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5 Top India Monsoon Travel Destinations

Where to Travel in India During the Monsoon Season


Fortunately, you don't have to avoid traveling to India during the monsoon, or even stay indoors all the time. Travel to some places in India is actually preferable during the monsoon season.  Here are five top India monsoon travel destinations.

For a different kind of monsoon experience, you might also want to consider a stay at one of these tranquil tree house hotels in India.

1. Ladakh and Leh

India's Mountain Kingdom Of Ladakh
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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.

Don't Miss: the Hemis Festival.

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2. The Valley of Flowers National Park

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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.

3. Kerala

Kerala Tourism

The Kerala Tourism department has transformed Kerala into a sought after monsoon season destination. This has mainly been through its "Dream Season" campaign, which offers very attractive discounts on a wide range of accommodations and packages, and annual Splash monsoon carnival. The rainy season is ideal for getting an Ayurvedic treatment too, because the atmosphere helps the body’s pores to open up, making it most receptive. In addition, Kerala's Periyar National Park remains open during the rainy season, unlike most other national parks in India. Snake boat races are also held in Kerala during the monsoon.

4. Goa

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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.

5. Meghalaya

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If you're someone who REALLY loves the rain, then head to Meghalaya in India's northeast region. The "Abode of the Clouds", this state is renowned for being the wettest place on earth, and Cherrapunji in particular! The state has an abundance of natural attractions, including ancient living root bridges.

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