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The Best Places to Visit in India in July Monsoon Season

The Best Places to Visit in India in July Monsoon Season
Last Updated: April 4, 2019 /

Indians usually want to plan their winter and summer holidays well in advance, as Indian schools have a long vacation in summers and winters bring in festive breaks like Diwali and Christmas. How about trying something different this year and plan a July holiday instead. July is officially the peak month of monsoon in India. At times we may want to avoid a monsoon holiday due to heavy rains, muddy roads, monsoon creepers and insects etc; however, July weather in India is also one of the best times to plan a holiday. You can see nature at its best, light to heavy showers, lush green scenery, opportunity to see a lot of migrant birds and animals, pleasant weather etc. Exploring India during monsoon will be one of the best experiences for a travel enthusiast. This guide will highlight the best places to visit in July and some important travel ideas and tips.

Places to Cover in Western India

Malshej Ghat, Thane-Pune road: A Treat for Trekkers and Nature Lovers

Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

As the caption suggests, Malshej Ghat is one of the favourite hill stations for hikers, trekkers and nature lovers in Maharashtra. It is located on a hill top and the view from the hill is simply outstanding. The entire place is surrounded by incredible waterfalls and the feeling is heavenly once you reach there. A perfect monsoon weekend at Malshej Ghat typically comprises of reaching up the hill early morning, relishing delicious breakfast along with tea, getting drenched under a waterfall, trekking at the nearby fort, taking multiple selfies, followed by visiting couple of temples.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Trekking at Harishchandragad Fort
  • Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
  • Bird Watching
  • Waterfalls
  • Temples
  • Shivneri Fort

Getting There:

By Road: The best way to reach Malshej is by road. Private cabs, taxis and buses are available from Thane, Mumbai and Pune.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Kalyan
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai

Where to Stay?:

Malshej Ghat is not a very luxury destination. However, MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Coporation) is a good option to stay for families & couples. Some of the other hotels are Sai by the Lake, Waderlust resort, Hotel Nisarga, Runwara Residency etc.

Bhandardara, Ahmednagar: Unspoilt Monsoon Destination

Bhandardara, Ahmednagar

Bhandardara is a peaceful and quaint monsoon trekking destination in Maharashtra. This is a small hill station amidst the Sahyadri ranges, but provides bountiful of activities for travellers. The place is not very commercially exploited, but enjoys an excellent weather throughout the year. Having surrounded by mountains, lakes, waterfalls, dams etc the place is ideal for a family vacation. Trekkers can enjoy trekking at the Mt. Kalsubai, which is the highest peak in Maharashtra. Families who are looking at serenity and peace can enjoy a memorable stay at the holiday homes and resorts.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Randha & Umbrella Falls
  • Ratangad Fort
  • Wilson Dam
  • Arthur Lake
  • Kalsubai Peak
  • Amruteshwar Temple

Getting There:

By Road: Bhandardara is easily accessible from Mumbai (180kms) and Pune (175kms).
By Train: Igatpuri is the nearest railway station, which is 40kms from Bhandardara. From here you can take state transport buses or book a taxi.
By Air: Mumbai is the nearest airport from where you can take a bus or taxi to Bhandardara

Where to Stay?:

Bhandardara has all types of accommodations including budget hotels, luxury villas and cottages. For e.g. MTDC, Anandvan resorts, Manas resort etc. Lakeside camping tents are also popular here for adventure lovers.

Kokan: The Jewel of Maharashtra

Kokan, Maharashtra

Kokan easily features as one of the best monsoon tourism places of Maharashtra. As the caption states, Kokan is a paradise which Maharashtra can boast off. The beauty of the costal belt which stretches its wing starting from South of Mumbai going down till Goa certainly enhances during the rainy season. The first rain of the season sets in the perfect mood to plan a trip to the Kokan region. The unforgettable aroma of the mud, endless greenery, numerous waterfalls, and chirping birds will call you year after year. Kokan is also famous for tall coconut trees, alphanso mangoes and jackfruit which undoubtedly make it one of the best vacation destinations.

