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Things to experience during monsoon in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful state situated in northern India. It can be easily and fondly referred to as the Switzerland of India and it is often called ‘Devbhumi’ or ‘the land of Gods’. Himachal Pradesh has the best of nature with its sleepy old towns, some of them painted with colonial colours, sparkling streams, gushing waterfalls, holy temples, artistic monasteries, snow-capped mountain ranges and thick forested valleys and meadows.

Along with the pristine natural beauty combines the unbroken peace and solitude that makes Himachal Pradesh an idyllic tourist destination. The rain-washed fresh beauty and wet, misty air that abounds make Himachal in the monsoon season an absolutely enticing getaway. The mountain ranges and forests of Himachal Pradesh look stunning in monsoon. The streams and rivers getting fed by monsoon waters gurgle down with more furore.

Dramatic Dharamshala

Dharamshala is an enchanting land of Lamas and scintillating monasteries. Dharamshala is internationally acclaimed as Dalai Lama’s residence. It is situated at an altitude of 1,775 metres. Dharamshala is cosily shrouded by a thick curtain of ancient, misty, towering Deodar trees.

Bhagsunag Waterfall / Bhagsu Falls

The sleepy town exudes peace and calmness that sets your soul at peace. The Bhagsunag waterfalls of Dharamshala pumps up and roars down with an extra force and is a pleasure to visit during the monsoons. Visit the greenery of the Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex of Dalai Lama Temple, Norbulingka, St. John in the Wilderness,  his Holiness the Dalai Lama Temple and the mesmerizing Dal Lake.


Kasol village evening

Kasol is famed as the ‘Little Island of Israel’. It is a captivating place in the Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh and a delight to visit in monsoons with friends and family. This hill paradise is located on the banks of the charming river Parvati and will bewilder you with its serene beauty. Feel the beauty of the village dressed in fresh green and enjoy the Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, binge on authentic Israeli cuisine, go shopping along the Kasol streets and try the famous rice beer. Stroll along the picturesque banks of River Parvati which swells up in the monsoon season and unwind in the best manner possible.


Nature lover’s haven Shoghi attracts travellers during monsoon with its deep cover of giant pine and oak trees. The beauty of Chadwick Falls in monsoons is mesmerizing. This fall is locally known as Chidku (bird) Jhaar (waterfall) which depicts the height of the waterfall as it is believed that the upmost level can only be reached by a bird.

Situated just 13 kilometres from the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Shoghi was once the summer capital of British India. The Kalka-Shimla Heritage Toy Train connects Shoghi very comfortably to the other big cities. And the toy train ride to Shoghi is an experience in itself.


Khajjiar is an extremely relaxing destination of Himachal Pradesh for a vacation during monsoons. Khajjiar’s beauty arises from the majestic mountain ranges and dense deodar forests that surrounds this hill town. So impeccable is its beauty that Khajjiar is often referred to as ‘The Mini Switzerland of India’.

Khajjiar, Himachal

This impeccable town is the home to the famous ancient Khaji Nag Temple established in the 12th century. Khajiar’s exquisite charm is enhanced by the emerald coloured, placid Khajjiar Lake that fills to the brim during monsoons and creates a dreamy haze. The lake blushes with monsoon waters and the reflection of the majestic mountain ranges and forests on the waters adds to the charm. Chamera Lake too contributes to the monsoon glory of Khajjiar.


Drink in the freshness and natural beauty of Mashobra, a lush green expansive meadow at a height of 7700 metres perched on the higher altitudes of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. Breathe in the crisp and clean mountain air, explore the valley leisurely and visit the Mashobra Reserve Forest Sanctuary which is a bird watcher’s haven and enjoy wildlife.

Try to locate chikor or the partridge hiding behind monsoon greenery and discover the magic of this fairyland. Taste the jams, squashes and pickles infused with the local flavours of Mashobra and have a fun filled monsoon vacation.


