Monsoon is on his way towards the northern parts of India. Himalayan lovers have made the most of snowy winters, and exuberating summers – heading towards the heights, beating the weather. It is time to make the most of the season when nature is at the peak of flaunting its beauty. With a curated list of untouched yet no fewer welcoming destinations, we will take you as close as it gets to nature caught in its crude beauty – vivid green valleys covered with clouds and decorated with Flora and Fauna that make the valley assert its tag being a paradise on earth.
No introduction is well enough for these off-beat places in the Himalayas you must visit to spend some peaceful time away from your busy office schedule:
Pangot is a small village that lies in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand and just 15 km away from Nainital town. Situated at a height of 6,510 feet, this small hill station is a paradise for Birdwatching. Around 500 endangered bird species can be seen here. Another thing to do in Pangot is drive through the densely forested area where you may spot barking deer, sambhar and many more animals.
How to Reach = Direct Buses are available from Anand Vihar ISBT, Delhi
Khirsu lies in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand and situated at an altitude of 5600 feet. Khirsu is known for its spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks which includes the famous Nanda Devi and Trishul Peaks. It is covered with Oak, Pine and Deodar trees that add beauty to this town. Monsoon is the best season to visit Khirsu as one can take a walk in blooming apple orchards. You can spend some quiet time in the lap of nature in this small town.
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How to Reach = Take a bus to Pauri from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, Delhi. Shared taxis are available from Pauri to Khirsu.
If you are planning to visit a Himalayan town which is away from the hustle-bustle of cities, then spend some time at Mashobra. It is situated at a height of 7,041 feet and lies in the Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. Monsoon enhances the lush green beauty of Mashobra. If you are an adventure lover, white water rafting is available at Mashobra in monsoon season.
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How to Reach = Take a bus to Shimla from Kashmiri Gate ISBT, Delhi. Shared buses and taxis are available from Shimla to Mashobra.
It is situated at a height of 8,000 feet in Shimla district and it takes only a 3-hour drive from Shimla town. Thanedar is the best place to go to the Himalayas for couples to spend some romantic moments. The silent cherry and apple orchards take you into heaven. You can also visit the famous Hatu Peak (11,154 feet) which is easily accessible from Thanedar village.
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How to Reach = Buses are available from Kashmiri Gate ISBT to Shimla. Then take a bus or shared taxi from Shimla to Thanedar.
5. Valley of Flowers
If you love to trek, then the Valley of Flowers is the best place to visit in monsoon. Situated at a height of 12,000 feet, the trek starts from Govindghat that lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Enriched by Flora and Fauna, this place is also known as heaven on earth. Monsoon is the best season to visit valley of flowers because flowers are in full bloom at that time.
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How to Reach = Take a bus from Kashmiri Gate ISBT to Rishikesh. Shared taxi and Buses are available from Rishikesh to Govindghat.
Peora is known for its tranquil environment and fruit orchards. This village lies in the Almora district of Uttarakhand and it is just 23 km away from the Almora town. Monsoon season converts the whole village into a lush green garden and you can enjoy the strong cold breezes that will make you fall in love with this small village.
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How to Reach = Take a bus from Kashmiri Gate ISBT to Kathgodam. From there, Shared taxis and buses are available to Peora.
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent in the office, climb that goddamn mountain, get lost in the offerings of nature, and you might just find yourself!” – someone who lived.