When we hear about Monsoon , we usually think of serious floods and natural disasters. We look at the calendar with distrust and fear, thinking about how this phenomenon could affect our summer vacations in India.

On this side of the world, the Monsoon is usually news because of this kind of consequences, and it never shows up from its friendlier face.
And, despite the specific disasters that tend to be concentrated in certain areas of the Indian subcontinent, the Monsoon is above all a happy season and is celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the country.

Children playing in the Monsoon

AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Flickr)

With the rains the drought ends, “the earth stops suffering”, fields and fruits bloom and the intense heat of the previous months (March to May) decreases. The temperature becomes somewhat cooler, and the winds are more pleasant. They are usually days of impressive rainbows and spectacular sunsets.
The Monsoon is considered a time of fertility, in which nature is beautiful, uncontrollable and generous, and offers us the most important resources for life.
In fact, the millions of farmers and peasants in the country, who plan their crops according to the seasons, are alarmed when the Monsoon is delayed or when it is withdrawn earlier than expected. Keep in mind that India receives three quarters of its annual rainfall during these months and think that for many the water in the sky is a blessing, in the absence of other irrigation systems. Only these rains prevent much of India from being a great desert (as occurs in other places with a similar latitude).

It is curious to see so many people enjoy the arrival of “good weather” and enthusiastically welcome three months of rain.

Festivals in honor of the Monsoon are even held in multiple parts of the country . There are different examples, such as the picturesque Baisakhi festival or the Teej Festival , which celebrates the conjunction of human beings with nature, clouds, birds, rain … In Rajasthan, this festival is accompanied with processions to goddess Parvati to give Welcome to the Monsoon in the region (July / August). Elephants, camels and crowds of dancers are adorned at a colorful party, and women often wear beautiful saris for the occasion.

And let’s not forget that Monsoon is usually the most recommended time for ayurvedatreatments , especially in the south (Kerala). According to Ayurvedic doctors, during these months the pores of the body open to the maximum and the atmosphere is free of dust, so we are more receptive to therapeutic treatments aimed at rejuvenating the soul and purifying our body.

Without a doubt, the Monsoon will affect your holiday in India and will do it differently depending on the area you visit. It is advisable to be advised by experts to enjoy the season as well as possible. Surely it will leave you without a beach and without a high mountain and will offer you rains … but it will also give you the opportunity to discover one of the most romantic and lush weather in the world.