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15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!

  

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-1 The first rain and the fragrance of wet mud – Ah! The aroma that lingers in the air is enough to make us recall our childhood memories. Even if you haven’t sailed paper boats in creeks and haven’t jumped and splashed water in puddles, you would remember comparing which raindrop reached down first on your car’s window panes or who got the prettiest umbrella in the class. Running to catch school bus wearing “the then fashioned” polka dot raincoat or searching for that “big black umbrella” which almost every next house had was a routine as the monsoons arrived back then. Chasing the frogs or cuddling in the blankets were some of the common monsoon fun activities as good as the entire childhood. As life happened over the years, the moments faded leaving only the memories.

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The monsoons today, especially in cities, are less about delight and more about dismay. Getting stuck in traffic jams for hours or drenching in muddy water as a racing car passes by are some of the many “modern day monsoon” struggles we all go through. Such situations leave us with limited options, one of which is lock ourselves in our homes, be a couch potato and get glued to the television.

Rescuing you from this boredom and helping you recreate your “grown up monsoon memories,” we bring you all the reasons you would want to pack your bags and leave for the amazing monsoon special places of India. No matter if you have a love for mountains or craziness for beaches, our list contains it all. Take a look at where and what you can expect during the rains.

1. Coorg, Karnataka

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-3 A small hill station at the southern end of India, Coorg is one of the greenest and calmest places of the country. The hills dotting the periphery put the green plantations at the center stage. The breeze is chilled enough making you forget what city stress is like. Vibrant shades of flowers embellish the greenery, soothing not only your eyes but also your heart and soul.

Clouds float at such a near distance that you could almost feel like touching the mist. Play hide and seek with the sun setting at Brahmagiri Peak or dip your feet in the chilled water of Abbey Falls, befriend the animals at Nagarhole National Park or simply walk in the rain – Do whatever you wish, Coorg gives you the freedom to explore not only the place but yourself!

2. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-4 Another gem of South India, Kodaikanal, more popularly known as “the princess of hill stations,” is a must visit expedition during the monsoon. Gifted with meadows, waterfalls, lakes and more of nature, the place has got all the elements perfectly balanced to let you experience what tranquility is.

Besides showcasing natural riches like Kodaikanal Lake and Bear Shola Falls, the place has also got ample of offbeat activities you can pleasure in. Trek to Kukkal Caves while spotting the best of flora or make a visit to Kodaikanal Solar Observatory to learn about the planets. With a romantic ambience and colonial charm, Kodaikanal is sure to gratify your monsoon fervor.

3. Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

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You might be wondering, why we are suggesting the treacherous region of Ladakh during the monsoon. But the place has got the best of adventures during the rains making it worth taking a risk. Boasting of the top three mountain passes in the world, you can indulge in diverse activities amidst the mountains. Test your courage while trekking through the tricky valleys or learn your riding lessons in the mountain pass bike riding, get a closer look of Buddhism at various monasteries or talk to the stars while lying in your riverside camp.

And this is not it, Ladakh has a lot more to offer! The mountainous region has rough terrains as well as lush green valleys. The breathtaking scenic views are more than enough to make you lose all sense of time and space.

4. Goa

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While you can visit Goa at any time of the year, the charm is incomparable during the monsoon. Creating wonders at this beach vacation spot, rains add to the liveliness of the place. Besides the upsurging sea water, you can witness the varied species of fauna at Mollem National Park and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. Getting a boat ride in Mandovi River or listening to the crashing sound of Dudhsagar Falls are some of the other options you can try.

Learn history by visiting the age old Portuguese houses and mansions or just listen to the downpour while you sit idle in a church. Besides touristy spots, you can also relish in yoga, meditation and spa, making for a perfect rejuvenation break. Done with the above said, don’t forget to enjoy a bike ride on the winding roads of Goa.

5. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

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The word ‘Orchha’ means ‘hidden.’ Letting you unravel its secrets, the place is a perfect monsoon getaway. Once the capital of Bundela kingdom, the present day Orchha serves the travelers with the rich stories of the past. Situated in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, there is something really special about this historical town during the monsoon. The swelled up Betwa River is a sight to get astounded with.

Strolling through the lanes of handsomely standing forts and temples will bring you closer to the history. Season’s freshness adds to the glory of these relics. Viewing the sunset from the terrace of Orchha Fort, while it drizzles, reminds you of how time stops for none, be it a king or a kingdom. Do visit India's hidden gem!

6. Udaipur, Rajasthan

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-8 Referred to as the ‘Venice of the East,’ Udaipur is a city of serene lakes, beautifully laid out gardens and magnificently decorated palaces. Known for its heritage, culture and tradition, Udaipur is a delight in the monsoon. Crowned with one of the most romantic destinations in India, what could be better than romancing in the rain.

Sprinkled with historic structures, city’s pride, Sajjan Garh Palace is situated at a hill offering a panoramic view of the city. The different lakes (because of which Udaipur is also referred to as the ‘City of Lakes’) get filled up to the brim with monsoon showers offering you a sublime sight.

