15 Best Places to Visit in Monsoon in North India

  • DHRUVALAKSHMI PAITHANKAR
  • UPDATED Jun 20, 2018
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Exploring cascading waterfalls, foaming rivers, misty valleys, and virgin rainforests is a must for all adventure lovers. Such journeys place you in the heart of nature and give you an opportunity to reconnect with yourself. You all know how spectacular South India looks during monsoons, but many people are unaware of the exquisite beauty that hides in the heart of North India when it starts raining. You can go to popular destinations in India like Pahalgam and Manali or you can also visit some of the hidden gems like Ziro, Ranikhet, and Majuli Islands. We are giving you a detailed list of some of the best places to visit during monsoon in North India. Witnessing the majestic mountains surrounded by heavy grey clouds will be a fascinating experience!

1. Dharamshala - Monsoon Destination in Himachal Pradesh

Dharamshala - Monsoon Destination in Himachal Pradesh

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Plan your monsoon trip to Dharamshala in June or September as these are the months that receive light rainfall as compared to July and August. Its misty weather is ideal for those who are looking for a romantic vacation. You will fall in love with the picture-perfect lush green Kangra Valley and Bhagsu Waterfall. Do not forget to explore the suburb of McLeod Ganj as it is home to the famous Dal Lake. 

Weather in Monsoon - 18°C to 22°C

Top Attractions - Namgyal Monastery, Tibet Museum, and Kalachakra Temple.

Best Things To Do - Trek to Triund, One-day trip to Kangra Valley, and Picnicking at Bhagsu Falls. 

How To Reach - Take a flight to Kangra Airport, Gaggal, that is 13 kilometers away or choose a railway to Pathankot Station that is 85 kilometers away. 

2. Pahalgam - Monsoon Destination in Jammu and Kashmir

Pahalgam - Monsoon Destination in Jammu and Kashmir

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A small hill station in Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is the town that is famously known as the Mini Switzerland of India. Its Alpine atmosphere and monsoon weather make it one of the top places to visit in North India during the rainy season. As it is the starting point of holy pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra, it attracts tourists as well devotees in June and July.  

Weather in Monsoon - 15°C to 17°C

Top Attractions - Mamal Temple, Sheshnag Lake, and Lidder Amusement Park. 

Best Things To Do - Water rafting in the Lidder River, Trek to Tarsar Lake, and Hiking in the Betaab Valley. 

How To Reach - Take a flight to Srinagar airport that is around 2 hours away or opt for a railway that will take you to Jammu Station that is 250 kilometers away. 

3. Kausani - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

Kausani - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

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Kausani is a charming village in the state of Uttarakhand that is known for its rugged landscapes that flaunt different shades of green in monsoons. With the backdrop of Himalayan peaks including Trisul, Nanda Devi, and Panchchuli, this quaint village looks postcard-perfect. You must visit this lovely monsoon destination in Uttarakhand to experience natural beauty in its full swing. 

Weather in Monsoon - 10°C to 25°C 

Top Attractions - Anashakti Ashram, Baijnath temple, and Rudradhari Waterfall.

Best Things To Do - Trek to Pinnath, witness Sunrise at Nanda Devi, and Buy handmade Kausani shawls. 

How To Reach - Pantnagar Airport is located 117 kilometers away whereas Kathgodam railway station is around 135 kilometers away. 

4. Cherrapunji - Monsoon Destination in Meghalaya

Cherrapunji - Monsoon Destination in Meghalaya

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Cherrapunji, considered to be one of the wettest places on Earth, transforms into an alluring monsoon destination in North India. Exploring the city and its surroundings is a perfect adventurous activity that will take you to the heart of nature. You will come across natural wonders like live root bridges that are a very common sight in forested areas around Cherrapunji.  

Weather in Monsoon - 12°C to 16°C

Top Attractions - Mawsmai Nongthymmai Eco Park, Seven Sisters Falls, and Nohkalikai Falls.

Best Things To Do - Hike the Khasi hills and Explore Mawsmai Caves.

How To Reach - Guwahati airport and Guwahati railway station both are hardly 180 kilometers away from Cherrapunji. 

5. Dalhousie - Monsoon Destination in Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie - Monsoon Destination in Himachal Pradesh

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Spread over 5 hills, Dalhousie is home to valleys that are full of towering pine and oak trees and colonial-era buildings that make for a picturesque sight. It is one of the must-visit places in monsoon in North India as spending a few days in this misty town will rejuvenate your mind. It is also famous as the best honeymoon destination in India. Do not miss visiting the local Tibetan market to soak in the local flavour. 