Popular Tourism Attractions:

  • Ratnagiri
  • Dapoli
  • Ganpatiphule
  • Guhagar Beach
  • Hariharehwar Beach
  • Tarkarli Beach
  • Diveagar Beach
  • Marleshwar

Getting There:

By Road: Kokan is well connected to the major cities of India and has buses from Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, etc.
By Rail: Kokan is well connected through railways which make it the most convenient mode of transport. Depending upon the destination, you can alight from the train and take a bus, auto or car.
By Air: The nearest airport is at Dabolim in Goa. Mumbai airport is approx 500kms away. Since Kokan is widely spread, state run bus can be taken or you can book a cab.

Where to Stay?:

Kokan is not very commercially exploited; therefore, the option of staying in luxury hotel is scarce except Goa. The other regions of Kokan offer mid-range to budget accommodations. Some of the options are MTDC, Kokan Crown Resort, Hotel Sailee, Oceano Pearl, Atithi Parinay etc.

Saputara, Gujarat: Experience the Purity of Air, Away from the City

Saputara Waterfall

Saputara is the most popular hill station of Gujarat. The area is dominated by tribe who worship snakes and that’s how the name ‘Saputara’ was originated. The place is a perfect combination of scenic views, lush green forests, dazzling waterfalls, and panoramic landscapes which makes it the top tourist destination of Gujarat. In the evening the alluring site of the sunset will get perpetually etched in your minds. Adventure lovers are surely going to have a ball of a time here. Activities like ropeway, paragliding, parasailing, water sports etc are some of the top things to do.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • Saputara Lake
  • Gira Waterfalls
  • Sunset Point
  • Purna Sanctuary
  • Saputara Museum
  • Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Town View Point

Getting There:

By Road: Located on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, lot of state run and private buses are available to reach Saputara.
By Rail: The nearest station is in Bilimora(50kms) and Navsari (80kms). Both the stations have good connectivity with other cities. Bus or a taxi can be taken to reach Saputara. This is a convenient mode of transport.
By Air: The closest international airport is in Mumbai which is 300kms away, while the closest domestic airport is Surat which is around 150kms away. Bus can be taken from these airports to reach Saputara.

Where to Stay?:

Saputara is a popular tourist destination and has good hotel options which are a mix of mid-range to budget hotels. Hotel Sejal Inn, Swaminarayan residency, The Source at Sula, Regenta resort, Patang residency, Hotel Anando, Manas cottage are some of the options to choose from.

Udaipur: A Perfect Blend of Nature, Divine and History

Fateh Sagar Lake Udaipur

Commonly referred as ‘City of Lakes’ the city is rich in history, culture and tradition. As much as it is hot in summers, Udaipur is worth the visit during monsoons. With already existing monsoon palace, the city is blessed with many royal historical forts, palaces, monuments, heritage hotel and temples. Blessed with abundance of opulence everywhere, the city makes you visit over and over again. All types of Indian festivals are celebrated with equal importance. A monsoon visit to Udaipur will be futile if you miss the very famous kulhad coffee. Not to forget the place is also a popular honeymoon destination.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • City Palace
  • The Lake Palace
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jag Mandir
  • Monsoon Palace
  • Kumbalgarh Fort
  • Sajjangarh Fort

Getting There:

By Road: Well connected through Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Surat, Udaipur bus depot has many state and private buses plying to various parts of the city.
By Train: Udaipur railway station is well connected with other cities in India.
By Air: Airport is around 25kms from the city. There are direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Udaipur.

Where to Stay?:

Be it couples, families with kids, friends and backpackers the city has amazing luxury hotels and mid-range hotels to select from. Hotels like Lake Palace, The Leela Palace, Lake Pichola Hotel, Mewar haveli etc are quite famous.

Mt. Abu: A Hill in the Desert

Achalgarh Fort

Rajasthan’s Mt. Abu gets special treatment as this is the only hill station in Rajasthan. To give an analogy the beauty of a hill station in monsoons is equal to the bride’s beauty in her wedding. They both look the best during this time. Like any other hill station Mt. Abu too is filled with abundance of greenery, mountains draped with mist, lakes are at their best and waterfalls which can’t get out of sight. Some of the adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, boating etc are best things to do in Mt. Abu.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • Nakki Lake
  • Dilwara Jain Temple
  • Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Guru Shikhar
  • Achalgarh Fort
  • Sunset Point
  • Honeymoon Point

Getting There:

By Road: Mt. Abu has good road connectivity with other cities of India.
By Rail: Abu road is the nearest railway station which is 24kms away. This is a convenient mode of travel.
By Air: Udaipur is the closest airport to Mt. Abu, which is at a distance of approx. 200kms. From here you can take a bus/taxi to reach Mt. Abu.

Where to Stay?:

Travellers have a lot of stay options to choose from. Some of them are Hotel Hillock, The colonial Manek Manor, Star Villa, Hotel Manwar, and Hotel Maganji’s etc.

Best Places to Cover in Southern India

Munnar, Kerala: The Kashmir of South India

Tea Plantation Munnar

Kerala experiences heavy to very heavy rainfall in the month of July. As much as it causes inconvenience to commute, Munnar certainly gives an amazing monsoon holiday experience. Due to its high altitude and forest like environment, Munnar enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. It is traveller’s delight to experience the scenic waterfalls and tea gardens, dams and lakes. Eravikulam is a National Park which claims to be the highest point of South India. During monsoons the view from the top is simply breathtaking. This sanctuary is meant for an endangered goat ‘Nilgiri Tahr’. Families and kids would definitely enjoy spending time here.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • Cheeyappara Waterfalls
  • Valara Waterfalls
  • Matupetty Dam
  • Kundala Dam & Lake
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • Tea Gardens

Getting There:

By Road: Munnar is well connected to Kochi and Ernakulam. Travellers can take a bus or cab to reach Munnar.
By Train: Nearest railway station to Munnar is Kochi and Erankulam.
By Air: Cochin International airport is 120kms away from Munnar.

Where to Stay?:

The best part of Munnar is the tree house accommodation. Nice and quaint rooms are built up on ancient trees which are worth experiencing. Lot of luxury resorts and mid-range cottages are available too. Some of the options are Lillies, Hotel Hill view, Grand Plaza, Clouds Valley, The Munnar Queen, Elixir hills, Westwood Riverside.

Wayanad, Kerala: Heavy Rains Have a Story to Tell

Wayanad

Wayanad is South India’s heaven on earth. As the place has no control over the rains, there is also no limit on the greenery which gets spread at every nook and corner during monsoons. The scenic paddy fields, misty mountain peaks, windy air, spectacular waterfalls and coffee plantations may sound like a story of a fairytale. The large coconut trees everywhere enhance the beauty of Wayanad. Monsoons make the climate so favourable that it has become a favourite weekend destination for nearby cities. Tourists come here just to unwind from their busy and mundane lifestyle. The travel experience of Wayanad is simply spell bound and worth a visit.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Pookode Lake
  • Banasura Sagar Dam
  • Meenmutty Falls
  • Kalpetta
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Neelimala View Point
  • Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary

Getting There:

By Road: Kohzikode is well connected with other cities of Kerala. You can either take a bus or hire a cab.
By Rail: Kozhikode is the nearest railway station which is approx. 100kms away. It is well connected to Ernakulam, Kochi, Trivandrum, Chennai and Bangalore.
By Air: Kozhikode airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 25 kms.

Where to Stay?:

Being one of best weekend destinations of Kerala, Wayanad offers some offbeat stay options. Home stays are quite popular here and can be a good economical option. Some of the other stay options are Upavan Resort, Petals resort, Stream valley cottages, Le villagio holiday, Sterling Wayanad etc.

Coorg, Karnataka: Will Make You Visit Again and Again

Abbey Waterfall Coorg

One of the most popular hill stations of South India, Coorg is surely a traveller’s delight. Monsoons add certain charm to this place, in spite of receiving heavy rainfall. Breathtaking views of mountains, coffee plantations, scenic waterfalls, and encounter with the fog are some of the reasons which make a traveller fall in love with this place. Apart from the nature, the place is well known for its culture, pilgrimage and heritage. Trekkers and bikers will be head over heels once they reach here. In a nut shell, Coorg is suitable for all kinds of travellers who are looking for adventure, nature, pilgrimage and even local food.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Madikeri Town
  • Coffee Plantations
  • Irupu Falls
  • Abbey Falls
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Barapole River

Getting there:

By Road: Coorg is well connected to other South regions. State transport buses ply regularly from Mysore, Mangalore and Karnataka.
By Train: Mysore station is the nearest, with a distance of 90 kms. From here you can take a bus or a cab. This is the most convenient mode of travel.
By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 160kms. You can hire a private cab to reach Coorg.

