One thing that the people in Mumbai look forward to after suffering through scorching heat in summers is monsoon. Heavy rainfall, mud puddles, and the smell of freshly wet ground; these are the things that denote monsoon is here. Even though some of us might find this season a trouble, a lot of us do find it enjoyable (including myself). While staying at home during this season does sounds like the most reasonable and practical decision one can make (given the traffic congested roads and water-clogged railways), a mini-trip does sound somewhat interesting. One can’t deny the fact that visiting a waterfall or a hill station during this season is really wonderful. These are the places in India where you can truly sense the cool gentle winds, light raindrops, and that earthy smell. Monsoons in India are an ecstasy; offering relief from the scorching summer sun.
India is a country that is not only fun to discover during summer or winter but is also equally a joy to explore during monsoon. There are a good number of destinations one can plan a short trip to during this blissful season. Why go international when you get experience monsoon at its best within the country itself. It’s no doubt that one can find many cheap flight tickets sold by airlines during this season, but the places in Maharashtra speak for itself. Let the cheap flights go, choose a location that speaks to you. If you’re still confused, maybe the below mentioned destinations by help.
Regarded as one of the best places to plan a mini vacation during the monsoons; Igatpuri is a place that adds a certain charm to this season. A small and charming hill station, Igatpuri is located in the Sahyadri Hills in the Western Ghats. The beauty of this places increases in leaps and bounds during monsoon. This place is transformed into another world altogether, especially with the greenery and calm atmosphere.
Bhandardara is a beautiful hill station near Mumbai in Sahyadri hills. This destination is home to some rich flora and fauna. Serene, clam, and pleasant; Bhandardara makes for a perfect gateway during the rains. It is surrounded by waterfalls, hills, forts, and valleys. Apart from enjoying the beautiful weather when in this location, you can also pay a visit to some of the points of interest that are worth exploring.
Experience nature at its best at Tamhini Ghat. The rains turn this place into a blanket of green plants. Waterfalls, mostly covered in mist, overbearing clouds, and light raindrops makes this place heaven! Tamhini Ghat is simply majestic with its enticing views and is definitely less crowded than Malshej Ghat.
Known as mini Kashmir, Tapola is a destination that one shouldn’t miss when planning a short trip during the rains. It is an ideal destination to head back to in search for greenery and lush nature. Tapola is often visited by many for treks on account of its unique forts and dense forests around lakes. It is surely a place that one can visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and is a must-visit destination during the monsoon. Often called the Everest of Maharashtra, this destination offers awe-inspiring views from its point. Additionally, trekkers regard this place a true delight as it is one of the best monsoon treks in the state.
Thoseghar is a pleasant and scenic spot located near Satara City. You will find tourists from all over Maharashtra visiting this place during the rains. And the best part about this place is that with heavy rainfall, you can enjoy the falls better since they make for a spectacular view. Thoseghar is clam and quiet, clean as well, and surrounded by lush, green plants.
A plateau in the Amaravati district of the western state of Maharashtra, Chikhaldara is an exclusive destination that is famous among many tourists on account of its pleasant weather. you will surely love this place during the rains as the water seeps down through lush, green hills, creating falls that make for a spectacular view.
If a near place is what you’re aiming for, Mulshi Dam is definitely a must-visit. Making for a quick 3-hour drive from Mumbai, this dam is the perfect escape route from Bombay’s chaotic life. In the monsoon season, the dam flows in full force and there is a deep fog in the region, thus making it feel like literally walking among clouds. Also, the road that leads to this dam is in itself invigorating and scenic.
Trekking during the monsoon to this destination is really invigorating. A 1 hour trek from the bottom of the hill; this popular destination is highly appreciated by many trekkers. Surrounded by greenery, this location is paradise. Calm, scenic, and clean, something that is very hard to find in the city.
One can’t solely forget Lonavala when planning a short trip during the monsoon. This beautiful hill station that is located in Pune District has been a famous tourist spot for years. This place is known for its beautiful valleys and green mountains, making it naturally charming. Lonavala is home to many places, waterfalls, lush green valleys, and dense forests.