August is the month when the monsoon rains brings about a huge relief from the scorching heat in most parts of the country. This is also the time one can grab the best travel deals. Right from the airlines to the hotels, everyone is ready to give heavy discounts to travellers. Taking the pleasant weather into consideration and the kind of deals that are also available, this is one of those months when travelling in India is one of the best things to. Wondering where to go? We have got you covered with the list of the best places to visit in August in India. Pick the one you like and start packing your bags.
August is one of the best times to explore the grandeur of Khajuraho. Home to ancient temples built during the Chandella period, this destination is a treat for heritage lovers. The group of temples here are no less than a treasure trove, thanks to intricate and beautiful carvings on the walls of these monuments. The interesting nagara style of architecture and the amazing erotic sculptures are what have earned these temples the UNESCO World Heritage Site status as well. One of the best places to visit in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is also home to natural beauty in the form of the Raneh Waterfall, which gets filled with fresh rainwater in August and thus looks even more beautiful.
Major Attractions: Devi Jagadambi Temple, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Archaeological Museum, Shivsagar Lake, Raneh Waterfall and more.
Things To Do: Enjoy the beauty of heritage and architecture at the famous Khajuraho temples, jungle safari at Panna National Park, sound and light show at Western Group of Temples and more.
How To Reach: Khajuraho airport is well connected by air by most of the major cities in India including Delhi. Khajuraho has its own railway station which is connected by a regular train from Delhi. Khajuraho has an excellent connectivity by road to neighbouring cities, including Satna (116 km), Mahoba (70 km), Jhansi (230 km), Gwalior (280km), and Bhopal (375 km) among others.
When the discussion is about the best places to visit in India during the monsoons, Mandu always remains somewhere at the top of the list. Naturally, the month of August is among the best times to visit this place. The city of architectural ruins is a treat to explore for those who like to travel for the love of heritage. The monuments in this city are living examples of Afghan architectural brilliance of the time.
Major attractions: Jahaz Mahal, Rani Roopmati’s pavillion, Baz Bahadur’s palace, Jami Masjid, Hoshang’s Tomb, Hindola Mahal, Jain temple, Ashrafi Mahal
Things to do: Go on a heritage and explore all the ancient monuments, go shopping for home decor items, textiles and fabrics among other things.
How to reach: The nearest airport to Mandu is Indore, at a distance of 99 km. The nearest railhead is at Ratlam (124 km) and it is well-connected to major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
While Rajasthan is anyway an amazing place to visit during the monsoons, Bikaner gives one of the perfect answers to the question where to go on holiday in August. Since the place is surrounded by the Thar desert on all four sides, the monsoons make it pleasant to travel around this place. Home to the famous 16th century Junagarh Fort and the Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner is no less than a paradise for those who like to explore historic destinations. Besides, it is a great place to shop for authentic Rajasthani jewellery as well.
Major attractions: Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple, Lalgarh Palace, Gajner Palace, Jain Temple and more
Things to do: Camel safari on the Thar desert, boating on the Gajner Lake, heritage tour to the Junagarh Fort and other monuments, shopping for authentic Rajasthani jewellery.
How to reach: Located at a distance of 251 km from Bikaner, Jodhpur is the nearest airport. Bikaner is connected by rail through the Lalgarh and Bikaner railway stations.
Lahaul – Spiti
Not only August, but the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti in the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh also belong to the list of best places to visit in July in India. Since it is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country, it acts as one of the perfect places for those who are looking some solitude. Besides, the stunning beauty of the mountains makes it worth visiting this place. The places to visit in Lahaul - Spiti include are beautiful monasteries on mountain tops, snow-capped peaks and there are enough opportunities for adventure activities like skiing, yak safari, and wildlife trails.
Major attractions: Tabo Monastery, Tabo Caves, Giu Mummy, Kibber, Key Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Chandratal Lake, Spiti River and more
Things to do: Spiti valley sightseeing, trek to Hampta Pass, biking through Lahaul - Spiti, monastery hopping, mountain biking
How to reach: The best way to travel to Lahaul and Spiti is through road. The place has no railhead or airport,s o the best place to start the journey from is Delhi.
Munnar is one of those places which doesn’t need any introduction. Home to acres of tea estates, lush green hills, waterrfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and hiking trails, Munnar is a place where a traveller can admire natural beauty at its very best. Interestingly, it is also one of the best August holiday destinations in India. While the high mountains are covered in mist, the rainfall brings out the freshness of the green cover. Besides, August being an off season, one can also stay far from the rush of tourists and enjoy this natural paradise in silence.
Major attractions: Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, Pampadam Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and more
Things to do: Paragliding, trekking to Anamudi Peak and Rajamala Hills, boating, shopping for tea and spice and more
How to reach: The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 125 km, is the nearest airport. Although Munnar does not have its own railway station, Aluva (110 km), Ernakulam (130 km), and Madurai (135 km) are convenient railheads. Munnar is well connected to the neighbouring cities by bus.
Although Cherrapunji is a place which receives rainfall throughout the year, the fun remains in visiting it during the monsoons as well. After all, a traveller would be able to truly experience the second wettest place on the planet in its truest self. In the month of August, the vast lush green landscapes and hills of Cherrapunji make for the perfect trails for monsoon trekking. The green cover increases by leaps and bounds and the freshness of the vegetation is there in the air at all times. The double decker bridges are one of the best places to visit as they are at their greenest best in this season. Another thing that must not be missed in Cherrapunji is the unique orange flower honey.
Major attractions: Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Double Decker Living Root Bridges, Krem Mawsmai Cave, Mawlynnong, Dainthlen Waterfall, Mawsmai Falls and Krem Phyllut
Things to do: Day tour of Cherrapunji, Double Decker Root Bridge trek, hiking tour of Meghalaya, shopping for handicrafts and more
How to reach: Nearest airport is in Guwahati, located at a distance of 170 km. The nearest railway station is also at Guwahati, at a distance of 145 km. The best way to reach Cherrapunji is to first reach Guwahati and then hire a taxi to the place.
Considered to be one of the most romantic cities in the country, Udaipur is a great place to visit during the month of August. Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is one destination in Rajasthan which is filled with beautiful lakes and monuments. The place attracts both heritage lovers and nature lovers in great numbers. The rain provides a lot of respite from the heat and thus makes it a pleasant experience to visit the main attractions of Udaipur including City Palace and Lake Pichola among other places.
Major attractions: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar Lake, Monsoon Palace, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, Moti Magri, Ahar Cenotaphs and more.
Things to do: Sunset cruise on Lake Pichola, cable car ride till Karni Mata temple, exploring the grandeur of City Palace, and shopping among other things
How to reach: The Maharana Pratap Airport is just in the outskirts of the city, located at a distance of 20 km and is well-connected to cities like Mumbai and Delhi. Udaipur has its own railway station. Udaipur is also well connected by well maintained roads to all parts of the country. Frequent bus services from neighbouring cities are also available.