Contrary to prevalent opinion, traveling in India during rainy monsoon season can be fun and cheap. Some people advise against it due to factors like blocked roads, unreliable weather etc. An unexpected flood or landslide can upset planned travel itinerary. Inspite of all this traveling in India during monsoons can be advantageous in a number of ways. One being tourists getting good discounts on high-expense factors like air fares, hotels. They can also enjoy their sightseeing in relative peace as peak season tourist crowds are absent.
Let us explain a little about monsoons in India before going any further.
India is a a huge country and is rightly classified as a sub-continent due to it’s size as well as the large diversity it enjoys in form of different landscapes and weather. You can find cold snow covered Himalayan mountains in north, evergreen tropical forests in east, hot Thar deserts in west,, temperate coasts in south and more. All of these all provide tourists with large varieties of options and time periods in which to travel across the country. Actually there is no definite or set time to for tourists to visit India. Different regions in India have different peak-seasons for tourists. Writing about it wil need another article by itself.
Raneh waterfalls during monsoon season, khajuraho, Monsoon tourism
Raneh waterfalls during monsoon season, India
Monsoon is the rainy season of Indian sub-continent which lasts from June to September in different regions. It reaches southern parts of India in early June and travels northwards over the next few months. Northern India receives first monsoon showers in late June or early July. Not every region in India experiences equal monsoon rainfall or at same time period. All of them have different experiences with monsoon rains. Monsoon rains play a very important role in economy and lives of everyone in the sub-continent.
Arrival of monsoon rains marks the end of hot and dusty Indian summers and makes the weather cool and surroundings greener and beautiful. Indian people in general love rains and it’s a common sight to see them enjoying the rainfall by getting soaked in the rain showers. Chai ( type of milky Indian tea) and hot Pakoda (a fried salty snack) are popular snacks during this season.
Here are some ways for tourists to enjoy rainy monsoon season in India
Monsoon tourism in India
1) New greenery and cool, pleasant weather
Everything becomes doubly beautiful during monsoons in India. The weather is much more pleasant, cool breezes blow almost all day long and the surroundings are covered with lush new greenery. All of this is a relaxing sight for sore eyes . Many places in India, like Kerala, Western Ghats parts of eastern and central India are even more beautiful during monsoons due to clouds and greenery. A lot of rivers are in full flow and this makes for very beautiful and gushing waterfalls.
2) Diverse weather conditions, landscapes and customised travel plans
Due to varied landscapes and weather in different regions, tourists in India can plan their journey all year round. Tourism in India is not bound to dates in a calendar or weather reports to plan and enjoy the journey. Monsoon tourism is just another part of traveling in India.
3) Great discounts in hotels, airlines and other businesses due to lean season
A lot of airlines and hotels offer very good discounts even without asking during monsoons due to lean season. It can really decrease your travel expenses by a large margin. As majority of tourists prefer to stay indoors during rains, tourist activity is much less and you can enjoy your travel in comparative peace and leisure.
4) Cleansing rains
Many people believe that rains of monsoons are have a cleansing effect on everything. Pollution due to smoke and dust particles is very low and people are in general feel more comfortable in cooler weather. Ayurvedic detoxification treatments are one of the major attractions of monsoon tourism in India. Many herbs used in certain ayurvedic practices grow during monsoons and the rains seem to have a good effect on efficacy of certain plants.
Precautions for Monsoon tourism
Here are some basic precautions that the tourists should observe while traveling in India during monsoons:
1) Plan road trips carefully
Mountainous regions are more prone to random road blockages due to landslides, flash floods etc during rainy season. Plans your road trips only after taking these factors in to count.
2) Be safe with drinking water
Don’t drink tap water or from untrusted sources like lakes and rivers during rainy season. Always drink bottled or filtered water.
3) Be wary of bugs
Bugs and other small critters like mosquitoes, flies and even snakes can be a nuisance during rainy season. Keep a bug spray or insect repellant handy and be careful
4) Wild life parks are closed
Almost every national park and wild-life area is closed for tourists during monsoons. So if you want to do a jungle safari or a similar adventure, confirm the availability in advance.
That’s about everything that we have to say about monsoon tourism in India for now. We sincerely hope that this article may prove to be of some use for tourists visiting India during monsoons as well as other times. Please feel free to contact India Food Tour for feedback or more information, help in planning your trip to India..