Reena lives in Delhi and just loves the rains. “Imagine soaking in the rain and warming up with hot pakoras and chai later”, she quips. But Reena is feeling very disappointed this year. Apart from a couple of showers, Delhi has hardly seen any rain this monsoon. Reena doesn’t believe in waiting for things to happen. So she is busy packing for a fun rainy visit to Mussorie along with her family.
A Monsoon vacation is not for everyone. After all, not everyone likes hiking in the rain and getting all muddy. Nor is staying indoors (just watching the rain) everyone’s cup of tea. But if you do like the rains and long for a vacation, a Monsoon Getaway is just perfect for you!
Popular Monsoon Getaways
The most loved “Rain Destinations” are Mussorie, Kasauli, Ratnagiri, Mahabaleshwar, Goa, Pondicherry, Nainitaal etc. These are tourist spots that attract vacationers all the year round, but acquire an extra zing during the monsoons. So depending on which part of India you are in, you can easily pick one for your family vacation in the rains!
What To Do
It’s not just about watching the rain as it pitter-patters on the roof. There are many things you can do on a rainy vacation. Most of the monsoon getaways have lovely hiking tracks where you could go and do some exploring of your own. If you are holidaying with your partner minus the kids, this could be a very romantic hike in the hills. You could also visit a waterfall and splash your way to wet glory! Food is never as much fun as it is in the monsoons. Sipping on hot tea, snacking on fried samosas and pakoras or just nibbling on a hot bhutta…Monsoon food is pure bliss!
Tips For Monsoon Vacationers
• Pack carefully before you leave. Don’t forget your Mosquito Repellant because insects torment human beings a lot in the rains. Do carry a flash light and pack light clothes, which will dry easily.
• If you are booking for a connecting train, bus or air ticket, do factor in a few hours of delay. No matter which mode of transport you use, Monsoon is synonymous with delays.
• Carry interesting books and games with you. A heavy shower may ruin your sightseeing plans, but it does not have to ruin your vacation. So Scrabble away a lazy afternoon with your family, if there is nothing better to do in the rain.
• Avoid wearing/packing leather products. Not only does water harm your expensive leather shoes/bags, they will also take a long time to dry. There is also a possibility of fungus growth in wet leather products.
• Don’t plan too many things to do on your Monsoon Vacation. Just plan a couple of sightseeing outings, mixed with loads of relaxation and bonding with the family. Use the holiday to chill out and connect with Mother Nature.
So what are you waiting for? Plan your Monsoon Getaway today!