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In the furthest far flung corner of northern India, in Ladakh near the Indus Valley, lies the town of Leh. This remote place has become a popular tourist destination since Ladakh was opened to foreigners in 1974. Bounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and surrounded by alpine desert, its dry barren landscape full of historic Buddhist monasteries makes it an incredible sight to behold. Leh is cut off by road from the rest of the world for most of the year, except from around June to October when the snow has melted, although it's accessible by flight from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar all year round.
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The stunning landscape of The Valley of Flowers, in northern India's state of Uttarakhand (previously known as Uttaranchal), comes alive with the monsoon rain. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of flowers, which appear as a bright carpet of color against a mountainous snow capped background. The Valley of Flowers is only open from April to October as it's covered in snow the rest of the year. It's the perfect destination for those that love hiking and exploring nature, as it requires a 15 kilometer (9 mile) trek up a steep mountain trail to get there. The incredible beauty waiting at the end is well worth the effort though.
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Although it won’t be possible to enjoy the sun, sand and surf during the monsoon, Goa has lots more to offer than just the beach! There’s some spectacular scenery to explore, vibrant monsoon festivals to take part in, and fishing to try your luck at as well. What makes travel to Goa even more attractive at this time of year are the specials offered by five star hotels to lure customers. Luxury that costs a small fortune during the peak season is much more affordable during the monsoon.
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Monsoon time is the perfect time to experience India’s ancient rejuvenating art of ayurvedic medicine. The rainy season is ideal for ayurvedic treatment because the atmosphere remains cool, moist, and dust free. This helps the body’s pores to open up, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy. Southern India has some excellent ayurvedic resorts and hospitals where you can relax and recharge.
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Located down south in Kerala, the great thing about Periyar National Park is that unlike most others in India, it stays open during the rains for everyone to enjoy its beauty. Furthermore, it's unique in that safaris are only carried out by boat, making it a very peaceful place to be. The lake is particularly captivating at sunset. It's also possible to stay in the thickets of the national park at one of the charming accommodations provided by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.