Darjeeling, the queen of hills dons the garb of an enchantress with the first touch of monsoon. Monsoon paints the curvy landscape of the Himalayan Township in the shades of its many moods. Although not frequented by tourist most during monsoons, those visitors who love a bit tranquility and want to see the romance of the mountain with the rains, monsoon is the best part of the year to visit. The sight of fogs enveloping the mountains and the roads as the rains lash down and then vanishing as clouds recede is wonderful. All foliage that laces the mountains and roads appear refreshingly verdant as the monsoon caressingly wipe off dirt and grime from their bosom.
A tourist can engage in a lot of offbeat activities in Darjeeling during Monsoon. Although not the season for adventurous outings, Darjeeling does provide a lot of opportunities to tourists to amuse entertain and enlighten themselves.
One can plan a visit to many of its monasteries in Darjeeling during monsoon. The Bhutia Busty Monastery is one such place where you can spend some wonderful moments amidst deep silence. You can have a chat with the monks there which could provide wonderful insights into their way of life.
Dali Monastery located 5 KM away from the main Darjeeling township is another wonderful religious place that you can visit during monsoon. It has a large terrace that offers a wonderful view of the sights outside. It has a spiritual ambience that uplifts the moods of tourists to a different level.
Japanese temple and peace pagoda is another quaint place where you can visit during the monsoon. With relatively lesser footfalls during monsoon, one can enjoy the serene ambience there. One can have a panoramic view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the beautiful landscape of Darjeeling from the top of the Pagoda.
Latpanchar is a beautiful mountain hamlet that one can plan to visit during monsoon. It t offers stunning views of mount Kanchenjunga as well as a delightful spectacle of a number of different birds. One can also see different types of amazing plantations here. In Monsoon the forest here look more dense and beautiful.
One can also plan a trip to the famous tea gardens of Darjeeling lying on the open hill slopes. A tourist can spend a day or two in the bungalows in the tea estates and watch the activities in the garden. Set up amidst lush garden setting within the estate, one can savor delightful foods made of fresh organic produce from the backyard garden. The sight of rains from the antique bungalows with a cup of tea in hand is a highly pleasant experience.