From rains to races – August makes it a great time to travel India. This is the time of year when you can explore the great Himalayas in the North, enjoy the tranquil backwaters of the South, or experience the tribal cultures in the Northeast. The recent monsoon brings alive about the entire country. And what makes it even better is that most of us are still left with our yearly corporate paid holidays which can now be put at a good use travelling. So, pack your bags and head to any of these top travel destinations in India.
Eastern Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Although the region must have usurped its wettest-place-on-earth title, particularly the town of Mawsynram, which gets the maximum rainfall in the entire world, Eastern Khasi Hills becomes much alive and far more beautiful during, and right after the monsoon. Walking the living Root Bridges in the neighbouring town of Nongriat is moreover an out-of-the-world experience. [Read: The Village With Living Root Bridges – Nongriat]
The Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala
With the Annual Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race being just around the corner (13th August), Alleppey becomes a competitive venue for travellers in August. Be here to watch hundreds of oarsmen, in their traditional snake boat race, as they compete for the framed silver trophy, and transform the calm backwaters into a beehive of activities. It is a time when festivity and the adrenaline rush fill the air. And if sports don’t interest you, you can always experience the tranquillity of this place as a regular, high-class tourist. [Read: Life In The Backwaters Of Alleppey]
The Moonland of Leh Laddakh
If you’re one of those frugal backpackers out there, and the peak tourist seasons of June and July (when most of the tourists flock to Leh Laddakh) take a toll on your budget, then consider visiting these mesmerising landscapes in the month of August, or early September. This is when the weather is just nearly perfect, public transport is not overly crowded, and the guest houses start coming out of their usual rip-them-tourists-off practice. Moreover the roads to Leh Laddakh start closing around October, so visiting it in the month of August gives you enough time to take a few detours, and explore these astonishing highlands like a real backpacker. [Read: My Hitchhiking Experience From Leh To Srinagar]
Situated in Western Ghats, Coorg is one of the rainiest places in India. Since the recent monsoon has transformed the place into a lush green paradise, August is the best time to experience its beauty. This moreover is the time of year when one can experience the splendour of the many seasonal waterfalls around this place. [Read: Amazing Experiences During My Visit To Coorg]
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Though it’s a different story that I’ve never been able to visit this vibrant and splendid national park, thanks to the brutal monsoons in Uttrakhand – visiting the Valley of Flowers, at least once in your lifetime, is a no miss. Famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers, the valley opens only between June to September. And what makes August an ideal time to visit this place, is that flowers around this time start germinating and burst into full bloom, and the monsoon has nearly ended – making the trek a fairly easy deal.
[Also Read: Charanag: Just Another Town Across The Mountains]
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