Lashing rains, a damp breeze in your hair and a steaming cup of chai are just some of the things that are synonymous with the annual monsoons, and offer a much needed respite from the blistering heat of summer. While going for a holiday during the rains comes with its own hassles, U.P has wondrous delights in store for the adventurous traveller, we present a list of must visit places during monsoon in U.P that will even make a heavy downpour a memorable one.

Chitrakoot– Chitrakoot is an ideal holiday destination in Uttar Pradesh it is wrapped in peace and tranquillity that is only disturbed by the sound of chirping birds and gushing streams. July-September is a good time to visit Chitrakoot, as the showers lead to a greener landscape and refreshing weather. Temperature in Chitrakoot during monsoon season roughly stays around 28 degree Celsius.

Allahabad– Famed for its Sangam and the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad is an important tourism destination in Uttar Pradesh. Monsoon generally hits Allahabad in the month of July and lasts till September, showers provide great respite to the parched land and are a huge relief for the people after the extremely hot summers. The sangam is said to be particularly remarkable to witness during rains. Hiking is the best way to explore the rich and verdant Allahabad fort, one can definitely walk along the fort premises and explore the sandstone carved Ashoka Pillar and other halls and palaces while getting drenched in the rains. However, a boat ride along Yamuna waters is the best way to appreciate the showers.

Varanasi– Popular all year around, Varanasi is particularly captivating during the monsoons. Sitting on the bank of River Ganges, Varanasi is known for its ghats and the winding lanes dotted with temples that come in all sizes and shape.  Getting soaked in the rain while touring the Assi ghat, shivala ghat, schindia ghat is an absolute feel even during a deluge. Revel in the peace and tranquility that Varanasi has to offer for a few months in the year.

Mathura– The weather of Mathura is influenced by south-western monsoon. The rainy season spans from the month of July to September. Mathura being the God’s own city is nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. The rain gods make sure that the monsoons in Mathura are truly a spectacular sight, and lets you saturate completely in the rains. Take in the beauty around you and enjoy the lush green plantations and rain drops. Treat yourself to some of the many Ayurvedic spas to de-stress and revel in the knowledge that this is truly paradise on earth. Vrindavan, Gokul, Nandgaon are top places to visit even when it is pouring down in Mathura district.

– Monsoon usually comes late in Ayodhya. But by end of July- September is the best period of time to visit this city. Temperature during this period ranges from 22°C-32°C. Breezy environment adds more chillness during this time. The city is dotted with temples and thus makes another apt place to go for temple tour despite light showers. The mesmerizing ambiance of the Sarayu River grants tourists with an unforgettable experience of lifetime. Make travel plans to take a dip while it rains in the rainfall fed river.

Katarniaghat– Is a wildlife sanctuary located in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh. It has a mosaic of Sal and Teak forests, lush grasslands, numerous swamps and wetlands. Heavy monsoon rains fall from June end until October. An elephant ride in the forest of Katarniaghat while heaving downpour is an entirely different experience. A visit and drench in the monsoon season along with tiger viewing and sal trees dominating the landscape is a refreshing sight to adhere.

North India has some of the best examples of mélange of seasons and there are several reasons for it. One of such North Indian state that reflects best the vivid hues by blending of seasons is Uttar Pradesh. It is very pleasant, which becomes everything in life; people do the most to welcome this season.