Monsoon makes the romantic in us come alive. Now imagine witnessing its magic whilst surrounded by lush greenery, where only musical chirps echo. Sounds dreamy, right Well, there are many geodesic camps or dome stays across India where you can experience this magical affair come live. These stays are definitely the best places to visit in August when the season comes upon us. And if you love monsoons, a staycation at one of these charming domes is the best way to enjoy the season. Here's our pick of three stunning and luxurious geodesic camps you can choose from for a monsoon getaway.
Bird's Eye Estate, Chikmagalur
Nestled between swathing coffee plantations in Mutodi Forest, Bird's Eye Estate is surrounded by all shades of green and is the best place to enjoy the gushing southwest monsoon. While you will be ensconced in nature, the domes come with all amenities and are beautifully done up with modern accents, wooden furnishings and warm lighting. Moreover, guests can also enjoy homemade Malanad meals at special request. During your stay here, you can also set on many trails that lead to hidden streams and waterfalls apart from touring the estate. However, we suggest not heading here at the peak of the monsoon season. Instead, plan a stay here when the season begins, during early June or July. Book here.
How to reach You can rent a private cab from Chikmagalur to Bird's Eye Estate, which is located 20 km away. Mangalore Airport, 113 km away, is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur, and the nearest railway station is in Kadur, 40 km away.
Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, GlampEco in Prini village paints an unbelievably beautiful picture during the monsoon. You can bask in the lush greenery surrounding the property or enjoy the cosy room with your favourite book. And if you want to take in the surrounding beauty, you also get great views of the Dhauladhar ranges. The geodesic domes at GlampEco are comfortable and clean and feature warm tones and decor. In addition, the kitchen staff at GlampEco readily whips up delicious meals using local ingredients from the region. Upon request, they are willing to treat you to traditional Himachali-style meals as well. Do ensure to carry waterproof shoes and a light jacket. Book here.
How to reach The nearest airport is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. From there, you can hail a private cab to GlampEco. If you are travelling by road, take a bus to Manali, and from there, take a private cab directly to your stay.
Itsy Bitsy, Kasol
Another gem in the lap of the Himalayas, Itsy Bitsy is a beautiful property where you can catch a break from the busy city life. The surrounding orchards shine bright green in monsoons, creating the perfect atmosphere for a much-needed monsoon getaway. Here, you wake up daily to unbelievable views of the Deodar forest and the peaks in the distance. And at night, you are put to sleep with a stunning view of the starry sky. Although in monsoons, treks are advised against, there's enough and more to enjoy without leaving the grounds&ndashindulge in home-cooked traditional Himachali cuisine and even try your hand at it, enjoy indoor games, or light your evenings up with a bonfire set up by the hotel staff. Book here.
How to reach Itsy Bitsy falls on the way to Kasol, approximately 10 km before. To reach Kasol, fly to Bhuntar Airport or board a train to Joginder Nagar. From there, you can hire a private cab to Itsy Bitsy.