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Places to visit this monsoon (Part-1)

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GOA

Millions of tourists visit Goa every year, a large chunk of tourists makes their expedition during the monsoon season. The real beauty and grandeur of Goa are at its peak during the monsoon season. Fresh intoxicating air, new green grass, colourful flowers and leaves are the prime attraction of Monsoon in Goa. One of the best things that you can do in Monsoons is an evening boat cruise on River Mandovi. Planning a Goa trip during monsoons will leave you with a magical experience.

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KERALA

No other Indian state is a greater favourite of couples, especially honeymooners than the southernmost Indian state of Kerala. The state deservedly thrives on its tourism, with its unending beaches, mystical backwaters, colourful festivals and spicy cuisine. Kerala during monsoons is a sight to behold, what with hours of incessant rain providing for a rather surreal backdrop fit for romance. ‘God’s Own Country’ indeed promises a leisurely vacation.

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Ladakh

Ladakh, the Cold Desert up north, is THE place to be in monsoons. The rugged, virgin, ex-Buddhist kingdom comes to life during monsoons – because it hardly receives any, ironically. Ladakh’s umpteen gompas, monasteries, high mountain passes and emerald lakes wear a fresh tinge of gold as they bathe in the ample sunshine of the day. Planning a Ladakh tour between summers and monsoons is advisable because most of the routes and passes are clear for travel and Ladakh by road is an experience of a lifetime!

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Andaman

What once used to be the much-hallowed gateway to hell during the British Raj is today a much-celebrated monsoon destination in India. The exotic Andamans are an archipelago of several islets in the Indian Ocean. The islands are a particular delight during monsoons. Besides providing for a relaxing beach stay, the Andaman Islands also offer a plethora of water sports and activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and parasailing.

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Coorg

Not really far from Mysore or Bangalore, the jolly little town of Coorg is a wonderful Indian monsoon getaway. Coorg’s sprawling coffee estates and scenic vistas straight out of a Bollywood movie are reasons compelling enough for thousands of tourists to flock here during monsoons. The rich aroma of freshly grounded coffee fills the air as you go about discovering its tiny mountains and covered forest areas. Coorg is strategically placed too and doubles as the perfect stopover destination.

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Shillong

Known as the abode of clouds, Shillong is a land of picturesque landscapes, waterfalls and lush green topography. The city of Shillong in Meghalaya is a storehouse of various tourist attractions-natural and artificial. Prominent attractions that one must not miss, while touring this part of India are Shillong peak, Ward’s lake, Botanical garden, Lady Hydari park, elephant falls, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Entomological museum, Sweet falls, Motphran and Shillong golf course. The geography of the region is such the state attracts a large number of adventure enthusiasts. Adventure sports like tracking, canoeing and rappelling are a huge hit here. Besides, the region is also famed for housing numerous stalactite caves. Owing to this, cave exploration is also a popular adventure sports activity in Shillong.

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Valley of flowers

Indeed a paradise on earth, Valley of flowers in the state of Uttarakhand is characterized by breathtaking flowery meadows, cascading waterfalls, lovely paddocks and streams. Guarded by snowy Himalayan Mountains, the valley displays nature in its full bloom. The high altitude Himalayan valley has close to 300 varieties of flowers, which include the likes of Blue Poppy, Sedums, Asters, Geraniums, Potentillas and Brahamkamal.

Considering the exquisiteness of the region, the valley has also been declared a world heritage site. It is also credited with a natural habitat status for various endangered species of animals like the snow leopard, musk deer, brown bear, red fox and Asiatic black bear.

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Mandu

Magical in every, Mandu in Madhya Pradesh is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Explore the grandeur of the old monuments narrating the love story of Baaz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Explore the epitome of Islamic architectural excellence which includes Mandu Fort, Jahaz Mahal, Jami Masjid, Hindola Mahal, Baz Bahadurs Palace, Rewa Kund and much more. Experience the forgotten era, the peaceful vacation will refreshen your senses.

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Lonavala/ Khandala

Lush greenery encompasses the land as far as the eyes can see. Fog encloses the mountain tops and people of all age groups are seen enjoying the rain beating down from head to toe. Such is the allure of Lonavala and Khandala, two popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. These destinations are perfect to enjoy serenity and beauty of nature as well as caves, mighty forts and small hikes.

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Udaipur

Udaipur is a proud and deserving ambassador of the Rajputana glory that evokes the days of the larger-than-life Maharajas. With its countless palace, especially the Umaid Bhawan, rustic bazaars and ever inviting locals, Udaipur evokes and illustrates the same luxury, pride and passion that royalty commands. During monsoons, the state adopts a rich green tinge and it is not uncommon to spot peacocks coming out for the customary rain dance.

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