June to September is generally monsoon season across India and many parts of South Asia. Most states in India receive significant rainfall during July and August in particular. If you like the rains, then there are plenty of amazing places that you can visit to experience the drizzle and greenery. Places like Kerela, Cherrapunjee and the Western Ghats of Maharashtra are excellent places to experience the wet weather. You can visit dams, lakes, waterfalls and bathe in the gushing waters.
However, if wet weather is not your cup of tea, and if you are bored of the continuous downpour, then this article is for you. We will talk about places that you can visit during the June-September monsoon season where you can enjoy some nice sunshine and reasonably clear weather. Think of it as a getaway from the monsoon.
Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. It is a desert area and hence receives little rainfall throughout the year. Places like Jaisalmer and Jodhpur are great options for a June/July/August visit. Though it rains a bit in July/August in this part of North-western India, you will still be able to have a fairly good time. It might rain occasionally, but there is very little chance of a complete washout. You will see reasonable spells of dry weather here. The weather in the desert might be a bit hot during the day, but it certainly will have cooled down compared to the May temperatures. So, Rajasthan is definitely an option worth looking into for a monsoon dry weather getaway.
Ladakh and Kashmir
Ladakh’s peak season is mid-June, July, and August. It is the warmest time of the year during these months, the flowers will have blossomed, apricots and apples can be seen hanging everywhere on the trees, and it is just a stunning ambience in the Himalayas during this time. The only two land routes into Ladakh – Rohtang Pass and the Srinagar-Leh highway will be open and snow from these routes will have been cleared by mid to late June. Enjoy a refreshing time at Nubra Valley or gaze at the royal blue Pangong Lake, forgetting about the mucky wet monsoon weather at your hometown.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti Valley, Kaza and surrounding parts of Himachal Pradesh are as good as Ladakh. They are known for beautiful lakes, stunning snow-capped mountain views, and rolling green fields. The two main roads connecting Spiti Valley with the rest of India will also be operational in mid to late June onwards, so accessibility will not be an issue. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and fresh crisp air, while the rest of India gets drenched in the heavy rains.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A natural wonder, the valley of flowers is a dream destination for many. The sight of a vast bed of colourful flowers amidst stunning mountain views is a sight to behold. The best time to visit the valley of flowers also happens to be in July-September. By these months, the snow will have melted and the flowers will have bloomed. Make sure you take a good camera for this trip because you probably won’t be able to stop clicking pictures at this one-of-a-kind location.
Puducherry is a charming French town on the south-eastern coast of India. It can be easily reached from Chennai by road. Enjoy walking around this amazing town and check out the French architecture on small buildings around you. Plenty of amazing food options are available here, and the desserts are also quite popular. If you like spiritual activities, then the Auroville township is the place to visit. An evening walk on the beach followed by a European dinner might make you feel that you are in a Mediterranean destination and not India. Puducherry gets rain late in the year, during October-December months. The weather during the months of June, July and August is relatively dry, similar to Chennai. This part of Tamil Nadu has a different monsoon pattern as compared to the rest of India, and hence Puducherry is an excellent dry weather destination during the monsoon.
Eastern Sri Lanka
There are some foreign countries near India which offer a great alternative for you to experience dry weather during the monsoons. The eastern part of Sri Lanka such as Pasikudah and Trincomalee are good places to visit during June, July and August. You could even head south to Hambantota, as it does not have much rain till November-December. If you are a beach person, then the eastern coast of Sri Lanka is where you should look, as it is known for having some of the best beaches in the country.
Bali is a very popular tourist destination. The peak tourist season here is July-August. However, you can try heading there in June for the shoulder season. The good part about Bali is that it has a similar monsoon pattern to Chennai. Hence, it rains here in December-January. The monsoon season is towards the end of the year. The months of June, July and August are peak summer months with hot and mostly clear weather. Spend your time at one of the many beaches on this island, or go on a snorkeling/scuba-diving trip. If you are enjoying yourself as much as the tourists in Bali often do, then you are sure to forget about the monsoons back home in India.
If you have a larger budget and are willing to travel further away from India, then Seychelles is also an excellent tropical destination during June-September. It has some of the best beaches in the Indian ocean and the weather during these months is clear and sunny. Golden white sands and greenish-blue seawaters will give you that perfect holiday ambience. There will be no sign of rain on this African island.
Singapore is a popular travel destination for Indians. The interesting thing about Singapore is that it does not really have multiple seasons. Most of the year is pretty consistent, 30-degree weather with 80% humidity. It rains throughout the year, though the rain is not as heavy as the July rain of Mumbai or Cherrapunjee. The months of November and December tend to have higher rainfall than other months of the year. But overall, it is an excellent place to visit if you want to get away from the rains in India. Flights to Singapore from Chennai, in particular, tend to be quite cheap.
While June-August is peak summer season in Dubai, most of the malls, parks and other places worth visiting are air-conditioned. Since Dubai is a desert, there is no question of rain spoiling your day. The only thing that one needs to be concerned about in Dubai is the heat. And with technology and air-conditioning, that can be managed. Dubai gets visitors all year round. If you are thinking about doing a desert safari during the (Indian) monsoon months, then even that is possible. The safari SUV is air-conditioned and such trips normally start in the evening. In fact, you may feel chilly at night because the temperature drops quite a bit in the desert. Say goodbye to the rain and have some fun in Dubai.
There are many other places not mentioned above that you can visit during the monsoon if you have a bigger budget. You could head to Europe, where summer will be at its peak during July and August. You could even head to America or Iceland. The destinations mentioned above are either within India or close to India, which allows for a budget trip or a short getaway.