5 top tips to enjoy traveling during the magical monsoons in India

Most westerners prefer to come to India from September to March when the weather is cool in most parts of India. But a few brave ones arrive during Monsoons also, when the whole country is experiencing the magic of Monsoons.

There are a lot of things you can do during the monsoons to enjoy and have a pleasant stay in India like chasing the monsoon, enjoying the delicious hot Pakoras or bhajiyas with tea while it rains outside. But Monsoons also bring with them their own set of problems also like water logging, floods, a lot of mosquitoes and flies. All these factors combined can make anybody run away from India except for the very brave.

Magic of Indian monsoons
Magic of Indian monsoons

So here I am giving 5 tips that you can follow to have a wonderful stay during monsoons in India without any worries.

1. Be very careful of what you drink

Most tropical disease like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid is water borne. So please avoid drinking water from a source that you are not sure. It is better to carry your own bottled water or better still boiled water. In the absence of both carry water purifying tablets and dissolve them in water before drinking them. They may not taste good but will save you from falling sick. Another thing to remember is not to add ice to your drink unless it is from a trusted source. You should check if the ice has been made from filtered water. If not avoid it.

2. Say no to cut fruits

In most of the tourist cities in India like Banaras, Jaipur etc you will find that vendors are selling cut fruits on the roadsides. While you may be tempted to taste them it is a good idea to resist the temptation as the water used to keep the fruits fresh may not be free from contamination. You can always buy uncut fruits, wash them and eat them after cutting, but anything that has been already cut and raw should be avoided.

Cut fruits on the streets
Cut fruits on the streets

3. Book your tickets in advance

A lot of tourists who come to India want to take things in stride and arrive without tickets booked for further journeys within India. While you should generally avoid this, but it becomes more important during monsoons as a lot of train etc at times are running late due to rains and you may not get last minute bookings due to heavy rush. Also please never buy tickets from unauthorized agents or touts as there is no guarantee those tickets will be genuine.

4. Trekking in the Himalayas

Most of the Himalayas during monsoons get heavy rainfall and landslides can happen like a few days ago in Uttaranchal and Himachal. As of now, hundreds of tourists are stuck in these areas due to heavy rains. 

But if you still want to go for trekking in Himalayas, you should go to Leh in Laddakh. As Leh and nearby Nubra Valley are in rain shadow area and get very little rainfall during this period, with pleasant weather during this period.

5. Best Places to Visit in Monsoon

But if you really want to soak in the rains and see the magic of monsoon continuously during your stay you should visit Kerala, Goa or Mumbai to see Monsoon at its full magic. All these three places are on the west coast of India and well connected to the rest of the world by air. Goa and Kerala will give you the magic of monsoon in its natural form while Mumbai will show you how a modern metropolis faces the onslaught of monsoon while the life goes on.

So dear reader please follow these simple 5 tips during your travel to India and you will have a wonderful stay and take back memories of the most magnificent monsoon anywhere in the world.

Monsoon in India
Monsoon in India

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93 thoughts on “5 top tips to enjoy traveling during the magical monsoons in India

  • June 24, 2013 at 4:18 am
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    Hi Prasad, and welcome to Shalu’s blog,

    Ah…the monsoon’s – another weather I love :)

    But as you rightly mentioned, it’s actually the wrong one for travelling, and this time it came a little earlier than expected. That’s once reason we too might have to divert our trip to another area as we too are on vacation presently.

    I agree with your tips, especially of not drinking water except for mineral water and avoiding cold foods, and even the cut fruits as you mentioned. Prevention is better than cure as they say.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week, both of you :)
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  • June 24, 2013 at 5:37 am
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    Wonderful post Prasad. The tips you have given are really valuable. The tips about drinking and eating are things, which we often ignore at the time of traveling. But, if we keep them in mind in advance, then it may be helpful.

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  • June 24, 2013 at 5:41 am
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    Great tips to Enjoy travel in monsoon! I have seen lot of people don’t prefer traveling in monsoon ! They just understand monsoon isn’t a perfect time to make a travel but I personally understand ! They are wrong. Monsoon is a such a great wonderful time to enjoy traveling in fact in year we made a trip of Goa in monsoon time & we enjoy to much in Goa.

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    • June 24, 2013 at 6:01 am
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      Hi Vivek: Goa is wonderful in monsoons, I have myself been there during monsoons and we had a great time. Thanks
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  • June 24, 2013 at 6:00 am
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    Hi Amit: Thanks a lot. You are right, often even when we know, some time we ignore simple health guidelines and fall sick. Thanks
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  • June 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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    Very well said and perfect tips. Actually we should be proactive, not reactive always… Rightly mentioned here.

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  • June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm
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    Hi Shalu,

    Wonderful tips, indeed,

    As you quite rightly said, it is definitely best to watch what one drinks when travelling to India. When I travel to India I will always drink my own bottled water.

    I would love to visit India during the monsoons. A few years back, my family were in Kerala during the monsoons. They told me how beautiful it was!

    Thank you.

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  • June 25, 2013 at 6:10 am
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    These tips are really helpful for tourists which want to travel in India.
    really, Kerala, Goa and Mumbai are the great fantastic destinations to the monsoon visit.

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  • June 25, 2013 at 10:51 am
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    great tips.. definitely a lot to take on board, especially the food and drink, always have to be careful! Goa is a beautiful place.

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  • June 25, 2013 at 11:23 am
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    I like trekking specially in night. I went HarishchandraGharh (Highest place in Maharashtra) for trekkking enjoyed alot. Your tips is really helpful to us safe. You know we lost people in flooding this month :( . Anyway Thanks for the great Tips!!!
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  • June 26, 2013 at 5:04 am
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    If you want to enjoy the monsoon in India, then it is better plan a trip to Kerala as you will be able to get an awesome monsoon experience. Better to avoid North India during monsoon, as the monsoon at time turns too dangerous.

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    • June 26, 2013 at 9:37 am
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      Hi George… Different parts of India offer different experiences to a traveler. Kerala is sure one of great places to visit. Thanks
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  • June 26, 2013 at 11:40 am
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    You are right Prasad!! That is mainly due to the diversity that exist in India.

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  • June 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm
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    Hi Shalu,

    You have well placed your thoughts in giving out the tips to enjoy the monsoons in India but looking into the current scenario that has taken place in Kedarnath, I believe the things have changed.

    It has been a sad tragedy that will keep many tourists back in their home during monsoon seasons. It is a bitter truth that we all have to face.

    I believe that the tourism department needs to take a lead role not only in promoting tourism in India but also taking all the precautionary measures for the safety and security of tourists.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I wish that people do enjoy your tourism journeys always.
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  • June 26, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    If a foreigner is planning trip to India , they should definitely read and note down all the points that’re mentioned in this post and don’t forget to visit Mahabelashwar , Panchgani , Mussorie , Shimla …When you’ll visit these places in this season ..you’ll feel you’re in a heaven .

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    • September 11, 2014 at 5:55 am
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      Hey Pramod,
      Next month I plan to go India for looking there different places and cultures that time I will definitely come Mahabelashwar, Panchgani, Mussorie, Shimla. I hope this trip will be most memorable of my life.

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  • June 27, 2013 at 5:57 am
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    Some really useful tips to traveling in India during the monsoon season. When it’s raining like that, I just want to stay home and sleep…lol
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  • June 27, 2013 at 6:02 am
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    In monsoons one should avoid hilly areas as their are landslides and one can be in problem because of that.

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  • June 27, 2013 at 6:27 am
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    Really simple but amazing tips which are helpful. Didn’t know about Leh Laddakh that they are low rainfall area. Thanks for these tips

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    • June 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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      Thanks a lot George. Yes Leh is what scientist call a cold desert. The life line for water there is the river Indus and Zanskar.
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  • June 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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    Exactly. Do not eat cut fruit, We don’t know when they cut the fruit may be two days ago or whatever. Liked all five tips.

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    • June 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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      I am glad you like the points on Monsoon Travel Shekhar. Simple precautions can make the journey comfortable.
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  • June 28, 2013 at 6:34 am
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    I’d say that that photo of a man jumping off in the lake? or was that a ground? anyways, I love it.

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  • June 28, 2013 at 7:01 am
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    Hi Prasad!!Thanks For Such Important Tips!!And Thanks For The Suggestion Of The Places to Visit During Monsoon.

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  • June 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm
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    Hello Shalu,

    I generally prefer Goa in Monsoon weather. But during the monsoon the weather seems very dull, gloomy & in our place there is lots of heavy rain but we can enjoy lots of delicious fruits like pineapple, banana etc.

    Anyway thanks for sharing lovely places to visit
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  • June 30, 2013 at 5:24 am
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    Most of the diseases in Monsoon spread of dirty water.Because of huge rain water germs are found at dirty and dump places and bite of mosquitoes throws you towards diseases.
    Always eat fresh fruits and do not eat food in which meat is used because hotel managers are not too much caring about meat. Sometimes they store meat for long period of time and it also throw you in the ground of diseases.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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    nice post about traveling in mansoon season in india.some really useful tips to traveling in India during the monsoon season. When it’s raining like that, I just want to stay home and sleep…lol

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  • July 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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    I guess I would just avoid visiting India during moonsoons. I’d rather go there during good weather to avoid any problems and to fully enjoy the place.

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  • July 2, 2013 at 7:08 am
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    First 2 tips are the most essentials one to staying away from the monsoons diseases during the travelling.

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  • July 3, 2013 at 12:32 am
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    I love your tips. Next year in january I will take some tour at India. And I think to visit this place. Thanks for your top tips, sista..

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  • July 4, 2013 at 11:06 am
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    Hi,Shalu, awesome post. I appreciate the work of all people who share information with others. Great Blog!

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  • July 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm
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    Very insightful tips Shalu. I hope to get to trek the Himalayas when I get the chance.

    PS. Been following your blog the past few months. Really love it.

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  • July 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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    Hi ShaluSharma,
    Very nice useful tips for travellers..I hope every person, who wants to travel more times they need to get with along some travelling items like travel bags, water bottles etc.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm
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    Indeed the monsoon season in India has its own magical powers which can make any individual fall in love with it. One needs to take certain precautions while soaking in the monsoon spirit in the country. These are the right set of tips. Thanks for sharing the post.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 5:15 am
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    You say yes for every thing but always say no to non filtered water because water is the main source for every one and it is polute every one suffers with that.All tips are good and some of them are known as precautions.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 10:32 am
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    Hi Shalu,

    All these tips are really wonderful. But just need to ask you guys how can we beat the humidity in the monsoon season, as when sun shines after a good rainfall, climate becomes humid which sometimes becomes very tough to handle. Are there some places away from mountain, so that we can enjoy the monsoon feeling the monsoon humidity.
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  • July 10, 2013 at 5:52 am
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    monsoon season in India has its own magical powers which can make any individual fall in love with it

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  • July 10, 2013 at 5:59 am
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    Another value added post by you Shalu :) Monsoons are magical in this part of the world and yes Kerala, Goa and Mumbai are all packed with tourists at this time of the year. Yes the cut fruits should be avoided but there is just so much more to eat and enjoy there.Thanks again for the lovely share.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 8:26 am
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    Hi Prasad sir,

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips during travelling :)

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  • July 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    Those are great tips. I always wanted to visit india, regardless of the season. I will definitely do it one day and then I will try to keep those advices in mind. Thanks for sharing this!

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  • July 17, 2013 at 11:46 am
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    Good one and u rightly mentioned the best places for monsson Goa, kerala because keeping in mind the recent news abt flooding in utrakhand, people are now more scared than ever to visit the hills during monsoons which they used to enjoy just some time back.
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  • July 18, 2013 at 7:36 am
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    hello shalu
    thanks for the your 5 top tips for travelling in mansoon season
    these are really beneficial for the health purpose and the enjoyment

    really thankss

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  • July 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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    If you can postpone the trip upto November, it would be great. Because proper season starts from Nov. to March in India. April and May and June are very hot season, temperature may go up to 45 degree C. During monsoon,

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  • July 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm
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    Thanks for the tips to travel and enjoy in monsoon season.

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  • July 26, 2013 at 4:20 am
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    but you miss to talk about the cloths what to carry and what not to carry
    please advice on it also
    thankss shalu

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  • July 28, 2013 at 9:37 am
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    Great ideas and tips love reading it, thanks for share.

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  • July 30, 2013 at 8:10 am
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    Wow, if it weren`t for you I would have never known that one has to be so careful with water contamination in India. This is very, very good to know for the future. India is on my travelling list for the future, I hope I will manage to reach it one day. Thank you so much for the tips, Shalu.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 9:04 am
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    Great tips…next time whenever we planned to travel we will go to Kerala. Thanks for other tips..

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  • September 6, 2013 at 6:48 am
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    You had shared a good article with us. It has helped me a lot to gain knowledge about something new.

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  • October 31, 2013 at 11:20 am
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    If you want go for a trip , than just go out and enjoy the wonderul places in india.

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  • November 1, 2013 at 5:34 am
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    Want to enjoy the Monsoon of India , you can get the some very wonderful places in India for travelling like Kerala , Goa.

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  • November 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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    wow great post!! thanks for share with us its is great source of information

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  • December 30, 2013 at 7:08 am
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    HI,
    Nice post,,,Its very help ful Who want to Travelling in india,Thanks for Sharing…:)

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  • January 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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    India is a land of culture , the oldest civilization in the world . Visit the city of joy and see by yourself why it is called that. I love my India .

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  • January 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm
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    I love my country, and everything that adds to its uniqueness and flavour. Wonderful write-up, as always

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  • March 5, 2014 at 12:11 am
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    I’ve traveled to a lot of different places and I have to say that finding clean water can be the most difficult part of the journey! It’s always a good idea to keep iodine tablets with you. You don’t want to get dehydrated but drinking contaminated water can be fatal.

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  • March 20, 2014 at 5:01 am
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    Do you have any suggestion about cheap motel in India? I love to visit India.

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  • May 6, 2014 at 3:37 am
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    Amazing publish Prasad. The guidelines you have given are really useful. The guidelines about consuming and consuming are factors, which we often neglect at plenty of duration of journeying. But, if we keep them in thoughts in enhance, then it may be beneficial. Thanks for sharing.

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  • May 31, 2014 at 8:02 am
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    “Its really nice. This page contain a huge amount of material. I think it would be more and more effective for all.
    Personally I like this job. Thank you for sharing. “

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  • June 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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    its useful tips for when think about trip in tours

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  • July 3, 2014 at 8:10 am
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    Indians, as a rule, enjoy monsoons after being scorched by the hot sun for months on end unlike the residents of Northern Hemisphere who suffer invariably from rainy day blues. They go out into the rain drenched streets, beaches and forests and let themselves go.

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  • July 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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    Wow..!! Very well written tips, Will consider all the points in my next trip :)

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  • July 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm
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    Hi Prasad thanks for sharing these tips as its the right season…as the monsson is started.. i cant wait to make my trip plan and your article will definitly help me in my planning..looking for more articles like this one:)

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  • August 13, 2014 at 7:03 am
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    It is very nice post for travel places in monsoon. This post is very using for travelling by monsoon travel places tips. In Monsoon travelling for going hill station in trekking, enjoying visit new places, shopping and enjoying the magical monsoon in watching movies, eating cut fruits.

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  • August 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm
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    Awesome post Prasad, thanks for putting this all together. Next year I want to go check out Himalaya, I hope that I will have the money for it. All the best for you!

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  • October 12, 2014 at 1:10 am
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    Nice post, lots of comment, really awesome. Thanks for sharing this nice one.

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  • January 6, 2015 at 7:52 am
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    Very well written about the season in India and its own magical powers, thanks for sharing this with everyone

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  • March 22, 2015 at 10:29 am
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    These five top tips are very helpful. During monsoons I’ve not traveled in India so far, but around countries of India I traveled. I really don’t know what to avoid during traveling within a such season, or what food need to avoid. So glad to learn these tips, my traveling experience will be enormous by following such traveling tips!

    Thanks for writing about what happens during magical monsoon in India.
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  • March 26, 2015 at 6:08 pm
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    Very well written about the season in India and its own magical powers, thanks for sharing this with everyone

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  • April 22, 2015 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for sharing such a valuable information. I can find alot of information from this site. Keep Posting.

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  • April 25, 2015 at 8:51 am
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    Gr8 post. This post is very using for travelling by monsoon travel places tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 6:08 am
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    Nice post! It’s worth to read more than ever if you’re new to land in a place. I haven’t gone to India, but it is already in my mind as one of my next destinations to visit. Reading this article helps me learn one to avoid when I get there at some point in time.

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  • April 30, 2015 at 11:40 am
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    Well these tips you have mention in your post is really good and tips one can easily follow and I think these tips will surely help me and other guys like me who love to travell and bite me travlling in monsoon is not a easy task.

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  • May 3, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    Number 2 is sooo helpful, thank you for sharing! Never thought about it, and had a lot of fruit already cut in Thailand.. will keep it in mind in my travel to India :)

    Nice post and nice blog!
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  • May 5, 2015 at 7:46 am
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    It was so useful. Say no to cut fruits is useful one. Because when we cut the fruits and eat later. It causes bacteria at once we cut the fruits.
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  • May 12, 2015 at 10:34 am
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    hello,shalu admin team.you are writing well but there is a one mistake .you write subheading name nest placed ti visit in manson it this this topic group for this. you should br
    e add only tipsc

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  • June 9, 2015 at 8:46 am
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    Hi Shalu, thank you so much for you tips, going to India next month :)

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  • July 27, 2015 at 12:52 am
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    I live in vietnam and for a long time I really like Idia Travel because your country is a secret country. I like the countryside of India.

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  • August 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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    I have some friends who just had been come back from India and they said that your India is a country with so many charming things. I always wish go to there

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  • September 18, 2015 at 3:51 am
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    I see India and Vietnam have many similarities but perhaps your tourism development more

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  • September 20, 2015 at 11:42 am
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    These five top tips are very useful during monsoons. i have never traveled to india before. I really don’t know what to avoid during traveling within a such season, or what food need to avoid. So glad to learn these tips. Thank you very much

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  • September 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm
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    Great precaution tips Shalu. Your post on booking ticket in Advance is very much true. I had a friend who got swindled by some touts who sold her fake ticket. India is one of the beautiful places to visit. but one need to be very careful especially if you are a lady.

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  • October 7, 2015 at 4:20 am
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    sanookholiday companies operating in the tourism countries such as Japan, China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bali.

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