July and the monsoon in India is the time when you could indulge in communion with nature, give time to yourself, rejuvenate and find harmony of mind, body and soul at some of the best destinations in India. From the humbling Himalayan abode of Ladakh in North and the wettest place in India Mawsynran in North East to the “city of joy” Mandu in Central India and Wayanad in the Western Ghat region in Kerala, plan your holidays in India in the month of July with this meticulously crafted list.
3. Valley of Flower
|Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is an exquisite specimen of Afghani architecture in India|
It is said that captivated by the ravishing beauty of Rani Roopmati, Adham Khan, a Mughal general invaded Mandu and in the ensuing battle Baz Bahadur lost his life. Learning of this and the intention of Adham Khan, Rani Roopmati preferred the death by poison to reunite with her lover in the other world thus ending the one of the greatest saga of romance in India.
Things to do in Mandu include visits to an array of monuments, tombs, mosques and palaces sprinkled across this scenic plateau perched along ravines, lakes and sweeping fields. The lush bloom of the monsoon and revivified plants and forests along with pleasant weather is a boon for nature lovers during the month of July.
|Women working in rice field in Mawsynram|
|Valley of Flower, Uttarakhand|
|Lonavala dons its sylvan best after the arrival of South West Monsoon in Maharashtra|
|Umium Lake in Shillong resembles the Lochs of Scotland|
|Bamboo walkway at Mawlynnong|
|The awesome Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh|
|Bike riders on Leh Srinagar Highway, Ladakh|
|The sylvan beauty of Wayanad is at its peak upon arrival of South West Monsoon in June/July in Kerala|
A relatively unspoiled hill station in Kerala, Wayanad is also known for the eco tourism initiatives and rejuvenating ayurveda facilities. With the arrival of monsoon, not just Wayanad but entire state of Kerala becomes a cocoon of peace and rejuvenation with an array of hotels and resorts offering ayurvedic therapies and treatments. In Wayanad, Vythiri Resort is a luxury retreat offering authentic Ayurveda therapies inspired by the ancient Indian science of healing and wellness.
Restore the harmony of your mind and body by choosing one of the signature therapies at Vythiri Resort and let the gentle thrum of falling rain and luxuriant surroundings uplifts you mentally, physically and spiritually.
|The naturally formed Shiv Lingam at the Amarnath Cave|
A naturally formed lingam inside a cave forms each year and sea of devotees embark on pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave to seek the blessing of their revered lord Shiva whose presence here is referred to as Amarnath or “the immortal god”.
Amarnath Yatra could be undertaken by road or through helicopter. The trek as well as helicopter service for Amarnath Yatra starts from Baltal or Pahalgam. However, the preferred route is Baltal for its breathtaking vistas and proximity to nearby tourist sites Sonamarg.
|Saputara Lake in Gujarat's only hill station|
Things to do in Saputara could range from thrill of the ropeway ride, trekking and camping and pulsating rides in boat, horse or even a camel. Emerald Lakes, cascading waterfalls reinvigorated after the arrival of monsoon in July makes it a good time to visit Saputara.
The ensuing rains bequeath this lovely hill station of Gujarat with lush forests, wispy clouds, flowers in bloom, gushing waterfall and a replenished lake. Find your nirvana this July in commune with nature at Saputara.
|Mobor is one of the finest beaches in Goa|
|Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina in Goa is one of the finest cathedrals in Goa|
Yes we know but the prices - especially for accommodation - skyrockets in Goa in peak season that is winter. Hotels are pre booked in advance - some of the best properties are sold out even a year in advance.
For yoga, meditation and best of spa and ayurveda in Goa, arrival of monsoon marks the ideal time for a laid back wellness and rejuvenation break. And most significantly, there is no tourist rush and you could actually breathe easy and enjoy the natural best as well as sightseeing. And yes nightlife remains vibrant and you have that unmistakable “sussegado” for which Goa became a crowd puller in the first place.
|Magnificent view of the Lake Pichola from Leela Palace Kempinski, one of the finest luxury hotels in Udaipur|
So what makes Udaipur the most romantic destination in India?
|The spectacular Taj Lake Palace is one of the leading luxury hotels in Rajasthan|
Why visit Udaipur in July?
|A Royal Bengal Tiger basking in sun at Periyar National Park|
|Sylvan glade and the diminishing lake is the popular spot at Khajjiar|
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Last updated on 28th March 2016 by Nikhil Chandra