Your date with raindrops, hot cuppa chai and rest of monsoon magic can be a just a click away

The fragrance of wet mud, rain drops sliding from leaf tops, a hot cup of tea and peanuts... a perfect monsoon dream. How about living out the fantasy at a perfect monsoon retreat where the beauty of the monsoon is too good for words to describe? Log on to the following sites to visit these dazzling getaways far from the busy and noisy world.

Tungareshwar

www.spaceapple.com/treks/tungareshwar.htmLocated on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, Tungareshwar is an absolutely mesmerizing hill-station. It is an ideal trekking destination for a day-trip but still has been relatively unexplored by enthusiastic trekkers so far. It is best to visit this place in the monsoons when the silver waterfalls are overflowing and Tungareshwar has a wet, clean, and washed look about it. This site helps you with abundant information about the place and the facilities available there.

Mahabaleshwar

www.theindiatravel.com/travel/favourites/hillstation/Mahabaleshwar.htmThe land of Bulbul, the oft mentioned bird in Urdu poetry, the evergreen vast plateau of Mahabaleshwar with long beautiful roads, horse rides & foot paths along forest, takes you through a divine experience. Mahabaleshwar takes a different hue in the monsoons, even more charming and inviting than in the rest of the year. India Travel gives you a comprehensive walk through the place with information on all the resources available.

Alibag

www.sidzcottage.com/about.htmAlibag is a great place to be during the monsoon. The beaches, forts and the entire town turn luxuriant in this season. The coconut, mango and areca trees that surround the region make sure that the atmosphere is free from pollution and provides a refreshing retreat during the season. The palm-fringed shacks which double as massive umbrellas and the Konkani houses offer a perfect picnic spot while it pours outside creating wonderful experience in itself. This site with its info base and photos makes this trip all the more endearing.

Bandipur

www.indianwildlifeportal.com/national-parks/bandipur-nationalpark.html Wooded by teak trees, the dense forest is an inviting retreat in Monsoons. A part of a larger national park including the neighbouring wildlife sanctuaries of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, this sanctuary is known and popular for its tigers, bison, spotted deer, leopard, elephant, flying squirrel, sambar, sloth bears and langurs. With forest safaris offered by the resorts in the region, Bandipur is an entreating weekend getaway from the busy and bustling life in the week. This site gives a wild life gazing perspective about the place.L. S. ROHIT

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