With the end of June, the monsoon covers almost all parts of the country with a wet and thick blanket of clouds. The weather in July in India is wet. Starting from Kerala in the south to the hills in the north and northeastern regions, from Rajasthan to Sikkim and Darjeeling, rain is regular in all these places. It’s often quite heavy with thunderstorms. Most of the natives will still be content with the weather as it’s finally relief from the scorching heat in the atmosphere. The temperature drops down a bit and the lakes and rivers get filled with water. The agricultural industry booms during this time and July is, therefore, a great time to plan a holiday in India for all the trekkers and tropical nature enthusiasts in the country as well as outside.
There are a number of places to visit in India in July and with the monsoon picking up its pace, the days and nights are usually covered with frequent showers. However, you shouldn’t curse this weather for being stuck inside your home or office and instead, you need to pack your bags, search for best places to travel in July and go ahead with one option. Monsoon is extremely beautiful in India and it is the perfect time to be in communion with the mother earth! You can either go to the North in the land of the Himalayas or simply make your way looking for some leisure and variety in the southern part of the country.
The Himalayan mountain ranges will provide you with some gut-wrenching adventures which you must be craving for at this hour! You will be able to actually experience the beauty of rains outside, without having to sit at home, or inside the office and seeing the beauty from inside through the windows. To satiate the adrenaline rush, one can head straight to Leh Ladakh without any second thought.
Besides helping you indulging in adventurous experience, the mighty Himalayas also pave the way to attain salvation. It is in the month of July that various pilgrimages to the sacred sites start. Be it the holy Amarnath Yatra or the sacred Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, you can embark on any of these. If you don’t want to undertake the arduous trek, you can plan a trip to Puri in Odisha to attend the annual Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra.
In July, you should definitely steal some time from your otherwise busy schedule and get all set to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in some of the best locales in Kerala. Monsoon season is surely the best time to visit Kerala for availing the Ayurvedic treatments. In addition, to spend a few days in the lap of nature, Wayanad, Varkala, Munnar, Kovalam or Kannur can be ideal places. Backwater tours in Kumarakom can also help you curate memories of a lifetime.
In case you wish to escape the monsoons, you can go ahead to the cooler regions in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. It is an awesome escape from the heat as well. Although you will not be fully spared from the monsoon and might get some cloudburst every now and then, you can still have a good time in the lap of nature. The regions like Spiti Valley or Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh and Mussoorie, Valley of Flowers, Almora, Kausani or Nainital in Uttarakhand are best for you to spend some time relaxing at a resort and admiring the beauty of monsoons in July. Due to heavy showers at times, treks are often risky and hence it is advisable to spend some leisurely time here.
But, if it is trekking only that you want to partake in, you must consider Maharashtra as your monsoon holiday destination. Many of the exciting trekking routes in Lonavala will surely appeal to the trekker in you. Also, the surreal beauty of the Panchgani and bird watching at Malshej Ghat will surely make you fall in love with the place.
Interestingly, even Rajasthan has something to offer during the monsoon season. With the downpour, the sunbaked land gets the desired respite and so does the royal state. The intricately painted havelis washed with rainwater in Shekhawati presents a sight behold. In addition, Udaipur is no doubt the state’s most charming place to visit in monsoon. Watch the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu transforming into a green wonderland at this time.
Evoking numerous romantic emotions, monsoon season also allows you to plan your dreamlike honeymoon like never before. Thus, to cherish the ‘We’ time, visit Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Gangtok in Sikkim and Aizawl in Mizoram will also allow you to spend time with each other without being disturbed. Since, it is the monsoon season, visiting the place which receives the maximum rainfall is also an exciting experience. So make sure, you enjoy an excursion to Mawsynram or walk together on the living root bridges in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya.
To surprise your family with amazing holidays, you can include Kodaikanal and Ooty in Tamil Nadu or Coorg and Shimoga in Karnataka to your bucket list. Pachmari and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh also get painted with greenery and thus offer refreshing holidays. Kalimpong in West Bengal also features nature’s bounty in a unique way during monsoon. To ditch the overcrowded place, Pondicherry is the best. For spotting the exotic wildlife, exploring Pench in Madhya Pradesh and Thekkady in Kerala is an absolute must.
So, in order to make your July all the more happy and eventful, here is a list of our special holiday packages for July in India. Fun fact is, most of these places have incredibly low prices due to monsoons. Hence, you will be able to save quite a lot of money and still explore the best of places in the country. Isn’t that great? Happy holidaying!