In a country where summers are the longest, most of us welcome the monsoons with open arms. The temperature starts dipping and it gives us a major respite from the heat. Forget everything else, nothing beats the joy of reliving childhood by getting wet in the rain, followed by a gastronomic affair with piping hot pakodas and samosas accompanied by a cup of masala chai.Now, what if you got a chance to do all that at a destination of your choice? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? With no work deadlines and traffic jams to worry about, all you can have in front of you are the rain-soaked lush green environs of a place. If just the thought can paint such a beautiful image in your mind, imagine how amazing it would be to experience it in real!By now, if you are wondering where to go, we have shortlisted some of the most beautiful monsoon destinations for you. Take a look and travel to the one you like.Also read: Still single? Here are a few Indian destinations you must visit! GoaIf you thought the best time to visit Goa is during the year-end, it’s quite likely that you are not even aware of its natural richness. While the winters turn Goa into a party destination, the monsoons bring out its inherent natural beauty. If you happen to visit the place in July-August, you will realise that Goa’s natural beauty is not just limited to the sea and its beaches. The monsoons bring out the enchanting flora of the place. The fresh lush green landscape coupled with a moist breeze and smell of the wet earth infuse a unique charm to the place. A trek to the Dudhsagar falls and a visit to the Aguada Fort are a must, just for the sake of some of the most scintillating views. Besides, a visit to the Baga beach can help you enjoy some really exciting water sports.advertisementPicture courtesy: Facebook/Streets of GoaMunnarUndulating hills. Emerald-green tea plantations. And enchanting greens spreading out to the horizon. That’s Munnar as we know it. Now imagine the entire package after a few spells of rain. The green gets brighter and smell of tea leaves get stronger. Feels awesome already, doesn’t it? Getting to experience that under dark clouds and silvery mist can prove to be a breathtaking experience for any nature loving traveller. A hike through the Western Ghats, a visit to Anamundi for wildlife and a day out at the Attukal waterfalls are some of the not-to-miss experiences.Picture courtesy: Flickr/Jakub Michankow/Creative CommonsLadakhWhile most hill stations become inaccessible during the monsoons, it happens to be the best time to visit Ladakh. The high-altitude roads are clear for a drive along the towering peaks, the enchanting moonscapes and snow-clad passes. Pangong Lake and all other similar sparkling lakes in the region are known to look stunning with their crystal clear waters, while it’s a heavenly sight to look at the shadow of the clouds playing hide and seek with the jaw-dropping landscape.The famous Pangong Lake. Photo: Bhavneet Singh AuroraChikmagalurThis place in Tamil Nadu is known for its coffee plantations, and each one of them just gets greener during the monsoons. With low lying hills and a varied flora, the undulating greens look stunning under the puffy gray clouds. The foggy roads cutting through the valleys and the glorious waterfalls brought back to life by incessant rainfalls and the presence of beautiful avifaunal species weave a magic that’s just not worth missing out on. The best a traveller can do here is grab a vantage point and enjoy enchanting views accompanied by a cup of coffee made out of the finest beans.Picture courtesy: Flickr/Motographer/Creative CommonsLonavalaMumbaikars are blessed to have Lonavala located right next to the city. After all, the Sahyadri mountain range is one of the best places to be during the monsoons, hands down. While the weather is really pleasant, the place looks like a carpet of different shades of green that are freshly painted across the landscape. While there are several waterfalls in the area that look breathtaking after a few spells of rain, the dhabas on the highway are the best places to have tea and Maggi noodles in the company of stunning views. The region’s attractions for this season include the Tiger Point, which is home to some of the best views, and the Bhushi Dam.Picture courtesy: Facebook/Patiraj Yadav
World Cup Kane and Unable: England must improve finishing to avoid further World Cup woe Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Three Lions may have secured a late victory over Tunisia in their World Cup opener, but their talisman needs more support going forward in Russia Buzzing around where you least expect them, swarming to create more problems and causing havoc to those who oppose them. No, not the plague of flies that have taken over Volgograd in recent days but, somewhat remarkably, the England football team. Gareth Southgate has long promised a brave new dawn of exciting, aggressive, possession-based football from the Three Lions, and throughout his tenure the signs have certainly been there that he might just come good on his word. But this is a major tournament. England never produce in a major tournament. Certainly not since the turn of the millennium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Here they were, though, at times during the first 35 minutes of their World Cup opener, tearing through the Tunisia defence with ease. That was, until, they realised they were, in fact, England. Though the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker was soft if not incorrectly awarded and Harry Kane twice should have earned his side a spot-kick having been unceremoniously wrestled to the floor while challenging from set-pieces, their performance was, in large parts, England in a nutshell. Wasteful in front of goal, nervy at the back and lacking any cutting edge once they had conceded – as opening games at a tournament go this iteration of the Three Lions had it almost down to a tee.Again, though, they managed to come up with something very un-England – a stoppage-time winner. But as ‘Three Lions’ kicked in over the tannoy at full-time it was difficult to shake the feeling that they had got away with it somewhat.No England team since those likely lads in 1966 had managed more than the six shots on target England mustered up in the first half here. Unfortunately, it was the numerous efforts from close range that they failed to hit the target with that almost cost them. Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Dele Alli were all guilty of missing the target when presented with opportunities from inside 10 yards. Raheem Sterling had an offside flag to thank for perhaps the worst miss of the lot; not that certain corners of the English media will likely let him forget it.This was an England team that very much felt like one with only 25 international goals between them prior to the tournament. Ashley Young’s contribution of seven only highlights the issue this young but improving team has in front of goal.They do, though, have Kane, who remains clinical. Though he may not have netted the hat-trick he joked he wanted to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in the early running for the Golden Boot, his two goals were just as priceless.England must now ensure that, unlike Portugal and Ronaldo, they do not become dependent on their captain to dig them out when others are lacking the same bite of the winged pests that were here to greet them in their numbers over the past two days.Southgate now has five days to prepare his team for Panama on Sunday, with finishing practice set to be very high on the agenda in Repino after what was – on the 22nd anniversary of England’s uber-clinical 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro ’96 – very much a tale England supporters have been told far too often.Fortunately for them, this one had a twist ending they’d not seen before.