5 Monsoon Safaris In India That You Need To Book Right Away

With over a 100 national parks in India, there will always be some place that you can explore during the monsoon, and experience the magic of the rains amidst stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife
5 Monsoon Safaris In India That You Need To Book Right Away. Credit: Canva

5 Monsoon Safaris In India That You Need To Book Right Away. Credit: Canva

The monsoon season in India, roughly from June to September, offers a welcome respite from the heat. However, for wildlife enthusiasts, it also coincides with the closure of many popular national parks due to heavy rains and treacherous terrain. Nonetheless, there are a few national parks in India that allow you to explore their buffer zones even as the rains come pouring down, making them incredible getaways during the monsoon season. What's more, there are barely any crowds and the prices are as low as they can get!
Hemis National Park Ladakh Credit Canva
Hemis National Park, Ladakh. Credit: Canva

Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Nestled in the high Himalayas of Ladakh, Hemis National Park is a paradise for those seeking a unique monsoon experience. The park, famed for its snow leopards, is best explored from May to October. The park, which was established in 1981, has 6 villages in its area, including the famous 400-year-old Hemis monastery, which dons a different colour during monsoon. While jeep safaris might be restricted due to muddy tracks, guided hikes offer breathtaking views of the monsoon-kissed mountains and opportunities to spot elusive wildlife like the snow leopard, bharal, brown bear and more.

Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flowers National Park Uttarakhand Credit Canva
Valley of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand. Credit: Canva
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand is a riot of colours during the monsoon. From June to September, the meadows erupt in a vibrant display of wildflowers, creating a landscape straight out of a fairytale. This year, this famous trek was opened to visitors on June 1. It is a moderate level trek that takes 5-6 days, depending on where you start your trek, and you can combine it with a visit to the pilgrimage site of Hemkund Sahib.
Sundarbans National Park West Bengal Credit Canva
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal. Credit: Canva

Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

The Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a labyrinth of emerald waterways and dense mangrove forests teeming with life. This unique ecosystem is home to the mighty saltwater crocodile, perfectly adapted to its brackish environment. But most travellers come here to see the elusive Bengal Tiger. In monsoon, unlike the traditional jeep safaris found in other parks, here you'll take a boat ride across the mighty Brahmaputra River, a waterway that feeds the lifeblood of this vast delta. While November to April is the best season to explore these waterways, it is also a delight in the monsoon.

Periyar National Park, Kerala

Periyar National Park Kerala Credit Canva
Periyar National Park, Kerala. Credit: Canva
Located in the verdant Western Ghats of Kerala, Periyar National Park is another park that remains open most of the year. The monsoon transforms the park into a lush green paradise, teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Boat safaris on Periyar Lake offer a unique perspective of the park's beauty during the rains. The park is also home to a rich birdlife, so be sure to pack your binoculars for a chance to spot some elusive birds.
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Goa Credit Canva
Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa. Credit: Canva

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa

As the rains sweep across India, this sanctuary near the town of Valpoi comes alive with an otherworldly glow thanks to bioluminescent mushrooms! We recommend embarking on a guided tour to discover a profusion of endemic orchids and towering indigenous trees. If you’re really lucky, you might be blessed with sightings of elusive predators like the black panther or tigers. The monsoon season also brings the Mhadei River roaring to life, making it the perfect time for an adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting adventure.
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