Monsoon Travel Tips in India

The Indian subcontinent has a different climate with deserts, high mountains and tropical coasts. However, all these landscapes are governed by the same phenomenon of the monsoon. The monsoon is a wind blowing towards the Indian Himalayas between June and September, bringing ocean moisture as rains move through the subcontinent and that relieve summer heat, especially in areas of continental climate.

The monsoon, which begins on the coast of Kerala, usually the first half of June is the perfect time to travel to India as the tourist attractions are not crowded, prices in general are cheaper, and in particular the hotels along with the chance to see another side of India, one where nature comes to life in a fresh and verdant landscape.

The monsoon does not appear all at once, as it accumulates in the course of a couple of days of pre-monsoon drizzles with its actual arrival announced by an intense period of heavy rain, thunder and lightning. A rain that is a recharge for the people, and it is common to see children and adults who run and play in the rain, refreshing themselves.

In the Juhu Beach in Mumbai, in the stalls and restaurants you can enjoy the monsoons while tasting the pav bhaji, a dish consisting of freshly baked bread to be dipped in a vegetable cream topped with a mixture of spices, rigorously prepared for the moment.

Among the most important cities Mumbai, which receives the bulk density of rain is followed by Kolkata and Delhi. Bangalore and Hyderabad are far less rainy. Chennai does not receive much rain during the monsoon as well as the south of India, i.e., the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, which have rainfall from the northeast monsoon, the one that goes from October to December.

The ones that receive less rain and that are best suited for travel during the monsoon is the state of Rajasthan, as desert temperatures soften, the Deccan plateau on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, and Ladakh in northern India or the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. The mountain routes are passable and the weather is nice with occasional showers of varying intensity.

Rains in the monsoon are usually torrential, but for a short time. Heavy downpours does not usually last all day. In fact, many times it rains for half an hour and not occur again until the next day. The country in this season is a delight and you will have a great time watching a real India without droves of tourists.