You never really need a reason to hang out with your friends, in fact you need a reason not to! Work schedules get crazy, people get caught up in their lives and the mundane and monotony gets to you. The monsoon season with its sticky wet and dreary weather can add to the gloom of your daily routine. Catching up with your gang of buddies and indulging in some entertaining fun is the best way to relax and have a good time and enjoy this thundering monsoon weather. If you thought your options are restricted, think again. These are some of the best ways to experience the monsoon while spending some fun time with your friends!
Visit an Amusement Park - Whoever thought that amusement parks and roller coasters are for kids was sorely mistaken. Mumbai has its very own theme park just outside the city limits and it's one of the best places to visit with a group of friends. For thrill seekers the indoor and outdoor roller coasters are a must, the simulation rides are superbly entertaining as is the haunted house, 3D shows and their rooftop deck bar that makes some superb long island ice teas which is the ideal way to end the day. It's a place where there is something for everyone and even the eldest ones in the park are seen shrieking with joy and having a good time. While the park is massive and in the summer can get unbearable to be in, the monsoon time is what makes it cool and doubles the fun.
Chilling over Board games - The weather makes you want to stay indoors and avoid the lashings of rain and what better way to spend it than indulging in an impromptu board game bash! Monopoly, Pictionary and Cranium are always winners and you never know when a dull drab evening indoors turns into a game night full of laughter and fun. All of these aren't games you can play on your own and need a bunch of friends where everyone gets involved so the more the merrier.
Explore a Winery - Some of the most beautiful places in the country believe it or not are wineries. The vast lands dotted with grapes are maintained not just that the crop cultivates well but also ensures that it is a beautiful vacation spot for ardent wine lovers and their friends. Vineyards like the ones owned by Sula, Fratelli or even Grover which are popular Indian Wine brands have built facilities where you can visit and stay in luxury, drink copious amounts of wine, tour the vineyard and eat delicious food all while enjoying the scenic beauty. For wine connoisseurs it's a great vacation option but even for those who are novice drinkers or have no real understanding of wine, it makes no difference because when you're with a group of friends everyone is focusing more on being together, hanging out and enjoying the company and atmosphere. Of course free flowing wine never hurt anyone and in the monsoon season it goes without saying that these vineyards look beautiful.
Monsoon Treks - The monsoon season would be incomplete without a super fun monsoon trek. For people who enjoy the outdoors a trek is great no matter what season but in the monsoon there is no escaping the fact that there is a buzz in the air, everything looks brighter, greener and lush and it highlights how beautiful our landscape is which is often taken for granted. A trek to a nearby fort, caves, waterfalls or ghats with your group of friends is one of the best ways to chill out and enjoy the rainy season. Throw in some hot chai, warm pakodas and maybe some fun selfies along and it will be a trek to remember.
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Article by: Roxanne Bamboat
Roxanne is a pint sized girl who enjoys reading, movies, travel and is obsessed with food. She expresses her love for all things edible in her food blog. A freelancer in her profession, she is able to spend most of her time sampling the city's food offerings and reviews them as well as shares a few of her favourite recipes. More often known as The Tiny Taster, she's decided to take the world by storm - one plate at a time!