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One look at the rain through the wet window panes, and one is instantly reminded of Little Johnny who sits gloomily in his house, every monsoon, singing “Rain rain go away, little Johnny wants to play!” Do some of you wonder in amazement at the little boy who is totally oblivious of the joy of getting wet in the rain? Has no one ever told him that he can sail paper boats in the rain water, or jump in the puddles, or venture out to explore earthworms and snails?

If the very thought of a rainy day arouses all your senses, right from the sound of pitter-patter, to the feel of rain drops gliding down your skin, welcome to the clan of pluviophiles, or rain-lovers! So while people around you sit and fret about the dismal weather, you on the other hand, want to make the most of it by heading outdoors and indulging the adventurer that the rain awakens in you. Considering that we live in a country that boasts of a diverse geographical terrain, here’s what the rain-loving adventurers can indulge in.

 

Go Monsoon Trekking

With the rains turning the hills and valleys lush green, trekking in the monsoons can be magical. Even previously-trekked trails undergo a transformation with the rivers fuller, wildflowers blooming, and waterfalls on the way. Walk through the clouds and roaring winds, enjoy the smell of the earth after rains and soak in the enchanting views!

Trek to the legendary Dudhsagar waterfall

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Venture out for a monsoon trek to the Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa, passing through tunnels and eventually cooking in one. The waterfall, that gets its name from the frothy white, milky appearance of the water, is a spectacular sight during the monsoons, with the water plummeting more than a thousand feet down, crashing with a piercing sound.

Trek to Vikatgad, Maharashtra

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A one-day trek to the Vikatgad fort, also known as Peb, near Mumbai is one of the most beautiful treks in the monsoons.The fort derives its name from Goddess Pebi and is also referred to as Vikatgad, because its pinnacle is in the shape of Ganesha, the elephant- headed God.

Andharban Trek, Maharashtra

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Experience the Andharban Trek, a descend trek in the Sahyadris, enjoying waterfalls and capturing the picturesque views of the Kundalika valley on your lens. For those curious to know more about the name Andharban, it means a dense dark forest.

Kalsubai Trek- Highest peak in Maharashtra

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Kalsubai, with a height of 5400 feet, the highest peak of the Sahyadris, is often referred to as the Everest of the Sahyadris. Every trekking enthusiast dreams to climb this peak at least once. The peak is a part of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary. Once on top, Kalsubai offers a view of mountain forts such as Harihargad, Ratangad, Harishchandragad and many more. One can also spot a small temple of Kalsubai at the summit.

Lohagad Trek- The Iron Fort of Maharashtra

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Lohagad literally means ‘Iron Fort’. The trek commences from Lohagad village, which is the base village of the fort. Not only is this trek ideal for beginners, being easy because of stairs leading to the fort at the end of the trail, but the destination too has an interesting history of several dynasties that occupied it at different periods of time. On the west side of the fort, ‘Vinchu-Kata’, a part of the mountain, named after its shape of a scorpion’s tail, offers a spectacular view of the valley below.

Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat Trek

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Harishchandragad is one of the most visited forts in Western Ghats. Of the seven routes that lead up to the fort, the Nalichi Vaat is the most difficult and arduous one, taking around 8 to 9 hours. This trek is definitely not for beginners. So if you are a regular trekker, go for it!

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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A distinguished trek in the Garhwal Himalayas, famous primarily as the name suggests, for its floral splendour, is a must do during the monsoons. The valley remains snow-clad for most part of the year and is accessible only from June, when the snow starts melting, till September end. This frozen valley remained unknown to people for centuries until the time a botanist and mountaineer Frank Smith discovered it in 1931. The trek promises to be a paradise for nature lovers, with more than 500 species of flowering plants to boast of.

 

Double the monsoon fun- go rafting! Go waterfall rappelling!

Love the rain? Love thrill too? Get into a heady concoction of the two and go rafting or waterfall rappelling!

River rafting at Kolad, Maharashtra

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Head to Kolad in Maharashtra for rafting on the river Kundalika. The 14-km stretch provides one and a half hours of thrilling rafting experience. Visitors to Kundalika prefer to raft in the monsoons as the region is greener and more panoramic.

Adrenaline Punch in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh

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The varying intensity of rapids on the Zanskar river make it an exciting destination for river rafting in India. Get to see the grand confluence of the rivers Indus and Zanskar. Enjoy the heavenly landscape and monasteries while rafting. The months from June to August make for the best months to raft owing to the high water levels in the monsoons.

Bekare Waterfall Rappelling at Bhivpuri, Maharashtra

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Bhivpuri in Karjat, with its numerous waterfalls lures travellers and adventurers from all parts of the country. Challenge yourself with this adventure sport this monsoon. Slippery rocky patches, water from the waterfall ramming on your head and face make it an extraordinary experience.

Waterfall Rappelling at MadheGhat, Pune

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Trek for thirty minutes to reach the waterfall. Now imagine descending around 120 metres through a gushing waterfall using a rope! Sounds rip-roaring? Wait till you actually experience it!

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And if you meet little Johnny on the way, promise me to whisper in his ear gently, “Whoever said happiness comes with sunshine has never danced in the rain!”

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