Have You Planned Your Monsoon Holiday Yet? Here Are India’s Coolest Getaways
You may not like the monsoons while travelling to work, but you are sure to fall in love with every drop of rain while going on a monsoon vacation. The sporadic showers simply enhance the romance of the season. The rain gods bless not only the farmers but also the people as they spread lush greenery and cool breeze everywhere, giving us the purest air to breathe. And then, how can we not indulge into the pleasures that nature offers to us. So if you are planning your monsoon getaway, these are the places that you just cannot afford to miss.
Govindghat is a township in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is situated at the confluence of the holy Alaknanda and Lakshman Ghat rivers. It is situated at a height of 6,000ft above sea level and at a distance of 22km from Joshimath on NH58. The Gurudwara, on the right side of the Alaknanda River, is a major tourist attraction. The nearby Valley of Flowers, which is at a distance of 20 minutes, is enticing and heavenly; the perfect destination to spend time in the lap of nature. People often go for treks to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib from Govindghat.
How To Get There: Since no flights or trains go till Govindghat, you can take a private vehicle from Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport to Govindghat, a journey of 4.5 hours. For more details about your trip, click here.
Where To Stay: Hotel Bhagat, for its spacious rooms that offer either valley or river views.
Cost: Doubles from Rs 1,900, including breakfast
2) Dudhsagar Waterfalls
Dudhsagar, literally translating to Sea of Milk, is often called so because of its gushing white surf. The Dudhsagar waterfall is situated on the Mandovi River in Goa, on the state’s border with Karnataka. With a height of 310m and width of 30m, this four-tiered waterfall is India’s fifth tallest. Since the Dudhsagar Waterfalls are located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Collem, South Goa, the only way to get there is through the forest department gate. If you’re the adventurous sort, follow one of the many trekking trails around.
How To Get There: If you are going by road, take the National Highway NH4A from Panaji or Madgaon. You can also board a train from Madgaon- Collem while enjoying the beauty of the Konkan Railway route in the monsoon. For more details about your trip, click here.
Where To Stay: Dudhsagar Spa Resort, for its excellent location and great service. It’s a perfect value-for-money deal.
Cost: Doubles from Rs 3,000, including breakfast
3) Spiti Valley
Spiti, a desert mountain place, is situated in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. It literally means The Middle Land, so named because it lies between Tibet and India. This picturesque place is open for tourists only between June and October and offers Buddhist monasteries and views of vast mountain peaks spread across the Himalayas. The Spiti Valley, at a height of 12,500ft above sea level, also offers adventurous activities like skiing, exotic wildlife trails, yak safaris and Himalaya treks. You’ll find rough snow-clad mountains, exotic valleys, forests, glaciers, rivers, pastures and a mix of Indo-Tibetan culture here.
How To Get There: The closest airport is in Kullu, 243km away. Rent a car from the airport to Kaza; the five-hour drive goes via the Rohtang Pass and jaw-dropping landscapes. There is no human habitation till Kaza and the whole route is said to be a photographer’s paradise. You can also take an alternate route from Shimla. However, it is longer, so you might want to stay the night at Reckong Peo. For further details, click here.
Where To Stay: Hotel Chandra Bhaga. It offers spectacular views of the Kardang monastery and warm hospitality. Spiti also has some homestays, the details for which are here.
Cost: Doubles from Rs 1,900, including breakfast
4) Kali River Rafting
The river Kali, also called Sharda, originated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, where it delimits the boundaries of India and Nepal. The river passes through dense jungles and you’ll get some fabulous views of endemic birds and animals while rafting through this pure and deserted area. Starting from Jauljibi, it passes through the confluences of river Kali with Ganga and Saryu and finally reach Boom.
How To Get There: People usually go here for camps. Get in touch with rafting tour operators here, who will arrange transportation from Delhi or Rishikesh.
Located 76km northwest of Thiruvananthapuram, this town got its name from the not-very-well-known Octopus-shaped lake. The lake is also a gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. Long romantic rides in houseboats are popular with newlyweds, but even if you just want a lazy vacation away from the city chaos, this is the perfect place to just rest. Relax under the coconut groves and pamper yourself with Kerala’s famous Ayurvedic oil massages. After all, monsoons is the ideal time for these rejuvenating massages.
How To Get There: You can take a taxi from Trivandrum Central that is about 1 hr 41 mins drive to Ashtamudi. Trivandrum is one of the major cities of South India and hence provides various transportation facilities to Ashtamudi. For more details about this paradise, click here.
Where To Stay: WelcomHotel Raviz Ashtamudi, overlooking the placid Ashtamudi Lake.
Cost: Doubles from Rs 5,225, including breakfast
Wow! The monsoons just seem to have got a lot better after reading about such amazing places. We are surely going to visit one of them this season. Tell us which is your favourite monsoon getaway.
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