We take a look at monsoon holiday destinations around India that will take your breath away!
PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK
Located in Kerala, Periyar National Park is one of the only national parks that stays open in the monsoon. The safaris here are unique as one can travel out by boat instead of using jeeps or travelling on elephant-back. Periyar extends around the banks of a huge artificial lake that was created by the damming of the Periyar River in 1895. It has 780sq kms of dense hilly forest, with 350sq kms of core park land. The park is known for its elephants while Periyar itself is known for its beautiful tea estates and spice gardens.
How to get to Periyar:
The closest airports are in Madurai in Tamil Nadu and Kochi in Kerala. The nearest railway station is Kottayam.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS NATIONAL PARK
The stunning landscape of the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is at its most gorgeous during the monsoon when the valley is in bloom. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of flowers and is only open from April to October as it is covered in snow during the rest of the year. This park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get to the Valley of Flowers:
The nearest airport is in Dehradun and the nearest railway station is Rishikesh.
LEH AND LADAKH
This remote area has become a popular tourist destination since Ladakh was opened to foreigners in 1974. The two spots are bound by two of the world's highest mountain ranges and surrounded by alpine desert. This dry barren landscape is full of historic Buddhist monasteries. The most imposing of these is the Shanti Stupa in Leh. Also near Leh, on top of a steep mountain, the 800-yearold Kali Mandir houses a fascinating collection of masks. The 17th Century Leh Palace has been built in traditional Tibetan style. The Hemis Gompa is the wealthiest, oldest and most important monastery in Ladakh. Leh is cut off by road from the rest of the world for most of the year, except from around June to October when the snow melts.
How to get to Leh:
Flights operate from Delhi, Srinagar and Jammu. Alternatively, the roads to Leh are open for a few months of the year,
when the snow has melted. The Manali-Leh Highway is open from around June to October each year and the road from Srinagar to Leh is open from June to November.