Popularly known as the Pink City, Rajasthan’s capital, Jaipur, is reputed for its profusion of buildings built in pink stucco. When the rains hit, the place to be is Amer Fort on the outskirts. Located on a scenic hill overlooking Jaipur and Jal Mahal, it houses a palace and fort in red sandstone. Of all the structures inside, the Sheesh Mahal, with its mirror tiles, beautiful carvings, pillars and arches is breathtaking. As the rains sweep through, it might be a bit of a hustle to take shelter but wandering around with the wet earth beneath and an air of freshness around make for a satisfying experience.
How to reach : Jaipur is well connected by trains with almost all the metros and has easy connections from the rest of the country.
A little town on the banks of Betwa river in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundhelkand region, Orchha is known for its beautiful buildings that go back 400-500 years. Of special importance is the Orchha fort which stands on a seasonal island inside which are the Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, temples such as the Ram Raja temple and Chaturbhuj temple, camel shelter, military residences, cenotaphs and other structures. During rains, the river swells and makes for a fabulous backdrop for the monuments.
How to reach: The nearest railway station is Jhansi (15 km) from where you can hire a taxi or an autorickshaw for the 30-minute drive to Orchha.
The national Capital can stun and overwhelm with its buildings, wide avenues and surprising amount of greenery. Experiencing monsoon in Delhi means enjoying cool breezes, ancient buildings like Red Fort and Qutub Minar and many others washed clean, and piping hot food (samosas, chaats, chole bhature and chai), especially in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk. There’s a certain romance to the monsoon in Delhi that is not replicated in any other Indian city, and is a great time to pound the streets of the Capital.
How to reach: Being the national capital,it is connected by trains from all major cities and towns in the country, including a network of relatively fast Rajdhani train’s.