Shimla, the regal capital of Himachal Pradesh, exhibits a rich colonial history and culture. It is justly called the Queen of Hills and possesses a majesty mixed with old-world charm. Monsoon vacation in Shimla translates to discovering the sweet aromas and flavours of Himachal dishes, shopping at the bustling streets of Shimla malls and bazaars, taking in the breath-taking view of nature and its splendour and carving out a dream vacation in monsoons.

Christ church - Shimla Image by Jeevan Singla from Pixabay

Step out to explore the famous Christ Church, gorge on best of classy food at the jazzy restaurants and cafes. The steaming hot coffees and yummy snacks to go with it will make monsoon delightful in Shimla with a perfect view of the snow-capped Himalayas and the surrounding greenery.


Mcleodganj is an enchanting place to visit in Himachal during the monsoon season. This mountain paradise known as ‘Little Lhasa’ or ‘Dhasa’ has a large bunch of Tibetan population and contains some of the best monasteries in India. Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang are worth visiting to enjoy the solitude of the mountains. Mcleodganj has some of the best street side cafes and relish the local food to enjoy a grand monsoon vacation. Visit the Masroor Temple, the swollen Bhagsu Falls, picturesque Nechung Monastery, Guna Devi Temple and the St. John’s Church. Vipassana Meditation Centre will offer you the eternal solitude and peace. Also visit the Pong Dam Lake or the Maharana Pratap Sagar artificial lake and feel the allure of the mountains.

Monsoon visit to Himachal amply brings out the mountain mysticism.  Plan a remarkable monsoon vacation to the hills if you haven’t yet. The monsoon magic of Himalayas with the carpet of towering deodar trees and the enchantment of lakes and waterfalls, view of the serene mountain ranges and the holiness of the famous temples and monasteries lend an extra dimension to holidaying in Himachal.

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What are the best and hidden places to visit in India? Part 6

Offering adventurous, treasures, and surprises to the visitors, India is a country gaining popularity in the tourism sector. Blessed with abundant beauty, India is growing rapidly in tourism but there are some destinations in the country that remain untouched which offers the best vacationing in India. If you have explored the major destinations of India, then you must go on an offbeat India tour to find joy in the unexplored corners in the country.

The following are some of the best-hidden places in India to visit –

Laitmawsiang, Meghalaya –

Laitmawsiang, Meghalaya, best and hidden places in India

The small village situated in Khatarshnong Laitkroh Block of East Khasi Hills, Laitmawsiang is the perfect hideout for hungry people for isolation in the lap of nature.

13 Arch Bridge, Kerala –

13, Arch bridge, Kollam, Kerala, best and hidden places in India

Situated in Kazhathuruthi in Kollam district of Kerala, 13 Arch Bridge is well-known for its architectural marvel.

Chettinad Palace, Tamil Nadu –

Chettinad Palace in Tamil Nadu, best and hidden places

The Chettinad Palace in Tamil Nadu is an amazing amalgamation of architecture, art, and tradition while showcasing the past.

Tada falls, Andhra Pradesh

Tada falls, Andhra Pradesh, best and hidden places in India

Least popular waterfalls of Andhra Pradesh, Tada falls are tucked away in the beautiful hillocks and greenery. It is a perfect escape for hikers and trekkers to a peaceful destination.

Nagarhole National Park –

Nagarhole National Park, best and hidden places in India

Under conservation for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Nagarhole National Park is a wildlife reserve that will make for any photographer’s delight.

Patan, Gujarat –

Patan, Gujarat

One of the newest additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Patan has sprung to popularity in travel circuit due to its Rani ka Vav.

Mawsynram, Meghalaya –

Mawsynram, Meghalaya, best and hidden places in India

The wettest place in India, Mawsynram turns more beautiful during the monsoon season and looks extremely generous.

Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu –

Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

Blessed with azure sea, white sand beached and a lazy idyllic vibe makes Dhanushkodi one of the most beautiful yet sparsely known beaches of India.

