Going out in the rain, especially in India sounds like a bad idea on paper. There are many things that can go wrong when you travel during the rainy season. However, being stuck in your home or hotel is not really the best experience. When you are going out in the rain you need better planning that can help you exploring nature during monsoon. In India, the rainy season begins from July and stays until mid-October. During these months, the landscape changes considerably allowing you to explore nature. The parched and dry fields and hills transform into lush green spaces that are ideal for your Instagram profile. Let’s focus on the benefits of exploring nature during monsoon season in India.
India experiences a hot and humid climate. However, by the first week of June, the Southwest Monsoon winds bring the Southwest Monsoon season. This is also known as the rainy season in India. The monsoon brings in moderate to heavy rains and strong surface winds. This drops the temperature significantly and changes the landscape completely. In the next few weeks, the dry parched brown landscape turns into a lush green space. This is the time when the monsoon creatures in India appear all over the places.
Mumbai, a city that never sleeps but the one that never stops dreaming. Also, known as the Maximum City, Mumbai has been my home for as long as I can remember. Over the years, many things have changed in the city including its skyline. Every June, when the Southwest monsoon winds hit the western coast of India, it affects the entire economy of the country. However, it also affects the people of Mumbai and at times can bring the entire city to a grinding halt. While most Mumbaikars know what to do when it pours, but if you are looking for some options here are 7 ideas for how to enjoy a rainy day in Mumbai.
In my previous post, I wrote about the history of Vasai and how it has gradually become the Vasai as we know of today. So, in case you’ve missed that part, or if you are interested in the history of this place, I would recommend you read that before you proceed. However, if you are a nature lover Vasai is one place to visit especially during the monsoon season. Now, there are no special areas in Vasai-Virar region so I cannot recommend any particular places which you should visit. The region is quite vast and open and there’s a lot of greenery around which attracts the local and migratory aquatic Vasai birds to settle down here for some time before they continue their journey elsewhere.
While dams are designed for irrigation, flood control, water supply and hydroelectric power some dams end up being a tourist destination. Lonavala has transformed from a sleepy hill station in the 1990s to a bustling tourist attraction today. When I first visited Lonavala in 1990, I had never seen anything like it before. Tucked away in the corner of the world. Reaching Lonavala from Mumbai then was, at least, a 5-hour journey that can be risky during the monsoon season as the Western Ghat road was steep and accident-prone.
In the third and final part of the Lohagad Fort trek series, we focus on the experience of climbing up the fort. The first part of the trek focuses on the Bhaja Caves Lonavala. In the second part, we focused on the Bhaja Caves to Lohagad Fort base. Lohagad Fort is at an elevation of 3,389 feet above sea level. In 1648, the fort was taken over by Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1648. However, he surrendered it to the Mughals in 1665 under the Treaty of Purandar. He recaptured it later in 1670.
Having fun amidst the rain while trekking has its own level of excitement. When the Southwest monsoon winds bring the clouds hovering above Maharashtra, it’s time for the trekkers and nature enthusiasts to climb up the mountains and forts that can offer them some adventure and exhilarating fun. The Western Ghats offer so much more to the trekkers and nature lovers who want to explore the rugged topography and rocky mountains and walk through the extensive forest network that otherwise remains unexplored. In my previous post, I covered trekking destinations in Maharashtra for basic and medium level trekkers. In this one, we continue our trek journey, but focus on places that can raise the bar to the next level.
I’ve really covered so much about Maharashtra in some of my previous posts that I sometimes feel that there is nothing more that I can write about Maharashtra, but I’m glad I’m wrong and that new ideas emerge where I can showcase the beauty of my state across the globe. During the summers, Maharashtra can be really hot and it can make you sweat like anything, but the scenario changes only a few weeks after the arrival of the monsoon. The thundering black clouds shower over the Western Ghats for days and weeks and transform the hard, rocky and dried up mountains into a carpet of lush green with river water gushing through the mountain cracks offering life to the entire ecosystem in its way.
While many would prefer to stay indoors, thousands prefer to venture into the wild for an adventurous trip that they’ve been waiting for. Trekking in Maharashtra during the monsoon is something that can provide you with a pleasurable feeling like no other. All you need to do is pack your gear, muster up your courage and prepare to conquer these mighty mountains that can offer nature in its purest form. If you’re in Maharashtra and if you want some adventure trekking some of the nearby destinations with friends and family would be an ideal way to break the monotony of your routine life and be close to the Mother Nature.
Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 trekking destinations in Maharashtra for basic and medium level trekkers.
Have you ever noticed this funny side of human beings? We cut down nature; we cut down hills and forests without caring about the ecosystem, animals and birds in order to develop sprawling urban landscape and great cities. Once we are done with all that, we start searching for a natural holiday spot that can offer us calm environment and natural landscape that can make our heart smile and get rid of all that stress and fatigue. Life in Mumbai is as fast as in New York City and London and therefore locals here often need options that allow them to unwind and take a quick break. Over a period of time, Pune has swelled into a bigger city from just a small town known for reputed educational institutions in India. It has quickly garnered the reputation of being the Twin City, being not too far from Mumbai.
Everybody loves to celebrate and I guess Indians are very passionate about their holidays that they get. Well, I would say Indians are hard working and we usually work more than 60 hours per week so we truly deserve every bit of celebration that comes our way. I am not quite sure about the rest of the country, but being a Mumbai citizen all my life I have known that people here are always ready to take off for some holiday destinations and places where they can forget all those worldly issues and spend some quality time with their family and friends. This year Independence Day is on a Friday which means that people have more reasons to walk out of their homes and enjoy an extended weekend time. In fact, to make it even better it will be an extra-extended weekend this year as Parsis (including me) will be celebrating Parsi New Year on August 18 that falls on a Monday. So, it’s a Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Monday extravaganza this August and I am so excited about it. If you’re an Indian, I will give you a good news, there are two more extra-extended weekends (4 days official holidays in a row) coming up in October, so you can also checkout these destinations then.