Top 3 places to visit in monsoon

Author: Lopamudra Kanungo

 

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Top 3 places to visit in monsoon:

 

1. Ladakh

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.

In the furthest far flung corner of northern India, in Ladakh near the Indus Valley, lies the town of Leh at 3,505 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level.

Leh’s Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments are the biggest draw for visitors. The most imposing of these is the Shanti Stupa, located just outside the town. In the heart of the town, on top of a steep mountain, the 800 year old Kali Mandir houses a fascinating collection of masks. You can stop to spin a huge prayer wheel on your way there. The 17th century Leh Palace, built in traditional Tibetan style, offers a captivating view of town. Southeast of Leh, Thiksey Monastery is the place for seeing amazing sunsets. The Hemis Monastery is the wealthiest, oldest, and most important monastery in Ladakh.

When to Visit Leh:

The best time to visit Leh is between May and September, when the weather is the warmest. Ladakh doesn’t experience rain like elsewhere in India, so the monsoon season is the perfect time to travel to Leh.

 

2. Valley of Flowers

 

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.

 

3. Goa

 

 

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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