Karauli, Jaipur –

Karauli, Rajasthan, best and hidden places in India

A quaint town located in Rajasthan, Karauli is popular for its sacred places and houses more than 300 temples. The rich, vibrant, and colourful heritage of Rajasthan, Karauli is the perfect destination for Rajasthan vacations.

So, discover the unexplored best and hidden destinations of India and experience the charming beauty of the city.

What are the best and hidden places to visit in India? Part 5

India is full of hidden or unexplored places that surely are worth visiting, here are some of them :

1. Rani Ki Vav, Gujarat (West India)

Rani ki vav, West India
best and hidden places

We have only known about the step wells in Rajasthan while there are more beautiful ones in Gujarat as well. Rani ki vav is one such place which has a history associated to it and a great architectural style which fascinates even the new architects. This place is full of secret tunnels and routes.

2. Aravalem Caves, Goa

Aravalem caves, Goa, best and hidden places in India

The hot selling travel location, Goa is full of beaches and may be that is why it still has some undiscovered places like the Aravalem Caves located in north Goa. The caves have various historical stories related to it from about pandvas of Mahabharata to Buddhism. The caves with beautiful waterfall are a perfect tourist spot.

3. Bhangarh, Rajasthan

Bhangarh, Rajasthan, best and hidden places in India

An unknown fort in Rajasthan that has a historic stories associated with it. But this town and fort also has various haunted stories associated with it which makes it one of the most haunted places of country. A pleasant picnic spot otherwise, this spot turns something else during nights.

4. Siswan Forest Range, India

Siswan Forest range, India, best and hidden places

One the most peaceful places in India which is still not seen as the top tourist place of India. The forest range on outskirts of Himalayas is protected forest containing hills, scenic lookout points, a very diverse flora and fauna. Here you can also go hikes or bike trips.

5. Kaas Plateau, Satara

Known as the “Valley of Flowers” among the locals, this place will mesmerize you with its colourful flower beds all over the hills. Apart from the flowers, the Thoseghar waterfall is a very scenic place. Driving from Satara to Thoseghar is in itself a blissfull drive with scenic views of mountains, fort and colourful valley on sides.

6. Tada Falls

Tada falls, best and hidden places in India

This beautiful waterfall in Andhra Pradesh in a relatively unexplored place yet. Surrounded by hills and greenery, this place has some very beautiful scenic views. This place is ideal for small trip, trek or picnics.

Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh, best and hidden places in India

7. Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh

Once you visit this place, you will always remember it as the marble wonder. Not much known yet, but you probably should not miss a boat ride under a moon lit sky in the Narmada River that increases the beauty of Bhedaghat and its marble gorges. This place will give you such soothing experience that you will want to take photos not from your phone but in your hearts.

Bhedaghat, Madhya Pradesh, best and hidden places in India

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What are the best and hidden places to visit in India? Part 4

Continuing my series on What are the best and hidden places to visit in India?

India is a vast country with many attractions mainly for Travel & Tourism. Many foreigners visit India to spend a memorable and unforgettable holiday trip experience in their lives. India is also home to different types of landforms, culture, tradition, and languages.

Following is a list of best and hidden treasures which mostly remain unexplored-

Kaziranga National Park

Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site, the National Park is home to the one-horned rhinos which attract tourists from all over the world. Spotting a one-horned rhinoceros in its stomping yard is an experience that you can live to tell your grandchildren.

Tawang Monastery

Situated at a height of 10,000 feet in Arunachal Pradesh, the Tawang Monastery gives a breathtaking view of the valley. Home to 450 monks, this is the perfect place to visit for a surreal experience. You can also sit and just admire the captivating view of the Tawang River in the evening.

Ziro Valley

The Ziro Valley is one of the best places to see in North East as it presents you with some memorable views that are going to be etched in your memory forever. Though, the valley is most famous for its three days night rock concert, which is held annually towards the end of September. Being a part of the event will give you an experience of your lifetime.

Nathu La Pass

The name of the pass translates to “listening ears”. The trek on the Nathu La pass is one of the major highlights of North East tourism as it gives a refreshing feeling to every traveler who experiences it. During the trek, you are treated to the views that remain ingrained in your memory for a lifetime, and you get to spot some beautiful lakes on the way.

