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With Monsoon in full flow across the country and the upcoming long weekend is just around the corner, this is a great time to start planning a trip. But wait. Were you thinking of going to Goa or Assam? Well, if you follow popular advice that’s where you’ll end up. Here’s an alternative list of places to choose from that will ensure that you are not surrounded by other holiday-makers and will also give you a trip filled with incredible memories.
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Darjeeling is a truly evergreen destination but its appeal is highest during the Monsoon. With tea gardens dancing in misty surroundings and the hills around the region being at their most alluring, there is little reason to turn away from making a trip to Darjeeling during these rainy months. Of course, don’t forget to end your day with authentic Darjeeling tea as well.
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A little ahead of Ratnagiri, Ganpatiphule turns into a green oasis during Monsoon. With overhanging clouds framing against the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea, the entire region is a photographer’s paradise during Monsoon. Don’t forget to get to Jaigad Fort which is hardly 15 kms further and check the lighthouse in the area for truly spectacular views.
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Hampi has been on most travelers’ wish list but people generally come to this former empire of the Vijayanagar kings mostly during the dry months. Since most of the ruins around Hampi lie around with barely any vegetation, the transformation the area undergoes during Monsoon is striking. Indeed, the landscape turns positively surreal if you get to Hampi during the rainy season.
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Orchha is one of those places that most people have heard of but never been to. Which is a real shame because it has some of the most beguiling temples and forts of India. A visit during the Monsoon ensures that you escape the dry heat that the Bundelkhand region, where Orchha is located, is infamous for. Take your time wandering through its many temples and cenotaphs while admiring the Fort Complex made of such gems as Raj Mahal, Jehangir Mahal and Rai Parveen Mahal.
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Valpa what? That’s right. This hidden gem is located 3500 feet above sea level in the Anamalai mountain range and is one of the best places to breathe clean air in the country. Surrounded by national parks and tiger reserves, Valparai beckons travelers with heavenly coffee and gobsmacking views during the Monsoon season. Get there before the crowds!
The contributor is founder of Constant Traveller
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