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Top Monsoon Destinations of India

 

The South West monsoon has arrived in India. The changing weather pattern brought it late this year, and it is still not as intense as it was last year, but the wild regions are still green and dancing in ecstasy  with every drop. Here are a few places in India that one can visit to soak in the beauty of the Indian monsoon.

KERALA


The first state to witness the arrival of the monsoon, Kerala’s natural landscape becomes all kinds of magic in the rains. From the rolling hills of the Western Ghats to the coastal belt and the backwaters, everything is lush and green and beautiful in the monsoon season. Your journey here will leave you yearning for more!

GOA


A little further up from Kerala lies India’s smallest state. Goa, generally known for its beaches, is a little jewel of green in the rains. Lush waterfalls erupt in the rain, you can spend hours kayaking in secret mangrove forests, and days exploring untouched forests in the region. Come, check out the other side of Goa in the monsoon!

ORCHHA, MADHYA PRADESH


Orchha is wonderful in the rains. This otherwise dry corner of Malwa plateau becomes a  beautiful, green region. Charming scenery of the Betwa river, historical forts, places, temples, monuments, memorials, and heritage re-create the nostalgia of its golden period. Orchha is one of the spectacular destinations to visit during monsoon.

MEGHALAYA


Meghalaya, meaning the abode of clouds, is nestled in the north-eastern region of India. It is the wettest region of India. About 70% of the region is forested. Misty clouds, roaring waterfalls and forests greet you everywhere. If you don’t mind getting wet, we highly recommend a journey here!

North East India: Responsible Tourism Recommendations at India’s International Tourism Mart 2018

 

Nongriat, Meghalaya Photo Credit: Neil D’Souza

The north-eastern part of India is an explorer’s paradise. Part of the eastern Himalaya, the region is covered by the mighty Brahmaputra-Barack river systems and its tributaries. The region has some of the last remaining  rainforests of the Indian subcontinent, that support diverse flora and fauna and several crop species. Dense forests, living roots bridges, emerald pools, high mountains and among these live some of the most amazing tribes of the world. The north-east is truly a gem.

At the 7th International Tourism Mart 2018 for the North East Region, our founder and explorer Mandip Singh Soin was a panellist at a session on adventure and ecotourism development in the region. He gave a number of recommendations to maintain the beauty of the region and work harmoniously with local communities. These included recommending tour operators to get an STCI certification (Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India), and to follow #responsibletourism practice in every step that accrue benefits to the #localcommunities and environment and allow for interactions with the amazing tribes of the region.

When tour operators, governments and travellers make responsible tourism and sustainable travel as part of their policy and thought process, good things can be achieved.