Offbeat Monsoon Experiences
The insufferable heat has finally left making way for a cool monsoon season. The rains have arrived with great gusto and is making this a beautiful time to get out of the city and take a much needed break. In a weather as splendid as this, it's only right to enjoy it in an offbeat environment and here are a few that you could visit.
Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling - During the monsoon months, the tea plantations in Darjeeling look absolutely lush and gorgeous. Thick green carpets across the hills and it makes a perfect experience to take a tea tasting tour and stay at a tea estate. Glenburn is a popular space, it is an old colonial bungalow with a beautiful view, old furniture and even a grand fire place! It will make you feel like you're staying in an old British officers house.
Northmoon Homestay, Fagu Himachal Pradesh - This is a beautiful place in Talai village close to Shimla where the owners practice organic farming and rain water harvesting on certain parts of their farm. You have a gorgeous view of the forest and mountains in the distance and they let you stay in the heritage part of their house to give you the best experience. They are hospitable hosts, all the rooms are wooden and extremely comfortable and the food is simple homemade delicious fare.
Vythiri Resort Wayanad Kerala - No tv, no internet, just you in your beautiful room relaxing into the wild. This is a superb spot to enjoy Wayanad specially in the monsoons as you really are inside the jungle. The real treat are the tree houses which you can opt for but don't be startled when a monkey comes to visit at your window! You can spend your time bird watching or trekking and taking in the gorgeousness that is Wayanad. There aren't too many places where you can stay in a tree in the middle of the jungle!
Te Aroha, Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand - In a small town in the heart of a snow capped valley lies the adorable boutique hotel Te Aroha. This is unlike any other hotel in the area where each suite is done up differently and has its own theme and beautiful view of the mountains. The food is mostly north Indian fare but they make excellent ' pahari' food as well. You can ask the hotel to arrange a trek or go camping or even just a leisurely stroll through the village where they highlight the history and culture of the area if you are interested. This is an ideal spot to put your feet up, relax and enjoy the rains in the mountains.
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