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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In some relief from an intense heat wave that has gripped northern India, the monsoon is expected to arrive on time this year, hitting Kerala on 1st June.

According to Doordarshan News, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that there is no possibility of delay in the arrival of monsoon as of now. It also added that the normal date for monsoon onset on the southern coast is the first of the next month. However, the south west monsoon is expected to be below normal this year and the country will receive about 93 per cent rainfall.

As heat wave conditions continued to sweep many parts of northern India, Haryana’s Hisar turned out to be the hottest place at 42.5 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was five notches above normal while Amritsar in Punjab  recorded a near similar high at 42.3 degrees Celsius, four notches more than normal.

At 41.5 degrees Celsius and 39.5 degrees Celsius respectively, Narnaul and Ambala in Punjab also experienced hot weather. Chandigarh’s maximum settled at 40.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
There was no relief from heat in other parts of the two states as Ludhiana boiled at 41 degrees Celsius and Patiala at 40.7 degrees Celsius. The MeT department has forecast light rain and thunder showers at a few places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days, and thunder squalls accompanied with hail and a wind speed exceeding 45 kilometres per hour may occur at isolated places in the two states
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Monsoon Road Trips from Mumbai

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel

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Here are some top recommendations for your next best road trip in this season of Monsoon. Pixabay

The floods in Mumbai have been in the news lately, an annual chaos that seems to have become part and parcel of life in the country’s financial capital. However, the monsoons are not a season to dread and just outside the city, as the curious traveller ventures higher into the Western Ghats, there are some picture-perfect destinations for the season. Here are some top recommendations.

Lonavala
Lonavala would be on top of the monsoon destination list for most Mumbaikars. Wrapped in fog, this historic region gains a completely new avatar in the rains as the forested mountain slopes regenerate and the waterfalls come to life. One of these is Kune Falls, which roars amidst a pristine verdant scenery.

The Lohagad Fort has always been one of the most captivating sites on this route and the monsoon mist gives it an allure straight of a medieval-theme video game or movie. A trek to Liones Point is recommended – the season would require special precautions like monsoon-ready footwear and waterproof clothing. While in Lonavala town, a visit to the lake is not a bad idea.

Khandala
Just next to Lonavala, one can reach the quaint hill town of Khandala, perched at close to 2000 feet above sea level. The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make this place an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro, not to mention the splendorous drive on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Some of the popular viewpoints here are the Tiger’s Leap and the Amrutanjan Point. Other attractions here include the Buddhist cave temples at Karla and the calm and placid Bhushi Lake.

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The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make Khandala an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro.

Mahabaleshwar
A jewel tucked in the lap of the mighty Sahyadari Mountains; Mahabaleshwar offers visitors a curious mix of colonial heritage and striking Indian history. Built by Shivaji, Pratapgad Fort has an enigmatic presence in the landscape here, a site of many important events.

Those looking to enjoy some of the high elevations will love a trek to the summit of Wilson Point, famous for its panoramic views of the valley below. The Needle Hole Point is another famous place to catch a glimpse of the scenic landscapes. Venna Lake is another centrepiece attraction at Mahabaleshwar while the hilltop Krishnabai Temple is famous for its architecture and Krishna statue.

More and more travellers are choosing a car rental over public transport. Rates are increasingly affordable and self drive gives total control over the pace of the journey. One can make impromptu stops and detours and there is complete privacy.

Finding a car rental in Mumbai is as simple as a few taps on an app. With platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in a matter of minutes. One can choose from a wide range of cars – maybe a hatchback or sedan for the family getaway – or maybe a large SUV for the boisterous group road trip. 24/7 on-road support is one of the assurances that self drive rentals offer.

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel.