Well let’s start at home first. My first pick from within India would be Rajasthan. This culturally rich desert state is an absolutely glorious place to tour during the monsoons. Although it doesn’t rain much here, enjoying the majestic, ancient and colourful cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in a much more favourable climate is totally worth it. You can explore the mesmerising palaces, forts, monuments and other historical marvels. Perhaps even live in one that’s been converted into a hotel!
My second recommendation is rather cliché but 100% worth being on the list. You guessed it- Goa! Rain or shine, Goa is a year-round destination where nothing’s ever dull. Book yourself a luxurious hotel with a private beach, preferably in North Goa, if you like your holidays to be exclusive- and on a budget too as most hotels and resorts offer great deals during this season. Then enjoy the romantic rains and indulge in some world famous Goan delicacies, or go explore the beaches, waterfalls and churches. Oh! how this place transforms in the monsoons!
If escaping the country is what you’d rather do, then there’s no place you’d rather be than London! While it’s pouring, flooded and humid here, it’s the best time of the year aka summertime in London. The sun sets at 9:00 PM, and if you catch an occasional rain shower it is in fact an enjoyable experience. London is absolutely glorious in summer time! There’s just so much more stuff to do and with the sun shining brightly, you can spend the entire day exploring the rich history of the city, visit museums, admire the royal architecture, enjoy the vibrant and bustling market areas, go on boat rides across the rivers or go enjoy an exhibition, or just sit down for a picnic in a tranquil park with enchanting views of ducks and swans swimming in ponds and wander through gardens filled with blooming rose bushes. And if you’re a sports enthusiast then you have the World’s biggest events happening here at the same time, from The Cricket World Cup to The Tennis Championships and The Royal Ascot. You could spend months here and not run out of things to do!
My next pick would be Maldives. During this month the temperature is still warm enough to enjoy this island and it doesn’t rain a lot either, so countless visitors come to Maldives during July for the warm weather and because it is one of the cheapest months to come to the archipelago. Choose a resort on a private island, book a Water Pool Villa- the ones nestled in the turquoise lagoon. Wake up to unending views of the sparkling crystal clear waters, revel in the breath-taking sunrises, sunsets and frequent rainbows painting the skies in spellbinding displays of art, watch a movie by the ocean under the star-studded sky, swim in the ocean, go snorkeling to explore the outstandingly beautiful coral reefs and the underwater ecosystem or to simply get up close and personal with a friendly shark! Go dolphin spotting, or sip on cocktails and read books on the beach, or just luxuriate in an indulgent spa session, there’s endless ways of living the best island life here. Maldives is going to be nothing short of a visit to paradise. Added points for the free visa on arrival!
Lastly, I’ll put another cliché but extremely amusing and yet easily accessible destination on the list, Dubai. Let’s face it, you can never get bored of this magnetic place. Dubai is one of the world’s most glamorous, spectacular and futuristic urban destinations, and yet, despite the modern sheen of Dubai, the city has a 4,000-year-old history and is a window into Islamic and Middle Eastern culture. Enjoy a walk on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, or at Al Seef, La Mer, Box Park or JBR The Beach; shop at the culturally rich souks, visit the museums, explore the iconic Burj Khalifa or Burj Al Arab, admire the dazzling city lights, savour the ambience at The Dubai Mall, relish the endless palatable cuisine options, go on a Dhow Cruise or a Desert Safari, or just inhale the breath of fresh air! Dubai is definitely a destination worth exploring time and again.