Siang River for River Rafting

A tributary of the Brahmaputra River, it has inherited its fierceness from its mother as well. It serves as a home to the Adi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. River rafting in the Siang River is a major attraction. It is certainly one adventure that you should undertake with your friends. The thrill of the Grade III and Grade IV rivers make it worth it.


The wettest place in the world finds its home in Meghalaya. While Cherrapunji is famous for its living root bridges, formed due to continuous rain, it is also popular for being one of the best Northeast India destinations for a holiday. You can also set up a camp underneath these bridges and live close to nature like never before!

Madhuri Lake

Named after the famous Indian actress, Madhuri Dixit, the lake is one of the best places to see in the North East. Though, it was earlier known as Shungaster Lake. A little army cafeteria near the lake serves up some delicious momos, which you can enjoy while soaking the peace around. And believe me, with the calming view of the lake providing respite, the momos will taste better.

Sandakphu Trek

The highest peak of the Sikkim-West Bengal border, Sandakphu peaks at over 11,000 above the sea level. The feeling of reaching the summit is nothing less than an achievement. The trek is surely a boost to the confidence as the Khangchendzonga watches over from the distance, and offers you joy in abundance.

Majuli Islands

The river island is situated in the mighty Brahmaputra and is one amazing place to see in the North East. It is a cultural hub of the region, with a number of tribes calling it their home. The size of the island was originally 1200 sq. km, but it has now come down to just 420 sq. km. due to the erosion from the Brahmaputra. Nevertheless, it’s an astonishing place to witness on your trip.


If you do not know about the transparent Dawki river in Meghalaya, chances are you have been living under a rock. Dawki is a town in the West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya popularly known for the beautiful lake. Umngot River in Dawki is one of the cleanest rivers in the world that you can clearly see the bottom. Taking a boat ride one the Umngot River is one of the things you must do in Dawki.

Nohkalikai Falls

If you haven’t been to the fourth highest waterfall in the world, I’d say now is the time you do! With a mere 5 km drive from the stunning land of Cherrapunji, a short trek would lead you up to this gorgeous pool where you can see the pristine waterfall flowing from up above.

Umiam Lake

Just a 17 km distance from Shillong, this mesmerizing lake in the region will surely sweep you off your feet. If you haven’t been to this natural beauty yet, you’re missing out on a stunning place in the northeast. Attracting several tourists throughout the year, this lake is surrounded with coniferous forests and is one of the main sites for watersports!

Bihu Festival

Bihu – Bihu 2019, Bihu Celebration, Bihu Festival in Assam

Held in the scenic state of Assam, the Bihu festival is an amalgamation of three festivals spread throughout the year. The whole area is filled with enthusiasm and colour, which will make you feel like you have come to associate with the region. Attending this extravaganza is indeed an experience worth having during your trip to the North East.

Talatal Ghar

Literally translated to the “Royal Palace,” the Talatal Ghar was built by Swargadeo Singha in the 18th century. The 7 storied palace is not your usual palace, which serves up a heavy dose of grandeur. Its modesty and unusual architecture are a delight to witness as it offers a truly enriching experience. So, if you’re a history buff, make sure you visit this place on your next trip.


Jaw-dropping locales, mesmerizing sunrises, the untouched beauty of the hills, the old-world charm of the past, and the welcoming smiles of the local people all add up to make Darjeeling one of the most beautiful hill stations in Eastern part of India. Spread over a steep mountain ridge, nestled amidst acres of lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling stands at the height of 2,050 meters above sea level, thus boasting of cool climes all year round. This scenic hill station is the perfect getaway for a romantic honeymoon.

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As you know, India is blessed with many amazing places that attract tourists from around the world. It may take your entire lifetime to visit all the beautiful places in India. Your list of amazing places in India may vary from the places mentioned above.

~ Mohit Bansal Chandigarh

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