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Monsoons In Gurgaon And 5 Ways To Make The Best Of It

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Barso re megha megha …..After a long and scorching summer, the first glimpse of dark clouds is enough to get anybody into a song and dance. The North Indian summer is particularly harsh with temperatures hitting the high 40s for extended periods of time.  With the advent of rains, everything changes – the terrain transforms from brown to green, the cooler weather makes people calmer, the attire,  the food…even the economy of the country changes.

So what are Monsoons?

Monsoon is a term that’s fairly typical of India and is considered a huge phenomenon and not just a weather pattern.  Most countries in the world do have their rainy seasons, but it’s not so delineated; India (and a few Asian countries) experience distinct wet and dry sessions.  In India, the southwest summer monsoon is attracted by a low-pressure area that’s caused by the extreme heat of the Thar Desert and adjoining areas, including NCR, during summer. Moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean fill up the void, causing heavy rain bearing clouds, and from June till September, most parts of India experience heavy rains.  A few other South Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Laos, Sri Lanka and Pakistan also experience strong rains during this season.

Things to do in NCR during the rains

50 shades of Green – That’s the color of the season and Gurgaon’s parks are the best places to see them all. Leisure Valley Park, bang in the middle of the city, literally breaks into a song with its musical fountain. The Roots Café here is a popular hang-out joint, or head to the multitude of other food options nearby for a hot chai and spicy chaat that go so well with the rains. The Tau Devi Lal Botanical Garden in sector 52 or Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Park is also known as the HUDA Garden in sector 14 are other picnic park options within the city. If you want to combine a wet picnic with a long drive then head to Aravalli Biodiversity Park or even better to Bhondsi, which is off Sohna Road, or the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary for a more wholesome experience.

The well-heeled folks of Gurgaon like to be seen in their chic rainwear and boots in just the right spots of the city. Cyber Hub is an all-weather port in any storm. Monsoon Mania or other such thematic promotions attract not just Gurgaonites in hordes, Delhiites head all the way here for some fun. Good Earth City in Sector 50 is another hotspot in the chills of the rains. New Gurgaon too has some hip and upcoming spots that are closer to the folks on Dwarka Expressway.

How about adding some more water to the fun? The Oyster Water Park is the best water based amusement parks in NCR. Imagine sliding down the water chute in the pouring rain.

Sale! Monsoon Special! Not that one needs a reason to go shopping. But in the city of malls, shopping in their cool and dry environs, with the added incentive of discounts is definitely a bonus.

For some, a hot coffee or masala chai with a good book, while sitting on a covered balcony or looking through large bay windows inside one of the beautiful residential townships is a good way to enjoy the rains.

Between the sizzling hot summers and the chilling cold winters, the monsoons offer a wonderful respite. Sure there are the traffic jams and potholed roads to contend with, but beautiful lead gray skies, the dramatic light and sound show of a thunder storm, the cry of a peacock and the Koel are signs one wait for the whole year. And it’s well worth the wait.

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