Monsoon Travel: Best Time To Visit India During Monsoon Seasons!

(Last Updated On: June 30, 2018)

India has three climate seasons:

  • Winter: From the end of November to March with pleasant temperatures and almost no precipitation.
  • Summer: Dry or humid heat months depending on the region in April, May and October and November.
  • Indian Monsoon: The rain season from June to September.

WHAT WEATHER CAN EXPECT DURING THE INDIAN MONSOON?

Monsoon is a very unique concept for those who are coming from more moderate climate zones or constant drizzle to short but heavy rainfalls, tropical storms, and gales. But with multiple climate zones, India is a big country and therefore in various areas of India, the monsoon develops differently. The rain is often heavy and for many days on the west coast and in north India.

The cities have a non-existent drainage system and the quickly streets flood. In the mountains, landslides are not uncommon. Due to heavy fog and rains, Transport, especially buses and trains and even air traffic can be disturbed or delayed. From June to beginning of October, almost all national parks in India are shut.

WHY SHOULD TRAVEL IN INDIA IN THE MONSOON?

Weather can be quite unpleasant from June to September. There is a number of benefits like:

  • Forest and grasslands become lush and green.
  • The farmers welcome the season with full productivity.
  • Lakes, rivers, and waterfalls fill up with water and become stronger than ever.

Many tourists avoid travel to India in the monsoon which means that you can visit a lot of sights to yourself and make it easier to connect with locals and experience more authenticity. Furthermore, for budget-conscious backpackers, it is the best time to visit India  to keep expenses to a minimum and do not want to miss out on some comfort. Many hotels offer rooms at low cost or for half of the total cost than in the main season. You can stay at boutique hotels or luxury resorts at low prices.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT INDIA DURING MONSOON?

Technically you can travel anywhere as long as you are ready and pack the right clothes. But, there are some areas that might be more enjoyable than others. The India monsoon hits the west coast the most and due to that Goa and Kerala face a heavy rain and humidity. So, it would be better if you avoid the coastline. The beach resorts and shacks close in April and open in September or October.

So it is the best if you hit the countryside and hill stations. As nature and greenery are in full swing, it’s a great pleasure to walk through the lush hills and pass the freshly filled lakes and rivers. Wayanad, Munnar, and Thekkady are such places but also the Dudhsagar Waterfall Hike in Goa. Ooty in Tamil Nadu is very popular amongst domestic tourists to flee the heat of the cities.

Places To Visit In Monsoon:

WHERE TO GO WHEN
Leh & Ladakh ·        June to October.

·        Buddhist monasteries are simply wonderful and close to the magnificent Himalayas.

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh ·        May to October.

·        Trekking, Yak Safari, Cultural Performances, Tracking Endangered Wildlife, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, etc.

The Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand ·        April to October.

·        Exotic flowers and foliage.

Kerala ·        During the monsoon, along with the state’s biggest festival, Onam.

·        Full Ayurveda treatment, splendid greenery, and magnificent lakes

Meghalaya ·        3-day Beh Deinkhlam festival of the Pnar tribe, which takes place in mid-July.

·        Living Root Bridges.

Western Ghat Mountains

 

·        Travel during the monsoon season.

·        The Western Ghats attracts adventurous monsoon trekkers.

Bundi, Rajasthan ·        The city has particular appeal during the monsoon.

·        Has peaceful, uncrowded and lake swells.

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu ·        May or early June.

·        Panoramic view of the storm as it rolls in from the ocean.

Goa ·        Vintage heritage sites from the Portuguese era, wildlife sanctuaries, river cruises, hiking trails through thickly forested hilly regions and great food.

·        Hotels are cheap and affordable.

 

You should avoid traveling in the Himalayas from June to August. There is a number of cities that face the heavy rainfall and landslides like Manali, Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Shimla, and Kasol as well as Sikkim and Darjeeling.

WHAT TO WEAR DURING THE INDIAN MONSOON?

Choosing the right footwear during travel in rainy season is the most important thing to take care. But there are also others things that you should have like:

  • You can carry the sandals made of lasting rubber and with a back, strap to hold the shoes to your feet are a good idea.
  • You need to pack water-proof clothes and shoes.
  • A thin rain jacket with the breathable material is essential as well as thin light clothes that dry quickly.
  • To protect yourself from malaria or dengue that comes from the rain – a good mosquito protection spray will help you in that.
  • Use rain covers for your bag because it takes hours to days to dry the stuff once it got wet.

Bottom Line

Benefits of the Indian monsoon travel is like the lush greenery, fewer tourist crowds and much lower accommodation and other service prices, which makes travel more affordable. But, you can’t predict the weather because every monsoon is different.

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