Science considers it as a meteorological phenomenon caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light. Mythology has various notions depending upon culture. Some call it as the bridge between heaven and earth. Chinese consider it as the symbol representing Ying-Yang. The Norse Mythology calls it the Bifrost. Call it what you want to but a rainbow, if put in simple terms, is an extraordinary soul-soother. Although it is not possible to find out particular regions of India where rainbows are visible all throughout the year, we have found out a few of the places where the rainbows are worth everything
- Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir:
No doubt, it is the land of Gods. The majestic beauty of Jammu and Kashmir is unbeatable. Enclosed by the Himalayan ranges with the Jhelum running right through it, Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, is a place where rainbows are a sight to behold. Especially the ones that appear over the Dal Lake seem to accentuate the beauty of the whole city.
- Jog Falls, Karnataka:
The second highest plunge fall of India is located in the state of Karnataka. Joga or Jog falls can keep you enchanted even after you go away. The best time to visit Jog falls is during the monsoon. Most of the majestic rainbows are seen especially during this time.
- Gangtok, Sikkim:
Now it is not possible to find rainbows here and there of Gangtok simply because it is a hilly city. You actually need to traverse a little away from the city towards the glacial Changu Lake. Since the lake is restricted, Indian visitors require a permit. Nevertheless, if you are lucky, you can spot one of the brightest rainbows ever seen.
- Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir:
Sandwiched between Tibet and Kashmir, the Nubra Valley of Kashmir is ornamented with scenic beauty. It is awe-inspiring for the lush greenery, farms and serene monasteries. Some of the most beautiful rainbows can be spotted either in the lakes strewn across the valley or in the crisscross of Nubra and Shyok rivers.
- Seven-Sisters Falls, Meghalaya:
The Land of Clouds, Meghalaya, is a home for some of the most breathtaking valleys and waterfalls. Located in north-eastern part of India, Meghalaya is a place where rainbows are quite common. You see them across plains, on top of hills, the valleys, the waterfalls. But the most iconic rainbows can be spotted in the Seven-Sisters Falls. Located in Cherrapunji, the rainiest place in the world, the misty weather results in rainbows all throughout the day. Summertime is the best to spot them. Otherwise, fog tends to guard them from human eyes.
- Badrinath, Uttarakhand:
One of the holiest sites in India that dates way back to the Vedic age. Badrinath is cradled in the Nar-Narayan mountain ranges and it has some of the most beautiful valley views of India. The river Alakananda that flows by the right side of the holy town accentuates its beauty. The rainbows spotted in the serene climate of these hills seem to bring you closer to the Divine.
Maybe we have missed out a few other places. But it gets proved again that India is a land of mystical beauty, a rhapsody of nature’s abundance and allure of emotions conveyed to us by nature itself.