Weather in Monsoon - 15°c to 25°c

Top Attractions - St. John's Church, Kalatop wildlife reserve, and Pohlani Devi Temple

Best Things To Do - Watersports at Chamera Dam, visit Khajjiar, town, and go to Rock Garden. 

How To Reach - Take a flight to Kangra airport, Gaggal that is around 140 kilometers away or take a train to Pathankot station that is 75 kilometers away. 

6. Mussoorie - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

Mussoorie - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

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Tucked away in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range, Mussoorie is popular as the Queen of the Hills. Though it is a popular summer retreat, it is also one of the unusual places to visit in monsoon in North India. It transforms into a city of lakes and waterfalls as the rain starts pouring down. It is mostly prefered by leisure travellers, trekkers, and honeymooners. 

Weather in Monsoon - 14°c to 29°c

Top Attractions - Nag Devta Temple, Sir George Everest's House, and Lal Tibba Scenic Point. 

Best Things To Do - Cable car ride to Gun Hill, go to Company Bagh, and boating in Mussoorie Lake. 

How To Reach - Dehradun airport and Dehradun railway station are hardly 40 kilometers away. 

7. Valley of Flowers - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

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Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand is known for its rich biodiversity. The best time to visit Valley of Flowers is from July to September as this is the period when all the alpine flowers in the valley are in full bloom. Visiting this place will make for a perfect monsoon trip in North India as you will get to witness picturesque vibrant coloured landscapes. It is also an ideal place for those who are looking for top monsoon treks in India. 

Weather in Monsoon - 10°C to 15°C

Top Attractions - Hemkund Sahib and Wildlife. 

Best Things To Do - Trekking through the valley and lakeside camping.  

How To Reach - Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport and Rishikesh is the nearest railway station.

8. Darjeeling - Monsoon Destination in West Bengal

Darjeeling - Monsoon Destination in West Bengal

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For those who are wondering why to visit Darjeeling during monsoon, its spellbinding landscapes is the answer. Sprawling tea gardens that adorn the hills around the city look captivating and witnessing Kangchenjunga, one of the highest mountains in the world, is an experience that will be etched in your memory. Darjeeling is truly an ideal monsoon getaway in North India!

Weather in Monsoon - 15°C to 20°C

Top Attractions - Bhutia Busty Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, and Ghum Monastery. 

Best Things To Do - Trek to Tiger Hill, Toy train ride, and Boating in the Mirik Lake.

How To Reach -  Bagdogra that is 95 kilometers away is the nearest airport and New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station. 

9. Manali - Monsoon Destination in Himachal Pradesh

Manali - Monsoon destination in Himachal Pradesh

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Manali is already famous amongst backpackers and honeymooners during the summer. But, it is surprisingly an upcoming monsoon destination in India as well. From hot water springs to snowy Rohtang Pass, it is home to several tourist attractions. You must plan a trip to Manali in monsoon to combine your enthusiasm with rainy adventures. Shop at its Tibet market if you have some free time on your hands to buy lovely handmade souvenirs. 

Weather in Monsoon - 10°C to 17°C

Top Attractions - Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, and Pandoh Dam.

Best Things To Do - River rafting in the Beas River, trek to Bhrigu Lake, and Bike ride through Rohtang Pass. 

How To Reach - Bhuntar, the nearest airport, is only 50 kilometers away. But people usually prefer to take a bus from major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. 

10. Tawang - Monsoon Destination in Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang - Monsoon destination in Arunachal Pradesh

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Tawang, nestled amidst the mountains in Arunachal Pradesh, is popular as the birthplace of Dalai Lama. This is the place with pristine lakes and spectacular monasteries that is waiting to be explored. It can be one of the loveliest places to visit in Northeast India during monsoons as it perfectly combines art, culture, and nature. But, keep in mind that it is not the place for leisure-travellers and is only for adventure-lovers. 

Weather in Monsoon - 15°C to 20°C

Top Attractions - Tawang Monastery, Indian Army War Memorial, and Jang falls. 

Best Things To Do - Birdwatching around Bhajagang lake, Trek to Sela Pass, and Eat Tibetan delicacies. 

