Published 00:21 IST, April 26th 2024

Explore India’s Historical Gems This Monsoon Season

Have a look at the majestic, historical sites of India to visit this monsoon season. From Lohagad fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Hampi.

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Monsoon in India paints the country’s grand landscapes with a refreshing hue, revitalising its majestic historic sites. This season, generally spanning from June to September, offers a unique charm and tranquility at many cultural landmarks, making it an ideal time for history enthusiasts to explore these treasures in their serene splendor.

 Lohagad fort 

Nestled in the picturesque Lonavala region, Lohagad Fort serves as a stunning natural boundary between the Indrayani and Pavna River basins. With its four distinct gateways—Hanuman Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Maha Darwaja, and Narayan Darwaja—this historic fort welcomes adventurers through multiple portals, each telling tales of its storied past.

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One such must-visitMysore palace locale is the Mysore Palace in Karnataka. During the monsoon, the palace's grandiose architecture and vibrant gardens come alive under the wash of fresh rains, enhancing its ornate red domes and turrets with a glistening sheen. The cooler weather and occasional showers make a visit more pleasant, allowing tourists to enjoy the grandeur without the typical heat.


Further north, the ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a surreal experience as the surrounding boulder-strewn landscape is enveloped in a lush green cover. The rain breathes life into the ancient stones, and the verdant scenery transports visitors back to the times of the Vijayanagara Empire, providing an enchanting backdrop for exploring this vast archaeological park.

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Raigad and Sinhagad forts

In Maharashtra, the historic hill forts like Raigad and Sinhagad promise an adventurous escape during the monsoon. The trek to these forts becomes slightly challenging yet thrilling with misty paths and cascading waterfalls along the way. The panoramic views from the top, shrouded in swirling clouds, are a reward worth the effort.

The monsoon also enhances the charm of Rajasthan’s Udaipur, famously known as the ‘Venice of the East’. The lakes around the city brim with rainwater, and the palatial residences and temples reflect beautifully on the serene water surfaces, offering breathtaking views and cooler climates ideal for exploration.


Visiting India during the monsoon doesn’t just promise fewer crowds. It also offers a fresh perspective on its historic sites, alive with the sounds and sights of the season. Whether it’s the dramatic cloud play over ancient fortresses or the lush landscapes embracing centuries-old ruins, each site tells a story enhanced by the monsoon’s touch.

00:21 IST, April 26th 2024