Rain is not drops of water, it’s the love of sky and earth, they never meet each other, but send love this way… Monsoon has a magical quality.
Here are some fabulous destinations that you could visit during the monsoon!
7/14/2014 12:32:11 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
1. Mountain Ride, DALHOUSIE
Known for its charming colonial buildings, beautifulchurches and stunning views of the Dhauladhar mountains, Dalhousie is a popular summer and winter getaway. But this hill station in western Himachal Pradesh is beautiful even during the monsoon season.
Named after the British Governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie, it is spread out over the five hills (Kathlog, Potreys, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun). Its popularity amongst the British is obvious in the many colonial bungalows and buildings that are visible all around. The varying altitudes of the town allow a variety of vegetation to grow – from pines, deodars and oaks to flowering rhododenrons.
But during the rainy season, this hill station gets a new lease of life as the mountains become shiny and greenery envelopes the landscape. Monsoons in Dalhousie aren’t heavy and the light showers make for pleasant weather which doesn’t restrict movement and adventure activities. Hence you can easily walk around the town, taking in all its architectural beauty.
Some of the other places to visit include Subhash Baoli - a place where freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose spent a large part of 1937 contemplating India’s future. Panjpulla (meaning five bridges) is another picturesque spot with water flowing under five small bridges. A samadhi of Sardar Ajit Singh, uncle of Bhagat Singh, adds to its importance. A small fresh water spring, Satdhara, is close by.
If you are up for some adventure, a trip to Kalatope, a picnic spot and a wildlife sanctuary 10 km from Dalhousie is recommended. The only dampner could be the rains, but on a good day, you might spot some pheasants, serow and black bear. And for those of you who are spiritually inclined, the Bhulwani or Bhavani Mata temple, located enroute to Kalatope is a lovely place to stop. This goddess temple stands amidst thick woods, and a fair celebrated every July brings in many pilgrims.