How To Reach - The nearest airport, as well as railway station that is 326 kilometers away, is Tezpur. You will have to hire a taxi or board the bus from Tezpur to reach Tawang.  

11. Shillong - Monsoon Destination in Meghalaya

Shillong - Monsoon destination in Meghalaya

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Shillong, which rightly means the abode of the clouds in the local language, is the ultimate destination for a Northeast India trip in monsoon. This is the city that will introduce you to different tribal cultures and will give you a chance to be a part of the local canvas. Explore this Scotland of the East and see for yourself how beautiful it looks in the monsoons. 

Weather in Monsoon - 12°C to 16°C

Top Attractions - Don Bosco Museum, Elephant Falls, and Air Force Museum. 

Best Things To Do - Shop at the street market of Iewduh, Visit the State Central Library and Umiam Lake. 

How To Reach - Shillong airport is only 40 kilometers away and Guwahati railway station is around 100 kilometers away. 

12. Ziro Valley - Monsoon Destination in Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley - Monsoon destination in Arunachal Pradesh

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It is hard to believe that the tiny Ziro town in Arunachal Pradesh is considered as a World Heritage Site. But, once you visit Ziro Valley, you will understand why it is a hidden spot for a monsoon vacation in North India. The best time to visit Ziro is September as this alluring town hosts Ziro Music Festival every year during that month. 

Weather in Monsoon - 16°C to 20°C

Top Attractions - Meghna Cave Temple, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ziro Puto

Best Things To Do - Go to the viewpoint of Kile Pakho, Trek to Midey, and Trek to Dolo Mando. 

How To Reach - Jorhat in Assam is the nearest airport and Naharlagun as well as North Lakhimpur are nearest railway stations. 

13. Jaintia Hills - Monsoon Destination in Meghalaya

Jaintia Hills - Monsoon destination in Meghalaya

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Jaintia Hills is the hidden gem that can only be explored by adventure enthusiasts. It is the district that celebrates Behdeinkhlam Festival with much enthusiasm every year in July. As these places are not much explored by travellers, you might have to research a bit before planning a trip to Jaintia Hills. 

Weather in Monsoon - 18°C to 24°C

Top Attractions - Monolith in Nartiang, Thadlaskein Lake, and Syntu Ksiar.

Best Things To Do - Go to Krangsuri Falls and Explore caves in Syndai. 

How To Reach - Take a flight to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati or choose a train to Guwahati Railway Station. 

14. Majuli Islands - Monsoon Destination in Assam

Majuli Islands - Monsoon destination in Assam

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Known as the world’s biggest river island, Majuli Island is also famous as India’s disappearing island. This island is nestled in the Brahmaputra River in Assam. But, it is facing the threat of erosion due to flooding of the mighty Brahmaputra River. This hidden unexplored spot is perfect for your monsoon trip to North India as it will introduce you to the simple lifestyle of locals. Explore it before it vanishes!

Weather in Monsoon - 16°C to 22°C

Top Attractions - Dakhinpat Satra, Sri Sri Auniati Satra, and birdwatching

Best Things To Do - Take a walk in Molai forest.  

How To Reach - Nearest airport as well as railway station is Jorhat.

15. Ranikhet - Monsoon Destination in Uttarakhand

Ranikhet - Monsoon destination in Uttarakhand

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Ranikhet - the town that offers sweeping views of the Himalayas. It is one of the places that can be visited throughout the year. But, when you come here in the rainy season, you will be welcomed by the vistas of lush green hillslopes and cool mountainous breeze. So, if you are looking for lesser-known monsoon trips in North India, this is the place to be!

Weather in Monsoon - 5°C to 20°C

Top Attractions - Chaubatia Gardens, Mankameshwar Temple, Bhalu Dam, and Haidakhan Babaji Temple.

Best Things To Do - Trek to Holm Farm, Play golf, and go to Rani Jheel. 

How To Reach - Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport and Kathgodam station is the nearest railway station

Check the weather forecast before heading off to these monsoon destinations and have an unforgettable trip!

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who believes that her Patronus would be a cat, loves day-dreaming and writing. But, she gets very uncomfortable when it comes to writing third person introductions like this one. If you ask her to scribble something about herself, she starts drifting off thinking about the purring of cats, the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, and the warmth of a blanket on a winter morning. This journalist-turned-writer likes to romanticize herself as the restless soul and solemnly believes the words of J.R.R. Tolkien that not all those who wander are lost.

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