. The railway station is connection to Panvel in Mumbai through the Central Railway station. One can then reach Alibaug by local transport (buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws).