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

About the Author: Prasad Np is a corporate executive most of the week, but he wears many hats. He is blogger, photographer, traveler and a potential investor in start-ups with unique concepts especially if they are in travel related business. He blogs at Desi Traveler.

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69 Responses to “5 top tips to enjoy traveling during the magical monsoons in India”

  1. 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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  2. Prasad Np says:

    Thanks Harleena, you are so right… “prevention is better than cure”
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  3. Amit Dua says:

    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.

  4. Vivek says:

    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.

  5. Prasad Np says:

    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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  6. I. C. Daniel says:

    Awesome tips Shalu. Nice visiting you. Catch up you next time!

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel
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  7. aamjunta says:

    Very well said and perfect tips. Actually we should be proactive, not reactive always… Rightly mentioned here.
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  8. Hiten says:

    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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  9. 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.

  10. India says:

    great tips.. definitely a lot to take on board, especially the food and drink, always have to be careful! Goa is a beautiful place.

  11. shiv from droidow says:

    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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  12. Prasad Np says:

    Thanks. Glad you like the tips. Yes Goa is really beautiful during monsoons
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  13. George says:

    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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  14. George says:

    You are right Prasad!! That is mainly due to the diversity that exist in India.
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  15. 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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  16. Pramod says:

    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 .

    Regards,
    Pramod
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  17. Salika Jay from Gawaya Travel Blog says:

    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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  18. Web Design says:

    In monsoons one should avoid hilly areas as their are landslides and one can be in problem because of that.

  19. George says:

    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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  20. Shekhar says:

    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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  21. Shirley says:

    I’d say that that photo of a man jumping off in the lake? or was that a ground? anyways, I love it.

  22. Hi Prasad!!Thanks For Such Important Tips!!And Thanks For The Suggestion Of The Places to Visit During Monsoon.

  23. Ahsan says:

    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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  24. Sana says:

    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.

  25. link building india says:

    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

  26. 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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  27. kaburulu says:

    First 2 tips are the most essentials one to staying away from the monsoons diseases during the travelling.
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  28. pulau tidung says:

    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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  29. Online Referral Marketing says:

    Hi,Shalu, awesome post. I appreciate the work of all people who share information with others. Great Blog!

  30. Aldrin Cruz says:

    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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  31. Ryan Patrick says:

    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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  32. Anusha says:

    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.

  33. kumar says:

    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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  34. 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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  35. mohit says:

    monsoon season in India has its own magical powers which can make any individual fall in love with it

  36. marytlou says:

    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.

  37. Jitender says:

    Hi Prasad sir,

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips during travelling :)
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  38. 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!

  39. I love travelling indeed but travelling now a-days gives me a-lot of headache since I may put my blogging career into some dangers
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  40. Sakshi from Night Life Destinations says:

    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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  41. sachin verma says:

    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

  42. 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,

  43. Clipping Path says:

    Thanks for the tips to travel and enjoy in monsoon season.

  44. sachin verma says:

    but you miss to talk about the cloths what to carry and what not to carry
    please advice on it also
    thankss shalu

  45. shahalam khan says:

    Great ideas and tips love reading it, thanks for share.

  46. Simona says:

    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.

  47. Simran says:

    Great tips…next time whenever we planned to travel we will go to Kerala. Thanks for other tips..
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  48. Anupama says:

    You had shared a good article with us. It has helped me a lot to gain knowledge about something new.

  49. Rajat says:

    If you want go for a trip , than just go out and enjoy the wonderul places in india.
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  50. Want to enjoy the Monsoon of India , you can get the some very wonderful places in India for travelling like Kerala , Goa.

  51. sushil says:

    wow great post!! thanks for share with us its is great source of information

  52. Anil says:

    HI,
    Nice post,,,Its very help ful Who want to Travelling in india,Thanks for Sharing…:)

  53. mona says:

    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 .

  54. ishita says:

    I love my country, and everything that adds to its uniqueness and flavour. Wonderful write-up, as always

  55. 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.

  56. Michael says:

    Do you have any suggestion about cheap motel in India? I love to visit India.

  57. Sally says:

    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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  59. John Joshi says:

    its useful tips for when think about trip in tours

  60. Viona says:

    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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  61. Harshit Jain says:

    Wow..!! Very well written tips, Will consider all the points in my next trip :)
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  62. Arati says:

    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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  63. deenaoddy says:

    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.

  64. David Kovacs says:

    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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