Top 5 Offbeat Monsoon Destinations In India – A Virtual Tour Amid Covid
Finally, that time of the year has arrived when the rain god smile upon us showering monsoon rains across country. After braving through the scorching heat during the summers, the fresh smell of soil laced with rain-drops entices us all to pack our bags and go on a family vacation. However, with the continuing onslaught of Covid-19 and 3rd wave feared to be around, it’s still not conducive to hang-out. So here we bring in a virtual tour to Top 5 Offbeat Monsoon Destinations in India with Covid-19 protocols adherence.
Wear your mask, maintain social-distancing and sanitise your hands frequently while scrolling down to the mesmerising list of amazing destinations.
A small sleepy town decked on the Jhandi hills of Kumaon, Binsar is one of the spectacular places in Uttarakhand. Alight at an altitude of 2420 meters, it is known for the breath-taking views of the majestic Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, Chaukhamba and the mystic Kedarnath. One can have a 300 kms of stunning bird’s-eye view of Himalaya-range as the main attraction from Binsar Zoo point.
This compact hill town is encircled by the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that is the home to over 200 species of birds, Barking Deer, Himalayan Bear, Leopard, Fox, Flying Squirrels, etc. The sanctuary is declared as the ‘Important Bird Area’ by Bird Life International.
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
Imagine a train journey amid lush green hills and valleys and a full view of a gigantic waterfall within an arms distance. The mere thought stimulates the adrenaline and that’s the beauty of Dudhsagar falls situated about 70 kms from Panaji, Goa. A part of Mandovi river, the four-tier waterfall stands as tall as 310 meters and is one of India’s highest waterfalls. The waterfall when in full flow resembles a sea of milk and thus gets the name – Dudhsagar Falls.
The tall waterfalls surrounded by the lush green forests add up to make the ideal setting for a trek, and there are two trails that you can take to the bottom of the falls. One starts from Kulem and the other follows the railway track.
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro town is the district headquarters of the Lower Subansiri district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is enlisted in the tentative list for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site for the Apatani cultural landscape. Ziro is one of the oldest town in the region and also the least known and visited. An inner line permit is required to travel into Arunachal Pradesh and Ziro.
The Apatani tribe has its own culture and traditions that is fascinating to explore during the monsoons. The pine grove that lies around 3 km away from the town is a great picnic spot, and Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary offers safari opportunities just around 4 km from the town center.
Lonar Lake, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake or the Lonar Crator is one of the four known, hyper velocity, impact craters in the basaltic rock anywhere on earth and the only one outside Brazil. It is situated in Buldhana district, Maharashtra and is a notified National Geo-heritage monument. It was created by a meteorite collision impact with an estimated age of over 52,000 years. Though another study published in 2010 suggests the age well beyond 570,000 years making it even more fascinating to visit.
In 2019, IIT Mumbai conducted a study and found a striking similarity in the minerals in the lake soil with the minerals found on moon rock brought back during the Apollo program. The lake was declared a protected Ramsar Site in November 2020.
Mawlynnong is a small village in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya state in the North-East. Traditionally it has a Matrilineal society with the property and wealth are passed on the youngest of the daughters by her mother along with the surname.
It first came into news in 2003 when the travel magazine Discover India declared it as the cleanest in Asia. The village has an indigenous waste management system whereby the waste is collected in the dustbins made out of bamboo. It is subsequently redirected to a pit and later used as a manure. The community mandates all the residents to participate in the cleanliness drive of the village. Smoking and polythene usage is strictly prohibited while the residents are encouraged for rain water harvesting.
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