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Monsoon Trip Destinations that are Offbeat yet Special

The fun in exploring the unexplored especially when Mother Nature is at its best avatar is inexplicable. You would have to experience it, especially in the rains to understand the beauty in some of the offbeat, less popular places of the country.

Just thinking of rains makes you feel so much better in the scorching heat in summers. It is beyond imagination to soak in the raw and untouched beauty of these locales that are nothing short of exotic.

While we all look forward to the rains after the retreat of this parched summer season, we also feel like escaping to the vivid, lush greens and being surrounded by scintillating lakes, crashing waves touching our feet and soothing our senses in a picture perfect scenery.

If you are waiting for the first drop of rain to make the trees look luscious and drench your soul in a refreshing wave of air, plan your vacation for some of these fascinating monsoon getaways that would bring out the romantic and adventurous in you. You may not even have heard their names but their plain sight will entice you enough to keep coming back:

Bhandardara, Maharashtra

With green paddy fields, lakes, waterfalls, and trekking areas for unleashing your adrenaline rush, this village in the Western ghats boasts of serene and calm environs that will restore the peace you tend to lose in the everyday city humdrum. Set by the Pravara river, the fresh air is welcoming enough with its picturesque scenes.

Major Attractions: Harishchandragad Fort, Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake, Randha Falls, Fireflies camp

Shojha, Himachal Pradesh

A small village, this can be truly an artist’s paradise that has been tucked away off the highway that takes you towards Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Apple orchards and mushrooms growing on the road to Jalori pass and slopes of greens make the little wonder even more wonderful. This is also a place for adventurers for a stroll in the giant woods, hiking on road or in the steep valleys or even getting lost in the views of the hills around.

Major Attractions: Raghupur Fort further leading to a panoramic view of the Himalayas, Serolsar lake, Devbhoomi temple.

Agumbe, Karnataka

Located at a distance of about 380 kms from Bangalore, this hill station is nestled in a UNESCO World Heritage Site (atop a plateau above Someshwara Ghat) and is known as the “Cherrapunji of the South” for recording the second highest annual rainfall in India. Agumbe is a reserve for a rainforest complex that also houses some precious medicinal plants and rains make the place more lively and beautiful with the waterfalls glistening on the vivacious greens and the streams sparkling away in glory.

Major Attractions: Trekking through its forest stretches, Kudlu Theertha Falls, Sunset Point from where even the Arabian Sea is visible when the sky is clear, temple ruins of an old empire

Nubra valley, Jammu & Kashmir

Spectacularly lying at a distance of a few kilometers from Leh, the rocky terrains, glaciated peaks and undulating valleys with pine trees, pristine lakes, boulder fields and misty clouds surround the ethereal charm of this place.

Major Attractions – Sand Dunes, monasteries, ruined palace, Khardung la pass (the highest motorable road in the world) that leads to Nubra Valley

Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Inhabited by only a handful, this valley can give you some big time adventure goals as you try the Yak Safari, ski gleefully on the snow, trek on the valleys or go on some wildlife expedition. A cluster of monasteries here and there with some tall precincts, calm lakes surrounded by snow-clad ranges and cloud-laden skies, this is a valley of splendor and best for some couple time together. With a medium rainfall that makes the already picturesque place more grand, the place is a must-visit for the monsoons.

Major Attractions: Several monasteries, shrines & temples, natural wildlife

Majuli, Assam

If water is what refreshes you during the monsoons, there can be no other better place to be during that time other than the “world’s largest fresh water island” – Majuli. Situated on the Brahmaputra river, this postcard perfect spot in North East is best viewed during monsoons with the sky playing different colors during sunset, rice fields, beautiful hyacinths, bamboo huts and trees and a flock of birds migrating and swooping down the river will tease the nature enthusiast in you.

Major Attractions: Fishing boats, tribal dances, lakes, use of bamboo in weaving and making of cottages

Athirapally falls, Kerala

The largest and most famous waterfalls of Kerala crashing into the Chalakkudy river, this place is known for being shot for Bahubali – The Beginning, the flow of the falls and the real picturesque view can only be appreciated during monsoons. It is a pleasure driving to this place.

Major Attractions: Riverview garden, Vazhachal Falls, Silverstorm Water theme Park, Butterfly Garden, Dream World Amusement Park, Flora and Fauna, several resorts

Kausani, Uttarakhand

If you enjoy the lofty peaks, you will find this to be a peace retreat with a panoramic view of the Himalayas that have been covered with snow. However, monsoons are the best time to explore its spectacular views.

Major Attractions: Baijnath Temple, Rudradhari Waterfall and Caves, Anashakti/Gandhi Ashram, Kausani Tea Estate with a splendid garden and a historical heritage.

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