Where to Stay?:

Ample options of home stays, experiential stays, mid-range and luxury resorts are available. Some of them are Taj by Vivanta, Machaan, Notting Hill homestay, Serene woods etc.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu: Nature Cannot Get Better Than This

Kodaikanal

South India is truly blessed with some beautiful hill stations; KodaiKanal is certainly one of them. Kodaikanal is considered as one of the most scenic places to visit in India. Commonly referred as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, its mist like weather, waterfalls, forests, splendid valley view’s etc, will surely not disappoint any kind of traveller. Kodai has a manmade lake which is also one of its popular tourist attractions. Cyclers can take a ride along side in the evenings. Trekkers can have their best times by trekking to various mountain peaks and experience surrounded by clouds. A tourist wanting to explore for a week will also not run out of options as the place offers bountiful of tourist attractions.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • Kodai Lake
  • Coakers Walk
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Bryant Park
  • Green Valley View
  • Devils Kitchen
  • Waterfalls

Getting There:

By Road: Regular state transport buses are available from Bangalore, Chennai and Madurai to reach Kodaikanal.
By Rail: Kodai road is the nearest railway station, from where a taxi can be taken.
By Air: Madurai (120kms), Coimbatore (175kms), Trichy (150kms) are the nearest airports. One can easily book a private cab from here.

Where to Stay?:

Many luxury and mid-range hotels are available for stay. However, it is quite a fun to stay in cottages next to the lake. Some of the hotels are Kodai Resort Hotel, Holiday home resort, Hill country Kodaikanal, The Carlton, Le Poshe by sparsa, Hotel Gand Palace etc.

Chikmagalur, Karnataka: The Famous Coffee Land

Coffee Land Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Yet another hill station in Karnataka which is considered as a weekend paradise. You will get immersed in the nature by simply gazing at the hills. Driving can’t get more pleasurable, while driving through the Western Ghats. That’s the beauty of monsoons; the view of hills can never be the same again in the entire year. Mist packed valleys, a small drizzle, and breathtaking views of the waterfalls; a trip like this cannot get better. Famous from its coffee plantations don’t forget to sip a steaming hot coffee while sitting amidst the nature.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

Getting There:

By Road: Cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli are well connected to Chikmagalur. State run buses can be booked to reach here.
By Rail: Kadur is the nearest railway station around 4kms away. Taxi or buses can be taken to reach here.
By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport, which is at a distance of 100kms.Book a cab to reach Chikmagalur.

Where to Stay?:

Various home stays and luxury hotels are available for accommodation. Hotel Grand Krishna, Hotel Aadrika, Salient Valley Resort, The Orchid, Coffeegrove resort, The Gateway Hotel are some options to choose from.

Pondicherry: An Artistic French Colony Based in South India

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puducherry

Commonly referred as Pondy, Pondicherry is quite famous for its French Heritage. Visiting Pondy during monsoons will be an experience to cherish. An evening walk at the promenade, with light drizzle around and a cool splash of water on your face will surely drive you crazy. The place has a strong influence of French architecture, which is evident from its elegant, stylish and mustard coloured towns. If heavy rains of South India spoil your sightseeing tour, do not regret. Instead, relishing on delicious South Indian cuisine and spending the evening sipping hot coffee close to beach will surely uplift your mood.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • French Colony
  • The Promenade
  • Shri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Bharati Park
  • Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Pondicherry Museum
  • Auroville

Getting There:

By Road: Pondicherry has good road connectivity with major cities of South India like Chennai, Bangalore, and Coimbatore. This is the best way to travel due to the amazing views of sea while travelling through the highway.
By Rail: Nearest rail station is Villupuram which is 35 kms away from the town. The station is well connected to Chennai, Trichy etc. Getting a bus or a taxi from here to reach Pondi is quite easy.
By Air: Chennai International airport which is at a distance of 150kms is the closest airport to reach Pondy. Since it is an international airport it is well connected with major Indian cities.

