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Best Monsoon Treks in India

Introduction

Monsoon is one of the best seasons to travel because you get to experience the true colours of nature while travelling. The sight of fresh green mixed with an earthy scent is like a drug to your soul – whetting your appetite for more. While there are many places where trekking in monsoon would be tough, the scenic beauty of this place would be worth all the sweat.

Rainstorms breathe rich flora deep into these slopes and provide breathtaking views for tourists. The hills are at their brightest and most vibrant during the rainy season, with thick vegetation and green pastures. You will be mesmerized by the immense beauty of the scenic monsoon Himalayan treks. However, you need to know where to visit.

Here are the 12 best monsoon treks in India.

1. Harischandragad Trek, Maharashtra

Ever thought of visiting the beautiful Western Ghats? But you should not dare to assume that trekking in the Western Ghats is a piece of cake as the stretch called ‘Kobra’s hood’ of the Harishchandraghat trek is challenging. But as they say, hard nuts when cracked give you the best flavour, so this is the place. Here you would be mesmerized by the photographic beauty of the valley and Konkan Khada. You can explore the Stone Age Caves (Kedareshwara Caves) with three broken pillars which are said to end the earth when the fourth pillar breaks. So why choose this trek in the monsoon? This is because this place gives you the scenic beauty of monsoon. You will feel relaxed and calm while exploring the caves in the rain.

2. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Now this place is really at the top of my list of monsoon treks because of its immense beauty for which it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monsoon rains cast a spell on this valley by decorating it with a colourful sheet of flowers, thus making the sight enchanting. The amazing weather is a bonus to the colourful scenery.

3. Trek Sinhagad, Pune

Want to trek near Pune? Sinhagad is a hill fort that will give you an amazing trekking experience along with a perfect picnic spot. The beautiful sunrise and sunset views from this fort are worth capturing. You will also be captivated by the scenic range of mountains and hills. The monsoon season would make this place much more fascinating and add lush green views to it. The Royal Fort also exudes a haunted Qila experience with its eerie sounds of thunder.

4. Kashmir Great Lakes, Jammu and Kashmir

We usually think of Kashmir as a very cold place, but it has a much more beautiful secret. On the Great Lakes of Kashmir trek, we can see seven alpine lakes that have come up, no less. The best part is that each lake is unique and boasts its beauty. The rainy season would make this trip much more memorable when all you see around you are green meadows decorated with colourful flowers. Its freshness is astounding.

5. Beas Kund, Himachal Pradesh

This place is quite close to Manali and it has also been a popular place for the trek as you get close to several of Manali’s biggest mountains during the journey. You would mostly find big peaks like Friendship Hill, Hanuman Tibba, Shitidhar and Seven Sisters by your side. Monsoon season can make this trek a bit difficult but you would enjoy the views. Moreover, it would be a short trek and nothing difficult.

6. Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

This is an ideal trek for beginners as well as experienced trekkers as Hampta Pass Trek is known for the mesmerizing beauty of the rugged mountains during the monsoon months. This trek allows you to experience both types of landscape – lush green and barren. Kullu would be full of pine forests and apple trees, streams and waterfalls, but once you crossed it, the land would become arid and coloured bright browns and greys with barren paths and sheer rock faces. You would also witness the beautiful Chandratal Lake full of blue, clear water. Although the trekking would be a bit tough in monsoon season you will experience the best colours of nature in this beautiful place.

7. Pin Parvati Trek, Himachal Pradesh

This is an alternative route to the striking Spiti (Jibi) Valley. As Pin Parvati is one of the oldest treks in the Himalayas, it is also known as the ‘Valley of the Gods’. This valley offers fascinating views to tourists. It is ideal for seasonal hikers traversing the forests of the Great Himalayan National Park. Monsoon season is best to visit this valley as the water would be gushing at full speed and you could constantly experience the greenery around you with the birds chirping to their best tune.

8. Dzongri Trek, Sikkim

This is one of the most popular treks in Sikkim as it stretches from Yuksom to Dzongri and also includes a walk along Goecha La, taking in places like Phedang and Bakkhim. The highlight is the breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim mountains. Thanks to the monsoons, there is green scenery all around you.

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