With the arrival of July, the monsoon rain brings relief to the entire country from the scorching heat. For the people who have missed out some mesmerizing destinations in the summer vacations, they can head towards these 7 surreal places in the onset of the monsoon season.
These places will give you the chance to experience a surreal vacation experience amidst the rain drenched lush green valleys.
1. Shillong: Green Paradise of North-East:
This paradise state of North-East is counted as one of the best places to visit in July in India. Shillong is adorned with the crystal-clear lakes and the gigantic mountains which makes it a perfect destination for the peace lovers as well as adventure seekers.
Places to visit: Nohkalikai Falls, Sangma State Museum, Rhino Heritage Museum, Air-Force Museum
How to reach: The shillong airport is well-connected with the major cities and the Guwahati railway station is the nearest railhead which is located at 105 km from Shillong.
2. Nainital: Home to the Pristine Lakes:
The surreal beauty of this little hill station just leaves its visitors awestruck. This serene place is a home to some of the pristine lakes and enormous mountain ranges which surrounds the hill station. The undaunted beauty of this place makes it a perfect destination for the people looking out for a relaxing vacation.
Places to visit: Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Tiffin Top, G.B Pant High Altitude Zoo
How to reach: The Pantnagar airport is the nearest airstrip which is located at a distance of 68 kms from Nainital. Alongside buses also ply from Delhi and Kathgodam to reach Nainital.
3. Gulmarg: The Snow Paradise:
Gulmarg is indeed the paradise for the admirers of nature and enthralled adventurers settled in the land of Kashmir. The place is not dipped in snow during July, yet it gives a pleasant climate for the travelers to enjoy. The travelers can also experience the thrill of skiing on the snow or enjoy the serene view of the lakes.
Places to visit: Khilanmarg, Alpather Lake, Gulmarg Gondola
How to reach: To reach Gulmarg, Srinagar is the nearest airport located at a distance of 60 kms and Jammu railhead is the nearest for the people traveling by train.
4. Tawang: Hidden Treasure of North East:
This little town settled at the peak of Arunachal Pradesh is a paradise for the nature lovers. Spread across the lush green hills, this quiet and serene hill station is home to many Buddhist monasteries and a war memorial.
Places to visit: Tawang Monastery, Paradise Lake at Sela Pass, Pankang Teng Tso Lake
How to reach: The Salonibari domestic airport at Tezpur is the nearest airport to reach Tawang whereas Tezpur railway station is the nearest railhead.
5. Gangtok: The Splendid Capital City:
As the rain hits the land with the arrival of July, this capital city brims with lush green valleys and a pleasant weather. The price of the hotels drops and the city remains less crowded which makes July the best time to explore the beauty of Gangtok.
Places to visit: Phodong Monastery, Nathu La, Hanuman Tok and Rumtek Monastery
How to reach: To reach Gangtok, Bagdogra airport in West Bengal is the nearest for the air travelers whereas New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri is the nearest railhead.
An abode of Dalai Lama, this little town is settled amidst the gigantic peaks of Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded with Buddhist monasteries, this place emerged in the limelight post the IPL matches and ODI’s held in the HPCA Stadium. The pleasant weather and the lush green deodar forests makes July the perfect time to visit Dharamshala.
Places to visit: Bhagsunath Temple, Namgyal Monastery, Kangra Fort, Bhagsu Falls, HPCA Stadium
How to reach: For the people traveling by flights, Gaggal airport is the nearest airport located at 13 kms from Dharamshala. Whereas Pathankot Railway station is just 85 kms from the town.
Resting over an amalgamation of five hills, this scenic hill station cannot be missed in the early monsoon. Marks the place of being one of the most preferred places to visit in July, this little hill station is paradise for the travelers looking for serenity. The place receives mild rainfall and offers adventurous activities apart from the lush green valleys.
Places to visit: Kalatop Khajjiar Sanctuary, Panchpula, St. John’s Church and St. Francis Church
How to reach: The Pathankot airport is the nearest rail strip which is located at 75 kms from Dalhousie. Along with this, the Pathankot railway station is the nearest railhead located 80 kms from the hill station.
These picturesque destinations will give you a chance to experience a relaxing vacation and enjoy the monsoon rain in complete solace.