7. Shillong, Meghalaya

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-9 Moving from the ‘Venice of the East’ to the ‘Scotland of the East,’ let us take you to the calm and composed hill station nestled in North East India. Close to Mawsynram, the place that receives the highest rainfall in the world, Shillong makes for a perfect monsoon treat. From the tender drizzle to the heavy rainfall, you can experience all colours of the monsoon here in this hill station

Slowing down the world around you, there are various spots to revel in. Get the bird’s eye view of the place from Shillong peak or go for a picnic at Barapani Lake. Explore the churches of the town or head to Elephant Falls. If you don’t get enough of the monsoon in Shillong, make your way to Cherrapunji. The Seven Sisters Falls and Living Roots Bridge are awe-inspiring experiences of Meghalaya’s monsoon. Out of all the places to visit in India, Shillong is practically the best one.

8. Munnar, Kerala

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The best time considered to visit Kerala is during and after the monsoon, and when it comes to Munnar, one of the few hill stations of the state, there’s nothing better than the rains. The tea plantations, spread to the acres of land, look the best with the vibrant green colour during the monsoon.

With freshness all around, Munnar glimmers and shimmers as the rain makes its way through the hills. Forests, waterfalls and lakes, all together make Munnar an ideal sojourn away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The travelers like to call the widely spread tea plantations as the ‘nature’s carpet’ which can be seen from anywhere and everywhere in Munnar. It's one of the best destinations to visit in India.

9. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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Moving from Munnar’s greenery to the sundry of colours, Uttarakhand’s Valley of Flowers can be called as the paradise on earth. Carpeted with exotic and rare species of flora, the valley comes to full bloom as the rains hit the grass. From wild roses to blue corydalis and geranium to saxifrage, name any flower and there are high chances that you would find it here.

Awarded as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this untamed region offers picturesque view of the valley surrounded by the white peaks. Famous for its medicinal herbs, it is believed that Lord Hanuman brought Sanjeevani for the ailing Lakshman from this valley. A perfect place to laze around in the best of nature with umpteen number of waterfalls, streams and paddocks, the valley is the best thing you can do to yourself in the monsoon.

10. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-12 Getting its name from Lord Dalhousie, the British Governor General of the then India, this small hill station snuggled among the five hills is exactly what you need in monsoon. Giving a glimpse of the British architecture and lifestyle, the town has churches and schools named after the British rulers of the past.

Besides getting close to the lives Britishers led decades ago, you can enrapture your senses in the wide range of beautiful escapes the place offers. Visit the medicinal Satdhara Falls made from the seven springs or try zorbing at Khajjiar, the ‘Switzerland of India.’ Gifted with the best of nature, Dalhousie won’t disappoint you in any way.

11. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

15 Places You Must Visit in July in India!-13 Bestowed with pristine nature and vibrant ethnicity, Tawang appears out as more enchanting during the monsoon. A mesh of Indian and Chinese cultures, the place lets you explore the cultural diversity of India. From waterfalls to lakes and memorials to monasteries, the place covers everything you might wish to explore.

Perched on a hill, the location of the place is itself fascinating to welcome the rains. The beauty of Tawang is no less than a treasure for the nature enthusiasts as well as the photographers.

12. Gangtok, Sikkim

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In spite of being the state capital, Gangtok has it all to captivate the travelers. The alluring charm of this hill station is next to impossible to resist. The serene beauty, lush forests and gurgling rivers, all together offer the much needed mental peace to take a break from the city life.

For the nature lovers, there’s plenty to adore in the town and for the enthusiasts, there are a number of adventure activities like river rafting, mountain biking, cable car riding and more. So if you happen to visit Gangtok, explore every bit of it to experience the best of North East.

13. Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Blessed with abundant green lands and waterfalls, this small hill station is the favourite getaway of Maharashtrians. Whilst in Lonavala, there are plenty of spots you can explore. Trek up to the Tiger’s Leap to get a gorgeous view of the valley or enjoy a bath under the cascades of Bhushi Dam. The foggy ambience and the freshness in the air, complement the freshness you feel in your mind and body. Lonavala is one of the coldest places to visit in India.

Enjoying a roasted corn and a cup of steaming tea with a mesmerizing view of the waterfalls in front is what we all crave for during the monsoon and Lonavala satisfies this craving in the best ways. Helping you return home happier and calmer, Lonavala is undoubtedly a must visit place if you happen to be in Maharashtra during the monsoon.

14. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Dotted with Buddhist monasteries, Spiti is often referred as the ‘Little Tibet.’ Considering the condition of the valley roads, July is considered as one of the best months to visit the place. From the world renowned Kunzum Pass to Chandratal Lake, the adventure lover in you would be completely gratified with the diverse offerings of the valley.

Coming to life as the rains hit the ground, the white washed paints with black windows of the houses, keep you warm as the rain drops the temperature outside. Offering the abundance of nature, Spiti is a perfect place to find solace in.

15. Lakshadweep Islands

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Located in the Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep literally means ‘hundred thousand islands.’ Though, the total number is 36 and even out of these, only three are open to tourists – Agatti, Kadmat and Bangaram. Proffering a plethora of water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and more, the crystal clear water would leave you bewitched.

With the turquoise corals and a charming coastline lined with coconut and palm trees, Lakshadweep is a pleasing experience for travelers seeking refuge from the generally crowded beaches. The unblemished beauty all around sends a tempting invitation to partake in the beautiful creation of the nature.

With a list of the best places in India you could visit in July, it’s high time you stop procrastinating your much-needed trip. The pre-monsoon showers have hit most of the regions in India, making it the perfect time to go on nature odyssey and make most of the rains.
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