Dark clouds gather over the tech city of Bengaluru in Karnataka. Monsoon is the time to drive out of the city to enjoy the rain-drenched green countryside or go trekking. A must-try is the Anthargange trek, which offers mesmerising views of volcanic rock formations, caves and gurgling streams and springs.
Tourists enjoy shikara rides on Dal Lake in Srinagar, J&K. The vast lake takes on fascinating shades of blue and grey during the rains and as clouds gather on the mountain tops on the horizon. Ask your boatman to stop for a quick snack at the floating tea and coffee stalls!
A rickshaw-puller gets caught in a sudden downpour in Amritsar, Punjab. The city of the Golden Temple is a must-visit during the monsoon. Sit by the sacred lake inside the temple complex and watch the colourful fish dash around. On the outskirts of the city, on the way to the Wagah border, the brilliant green fields, washed afresh in the rain, will refresh you.
A fisherman catches fish off Fort Kochi, Kerala. In the background can be seen the Chinese fishing nets that are used for a very unusual method of fishing and are a huge tourist attraction here. During this season, enjoy fresh fish caught in these nets and sold at street shacks.
Farmers take part in a bullock race at a paddy field during a festival to celebrate the monsoon in Altekhali village, around 100 km south of Kolkata, West Bengal. The two-day annual festival is held before ploughing of the fields begin to pray for good rains and a better harvest. More than a hundred bullocks from nearby villages participate in the race.