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Monsoon Must-Visits!

Bangalore, July 26, 2017: Copious rains don’t always translate to dreary days and gloomy nights spent curled up in a ball. The monsoons can also mean lush greenery, innumerable waterfalls, chilly breezes and an inimitably radiant landscape in general. So, let’s put on our adventure hats and head for a long drive, monsoon trek or an impromptu vacation! Well, the sky is the limit.

Here’s a list of 5 destinations you can visit, to herald the monsoons with a piping hot cup of tea and some crunchy pakoras. (Psst! You can also take advantage of the off-season prices and lack of crowds.)

1.      Sula Vineyards, Nashik 

Sula Vineyards, Nashik

Delectable wines and travel, definitely a match in heaven. Surrounded by a lake and rolling hills carpeted with thriving greenery, it is the perfect dreamy retreat from the hustle and bustle of city-life. Top notch hospitality, wines and ambience are the cherry on the icing. You can spend hours just sipping wine, savoring mushroom stroganoff topped with herbed rice; with light music playing in the background and gazing out at the vast expanse of vineyards spread out in front of you. You will fall in love – and make memories that lasts a lifetime!

2.      Goa


“But I go to Goa only in December.” and “There’s no parties in the monsoons!” Is that what you’re thinking? Or at least, along these lines. Hold your horses. The lush tropical vibe in Goa during the monsoon is unbeatable. You can dig into your fish curry with rainbows resplendent in the horizon. You can rent a vehicle and enjoy a drive down the winding roads and splash about in the little rock pools at the beach. Visit the exotic Mollen National Park, which is also home to the famous Dudhsagar falls. Way to kill two birds with one stone! A unique, offbeat experience that’s definitely worth a shot!

3.      Alappuzha, Kerala 

Alappuzha, Kerala

Even the name feels beautiful rolling off your tongue. The swaying greenery, throbbing with vigor will never tire you. Enjoy the backwater feels at its best, exploring the topography with a stay in a houseboat. Indulge in authentic appams with a stew, chunks of chicken or meat bathed in rich coconut gravy; washed down with rice wine. The palm fringed beaches tinged with a silvery mist offer the perfect scenery for your getaway.

4.       Cherrapunji, Meghalaya 

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Enjoy monsoon at its exhilarating best in North-East India with myriad shades of green across the countryside, rice paddies blending into rolling hillsides, laden with tea-estates. Take a hike through spectacular root bridges crisscrossed by swiftly-flowing mountain streams, a veritable feast for the eyes. Explore the rugged beauty of dark caves, squeezing through the narrow openings and trying not to bump your head against the low-level roofs.

5.       Spiti, Himachal Pradesh 

 Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Pretty as a postcard, it remains tucked away in the travails of the mighty Himalayas. Perched at 12,500 metres above sea level, it is known for its breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains split by the grey ribbon of Spiti River flowing serenely past. With blazing sunsets constantly changing the hues of the sky and fluffy clouds disappearing behind the mountain peaks, the view will leave you breathless. Quite literally. Enjoy treading through the trails on a Yak safari and visiting the quaint monasteries for an other-worldly feel. Put up in a local homestay and sip on chhang (locally brewed beer, made up of barley) as you gaze out into the valley.

Well, what are you waiting for? Spontaneity is the buzz word of the moment. Call your friends, throw that rain parka in your bag and jet, set, go!