Where to Stay?:

Being a very popular family, couple and party destination, Pondicherry has multiple options of accommodation to choose from. Ginger Hotel, Lotus Bay View, Shenbaga Hotel, Palette resorts, Raj residency, Le Royal Park etc are some of the options.

Best Places to Cover in North India

Leh-Ladakh: A Place to Win Your Heart

Pangong Lake

Travelling in this Paradise will take you to a fantasy world, a dream come true destination. Leh will make you go awestruck gazing at the snow clad mountains, magical lakes, deep valleys and the Buddhist monasteries. Spending your monsoon holidays here will certainly make you cherish the memories. It is also possible to witness the Indo-China border from a distance. Bikers and trekkers can’t thank the nature enough for the adventure they go through in the entire journey. It has one of the highest trekking points in India, as high as 18000 ft above sea level. Hence, it is advisable to take proper medical advice and carry medial aid while trekking throughout the journey.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Khardung-la Pass
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Tso Moriri Lake
  • Buddhist Monasteries

Getting There:

By Road: Manali-Leh route and Srinagar-Leh route are the 2 routes to reach Leh. Manali route being the most convenient.
By Rail: Tawi is the nearest railway station to reach Ladakh. It is around 700kms far. State run bus or cab can be hired from here. Not a very convenient mode of transport though.
By Air: Leh airport is the nearest airport to reach the city. It takes around 5kms to reach Leh.

Where to Stay?:

The place has many home stays and luxury accommodations. Some of them are The Grand Dragon ladakh, Himalayan home stays, Stok palace heritage hotel, Ladakh retreat etc.

Nainital: The Lakes are its Soul

Nainital Bird eye View of Nainital from Naina Peak

Planning holidays in Uttarakhand? Do not skip Nainital, as this is one of the best & quaint hill stations there. Although it is popular throughout the year, monsoons add certain amount of charm to the city. Nainital has many lakes around the city, which keeps the weather pleasant throughout the year. Naini Lake which is considered as its lifeline is a popular tourist attraction. The city name has been originated from this lake “Naini”. Adventure seekers can take the pleasure of boating and trekking at this place. It is also well known pilgrimage destination. Devotees come to pay respect to Naina Devi temple.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Naini Lake
  • The Mall Road
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Tiffin Top
  • Snow View Point
  • Nainital Zoo
  • Bhimtal Lake
  • Eco Caves Garden

Getting There:

By Road: Nainital enjoys good road connectivity from major cities and small towns of Delhi.
By Rail: Kathgodam railway station (34km) is the closest railway station. Lot of trains are connected between Delhi and Kathgodam.
By Air: The nearest airport is New Delhi which is at a distance of 300kms. From here you can take private taxis or train to reach Nainital.

Where to Stay?:

Being a well-known hill station, Nainital offers all types of accommodations. Some of them are The Naini Retreat, The Pavillion, Balrampur house, Oaks Serenity, Seasons resorts, Dynasty resort etc.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand: Gods Creation at its Best

Valley of Flowers

Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Valley of flowers is a National Park where a variety of vibrant flowers bloom in July and August. The Valley is snow clad the entire year and opens only in the month of June. Various types of animals and birds can be seen in this National Park, which also makes it a best kids friendly destination. Trekkers can make the most of this place, since it has a vast expanse. Valley of Flowers has been included in the World Heritage sites by UNESCO. The park is also known for certain medicinal herbs which were used in history.

Popular Tourist Attractions Around:

  • Hemkund Sahib
  • Nanda Devi National Park
  • Ghangaria
  • Badrinath
  • Bedni Bugyal
  • Pushpawati River

Getting There:

By Road: Govindghat is the nearest bus station which is approx. 12 kms away. From there one needs to walk inside the valley.
By Rail: Haridwar is the nearest railway station, which is at a distance of 295 kms. Regular buses ply from here to the Valley or one can take a taxi to reach Valley of flowers.
By Air: Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 285 kms. You can book a cab from here to reach Valley.

