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Places to visit this monsoon (Part-2)

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Mussoorie

Mussoorie is one of the top places to visit during the monsoons. With the arrival of rains, the gardens are converted into a sea of gold. Kempty Falls comes alive during this time, as do places like Clouds End, which offer breathtaking views of the surroundings. The beauty of the Camel Back Road is on full display during this time. This is also when the areas lying in close proximity to The Mall come alive with tourists.

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Spiti Valley

Also known as ‘Little Tibet’, Spiti Valley has almost the same terrain, climate and vegetation. The twin valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are a region of nature at its wildest. This land duplicates and exceeds the magic of Leh, Nubra and Zanskar Valley. Spiti Valley becomes truly unspoilt and practically untouched by tourist traffic. Since Spiti Valley itself is in rain shadow area and is unaffected by Monsoon season.

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Nainital

A scenic hill town snuggled in the misty mountains of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the best places to visit in monsoon. The weather is pleasant, clouds settle on the peaks when it rains the Naini lake looks spectacular. Trekking, boating, yachting, riding the cable car and nature walks become all the more blissful. One of the best hill stations of India, Nainital is perfect for a short getaway from cities and relax in the soothing bliss.

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Munnar

Munnar, located in the southern part of India, is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Come rains, and the entire region is drenched in freshness. The tea gardens look enticing enough while the waterfalls are at their roaring best. This is the time to embark on exciting treks and follow the wandering trails. The Mattupetty Dam, overflowing this time of the year, allures visitors with its beautiful surroundings which are perfect for a picnic.

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Dalhousie

Beautiful and tranquil, Dalhousie is one of the most popular hill stations of India. The destination features a unique natural charm that allures tourists from all over the world. Covering an area of 14 sq km, the hill station sprawls over five hills.

Set at an elevation of around 8000 feet, Dalhousie is one of the most travelled destinations in Himachal Pradesh. The hill station is immensely popular for its picturesque view points and old world charm. Dalhousie was built back during the British Raj as a summer retreat. Today, it is visited by people from all over for a peaceful vacation, memorable picnics and thrilling treks.

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Kodaikanal

There can be some fun moments at places in Tamil Nadu, which is less explored. One of the finest hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a wonderful holiday treat for tourists in Monsoons. The literal meaning of Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest. It is a place where you can take a break from the heat, chaos and stressful life of the big city. Nestled on the southern peak of the Palani hummocks, this tiny and easy-going hill station is still untouched by commercialisation.

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Amarnath

Known to be one of the abodes of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas, Amarnath is amongst the holiest shrines for Hindus in this entire world. The shrine is located in the Anantnag district of Pahalgam in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is said that Lord Shiva revealed the mystery of life and death to his consort, Goddess Parvati at the Amarnath cave. The shrine is situated at an altitude of around 3888 m and pilgrims from all over India trek all the way to the shrine.

Trek to the shrine or the ‘Yatra’ usually starts from Pahalgam and is full of difficult terrains and landforms. The journey is conducted by and under the guidelines of the Amarnath Shrine

the board, which is responsible to ensure necessary safety for the shrine and the pilgrims.

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Uttarakhand

Also known by the name of Uttaranchal, Uttarakhand is a small state having spiritual and mythological secrets. Beautiful glacier view, adventure, pilgrimage tours and trekking, Uttarakhand tourism is truly worthy for all sorts of travellers. Walk with pilgrims on the banks of river Ganges, shoot tigers at Corbett and Rajaji National Park and ride an elephant. Rishikesh, Nainital and Mussoorie, each destination is a wonderful place to visit in summers and monsoons.

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Kutch

Reputed to be the largest salt desert in India, the Great Rann of Kutch is a kaleidoscope of Gujarat’s true culture, colour and chronicle. The region is inhabited by tribal communities, the culture and traditions of which are so fascinating, it draws a lot of tourists to their soil. Every year, this barren land turns into a colourful collage. Reason being, the Rann Mahotsav, which is a three-month long festival, displaying different tribal shades of Gujarat. The sprawling geography of the Kutch is also the home of adventure. Wildlife safaris, rappelling and trekking are the expeditions to look out for.

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Orchha

A place of magnificent temples and palaces, Orchha, lies in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. Once a capital of Bundela Rajput kings, the medieval town is now a popular tourist spot in the country. Displaying some of the best creations of Mughal architecture, the historic town has numerous cenotaphs, narrating battles between kings and emperors to boast upon. Jahangir Mahal and Orchha fort complex stand out amongst the finest structures in the region. The town is also renowned for its temples. Famous ones are the Ram Raja temple and the Chaturbhuj temple.

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