Monsoon in Goa

Who visits Goa in the monsoon? This might be your first reaction or maybe even a smirk with lowered eye-brows. But, to be honest, no place is inaccessible and if you really want to travel anywhere why let anything come in the way? Any die-hard traveller will acknowledge that Goa looks better in the monsoon and there are several benefits attached to it. Want to know them? In short, TravelHot provides you with some amazing packages to make your Goa Trip memorable.

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Monsoon in Goa
The first and the foremost enticing thing about the monsoon in Goa is it’s the off season time. Hotel rooms costs way less than during the peak season – so it’ll be easy on your pocket. You will be able to concentrate your expenses on other or more important things like food. Speaking of food, sea-food tastes best in the monsoon in Goa. In fact, if you love sea-food then there’s no better place in the country to taste the best than in Goa. Period. You can gorge on a variety of sea food like fried mussel, crab curry, Goan fish curry just to name a few. If sea-food is not your thing then one must definitely try Chicken Xacuti.

The scenic beauty of Goa comes alive with the monsoon. The greenery is lit up - literally with grown rice paddy, lush green fields and mountains. Strongly recommended to visit Dudhsagar falls as this is the time of the year when the rivers are flowing to the brim. The roads are clear of dirt and dust as they get washed in the rains and one can enjoy clean roads and beautiful surroundings all around.

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Dudhsagar Falls,
 The rain brings a distinct feeling, if you’re a rain-lover you’ll know what I’m talking about. Goa is a rain-lover’s paradise and if you love rains then you’ll also agree that it’s one of the most romantic seasons. Beeches will typically be less crowded as it usually is during the peak season post September. The lesser crowd will encourage you to explore the beech taking your own sweet time without the risk of accidently bumping into somebody! Weather permitting you can also chill around a bonfire with a nice cold beer. Rent a bike to for a long drive, if you negotiate hard, you’ll get a good bargain on bike rents during the off-season. Take a ride in the rains and feel the drops of water splash down on your face.

June and July is festival time in Goa. Goans participate in two major festivals held during these two months. The feast of Sao Joao (St. John the Baptist) is celebrated in the month of June and the festival of St. Peter is celebrated in the following month. Both of these festivals are distinct and are celebrated with much gusto.
If you’re a party animal at heart and are waiting to unleash the beast within then the monsoon visit will not be disappointing. Goa has the most happening party scenes at Mambo’s, Tito’s and popular night clubs like Love Passion Karma located in Candolim. A quick getaway to Goa for the nocturnal party animal is the best place to visit in the monsoon.

And before I forget let me add another reason to visit this place is the Spice Plantations. When someone thinks of spice gardens or plantations – Kerala might be the first thing that may pop in your head. But associating spice plantations with global tourist destination like Goa sounds a little off. Hard as it may sound but it’s true. Goa boasts of some popular spice plantations. Go for a guided tour for a richer experience to these plantations. Some of the places also offer accommodations if it’s to your liking.     

Goa offers the richest experience if you love travelling in the monsoon. The low prices in the off season add further excitement and savings as well. If rains are your thing then Goa is the place to go. A word of caution, do check all the prices when planning your trip.

Paradise in Dalhousie

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Snow-covered mountains
Hill stations make a splendid getaway from the summer heat. A welcome relief from the sweltering heat and pollution, many hill stations offer a pleasant weather – a welcome reprieve to the usual sights of the everyday life! Yes, Dalhousie is different and each and everything about it makes you forget about your usual surroundings. TravelHot offers some amazing packages for your visit to this magical and cool destination, an amazing way to beat the heat.

Located in northern state of Himachal Pradesh - Dalhousie is named after the Governor General Lord Dalhousie, according to Wikipedia his real name is: James Andrew Broun-Ramsay – as known as The Earl of Dalhousie between 1838 and 1849. The hill station was a getaway for the British Officers and troops. Dalhousie as a hill station has a lot to offer to visitors, this is unlike any other hill station anyone might have ever seen. The closest city to Dalhousie is Pathankot located at a distance of 80 km and 570 km from Delhi by road. The destination provides something for every kind of traveller wanting to visit this place. From spiritual locations like temples and beautiful churches to Buddhist Monastery, Dalhousie will surprise you many things. If you’re a nature lover and absolutely adorn natural surroundings, the pristine locations won’t fail to impress you with some of the best locations this hill station has.

As you make you way towards Dalhousie, the first thing a traveller will experience is the drop in temperature and the pleasant climate. Summer time the temperature falls below 35 degrees which is not that warm considering how hot the southern parts of the country are. Although the destination is best visited throughout the year, the atmosphere is much pleasant during the monsoon while the winter is on the much colder side. Temperatures are likely to hover around 10 degrees and extra warm clothing must be carried should you make your trip during the winter. 

Amongst the places to visit, Dalhousie provides a mix of different places, lakes, hills, natural surroundings and religious places to worship. Panchpula is one of the most picturesque locations. It offers beautifully passing streams and waterfalls and several water bodies. Chamera Lake is another place in Dalhousie offering boat rides, river rafting and other water sport activities to keep the travellers busy. The best part of Chamera Lake is getting there. It provides excellent connectivity by road.  When visiting this place don’t forget to visit Chamera dam.

Daikund peak is another place providing a panoramic view of the entire valley from the peak. Visitors to Daikund can trek on this hill, the rustling of the trees in the gentle breeze adds to the scenic wonders of this place.

Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary is another place one should not miss. Coniferous and oak trees surround this sanctuary and it has a variety of animals. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will give the opportunity to spot colourful birds and some migratory species as well.  The wildlife sanctuary houses some rare and endangered spices.