Having lived in tropical countries most of my life, hot summer (April-May) is all about an affair with mangoes and other seasonal fruits largely remaining indoors during the day . This year was no different and as usual I was suffering from parting blues from the delicious mangoes when I decided to give myself a break and take a solo trip to embrace monsoon along the river Narmada. While most countries up the Northern Hemisphere are smiling under the sun and making the most of summer, life in India is all about romancing and loving the monsoon (June-July). The heady concoction of the different shades of green, pitter patter rain, the smell of wet earth, is sure to intoxicate the most grounded soul. I walked along the river Narmada in Omkareshwar, getting drenched in rain, observing and reflecting on life.
Travel Tip: Indore is the closest Railway Station and Airport about 90 kms away. There are regular buses from Gangwal bus stand in Indore or take a taxi. Stay in Gajanan Maharaj Dharamshala which is spic and span and looks very neat and simple. I was on a day trip so did not stay here. Boat Rides for crossing the river (Rs 10/-) or a joy ride is negotiable.
Most people head to Maheshwar also by the Narmada River about 60 kms away or Ujjain another seat of Jyotirlinga about 150 kms away. Additionally Mandu about 100 kms away on the way to Ujjain is a great place to visit for history and art.
Best Time to Visit: All year through but July to March is preferable since the summer months of April to June are very hot and sultry.