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1. Goa

You never really need a reason to visit Goa, do you? But here’s the thing about India’s favourite beach state – behind the wild parties that it hosts, Goa is in fact one large sleepy village. And you get to see this side to Goa come monsoon. Goa in the rains is perhaps the most underrated experiences in India. Check into a hotel, take a walk along the now-secluded beaches or just take your rented scooter out for a spin while the locals enjoy some susegad time. You can’t go wrong with this one.
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