The monsoon season offers a veritable feast for nature lovers. Blogger and backpacker, Jitaditya Narzary shares a few of his most treasured images depicting monsoon in the mountains.
The Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The monsoon season in India has always been much awaited and romanticised. This comes as a welcome respite after a long and punishing summer when the rivers dry up and the great Indian plains reel under the blazing and unforgiving sun. Occasionally it does lead to devastating floods and clogs unplanned city streets, but still, no one can possibly hate the monsoon as the streets get flooded with freshly roasted corn and other savoury snacks, and the Bollywood balladeers create vibrant songs that invariably feature nubile nymphets drenched in the first showers of the season.
The monsoon is probably the most photogenic of all seasons in the India subcontinent. The sheer bounty of replenished nature is not to be missed, especially if you are a photographer. Of course, it may not be easy to witness or feel it in the congested and overcrowded Indian cities, but once you move out of them, it becomes evident. Personally, my favourite locations for romancing the monsoon have been the mountains. The towering and the venerable Himalayas in the North, as well as the seductive and serene Western Ghats in the Southern peninsula offer scores of destinations where the eyes can feast on a sumptuous riot of colours.
The images of the Valley of Flowers (above) are from 2010, when I embarked on my first Himalayan adventure there. It is a near mythical meadow that comes alive only during the monsoon and requires several days to reach. Unfortunately the flood this year has wreaked havoc on the region and I hope that it recovers soon. Till then I can only look at these images in nostalgic fondness.
The Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra
Coming to Southern India, I have not had too much opportunity to explore more famous destinations such as Coorg or Munnar. But among the ones I have managed, the Kaas Plateau offered some of the best views.
Those who do not have the time or stamina to make it to the Himalayas can easily give the Kaas Plateau a try. It is only a few hours drive from major cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
The Kaas Plateau has to be reached through the provincial city of Satara and even the road leading to the plateau is pleasing enough for the eyes.
Karsog Valley, Himachal Pradesh
These images are from the Karsog Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Of course, Himachal is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India and as a result some of its well knows destinations have become a bit too crowded for comfort. But fortunately there still exist little pieces of paradise such as Karsog.
Regular tourists seldom visit these places and in fact they are not even aware of the same. That is why it is an excellent place to enjoy nature’s bounties without civilization breathing down your neck.
About the Author
Jitaditya Narzary is a solo backpacker, blogger and a cinephile. He deals in online marketing to make a living and fund his adventures. He travels mostly to the lesser known, offbeat destinations within India.