Compiled by Shivya Nath.
At India Untravelled, we asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers their favorite places to experience the rains in India. We loved the variety of answers and reasons we got. Behold, a collection of offbeat monsoon escapes within the country:
1) CHANDI, BIHAR
"The muddy son river, lush green rice plantations, changing hues of the sky from blue to black, and the lovely ethnic songs from the field are things I crave to go back to every monsoon."
~ Sneha Chandra
|Rains in the rice plantations. Photo by Rajarshi Mitra.|
2) MUMBAI TO KERALA ON THE KONKAN RAILWAY
"This journey is the destination."
|The Konkan Railway in Goa. Photo by abcdz2000.|
3) JIBHI, HIMACHAL PRADESH
"It's like being in fantasy land with clouds coming in and changing the scenery every ten minutes. The mountains are crisp green and the fresh water streams swell in the most wild way."
~ Geetika Nigam
|Mist engulfing the woods. Photo by Rohit Chhiber.|
"Goa is an unlikely choice to many. But I prefer it best in the rains. On the touch of rain, its true essence comes alive."
Also suggested by @shuchatterji and @miss_nautanki
|Riding through the mist in Goa. Photo by Vir Nakai.|
"Rejuvenate by the pristine beaches and lush green countryside, all so fresh with the monsoon showers!"
Also suggested by @ashishvagela, Vijay Sridhar and Vinamra Agrawal
|Misty Munnar. Photo by Jakub Michankow.|
8) ANYWHERE IN THE HIMALAYAS
"Every single place becomes ten-fold more magical in the monsoons. But there's nothing quite like the hills! The mountains. Mist. Think a chai-maggi pit stop with steely mountains peeking through the dark clouds."
|Munsiyari. Photo by Anurag Agnihotri.|