Where to Stay?:

Some of the hotels near Valley of flowers are The Tattva resort, Mount View Annexy, Kuber Hotel, Camp valley of flowers etc.

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh: Visit India’s Switzerland without a Passport

Dalhousie

Dalhousie is undoubtedly one of most scenic places in Himachal and one of the best destinations of July. It is a very popular honeymoon destination and since it doesn’t rain much in Dalhousie, couples can skip the rush of tourists in this season. Blessed with snow-clad mountains, misty weather, pearl like dewdrops, tranquil streams and waterfalls, the city still has a colonial touch. The architecture takes you back in the British era. Located on the outskirts, this picturesque hill station is away from the hustle bustle of the city life. The market area has interesting local collection and can be covered by walking.

Popular Points of Interest:

  • Khajjar
  • Punchpula
  • Chamera Lake
  • Satdhara Falls
  • St. Patrik’s Church
  • Mall Road
  • Bakrota Hills
  • Rock Garden

Getting There:

By Road: Major cities of Himachal Pradesh are well connected to Dalhousie. Also many buses ply from Punjab and Delhi too.
By Rail: Pathankot is the nearest railway station which is 80kms away from Dalhousie. Taxi can be taken from here.
By Air: Gaggal airport which is in the Kangra district is approx at a distance of 140kms.

Where to Stay?:

Some of the hotels to choose from are Aamod resorts, Mongas hotel, Indraprast resort, Snow valley resort; Hotel Kumars.

Top Places to Cover in North East India

Shillong, Meghalaya: Experience the Clouds Abode

Shillong, Meghalaya

As the name states, Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is considered as the wettest place on this planet. Rains are so extreme here that you get a feeling of walking in between the clouds. Although popular throughout the year, the monsoon experience is out of this world. Shillong hosts the monsoon season twice in a year. Thundering waterfalls, view of lush green Khasi hills, tranquil lakes, beautifully carved gardens will invite you year after year to unwind from the routine life. Shillong is also considered as an education hub as the city houses some of the best education institutes.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Elephant Falls
  • Shillong Peak
  • Umiam Lake
  • Don Bosco Museum
  • Ward’s Lake
  • David Scott Lake

Getting There:

By Road: Shillong is well connected by roads from Guwhati. Various state run buses ply between these two places.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Guwahati. From here you can take the state run bus or hire a private cab.
By Air: The nearest airport is in Guwahati, Assam. From here you can take a bus or hire a cab.

Where to Stay?:

You can choose from a variety of stay options e.g. Royal heritage Tripura Castle, Quinton Enclave, Blueberry Inn, The habitat Shillong etc.

Gangtok, Sikkim: High Altitudes Will Surely Blow Up Your Mind

Gangtok Tourism

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim will surely give you goose bumps with its high altitudes and deep valleys. Well known for Buddhist monasteries, it offers spectacular views of Mt. Khangchendzonga which is considered as the third highest mountain peak in the world. The view gets even better when viewed from a cable car. Gangtok’s snow laden mountains, evergreen forests, cascading waterfalls, tranquil lakes etc makes it the most beautiful destinations of north east India. Adventure lovers can have the time of their life experiencing mountain trekking, river rafting, rocking climbing and biking. Gangtok is also known for its rich culture and religion which makes a must visit for travel enthusiasts.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Tashi View Point
  • Nathula Pass
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Himalayan Zoological Park

Getting There:

By Road: State run buses ply from Siliguri to Gangtok. It is also well connected with Darjeeling Kalimpong. Self drive can also be an option if driving interests you.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is in Siliguri which is 130 kms away from Gangtok. You can hire a cab to take state run bus from here to reach Gangtok.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, West Bengal which is 120kms away. From here you can take a bus or hire a taxi.

Where to Stay?:

Being the most popular tourist destination of North east, Gangtok offers best stay options. Travellers can choose from mid-range to luxury hotels. Some of the options available are Mayfair Gangtok, Alpine hills hotel, Hotel mist Tree Mountain, Summit Norling resort, Mandarin village resort, The Elgin Norkhill.

