Ajanta Caves: The rock caves of Ajanta, about 30 in number, are in the shape of a mammoth Horseshoe. Depictions on these caves represent the story of Buddhism, spanning from 200 BC to 650 AD. Nestled in the Sahyadri Hills, they are located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra about 300 kilometres northeast of Mumbai.
Bundi: Located in Rajasthan, it is renowned for its marvellous forts, palaces and step well reservoirs. Bundi Palace, Dabhai Kund and the Taragarh Fort are must visit places here.
Orchha: Located in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, it is famous for its forts, temples and palaces. Places to visit in Orchha include Lakshmi Temple, Ram Raja Temple and the Jahangir Mahal. The place is 16 km from Jhansi.
Coorg: Fondly called the coffee county, the tranquil hill station is nestled on the Western Ghats of South Western Karnataka. Coorg is fast gaining popularity as a travel destination, thanks to its natural beauty. There are soothing paddy fields, zig-zag valleys and the misty peaks of Nilgiris to greet you. On the way to Coorg, you can visit Madikeri, Omkareshwara Temple, Abbi Falls and Somwarpet.
Sanchi: It is located 68 km north of Bhopal in MP. The unique feature of Sanchi is its well preserved stupas, which provide visitors an opportunity to watch, in one location, the origin, blossoming, and crumbling of Buddhist art and architecture during a period of around 1500 years.
Ladakh: This high altitude desert is tucked on the Indian Himalayas. The road from Manali to Leh is open only from May to October. Here, you can pay a visit to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and also soak in the scenery of snow-capped mountains and clear blue skies.
Periyar National Park: Located in the ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is a delight for nature lovers. Flying lizard and flying snake are unusual species found here. Periyar Lake also attracts birds like the darter, cormorant and grey heron. It is among the best places to experience sunset during the monsoon.
Nainital: The spectacular hill station in Uttarakhand is one of the ideal destinations to visit during monsoon. It is perched on the valley of the Gagar range of the Himalayas. Naini Lake is the biggest attraction of Nainital. It is a good place to enjoy yachting, boating, and paddling. As many as seven hills surround the lake. The Naini Temple and The Boat House Club are also worth visiting here.
Pondicherry: Also known as Puducherry, the Union Territory is known for its beaches, churches, museums, and botanical gardens among others. Pondicherry is a former French colony , where the French charm still prevails. Also, lying at the eastern side of the Indian Peninsula, Pondicherry is believed to be the abode of ancient sage Agastya. While in Pondicherry, do visit Auroville, the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo.
Goa: Although it is a preferred winter destination, the beach resort also offers a lot during the monsoon season. One can visit the Mollem National Park, Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary and the renowned Dudh Sagar falls during monsoon. The spice plantations in Savoi, turn enchanting with the arrival of rains
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As monsoon is on the verge of arriving, we give you a sneak peek at destinations you can visit this rainy season. While some options are traditional, others off beat. Take your pick