Best Places to Visit in Central India July Month

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh: Manmade Lakes Adorn the City

Sanchi-Stupa-Bhopal

Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh is a perfect blend of culture, history, customs and traditions. The manmade lakes in the city make the weather favourable for the tourists to explore Bhopal in monsoons. Bhopal was ruled by the Begums in the past, which is evident from the grandeur of the havelis and mansions. A stroll on the by lanes on a nice rainy day will illustrate a strong influence of Islam and its majestic mosques. Bhopal is also one of the greenest cities which add to its charm during monsoons. With forest and tress in abundance, Bhopal surely is one of the best monsoon destinations in India.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Jama Masjid
  • Taj-ul-Masjid
  • Moti Masjid
  • Van Vihar National Park
  • Upper and Lower Lakes
  • Bhimbetka
  • Bharat Bhawan
  • Sardar Manzil

Getting There:

By Road: State run and private buses ply regularly from Bhopal to Ahmedabad, Indore, Nagpur, Pune etc.
By Rail: Bhopal railway station is the nearest railway station and well connected with major cities of India.
By Air: Bhopal airport is closely located to the city at a distance of 15 kms. You can book a taxi to reach the city.

Where to Stay?:

Bhopal offers good stay options for its travellers. Some of them are Courtyard by Marriott, Jehan Numa Palace, Hotel The Residency, Hotel Lake view Ashoka, The Bhopal Grande, Hotel Noor Us Sabah.

Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh: Treasure Trove of Madhya Pradesh

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh and it is commonly referred as ‘Satpura Ki Rani’. Since it is situated amidst the Satpura hills, the view of hills and valleys during monsoons is absolutely remarkable. This also helps in keeping the weather pleasant. Visiting Pachmarhi post the scorching heat of summers of MP is like a breath of fresh air. The place is famous for history, mythological stories, ancient caves, waterfalls, flora and fauna. Suitable of a weekend holiday, Pachmarhi surely can be considered as one of the best places to go for a holiday in July season.

Popular Tourist Attractions:

  • Pandava Caves
  • Bee Fall
  • Apsara Falls
  • Duchess Falls
  • Dhupgarh
  • Jata Shankar Cave
  • Mahadeo Hill
  • Rajat Prapat Waterfall
  • Churches

Getting There:

By Road: There is good road connectivity to Pachmarhi from Bhopal, Indore, and Jabalpur etc. Buses ply regularly between these places.
By Rail: The nearest rail station is Pipariya which is at a distance of 50kms is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.
By Air: Bhopal is the nearest airport which is approx. 200kms away. Bhopal is well connected to major cities in India. From here you can take a bus or taxi to reach Pachmarhi.

Where to Stay?:

Various options of stay are available for tourists here. Some of them are Satpura Retreat, Rock End Manor, Glen view, Champak Bungalow, Hotel Amaltas, Hotel Saket etc.

Monsoon season of India brings in so many reasons to travel. Questions like where to travel, where to go, what to do etc always ponder on your minds. This blog is an effort to answer all these queries under one roof. India’s geography being so diverse, it is difficult to list down all the destinations of July. However, some of the major ones have been covered in this blog. So next time you are planning a holiday, do give this blog a read and post a feedback after your visit.

For planning your holiday, you can contact us at Tour My India. You can call us at +91-9212553106  or send us your queries at info@tourmyindia.com and we’ll get back to you with best holiday travel packages where you can pick the one that suits you the most.

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First Published on: 29 Mar, 2019
Anuja Mangle Fozdar

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By profession I am a Management graduate with specialization in Marketing. Apart from my busy life in the corporate world, I like to follow my passion which is travelling. Having traveled a lot since childhood for small family vacations, I developed keen interest in travel. Travelling not only makes me feel refreshed and rejuvenated, it has also made me more responsible and methodical. Wild life, nature, mountains, adventure and snowfall is something which I enjoy during travelling. In my free time I like to write blogs and reviews on various travel platforms. With an additional responsibility of being a mother, I give utmost importance to fitness and try and follow my fitness regime in my busy schedule.

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